6 Aug 2014
Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement 
Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement - Minny Pops - Factory Benelux

Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement, the first studio album by Minny Pops (originally released on Plurex in September 1979) is re-editioned by Factory Benelux 16 October 2014 just as the Minny Pops reinvents itself as a collective and resumes live concert duties.

The 13-track set mixes hard-edged electronica with modernist noise, sharing much in common with contemporaries Cabaret Voltaire, The Normal, Suicide and early Human League and features an early version of classic Factory single Dolphin's Spurt.

The nine (count 'em) bonus tracks on Disc 1 include all three tracks from the debut 1979 Plurex 7" EP Kojak plus a 2003 remix of Dolphin's Spurt by Zip and DJ Smacker. The first disc is completed with 12 minutes of vintage audio-visual clips featuring 5 live tracks recorded at the Amsterdam Filmakademie in 1979, playable in QuickTime forma.

Disc 2 features a complete live performance of the album recorded at Amsterdam Dansmakers on 11 March 2012, with band members Wally van Middendorp, Pieter Mulder, Dennis Duchhart, Thomas Myrmel, Bart de Vrees, Jeroen Kimman and Wilbert Bulsink present and correct.

Disc 1

1. Springtime I
2. Minny Pops
3. Hologram
4. Total Confusion
5. Dolphin's Spurt
6. Motor City
7. Springtime II
8. Monica
9. Flash Goes The Eye
10. M.D. Mania
11. R.U. 21
12. Mono
13. Muzak
14. Kojak
15. Footsteps
16. Nervous
17. Dolphins Spurt (Remix)
18. New Muzak
19. Total Confusion
20. Mono
21. M.D. Mania
22. Dolphin's Spurt

Disc 2

1. Springime I (Live)
2. Minny Pops (Live)
3. Hologram (Live)
4. Total Confusion (Live)
5. Dolphin's Spurt (Live)
6. Motor City (Live)
7. Springtime II (Live)
8. Monica (Live)
9. Flash Goes The Eye (Live)
10. M.D. Mania (Live)
11. R.U. 21 (Live)
12. Mono (Live)
13. Muzak (Live)

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