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[Audio] – The Embarrassment – “After the Disco” (Original) (1979)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on May 4, 2009

The Embarrassment – “After the Disco” (Original) (1979)

This is one of those long-lost, unreleased-for-years gems that really makes you scratch your head and wonder, “who shelved this and what were they thinking?”  It’s got all the manic frenzy and nerdy humor of Kansas’ best band The Embarrassment‘s early singles (and comes from the same sessions).  It’s wonderfully wrong and catchy, the rhythms of the instruments and the vocals never seeming quite aligned but made all the more compelling for it.  This is the sort of joy that post-punk is all about.  The ‘Heyday‘ compendium seems to go in and out of print, but if you find it, buy it quickly.  [The Embarrassment are featured on the ‘Amplifier‘ mix from the ‘1981‘ box set at Musicophilia.]


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  1. thg said, on May 6, 2009 at 3:03 am

    if you’re weird and from kansas, they just give you an embarassment album when you’re a kid and say, “this is what can happen to you.” they say it like a threat, but no one ever takes it that way.

    ok, not really, but we are from kansas and love us some embarrassment (as everyone in the world should).

    • Soundslike said, on May 8, 2009 at 6:18 am

      I want to believe this is true. I want to believe somewhere in Kansas, the spirit of the Embarrassment lives on in its weirder and nerdier children : )

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