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Gods Gift - 'Pathology' CD: Salford/Manchester 1979-1984

A collection of their finest moments from two singles, a 12" EP, two album-length cassettes and unreleased studio sessions.
[excerpt from the official hype:]
Gods Gift's successes were epic, but their failures, too, left indelible impressions: guitarist Steve Murphy put it simply: "If things were going wrong, we'd make them go more wrong." Singer Steven Edwards once shouted out to a baffled London crowd, "Wotcha dancing for? – it's tuneless, you pillock!"

This was no pose. As much as can, perhaps, be said of any band in rock history, Gods Gift were the product of their day jobs: Murphy, Edwards, and at least five others who played in GG all worked "inside" at Prestwich Asylum - then the largest psychiatric hospital in the U.K. The hospital's grayness, hopelessness, and constant menace permeated not just GG's tunes and lyrics, but their very stage-presence - Edwards in work-clothes, and Murphy playing (always!) with his back turned to the audience. GG recorded a fight onstage and used it in place of lyrics for their self-released first 45, 'People'.

Gods Gift found a champion in New Hormones' owner, Richard Boon, who booked the band and released the 12" Gods Gift EP and their landmark 'Discipline' single, but unfortunately, as New Hormones' finances crumbled, Boon's favorite track, 'Clamour Club', remained unreleased. CD comes with 12-page booklet with photos and extensive bio. (Tracks, personnel, recording information etc are uploaded separately. Photos later - press, too (with any luck).)

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Artefact added : 1st November 2009
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