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Artist: 39 CLOCKS
Title: Pain It Dark
Format: CD
Label: Bureau B
Country: Germany
Price: $18.00
"The Bureau B label reissues the first album by Hannover, Germany duo 39 Clocks, originally released in 1981 by No Fun Records. Many a wild tale has enriched the history of 39 Clocks. For example, the time they went on stage with vacuum cleaners and circular saws instead of guitars, the LSD inside their heads having erased all memory of how to play their songs. Or the time when they were expelled from the Documenta, because Joseph Beuys was aggravated by their music. Then there was the angry member of the audience who attacked one of the band members with a knife on stage. Not forgetting the concert in a cavernous aircraft hangar where the amps were turned up so loud that by the end of the show, not a single spectator was left. Sounds music magazine duly confirmed it the "Concert of the Month." The great thing is that every one of these stories is true. Christian Henjes (aka C.H. 39) and Jürgen Gleue (aka J.G. 39) as 39 Clocks were one of the most provocative bands Germany has ever produced; pop scholar Diedrich Diederichsen described them as the best German band of the 80s. The Clocks took shape in 1979, turning their backs on punk and inventing "Psycho Beat," the self-styled counterpoint to the burgeoning German new wave scene, the NDW. Their music can be seen as a futuristic, definitively urban, German form of U.S. 60s garage punk, with a referential nod to New Yorks Suicide and The Velvet Underground -- sparse and gritty garage chord progressions, hypnotic rhythms (invariably emanating from the beatbox) and deadpan English lyrics delivered with the heaviest of German accents. The 39 Clocks pushed back the borders of experimentation with their barely-tolerable live improvisation and atonal meanderings, lower than lo-fi, with a tinny beatbox that tested the resilience of their listeners to the full. Despite some shaky success, geographical and mental shifts brought about their eventual split in 1983. This CD reissue contains a previously-unreleased bonus track and a 12-page booklet illustrated with a wealth of rare photos featuring liner notes by ZickZack record label founder Alfred Hilsberg." -Bureau B

Artist: 39 CLOCKS
Title: Zoned
Format: CD
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"The first public appearance pairing Christian Henjes (then Zero Jack) and Juergen Gleue (then Genius Nr.17) was in 1976, at the Dada Nova (a space later occupied by Otto Müehls AAO commune) in midtown Hannover, Germany. Known for pranksterism and the destruction of the clubs in which they would perform, friction would follow the band everywhere. In 1979 they were thrown out of a show in Kassel at the Documenta (their sounds had disturbed Joseph Beuys). They created an outrage (they wrote a tune with the title Art Minus Idiots) at the Filmtage Hannover with their avant garde Super 8 movies under the guise of director Zachius Lipschitz. Rumour claims that at a Hannnover show at the Cafe Glocksee, they played the vacuum cleaner and a circular saw instead of guitars. Inspired, then (clearly), by protest in the broadest and most romantic sense (they wrote a tune with the title Radical Student Mob In Satin Boots) theirs was a sound attuned to classic American punk/Nuggets. This collection was put together with the non-completest in mind (originals of some of these records are as rare as Italian underwear), intending to display the general 39 Clocks vibe, but also some of their more curious wrinkles. And as Diedrich Diedrichsen wrote the first review of the band, we at DeStijl are very pleased with his liner notes." - DeStijl

Artist: 39 CLOCKS
Title: Pain It Dark
Format: LP
Label: Luxury Products
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"Germanys self-crowned "Psycho Beat" combo, 39 CLOCKS were a low-lit shadow unit operating in a sparsely inhabited contrarian counter-culture all their own. Evolving from a confrontational art-punk experiment, known for playing vacuum cleaners and saws and terrifying audiences with brute volume, CHRISTIAN HENJES (C.H. 39) and JURGEN GLEUE (J.G. 39) put 11 tracks to tape in 1981 for what would become their debut album. Oozing out shock waves of bad acid trips, decayed guitar, and the dull stomp of a tiny beatbox, Pain It Dark is American garage and proto-punk filtered through some shadow-filled masterpiece of German expressionism. The pairs most obvious touchstones are Suicides crusted synths and the ragged stumble of Loaded-era Velvets-if fed through a particularly British lens of Swell Maps/basement-DIY whack-job-ism. Amongst the outsourcing, one can nevertheless detect a native Kraut heritage peeking through in the robotic beats and icy demeanor of "Twisted & Shouts"-as Dada and nihilistic an oldies cover as can be imagined. Following De Stijls Zoned retrospective and a Bureau B issue of Pain It Dark on CD, this reissue marks the first availability of 39 Clocks music on vinyl in over 25 years. Limited edition of 1,000 copies packaged with two giant posters with photos and a reproduction of OG promo zine." - Luxury Products.
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Artist: 39 CLOCKS
Title: Pain It Dark
Format: Cass
Label: Luxury Products
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
"Germanys self-crowned "Psycho Beat" combo, 39 CLOCKS were a low-lit shadow unit operating in a sparsely inhabited contrarian counter-culture all their own. Evolving from a confrontational art-punk experiment, known for playing vacuum cleaners and saws and terrifying audiences with brute volume, CHRISTIAN HENJES (C.H. 39) and JURGEN GLEUE (J.G. 39) put 11 tracks to tape in 1981 for what would become their debut album." -Luxury Products.

Artist: 39 CLOCKS
Title: Subnarcotic
Format: LP
Label: Luxury Products
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Limited to 1,000 LPs. Includes two newsprint poster inserts w/ unseen photos & promo material. Bonus track not available on original release or CD reissue. First time on vinyl in over 25 years. Germanys self-crowned Psycho Beat combo, 39 Clocks were a low-lit shadow unit inhabiting a cultural corner all their own. Subnarcotic may be their finest moment, distilling and stretching the art-primitivism of their debut to its logical breaking point. Oozing out shock waves of bad acid trips, decayed guitar, and the dull stomp of a tiny beatbox, Subnarcotic is American garage and proto-punk filtered through some shadow-filled masterpiece of German expressionism." - Luxury Products.

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