Crime and the City Solution: An Introduction To...A History of Crime. Berlin 1987-1991

An Introduction To...A History of Crime. Berlin 1987-1991

Crime and the City Solution

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CDMUTEL21
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Mute

A band out of time, Crime and the City Solution were perennial outsiders who could not rest in their native Australia, and instead found inspiration in the colder climes of London and Berlin.

Their mesmeric, expressive music evolved through two incarnations and a great deal of adversity. The first incarnation of the band appeared in 1977/78, in the midst of Australia's nascent punk scene.

Their most impressive feature was angular singer Simon Bonney, who survived through two line-up changes before re-grouping in London under the same name.

He was joined by former Birthday Party stalwarts Mick Harvey and Rowland S.Howard, Rowland’s bassist brother Harry and one time Swell Maps drummer Epic Soundtracks in 1984.

In 1987, Epic Soundtracks and the Howard Brothers left to form These Immortal Souls, while Bonney and Harvey moved to Berlin. Here he recruited new band members: Einsturzende Neubauten’s Alex Hacke on guitar, Thomas Stern on bass and DAF / Liaisons Dangereue’s Chrislo Haas on keyboards. Bonney’s wife Bronwyn Adams, whose lyrics feature in many Crime songs, also joined Crime on violin.

The next album 'Shine' was more finely tuned, optimistic and delicately abrasive. This and the single 'On Every Train (Grain Will Bear Grain)' captured perfectly the convoluted passion in Crime's music, haunted by Simon's flailing vocals. If the versatility of this new line up had made itself evident on 'Shine', exactly how far they could develop could be measured on the 1989 LP 'The Bride Ship'. Using the sea as the ultimate metaphor for freedom, the album highlighted Bonney’s skill as a lyricist with crashing guitars and drums propelling a sprawling narrative which concerned itself increasingly with the universal as opposed to the personal. This new found freedom of expression and adventurousness reached its apex on 1990's 'Paradise Discotheque' LP and its epic Last Dictator saga, which spanned four songs laid out like chapters at the album's conclusion. Simon and Bronwyn had moved to Vienna, and its atmosphere poured into the album and the variety of styles employed upon it, from the metallic sounds of 'I Have The Gun' to the magic realism of 'The Last Dictator' quartet.

After one final tour of Europe, Crime dissolved at the peak of their powers. A posthumous album was released in 1984, 'The Adversary – Live', which showcased the awesome power of Crime’s 1990/91 performances.

In late 2011, Bonney announced that Crime would re-form to record a brand new album for release in 2013.

Personnel will be Bonney, Bronwyn Adams, Alexander Hacker, David Eugene Edwards of the American bands 16 Horsepower and Woven Hand, Troy Gregory, Matthew Smith, Jim White of the Australian group Dirty Three and Danielle de Picciotto.

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Tracks
1 All Must Be Love  
2 Hunter  
3 On Every Train (Grain Will Bear Grain)  
4 Home Is Far From Here  
5 Keepsake  
6 The Bride Ship  
7 Free World  
8 New World  
9 I Have The Gun  
10 The Dolphins And Sharks  
11 The Sun Before The Darkness  
12 The Last Dictator Part I  
13 The Last Dictator Part II  
14 The Last Dictator Part III  
15 The Last Dictator Part IV  
16 The Adversary  

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