Friday, September 17, 2004

Scientists - When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow

an early 80's classic from the twisted minds of Kim Salmon and the Scientists.

The Scientists - When Fate Deals its Mortal Blow.mp3
swampy, noisy, bluesy, twisted. All appropriate adjectives for describing the Scientists. Starting in Australia in the late 70's the band recorded several singles and LP's before breaking apart in the late 80's. The sound of the Scientists continually evolved over their recorded history. The first singles and album are poppy rock. The early '80s saw the band release songs built around repetitive bass riffs, dirty guitar, and dark lyrics. Their last recordings consisted of droning, sparse sounding tracks.

For years their convoluted discography has been unavailable in the US. 1991 saw the release of the collection Absolute on Subpop which eventually went out of print. In 2001 and 2002 Sympathy released 2 compilations covering their best material: Blood Red River 1982-1984 and Human Jukebox. Blood Red River is by far the stronger of the two and is the place to start for those interested.