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Rexy / Running Out Of Time / Lucky Number

Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob, Rexy, Running Out Of Time, Lucky Number, Uru, Samantha Urbani, Nervoso, Blitz Club

Recorded in 1981 by Blitz Club regulars, fashion student “Rex” Nayman and Eurythmics band member Vic Martin, “Running Out Of Time” has been plundered a couple of times for compilations, with Dave Lee selecting “Nervoso” for his “Under The Influence”, while Lexx included “Don`t Turn Me Away” on his “Originals” for Claremont 56. The whole LP now gets a reissue courtesy of Samantha Urbani`s (Friends, Blood Orange) Uru label, in collaboration with Lucky Number. Despite The Blitz` Synth-Pop, futuristic leanings, the music here belies the fact that most of the inhabitants of Rusty Egan and Steve Strange`s shindig were former denizens of venues like The Lacy Lady whose musical backgrounds consisted largely of Jazz and Funk. With the exceptions of the covers, which include a bonkers, breakneck, vocodered and screamed take on “Johnny B. Goode”, this is Lo-Fi, bed-sit Soul. Wurlitzer jams, wah-wah licks, Mod Hammond solos, and note bending Arps, that have more in common with Level 42, Second Image, Freeez and Paul Hardcastle than Kraftwerk. Lyrically it`s tongue-in-cheek, social commentary, constabulary critique, stalkers, Orwell`s “1984” come true, and love gone wrong, delivered in a deadpan that has Anne Clark and Joolz made over as cockneys, and with Rex occasionally corpsing at her own words. “Funky Butt” could be The Jellies` doing “Let`s All Chant” or “Boogie Nights”, and cocks a snoot at the “18-30s” “Soul Patrol” idiocy that drove people to alternatives like The Blitz, away from the maddening crowds, while “Send In The Clones” points a finger at The Blitz itself. The near instrumental “Nervoso” is timbale rattling, progressive, left field Disco-not-Disco. Carlos Franzetti or Atmosfear`s “Dancing In Outer Space” on a shoestring. Kubrick`s “2001” filmed in claymation.

To help promote the project Urbani and her friends, Ariel Pink and Connan Mockasin have produced some tributes:

You can find out more at Lucky Number and Uru.

Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob, Rexy, Running Out Of Time, Lucky Number, Uru, Samantha Urbani, Nervoso, Blitz Club

Big thank you to Michael Morley and Lexx.

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