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Blitz
Second Empire Justice
Order-Nr.: DSR029

nur 15.00 EURO
(incl. 19% Mwst.)

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LP / Desire Records / 2013


Limited edition of 300 copies – white vinyl - printed inner-sleeve.


The early Blitz singles (Never Surrender and Warriors) and first LP,
Voice of a Generation were raw, down-and-dirty Oi! records with
uncompromising sore-throat vocals. But then the group splintered into
two camps, and engaged in a power struggle to retain the Blitz name, and
the contract with No Future. The camp that eventually won and released
this second LP in 1983 changed the band's direction drastically. Howls
of outrage, of "sellout," reverberated across Britain and among U.S.
hardcore fans when this appeared, scornfully referred to by skinheads as
"Blitz goes New Order." Actually, it's Joy Division that's the bigger
influence, especially on tracks such as Into the Daylight that sound
close to Disorder - like territory (the guy who produced both Blitz LPs,
the must-have-been-bewildered Chris Nagle, was also Joy Division's and
New Order's engineer under Martin Hannett! Also the back cover graphics
were identifiable JD/NO style, as well). But even that hint doesn't
capture this album's essential power. Far from a New Order album, this
was an early attempt to fuse post-punk crunch with a drum machine,
something the Goths and near-Goths such as March Violets, Sisters of
Mercy, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, and Big Black would soon do in a
different way. And it's great. Telecommunication and Flowers and Fire
show Blitz marrying the young Peter Hook bass with the bigger guitar
pyrotechnics and post-punk crunch of Killing Joke, U K Decay, and
Zzounds, and it comes across as majestic and insular. Acerbic tracks
such as White Man proved they hadn't lost their lyrical relevance
either. But, rejected by the punks, and unable to break out of the
dreaded punk tag, Second Empire Justice was badly shunned by all
quarters and sunk ignobly like a Mack truck in quicksand.