A Popular History Of Signs - Taste (1987)

Led by singer/bassist/keyboardist Andrew Jarman (vocally something of a David Byrne student), this London quartet drifts between arty synth-dance and lightly played mood music. Using dinky electronic percussion rather than a drummer in the early days, the enigmatic group's records alternately wax chilly, funky, humorless and clever.
Ministry's Al Jourgensen remixed "Ladder Jack" and "House" for the eponymous American 12-inch, a four-song sampling of the band's pre-Comrades 45s. Both of those remixes also appear on 'Taste', a 1980-'87 singles compilation that presents an absurdly bloodless trashing of Lou Reed's "Rock&Roll" and adds two previously unreleased items, including an awfully strange cover of John Fogerty's "Run Through the Jungle."
Fielding a solid five-man lineup, APHOS comes out of the woods on the obviously commercial England in the Rain. Unlike its previous unpredictable self-indulgences, the band now reveals a clear-cut focus: the half-dozen peppy songs are all standard stylish modern dance rock that compares favorably to Wang Chung and that whole post-Ultravox ilk. If Jarman weren't such a duff singer, these attractively produced tracks might be really appealing.
[Ira Robbins]

1 Crowds
2 Justice Not Vengeance
3 Dancing With Ideas
4 Stigma
5 Art Of Persuasion
6 If She Was A Car
7 Ladder Jack
8 Trapped
9 Body And Soul
10 House
11 Rock & Roll
12 Run Through The Jungle


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A Popular History Of Signs - Taste (1987)
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Anonymous said...


thanks jacyk ,great band .

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Anonymous said...

thanks so much for these great album.
Anybody have by chance their mini LP ' Engand in the rain'? And also the band TROY TATE 'Love is' -12" and the album 'Ticket to the dark ' ?
Many thanks


Anonymous said...

A Popular History Of Signs, Section 25, Men Without Hats, Kraftwerk, Fad Gadget... and other...
Always in my mind.
Nice post, Big Thanks Jacyk !

Little Frenchy

redo said...

i like this music jacyk , great work

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purepop said...

can you please repost this album?

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I don't know nothing about this artist, well maybe this is becuase in that time I was just a simple thought in my father and mothers heads.

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