The Dance Of The Mad Bastards
“Pretty much like scruffy pigs to look at, and they have big knobbly warts, and lumps, all over their long, hairy faces. They are very, very ugly.”
Three bands exemplified the very sub-genre/sub-culture of “grebo“, a movement that originated (and ended, as far as I‘m aware) in England during the years of 1988-1991. Grebo was an odd hybrid of garage pop, punk and electro (with a dash of hip-hop), the progenitors of which would have long, scraggly hair, sometimes dreadlocks, dress in lumberjack shirts and dirty, torn jeans. Similar to grunge only in their fashion sensibilities, the leaders of the movement ended up influencing such bands as Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers, to name but a few. The difference between the students and their teachers, though, was a refreshing self effacing sense of humor.
The movement was short lived but produced a handful of pretty brilliant little albums. Some have dated poorly, others sound like they could have been made yesterday. The following are a list of the best of the best . You won’t need to look much further than these.
Pop Will Eat Itself: This Is The Day, This Is The Hour, This…Is This! (Click here for full review)
The Wonder Stuff: Never Loved Elvis (Click here for full review)
Neds Atomic Dustbin: God Fodder (Click here for full review)