Friday, December 26, 2008


Few bands represent the early 1980s England DIY aesthetic for me than ANIMALS & MEN, a now-reformed band who received little if any notice during their first time around 1979-82, but who stamped a huge mark on my brain by virtue of their classic 45 “Don’t Misbehave In The New Age”. Until it started coming out again on compilations like “MESSTHETICS” and the recent “Never Bought, Never Sold” LP of early Animals & Men singles and demos, the song was one of those whose name had been completely lost to me in the dim recesses of memory, but a tune I could hum & remember perfectly. It’s a remarkable slice of ramshackle, garagy UK DIY chug from 1980 with a scoop of "the new wave" on top. Listen to those clattering drums, which absolutely sound taped together. The echoey vocals are perfect, and the strange B-side “Machines” is outstanding as well. If I were making you a 78-minute CD of the best English crap from this era, you best believe “Don’t Misbehave” would probably kick the whole thing off, right next to "Prole Art Threat" and "The Medium Was Tedium". Check it out by clicking on the links below.

Play Animals & Men – “Don’t Misbehave in the New Age”

Download ANIMALS & MEN – “Don’t Misbehave in the New Age” (A-side)
Download ANIMALS & MEN – “Machines” (B-side)


ONECHORD said...

whoa, great again!

got their messthetics compilation back in 2005, and loved their noise instantly.

from the punkier songs, my favourite one has always been "waiting for my stranger", and from their later period, well, all of them are lovely, but i used to listen to (and i still do!) "baby scracth my back" awfuly a lot.

by the way, don't forget adam ant was a huge fan of animals & men, and got many looks/ideas/sounds from them as well!

best wishes for 2009!

Anonymous said...

Love this band! That 78 min. cd sounds like it would pure heaven..