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Video Clip of The Week: Ex-Cult, “Clinical Study”



I understand that Memphis-based Ex-Cult were once called Sex Cult, but received some kind of cease and desist order from a New York label with that name, so had to change the band’s moniker to Ex-Cult. It all worked out for the best, I think. Ex-Cult is a much better name anyway, as Sex Cult just sounds like you are trying too hard. And that is never good.

Anyway “Clinical Study” is a fantastic song served perfectly by a very understated video accompaniment. No bells and whistles needed, just a super-tight delivery that is inherently menacing but still melodic — maybe a little bit like Eagulls with frenetic, Buzzocks-y guitars. Singer Chris Shaw, strikes a charismatic figure on stage and reminds me in equal parts of Ian Curtis and The Fall’s Mark E. Smith. At just 2 minutes 14 seconds, this (mostly) black and white performance video tells you all you need to know. I bet these guys are amazing live. RIYL: Black Flag, Joy Division, The Fall. Enjoy!

Ex Cult Cover Art

Steven Kasher Gallery Presents Rude And Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976-82


Killing Joke, Gang of Four, Bauhaus, Et Al (This Photo by Geoffrey Dicker)

Walking into the Steven Kasher Gallery last night for the opening reception of Rude And Reckless was very much like flashing back to my teenage bedroom, whose walls were plastered floor to ceiling with Punk Rock posters, show flyers, stickers and album cover art until I moved out of my parents house to go to college. Punk Rock – at a time when Punk Rock was really something vital and alive – was everything to me at that time, and I was an avid collector of 7” Punk singles (which I’d pick up by the dozens at Zed Records in Long Beach, California) and punk/new wave badges. A lot of what I collected, and probably still have, seems to have been magically curated into this amazing collection of memorabilia that is sure to delight anyone who has fond memories of the British, New York or LA/Orange County punk scenes in the late ‘70s to early ‘80s. Good times.


Poly Styrene
X-Ray Spex, Oh Bondage Up Yours!, 1977

Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976-82 is the first New York exhibition surveying the extraordinary diversity of Punk and Post-Punk graphic design. The exhibition showcases a wide range of American and British artistry, with influences that include the Bauhaus, Futurism, Dadaism, Pop Art, Constructivism and Expressionism. The exhibition features over 200 rare posters, along with fanzines, flyers, clothing, badges and stickers.


Malcolm Garrett & Linder Sterling
Buzzcocks, Orgasm Addict, 1977
Vintage Poster

Rude and Reckless documents an era that produced a great burst of applied graphic-design creativity, one of the most subversive of the 20th Century. Vivid, violent and frequently acid-tongued, the works in this exhibit represent one of the truly authentic DIY youth culture movements of the Western World. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Punk Rock; both the release of the first Ramones album, and the mythical (and notorious) Anarchy in the UK Tour were seminal punk events in 1976. The exhibition is based on the collection Andrew Krivine, who began collecting in 1977. Curated by Krivine and Steven Kasher, the selection comprises the rarest and finest examples culled from an archive of more than 800 punk/new wave/post-punk posters and ephemera.

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