Test Dept. – Victory (12″)


More quirky, experimental stuff by Test Dept. this time from 1987.

From Discogs

The group was formed in New Cross, south-east London in late 1981. All unemployed, and with listening tastes ranging from soul to classical music, they searched out whatever they could find to make music with, and for the most part this consisted of scrap metal salvaged from waste ground and derelict factories. The reason had as much to do with lack of money as it had to do with a dislike for conventional rock instruments. Originally, they used bass guitars and other conventional instruments, but these were fairly rapidly dropped as they obtained more industrial percussion, and found that these created a stronger and more consistent sound.

This was only their third single release (don’t think they considered themselves a Singles band!) released through Some Bizarre and mixed at Fon Studio’s in Sheffield. The main track features vocals by Sarah Jane Morris and features a brass section, arranged by band member John Eacott (who was in pop band Roman Holiday (!!!) and went on to be in jazz assemble Loose Tubes) The main track sounds  like a National Anthem from one of those small ex-Commonwealth countries. Bagpipes appear again on the reeling “Cha Till Sinn Tuille” The electronics and beats kick in “Demonomania” remixed by Brydon and Gordon. A flavour of electro with World Music samples, a hidden groovy gem.


Ministry Of Power ‎– 12 MOP 13victory

A1 Victory 3:59
A2 Cha Till Sinn Tuille (We Shall Return No More) 4:31
AA Demonomania (Remix) 5:41

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