Released in 1987, it would be hard to find a more eccentric debut than that of Ithaca, New York's the Horse Flies. A noirish mix of old-time fiddle and banjo music with frenetic percussion, synths, heaps of delay, and a curious mix of Lovecraftian darkness and weary alt-folk warmth, Human Fly was named for the Cramps song which the band eerily deconstructs as its opening salvo. That a band this unique subsequently earned a contract with MCA Records remains a wonderful mystery.
This Belgian post-punk act's best efforts are smart examples of nervous, melancholic electronic/rock fusions. Plenty of comparison points can easily be drawn thanks to the keening vocals and bass/drum-heavy arrangements -- Wire just before their first breakup, 17 Seconds-era Cure, the earliest work of the Passions, Modern English, and Cocteau Twins, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.