City of Hysteria

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The only recording by any former Plastic People members to be released on a major American record label is a stunning bit of guitar rock helped by the beautiful singing of Michaela Nemcova. Egon Bondy is back, penning the lyrics to "Destroying Angel (White Mushrooms)," and Nemcova takes a beautiful lead vocal on the definitive version of The Velvet Underground's great "All Tomorrow's Parties." Although this disc was hyped upon its release (especially by Jello Biafra), I think that hardcore Plastic People fans were offput by the smooth sound, beefy guitar and high-tech production. Boy, were they ever shortsighted.

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