Not to be confused with Clan of Xymox's self-titled debut for 4AD Records, this Clan of Xymox is yet another reissue of the band's self-released Subsequent Pleasures EP from 1984 (the demo that got the band signed to 4AD), along with a remixed track and eight songs from a live show. Much like the band's U.S. counterpart Ministry, Clan of Xymox's early material largely sounds like really bad imitations of Vince Clarke-era Depeche Mode, with only the perky "Moscovite Musquito" (here in two early versions, neither of them up to the quality of the eventual 1985 re-recorded single) hinting of any good to come. Not only is the material in question strictly for diehards, but all of this material has been reissued on CD at least twice before, except for one inconsequential remix of the fan favorite "Stranger." As a result, Clan of Xymox is at best redundant and at worse a collector's ripoff.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason