Play Dead

The First Flower

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Titled after the original six-track EP, and containing that in its entirety, this collection makes the band's earliest work up through the Propaganda 1984 Mixes EP available on one disc. In terms of sheer convenience, it's a godsend for any enthusiastic fan wanting to check out Play Dead, while the remastering sounds great and the discography, if stripped down to simple release and technical information, is still useful. Those with no patience to extreme, theatrical singing, screaming, artsy guitar riffs, and everything that seemed to make up the Positive Punk/goth scene as stereotyped in the early '80s will want to avoid this like the plague. However, those willing to take a chance on it might find themselves rewarded -- keep an eye out for it.

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