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Postby Rimbaud III on Mon Dec 19, 2005 6:22 am

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Postby Gramsci on Mon Dec 19, 2005 6:28 am

As I said about The Melvins. Ricky Martin is crap, R Kelly is crap. The Ex are not crap.
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Postby sunlore on Mon Dec 19, 2005 6:55 am

The Ex are not only a great great band, they are linked to very specific (historical) developments in Dutch political and cultural history.

For an aspiring independent musician in the Netherlands, the Ex are simply the alpha and the omega, virtually the only reference point. It´s never so much about what they do, it´s about how they do it. It´s not about this or that song, or album, it´s about their whole body of work. I´ve stated this before, but with The Ex, it´s all about longevity, and not about career. And yet there´s still a great deal of pride in Terrie stating that he never had to work for a boss in his entire 40-something year life.

The Ex are straightforward, decent and down-to-earth people. They are one of the best live bands around. They are dedicated musicians, and the (musical) choices they make are always surprising and courageous. They lived up to their own standards (and their own standards only) for over 25 years now.

I could go on because I´m such a fanboy.

Salut, the Ex.

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Postby Gramsci on Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:27 am

And here was me thinking you thought they were crap?
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Postby Mazec on Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:38 am

Pretty much my favorite band that's still together. In addition to sunlore's astute comments, it is worth mentioning that they are one of the few bands (at least that I can think of) that got better with age.

By 1993 or so, they were around 13 years old, and were releasing (in my opinion) by far their best material so far.

This is nothing against their earlier catalogue (which is just recently becoming easy to get again), if you listen to, say Scrabbling at the Lock back to back with History is What's happening, it's clear that the band, far from repeating themselves, were plotting territory that was barely being touched at an age when most bands burn, get watered down, or keep rehashing the same shit.

On a lighter note, I love the way they make fun of communist and capitalist/US imperialist ideologies in one go. (songs like Frenzy, U.S. Hole, King Commie, etc.)

By the way, Town of Stone was a brilliant premonition, released around April, 2001, it contained the super rocking break:

No chance to wait for things to change/ Unless buildings get hit by planes
No chance to stop this money vulture from turning bullshit..... into culture

I still get a kick out of that now.

So, people: What are your favorite Ex albums?

Scrabbling at the Lock is by far my favorite; Starters Alternators is up there, too. But I have found it hard as fuck to get ahold of that many of their 80's work
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Postby sunlore on Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:49 am

Mazec wrote:
So, people: What are your favorite Ex albums?



History is what´s happening, Blueprints for a blackout, Scrabbling at the lock, 1936 (the Spanish revolution 7"), Starters Alternators.

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Postby cjh on Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:51 am

Another vote for Scrabbling at the Lock (I've said this before but I'm still amused and thrilled that 'State of Shock' became a freak radio hit in Addis Ababa after their first Ethiopian tour) and yes, Starters Alternators is really strong (although I can never decide if I prefer Dizzy Spells. Turn is no slouch either).

Buying direct is easily the best way of catching up - you rarely see their older releases even in good independent stores here though they're quite easy to find in mainland Europe (I went nuts and bought about six albums the last time I was in Amsterdam). The beautifully packaged 1936 - The Spanish Revolution would make a superb Christmas present for someone.


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Postby sunlore on Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:58 am

cjh wrote:I've said this before but I'm still amused and thrilled that 'State of Shock' became a freak radio hit in Addis Ababa after their first Ethiopian tour


There was a documentary about this on Dutch television (available through the link I posted above). A funny part was when they played a music conservatory, and the students approached the band afterwards, asking them specific questions about chord progressions and stuff. Terrie replied: "We don´t know, we are just fucking around", or something along those lines. That was golden. That was the Ex in a nutshell.
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Postby kerble on Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:28 pm

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Postby Tom on Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:42 pm

I voted crap only for the reason that I know that they will not get one and I think that this would make them feel uncomfortable.

"Crap" - They're too good.
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Postby connor on Mon Dec 19, 2005 1:46 pm

One of the most NOT CRAPPINEST bands ever!

"State of Shock" makes me go into convulsions! Really awesome convulsions!

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Postby sunlore on Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:00 am

HICK-UP BUMP BUMP

I got to see the Ex play a dozen or so new songs this weekend. This was amazing. This was the experience of the peak. Terrie and Andy took turns in playing the baritone guitar, and there was some kind of bass-synthesizer involved, but basically it was just two guitars and drums and mr. Sok. Lean and mean. I have seen the Ex play more times than any band on the planet, and it was always a damn blast, but I don´t think I ever saw them this good. It was a superdamn superblast. I can´t wait until they record the new stuff.

Wow.

Hey, if you´re in France, you´re lucky. Go check them out. The Ex is the best band on the planet. Really.

Thank you, Ex.
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Postby mackro on Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:15 pm

It's really hard to pick one out of over a dozen releases as THE ONE by the Ex, they've subtely gone through many phases and each one has equal merit than the one preceding or following it... Sometimes I feel it's Joggers & Smoggers, other times, it's Tumult, other times, it's Turn.

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Postby a. james on Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:19 pm

mackro wrote:Best live band on the planet.


seconded. first live band i ever saw. i feel shortchanged by everything else. fugazi followed that evening. they were blown off stage. and they were on that night too.
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Postby connor on Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:33 pm

I just got And the Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders. I think that as far as their efforts with Tom Cora go, this is much better than Scrabbling at the Lock (which gets all the attention).
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Postby instant_zen on Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:06 am

holy shit!

i just remembered i left one of my Ex discs at my parents' house over spring break, and there's a package sitting across the room that contains it! i'm going now to listen to it.

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Postby Mama Clortho on Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:02 am

Somebody!


I am interested in The Ex! What is a good album(s) to start with? I have only ever heard Turn, and while it was good, I got the feeling it may have not been the best representation of the band.


Thank you, somebody!
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Postby connor on Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:19 pm

Mama Clortho wrote:Somebody!


I am interested in The Ex! What is a good album(s) to start with? I have only ever heard Turn, and while it was good, I got the feeling it may have not been the best representation of the band.


Thank you, somebody!

Well, as I said, I really dig And the Weathermen.... Maybe start with Starters & Alternators as it's both great and readily available.

I like Turn a lot.

Not too crazy about Dizzy Spells, but it's still good and easy to find.

Pokkeherrie is really chaotic and beautiful.

I remember reading somewhere that the Gonna Rob the Sperm Bank EP was Steve's favorite Ex record. You can get it on the recent singles compilation they put out.

The Ex! NOT CRAP!
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Postby connor on Thu Apr 13, 2006 2:41 pm

We don't talk about The Ex nearly enough.
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Postby instant_zen on Fri Apr 14, 2006 8:00 pm

connor wrote:We don't talk about The Ex nearly enough.


no one does. i had that one song on the T&G sampler from last year (two years ago?) for the longest time, but never understood their significance (and never bought one of their records) until about four months ago, when i stumbled across their Wikipedia entry. i ♥ the Ex.

everyone needs to start talking about the Ex.
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