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The New Blockaders

Changez Les Blockeurs (Box set)

Label: Urashima

Format: LP box

Genre: Electronic

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** 99 copies. Deluxe edition in black wooden box with laser engraving on the lid that reproduces an draw and logo on the back. Contains vinyl, with white label, 12-inch 300 gsm white recycled cardboard insert, 12-inch 350 gsm classic gloss ultra-bright sheet with art and credits from cover of standard edition LP, 12-inch 450 gsm cardoard totally handmade and signed by artist, white t-shirt with art from cover of standard edition LP and a pin. ** Within the history of noise music, there are few artefacts, as seminal as The New Blockaders' Changez Les Blockeurs. Anyone who has even a casual interest in noise music should need no introduction to The New Blockaders. Hailed by Ron Lessard (of legendary US noise label RRR) as, ‘The first truly devoted noise artists,’ TNB self-released their debut LP in 1982. That original LP is now one of the most sought-after (and expensive) noise records ever.

The fact that Changez Les Blockeurs is held in such high esteem by the likes of Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound), who was the first person to hear the LP back in 1982 and recently reworked the album as NWW Plays Changez Les Blockeurs, David Jackman (Organum), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Masami Akita (Merzbow), Toshiji Mikawa (Incapacitants) and countless others is testament to its greatness and well-deserved legendary status.

‘’Changez Les Blockeurs caused a lot of fuss back in the early ’80,with its two ‘tracks’ of disorientating junk noise, squeaks, scrapes and the pitter-patter of rain on a tin roof. Lumps of metal get thrown around in a bid to resurrect the ghost of Tristan Tzara, two invalids in wheelchairs fencing with broken car aerials, two elephants fencing on bicycles, two squeaky wheelchairs fighting over a slack spring, it could or an army of tin men dismantling a Jean Tinguely sculpture while bouncing around on pogo sticks in need of 3-in-1. We’ll never know, and that’s half of the appeal. Changez Les Blockeurs sounds like nothing else before or since. It’s magnificent in its absurdity. Its construct is simple but yet devastatingly effective. Today you’d be hard pressed to find anyone involved in Noise who doesn’t cite TNB as an influence. ‘’Mark Wharton 

Details
Cat. number: UMA 154
Year: 2021
Notes:
Limited to hand-numbered 99 copies. Deluxe edition in black wooden box with laser engraving on the lid that reproduces an draw and logo on the back. Contains vinyl, with white label, 12-inch 300 gsm white recycled cardboard insert, 12-inch 350 gsm classic gloss ultra-bright sheet with art and credits from cover of standard edition LP, 12-inch 450 gsm cardoard totally handmade and signed by artist, white t-shirt with art from cover of standard edition LP and a pin. (c) TNB 1982

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