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**Quality reissue of the incredible 2nd volume of legendary early demos, now available for the first time in over 20 years. Includes fold-out liner-notes insert with Moshe Brakha's photography** San Francisco's cherry-picking reissue label, Superior Viaduct, give new life to these crucial volumes of art-pop and pre-punk prototypes from Akron, Ohio's finest. 'Hardcore' documents the formative years, 1974-1977, of the brothers Mothersbaugh (Mark, Bob, and Jim) and Brothers Casale (Jerry and Bob) and their drummer Alan Myers (recently deceased, RIP), whose concept of DE-eVOlved blues is considered a pivotal notion in the history of rock music. It marks a point where rock and pop became self-aware of culture's back-cycling tendencies and consciously pedalled side-ways, stripping back the posturing and itching it up in line with po-mo sensibilities. The results, captured here, are equal parts primitive thump and jerky, angular synth and guitar agitation matched by lyrical themes touching on "post-McCarthy paranoia, middle-class ephemera, and DEVO's long-running topic of choice: sex, or lack thereof" and including some of pop music's most inventive, unique moments. This 2nd volume features the band's even weirder, brain-prodding de-evolutions spread over two discs, spanning the gamut of stirring instrumental synth music on 'Booji Boy's Funeral' to icky bubblegum pop on 'Goo Goo Itch', the jagged discord of 'U Got Me Bugged', their mighty cover of 'Working In A Coal Mine' and the primordial fuzz-fest of 'Man From The Past'. Hugely recommended!