Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Debut Due

John Oswald's 69 Plunderphonics 96 box set on the way

Keep an eye out for the debut album from the San Francisco-based Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (B.R.M.C.), due for release later this year. The self-titled album is a glorious, sometimes noisy mix of Brit-pop and Brit-punk influences, new and old. While "Awake" could be some long-lost early Pink Floyd psychedelia, "Whatever Happened to My Rock 'N' Roll (punk song)" rages along like an amped-up Jesus and Mary Chain track. "I fell in love with a sweet sensation," goes the chorus. "I gave my heart to a simple chord/ I gave my soul to a new religion/ Whatever happened to you?/ What ever happened to our rock 'n' roll?" ... On March 21 John Oswald will unleash 69 plunderphonics 96, a two-CD retrospective box set. A 44-page hardcover book that comes with the set includes a 30,000 word interview with Oswald, in which he explains the "process and the cultural and historical context" of the material. The 60-song set is drawn from a 25-year period (hence the title); Oswald has spent the past two years working on it at his "sonic research facility." [Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2001]

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