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3.44 | 31 ratings | 5 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Do Not Live (5:04)
2. Possessed (8:19)
3. How To Clean Squid (5:02)
4. A Light Is On And Name The World (1:32)
5. The Taste That Lingers On (2:12)
6. Four Men In The Rain (2:33)
7. Thorns Of Blue And Red / The War (15:28)

Total time 40:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Sharon Bradford / vocals, Casio keyboards (5), "Drake noise-box" (5)
- Mike Johnson / guitar, synth, piano & Casio keyboards (7), vocals
- Harry Fleishman / piano, organ & noises (3)
- Bob Drake / bass, drums, percussion (5), guitar (1,4,5,7), bowed balalaika (2,6), synths (2,5), piano & Casio keyboards (7), vocals
- Mark Fuller / drums (2), Simmons electronic drums (7)

- Mark Bradford / noises (3), vocals (7)

Releases information

Artwork: Kevin Saunders with Bob Drake

LP Endemic Music ‎- none (1984, US)

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THINKING PLAGUE A Thinking Plague ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars My first contact with this band was in perfect conditions so I was quasi-certain I would enjoy this band I had heard so much about. I have been told countless times how Bob Drake was such a genius but had only heard him on other people's groups or project and as a guest appearance. Maybe I was expecting too much , but I got what I was expecting: extremely difficult RIO. What I had not expected was that this music was unexpectedly too complicated and done exactly on that very purpose. I mean Univers Zero , Samla , Henry Cow had done just the same RIO a some years before and did not feel obliged to overdo things like they do. One thing is certain though, Bjork heard these guys before going solo because you can find many T P elements throughout her career.

Only if you are a RIO nutcase. I usually am but this is too much for me.

Review by laplace
4 stars Not nearly as experimental as they think they are, Thinking Plague are nevertheless a skilled and entertaining band. Comparisons to Henry Cow aren't entirely unfounded although perhaps a little too flattering in terms of new ground covered.

This disc starts with a rather abrasive song with contrary instrumentation and urgently delivered lyrics, but don't let it scare you away as what lies beyond is much more fulfilling. The disc contains pieces which can be likened to various RIO bands, all the way from tense chamber avant-rock to the confused new-wave, post-punk pop songs "How to Clean Squid" and "The Taste That Lingers On" which this reviewer found similar to certain pieces on Stormy Six's "Al Volo" album.

Look to this album if you crave a disc that will create certain moods rather than to help you rock out. Pay particularly close attention to the second and last tracks as they are true gems. Of course, this reviewer's advice would be to delay the purchase of A Thinking Plague (or more likely, the double album compilation upon which this appears) until you have paid tribute to bands such as Univers Zero and Etron Fou Leloublan.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars With THINKING PLAGUE about to release a new album I thought I better review their first two records. For me this is a great way to prepare for the new one. Sharon Bradford is the vocalist on this their debut released in 1984 although we do get plenty of male vocals too. This is such an inventive album full of adventure and there's that humour too.

"I Do Not Live" opens with male vocals, acoustic guitar and more. Avant is the word (haha). A calm before 1 1/2 minutes then these loud percussion sounds and female vocals take over. Back to that earlier soundscape around 4 minutes although the vocals sound distorted this time. "Possesed" is led by guitar and drums early. Great sound here. A calm before 2 minutes with piano and female vocals. It kicks back in before 3 1/2 minutes with guitar and drums. Vocals are back around 4 minutes in then it turns pastoral a minute later. It's fuller again as contrasts continue.

"How To Clean Squid" is funny lyrically. It's an uptermpo rocker to start before settling back. Crazy stuff. Love the bass late. "A Light Is On And Name The World" is a short piece with loud bangs and lots of chaos. "The Taste That Lingers On" is funny with almost spoken vocals with a silly sounding rhythm and other humorous sounds. "Four Men In The Rain" is melancholic with dissonance. "Thorns Of Blue And Red / The War" is the almost 15 1/2 minute closer. Piano and male vocals to start then guitar and drums take over before a minute. Nice. A calm after 3 minutes with sparse sounds.Piano and drums before 6 minutes then vocals and a fuller sound follow. Nice. A calm with male vocals before 10 minutes then the guitar and drums return.

What a great way to start their careers. A very solid 4 stars for this one.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Thinking Plague's debut album - quite rare in its original issue, and much easier to find as half of the Early Plague Years compilation - mashes up the avant-prog RIO sound of Henry Cow with a more whimsical and less overtly political outlook, and freshens things up with a distinctive 1980s sound thanks largely to Sharon Bradford's minisynth and a production style reminiscent of, say, Peter Gabriel's third or fourth self-titled album. It's certainly an oddball number, and Thinking Plague accomplish what their inspirations Henry Cow sometimes failed to do in terms of producing material that is experimental enough to feel fresh but at the same time isn't extremely difficult to get into. A promising start all round.

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3 stars Obviously I don't own one of those 500 rare original LP's of this record. The review is based on the 'Early Plague Years' reissue CD which contains TP's first two LP's. This album featured in tracks 6 to 12. The importance of this first LP in my opinion, is the opportunity to notice where all this s ... (read more)

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