|What Is It?|
|Produced by David Batchelor and Under Neath What|
|Released on 1989|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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K RONOMYTH 1.0: GREEN EXCESS AND HAM. Tyranoverbyapsychedelicbus Rex. That’s what it is. Andy Berenyi and UNW were part of a new wave of would-be rock heroes raised on Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and T.Rex who now wanted to blow up the world with their guitars and look beautiful doing it. The result was glam/goth metal fueled by drugs and headed straight for the sun; no wonder then that a lot of them burned up so fast. While the crowds were still flocking to the Cult and the Mission, UNW lobbed this firebomb of an album into the market, where it failed to detonate. Today, it lies in some forgotten market corner, ticking, ticking. It’s hard to say what went wrong, since the contents are explosive: “Straight Ahead Money,” “Their Heads Exploded,” “Firebomb Telecom.” Maybe the modish operandi of goth, glam and classic hard rock wasn’t the bomb after all. Or maybe it was hard to get arrested with new acts like Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana, Happy Mondays, Soundgarden and Living Colour on the scene. Those bands sounded like nothing before them, and had a raw energy that somehow stuck to the magnetic tape and wouldn’t rub off no matter how many times you mixed it. UNW’s debut is overmixed and energetic but lacking in raw chemistry; a more sympathetic producer might have tried to capture a “live” feel in the studio, but no such thing happens here. It is possible, after all, to make an album that rocks on record but still sounds like a sealed studio artifact. Had UNW gotten over the hump, they would have been good candidates for the industrial scene, which is where the sex and drugs side of the equation eventually found itself. Their debut remains something of a missed-cue curio, fondly remembered by the few people who tuned in for “Firebomb Telecom,” an interesting page in the goth/glam manifesto for a revolution that got sidetracked by Seattle and trippy club music.
TIM AHSTON -- bass
ANDY BERENYI -- vocals, guitar
MIKAL C. -- drums
Stuart Sullivan -- engineer
Tim Lewis -- engineer (4)
Peter Anderson -- photo
Global Antar (assisted by UNW, P. St.John Nettleton & Séan Hampson) -- sleeve
Alan Harper -- inner bag design
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