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Magazine: Play

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Recorded live in 1980, PLAY presents the pioneering U.K. post-punk act Magazine performing in Melbourne, Australia. Former Buzzcock Howard Devoto leads his ensemble through a set that primarily draws on REAL LIFE ('78) and THE CORRECT USE OF SOAP ('80), including fierce art-rock classics such as "The Light Pours Out of Me" and "A Song From Under the Floorboards." Like its peers Wire, the group doesn't disappoint in concert, with Barry Adamson (later of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) providing a potent bass rumble and temporary guitarist Robin Simon (Ultravox) applying dynamic six-string flourishes. Though PLAY is primarily geared towards Magazine completists, it should easily appeal to many other post-punk diehards.


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