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PHILIP JOHNSON

YOUTH IN MOURNING

SUPERIOR VIADUCT


Format: LP
Cata No: SV057
Barcode: 857176003577
Philip Johnson, a lost figure in the dark waters of early
industrial music, self-released over 25 tapes starting in the
late ’70s. As a part of the “cassette culture” in the UK, he
produced ethereal soundscapes, damaged electronics
and undanceable drum patterns, along with homemade
j-cards. For his first and only LP, 1982’s Youth in Mourning,
Johnson further refined his approach with mesmerizing
audio collages and Mark-E-Smith-ian vocals to make one
of the most unique documents of the era.
The song “C81,” commenting on NME’s compilation of
the same name, expresses contempt with know-it-all indie
culture that was similarly reflected 20 years later in LCD
Soundsystem’s “Losing My Edge.” Fans of the degenerate
tale in The Velvet Underground’s “The Gift” will appreciate
Johnson’s “The Karate Kicking Girl of New Invention.”
Youth in Mourning is a personal record, yet fearless. It pulls
back the bedroom curtain, revealing (as Johnson writes in
the liner notes) “the sound of a warm-air heater on a cold
afternoon and a cassette being pushed into the deck and
switched on.”
This first-time reissue comes from the original master
tapes. Recommended for fans of Cabaret Voltaire, John
Bender and The Shadow Ring.

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