Reissue of the second album by legendary Dutch punk band The Ex, originally released in 1982 on More D.P.M. Comes with poster and 24-page booklet. On their second album, The Ex advance into a distinctly more post-punk style: textural guitar shards and tumbling motorik drumming with Bas Masbeck’s
thunderous bass shouldering much of the melodic load. Railing against political duplicity and the illusory nature of “freedom” in an age of manufactured consent, G.W. Sok offers some of punk’s most bracing and memorable agitprop lyrics. These twenty songs are a quick-moving and caustic trip, a DIY studio rendition of the band’s explosive live set from this era. ‘History Is What’s Happening’ remains an important
signpost in the history of both Ex-evolution and the
cataclysmic ’80s. With their sophomore LP, the group would
put Holland on the underground music map. Indeed, many
now-lifelong fans around the world were just beginning to
take notice and get down with the mighty Ex.
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