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CD released: Jul 14, 2017

Tracklisting:
1. Godstar (3:39)
2. Just Like Arcadia (3:59)
3. Southern Comfort (3:44)
4. We Kiss (3:37)
5. She Was Surprised (5:03)
6. Caresse Song (2:10)
7. Starlit Mire (5:36)
8. Thee Dweller (6:41)
9. Being Lost (3:53)
10. Baby's Gone Away (2:47)
11. Ballet Disco (4:49)
PSYCHIC TV
ALLEGORY & SELF
Label: SACRED BONES RECORDS
Cat No: SBR3020CD
Barcode: 616892495345
Packaging: CD Regular

Beginning in 1982, the conceptual audiovisual troupe labeled Psychic TV set
out on a multimedia journey filled with subversion, liberation, and rebellion.
Materialized between Throbbing Gristle co-founder Genesis P-Orridge and
Alternative TV songwriter Alex Fergusson, Psychic TV started pulling in familiar
faces with the likes of Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, Paula P-Orridge, Jhonn
Balance, David Tibet, John Gosling and countless others. While the members'
previous works took root in the counterculture zeitgeist of late '70s UK punk and
conceptual art, it was no longer a question of how to rebel against authority, but
rather how to carefully subvert it through collective infiltration. Parallel to Psychic
TV, its members formed the anti-cult faction The Temple of Psychick Youth,
further propagating the Psychic TV message and vision.
While the ensuing years saw Psychic TV's major label infection and record
breaking live album release binge, it wasn't until 1988 that the band started to
ready itself for a chart-friendly pop endeavor in the form of Allegory and Self.
This would be the band's most notable and successful endeavor, but tragically, it
would be the final songwriting collaboration between P-Orridge and Fergusson.
Allegory and Self was a perfect storm of catchy pop melody along with subversive
counter-culture reference and occult leanings, packaged in a perfect bundle of
underground hits.
The record's opening track "Godstar," a song gushing obsessive praise upon the
fallen Rolling Stones member Brian Jones, would give the album its most notable
identity. "Godstar's" melodic hooks and haunting, Phil Spector-era lyrical
chant gives into to all the hallmarks of a chart-topping hit. "Just Like Arcadia"
and "Being Lost" follows in similar footsteps, charging along with a somewhat
whimsical Beach Boys-esque pop quality. The album also contained a sneak-peak
into what direction Psychic TV was heading into going forward, apparent in
the acid house number "She Was Surprised." Tracks like "Starlit Mire" and "Thee
Dweller" reflect more of what the Psychic TV live experience was akin to in the
'80s, aggressive and hypnotic. All together, Allegory and Self would stand alone as
the band's signature apex from the original '80s line-up.

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