What our staff has to say: “From an era I don’t think gets repped enough, a time in the late 70’s / early 80’s and onward, where prog started to meld with post punk. Everyone knows This Heat and how Charles Hayward came out of his involvement with Gong and Quiet Sun, but here we have Tim Hodgkinson coming out of Henry Cow and starting The Work, with MIck Hobbs of Family Fodder and others that went on to be in The Lowest Note, Officer!, and other similarly minded bands. Kinda similar to bands on Recommended at the time, but with a more spastic artsyness to their approach.” – Jon
Spittle Records present a reissue of The Work‘s Slow Crimes, originally released in 1982. From the heart of the late ’70s/early ’80s British underground scene, an extraordinary album at the very edge between art-rock and punk. The Work were a full electric band featuring Tim Hodgkinson, his very first project after the seminal experience of Henry Cow, and three younger maverick figures from the London underground scene. Guitarist Bill Gilonis (The Lowest Note, News from Babel, The Hat Shoes), bassist Mick Hobbs (Officer!, Half Japanese), and drummer Rick Wilson (Family Fodder). The Work embodies the crucial step between two unrepeatable decades in music. An unprecedented mixture of rock complexity and punk attitude. Unapologetically raw and direct, Slow Crimes, The Work’s first album originally released in 1982, stands as one of the most essential and uncompromising pieces of vinyl in the field of experimental rock. This edition comes in printed inner sleeve with unpublished pictures and various memorabilia; Includes CD containing the album along with four extra tracks, three of which are from The Work’s first and only 7″, including the anthemic “I Hate America”.