Margin Of Sanity - A wound up wall of sound

Screaming Apple Records

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Margin Of Sanity - A wound up wall of sound
Label: Screaming Apple Records
Format: LP Album

A1. When I needed you
A2. Get what I can
A3. Narrowminded people
A4. Look out world
A5. What’s the use in trying
A6. Get yourself ’round here
B1. (You’re my) cute thang
B2. No excuse
B3. Just like I love you
B4. The man of your dreams
B5. The back of my hand
B6. Don’t lie to me

MONSTER TYME !!! Right before x-mas we offer you the holy grail of UK mid-eighties garage-punk!!! Blazing a brief trail through London’s legendary lost music venues during the mid-80s, The Margin of Sanity were a tightly-wound coil of sexual frustration and pent-up rage. Sharing stages with soon-to-be-cult acts such as Spacemen 3, My Bloody Valentine and The Prisoners, they played at the speed of a runaway train on the brink of derailing, fuelled by youthful exuberance, adrenaline and cheap amphetamines.Taking influence from mid-60s Pretty Things and the angry young THEM, The Margin of Sanity quickly picked up a following of disenchanted youths who had turned their backs on the sterilemusic of the 80s and who were instead discovering comps like Chocolate Soup for Diabetics, Nuggets and Pebbles.Fronted by a lanky Keith Relf lookalike, propelled by a drummer raised on Keith Moon at his most frenzied, and backed by black-leather-clad, chelsea-booted guitar slingers, The Margin of Sanity certainly stuck out from the crowd.Their self-titled mini LP consisted of five original compositions and one cover, selling well enoughto warrant a second pressing. John Peel got behind it on his radio show and the UK nationalweekly music press started to take an interest. Headline slots followed but momentum got lost and after only eight months of activity and fewer than twenty gigs, The Margin of Sanity disbanded.This retrospective on Screaming Apple contains all known recordings, including the mini LP, early demos and a rehearsal recorded just before they split, which offers a fascinating insight into the direction they were taking. The recordings are (re)-mastered by none other than Mr. Tim ”Back From The Grave” Warren.Perhaps a line from Robin Gibson’s mini album review in Sounds, published in February 1987, is a fitting epitaph: ”In 1963, The Margin of Sanity would’ve been creating the generation gap. In 1987 they are a generation gap”.