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DEATH '...For The Whole World To See'

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DEATH were a Detroit band of three African American brothers, The Hackneys, who switched from R&B in the early '70s when they were turned on to the local insurrectionist rock 'n' roll promulgated by The Stooges, the MC5 and so on. They were reputedly almost signed to Columbia by Clive Davis, who wanted them to change their name. They released a single in 1975 and pretty much disappeared after that. The single now sells for 1000 dollars and upwards. '...For The Whole World To See' features the two songs from the single, "Keep On Knocking" and "Politicians In My Eyes," and five other tracks. DEATH focus on the sort of cranked-up, diamond-sharp rock 'n' roll as heard on the MC5's "High Time". But there's plenty more going on here, not least that weird, probably accidental hybrid of garage rock, psych, prog and proto-punk that flourished in isolation and obscurity across North America at the time. Think Simply Saucer, or Rocket From The Tombs.