Second Layer ‎– World Of Rubber

Cherry Red ‎– B red 14
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Definition Of Honour
A2 In Bits
A3 Fixation
A4 Save Our Souls
A5 Distortion
B1 Underneath The Gloss
B2 Zero
B3 Japanese Headset
B4 Black Flowers

Companies, etc.



© 1981
℗ 1981
Made in France

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): RED 14 A' SNA A LEAN HAM SLICE.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): RED 14 B' A PORKY PRIME CUT. SNA THE SOUND OF SILENCE.

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
201879 Second Layer World Of Rubber(LP, Album) Cherry Red, Virgin 201879 France 1981 Sell This Version
DE-096 Second Layer World Of Rubber(2xLP, Comp, Dlx, RE, RM) Dark Entries DE-096 US 2015 Sell This Version
CDM RED 390 2nd Layer* World Of Rubber(CD, Album, RE) Cherry Red CDM RED 390 UK 2009 Sell This Version
OPT4.017PR Second Layer World Of Rubber(CDr, Album, Promo) Optic Nerve Recordings OPT4.017PR UK 2015 Sell This Version
DE-096 Second Layer World Of Rubber(20xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Dark Entries DE-096 US 2015



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February 9, 2017
love music that creeps me out and this does the trick. Two members of one of my favorite post-punk bands (The Sound) team up to form Second Layer. Vocalist/guitarist Adrian Borland and bassist Graham Bailey create a dark soundscape ripe with urban decay. It's more experimental, industrial, and gritty in nature than The Sound, but it foreshadowed the more experimental direction they would take for 1982's All Fall Down.

Borland is captivating here and more detached than in The Sound on the majority of these songs. I particularly like "Fixation", "Save Our Souls" and "Zero," the last of which gets pretty unsettling by the end. (As does "Underneath the Gloss.") The last track, where he repeats "black flowers..." into the grinding abyss, is sung in one of the most haunting manners I've ever heard. Bailey's basslines provide a strong, steady anchor to his vocals.

There's plenty of interest here for someone who's into the darker side of new wave, and 80's industrial and electronic music. If you're a fan of the pulsating rhythm of Suicide, the creepy vibes of some of Tuxedomoon or Wire's more experimental offerings, and The Sound, this is a must-hear.