ClockDVA* ‎– Advantage

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Tortured Heroine 4:51
Beautiful Losers 4:28
Resistance 3:41
Eternity In Paris 5:37
The Secret Life Of The Big Black Suit 3:26
Breakdown 4:16
Dark Encounter 7:02
Poem 5:43

Versions (9)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
POLS 1082, 813 119-1 ClockDVA* Advantage(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor POLS 1082, 813 119-1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
POLSC 1082 Clock DVA Advantage(Cass, Album) Polydor POLSC 1082 UK 1983 Sell This Version
813 119-1, POLS 1082 ClockDVA* Advantage(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor 813 119-1, POLS 1082 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
813 119-1, 813 119-1 Y Clock DVA Advantage(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor 813 119-1, 813 119-1 Y Germany 1983 Sell This Version
813 119-1, POLS 1082 ClockDVA* Advantage(LP, Album, TP) Polydor, Polydor 813 119-1, POLS 1082 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
IF-SETH 006 Clock DVA Advantage(CD, Album) Interfisch Records IF-SETH 006 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
IF-CON 191 Clock DVA Advantage(CD, Album) Interfisch Records IF-CON 191 US 1989 Sell This Version
SETH 006 ClockDVA* Advantage(LP, Album, RE) Interfisch Records SETH 006 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
Contedisc 191 ClockDVA* Advantage(CD, Album, RE) Contempo Records Contedisc 191 Italy 1992 Sell This Version

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sebfact

sebfact

April 24, 2008
referencing Advantage, LP, Album, 813 119-1, 813 119-1 Y

If asked "Which 10 records would you bring to a remote island?", this would be one of them.
In contrast to the rather Industrial first album "Thirst", this is almost a commercial release. And yet it is a haunting experience with Adi Newton's vocals in combination with the instruments.
The use of horns, combined with some typical Clock DVA musical elements, makes this record almost a fusion of avant-garde jazz and New Wave. Tortured Heroine, Eternity In Paris, Poem and especially Dark Encounter add a dark element to this release which is however contrasted by upbeat Beautiful Losers, The Secret Life of the Big Black Suit, Resistance and Breakdown. No wonder these tracks were also released on 12"s with extended mixes. Altogether an oustanding record of the 80s, if you like the edgy, experimental style of it.
cvoltaire02

cvoltaire02

October 14, 2003
referencing Advantage, CD, Album, IF-SETH 006

An amazing mix of early-80s postpunk, hard funk and dub elements. This release (originally released on vinyl in May of '83) seems to be what Clock DVA had been striving for since their first obscure cassette release in 1979. The sound is very original and also very surprisingly accessible. The lyrics are dark and intelligent, driven to great effect by frontman Adi Newton's expressive half-spoken/half-sung vocals. The guitar work is exceptional--these guys may have been listening to a bit of Fela Kuti when recording tracks such as 'Tortured Heroine' and 'Noises In Limbo'. Track 2, 'Beautiful Losers' is my all-time personal favourite.

The CD adds all the contents of the original LP release plus the 12" versions of 'Resistance' and 'Breakdown' (great tracks in their own right) as well as some pre-LP b-sides. Difficult to acquire but a great find nonetheless.