Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit, Holger CzukayHow Much Are They?

Label:Island Records – 12WIP 6701
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Dub, Leftfield, Disco, New Wave


A1How Much Are They?
Electronic Drums [Rhythm Boxing], PercussionHolger Czukay
Recorded By, Mixed ByMark Lusardi*
SynthesizerJah Wobble
A2Where's The Money?
B1Trench Warfare
B2Twilight World

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Recorded at Inner Space and mixed at Conny's Studio
A1 recorded and mixed in London
Thanks to Hildegard Schmidt, Conny Plank and Tony Wilson
Holger Czukay courtesy of EMI Electrola Germany
A CODEX concept
This record is dedicated to Ian Curtis

℗ 1981 Original sound recording made by Island Records Ltd

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): 12WIP 6701-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout ): 12 WIP 6701 A-1U JONZ 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 12WIP 6701-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout ): 12 WIP 6701 B-1U SOUND CLINIC 4
  • Rights Society: MCPS

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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How Much Are They? (7", 45 RPM, Single)Island Records105 117Germany1981
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How Much Are They? (12", Maxi-Single)Welt-Rekord1C 062-64 419Germany1981
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How Much Are They? (12", 45 RPM)Island Records12WIP 6701UK1981
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How Much Are They? (12", 45 RPM, Stereo)Island Records, Island Records12 WIP 6701, 12WIP 6701UK1981
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How Much Are They? (12", 45 RPM, Promo, White Label, Stereo)Welt-Rekord1C 062-64 419 YZGermany1981



  • enabler's avatar
    All about 'Trench Warfare' - trippy ass lyrics and a really pleasing hiss throughout. I know 'How much are they' is regarded as a weirdo synth classic but the bass is so out of tune it's painful to listen to if you notice stuff like that. Overall tho this is a dope 12" very ahead of its time
    • DrLex's avatar
      ‘How Much Are They?’ is an absolutely brilliant track, way ahead of its time. If I would need to date this purely based on its musical qualities I would say it should be from around 1990, almost 10 years after it was actually made. The sweeping bass line combined with dub elements and reverberating drums and samples, is almost intoxicating.
      • mixmastermorris's avatar
        Edited 18 years ago
        A classic of early '80s alternative music, the heavy Wobble bass fitting like a glove with Czukays dub experiments, if Lee Perry had been born in Prenzlauerberg this is what he would have sounded like. This is also the track sampled on the controversial Marcello/Derrick May 12" ...amongst others!



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