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The Avant Gardeners and the Ghost of Mark E. Smith

Here’s another reprise of the post-punk period by the Avant Gardeners from Adelaide Australia. So much like the Manchester post-punks that I almost thought Mark E. Smith had resuscitated The Fall.

Come to find out that Mark E. Smith died in 2018 after a year of bad health and a lifetime of putting out 32 studio albums and fronting The Fall for 40 years. The Avant Gardeners are a fitting tribute to the genre that he invented.

I had a 90s retro Grunge day this week when I rode my bike to the Print Shop and printed up some flyers for a Critical Mass ride to protest climate change, went to a Bike Party at Elm Park and handed out the flyers. It’s been 20 years since–who does that any more? Felt like I should go home and strap on my Fender Jaguar and crank up the noise. We post-punks are pushing 60 but still kicking.

Now that I’ve stopped aspiring to become an enlightened Android (i.e. practicing orthodox Buddhism) and invented my own style of dharma, thank you very much, I feel a huge sense of liberation putting out the post-punk music that I’ve always admired.

My favorite Fall album is Infotainment Scan (1993), appropriately served with a blank black video screen.

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