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Electric Chair Theatre

by Stiffs, Inc.

Post-Punk for aficianados of Busby Berkeley, Film Noir, German Expressionism, Thomas Edison and Shakespeare.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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1. I Want to Be Bad
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2. Gold Diggers of 1996
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3. I, New
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4. All My Hate
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5. Engineering (cubed)
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6. Hits For M.g.m.
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7. Double Indemnity
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8. Noughty Boys
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9. Dance of the Pkz
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10. Angels
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11. The Magician
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12. St. Vitus Says
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13. For Your Love
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14. Outro: to the Egress
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15. Caligari Wonders
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16. Pearl Three
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17. Indemnity Overture
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18. Richard
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Stiffs were formed in New York City in 1992 by Whitey F. Sterling (vocals), Paul Boering (guitar), R.X. Mauser (bass) and Donnie T. Tremors (drums). Initially, the dapper mob played their own brand of Anglophillic 70's punk, a la early Damned and Eater. No one could have foreseen their sudden signing by American Recordings, or subsequent mutation into demented neo-Victorian post-punks. Bryn Mars replaced Tremors on drums, the group was rechristened "Stiffs, Incorporated", and their debut album NIX NOUGHT NOTHING was released in 1995.

Keyboardist Byron Lang and bizarre "Master of Ceremonies" Poison Eve were added to the line-up. Songs became opus-like: the music more complex, and Mr. Sterling's lyrics increasingly Byzantine. Their second album, ELECTRIC CHAIR THEATRE PRESENTS, was likened to "Raven-era Stranglers scoring the soundtrack to Fritz Lang's Metropolis". The later Stiffs, Inc. shows involved lines of Busby Berkeley showgirls, hardboiled crime motifs, and gory medical tableaux. Following the Stiffs' demise at the end of the last century, they remain the object of a tiny but virulent cult following.


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Cannibal Rose Creations

How do I love thee? Let me eviscerate the ways
From start to finish, this album is a classic. The most dapper of noughty boys, Stiffs Inc kick in the teeth of the biggest bullies on the block. Full of wicked wit and as addictive as absinthe, this album gets deeper into your marrow with each turn. So do yourself a favor and dive head first into one of the most amazing records ever made.

Zeed Meyer

I find myself slowly being seduced by their music.
Electric Chair Theatre Presents is, in my opinion, one of the best modern rock and roll albums I have ever heard, and the level of craft and detail and literacy that was poured into it puts it into that rarefied field of high art. Are they pretentious? Yes, in the same way that Nick Cave, Beefheart, Zappa, and Waits are pretentious. The pretense is: we have certain things to say, and we are going to say them boldly in a highly stylized way. The imagery is very 1920's-1940's noir. Think song titles like "Double Indemnity" and choruses consisting of lines such as "Positronic Engineering Can Create the Perfect Brain" chanted slowly over a musical landscape that really does sound like Bauhaus covering an obscure Pink Floyd tune. But out of the darkness comes some of the prettiest hooks I have ever heard. Also notable is a very dark and evil cover of "For Your Love" with new lyrics referencing "gatling shrapnel." Perhaps the best description of what they are about: Someone on a whim put the album on during a screening of Lang's Metropolis, and it worked out even better than the whole Oz/Floyd phenomenon.

Adam Selzer

sheer grandeur - and you just might learn something
Hi from Mr. Meenee, proprieter since 1996 (or 1997, no one is quite sure) of Mr. Meenee's more-or-less official Stiffs, Inc page. This album, while defying description, is an excercise in grandeur. Effortlessly "different," but not as inaccessible as the things these indie kids listen to nowadays, and much better written.

Word from the band is that ECT/Metropolis pairing may soon be available on DVD.

andrew madinc.

!brilliant!....... whats better than that?
Huge fan of "nix nought nothing", HAD to get whatever else i could get me greedy hands on, this record explores a little (er,alot) more than that album, i suggest you listen to "nnn" and then this one and its as if you are listening to the aftermath of a kill (the homage if thats possible) if you dont like stereopttttttypes in music, and like the un-expected BUY THIS PHUCKING ALBUM! NOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW

Miss JN Barrowfusion


Wonderful album that carries me through the day. At first listen it seems very different from Nix Nought Nothing, but upon closer inspection Electric Chair Theatre is still true to it's punk rock big brother. Definitly more weight and just as stimulating as N.N.N. Improves with each time and instead of having those few favorite songs that one always skips to, every song is worth the listen and even those which aren't as pleasing at first grow better each time.

Justin

great album
@ 1st listen I do admit left a LITTLE to be desired..as in for instance it made me wanna pump up the earlier 1st album nix nought nothing hahaha..but it also made me addicted just like the 1st album & when it was over..i had to hear it again! a bit different, i think there was more flashiness for instance w/the drums on their earlier stuff, but i like this album tons really and the differences. i wish they were still together to give me a 3rd cd (sigh..) richard and the different version of engineering are a couple favorites....well ok done. go get this and everything u can find stiffs, inc.

Wes


A stunning second album by this punk band from New York ,its apparent they have an obsession with Victorian England which is not a bad thing , their style is rooted in 70's UK Punk ala The Adverts , The Damned etc..but these guys are still fresh and original.
There's a dark undertone in the music and lyrics with an emphasis on melody , most of the tracks are as catchy as hell...with a snarling & spiteful vocal style , a crunching buzzsaw guitar attack with a heavy drum and bass pattern laying down the foundations.
A very strong fresh and original album with much better production than their debut 'Nix Nought Nothing' from 1996.

The majority of the tracks are stunners ....go and do yourself a favour and buy this seldom seen classic!