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Live Action 2 (1982): The Complete Birth of the Cool

Whitehouse, Live Action 2 (8 March 1982, Whisky a Go Go, London)

[originally posted 17Sep2001]

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We can’t show it to you because the Internet fails us (and it’s packed away somewhere I can’t easily get to it). It may no longer be available for sale in this format.

An unique live action, and actually more a 150 Murderous Passions live set than a Whitehouse effort. Bennett is joined by Steven Stapleton (Nurse with Wound) and Glenn Michael Wallis, and the trio perform what amounts to one long, ugly piece. It has less structure and definition than the 150MP studio recording did, but that makes it no less worthwhile. Stapleton, even though he was working in the same genre at the time, seemed to be something of a stabilizing influence on Bennett during the early years, and the two of them put together music stronger than anything either band came up with on their own before Whitehouse released New Britain. Look at LA2 as a kind of glimpse into the pool of ideas from which 150MP drew their inspiration and go from there. One of the better Whitehouse live action tapes. *** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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