Armed Audio Warfare
|Armed Audio Warfare|
|Studio album by Meat Beat Manifesto|
|Meat Beat Manifesto chronology|
Armed Audio Warfare is the second full-length release of Meat Beat Manifesto. It was originally scheduled as their first album for release in May 1988. The masters of the album were damaged in a fire, necessitating the rewriting and recording of the material which was released as Storm the Studio. This album is actually a compilation of unreleased and rare tracks that give a flavour of what that first album may have been like had it been released as planned.
Composition and Background
The album contains rare tracks from, or related to, various releases of the band from their inception to late 1988. According to the liner notes, "Genocide" is a "burnt" remix of "God O.D.", recorded in Dec 1988. The song is composed of part of the lyrics from "God O.D." but with a darker, more industrial instrumentation, and a lack of sampling. "Repulsion" is a track previously released on a compilation by Sweatbox, the band's first record label, in May 1988. "Mister President" is a previously unreleased, sample-heavy track recorded in Feb 1988 with a notable clip from the introduction of Monty Python's Previous Record. The fourth track, "Reanimator", contains noticeable dub influences. It was to be released as part of the "Re-Animator" single in August 1988, however the single never had a commercial release.
Tracks 5, 6, and 7 are part of the band's first release, the Nov 1987 Suck Hard EP, as an A-side, and two B-sides, respectively. Moreover, on almost all releases of Armed Audio Warfare, there is a misprint, where the titles of tracks 6 and 7 are mistakenly switched. "Kneel and Buzz" has a raw, live sound, plus samples from the communications of the Apollo 11 mission. The title itself is a pun on the names of astronauts Neil (Armstrong) and Buzz (Aldrin). "Fear Version" is a very short, yet intense track recorded in Jan 1988 that was intended to be on the Suck Hard CD reissue, but the single was subsequently never released in that format. "Give Your Body Its Freedom" is cited, in the liner notes, as the original version of the track "Strap Down (Roar of the Underground)", from the June 1988 single Strap Down. The lengthy song contains live vocals, heavy sampling, and distinct sections, including a rather intense buildup and climax contrasted with a calm final minute.
The tenth track, "Marrs Needs Women" is the first of the two tracks added on with the CD reissue of Armed Audio Warfare. It is an extended version of the B-side "Mars Needs Women" from the Nov 1988 God O.D. single. It has a funk-oriented sound, along with samples from the films The War of the Worlds and Mars Needs Women. The eleventh and final track, "Cutman", is a previously unreleased track, with 5 distinct parts, densely layered samples, and soul, jazz, and hip hop influences.
- "Genocide" – 5:17
- "Repulsion" – 3:23
- "Mister President" – 5:58
- "Reanimator" – 4:10
- "I Got the Fear" – 4:59
- "Kick That Man" – 5:25
- "Kneel and Buzz" – 4:33
- "Fear Version" – 1:07
- "Give Your Body Its Freedom" – 7:28
Plus the following additional tracks on the CD release
- "Marrs Needs Women" – 4:11
- "Cutman" – 5:34