Tattooed Beat Messiah

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Tattooed Beat Messiah
Studio album by Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
Released February 16, 1988
Recorded 1987
Length 41:15
Label Vertigo
Producer Bill Drummond and David Balfe
Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction chronology
High Priest of Love EP
(1986)
Tattooed Beat Messiah
(1988)
Hoodlum Thunder
(1991)

Tattooed Beat Messiah is the 1988 debut full-length studio release by Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction. Engineered by Femi Jiya and Mark Freegard. Mixed by Nigel Green. The album reached #132 on the US Billboard 200 and #20 on the UK album charts in March 1988 supported by music videos for the "Prime Mover" (single, April 1987), "Backseat Education" (single, October 1987, UK #49), and "Planet Girl" (single, March 1988, UK #63). Tracks included on the album that had been released in 1987 were remixed for inclusion on the album.[1] "Prime Mover" would be the band's most successful single reaching #18 on the UK singles charts in May 1987,[2] well in advance of the eventual album release. The single also charted in New Zealand hitting #12.

The album was reissued in January 1998 as "The Best of Zodiac Mindwarp" including the "Born To Be Wild" track. Rock Candy Records [3] issued a 24-bit remastered version of the album in August 2007 including the 9 tracks that had originally been used as singles B-sides.

Tracks[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. Wolf Child Speech (0:30) – Manning
  2. Prime Mover (3:13) – Manning
  3. Skull Spark Joker (2:27) – Manning
  4. Backseat Education (3:04) – Manning
  5. Hey Baby (0:05) – Manning
  6. Bad Girl City (3:00) – Manning
  7. Untamed Stare (2:41) – Manning
  8. Tattooed Beat Messiah (3:36) – Manning

Side two[edit]

  1. Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf Cover) (3:20) – Mars Bonfire
  2. Upside Down (0:09) – Manning
  3. Let's Break The Law (3:35) – Manning
  4. Spasm Gang (2:44) – Manning
  5. Holy Gasoline (4:14) – Manning
  6. Planet Girl (2:37) – Manning
  7. Kids Stuff (4:55) – Manning
  8. Messianic Reprise (1:05) – Manning

2007 Rock Candy reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. Laughing In The Face Of Death (2:52) – Manning
  2. Hangover From Hell (3:41) – Manning
  3. Mess With The Killer (2:32) – Manning
  4. Whore Of Babylon (3:32) – Manning
  5. Lager Woman From Hell (3:18) – Manning / Munro
  6. Messin' With My Best Friend's Girl (3:25) – Manning
  7. Dog Face Driver (2:03) – Manning
  8. Born To Be Wild (3:20) – Bonfire
  9. Go Go Baby Dream Show (3:18) – Manning

In some markets "Born To Be Wild" had originally only been available as a bonus track on the "Planet Girl" single. For the 2007 reissue it was integrated as one of the bonus tracks rather than appearing in the original track order. The B-sides were produced by Zodiac Mindwarp. Lead vocals on 'Lager Woman From Hell" by Evil Bastard.

Other B-sides[edit]

  1. Prime Mover (Automatic Cannibal Mix) (4:42) – Manning – US "Prime Mover" 12" single (Vertigo/Mercury PRO 553-1).
  2. The Zodiac-Scream (0:07) – Manning – German one-sided promo single (Mercury 888 675-7).

Band[edit]

  • Zodiac Mindwarp – Vocals
  • Cobalt Stargazer – Guitars
  • Evil Bastard – Guitars
  • Thrash D. Garbage – Bass
  • Slam Thunderhide – Drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kerrang, Oct. 1987
  2. ^ "Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction | Artist". Official Charts. 1987-11-14. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Rockcandy". Rockcandyrecords.com. Retrieved 2014-08-02.