Scrabbling at the Lock

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Scrabbling at the Lock
Scrabbling at the Lock cover.jpg
Studio album by The Ex and Tom Cora
Released August 1991
Recorded at ADM's Koeienverhuurbedrijf, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genre Anarcho-punk
Length 51:24
Producer Dolf Planteijdt
The Ex chronology
(1991) 61991
Scrabbling at the Lock
(1991) Scrabbling at the Lock1991
And the Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders
(1993) And the Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders1993
Tom Cora chronology
(1991) Bee1991
Scrabbling at the Lock
(1991) Scrabbling at the Lock1991
Differently Desperate
(1991) Differently Desperate1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Scrabbling at the Lock is the first of two albums by Dutch punk band The Ex in collaboration with avant-garde cellist Tom Cora. It is also the first of The Ex's studio albums to feature the work of then Dog Faced Hermans guitarist Andy Moor, who has remained in the band ever since. With the interplay of two guitars, bass, cello, and more prominent female vocals, Scrabbling at the Lock marked a turn toward melodic song structures that incorporated elements of free improvisation in The Ex's music. The album cover features the Montparnasse derailment that occurred in October 1895.


The Ex recorded two versions of the Hungarian folk song, "Hidegen Fújnak a Szelek" ("Cold Winds Are Blowing"), one with Tom Cora and one without. The Coraless version appeared as the third 7" in The Ex's 6 singles series released the same year.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "State of Shock" – 6:05
  2. "Hidegen Fújnak a Szelek" – 3:17
  3. "King Commie" – 3:28
  4. "Crusoe" – 3:29
  5. "The Flute's Tale" – 4:02
  6. "A Door" – 5:05
  7. "Propadada" – 4:19
  8. "Batium" – 3:52
  9. "Total Preparation" – 6:19
  10. "1993" – 2:26
  11. "Fire and Ice" – 6:05
  12. "Sukaina" – 2:51



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