Sex (The Necks album)

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Studio album by
Released1989 (1989)
GenreImprovised music
LabelSpiral Scratch
The Necks chronology
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Sex is the debut album of improvised music trio, The Necks, originally released on the Spiral Scratch label and later rereleased on Fish of Milk and Private Music in the US. The album features a single track of just under an hour in length performed by Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck improvising over a two-bar motif. On this album the band overdubbed the instrumentation of piano, bass and drums in a dual take creating a "hypnotic repetitive piece".[2]

The album is also an early example of the CD format being used to expand the length of recorded performances with one reviewer noting that "time limitations and format restrictions of cassettes, vinyl, and the obtuse eight-track would have meant that their work could only be experienced live".[3]

Excerpts from Sex have been used as the theme music on Dan Bodah's Airborne Event show on the WFMU freeform radio station.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sex" (Abrahams, Buck, Swanton) - 56:07



  1. ^ Couture, François. "The Necks - Sex". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  2. ^ Couture, F. "Review of Sex", AllMusic, Accessed 13 January 2009.
  3. ^ Adams, M.W. "Sex and the Single Track", Pop Matters, 8 May 2006.
  4. ^ "Playlist from February 15, 2009", Airborne Event, Accessed 17 March 2009.