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Dow Jones and the Industrials "Can't Stand The Midwest 1979-1981" LP and DVD

Dow Jones and the Industrials "Can't Stand The Midwest 1979-1981" LP and DVD


LP 1: What's The Difference, It Ain't Good Enough, Set Yourself On Fire, Malfunction, Dude In The Direction Field, Rocking Farmers, Hold That Coed, USA, Can't Stand The Midwest, Let's Go Steady, Indeterminism, Mental Disease, Straight A Students, Latent Psychosis, Never Too Stoned To Disco

LP 2: Damage, Don't Complain About Muzak, Ladies With Appliances, Remember Your Manners, USA (demo) [Not on CD], Bite It Off, Me Generation, Ralph Crowe, American Fat (live), Bobby Brite (live), Theme From Bluegill (live), Mental Disease (live)


For just more than two years starting in 1979, Dow Jones and the Industrials created roaring art-punk that collided with the confusion and celebration of technology. Their left field approach turned gnarled guitar riffs into unshakable melodies battered by synths and propelled with sharp lyrics. The songs railed against the boredom and cultural blandness of the Midwest and mirrored the paranoia of the era.As maverick studio producers and ace songwriters, the Industrials realized a vision and sound not only on par with contemporaries Devo and Pere Ubu, but still relevant and cutting today.Outside of bootleg compilation appearances and the overpriced collectors' market, the music of DJI has been unavailable for 35 years until now. "Can't Stand The Midwest 1979-1981" includes 29 songs remastered from the original tapes: The Industrials' side from "Hoosier Hysteria," the rare 1980 split LP with the Gizmos; 1981 7-inch EP; 9 unreleased studio tracks; live versions of unrecorded songs and more. A 12-page booklet features liner notes by the Gizmos' Dale Lawrence and Keith Smith's never before seen Indiana punk scene photos. The 2xLP also comes with a 70-minute DVD of a September 1980 club performance and download coupon. CD version has one less song.


  • Includes:
  • >> Two 150-gram LPs in a full-color gatefold jacket with download code.
  • >> 29 remastered songs, including 1980 Hoosier Hysteria LP, 1981 7-inch EP, 9 unreleased studio tracks plus compilation, demo and live recordings.
  • >> 12-page, 11-inch x 11-inch booklet with liner notes by the Gizmos' Dale Lawrence and Keith Smith's unpublished photographs of the Indiana punk scene
  • >> Live At Third Base DVD -- the complete 19-song, 70-minute Sept. 28, 1980 performance at the legendary Indianapolis punk club; NTSC / B & W / All-region. 
  • >> CD version is the same as the 2xLP but smaller with one less song -- DVD is only available in mail order version, not in retail stores

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