Graphic artist Art Chantry called Tupelo Chain Sex's second album one of the "… best fucking lp's I've ever heard in my life". When the group first entered the Los Angeles music scene, the Los Angeles Times called the group "bizarre" and went on to describe them as "an avant-garde rockabilly combo featuring washboard, harmonica and a singer named Limey Dave who sports a Mohawk, shouts dislocated epics like Elvis Presley Meets E.T., and alters his vocals through an echo device." In a subsequent review of a live performance, The Times declared that one of the group's major musical influences appeared to be derived from dada. wickipedia
TCS runs on their first Long Player the gauntlet from jazz thru blues thru rockabilly to dub, trashing meter and meaning along the way, continually vamping and improvising on the theme, always enjoying themselves and most importantly, reflecting the times we live in. liner notes
The Au Pairs were a post-punk band who formed in Birmingham in 1979. Their first album Playing with a Different Sex is considered a post-punk classic with strong, sarcastic songs like "It's Obvious" and "We're So Cool" taking a dry look at gender relations. Other songs, such as "Armagh" with its refrain,"we don't torture" took a pro-republican look at the then ongoing "Troubles" in Northern Ireland, which caused some controversy at the time.
The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death was the second and last studio album by The Housemartins. It was released in 1987. The songs "Five Get Over Excited", "Me and the Farmer" and "Build" were released as singles. The title song is about the British Royal Family, which found them gaining controversy in the tabloid papers similar to that of other bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Smiths and the Stone Roses.