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No Great Lost: Songs, 1979-1985

No Great Lost: Songs, 1979-1985 by Kevin Dunn
Released: Jan 1981
Label: Casa Nueva Industries
This eccentric Georgian's overdue anthology is arch and itchy, layering '70s Eno loops and staccato jabbering over robotic "96 Tears"-like plinks, yet it frequently comes off thin and distanced -- not that you'll mind much when he's denying fascism to his mom or sending "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on a satellite ride. By the mid-'80s, Dunn's chug had thickened, sometimes into an off-kilter sort of post-funk; his noise in "Nam" sticks like napalm. Where Dunn really unleashes his berserk menagerie of fuzztone blurts, though, is when turning Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and "Louie Louie" inside out.
CHUCK EDDY