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The Legendary Pink Dots

The Legendary Pink Dots are an influential, staggeringly prolific group led by enigmatic frontman Edward Ka-Spel. Emerging from the early-'80s post-punk underground and sometimes categorized as industrial due to associations with bands like Skinny Puppy, the group's music is nearly impossible to pin down, drawing from Krautrock, ambient, folk, synth pop, and numerous other styles. The Dots' music is by turns melodic pop and exotic psychedelia, with classical influences, sampling, and relentlessly dark, violent, apocalyptic lyrics. Ka-Spel's rhotacistic vocals are instantly recognizable, and somewhat resemble a cross between Syd Barrett and Coil's John Balance. Aside from the group's only two constant members, Ka-Spel and keyboard player Phil Knight (also known as the Silverman), the Dots have consisted of a shifting supporting cast over the years, including Canadian dub reggae producer Ryan Moore (Twilight Circus), engineer Raymond Steeg, and guitarist Erik Drost. The group has toured relentlessly since its inception, and has released well over a hundred albums, EPs, and compilations on dozens of labels, including numerous limited cassettes and CD-Rs, as well as an increasing number of digital releases during the 2010s.

Formed in London in 1980, the Legendary Pink Dots began contributing to underground compilations and issuing cassettes of dark, twisted synth pop in 1981, including Chemical Playschool 1+2 and Kleine Krieg, both on Mirrordot. Official debut LP Brighter Now was released by In Phaze Records in 1982. Curse followed in 1983, as the group continued releasing cassettes and further volumes of Chemical Playschool. Politically fueled LP The Tower appeared in 1984, and Ka-Spel has regarded the album as one of the group's most significant works; when the album failed to make a significant impact in the Dots' home country, they moved to Amsterdam, where they remained, incorporating many musicians from the Dutch underground music scene.

Also in 1984, Belgian label Play It Again Sam signed LPD; the label's first release was the group's mini-album Faces in the Fire. The band remained on PIAS into the '90s, releasing much of its best material (1988's The Golden Age, 1990's Crushed Velvet Apocalypse, 1991's The Maria Dimension) on the label. The group's sound evolved significantly, embracing non-electronic instruments such as saxophones and strings, as well as live drums. Ever prolific, Ka-Spel also issued numerous solo albums and experiments on smaller labels, and participated in many side projects, most notable the Tear Garden (with Skinny Puppy's cEvin Key) and Mimir (with Christoph Heemann).

Following 1994's 9 Lives to Wonder, the Pink Dots ended their association with Play It Again Sam. Released in 1995, From Here You'll Watch the World Go By was their first release on Soleilmoon. Several more albums would appear on the label, as well as its sublabel Caciocavallo, which reissued much of the band's back catalog. Even as the Legendary Pink Dots neared their two-decade anniversary, the group continued to tour Europe and America quite consistently, appreciated by several generations of dark industrial/goth audiences (and documented by the 2000 live album Farewell, Milky Way). The 2002 album All the King's Horses was Ka-Spel's direct response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, and was one of the group's most melancholy releases. Its sister album, All the King's Men, was the Dots' first release on R.O.I.R., which would release a few of the group's more accessible releases. Poppy Variations appeared on Terminal Kaleidoscope in 2004, with the vinyl edition issued by Beta-lactam Ring Records, which has released much of Ka-Spel's solo output since 2000.

After releasing Your Children Placate You from Premature Graves on R.O.I.R. in the spring of 2006, the band embarked on its 25th anniversary tour. The more experimental Alchemical Playschool surfaced on Caciocavallo that year. After two more albums for R.O.I.R. (2008's Plutonium Blonde, 2010's Seconds Late for the Brighton Line), the group released Chemical Playschool 15 on Rustblade and two CD-R releases, The Creature That Tasted Sound and Taos Hum. The Dots remastered and digitally reissued nearly their entire back catalog in 2013, including several solo albums and side projects as well as several new releases of outtakes, live performances, and other archival material. A few more limited albums appeared on Beta-lactam Ring and Rustblade that year, while Metropolis issued the group's proper studio effort The Gethsemane Option. 10 to the Power of 9 appeared on Rustblade in 2014. The label also released The Shock Exchange, LPD's limited split LP with kETvECTOR, in 2015. ~ Steve Huey & Paul Simpson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Gethsemane Option

1. A Star Is Born

2. The Garden Of Ealing

3. Esher Everywhere

5. Grey Scale

6. A Stretch In Time

7. One More Dimension

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Track List: Plutonium Blonde

1. Torch Song

2. Rainbows Too?

3. A World With No Mirrors

4. My First Zonee

5. Faded Photograph

6. An Arm And A Leg

7. Mailman

8. Oceans Blue

9. Savannah Red

10. Cubic Caesar

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Track List: Your Children Placate You From Premature Graves

1. Count On Me

2. No Matter What You Do

3. Stigmata (Part 4)

4. Feathers At Dawn

5. Please Don't Get Me Wrong

6. Peace Of Mind

7. The Island Of Our Dreams

8. Bad Hair

9. The Made Man's Manifesto

10. A Silver Thread

11. Your Number Is Up

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Track List: The Whispering Wall

1. Soft Toy

2. A Distant Summer

3. Dominic

4. In Sickness And In Health

5. For Sale

6. King Of A Small World

7. The Region Beyond

9. Peek A Boo

10. The Divide

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Track List: All The King's Men

1. Cross Of Fire

2. The Warden

3. Touched By The Midnight Sun

4. Rash

5. The Day Before It Happened

6. Brighter Now

7. Marz Attacks

8. Sabres At Dawn

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Track List: A Perfect Mystery

1. Lent

2. When I'm With You

3. When Lenny Meets Lorca

5. Mood 159

6. Pain Bubbles

7. Blue

8. Condition Green!

9. Death Of A King

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Track List: Under Triple Moons

1. As If

2. Splash

3. Submerged

4. Amphitheatre

5. Digital

6. Dying For The Emperor

7. Oceans Of Emotion

8. Small Anthem

9. Intruder

10. Premonition 2

11. Frosty

12. One For The Pearl Moon

13. The Whore Of Babylon

14. The War Of Silence

15. Garlands

16. A Lust For Powder (Version Apocalypse)

17. Punishment

18. Down From The Country

19. Premonition 1

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Track List: The Golden Age

1. Maniac

2. The Talent Contest

3. The More It Changes

4. Hotel Noir

5. Stille Nacht

6. The Month After

7. Lisa's Separation

8. The Golden Age

9. Black Castles

10. And Even The Vegetables Screamed

11. Regression

12. Blacklist

13. Methods

14. Our Lady In Cervetori

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Love! Love! Love LPD!!! They're an amazing live show!!!
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fascinating vibrations
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PsychedeliA in my eye!*
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Hey mummy, come listen
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A collection of musicians who reflect more than sound. Reflections of deep moods and audio realms. The dots never needed to push their music to be recognized, but rather let their art draw the audience to them.

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Their archive is of epic proportions. . This does no justice. .. Every album is a genre in itself
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Don't get me started again on Pandora's elected reviewer. I'm taking names now. Three left out subjects: Crushed Velvet Apocalypse, Neils Van Hoorn and Ryan Moore. If Crushed Velvet was mentioned thas how stupified of a review it impacted... Love this band, a movement and genre alone. LPD is simply a wondrous masterpiece. Like no other.
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milosdad
Wife will never stay in the room when I listen to them.
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They have left off some of their best. Where's Curse, Brighter Now, The Tower? Hell what about The Legendary Pink Box. Glad that the little bit that is on here is, but it hardly scratches the surface.
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dreamsinthel o w l i g h t s
I would love to see Nemesis Online here.
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I was looking for music like the TV Show The Office's theme show song and got Legendary Pink Dots. What I find interesting is that I love The Office theme show song and about 15+ years ago saw The Legendary Pink Dots in concert, even had dinner with Mr. Ka-Spel. Love them!!!
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The BEST Halloween music ever!!!
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One of the mostprolifif i c bands I've ever seen. By the late eighties had an incredible amount of albums, EPs, cassettes, etc. Check out the Legendary Pink Box disc as a great starting point. Saw them in NYC at the Limelight. They were great.
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Dear Pandora: Please lay off the Tears For Fears and New Order on my Legendary Pink Dots radio station...wt h ? ?
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Dear Pandora: You speak of 25 years of work by the LPDs, but you only offer a paltry selection, playing mostly from Plutonium Blonde. Please widen you repertoire!
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I can't get enough of his genius! I could listen to Edwards music 4 eternity and never tire of it!! The more I hear it the more I can't help but gush about it!
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I have been an avid Tear Garden fan and follower for as long as they've existed(86)a n d have heard mention of the Legendary Pink Dots for many a year but was unable to find any of their CD's in stores since I started looking in the 90's, then by shear chance and dumb luck I found 1 of their albums in a close out bin at a Hastings in Missoula MT.of all places just a few months ago and got it in perfect condition for 2 bucks!(Ridic u l o u s 4 sure!) I love this Edward K-spell band every bit as much as
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sid barrett with parachute pants
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regarding Legendary Pink Dots: dear Pandora, i'm really happy that you have SOME LPD but try to find ANYthing by them before 1990 Here are the tilles that i have and cannot live without:Gold e n Age,Tower,Cu r s e , I s l a n d of Jewels,Brigh t e r Now,Asylum,C r u s h e d Velvet Apocalypse,F a c e s in the Fire ep, Blacklist and Curious Guy ep,and 4 by Edward Ka=Spel:Chye k k and Khataclimici China Doll (2), Laugh,China Doll and Thin Blue Line.. Oh, i almost forgot Stone Circles which isa compilation album from '83 or s
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my favorite band....in chronologica l order :Stones,Marl e y , C l a s h J o y Division ,Pink Dots,Portish e a d and now Arcade Fire.Philip Glass for classical plus stabs at others!!!the LPD are greatest from mid-80's with Tower album, Curious Guy and EdKa-Spel's solo stuff...Chin a D o l l and so on. He made at least 2-3 albums per year under the effects of starvation and has a whole philosophy based on the Terminal Kaleidoscope ...the rushing together of technology faster and faster until explosive chaos !!!He is
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l_zebes
Haven't missed a show in 15 years. I love these guys.
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Well, after all these years, I think this is the first time that I heard these guys, even though I always knew the name. Crazy! Very cool stuff.
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blacklight9
I just saw these guys in Boston. They were incredible as always. They never EVER dissapoint at their shows !
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I wonder if they have "Sirius (Needle City edit)"... one of the darkest, creepiest songs these guys ever did. Imagine how a follower of something like the Heaven's Gate Cult would talk to his child, trying to convince him to join their suicide-pact . Shudderific. It starts off slow and kind of trippy, the dialogue comes in and gets scarier from there, then the music train-wrecks into this melodic insanity that blows you away... These guys are fuggin' AWESOME.
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I wish they would add Asylum.
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such a beautiful fuckkin voice i cant find the right words 4 this beautiful band
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Need more LPD than these three albums...i'l l tip my hat to pandora for trying, but CVA, Maria Dimension, The Tower, Any Day Now all need to added so there is more variety by them in the rotation.

BTW Tear Garden is with cEvin key not ogre from SP.
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ugh! smashing pumpkins AND
peter gabrieL?!?
i appreciate peter gabriel but the data suggests that neither
of THOSE artists invoke any similarities to LPD.
yessssssssss s s s s ?
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one of my favorite bands ever. the tear gardern is with oger of skinny puppy.
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though I wouldn't put smashing pumpkins in the same catagory.
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hey what a f**kin quink i dink You tell me just posted on your account cause i saw theese guys live didnt know you already new bout them well theese guys f**kin turn me on great live show specially trippin
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ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING BANDS I HAVE EVER HEARD LOVE THEM. GREAT LIVE AS WELL CHECK THEM OUT. ALSO RECOMMEND THE TEAR GARDEN AS WELL

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