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Banking Violence & Inner Life Today

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Limited red vinyl LP pressing with bonus three track 7' single. McCarthy were formed in 1985 by Malcolm Eden, Tim Gane, John Williamson and Gary Baker. Originally released in 1990, this was McCarthy's third and final album. It was also their finest. Banking, Violence And the Inner Life Today displays McCarthy at the height of it's power. Tim Gane went on to form Stereolab, and on here he begins to display the hypnotic layering that would become his trademark in that band. However, Banking is still characterized by jangly guitars and up-tempo pop drumming, with Malcolm Eden's nasal vocals backed by Laetitia Sadier, future Stereolab singer and Gane's future wife. This album displays some of the most adept left-wing lyrics on offer and it is no surprise that McCarthy were a major early influence on Manic Street Preachers who covered three of their songs.
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Track List

  1. I'm on the Side of Mankind As Much As the Next Man
  2. And Tomorrow the Stock Exchange Will Be the Human Race
  3. Now Is the Time for An Iron Hand
  4. The Drinking Song of the Merchant Bankers
  5. Write to Your M.P. Today
  6. Use a Bank I'd Rather Die
  7. I Worked Myself Up from Nothing
  8. The Well-Fed Point of View
  9. Get a Knife Between Your Teeth
  10. Take the Shortest Way with the Men of Violence
  11. You'll Have to Put An End to Them
  12. Nobody Could Care Less About Your Private Lives
  13. Can the Haves Use Their Brains
  14. With One Eye on Getting Their Pay

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