Clinic | WIG181 | Released: 15/10/06
Hardly any bands make it to their fourth album these days. And fewer still get there sounding as individual as Clinic. Clinic are distinctive in the way that The Fall, The Residents or Missy Elliot are distinctive, it's hard to mistake their sonic fingerprint for anyone else's, yet because they keep exploring the outer limits of their thing, they always sound fresh. This time, they have made a party record they're calling Visitations. Granted, it would be a chuffing peculiar party, but memorable: Screaming Jay Hawkins mixing cocktails, Sly Stone doing the lights and Joe Meek running the cloakroom. The music, of course, would be our heroes' signature bad-dream bubblegum, Bo Diddley playing Rowche Rumble and To Know Him Is To Love Him, produced by Lee Perry and Martin Hannett.