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Available Now: The Imports - Red Is Black
A CD of The Imports is now available! A critical document of the development of Chicago punk and post punk, this anthology release contains remastered versions of the two songs released on their 1980 vinyl single, a live set of songs from their penultimate performance in Minneapolis on December 4th, 1980, and a bonus CD comprising material recorded with a Sears monophonic tape recorder during practice sessions in their Hyde Park rehearsal space. This exciting package includes lyric sheets, a collage of ephemera, and liner notes written by Renee Saracki, the music columnist whose interview of The Imports appeared in The Chicago Maroon on May 9, 1980.
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The Imports - Red is Black ( Click on the links below to view the lyrics! )
The Imports Single: "Side One" b/w "Side Two"
In their heyday, The Imports released only one professional recording: a 7" single on Cirkle Records, published in 1980 with the songs "Visions of Reality" and "Darkness of Light" intentionally listed only as "Side One" and "Side Two", respectively. These songs were recorded on a four-track reel-to-reel tape recorder in the Imports rehearsal space in the basement of the Krug's home in Hyde Park. The recording engineer was Andrew Clark, guitar and vocalist of Epicycle. In order to achieve some manner of separation between tracks, each member of the band was sequestered in his own corner of the basement. Recording lineup: Ben Krug (vocals), Tom Krug (guitar), Joe Strell (bass), Alec Dale (drums). During the mix session, attended only by Tom Krug and Ben Krug, the guitar on "Side One" is panned back and forth in a "call and response" fashion to lend some sense of stereo imaging.
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