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Metal Box

Discussion in 'music' started by tobermory, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. tobermory

    tobermory pfm Member

    Late comer to this, been playing it on Spotify the past year or two, have the LP too. It's such a grower, i didn't 'get it' for months. Boy, i have I got it now. Stupendous, start to finish. Poptones is just other-worldly.

    I was a bit too young at the time (13 in 1980), it must have sounded like nothing else back then, it still does to me now 40 yrs later. How did he go from NMTB to this so quickly?
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  2. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    It was and still is an incredible piece of work. And an amazing piece of art although that lip on the tin can be a pain when getting the records out.
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  3. graystoke4

    graystoke4 pfm Member

    Hi, i haven't got a clue what you are talking about, can you elaborate, thanks o_O
  4. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    It's one I remember mates being heavily into and getting the original issue packaging (inspired marketing) but it passed me by. Even now I don't think I've listened to it, being a little stand-offish towards their output.

    @graystoke4 it's the second album by PIL.
  5. BillT

    BillT pfm Member

    My big brother bought me the original for my 20th back in '79 when it came out. The metal "box" that it came in is a bit coroded but the records inside are still in good condition.
    I purchased Plastic Box a good few years ago, basically Metal box but with a load of other PIL stuff on it.
  6. simonpyeman

    simonpyeman Active Member

    I remember being really happy when I found a player that could track Albatross….
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  7. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator


    Needs to be appropriately rusty, obvs.
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  8. BillT

    BillT pfm Member

    Just checked mine, it's about the same.
  9. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Bet Wobble sounds pretty decent through those!
  10. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Booyakashah, check out my avatar...

  11. Wolfmancatsup

    Wolfmancatsup Empire State Human

    Interestingly, my copy doesn’t look too bad at all, unlike pretty much every copy* I’ve seen in recent years.

    (*only five, but still)…
  12. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    He is certainly noticeable!
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  13. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

    Mine is rusty too. PiL's first single, the first three LPs and the live Paris au Printemps ("I'm going to walk off this f*cking stage if you keep spitting, DOG") are all still jaw dropping.
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  14. htm_1968

    htm_1968 pfm Member

    Put the records into Nagaoaka 102 inner sleeves. One side of the sleeve is circular and co conforms to the tin but the top of the sleeve is flat. You need to fold it to fit it into the tine. The folded triangular tabs make great handles for getting the records out of the tin without any hassle at all.

    These are the lads:
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  15. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Thanks. Probably 40 years too late though!
  16. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    Been on my must buy list for years!
  17. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    The day when it was proven beyond debate that I was uncool happened in 1979.

    I was in a Virgin record store in N London and had both Metal Box and Tusk in my hands but only money for 1 of them. I walked out with Tusk.

    By the time I'd realised the error of my ways Metal Box was sold out and I had to settle for a copy of Second Edition.

    The shame :oops:
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  18. JustJohn

    JustJohn pfm Member

    A similar story. I was in the old Virgin Megastore on Tottenham Court Road, my older brother had taken me to buy a copy of Gary Numan's Pleasure Principle, but the siren call of the multiple copies of Metal Box sitting in the racks was powerful. I can't remember the price, but it was way beyond my reach. I was only 13 and pocket money didn't stretch that far. It barely stretched to The Pleasure Principle, but that's what I walked out with in the end. Not a disastrous result, and I eventually picked up a second hand copy of Metal Box.

    On that note, anybody tempted by this?

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  19. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’m interested to hear it. CD preorder is very expensive (Amazon), so I’m certainly not diving in early.

    PS Much of PIL’s genius was in the guitar IMO, so I’m curious what happens there.
  20. guey

    guey pfm Member

    The couple of times I've seen Wobble in recent years, he's done some excellent versions of tracks off Metal Box, so I'm definitely curious about the dub version.

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