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1980s UK industrial unit Tools You Can Trust anthologised

The Spanish label Burka For Everybody has released a compilation of tracks by the obscure early 1980s Manchester industrial group Tools You Can Trust

The Spanish label Burka For Everybody has released a compilation of tracks by the obscure early 1980s Manchester industrial group Tools You Can Trust.

Active between 1982–88, TYCT mixed hard left polemic and Constructivist graphics with a minimal take on electronic body music and copious use of metal percussion. Like their more celebrated contemporaries Test Department, the group, which coalesced around the core duo of Ben Stedman and Rob Ward, interpreted industrial culture as a propaganda tool for combatting the draconian social and economic policies and political violence that marked the Thatcher era, especially with regard to the miners’ strike.

Titled Working And Shopping, the Burka For Everybody compilation includes the four singles the group released on their own Red Energy Dynamo label plus tracks recorded at three sessions for John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 show in 1983 and 1984. Before disbanding TYCT released two further albums as well as a video compilation on Factory’s Ikon imprint.

The release of the Burka For Everybody compilation, which is issued on limited edition vinyl and marks the first time any of the tracks have been available in 30 years, follows news that PC Press are about to publish a book about Test Department titled Total State Machine.

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Sweet! It's time for the Tools You Can Trust reunion!

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