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Headache EP

(Kompakt; US: 15 Apr 2014; UK: 15 Apr 2014)

The title track to Terranova’s Headache EP, is a cover of “Headache for Michelle” by the early ‘80s British cult post-punk band Au Pairs. It takes the slinky, sharp funk of the original and turns it into an equally no-nonsense, but definitely more danceable, house track. It’s stripped-down but effective stuff, retaining a bit of the original bassline, though the thwacks of white noise seem gratuitous. Ironically, the instrumental dub, titled “Headlock”, works better because it omits Cath Coffey’s too-loud vocal and accentuates the pulsating beat and percussion. The goofy, flatulent, but interesting cha-cha “Tourette” rounds things out.


John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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