The Ex
Blueprints For A Blackout
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1Streetcars Named Desire / Animal Harm (Medley)2:39
2Blueprints For A Blackout 3:59
3Rabble With A Cause 2:14
4Requiem For A Rip-Off 2:52
5Pleased To Meat You 4:17
6A Goodbuy To You 3:39
7The Swim 1:49
8Boohoo 2:29
9U.S. Hole 2:41
10(Not) 2B Continued 1:10
11Grimm Stories 4:52
12A Plague To Survive 5:22
13The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 3:53
14Kidnap Connection 2:17
15Fire And Ice 4:49
16Jack Frost Is Innocent 2:53
17Love You Till Eh 2:48
18Food On 45 3:17
19Scrub That Scum 8:21

Emerging out of Amsterdam's vibrant squat scene in 1979, The Ex – a name chosen for the ease and speed with which it could be spray-painted onto a wall – have for four decades been an entirely self-sustaining musical entity, charting a course through the global underground with a spirit of freedom and radical exploration.

Blueprints For A Blackout, The Ex's fifth album and first double LP, combines caustic studio experimentations and loose songs from their gripping live-set at the time. The band consisted of singer G.W. Sok, guitarist Terrie Ex, two new recruits on bass, Luc and Yoke, and drummer Sabien Witteman, along with a plethora of guests including Mekons' Jon Langford and long-serving sound engineer Dolf Planteijdt, among others.

Originally released in 1984 on the band's own Pig Brother Productions, Blueprints veers from jagged punk explosions to sharply focused improvisations featuring field recordings that would become a hallmark of their subsequent forays into free jazz and experimental music. The overall effect is not unlike the menace of a slowly building winter storm.

Tracks like "Rabble With A Cause," "U.S. Hole" and "Scrub That Scum" stand out as exemplars of this phase of The Ex. Comparisons can be made to contemporaries Einstürzende Neubauten, NoMeansNo and Svätsox as well as later Crass label bands.