Curve- Unreadable Communication: Anxious Recordings 1991-1993

Curve- Unreadable Communication: Anxious Recordings 1991-1993

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Label: Cherry Red

Reissued 3/15/2024

Four CD set containing Curve's entire Anxious Recordings output. Includes the classic albums Dopplegänger and Cuckoo plus singles, B- sides, remixes and live recordings. Produced with contributions from Dean Garcia and Toni Halliday. Formed by two relative veterans of the musical landscape in London in 1990, Curve blazed a trail with a fresh new sound during the first few years of that decade, fusing heavy electronics with layered guitars and sweetly dark vocals. The British music press was instantly enamored, and the band went on to score a succession of critically acclaimed underground hits through a series of classic EPs and two futuristic albums. Released on Dave Stewart's (Eurythmics) Anxious imprint, these records chart the course of a band who burned brightly but briefly in their original incarnation, taking their cues from the scene around them and creating a new sound which many would mimic (most notably, Butch Vig's Garbage). But this is the original flavor. The real deal. Original and daring. Homespun yet worldly. Featuring the classic early EPs and those two seminal long players, 'Unreadable Communication' demands a re-examination of a band who set the standards of their own time and place, and who continue to be referenced and appreciated by shoegazers, industrialists and ethereal pop kids across the world.

Track listing:

Four EPs

  1. Ten Little Girls
  2. I Speak Your Every Word
  3. Blindfold
  4. No Escape from Heaven
  5. Coast Is Clear
  6. The Colour Hurts
  7. Frozen
  8. Zoo
  9. Clipped
  10. Die Like a Dog
  11. Galaxy
  12. Cherry
  13. Fait Accompli (Single Version)
  14. Arms Out
  15. Sigh


  1. Already Yours
  2. Horror Head
  3. Wish You Dead
  4. Doppelgänger
  5. Lillies Dying
  6. Ice That Melts the Tips
  7. Split Into Fractions
  8. Think and Act
  9. Fait Accompli
  10. Sandpit
  11. Falling Free
  12. Mission from God
  13. Today Is Not the Day
  14. I Feel Love


  1. Missing Link
  2. Crystal
  3. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
  4. All of One
  5. Unreadable Communication
  6. Turkey Crossing
  7. Superblaster
  8. Left of Mother
  9. Sweetest Pie
  10. Cuckoo
  11. On the Wheel
  12. Triumph
  13. Low and Behold
  14. Nothing Without Me
  15. Rising (Original Mix)
  16. Half the Time (Original Mix)

Live / Remixed

  1. Coast Is Clear (Live/Manchester/91)
  2. Die Like a Dog (Live/London/91)
  3. Fait Accompli (Extended, Extended, Extended...)
  4. Horror Head (Single Mix)
  5. Falling Free (Aphex Twin Remix)
  6. Missing Link (Single Mix)
  7. Missing Link (Screaming Bird Mix)
  8. Rising (Headspace Mix)
  9. Half the Time (Honey Tongue Mix)
  10. Superblaster (Single Mix)