Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Popular History Of Signs - A Popular History Of Signs (EP) (US 12 Inch / 1984)

01) Ladder Jack 5:07
02) House 3:37
03) If She Was A Car 5:17
04) Stigma 4:32

A Popular History Of Signs was Chicago based Wax Trax! Records fifth release from 1984 (WAX 005). It's a four track EP featuring Andy Jarman on Vocals & Bass, Peter Scammell on Synth & Guitar, Christine Isherwood singing Backing Vocals, Paul Clark on Percussion, John Lucibello on Drums and Andy Smith on Guitar. The first two tracks were produced by none other than Al Jourgensen of 'Ministry' fame.

The first few tracks have that early Wax Trax! / Ministry feel, but the vocals recall a somber David Byrne vocal style similar to some of the early Talking Heads releases. As for the third and fourth tracks, cue up any early Joy Division! Again, the vocals feel early David Byrne (in my opinion) or Ian Curtis if you stretch it a bit. Not a bad listen at all. I really only have it in my collection because it is an early Wax Trax! release. All recordings and art were taken from this 12 inch. All the art I reworked, has been shared to the Discogs site as well. 

A Popular History Of: Signs


  1. -= Faith Healer =-August 20, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Anything and EVERYTHING on WAX TRAX is absolutely STUNNING!!!

    Thank you so much!!!

    Seen Ministry live a few times ... can this guy do anything wrong? I love his other side project LARD (actually I love all of his projects ... lol)

    He produced another group called SKATENIGS that was killer. He keeps really quiet about it too.

    thank you so much!

  2. For some reason the current "Al Jourgensen Remix" chopped Ladder Jack from the original 5:07 down to 3:37...WTF?

    Guess I'll have to rip my vinyl copy.

    1. Feel free to rip your own copy. I just downloaded the zippyshare file (which amazingly, is still active after 3+ years) and everything still is intact. Ladder Jack is @ 5:07.

    2. You're welcome. Great comment btw too. Pfft. :/