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Originally released as a limited edition 12" EP in 1988, 'Pseudo Erotica' was the first introduction the world had to the tainted genius that is David E. Williams — a musician, singer, songwriter and performer of intimately perverse and politically incorrect pop songs. However, it wasn't really until the release of his 1995 7" 'Triumph of the Williams', a collection of four bittersweet bastardisations of pop, released and championed by Michael Moynihan's (Blood Axis) 'Storm' imprint, that his work started to gain some notoriety within the edges of the post-industrial scene. Of course, his music and the style in which he delivers it isn't industrial at all, instead it's a wonderfully camp yet harrowing cacophony of dark cabaret, piano backed, pop noir with goth undertones. A sort of spin on the sound of say Nick Cave but with the added camp cabaret that Rufus Wainwright achieves, however his subject matter would have never been touched upon by these two or anyone else for that matter. Of course, it was this unusual and quite often offensive and subversive subject matter that was offered up and its atmosphere and the aesthetic it contained that helped Mr Williams sit uncomfortably within the 'post-industrial' genre. And with nowhere else to go where better to rest then within a genre where musical boundaries are pushed and forcefully redefined constantly? So now after 3 full length albums and 2 EP's, Mr. Williams' debut has now been re-issued with an impressive 19 additional tracks of previously unreleased tracks taken from the 1986-1998 period of his recording career. Of course as you'd expect the lavishly delivered, cold pop song structure is still prevalent as is David's dean-pan vocals that carry the overabundance of unspeakable and shockingly humorous lyrics over the backing of semi-classical musical backings. Still wonderfully fresh sounding as they are gigglingly shocking, 'Pseudo Erotica' and its companions are a wonderfully twisted introduction to the warped, devilishly witty, intelligent and highly curious mind of David E. Williams, and asks as a fantastic starting point for exploration of his work if you've yet to discover it. For those who are more than familiar with his previous outings, the additional 19 tracks included here make this release more than worthwhile. So go on, take a step into the world of David E. Williams, you may well be (un)pleasantly surprised by what you'll dig up.