I've long been a fan of the Comsat Angels initial trifecta of superb, melancholic post-punk albums - Waiting for a Miracle, Sleep No More and Fiction, released thru 1980-82. Ergo I jumped at the chance to purchase a well-matained used copy of their very first record, the three-song Red Planet ep from 1979 released on the UK indie imprint Junta. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was going into, given the date of it's release and the Comsat's reputation that followed immediately thereafter, but unbeknownst to me I had a twist in store. "Red Planet," wasn't the stuff of gloom or wariness, rather a cheeky and cynical itinerary of what would be unfurled after humans landed on the fourth rock from the Sun, propelled by a quasi-disco rhythm track no less. It's a quirky little number, as is the organ-laden "I Get Excited." The concluding "Specimen No. 2" sputters off into even more dissonant terrain, suitable for a soundtrack to a Martian voyage itself. So there you have it, the C.S. Angels I hardly knew. The whole thing ripped from my own copy is submitted for your approval below. I should also mention there's an overhaul and expansion of the band's first six albums coming as early as this November.
A. Red Planet
B1. I Get Excited
B2. Specimen No. 2
Original Content: Comsat Angels - Red Planet ep (1979, Junta)