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Whitehouse – Erector

Posted in Power Electronics by newmusicexcess on March 17, 2010

Whitehouse - Erector

Bit of a retro-post here today. I am specifically doing this in honour of my good friend Chris back in Good Old Blighty. Hey Chris, I know you are a bit of a Whitehouse fan so here is a post regarding their 1981 release Erector. Here is what Allmusic have to say about this classic work in the power electronics genre:

Considered by many as the first power electronics record, Erector set a new standard for experimental noise, characterized by extremely high and low frequencies, piercing electronic effects, and aggressive vocals that speak of power and domination. The first of many releases in 1981 for the Come Organisation, Whitehouse once again took a page from the book of Throbbing Gristle by releasing as much product as possible as quickly as possible. While Throbbing Gristle often released shoddy product to exemplify their mass production/industrial philosophy, Whitehouse made every effort to maintain the highest quality, as can be heard on Erector. Despite its short length, clocking in at four songs and 27 minutes, it stands as one of the greatest works of the U.K. early industrial music scene. A record that is as much about attitude as it is about the music, Erector illustrates the influence of punk rock on the resurgence of experimental music in England at the time. From start to finish, a dark forbidding mood is created that has never before been captured on vinyl. The design is known for its provocative artwork by Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound. Reissued on CD by Susan Lawly in 1995, keeping Stapleton’s artwork intact. Highly recommended for fans of experimental music.

Track listing:

  1. Erector
  2. Shitfun
  3. Socratisation Day
  4. Avisodomy

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Reviewed at:

Allmusic –



  • Power Electronics


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Further information:

@A Man Who Listens To Whitehouse –

@Susan Lawly –

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