If you were not growing up in 1980, the six men and a woman from Boston who had hit the new wave scene under the name of Human Sexual Response may have easily passed you by. It was their debut album Fig 14 that was filled with lots of humor that has gone on to be a cult classic and one not to miss for your desert island collection.
But beyond their comic and campy qualities, the elevated recording quality and musicianship make this a standout during an era when many of the punk releases lacked such detail. Their lyrical content on songs like “Jackie Onassis” and their screwy cover of “Cool Jerk” bring this record home, but be for warned parental advisory is strongly recommended.
Note the Vinyl edition is titled Fig 14, while the CD edition is titled Fig 15!
Vinyl and reissued on CD. Also available on streaming services.
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Vinyl: Fig 14
CD: Fig 15
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.