One of the most important and influential American bands you've never heard of, MOB's career spanned a whopping four years, from 1979 to 1982. They left behind three landmark albums: signals, calls, and marches, VS. and the posthumous live album . Bassist Clint Conley, guitarist Roger Miller, drummer Peter Prescott, and tape-loop wizard Martin Swope made music that sounds like REM might have if they realized early on that everything they ever believed in or loved was a total lie. Keyed-up yet reflective at the same time, with irresistable hooks. Their song "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" was recently covered by Moby and Rykodisc has released the bands three albums on CD.

Maybe you're right,
I shouldn't judge
What's wrong or right,
This is too much
I'm not judging you,
I'm judging me.

And my academy.

-- "Academy Fight Song"

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