Going Through The Motions is the first full-length vinyl collection of The Prefects studio recordings. Although a few tunes don't stray from the general sounds of their time, there's innovation and humour here. Escort Girls" may be the first recorded forerunner of American hardcore. "The Bristol Road Leads To Dachau" hints at Joy Division's later "The Atrocity Exhibition". Taking it a step farther than Alternative TV's "How Much Longer" with its deliberate dirge, Going Through The Motions mocks punk expectation against an almost psychedelic haze. "Total Luck" bears the early evidence of Lloyd's lone-man confessional style, and Barbarella's is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to their most-played local venue.
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