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That’s When I Reach for My Revolver

A popular track from the landmark Signals, Calls and Marches EP, this Clint Conley song highlighted the Boston postpunk band’s poppier side. The song’s title alludes to an essay by author Henry Miller, which in turn makes reference to an infamous line from the pro-Hitler 1933 play Schlageter, by playwright Hanns Johst, a member of the Nazi Party. “I wasn’t too happy to hear about that because I don’t want to be linked to that sort of thing,” Conley later said of the Nazi reference. “But it was a phrase, it had power, I had this riff.” The song also features a rare example of bass solo in a studio-recorded rock song.


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