Inertia – The Screen / A Submarine

Inertia – The Screen // A Submarine (Insipid Records) 1980. Another minimal synth obscurity from the UK. Inertia released three singles and this, I believe, is their second. The Screen sounds a lot at first like Vice Versa but then veers into a more dense Fad Gadget type sound. The Submarine is a whole different thing altogether. I bet the singer heard the drone-like music and said, “This drone sounds like music from a submarine!”. Next thing you know he’s repeating “in my submarine” over it and viola, we have a song. I just can’t imagine anyone today recording something like this and releasing it. That’s what I love about it. It has zero commercial potential and will probably get you ostracized from the youth subculture of your choice. This was probably the case in 1980 and it’s probably the case today. Youth subcultures are very over-rated. Submarines are cool.

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4 Responses to Inertia – The Screen / A Submarine

  1. Mark Early says:

    Awesome as always! So when do you wanna rip all the stuff I got?

    I’m still trying to figure out how to come with you and Matty.

  2. maxbenign says:

    Youth subcultures are very over-rated. Submarines are cool.

    Here is wisdom.

  3. sophie says:

    the music Dead Luke ( is making right now sounds really similar, non?

  4. chica says:

    how cool – sounds like an OMD b-side of the same era. there is something to be said for ‘arty’ versus ‘contrived’ in this era. yes indeed, youth subculutres are overrated – this is the sound of ‘your own’.

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