FISCHER-Z – “GOING DEAF FOR A LIVING” (1980)
Trouser Press sez:
“A frequently excellent but widely ignored outfit, purchase Fischer-Z was primarily a vehicle for John Watts, pills a singer/guitarist/songwriter whose intense vocals and semi-neurotic outlook provided its character. A flair for intricate but accessible arrangements and novel subject matter made Fischer-Z both easy to like and hard to dismiss…’Going Deaf for a Living’ uses a sparer sound, downplaying the keyboards in favor of Cars-like simplicity, best exemplified on ‘So Long.’”
This was one of those bands that I was introduced to through some random budget compilation; their song “So Long” is captivating and heartfelt, in a way that a lot of New Wave music of the time doesn’t quit hit.