I’m going to skip over number 89 – Madonna’s Nothing Really Matters – because we already covered it, and jump straight to 88. Plasticity was one of those singles that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It was one of those songs that would instantly fill the dancefloor. The song you’d look forward to hearing. The song that would make you go clubbing so that you could hear it.
It was just so primal, that relentless synth bassline, the forbidding vocals. Cherish your hate.
Bill Leeb formed Front Line Assembly (occasionally known as Frontline Assembly) in 1986 after leaving Skinny Puppy. There was always some weird rivalry between the bands: Ogre’s W.E.L.T. meant “Wilhelm Eats Lunch Today”, consolidating Ogre’s position in my mind as the world’s bitchiest straight man.
Plasticity came out a decade later, in 1996, backed with the excellent Replicant. It formed a bridge between 1995’s metal-tinged EBM Hard Wired and the cool electronica of 1997’s FLAvour of the Weak. It has the rock sensibilities of the former, but despite the lack of guitars, it’s even harder and heavier than anything they’d done before. It’s absolutely ferocious.
Hear for yourself.