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Toby Manning, unpublished, 2005

IF EVER THERE was a soundtrack for the Cold War era, it was Magazine. Musically and lyrically, this definitive new wave band inhabited the wintry wastelands of northern Europe, just across from the Eastern Bloc, an edgy, fearful place where surveillance, suspicion and betrayal are everyday norms. Not just for cold war nostalgics however, thanks to their ongoing influence on the likes of Radiohead, on new bands like Radio 4, The Rapture and Hot Hot Heat, Magazine's catalogue now sounds compellingly contemporary.

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