It was only the second release on the seminal On-U Sound records, and was oblique and weird enough to nestle nicely among the likes of Rip Rig and Panic, the Au Pairs and The New Age Steppers.
Now it’s been reissued, the first time it’s appeared on CD or digital, with the some bonus tracks.
The Mothmen emerged from the ashes of two legendary Manchester groups – rubbish comedy/satire band Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, and the first line-up of Factory Records band The Durutti Column (even more rubbish).
It’s a missing part of the early On-U Sound Records story and a great example of early-80s British DIY post-punk. The Mothmen exhibit psych-tinged tunefulness on tracks such as Not Moving and Change Direction. Then there’s the repetitive Teutonic rhythms of Mothman.
You can see in some ways why they didn’t have a great impact at the time, with laborious tracks such as Mothman, an exercise in trying to outdo Can with meaningless, long-form tracks that tended to fill up album space. But equally, the ideas, the desire to break free of the norm, resulted in wonderfully discordant sounds. Pay Attention! doesn’t happen overnight, it requires a number of listens to even get the gist of it, a process that will either result in a resulting happiness or leave you lusting after Dollar.