Gary Clail was a roofer. And then he became a musician. I think he made a good choice, because roofing is some hard-ass work.
The two track 12″ Half Cut for Confidence was Clail’s first, and it’s an electronic gem. I fully admit I originally pulled this out of the DJ Masa collection at Silver Platters because the cover (and the reverse) made me think this was a punk record, but looking it up on my trusty work-provided iPhone (thanks, work!) revealed that this was a wholly incorrect and ignorant assumption on my part, and that in fact it was some crazy-ass breaks/electro from 1985. So I shrugged my shoulders and bought it anyway.
As for Hard Left… man, what a difference a year makes. This two track 12″ was released a year after Half Cut of Confidence and finds Gary moving full speed ahead from electronic towards industrial. It’s heavier, harder, and edgier. I might even go so far as to say “better”, but that’s really just a matter of taste – one is a good electronic 12″, the other a good industrial one. Whichever way you lean, you’ll get something you like from Clail in the mid-1980s.
Both these records were released on the U-Sound label… the same one that brought you The Barmy Army from a recent post… and the same one that will bring you Tackhead at some point in the next day or two (in fact Hard Left lists “Gary Clail and Tackhead” on the reverse). I’m telling you, those Brits in the mid-1980s knew what the hell was up when it came to electronic/dance/industrial music.