Germany's self-crowned "Psycho Beat" combo, 39 Clocks were a low-lit shadow unit operating in a sparsely inhabited contrarian counter-culture all their own. Evolving from a confrontational art-punk experiment, known for playing vacuum cleaners and saws and terrifying audiences with brute volume, Christian Henjes (C.H. 39) and Jurgen Gleue (J.G. 39) put 11 tracks to tape in 1981 for what would become their debut album. Oozing out shock waves of bad acid trips, decayed guitar, and the dull stomp of a tiny beatbox, Pain It Dark is American garage and proto-punk filtered through some shadow-filled masterpiece of German expressionism.
This was a large project that first involved taking what existed of the original LP art, most of which was long lost, and restoring it for print. The second major step was creating multiple large newsprint (29.5" x 23.5") broadsheet inserts from what archival material I could find for both releases. Finally a new OBI for each release (which doubled as marketing and hype) was created and designed to fit perfectly into the original package without dis