The Sleep of Reason (remastered)

by The Sleep of Reason

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the debut release from black tape for a blue girl vocalist Oscar Herrera

Before there was black tape for a blue girl, before there even was Projekt Records, there was The Sleep of Reason. Back when groups like U2 and Echo & The Bunnymen were still underground cult bands and goth hadn’t been discovered on America’s shores, Herrera’s early eighties “post-punk expressionist rock” band were developing a strong following from their Miami, Florida homebase.

“They seem influenced by British drone-rock, but they don’t have that self-pity thing. There’s a feeling of urgency and pleading, but with an edge of confidence in the singer’s voice. No hit-type tunes here, more like a mood, or a descriptive travels-in-a-strange-land soundtrack.” – OP MAGAZINE, 1984

“El Sueño de la razón, produce monstruos”

Remastered in 2011. Sam wrote: “These three tracks were continuously spinning on my turntable in the mid-80s. I loved Oscar’s band. When I heard that DJ Matthew Griffin in Boston was spinning these tracks I thought it would be great to give them a modern remastering. I boosted the bass and compressed them to bring it all together and make them more punchy. These are great songs and I’m excited to have people hear them again, 28 years later!” (Now 32 years later).

Watch the video:

Oscar Herrera – Lead vocals and acoustic guitar
Kevin Janosky – Guitars, vocals and piano. Lead vocal on “The Sleep of Reason”
Tony Klinakis – Drums
Dave Brasgalla – Bass


released August 8, 1984



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Black Tape For A Blue Girl Portland, Oregon

Black Tape for a Blue Girl is an American Darkwave band formed in 1986 by Projekt Records' founder Sam Rosenthal. Their music takes on elements of darkwave, ethereal, ambient, dark cabaret, and neoclassical music. Director David Lynch, alt-Porn actress Sasha Grey and writer Poppy Z. Brite are some of the band's more well-known fans. ... more

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