The Obvious Identity

The Obvious Identity

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The Obvious Identity

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The Obvious Identity is the debut album by English rock group Cardiacs (although it was released under the group's earlier name of Cardiac Arrest). It was released solely on cassette and was only sold at concerts. The album title came from a name which the band used for a short time prior to taking on the "Cardiac Arrest" name. This was the only Cardiacs album to feature the band's original lead singer, Michael Pugh, who appeared on two tracks (Pugh's only other appearance with the band on record was on the "A Bus for a Bus on the Bus" single).

The album was produced by Cardiacs leader Tim Smith at Crow Studios in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, UK. Recorded with the punk/DIY ethic in mind and - as Smith had little cash to invest in the project - the master tapes were duplicated onto as many old cassette tapes as Smith could find. An anonymous member of the band has been quoted as commenting that "the recordings were so shit it wouldn’t matter if they were copied onto washing up sponges." Eventually, 1000 cassettes were recorded, but only sold at concerts to save on expenditure.

Reissues and alternate versions of album tracks

The Obvious Identity has never been reissued, and is consequently one of the rarest Cardiac Arrest/Cardiacs releases. However, many of the pieces from it have either been reissued on other Cardiacs releases or have had live versions appearing on other albums.

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