- First Appearance: December 15, 1990
- Weeks on the Chart: 5
- Album: Vision Thing
- Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
- Have I actually heard this song before? No.
This is the last album of 1990, the first of 1991, and the weirdest intro track of the year. It’s like if Metallica and Devo had a baby.
They are very much a goth rock band. The song Ribbons is a heavy beat, with the phrases, “Flowers on the razor wire,” “incoming,” and “walk on in” repeated at regular intervals. It is precisely as strange as it sounds.
This is another one of those albums that seems like a parody of the genre now, but was likely a little less absurd when it came out. Songs like Detonation Boulevard, and Ribbons are so over the top that they’re a little hard to take seriously.
In a lot of ways this seems like a fitting album to close out 1990. It’s overly serious, dark, and sounds like a lot of things that came before it. In a lot of ways 1990 was still the 80s for music.
The song that charter, More, is actually a bit more chill and listenable. But it’s fair to say it was a bit of a relief when the album was over and I could move to 1991, which holds the promise of Achtung Baby, Out of Time, and Nevermind, among others.