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Crime and the City Solution

Formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1977, Crime and the City Solution was one of the seminal post-punk bands of the era. Upon moving to Melbourne in 1978, the band and its leader, Simon Bonney, befriended like-minded souls the Boys Next Door (later called the Birthday Party) and had an impact on the sonic trajectory of that band. Later, following a breakup, Bonney moved to England, where he re-formed the band with members of the Birthday Party and wrote sweeping, dark, beautifully melodramatic songs that appeared on a series of classic releases, including Room of Lights, Shine and Paradise Discotheque. After a roughly twenty-year hiatus, Bonney has assembled a new crew, including Denver's David Eugene Edwards, to haunt some stages with songs born from the darkest chambers of the human heart.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.