Prolapse are a hard band to describe. According to Wikipedia, they played “a mixture of punk rock, krautrock and shoegazing styles”, which I suppose is as good a description as any. Certainly as good as any you’ll get from me. Although they would sometimes go off into an ambient instrumental, their main selling point was the interplay between vocalists “Scottish Mick” Derrick and Linda Steelyard. Singing at cross purposes, in fact often appearing to be performing two different songs, their double act gave Prolapse at their best a menacing intensity.
At times they could also be funny, as on this magnificent rant about how everything in the 1980s was crap. I don’t think it was, but Scottish Mick delivers his put downs with such brio that it would be rude to argue. And possibly inadvisable.
Also, for the third track on this CD, they cover Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, so, y’know, respect.
Prolapse – Deanshanger (CD single, 1998)
Deanshanger, incidentally, is a place. Printed in the tiny circle in the middle of the CD tray on the digipack it says, “it’s near Milton Keynes”. I don’t think it has much to do with the song, since very few of Prolapse’s titles ever did.