Good addition. I couldn’t include them all but add what works for you. Again, it‘s that sinister alien funk that they own. The vocal work, ethereal synth runs, completely uncompromising percussive choices. The paradox is making a thickly brewed groove out of those ingredients and this is what diminishes as the 80’s evolved.CV blow kinda hot and cool for me... or at least hot and warm. The good ones are very hot though - this one I really like (don't think it has been mentioned). Dilettantish yeah. Not so brittle though to my ears.
Had a scout around and seems it might be some doc/film about born-again Hell's Angels. Then again...The first is notorious due to the sample source never being revealed. In interviews Mallinder and Kirk stated it was recorded onto tape from a tv in a US hotel room while touring, but those snippets of info never led anywhere, least of all the source. It sounds like cinema, although I think the interviews referenced an evangelical production of sorts. Whoever they are, the tone is so strange, drawing in two characters Berry Berry and Gypsy being reborn, Jesus, divination and something coming true. A grail quest that remains open.
I know exactly what you mean about it sounding brittle and i think a lot of post-punk has that kind of feel to it. Post-punk is often described as spiky and I think that's really the same feel from a slightly different perspective. So I don't at all disagree with what you're saying (in that respect, although I think the good stuff achieves force none the less) - nor do I think that that spiky/brittleness is necessarily a bad thing - I'm just pointing out that, given that we both agree that much of CV tends to have that sound; that tune, as you might expect given that it's a kind of electronic dub thing, has a fatter sound than much of their other output.It's a particular kind of 'drum' sound and a particular rhythmic sensibility that has none of the heft and force you get with hiphop or whatever. That's what makes it feel thin and brittle to me.