Original release-date 1984.
Re-release of the double LP with the original artwork.
Vinyl double album,24-page LP-size magazine.

Terrie (guitar), G.W. Sok (vocals), Luc (bass), Yoke (bass), Sabien (drums), plus double-bass, organ, violin, oil-barrels, accordion, beer-crates, piano.

Guest musicians – Kees (oboe, flute, saxes), Jon Langford (marimba, rhythmbox, guitar), Dolf Planteijdt (guitar, drums), Vazant (sax), Marcel (marimba, drums), Adrie (drums), Bas (bass, double-bass), Ferrie (trumpet).

Recorded at Joke’s Koeienverhuurbedrijf, Schellingwoude, Netherlands. Produced by Dolf Planteijdt + Jon Langford.

Blueprints for a Blackout is the fourth album (and the first double album) by Dutch post-punk band The Ex, originally released in 1984. It was the first of The Ex’s albums to feature Luc playing bass guitar and he would remain as the band’s bass player for 20 years.The album also featured many guest musicians, a notable trend in The Ex’s discography that would provide musical elements unique to each of their albums.

Blueprints for a Blackout saw The Ex starting to expand beyond the standard guitar-bass-drum format of punk with forays into other instruments such as organ, beer crates, and oil barrels.

In the transition from December 1983 to January 1984 The Ex spent two weeks improvising, writing and recording at Dolf’s Koeienverhuur “Cow Rental” Studio in rural Schellingwoude outside of Amsterdam. New songs were developed by the musicians, after which vocalist G.W. Sok wrote lyrics and recorded vocals, and these supplemented preexisting songs that the band had played live at the time. The group had also made field recordings to add as samples to their tracks, including an oil-barrel dropped down several stories of concrete stairs, or the sound of a marching army The band also began to experiment creating effects with long loops of analog tape and had guest collaborators in The Mekons’ Jon Langford, Marcel Schmidt, Alex van Zanten, and members of various Dutch groups.

The record’s front sleeve image was taken from the Swiss documentary Heute Und Danach (“Today and Thereafter”) and contained a 12″ square 20-page lyric-and-photo booklet, as well as a full-size poster about the recent eviction of the Wyers squat in Amsterdam.The original double-LP saw release in February 1984 on The Ex’s own Pig Brother Productions.
(Pig Brother Productions)