Katrin - drums, voice; Terrie - guitar; Andy - guitar; Luc - bass; G.W. Sok - voice
2. Let's panic later
3. I.O.U. (nought)
4. Art of losing
5. It's a sin
6. Two struck by the moon
8. Bee coz
9. Lump sum insomnia
11. Nem úgy van most
released in October 1998 recorded at the Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago, USA produced by Steve Albini
Originally released on CD, in Holland by Ex Records, in the USA by Touch And Go Records (TG198CD)
"The band's debut release on Touch And Go. (...) This is is a wonderful record for adventurous listeners. Let The Ex jump start your weary ears."
"Since The Ex started in 1979 (...) they lost none of the biting edge or cutting satire that is their trademark. (...) Giddy, near-chaotic, and very fine, indeed."
"The Ex frame provocative, passionately declaimed lyrics with lacerating, choppy guitar riffs and stark drum patterns. Albini's recording captures the latter with raw, unfiltered clarity. This is The Ex's most unified and coherent record in years, and an excellent introduction to their singular and uncompromising sound."
"Ask any arbiter of indie cool to name the best bands ever, and provided they're within spitting distance of 30, The Ex is likely to get name-checked. (...) Steve Albini's organic production is the perfect match for The Ex's percussive attack, providing an in-your-face approximation of the band's live furor."
"The Ex have remained Amsterdam's best kept secret for a decade, despite a plethora of LP's--all with great lyrics (...) and like its predecessors, it's a throat-grabbing, post-punk smacker that also lets in the more hushed, unsettling underbelly of the genre. Whether the band is more restrained, or full-throttle, these Dutchmen remain wired, compelling, and thoughtfully raw. (...) Starters Alternators is a powerful earful of insurgency."