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MESSTHETICS GREATEST HISS: the DIY cassette-scene vol.1 (#110)

MESSTHETICS GREATEST HISS CD: (#110) An introduction to the D.I.Y. cassette scene 1979-84

This is D.I.Y. at its most liberated.
The U.K.'s initial outburst of "cassette culture" produced sounds of incredible freshness, directness, and even occasional sophistication, which poured out of hundreds of bedrooms filled with found- and improvised percussion, Woolworths guitars, home-made electronics (and soldering fumes!) came at least a thousand tapes, mostly circulated through the mail for free or at cost (and usually in editions of 100 or fewer. The 'Greatest Hiss' series samples the cassette-scene's more, er, melodic material (sorry, there's no 'ambient' or 'industrial' - and everything's under 4 minutes!).

25 tracks on the CD plus five bonus MP3s: 86 minutes of music.
24-page booklet, crammed with histories, photos, artifacts and an essay from Mick Sinclair, who wrote the original 'Cassette Pets' column for Sounds
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Messthetics Greatest HISS features the superstars of cassette culture...and plenty of others: The Jelly Babies, Danny and the Dressmakers, Storm Bugs, Colin Potter, Event Group, The Get, Instant Automatons, Missing Persons, Gravity Craze, Farming Jim & his Hepcat Groovstas, 391, The Chromosomes, Mike Jones, The Living Dead no. 5, Digital Dinosaurs, The Twizlers, Aconite, Casual Labourers [Bendle and other DIY heavies], Midnight Circus, Milkshake Melon, Funhouse, Cultural Amnesia, Stripey Zebras, Chimp Eats Bananas [pre-Chumbawamba!] and Dean Johnson...

Listen:
Jelly Babies-'Soylent Green'
Missing Persons-'Sign of the Times'
Chromosomes-'Hi Fi Know How'
Storm Bugs-'Car Situation (nasal passage)'
Digital Dinosaurs-'Baby Snakes'
Midnight Circus-'Suburbia Nervosa'

Reviews

1 x PSYKIK VOLTS -Totally Useless 45 (Messthetics #703/Munster) 1979 DIY-punk repro
1 x DIGITAL DINOSAURS -Extinction: 79-82 CD (Messthetics 207)
1 x DRY RIB -Whose last trickle CD (Messthetics #213)
1 x MESSTHETICS #104: South Wales D.I.Y. (I)
1 x MIDNIGHT CIRCUS -Richard, Roger, Rodney, Rastus, Raoul, Roderick
1 x CHEMICALS MADE FROM DIRT -Ike CD-R (Homework #203)
1 x STEVE TREATMENT - All Dressed For Tomorrow LP (Messthetics 1201/Munster) classic '78-79 DIY'n'roll
1 x STEVE TREATMENT 2xCDR: 25 "A"-Sides / Your Friends (Mess. 202-3)
1 x ZOOMERS -Mike's Apartment CD-R (Homework #205)
1 x Homework #101 CDR: American "D.I.Y."/punkwave R & S: 1976-86
1 x HOMOSEXUALS -Astral Glamour 3CD (Messthetics #204)
1 x BING SELFISH -Selfish Works 12" EP (1983+ltd sleeve)
1 x MESSTHETICS' Regional series complete (10 CDs)
1 x HE'S DEAD JIM -Colour Climax/Monochrome World CDR (Mess.#215)
1 x INSTANT AUTOMATONS -Another Wasted Sunday Afternoon CD (Mess210)
1 x Homework no.10 CDR: American DIY/experimental/No Wave, ABC: 79-8
1 x Homework #105 CDR: “D.I.Y.”/postpunk/artwave/no wave "C": 78-82
1 x DIGITAL DINOSAURS -"Huh?" CDR (Messthetics #209)
1 x CRAVATS-In Toytown 2CD Messthetics+Penny re-master (OVER129)
1 x MESSTHETICS #108 CD: South Coast v.1
1 x MESSTHETICS #103: Midlands D.I.Y. (I)
1 x ANIMALS & MEN -Revel in the Static CD (Messthetics #201A)
1 x Homework no. 9 CDR: "DIY"/punkwave A, B & C '77-86
1 x HOMEWORK Instant Record Collection -all 7 V.A. CD-Rs
1 x NURSES -Destroy Your Friends CD-R (Homework #202)
1 x Homework #104 CDR: “D.I.Y.”/punkwave/artwave/no wave, A&B: '78-8
1 x GODS GIFT -Pathology CD (Messthetics #218)
1 x MESSTHETICS #107 CD: London volume 3
1 x MESSTHETICS #102: London D.I.Y. (II)
1 x Homework #103 CDR: American "D.I.Y."/punkwave V-to-Z, '79-84
1 x MESSTHETICS GREATEST HISS: the DIY cassette-scene vol.1 (#110)
1 x MESSTHETICS #106 CD: the Manchester Musicians Collective
1 x PERFORMING FERRETS - no one told us CD (Messthetics #216)
1 x MESSTHETICS #105: Scottish D.I.Y. (I)
1 x ZOOMERS -Exist CD-R (Homework #204)
1 x 12 Minutes at the Hot Club Murphy -ltd 7" EP (Messthetics #701)
1 x BING SELFISH - Selfish Works 5-song EP (Messthetics #702) 1982 DIY/art
1 x MESSTHETICS #101: London D.I.Y. (I)
1 x Homework #102 CDR: American "D.I.Y."/punkwave S & T: '77-86
1 x AMA-DOTS - s/t LP (RERUN #016) Milwaukee '80-84: Well-bent goth/death/post/punk with female vocals.
1 x COCTEAU TWINS -The Pink Opaque LP (US Relativity/4AD) 1985
1 x SOFT CELL -What / Insecure Me? promo 12"
1 x TALKING HEADS -Once in a Lifetime [4:34/edit 3:27] promo 12"
1 x HOMOSEXUALS - Astral Glamour record-release invitation (2004)
1 x ELVIS COSTELLO -Get Happy LP (Columbia) white label promo
1 x SOUL ASYLUM-Standing In The Doorway/James at 16 Medley 12" promo
1 x CHURCH -Reptile [Rock Radio Remix 4:44] promo 12"
1 x DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR -Vanishing Girl promo 12"
1 x CULT -The Electric Interview promo LP (Warner Bros Music Show)
1 x ELVIS COSTELLO -Armed Forces LP white-label promo complete
1 x ELVIS COSTELLO -The Only Flame In Town ["Special Mix"] promo 12"
1 x GO-BETWEENS -Right Here promo 12" (U.S. Big Time) '87
1 x ICEHOUSE -Cross the Border + 'Track by Track' interview promo 12
1 x MARY'S DANISH -Underwater promo 12" EP: 3 unreleased tracks
1 x PRIMITIVES -Sick of It / I'll Be Your Mirror / Noose promo 12"
1 x RADIO HEART/GARY NUMAN -Radio Heart promo 12"
1 x RAMONES -I Wanna Live promo 12" (U.S. Sire PRO-A-2816)
1 x SOFT CELL -Sex Dwarf/Entertain Me/Seedy Films promo 12"
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