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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

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1 x Homosexuals T-shirt (S-M-L-XL)
1 x REGULAR GUYS -Jayhawk Pop CDR (H2D/Teenline #201)
1 x The SHIVVERS -(lost hits...) enhanced CD (Teenline #201a)
1 x KEEPERS –In the Meantime CDR (Teenline #206)
1 x SIDEWALKS - Rhythm Kids CDR (Teenline #204)
1 x FIRE EXIT -Religion Is The Biggest Cause of War CD (Detour OFFTB021)
1 x BAZOOMIS -White Washed Kids CD (Detour OFFTB021) London '77-79 Roxy punk'n'roll
1 x OPEN SORE - Live By Royal Appointment (Detour OFFTB 005) Original Roxy band: live '77 plus new recordings
1 x PITIFUL - Deptford Session 1978 (Detour OFFTB 023) super-scruffy live and demos
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 Hyped to Death #1 CD-R: North American indie punk "R"
1 x LUCYS - Flowers To You (Detour OFFTB 023) London '79-81 skittering/minimal Delta5 postpunk
1 x Hyped to Death #6 CD-R: North American punk "C"
1 x Homework no. 9 CDR: "DIY"/punkwave A, B & C '77-86
1 x USERS -Secondary Modern 1976-79 CD (Bin Liner 009) '77 Raw label greats: 9 tracks
1 x SMALL WORLD - Slight Detour 2 CD (Detour 19) '80-85 mod fans faves
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 Hyped to Death #5 CD-R: North American punk A & B
1 x Homework #103 CDR: American "D.I.Y."/punkwave V-to-Z, '79-84
1 x HYPED to DEATH Instant Punk Collection: all 6 CD-R compilations
1 x SEMA 4 - In Memory Of CD (Detour 15) '78-81 mod-punk classics back in print!
1 x ORANGE CARDIGAN -Cassette Tapes 1979-82 CD (Detour OFFTB016) Messthetics-ready cassette-band DIY-punk
1 x LUBRICANTS -Activated Energy/Transformation Vacation 7" (RERUN #023) Classic Milwaukee punk, brilliant sound
1 x FIXATIONS - The Sound of Young London CD (Detour 54) "We are '79 modrockers." 16 tracks/2 videos
1 x ZOOMERS -Exist CD-R (Homework #204)
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