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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 PUGSLEY MUNION -Just Like You LP: private 1970 heavyrock/psych
1 x TALKING HEADS -Once in a Lifetime [4:34/edit 3:27] promo 12"
1 x RADIO HEART/GARY NUMAN -Radio Heart promo 12"
1 x ELVIS COSTELLO -Get Happy LP (Columbia) white label promo
1 x DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR -Vanishing Girl promo 12"
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 V.A. KICKS & CHICKS LP: 60s punk/garage/psych compilation
1 x PRIMITIVES -Sick of It / I'll Be Your Mirror / Noose promo 12"
1 x HOMOSEXUALS - Astral Glamour record-release invitation (2004)
2 x The RISING STORM - Alive Again At Andover LP 1982 live, #d/1000
2 x PERFUMED GARDEN V.A. freakbeat LP (UK Psycho 6) original
1 x COCTEAU TWINS -The Pink Opaque LP (US Relativity/4AD) 1985
1 x V.A. BAY STATE ROCK Vol. 1 LP: Boston/MA '60s garage-bands
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"
1 x TEXAS REVERBERATIONS split LP w/Zakary Thaks & Liberty Bell
1 x SOUL ASYLUM-Standing In The Doorway/James at 16 Medley 12" promo
1 x MARY'S DANISH -Underwater promo 12" EP: 3 unreleased tracks
1 x LOU MIAMI - Rituals 6-song EP (Throbbing Lobster 10)
1 x PRIMITONS - 6-song EP testpressing (Throbbing Lobster #8)
1 x MESSTHETICS GREATEST HISS: the DIY cassette-scene vol.1 (#110)
1 x SOFT CELL -What / Insecure Me? promo 12"
1 x BING SELFISH - Selfish Works 5-song EP (Messthetics #702) 1982 DIY/art
1 x MESSTHETICS #108 CD: South Coast v.1
1 x COWBOY MOUTH -Cowboys and Indians LP (Throbbing Lobster 13)
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