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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'

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1 x OUTCASTS -Vive Lyon! CD (Spit Records GOB1) Live '83
1 x MELL SQUARE MUSICK The Album double-CD (Detour OFFTB 007) Truly scruffy DIY punk from Messthetics #103 stars
1 x PRIMITONS - 6-song EP testpressing (Throbbing Lobster #8)
1 x COWBOY MOUTH -Cowboys and Indians LP (Throbbing Lobster 13)
1 x UNDERACHIEVERS -Underfoot LP (Throbbing Lobster 11)
2 x UNDERACHIEVERS -Underfoot LP edition of 100 (Throbbing L. #11)
1 x Cravats -In Toytown 2CD (Overground 129)
1 x The Edge - Alternative Allston 7" EP (T.L. #7)
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1 x MESSTHETICS #104: South Wales D.I.Y. (I)
1 x MESSTHETICS #106 CD: the Manchester Musicians Collective
1 x The SHIVVERS -(lost hits...) enhanced CD (Teenline #201a)
1 x MESSTHETICS #103: Midlands D.I.Y. (I)
1 x ZOOMERS -Mike's Apartment CD (Homework #205)
1 x MESSTHETICS #108 CD: South Coast v.1
1 x HOMOSEXUALS -Astral Glamour 3CD (Messthetics #204)
1 x MESSTHETICS #105: Scottish D.I.Y. (I)
1 x MESSTHETICS #107 CD: London volume 3
1 x ZOOMERS -Exist CD (Homework #204)
1 x MESSTHETICS #102: London D.I.Y. (II)
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1 x MIDNIGHT CIRCUS -Richard, Roger, Rodney, Rastus, Raoul, Roderick
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