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

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...

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'


1 x DRY RIB -Whose last trickle CD (Messthetics #213)
1 x MESSTHETICS' Regional series complete (10 CDs)
1 x STEVE TREATMENT 2xCDR: 25 "A"-Sides / Your Friends (Mess. 202-3)
1 x MESSTHETICS #106 CD: the Manchester Musicians Collective
1 x MESSTHETICS #108 CD: South Coast v.1
1 x GODS GIFT -Pathology CD (Messthetics #218)
1 x MESSTHETICS #107 CD: London volume 3
1 x PERFORMING FERRETS - no one told us CD (Messthetics #216)
1 x DIGITAL DINOSAURS -"Huh?" CDR (Messthetics #209)
1 x DIGITAL DINOSAURS -Extinction: 79-82 CD (Messthetics 207)
1 x INSTANT AUTOMATONS -Another Wasted Sunday Afternoon CD (Mess210)
1 x MESSTHETICS #101: London D.I.Y. (I)
1 x BING SELFISH - Selfish Works 5-song EP (Messthetics #702) 1982 DIY/art
1 x STEVE TREATMENT - All Dressed For Tomorrow LP (Messthetics 1201/Munster) classic '78-79 DIY'n'roll
1 x MIDNIGHT CIRCUS -Richard, Roger, Rodney, Rastus, Raoul, Roderick
1 x MESSTHETICS #102: London D.I.Y. (II)
1 x CRAVATS-In Toytown 2CD Messthetics+Penny re-master (OVER129)
1 x ANIMALS & MEN -Revel in the Static CD (Messthetics #201A)
1 x MESSTHETICS #105: Scottish D.I.Y. (I)
1 x MESSTHETICS #103: Midlands D.I.Y. (I)
1 x HE'S DEAD JIM -Colour Climax/Monochrome World CDR (Mess.#215)
1 x PSYKIK VOLTS -Totally Useless 45 (Messthetics #703/Munster) 1979 DIY-punk repro
1 x BING SELFISH -Selfish Works 12" EP (1983+ltd sleeve)
1 x 12 Minutes at the Hot Club Murphy -ltd 7" EP (Messthetics #701)
1 x HOMOSEXUALS -Astral Glamour 3CD (Messthetics #204)
1 x MESSTHETICS GREATEST HISS: the DIY cassette-scene vol.1 (#110)
1 x MESSTHETICS #104: South Wales D.I.Y. (I)
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