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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 O POSITIVE - Only Breathing 5-song EP (Throbbing Lobster 9)
1 x COWBOY MOUTH -Cowboys and Indians LP pre-Stiff original mix
1 x BRUT 66 EP: melodic/primitive '88 shoutalong tradpunk
1 x BELL HEIRS -Shaking It Down: great '78 BigStar powerpop
1 x PRIMITONS - 6-song EP (Throbbing Lobster #8)
1 x CHAIN LINK FENCE - Positive 6-song EP (Throbbing Lobster 10)
1 x BAGS -Hide & Seek 45: Boston '89 massive power-trio crunge
1 x BADBEATS - Lies / Tell Her No (Beatbad 1003) Long Island '80 revivalist covers of Knickerbockers & Zombies
1 x LOU MIAMI - Rituals 6-song EP (Throbbing Lobster 10)
1 x BATTALION OF SAINTS -Hell's Around the Corner: '94 punkcore 600x
1 x UNDERACHIEVERS -Underfoot LP edition of 100 (Throbbing L. #11)
1 x BADBEATS - Tip of My Tongue/ One and One Is Two (Beatbad 1000) '79: '64-style Lennon-McCartney beat-songs
1 x BOXBOYS -American Masquerade 45: L.A. '79 F vox pop+ska
1 x NOBODY GETS ON THE GUEST-LIST! compilation LP (Throbbing Lobster
1 x BING SELFISH - Selfish Works 5-song EP (Messthetics #702) 1982 DIY/art
2 x LET'S BREED! compilation LP (Throbbing Lobster #2)
1 x A HEADS - Forgotten Hero (Bluurg #3) '83 F vox anarcho-punk
1 x The RISING STORM - Alive Again At Andover LP 1982 live, #d/1000
1 x PERFUMED GARDEN V.A. freakbeat LP (UK Psycho 6) original
1 x V.A. KICKS & CHICKS LP: 60s punk/garage/psych compilation
1 x ZOO BOUTIQUE -Forgive & Forget 45: Leeds '82 synth-wave
1 x XTC -Are You Receiving Me / Instant Tunes (Virgin 231)
1 x BIGGER THAN GOD - Time 45: stunning guitar-abuse doompunk
1 x About these records / additional postage instructions
1 x ANGRY SAMOANS -Return of the Queer Pills: live 'farewell' 45
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