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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

2 x KEEPERS –In the Meantime CDR (Teenline #206)
2 x The ONES s/t CD (Hyped to Death/Rerun 022) Blazing Milwaukee punk'n'roll 1979-80
1 x Hyped to Death #2 CD-R: North American punk "S" 77-85
1 x Hyped to Death #4 CD-R: North American punk U-to-Z
2 x TOXIN III -Iraq. Iran. (Again.) CD-R (H2D Archives #202)
2 x SIDEWALKS - Rhythm Kids CDR (Teenline #204)
1 x Hyped to Death #3 CD-R: All-American punk S & T
2 x VAST MAJORITY -What Do You Want To Be CDR (H2D Archives #201)
2 x BRECK & SCOTT -Dream You Away CDR (Teenline #205)
2 x REGULAR GUYS -Jayhawk Pop CDR (H2D/Teenline #201)
1 x Hyped to Death #1 CD-R: North American indie punk "R"
1 x Hyped to Death #6 CD-R: North American punk "C"
2 x The SHIVVERS -(lost hits...) enhanced CD (Teenline #201a)
1 x HYPED to DEATH Instant Punk Collection: all 6 CD-R compilations
1 x LUBRICANTS -Activated Energy/Transformation Vacation 7" (RERUN #023) Classic Milwaukee punk, brilliant sound
1 x Hyped to Death #5 CD-R: North American punk A & B
2 x Homework #101 CDR: American "D.I.Y."/punkwave R & S: 1976-86
2 x LUCYS - Flowers To You (Detour OFFTB 023) London '79-81 skittering/minimal Delta5 postpunk
2 x Satan’s Rats · What A Bunch Of Rodents CD (Overground 46)
1 x ZOOMERS -Exist CD (Homework #204)
2 x Homework no.10 CDR: American DIY/experimental/No Wave, ABC: 79-8
2 x USERS -Secondary Modern 1976-79 CD (Bin Liner 009) '77 Raw label greats: 9 tracks
2 x SMALL WORLD - Slight Detour 2 CD (Detour 19) '80-85 mod fans faves
2 x MESSTHETICS #101: London D.I.Y. (I)
2 x Homework #105 CDR: “D.I.Y.”/postpunk/artwave/no wave "C": 78-82
1 x ZOOMERS -Mike's Apartment CD (Homework #205)
2 x Homework no. 9 CDR: "DIY"/punkwave A, B & C '77-86
2 x ORANGE CARDIGAN -Cassette Tapes 1979-82 CD (Detour OFFTB016) Messthetics-ready cassette-band DIY-punk
2 x FIXATIONS - The Sound of Young London CD (Detour 54) "We are '79 modrockers." 16 tracks/2 videos
2 x NURSES -Destroy Your Friends CD-R (Homework #202)
2 x Homework #104 CDR: “D.I.Y.”/punkwave/artwave/no wave, A&B: '78-8
1 x Pedaljets -Hide & Go Seek promo 45 (Throbbing Lobster#17)
2 x NO WAY -Senile Delinquents CD (Detour OFFTB002) '79 punks: 9 tracks recorded for Radio Tees
2 x ONLOOKERS -Blue and Green and Tangerine CD (Detour 49) Lush unreleased '81 mod garage-pop
2 x Rubella Ballet - Never Mind the Day-Glo CD (Overground 123)
2 x Homework #103 CDR: American "D.I.Y."/punkwave V-to-Z, '79-84
2 x MESSTHETICS #108 CD: South Coast v.1
2 x ANTI-CAPITALISM: Anarcho-Punk Compilation v. 4 (Overground 111)
2 x ANTI-SOCIETY: Anarcho-Punk Compilation v. 3 (Overground 107)
2 x ANTI-STATE: Anarcho-Punk Compilation v. 2 (Overground 105)
2 x ANTI-WAR: Anarcho-Punk Compilation) Vol. 1 CD (Overground 103)
1 x CHAIN LINK FENCE - Positive 6-song EP (Throbbing Lobster 10)
2 x DIGITAL DINOSAURS -"Huh?" CDR (Messthetics #209)
2 x DIGITAL DINOSAURS -Extinction: 79-82 CD (Messthetics 207)
1 x UNDERACHIEVERS -Underfoot LP (Throbbing Lobster 11)
1 x CLASSIC RUINS -Lassie Eats Chickens LP (Throbbing Lobster 12)
1 x LOU MIAMI - Rituals 6-song EP (Throbbing Lobster 10)
1 x O POSITIVE - Only Breathing EP limited black & white cover
1 x O POSITIVE - Only Breathing 5-song EP (Throbbing Lobster 9)
2 x BIG G -I Hate the Whole Human Race CD (OFFTB015) GREAT '77 punk!
2 x Nuclear Socketts -Overload CD (Overground 116)
2 x Cravats -Land of the Giants 2CD (Overground 112)
2 x Naked -One Step Backward CD (Overground 122)
2 x The Mob -May Inspire Revolutionary Acts CD (Overground 115)
2 x DRUG SQUAD - Perversion Street CD (Detour OFFTB 014) First-rate '77-79 metalpunk/thugpunk
2 x The Mob -Let the Tribe Increase CD (Overground 122)
2 x Cravats -In Toytown 2CD (Overground 129)
2 x MELL SQUARE MUSICK The Album double-CD (Detour OFFTB 007) Truly scruffy DIY punk from Messthetics #103 stars
2 x SPASMS - Return Of The Spud Gun Kids CD (Detour OFFTB 009) adventurous late-70s artpoppunk from the boondocks
2 x MESSTHETICS #103: Midlands D.I.Y. (I)
2 x ANIMALS & MEN -Revel in the Static CD (Messthetics #201A)
2 x MESSTHETICS #107 CD: London volume 3
2 x Homework #102 CDR: American "D.I.Y."/punkwave S & T: '77-86
1 x OUTCASTS -Vive Lyon! CD (Spit Records GOB1) Live '83
2 x John The Postman · Puerile · CD (Overground 72)
2 x Jerks · Jerk Off · CD (Overground 65)
2 x Long Decline · The Long Decline · CD (Overground 61)
2 x Art Attacks - Outrage & Horror CD (Overground 58)
2 x Epileptics ·Systems Rejects · CD (Overground 57)
2 x CHEMICALS MADE FROM DIRT -Ike CD-R (Homework #203)
2 x MESSTHETICS GREATEST HISS: the DIY cassette-scene vol.1 (#110)
1 x PRIMITONS - 6-song EP (Throbbing Lobster #8)
2 x MESSTHETICS #106 CD: the Manchester Musicians Collective
1 x Blackjacks - Dress in Black LP (Throbbing Lobster #5)
1 x CLAWS! compilation LP (Throbbing Lobster #6)
1 x CHAIN LINK FENCE - Fireworks 6-song EP (Throbbing Lobster 4)
2 x MESSTHETICS #105: Scottish D.I.Y. (I)
1 x PRIME MOVERS -Matters of Time 6-song EP (Throbbing Lobster 3)
2 x MESSTHETICS #104: South Wales D.I.Y. (I)
1 x Outlets - Sheila / Valentine: SLEEVE ONLY
2 x MESSTHETICS #102: London D.I.Y. (II)
1 x ZOOMERS -Exist CD-R (Homework #204)
1 x STEVE TREATMENT - All Dressed For Tomorrow LP (Messthetics 1201/Munster) classic '78-79 DIY'n'roll
1 x PSYKIK VOLTS -Totally Useless 45 (Messthetics #703/Munster) 1979 DIY-punk repro
1 x MIDNIGHT CIRCUS -Richard, Roger, Rodney, Rastus, Raoul, Roderick
1 x BING SELFISH -Selfish Works 12" EP (1983+ltd sleeve)
1 x MESSTHETICS' Regional series complete (10 CDs)
1 x HE'S DEAD JIM -Colour Climax/Monochrome World CDR (Mess.#215)
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 STEVE TREATMENT 2xCDR: 25 "A"-Sides / Your Friends (Mess. 202-3)
1 x ZOOMERS -Mike's Apartment CD-R (Homework #205)
1 x HOMOSEXUALS -Astral Glamour 3CD (Messthetics #204)
1 x INSTANT AUTOMATONS -Another Wasted Sunday Afternoon CD (Mess210)
1 x CRAVATS-In Toytown 2CD Messthetics+Penny re-master (OVER129)
1 x BILL LLOYD -Feeling the Elephant LP (Throbbing Lobster 15)
1 x UNATTACHED - 6-song EP (Throbbing Lobster #18)
1 x Pseudo Existors -Stamp Out Normality CD (Overground 109)
1 x COWBOY MOUTH -Cowboys and Indians LP pre-Stiff original mix
1 x GODS GIFT -Pathology CD (Messthetics #218)
1 x COWBOY MOUTH -Cowboys and Indians LP (Throbbing Lobster 13)
1 x Outlets -Sheila/Valentine Song 45 (Throbbing Lobster 4.5)
1 x The Edge - Alternative Allston 7" EP (T.L. #7)
1 x HOMEWORK Instant Record Collection -all 7 V.A. CD-Rs
1 x DRY RIB -Whose last trickle CD (Messthetics #213)
1 x PERFORMING FERRETS - no one told us CD (Messthetics #216)
1 x SEMA 4 - In Memory Of CD (Detour 15) '78-81 mod-punk classics back in print!
1 x System - Is Still Murder CD (Overground 104)
1 x PRIMITONS - 6-song EP testpressing (Throbbing Lobster #8)
1 x UNDERACHIEVERS -Underfoot LP edition of 100 (Throbbing L. #11)
1 x 12 Minutes at the Hot Club Murphy -ltd 7" EP (Messthetics #701)
1 x BING SELFISH - Selfish Works 5-song EP (Messthetics #702) 1982 DIY/art
1 x LET'S BREED! compilation LP (Throbbing Lobster #2)
1 x LET'S BREED! compilation LP (second pressing)
1 x NOBODY GETS ON THE GUEST-LIST! compilation LP (Throbbing Lobster
1 x AMA-DOTS - s/t LP (RERUN #016) Milwaukee '80-84: Well-bent goth/death/post/punk with female vocals.
1 x Homosexuals T-shirt (S-M-L-XL)
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