MESSTHETICS GREATEST HITS CD The sounds of U.K. 'D.I.Y.' 1977-1980 (Messthetics #100)
“D.I.Y.” was both punk and post-punk, but D.I.Y. stood firmly on its own: a musical free-for-all of untrained voices, gnarly, scrubby, newly-invented riffs, home-made instruments, dustbin percussion, and lyrics like nothing that had come before. Performed by punks and hippies, musical geniuses and novices alike, school-kids and grizzled 27-year-olds... these are the sounds of D.I.Y.’s golden age.
As Nuggets and Pebbles were to 60’s garage-bands, as Chocolate Soup for Diabetics and Rubble were to freakbeat, and as Killed by Death and Bloodstains were to indie punk, the Messthetics series documents the essential bands of the DIY and the [very] indie postpunk generation of the British Isles. “Greatest Hits“ is Messthetics #100.
Featuring two never-before heard tracks by the legendary Rejects (Bruno Wizard’s 1977 band before he formed the Homosexuals). With O Level (pre-Times), Reptile Ranch (pre-Weekend), Six Minute War (pre-400 Blows), Mud Hutters (pre-Spaceheads), and Danny & the Dressmakers (producer Graham Massey pre-808 State, Bjork, etc.)… Also the inimitable tunings of the Tronics, Scrotum Poles, Puritan Guitars, Dum Dum Dum, Reacta, Exhibit A, Slight Seconds, Instant Automatons, Anorexia, Steve Treatment, Take It, Thin Yoghurts, Royston, Walking Floors and the Digital Dinosaurs. $10.00
Praise/press for Messthetics Greatest Hits:
'This CD should be part of everyone’s collection… Some of the greatest music that never was.' -Byron Coley, The Wire
'The sound of the underground, the hiss of the tape, the amateur pressing, the sloppiness and sheer sense of glee…' -Bob Stanley, The Guardian.
'An exemplary collection of home-brewed D.I.Y.' (four stars) -Uncut
Listen: O Level-'We Love Malcolm'
Reptile Ranch-'Saying Goodbye'
Take It-'How It Is'
Six Minute War-'Giles Hall'
Danny and the Dressmakers-'Don't Make Another Bass Guitar Mr. Rickenbacher'
Dum Dum Dum-'Dum Dum Dum'
Anorexia-'I'm a Square'