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Various Artists / Messthetics Greatest Hits: The Sounds Of D.I.Y. 1977-80
Album:Messthetics Greatest Hits: The Sounds Of D.I.Y. 1977-80 Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:08/2006
Label:Hyped 2 Death 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-11-26 Pull Date:2007-01-28 
Week Ending:21 Jan14 Jan31 Dec17 Dec3 Dec

 Recent Airplay
1.Aug 06, 2010:Subbing for Ranger Rick & Trent
Vision Smashed
4.Mar 23, 2009:PACC Appreciation Show
Dum Dum Dum
2.Jun 24, 2010:Elite Syncopations
Vision Smashed
5.Jan 31, 2009:Lost and Found
How It Is
We Love Malcolm
6.Apr 02, 2008:Brownian Motion
Scared To Be Alone

Album Review
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Reviewed 2006-11-07 
Lots of recently unearthed post-punk and a few things that would’ve passed for “punk” during this era (1978-81). Pretty consistent mix of that wide ranging sound that threw together dub, punk, psych, jangle and pop. Yet another in the series of “here’s 21 great obscure as hell but great bands more people should know about”. <b>Essential</b> listening for any fans of this era of underground music.

((((1)))) Jangley but catchy as hell, lo-fi Brit pop.
((((2)))) Sick lyrics & title but strummy, nice uppity proto-indie rock by way early XTC.
(((3))) Minimal beats, a lotta bass & keys. Big 60’s groove, pretty decent.
((((5)))) Disjointed P.I.L.-like “death disco”, lots of echo & strum and confrontational vox.
((6)) Like an annoying version of the Plimsouls “You’re Everywhere That I’m Not”.
(((((7))))) Piano-clanging, fast beats and punky guitar. Awesome!
((((8)))) Poppy but rough guitar punk ‘ala The Wipers or Negative Trend.
(((((9))))) “Sow bloddye Breetish!”, totally raw punk and full of attitude, big beats & guitars.
(((10))) Loosey, repetitive beats and vocal lines but kind interesting broken down sound.
((((11)))) Paranoid vocals, a bit of odd spoken word in the mix, watery bass, clicky beats, very cool sound overall.
((((12)))) Teenage bedroom punk right outta the tenament block. Moody but tight & to the point.
(((((13))))) Simply AMAZING uppity, charged punk ‘ala the Saints, Buzzcocks, etc.
((((((14)))))) Fast-ish, punky, loose Buzzcock-y, with awesome male & female vox. Dr. Furious, red courtesy phone!
(((15))) Glammy, T-Rex worship, fun & silly.
(((((16))))) Like a tweaked out version of Wire’s “I Am The Fly”. Incredible, wild guitar & keyboard mix with sci-fi dementia vocals.
((((17)))) Ridiciously repetitive but fun & infectious “speed pop”.
((18)) Super-lo-fi/no-fi that’s best left as a buried demo or failed experiment.
(((19))) ’66-’68 Mod-pop with cowbell. Pretty nice.
((((20)))) Synth-y, bubbly new wave with lots of warm strummy guitars.
((21)) Silly, drunken pop/rock but sorta amusing & focused on the vocals.
(((22))) Speedy, punky rock with loud vocals.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.O LevelWe Love Malcolm
2.Scrotum PolesPick The Cats Eyes Out
3.Reptile RanchSaying Goodbye
4.TronicsShark Fucks
5.Dum Dum DumDum Dum Dum
6.Mud HuttersAll About
7.RejectsVision Smashed
9.Six Minute WarGiles Hall
10.Puritan GuitarsE100 In 15 Minutes
11.Instant AutomatonsScared To Be Alone
12.Exhibit AFame And Fortune
13.Slight SecondsWhere Were You
14.AnorexiaI'm A Square
15.Steve TreatmentChange Of Plan
16.Take ItHow It Is
17.Thin YoghurtsGirl On The Bus
18.Danny & The DressmakersDon't Make Another Bass Guitar Mr. Rickenbacker
19.RoystonGerald's Eyes
20.Walking FloorsNo Next Time
21.Digital DinosaursThe Sideways Man
22.RejectsTechnique Street