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Various Artists / Messthetics #101: D.I.Y. 77-81 London I
Album:Messthetics #101: D.I.Y. 77-81 London I Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:02/2007
Label:Hyped 2 Death 

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Add Date:2007-04-08 Pull Date:2007-06-10 
Week Ending:10 Jun3 Jun27 May20 May13 May6 May29 Apr22 Apr

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Album Review
Elias (Dr Furious)
Reviewed 2007-04-05 
An AMAZINGLY INCREDIBLE compilation of late 70s/early 80s new wave underground gems. Hear the birth of indie-music as we know it. Buried in obscurity, these DIY gems carry the same spirit and sound of Joy Division, Gang of Four, Television Personalities, the Soft Boys, the Raincoats, Delta 5, LiliPut, the Clash, the Fall, etc. Mind blowing intelligent/creative compositions with divine melodies dancing between the psychedelic and the punk. This CD has been a personal favorite of mine. By far better than all the other Messthetics series including the Greatest Hits that was in the A-file last year. I can’t get enough of this.
Play 5, 2, 1, 6, 7, 20, 22, 12
1. Jungly guitars. Punk edge. Rocking. “I don’t want to work for British Airways no more”.
2. Think Wire with infectious synth-wave lines. DIVINE and ORGASMIC!
3. Gang of Four bass groove with chaotic synth noise effects. Prosaic vocals.
4. Very pre-Mission of Burma/Fugazi.
5. Fucking amazing! By the band that gave rise to the Homosexuals. Punky with no wavy piano and tongue in cheek Catholic mass lyrics.
6. Rhythmically edgy with dub-y guitars. The Clash.
7. Organ-driven! Jumpy indie pop. “compulsive eater munches his way to freedom”.
8. Dark punk. Siouxsie and the Banshees.
9. Infectious synth-wave-y gem.
10. Woah… trips me out. Racing rhythm. Circus music.
11. Television personalities. Acoustic strings. Children song chorus.
12. Female happy go-lucky garage punker. Aislers Set meets the Raincoats.
13. Sparse, bitter and psychedelic.
14. Acoustic rhythm guitar. Psych.
15. Reverb central. Very psychedelic and dark. Think Syd Barrett.
16. Mid tempo Velvet Underground-ish.
17. This reminds me of Neutral Milk Hotel.
18. Gosh… this reminds me of (post-Beatles) John Lennon.
19. Dark and gothy. Siouxsie and Banshees. 20. Infectiously catchy song with great bass lines.
21. Theatrical. Improv. Avant Garde.
22. Stripped down sing along of the Television Personalities classic.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Scissor Fits I Don't Wanna Work For British Airways
2.Rich & Famous Machine Gun
3.Different I's This Week
4.Acid Drops Distance
5.Rejects Stir Crazy (Demo)
6.Jimmy Nipper Five Two Wasted Years
7.Funboy Five Compulsive Eater
8.Homosexuals Technique Street (Rough)
9.Exhibit A Distance
10.Blue Screaming Gunpoint
11.Take It Armchairs
12.Twelve Cubic Feet Evercare
13.Tiny Town Know Better
14.Existance I'm Glad
15.Collective Horizontal Beach Coma
16.Different I's Drive Your Car To The Middle Of Your Brain (Unreleased)
17.Fialka, Karel Ghosts
18.Harassment, George Truth/Hey (Demo)
19.Tiny Town Back To The Bow
20.Milkshake Melon What Did You Do Witih The Body? (Unreleased)
21.Grinder Other People
22.Door And The Window, The Part Time Punks (Tvps/Tdatw)