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Various Artists / Messthetics #103 D.I.Y. And (Very) Indie Post-Punk From The Midlands '77-81, Par
Album:Messthetics #103 D.I.Y. And (Very) Indie Post-Punk From The Midlands '77-81, Par Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:Jun 2007
Label:Hyped 2 Death 

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Add Date:2007-07-01 Pull Date:2007-09-02 
Week Ending:Sep 2Aug 26Aug 19Aug 12Aug 5Jul 29Jul 22Jul 15

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Album Review
Elias (Dr Furious)
Reviewed 2007-07-02 
Holy Crap! Yet another amazing compilation of lost DIY/indie gems ca. 1977-1981. This time from UK’s poor midlands, land of the Swell Maps. Plagued by the popularity of heavy metal and devoid of any pressing plants, these proto-indie artists remained in obscurity. Brilliant lofi gems with a range of influences from no wave saxophones and dub-y guitars to indie pop synths and middle eastern strings. Plus songs by the Swell Maps and the Prefects. FCC CLEAN!
play NOISE: 15, 7, 10 POP: 5, 20, 9, 6, 13 DUB: 19, 22 PUNK: 2, 1, 4, 14 WORLD (NOVELTY): 17 PSYCH: 18
1. Balls-out revolting punker
2. Great punker by the Prefects.
3. This by the Swell Maps. Need I say more?
4. Sounds like the Ex.
5. Swinging/sassy Holly Golightly-ish retro pop tune. Sweet.
6. Gentle indie rocker.
7. Crazy ass Velvet Underground-ish psychedelic tune with free jazzy sax.
8. Amateurish solo guit punker (no drums)
9. Dance-y. Guitar groove. Pop.
10. Sax! Laura Logic/X-Ray Spex.
11. Infectiously catchy guitar grooves.
12. Link Wray’s Batman… turned into Brit punker.
13. Great/great melodies. Astonishingly good.
14. Wire-sque punker with dominant bass lines.
15. Awesome uber noisy/experimental no wave. James Chance meets Sonic Youth.
16. Psych tune with heavily overdriven/distorto guits.
17. Spoken word rant w/ acoustic middle eastern strings. Very cool!
18. Starts with a remake of Vanilla Fudge’s You Keep Me Hanging On. Heavy psych-punk.
19. Epic DUB rocker. The Clash meets Gang of Four. Great climax.
20. Synth –driven indie pop. Female vox. Sweet.
21. Bouncy punker with comical lyricals.
22. Funk bass/guitar. Mid tempo psych.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Versatile NewtsNewtrition
2.PrefectsThings In General
3.Swell MapsCamouflage Attack
5.Digital DinosaursAliens In Your Skies
9.Famous ExplorersBoy Detectives
11.BuzzLife Ends
12.Shapes, The(I Saw) Batman (In The Launderette)
13.School MealsHeadmaster
14.Domestic BlissDomestic Bliss
15.HardwareFace The Flag
16.Cracked ActorStatues
17.Lester And The BrewBad Day In The City/Eyesight Bad
19.Dangerous GirlsDangerous Girls
20.Human CabbagesThe Witch
21.Cult FiguresZip Nolan Live
22.Digital DinosaursFingers & Thumbs