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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:06/2007
Label:Hyped 2 Death 

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Add Date:2007-07-01 Pull Date:2007-09-02 
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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 Newts Newtrition
2.Prefects Things In General
3.Swell Maps Camouflage Attack
4.Accused Arrested
5.Digital Dinosaurs Aliens In Your Skies
6.Profile Vince
7.Hardware Walking
8.Spizzoil Fibre
9.Famous Explorers Boy Detectives
10.Cravats Gordon
11.Buzz Life Ends
12.Shapes, The (I Saw) Batman (In The Launderette)
13.School Meals Headmaster
14.Domestic Bliss Domestic Bliss
15.Hardware Face The Flag
16.Cracked Actor Statues
17.Lester And The Brew Bad Day In The City/Eyesight Bad
18.021 Robot
19.Dangerous Girls Dangerous Girls
20.Human Cabbages The Witch
21.Cult Figures Zip Nolan Live
22.Digital Dinosaurs Fingers & Thumbs