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Artist: DISCO ZOMBIES
Title: Drums Over London
Format: LP
Label: Acute
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"The Disco Zombies should rank high in the pantheon of legendary English DIY punk bands, but a frustrating career of bad timing, record label mismanagement and three terrific singles slipping through the cracks have kept them in the shadows. In 1977 they were Leicester’s greatest punk band but the single that might have shot them to the top of the UK heap, filled with pop gems like Top of the Pops and Punk A Go Go, was scrapped at the last possible minute due to a production company implosion. Still hopeful, they moved to London and prepared for stardom. They recorded and released the John Peel favorite “Drums Over London” themselves, a song whose satire may have been too subtle for the masses. Sung from the viewpoint of a xenophobic right-winger, many took it as racist and it found fans among the crowd they were trying to critique. Peel had to explain to Rock Against Racism it actually supported their views! Due to the success of Drums Over London, their first single finally saw release as The Invisible EP. Unfortunately as it was a year late it was seen as being out of time and quickly sank without a trace. With hindsight we can hear it for what it really was, an EP of killer pop-punk. And had it come out on time, their Top of the Pops would’ve beaten the Rezillos to the charts by 6 months. One more single—an artier affair with a drum machine and DIY atmosphere—was released. Here Come the Buts backed by Mary Millington, their tribute to England’s most famous porn star suicide, marry a more post-punk atmosphere of repetitious drum machine programming with their usual infectious melodies and snarling guitars. Three more aborted records followed and more songs, only ever played live, were heard by increasingly fewer people as the punk dream gave way. But now, at long last, The Disco Zombies—a great pop band with catchy hooks, witty lyrics and infectious energy—can be appreciated by the rest of us. Available for the first time since their release, The Disco Zombies’ three classic, collectible singles, coupled with seven bonus unreleased tracks, are featured on the new Acute Records compilation LP Drums Over London. In addition, the digital download contains a complete live set including five more songs not recorded or heard anywhere else, as well as some choice covers that will prove the Disco Zombies are more than another forgotten punk rock hard-luck story." - Acute.
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Artist: HAPPY REFUGEES
Title: Return To Last Chance Saloon
Format: LP
Label: Acute
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"U.Ks Happy Refugees never fit in with the scene of early 80s British pop music and they knew it. They knew it when they wrote "as far as music is concerned it is almost an overwhelming embarrassment to be associated with it in any way"� on the back sleeve of their first record. They knew it when they said "we play with a total disregard to a record buying public"� in one of their rare appearances in the press. In the liner notes to this compilation they acknowledge their self-fulfilling prophecy, "We received little recognition and we were reticent to try and find it. Enthusiasm was vulgar to some extent, the band seemed to sit outside everything else that was going on, which of course is a good thing." The music they wrote and self-released can only be described as rock-and-roll. They liked Iggy and the Stooges and John Cale. They liked Richard Hell and the Fall. It was acceptable to like Joy Division, "but slavish enthusiasm was considered spooky and weird." What they hated was heavy metal, goths, "long songs played in strange time signatures by fey bands with long hair" and all the bland music as the post-punk scene gave way to fashion bands aiming for the charts. That first record sleeve made their intentions clear; "I hope Happy Refugees can breathe a breath of fresh air with this record, not just because of the songs but also because it is no way produced with the infatuation of becoming a pop-star."� They wrote songs that were personal and honest. Production and musical chops were rough around the edges, but with 6 members at times, they had a full and layered sound. Scratchy guitars and incessant bass buoyed by a pounding piano created a post-punk jangle meets wall of sound bed for intensely raw songs about lost relationships and lost loved-ones. No matter how abrasive the sound gets, every song is filled with catchy and heartfelt hooks. Its hard to understand why a band this good didnt find a home on Rough Trade or the like. A few years earlier perhaps theyd fit in better with the great DIY bands like Desperate Bicycles and Swell Maps (not exactly rock stars themselves). A few years later they mightve been C86 superstars. As it was, they slipped through the new pop era with only a self-released 7"� and a mini LP to their name, and into cult legend. Return to Last Chance Saloon contains both the Last Chance Saloon mini-LP and the Warehouse Sound single as well as 3 unreleased demo recordings. This compilation also features a 16 page booklet and a download card including the LP and 7 alternate versions." - Acute.
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Artist: IKE YARD
Title: 1980-82 Collected
Format: CD
Label: Acute
Country: USA
Price: $13.50
"Influenced by their punk upbringing, avant-garde schooling, and no wave surroundings in early 80s NYC, Ike Yard managed to create a new sound by also tapping into equal parts the krautrock experimentation of Can, the Neue Deutsche Welle of DAF and the UK post-punk dub of PiL and Joy Division. This combination helped them to create sound and songs unique enough to catch the attention of Factory Records, who made them their first American signing. What really set Ike Yard apart were their cutting edge techniques. The mixing board and effects processors were as important as the bass, synth or occasional guitar, giving Ike Yard an aggressive and propulsive sound, where drum machines beat against the sound of scrap metal and angular guitar slashes dart through arpeggiated synth patterns. Acute Records released on 1980-82 Collected collects, for the first time, Ike Yards two releases (their Factory LP and an EP for Les Disques di Crepuscule) plus several previously unreleased tracks." - Acute.

Artist: PREFECTS, THE
Title: Amateur Wankers
Format: CD
Label: Acute
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Why doesnt anyone remember The Prefects? Some remember the band they became, the Nightingales, who on Rough Trade and Cherry Red records, blazed trails similar to The Fall and Mekons. But Englands The Prefects, leaving few artifacts, are the great coulda-shoulda been post-punk band of the late 70s. Rubbing shoulders with Wire, Joy Division, the Slits, and the Clash, The Prefects garnered critical acclaim for both their terse and witty punk outbursts and their intense art/post-punk experiments. Acute Records is excited to present for the first time ever their complete studio recordings plus two live tracks for the definitive Prefects collection. With this long overdue reissue, The Prefects place among the most significant UK bands of the post-punk era will be restored." - Acute.

Artist: TRYPES, THE
Title: Music For Neighbors
Format: LP
Label: Acute
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
Beautiful letter pressed and hand assembled sleeve (w/ "tipped on" photo). "The Trypes were a wonderful psychedelic folk rock band from suburban New Jersey that featured Glenn Mercer and Bill Million, on hiatus from the Feelies. Along with Yung Wu and the Willies, The Trypes were part of a group of friends whos shifting membership comprised these sibling bands. The Feelies are the most well known, but each band had their own unique sound. The Trypes featured some of the jangle youd associate with The Feelies, but brought a more expansive and ornately arranged baroque psychedelic folk rock. Trouser Press, reviewing their sole EP, wrote "The Explorers Hold is a placid, constantly shifting landscape of sounds. The four songs emphasize coloration, not beat; yet, for all its subdued calm, theres an explosive tension bubbling underneath the music…The quieter songs, complete with woodwinds and keyboards, are hauntingly beautiful."
Despite only releasing a few songs during their existence, there was a wealth of fantastic unreleased material. Side A of Music for Neighbors will compile everything The Trypes released, the collectible Explorers Hold EP and one song from the classic Hoboken compilation Luxury Condos Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon. Side B features mostly demo recordings from an earlier period. Like all our vinyl releases, Music for Neighbors comes with a download card featuring the LP plus 7 more otherwise unreleased songs, mostly recorded live at rehearsals held at the legendary Hoboken club Maxwells. The lo-fi recording only adds to the epic psychedelic mystery and charm of these tracks. In addition to the download card, there is a deluxe booklet featuring liner notes by Trypes John Baumgartner, Mark Francia and Trype and Feelie Glenn Mercer, as well as intro notes from the bands first fan, journalist, Maxwells sound-man (and later Yo La Tengo man) Ira Kaplan." - Acute.




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