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Artist: STORM BUGS
Title: Up The Middle Down The Sides
Format: LP
Label: Fusetron
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"After some twenty years in the wilderness when Storm Bugs were known only to a handful of aficionados, the DIY electronic duo were rediscovered in 2000 when they were included on the deliciously dodgy but possibly seminal bootleg LP I Hate the Pop Group. A CD of the Bugs finer moments followed shortly after on the reactivated Snatch Tapes label and prompted one receiver to comment "How could such sounds, radically challenging the accepted texture of electronic music, have been recorded over 20 years ago?" Another review suggested that.. "they were spiritual forefathers to Oval and todays Clicks & Cuts generation". Since 2001 Storm Bugs have featured on stations such as Resonance FM and WFMU and there have been more archive recordings by Philip Sanderson (one half of the duo) reissued by labels such as Anomalous and Die Stadt including collaborations with Organum main man David Jackman. There was even an EP of new material The Bugs are Back put out by Klanggalerie in 2002. Many have thought that there must be more vintage Storm Bugs recordings in the attic and after a 2 year period of intense rummaging and restoration Fusetron are pleased to present a further installment of Storm Bugs material from 1978-82 entitled Up the Middle Down the Sides. The LP delves deep into the Snatch Tapes sound banks to produced two continuous collaged sides of often-spontaneous sonic experimentation. Tracks such as Skid Pan Buoy and Thin Line Flash of Traffic use the classic Bugs DIY instrumentation of rewired radios, scratched vinyl and disemboweled guitars (Storm Bugs were circuit bending before the term was invented). Other pieces such as Little Bob Minor exploit the sonic capabilities of that most eccentric of British synthesizers the VCS3. But this is not simply a barrage of industrial mayhem for spliced into the fabric of controlled excess are moments of contemplative soundscapes such as 111 and Waspbottle, the latter scored for a duet of milk bottle and wasp synthesiser. In short Up the Middle Down the Sides is possibly the first (and last) DIY electronic concept LP." - Storm Bugs. The Storm Bugs are Philip Sanderson and Steven Ball (with special guest David Jackman of Organum on the track In The Naked Girls Majesty).

Artist: STORM BUGS
Title: A Safe Substitute
Format: LP
Label: Harbinger Sound
Country: UK
Price: $20.00
Very limited vinyl reissue of 1980 cassette release on Snatch Tapes. Very highly recommended!
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Artist: STORM BUGS
Title: Lets Go Outside and Get it Over
Format: CD
Label: Snatch Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $16.50
"Compiled from the original Snatch Tapes cassettes and vinyl releases, Lets Go Outside and Get it Over features a collection of rare and previously unavailable tracks by Storm Bugs, who between 1978 and 1981 pioneered their own brand of DIY electronics. Some cassettes selling as many as 200 copies, they attained a bit of a cult following, one that has continued after their demise, helped by the fact that their label, Snatch Tapes, also released other artists such as The Lemon Kittens, Scratch Orchestra, John Cage, Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey, Alien Brains, and David Jackman, who Storm Bugs member Philip Sanderson collaborated with on a few occasions. More recently, their music was included on the bootleg compilation LP of D.I.Y. post punk / art school experimentalism titled "I Hate The Pop Group", proving they are far from forgotten. Storm Bugs produced a slapstick industrial experimental music that exploited the idiosyncrasies of domestic hi-fi gear. Radios were unceremoniously disemboweled and rewired to emit impromptu squeals and belches, records scratched with a scalpel to produce stunted percussion tracks, while tape loops and primitive analogue synthesisers weaved faltering rhythmic patterns.The CD was compiled by Storm Bugs founding members Philip Sanderson and Steven Ball. Every effort has been made when digitally remastering the tracks to remove the unwanted hiss, distortion and noise added by time while retaining the cherished hiss, distortion and noise integral to the original Storm Bugs sound." - Snatch. Edition of 300 and very highly recommended!!
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Artist: STORM BUGS
Title: Supplementary Benefit
Format: LP
Label: Vinyl-On-Demand
Country: Germany
Price: $23.50
"Side 1 of the LP comprises full length versions of the the first two Storm Bugs singles; namely the 5 track Table Matters EP (1980) and the Metamorphose single (1981). Whilst tracks from these singles have appeared on compilations before, this is the first time they are being presented in their entirety. This means the first re-issue of the spoof industrial rockabilly track Tin and the vocal version of Make Customer Matter. The tracks have been digitally re-mastered from virgin un-played copies of the two discs. While side 1 displays Storm Bugs now infamous post-punk DIY sound with much use of scratched vinyl, disemboweled radios and home made electronics, side 2 of the LP contains tracks made exclusively with the unique British synthesizer, the VCS3. The VCS3 has a matrix pin patch bay in which any module can be connected to any other module, resulting in complex feedback loops and unexpected modulations. The VCS3 tracks which include Hodge, Slip Slap and Hiemal (And She Blew) are all taken from original Snatch Tapes cassette releases. This is the first time most have appeared on vinyl, and of course this means the gorgeous heavyweight VOD vinyl we have come to know and love." - Vinyl-On-Demand.
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