Saturday, 7 December 2013

Various Artists - "Deleted Funtime - various toons by various loons" (Deleted Records DEC 009) 1980

Another classic UK DIY compilation cassette, up there with "No New York", "Nuggets" and "Hicks from the Sticks" in its influential majesty.
This tape was as exciting to the skint 16 year old Zchivago,as was the Sex Pistols LP three years earlier. The fact that you got all this weird noise for just 60p plus a self addressed envelope was a revelation; yes some people out there DO really mean it after all! The £3:99 I paid for "Never Mind the Bollocks" seemed an unjustifiable rip-off, by some cynical fashion clique in London that had little or nothing to do with us 'Outsiders' living in the provinces.
From here, one could merely send a blank tape and an SAE to an address, to gain access to endless numbers of cassettes from marginalised non-musicians and misfits from all over the UK; and they were listed in the insert.
Among the more well know faces we have hidden gems from such creatures as Lurch, Heddon Street W1, and Duo Elettronica.Units of Pleasure are especially good, sort of a semi-instrumental zero-fi cross between Joy Division and Dick Dale, without either tunes or surf board.(Surf Division for a concept anyone?)
 The sound quality is reassuringly abysmal, except for, tape compilers ,the Instant Automatons, tracks; which I suspect had a lot less number of cassette generations behind them (a sort of accidental version of the old rock trick of giving the support act the crap PA). The Digital Dinosaurs could obviously play their instruments, them being post-hippie types, but their tunes are nearly all classic pop toons and can do no wrong; even if they did have beards.
 There ain't a shite track on this c-90, but then again I am well known for liking, what Henry and Henrietta Normal would call, 'Shiote'(sic).
Like it says on the insert," Don't worry about the tape'll get used to it!".......I did,or is that my tinnitus?

(for mp3 sample tracks click on the highlighted areas below)

Track Listing:

A01Missing Persons Chemical Solutions

A02 Units Of Pleasure Another Form Of Art 0:48
A03 Colin Potter Power 4:48
A04 Stabmental Thin Veil Of Blood 3:03
A05 Midnight Circus, Obsession 3:00
A06 391 Prisoner Of The Living Room(mp3) 2:28
A07 1,2,3, I Ddrim Ystafell 54 1:04
A08 Door And The Window Habits 2:35
A09 Electric Bereaved Duty To The Empire 2:22
A10 Digital Dinosaurs Fingers And Thumbs(mp3) 4:04
A11 Missing Persons Richard Nixon At The Oxford Union 1:07
A12 Lurch Single Symphony Excerpt(mp3) 2:01
A13 Percy Faeces Pray For The Boys At The Front 2:43
A14 Instant Automatons Mr McPhee 1:56
A15 Mystic Umbrellas Journey To The West 3:48
A16 Everchanging Face Drummer Boy 3:14
A17 Units Of Pleasure Forces Of Joy 1:19
A18 Digital Dinosaurs Walking Out 1:59
B01 Digital Dinosaurs Bouncing Back 2:16
B02 Units Of Pleasure Acueforperu 2:33
B03 Merz Spud-Dream 3:00
B04 Door And The Window Human Touch 3:20
B05 Missing Persons Acoustics In The Atomic Age 1:36
B06 Duo Elettronica Duo Elettronica Excerpt 5:56
B07 Colin Potter Bogey Man 2:04
B08 Bonfires Drumfall 0:11
B09 Mic Woods Little Girl 3:53
B10 Instant Automatons Disillusion 3:14
B11 Midnight Circus Pre-Natal Counselling 3:04
B12 Alien Brains Alien Brains Excerpts 3:43
B13 Home Brew Home Brew Tape Excerpt 2:45
B14 Eyes In The Dark At Six O' Clock 2:57
B15 Heddon Street W1 We Wanna Pogo 1:49
B16 Missing Persons Negatives 2:54

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Exeter said...

This would appear to be of interest to music nerds like myself...

Jonny Zchivago said...

We need music nerds, but haven't you got this already?
Plenty more where this came from.

Kevin Cheshire said...

Wow ... I've just found out on discogs that Stabmental was an industrial duo consisting of Tom Craig and ... Geoff Rushton, aka: John Balance, barely 18 at the time. This little piece is the only thing they ever released.
"They did two concerts and recorded a full length cassette titled "Hidden Fears" which was never released. Geoff and Tom also published a fanzine under the name Stabmental."
Thnx for the good work!

Jonny Zchivago said...

Well I never did!....excellent detective work. Sounds like the perfect pop career to me.If only more artistes did the same?