TACTICS - The Sound Of The Sound: Vol. 2 1984-1988
"Sydney, Australia band Tactics existed for a decade from 1978 to 1988 during which time they helped define the Australian "new wave" sound. Along the way, they released five essential (and long-deleted) albums and a handful of now-collectible and impossibly rare singles and EPs. With influences ranging from The Velvet Underground and Television to Arthur Lee's Love and reggae, Tactics was difficult to categorize, and miles away stylistically from the identikit punk bands they often shared stages with. Lyrical themes of suburban displacement and uncertainty stemmed from singer Dave Studdert's awareness of existentialist writers like Rimbaud, Nietzsche and Foucault, as well as his appreciation and understanding of indigenous Australia, and in particular, Aboriginal song cycles. Sound Of The Sound Vol. 2 is a 42-track, 2CD compilation that focuses on the band's later output between 1984 and 1988, when they experienced their closest shave with Australian mainstream success. It features the Blue And White Future Whale album (1986), the previously-unheard demos for their final album, The Great Gusto (considered by the band to be far superior to the actual album), plus rare singles, B-sides and unreleased live tracks and demos. The package is presented in a handsome 6-panel wallet with a lush 20-page booklet stuffed with photos and Studdert's evocative liners." - Memorandum .
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.