Complete early works by this German NDW (Neuen Deutschen Welle) band from the early 80s, including albums, singles and unreleased demos originally released by the ZickZack and Ata Tak labels. In the early 1980s in the proud city of Hamburg, Germany, two bands fused together in grade school. One band had the atypical name Junge Rümpfe, the other band had a somewhat old-fashioned name, Freddie & The Ready Teddies. At the time, the band played ska music, and therefore named themselves Skafighter. Original founders Timo Blunck and Detlef Diederichsen were joined by Bluncks sister Rica and their friend Christian Kellersmann. They played at parties and school festivals. Alfred Hilsberg, a well-respected Hamburger and founder of German new wave was at one of the parties, and was so impressed by Skafighter that he offered them a deal on his label ZickZack. Between studio time and their first album release, Skafighter changed their name to Ede & Die Zimmermänner, a name coined after the journalist Eduard Zimmermann who moderated the television show, True Crime. Eventually Rica Blunck left the band (she was the Ede"), so the group shortened the name to Die Zimmermänner. Under the name Die Zimmermänner, they released 80s classics, such as the albums 1001 Wege Sex zu machen ohne daran Spa-É-- zu haben, Goethe and the EP Zurück in der Zirkulation. To document the long history of Die Zimmermänner, Tapete is proud to release a limited box set that includes the albums 1001 Wege... and Goethe, singles and EPs, as well as previously-unreleased demo and live recordings. Also contains five (German-language) booklets with photos and essays by Timo Blunck, Detlef Diederichsen, Tom Holert, Eckhart Nickel, Jürgen Teipel, Oliver Tepel and Helmut Ziegler. Limited to 500 copies worldwide." - Tapete.
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.