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Fourth Dimension

GRIM HUMOUR - Highlights & Lowlights 1983-1987

"Grim Humour ran between 1983 and 1993 and proved itself one of the most popular UK fanzines throughout this time due to its documenting many groups, large and small, who initially arrived from the punk/post-punk world and its cousins in industrial or electronic music, whilst coupling this to an interest in horror films, underground cinema, literature, graphic novel/comics and more esoteric areas. Although the passions for matters beyond music grew as the 'zine itself grew, the early editions captured here in what is to be the first of two book volumes reflect the work of several teenage friends so devoted to the music they enjoyed they felt compelled to delve further into it. Naive, impassioned, and underpinned by a modicum of sarcasm that got cranked higher in later editions, Grim Humour perfectly balanced deference with irreverence when it came to music. Throughout the approximately 300 pages collected here, original pages are reprinted alongside re-edited interviews, reviews and other such features from the first ten editions of the 'zine, published between 1983 and 1987. Also featuring new text exclusive to the book by some of the groups, as well as a number of essays by those either involved with the 'zine or who avidly read it, this book serves as a (perhaps cracked) snapshot of a time when independent music didn't necessarily mean "indie". Comprising interviews with Killing Joke, Abbo (UK Decay), And Also The Trees, Crass, Virgin Prunes, Death In June, Portion Control, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Coil, The Leather Nun, The Damned, The Fall, Fools Dance (featuring Simon Gallup of The Cure), Big Black, Head Of David, Alternative TV, and many others, this book helps illustrate just how far punk and its own darkened tendrils actually reached in an age when fanzines and their concomitant cousins in mail art, cassette labels and suchlike helped fill in the gaps the music weeklies simply couldn't. This will be of interest to all who grew up through this era and still have a place for it in their hearts, besides those with a lot of interest in any of the groups featured. 300 pages; A4 softcover." - Fourth Dimension.

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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.
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