"?FOG began in Auckland, NZ in 1984 when Roger Allen of RIOT 111 met Lindsay McKay of THE LAUGHING CRIPPLES one night at the now demolished Aurora Tavern (they would later be known as Roger Fogorelli and Lindsay Fog). Inspired by a shared sense of humor, the two formed an infectious, heavy rhythm section. On guitar was Tim Ord, who informed their noisy, groove-laden sound. Their approach was fundamentally anarchic, anti-success, and as antagonistic as it was playful.
After briefly touring as a three-piece, Sam Swan (formerly of Wellington’s LIFE IN THE FRIDGE EXISTS) joined in on vocals. Like Roger, Sam emigrated to Auckland after traversing Wellington’s vaguely nihilistic, psychedelic-influenced early punk scene and became central to ?FOG’s arty, confrontational character. One night at Auckland's Mainstreet Cabaret, she scared a group of violent skinheads away by “hatching” an egg on stage, utilizing fake blood as a prop. Another night, an onstage experiment with fire-breathing caused her to catch her own face on fire (she eventually made a full recovery). Her vocal style was cutting, with lyrics ranging from absurdist to socio-politically critical.
The beginning of ?FOG coincided with that of?FOG CITY ENTERPRISES, a fluid collective/conglomerate under which the band operated. A red house called ‘The Red House’ was the center of their creative and social universe, and became a key place for underground music and art in Auckland. By 1985 Blaise Oarsman and Dave Appleton had joined on guitar, and thanks to a national arts council grant, ?FOG's 7-inch Round Black Thing was released into the universe. Reissued by Bunkerpop in 2018 for your convenience. " - Bunkerpop.
“?Fog were the coolest, fun and most creative bunch of c***s in New Zealand" -Celia Mancini (King Loser), 2016
"A Fog then got up to play. They were awful. One girl with blonde hair was trying to sing (well actually she just talked) and she was really annoying... The audience just hassled them (quote from an anonymous person, 'Go home and take some more drugs'), though A Fog's friends clapped. It was a painful 30 minutes." -Craccum: The University of Auckland Student Magazine, 1985 "
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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