2007 release. A must-have for every fan of weird music and people who dig Hasil Adkins, The Shaggs, Los Saicos and other types of primitive rock n roll. Taken from the WFMU blog: I was half-expecting this LP that arrived featuring gobbledy-gook, electric-guitar-played-with-mittens French covers of Johnny B Goode and Be Bop A Lula to be some kind of elaborate prank on the Norton/Crypt crowd, but the Born Bad labels JB Guillot assures us of the bonafide primitive genius of Les Blousons Noirs, whose 1961 and 1962 EPs have just been issued on a single LP. If this is indeed the case, these guys have ascended to the automatic altar of Hasil, King Usniewicz and the U-Turns for pure stupe-rock greatness, and even predate The Shaggs by half a decade. Says JB: Maybe its the first proto punk/DIY in the world ... if I have a good memory, Chicken Walk (Hasil Adkins) is from 1961, too. Even in France, nobody knows Les Blousons Noirs, this band is really the greatest discovery of my life as a record-digger. I have searched for members of this band for five years, but to no avail. I have published want ads in national magazines, talked with all the biggest French 60s collectors, etc.) but never found anything. I met an old guy who worked with 60s bands from Bordeaux, and in his opinion, Les Blousons Noirs were a couple of "pieds noirs" ("black feet" -- French people who lived in Algeria during the French colonization. The studio Guilain where both EPs were recorded was located on a street with a clothing manufacturer on it. The guy thinks the band worked at this manufacturer and that they were only in Bordeaux temporarily. It could be one of the reasons we have never found them. Wowza." -Brian Turner, WFMU.
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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