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SMACK, JIMMY - Death Rocks

Wild man, Jimmy Mack started playing electronic music in the late 70s. Together with his wife Lynne, they formed the duo Jim and I" and played live in and around Los Angeles for awhile. Their music was so unusual and futuristic that one club owner amusingly used to call them -Ǭ´-Ç The Jetsons-Ç -Ǭª!!!. The pair managed to record some of their songs in studio but sadly never released any records. Once Lynne had enough of playing, Jimmy wanted to keep at it, and he did. This time he went on his own and created a music so unique that it-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs almost impossible to pigeonhole. He was now Jimmy Smack, and apparently for obvious reason. We-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣre not gonna say more because this is none of our business. What-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs more important to know is that he released three incredible but very limited records, 1982-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs Death or glory 7-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣ-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣ, 1982-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs Anguish 12-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣ-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣ and 1983-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs Death Rocks 7-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣ-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣ. All on his own Star Theatre Productions label, named after a building he rented where he taught dance. Jimmy was and still is an incredible dancer. The Star Theatre was also the home of many San Pedro rock band like The Minutemen and Saccharine trust where those bands rehearsed and played live. Jimmy was also featured with an untitled live track on the Mighty Feeble compilation that came out on the New Alliance label. You can also find the song -¢‚ǨÀú-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣscarlett beast-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣ-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣ on -¢‚ǨÀú-¢‚Ǩ‚ѢKilled by Death-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣ-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣ volume 14. Now, 30 years later.

Death Vault records is proud and thrilled to reissue his Death Rocks record. It features Hating Life and Depression. Two songs of true misanthropic and nihilistic expression from the dark side of life. No boring reedeeming political or social values, just plain hate and pessimism. Imagine a darker and dirgier Suicide, circa their first album.Spooky and mysterious. Doom and gloom electro-punk weirdness played with an electric bagpipe and rhythm machine. Minimal and full of soul. No synthesizer was used even tough it sounds like it. According to the man himself, the original was pressed in around 50 copies. But you can now own your own copy for a fraction of what the original goes for. This reissue comes straight from the original master tape and sounds as good if not better than the original. 500 copies pressed at 45rpm. Printed center labels unlike the original with large center hole. Pocket sleeve is printed on high quality cardstock. Comes with two inserts, one 7x7 inch glossy paper with unseen pictures and a 4,5x5,5 inch on special paper as a thanks list. All around a beautiful and quality package!

Sleeve is thick quality cardstock, one 7x7 glossy insert with unseen pictures, a smaller insert on special quality paper. Lots of reels baked and transferred to find the right songs because many reels had no info on em!" - Death Vault.
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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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