Reissue of this legendary and incredibly rare split 7" from Christchurch NZ, 1982. Repressed in an edition of 284 copies. Features members of THE SPIES (see recent LP on Siltbreeze), THE PUDDLE (Flying Nun), etc... \r\nAND BAND: George D. Henderson, Susan Ellis, Mark Thomas, Richard Sedger. \r\nPERFECT STRANGERS: William Vosburgh III, Mark Thomas, Wilhelm Ruifrok, Richard Uti.\r\n
\r\n"Had the antipodean bastard twins of Beefheart and the Residents released a record in Christchurch of the early 80, this would have been it. Nearly 20 minutes of 2-track-recorded improv psych, free skronk and clattering pop crammed onto a 33rpm split-7". Some of the 200 copies are housed in sleeves assembled and decorated by the members, by common friends (such as The Gordons) and their children some just came in a generic white sleeve, few were actually sold.\r\n
\r\nThe And Band were the absconding Spies, a band around George Henderson, who had to leave Willingtons now legendary Terrace scene in 1980 after a criminal escapade relayed in the liner notes to their mandatory "Battle of Bosworth Terrace" LP (Siltbreeze 2014). Starting out with the chromosome damaged Pink Floyd tribute "Interstellar Gothic" (later also performed and recorded by Puddle, the lo-fi-pop-band Henderson formed after moving to Dunedin), the And Band-side then mutates into Susan Ellis twilight-sk-pop-nugget "We Are Right" and finishes off with a Can meets Ubu idiosyncrasy named "Hung From Dirty Wounds".\r\n
\r\nThings get weirder on side 2. The Perfect Strangers around art student Bill Vosburg shun rhythm and melody as too much mundane and deliver irritating and beautiful chaos between free-jazz and tape-collages. On surviving photos they look snappy like the Rough Trade house band circa 1978.\r\n
\r\nBoth bands are immediately banned from Christchurch pubs and clubs and have to rely on open-air gigs and self organized shows at galleries. They always play a double bill, share an inner city commune, certain members and the collective ignorance of almost the entire population of Christchurch. The few malcontents who do listen however are so deeply impressed by the drug-propelled free improvisations, they inevitably form bands themselves. Axemen and Spacedust being just two of them. The split-single is scheduled for an Australian reissue at the end of 2016, therell be 300 this time." - Gregor Kessler, Dynamite Hemorrhage #3.\r\n
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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