"180 gram, ultra-clear vinyl version; Edition of 100. Rotorelief present an expanded reissue of Shiny Battles by The Bonaparte's, originally released in 1985. The Bonaparte's trio was born after the split of two bands, Kan Ji Zai founded by Pat Griffiths from 23 Skidoo, Ruben Azca, and Baroque Bordello. According to Giri, the boss of the Gibus, the punk public usually became agitated sitting very attentively at the Kan Ji Zai gig on October 4th, 1983. In 1984 after their first record the EP Today, the drummer Prad and the bass player Pix from Baroque Bordello founded together, along with Ruben Azca from Kan Ji Zai, the band The Bonaparte's, initially to be ephemeral for a gig that should have been unique at the Opéra Night programmed by La Sébale with three tracks: "Battle Of Iena", "Waterloo's Front", and "Shiny Light" played in one single sequence. The trio was extended with a guest saxophone player Lazslo. The audience didn't expect such a band and was very surprised, encouraging the band to go on. And that's what they did, two of the members of Baroque Bordello were asked to leave the band and Pat Griffiths joined them. The Bonaparte's were born. Shiny Battles was created a first mini-album in the Studio Garage in 1985. This mini-LP is a marvel as it associates the pure tradition of the French coldwave bands adoring the bass with high-level British artistic quality influenced by the best of the post-punk scene: The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees -- The audio reissue by Rotorelief proposes the mini-album Shiny Battles with six unreleased bonus tracks. Deluxe embossed cover with gold foil design." - Rotorelief.
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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