THE SLEEPERS broke up at least once before their first show on Christmas Day 1977 at Mabuhay Gardens, San Franciscos center of the underground universe. While intensely unpredictable singer RICKY WILLIAMS played in other bands such as CRIME and TOILING MIDGETS, The Sleepers were on their own rock n roll planet-somewhere between punk, post-punk and psychedelic. As Joe Carducci wrote in Rock and the Pop Narcotic, The Sleepers were an awesome powerhouse live. They were an appropriate refinement of The Stooges, and what Joy Division might have developed into had they the balls." 1981s Painless Nights is their only album. From the opening tracks "When Can I Fly?" and "Walk Away" (featuring ALEX GIBSON & TOM RECCHION of BPEOPLE), Painless Nights captures The Sleepers fluid and volatile sound. Guitarist MICHAEL BELFERs lo-fi textures and incisive riffs serve as the perfect counterpoint to Williamss improvisational lyrics. Perhaps if the band had not broken up for the last time soon after its release, this amazing record would be even more known today. This first-time reissue comes from the original analog source and features a new insert with liner notes by Carducci and includes a digital download card." -Superior Viaduct.
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.