-¢‚Ǩ-ìUntil now, Sir Ashleigh Grove has been shrouded in mystery, having only appeared on a handful of legendary compilations on labels such as Broken Flag in the early-mid 80s and having briefly collaborated with The New Blockaders before inexplicably disappearing without trace around 1984. Sir Ashleighs work has been compared to other Power Electronics artists of that era, in particular Whitehouse, Sutcliffe Jugend and Ramleh (Sir Ashleigh, in a live collaboration with TNB, supported Whitehouse at their infamous live aktion at Morden Tower in Newcastle in 1983.) Although sonically such comparisons are quite accurate, Sir Ashleigh differed from other such artists in that he had little interest in Nazism, nor did he have a fascination with serial killers or The Marquis de Sade, much preferring the works of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Also, unlike his contemporaries, Sir Ashleigh eschewed working with conventional instruments (such as synthesizers, much favoured by virtually every PE band), preferring to cobble together whatever electronics he could acquire - old valve radio sets, malfunctioning fx pedals and even a metal detector! Apart from a few tracks on various compilations, until now Sir Ashleighs recordings have been gathering dust in his personal library. Due to a deterioration of the original reel-to-reel and cassette tapes, the sound quality is rather lo-fi and can-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣt be compared to today-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs near-perfect digital audio standards. However, these tracks can be considered to be previously missing gems in the history of UK Industrial music / Power Electronics. Audio restoration and mastering was done by Phil Julian in 2015, and the CD is packaged in gatefold paper sleeve with an insert card including a complete SAG discography.-¢‚Ǩ¬ù - Siren.
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.