When Gareth Williams died on Christmas Eve 2001 at the age of 48, the world lost a huge personality and a unique creative talent, yet little is known of his work outside of the legendary group This Heat. With this first official release on Compact Disc of Williamss solo and collaborative works from 1985, Life and Living Records take the first steps to correcting this imbalance. Flaming Tunes was recorded by Gareth Williams and Mary Currie with input from a variety of contributors including fellow This Heat member Charles Bullen, long term collaborators Martin Harrison, Rick Wilson, Mick Hobbs and others. After Gareth left This Heat in the early eighties he made the first of several trips to India, an experience which affected him deeply on personal and musical levels. On returning he began a collaboration with Mary Currie, building up songs from fragments and simple arrangements, using whatever instruments they had to hand and the resourceful aesthetic of pushing a cassette portastudio to its maximum. Originally released on cassette in 1985, Flaming Tunes has languished in relative obscurity over the years, although bootlegged in its entirety in the 1990s. There has been no official Compact Disc release until now. Flaming Tunes comes packaged in a bespoke 4 panel Digipak with a PaperFoam tray replacing the standard plastic holder for the CD. This part of the package was specifically researched and made in line with Williamss wishes for future editions of his work, to reduce or remove all plastic where possible. The cover features graphics derived from the original cassette insert and expands the edition with a newly designed sixteen panel concertina insert with images and photographs from throughout Gareths life, selected by Mary Currie. Each section accompanies Gareths handwritten lyrics for the songs. -Life And Living\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.