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DORAU, ANDREAS - Arger mit der Unsterblichkeit

In 1988, in a club in Munich, German pop legend Andreas Dorau heard a kind of music which was completely new to him. He remembers it like this: While we were producing Demokratie, acid house kicked off. It hit me right between the eyes. It was the most incredible thing for me!" Things really took off shortly afterwards, when somebody in England came up with the notion of looping and editing recorded music by other bands. Dorau: "You could pick out your favorite passages from a song, choose the best of the 50s, 60s and 70s and build more or less the perfect song." Endless possibilities! Production techniques were also advancing apace. In 1991 a sampler capable of sampling two minutes cost around 300 Deutsche Marks. Just a few years earlier, such a device would have set the buyer back 10,000 Marks. And so Ärger mit der Unsterblichkeit (Trouble with Immortality) was fashioned in the living room of Doraus new musical companion, his congenial partner Tommi Eckardt. Eckardt played in a band by the name of Die alternativen Arschlöcher (trans. "The Alternative Assholes") and would later find international fame as one-half of the pop duo 2raumwohnung. A new era, a wonderful time. Dorau: "Our rave rigmarole left live audiences nonplussed. Once the album was released, I was seen as some kind of sick character." Others have been tarred with the same brush, have they not? Often, all too often, the best. Includes two bonus tracks." - Bureau B

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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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