FLIPPER'S, THE - Discotheque

"Munster Records present the first facsimile reissue of The Flipper's Discotheque, originally released in 1966. Don't let their elegant suits sported on the front cover confuse you: The Flippers were ambassadors of the British Invasion in their native Colombia, but the strength of garage music, surf instrumentals, and psychedelia quickly became their true hallmarks. They are, undoubtedly, one of the essential bands of Colombian rock, as also are The Speakers or Los Yetis. You can easily imagine The Flipper's reigning on the hippest stages of Colombia in the late '60s, performing very rhythmic songs full of fuzzy and reverb infected guitars and fueling the audience's desire to dance wildly. That's how things worked back then. In 1964, Arturo Astudillo and Carlos Martínez formed the student group The Thunderbirds in Bogotá. One year later, after the line-up was enlarged with Miguel Durier and Guillermo Acevedo, the group was renamed as The Flipper's after the American TV series Flipper. Medellín based label Codiscos signed them after publishing an EP with several versions of current hits and soon released their first album. "Impromptu Jazz a Go Go, the first song on Discotheque, their debut LP, already drops some leads about where the band's musical interests were in 1966, the year this album was published. The guitars quickly catch the listener with the characteristic dynamism of the dolphin that gave name to the group while they share the leadership of the song with an energetic and forceful drumming. It somehow anticipates other sensational instrumental cuts on the album such as "Dance to Go Go" or "Master Flipper" that give full meaning to the title of the LP. There is also some room for the cover versions on this album: the timeless "Winchester Cathedral" or The Yardbirds' top hit "Over Under Sideways Down" are translated into Spanish with greater or lesser fortune while classics such as "Route 66" retain their original lyrics and charming. The relationship with their record company would be extended to one more LP, Psicodelicias, while the style of the group was beginning to move towards more progressive sounds. In the mid-70s The Flipper's would dissolve temporarily to later continue for a short period of time in the early '80s." - Munster Records .
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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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