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MEDIUM MEDIUM - The Glitterhouse

Expanded reissue of Medium Mediums debut album, The Glitterhouse, originally released on Cherry Red in October 1981. Formed at the end of 1978, Medium Mediums self-described extreme dance music" had reviewers scrambling to draw comparisons with the bands contemporaries and find a label for its post punk sound. Medium Mediums solid dance rhythms and chaotic, chiming guitar were superficially reminiscent of the Gang Of Four and Talking Heads, but Reess tangential sax playing and Grahams tape and keyboard interjections from the front-of-house mixing desk, took Medium Medium in another direction. "Free-blown dubbed-up white funk" was how Max Bell described the sound in Englands New Musical Express (NME). "At the forefront of the post punk funk movement," raved Cashbox. The U.S. Billboard magazine opined that this was "post punk and post disco dance music." After the initial release of The Glitterhouse, In Sound International magazine Dave Henderson wrote prophetically, "It could be one of the most important records of the type to emerge this year and will doubtlessly be revered as a classic after the group have long since departed." This reissue also features the "Hungry, So Angry" single version which was produced by Adrian Sherwood at Berry Street Studio in London. Also included is a selection of tracks from Cherry Reds 2001 Hungry, So Angry retrospective compilation album, the B-side of the bands debut single on Apt (1979), and a previously unreleased demo version of a song from the 1982 Sound-Products EP, Splendid Isolation. It includes a bonus EP featuring previously unreleased tracks from the 2008 Village recording session. All of the various lineups of Medium Medium are represented. Color vinyl; Gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves." - Optik Nerve.

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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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