PINOCHET BOYS - Pinochet Boys

"Hueso Records is excited to announce the second pressing of Pinochet Boys. The music of iconic Chilean punk band Los Pinochet Boys from the early ’80s, that until 2012 had never been published. Hueso proudly debuted their recorded music in 2012 with limited edition 7” Vinyls. Second pressings of these original vinyls will be available starting June, 2020.

The record contains the only two studio-quality tracks they ever produced, both from 1984, taken directly from the original tapes, which remained shelved with the band members for 28 years until now, being released to the public for the first time in a 7” mastered by Rodrigo Gomberoff, pressed for Hueso Records in the Czech Republic and with the sleeve printed in the U.S. Jorge González –leader of the legendary Chilean band Los Prisioneros, protagonist and close witness of the 80’s scene events (HR-27)– has written: The sound of Los Pinochet Boys was a cross between the output of two non-musicians and two virtuosos with a deep knowledge of tradition, so they sounded like nothing else that was around. They came out of nowhere and weren’t aiming for any kind of success, yet the only two songs they made in studio are still brilliant today –especially if contrasted against the pale efforts of their contemporaries. Side A, Botellas Contra el Pavimento, sung by Dani, should have been played over and over on the radio, become a classic and been available to be shared; the B side, Música del General –although more traditional– shines as well as one the greatest examples of Santiago’s hardcore, with all their voices galloping together through the streets”. Published by HR in an edition of 500 copies." - Hueso Records

"At the most repressive point of the Pinochet dictatorship, Daniel Puente Encina formed an explicitly anti-fascist punk band with his friends and called it Pinochet Boys. Their first single? 'Music of the General.' This was not the kind of punk danger most Americans are familiar with; it was not even a Green Room-type scenario. This was treason against a fascist state. With every show a secret, risking shut-down by military police, Pinochet Boys gigs were places for young, emerging activists to meet and strategize. The youth movement would become a crucial part of the revolution that led to the Chilean national plebiscite in 1988, a referendum that finally forced the Pinochet regime from power and paved the road for democracy. 'This machine kills fascists,' indeed—though Encina and the other Boys were exiled in 1987. From a purely musical standpoint, the song was half classic sing-along punk-band-name-as-anthem and half bizarre, zippy new wave outer-space transmission, one of the weirdest and coolest earworms around. Even if it hadn’t played a historically documented and practical part in actually bringing down a 16-year dictatorship, it’d be worthy of inclusion here." - Pitchfork’s Jess Skolnik.

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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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