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SCREAMERS - Magazine Love b/w Cholo Jump

The Screamers were part of the 1st wave of west coast punk. They were\r\ntogether from 1977 - 81 and had roots that can be traced back nearly a\r\ndecade. Founding members Tomata du Plenty and Tommy Gear had performed\r\ntogether in Ze Whiz Kidz, a lip-sync troupe which godfathered major\r\nrebirths of local scenes of performance art, modern dance, punk and the\r\ngay underground in Seattle in the early 70ies. In 1975 they formed The\r\nTupperwares, an all drag trio which included Rio de Janeiro, Tomata and\r\nMelba Toast (Tommy). They performed a few shows in 1976 with the help of\r\nvarious underground Seattle musicians such as Bill Rieflien (of Rev-co\r\nfame) and members of his band The Telepaths. One of the first west coast\r\nDIY shows was put on by The Tupperwares, The Telepaths and Meyce on May\r\n1st, 1976, at the Odd Fellows Temple - admission was $1.00.\r\nThe spring of 1977 would see a move to LA by Tommy and Tomata where they\r\nmeet and recruit KK Barrett and David Braun, and form The Screamers.\r\nVocals, ARP Odessey synth, Fender Rhodes electric piano with fuzz box and\r\ndrums was what they used to create their lo fi psycho kraftwerk\r\nperformance punk attack. They became one of LAs all time biggest club\r\nbands and they were also its most mysterious. They are renowned as the\r\noriginal punk undergrounds most popular band, who vanished into thin air\r\nwithout ever releasing a single record, who never officially toured, and\r\nwho were so far ahead of their time in doing away with electric guitars\r\nin aggressive rock music that they were called techno punk back in\r\n1978. Style and theater were also so much part of The Screamers that\r\nnobody ever called them out for being a punk band with a full time\r\nstylist. The legendary west coast synth punk band live at the whisky, LA, 14.9.78, red vinyl, 400 copies. - Meeuw Muzak.

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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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