SCROTUM POLES - Auchmithie Forever

"Three-plus years and many hurdles overcome, the long-awaited SCROTUM POLES treasure trove has finally been unearthed! Twenty-two unreleased 1979/1980 studio and home recordings from one of the best early UK DIY pop bands. Except for the most dour and hygienically-challenged of punk collectors, SCROTUM POLES first hit the public radar via one of Hypedtodeaths first homemade Messthetics CD-R compilations of lost late-70s/early 80s UK DIY punk & pop bands. For those whose minds were blown by the seemingly unending depths of amazing slop bubbled to the surface by the Messthetics series, The Scrotum Poles Pick the Cats Eyes Out" and "Helicopter Honeymoon" (both from their only vinyl release, the legendary, oddly-sized Revelation EP) were arguably the best of the mess. Formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1978, the scrappy Scrotum Poles exemplify wonderfully the anything-goes attitude of the time immediately following the first wave of punk, and Auchmithie Forever opens up a perfectly imperfect chapter of this exciting period. Sure, theres nods to the obvious punk forebears, and the surefire upbeat punk-pop hits are undeniable, but other dreary pop tendencies come much closer in sound to early Go-Betweens or the loping bass-driven bands appearing out of Manchester in following years. Auchmithie Forever has been painstakingly culled from hours of lost-then-found-then-lost-then-found-again C-90 cassette tapes recorded by the band before and around the recording of the legendary Revelation EP. The best of the best songs from three different tapes appear here, including different versions of both "Pick the Cats" and "Helicopter" (pop fans will LOVE the drum-less, near-acoustic bedroom version of "Pick the Cats"). Cassette transferring was a monumental task, but no expense or effort was spared to find the right balance of noise and clarity. In addition to their admitted lack of instrument mastery or traditional tuning abilities, the recordings are mucky-the tapes made muckier with 30 years of soggy English basement storage. Sticklers for hi-fi recordings will run for their lives, but those with patience (or love) for some hiss & flutter will be generously rewarded. Auchmithie Forever is available with full cooperation from the band, containing photos, clippings, lyrics and liner notes from SMEG POLE himself." - Dulc-i-Tone. Highly recommended! Restocked!

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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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