"Essential Styrenes Volume One is the first release in a four part-series of Double-7 EPs-a "Best Of" collection compiled from 35 years of recordings by a band that Rolling Stone once called "post punk before punk ever happened." PAUL MAROTTA formed THE STYRENES in Cleveland in early 1975 while playing in MIRRORS and ELECTRIC EELS. David Fricke wrote, "The Styrenes proved to be a crucial missing link between Sixties punk grunge and Eighties avant-rock-a rarefied smashup of raggedass psychedelia, proto-No Wave guitar noise, corkscrew jazz & pummeling freak rock." The eleven songs are programmed in chronological order. Disc one opens with the 1975 classic "Drano In Your Veins." Sounds from the garage, a monologue with music (with supplied text), and fast, rocking songs follow, including the often covered "Jaguar Ride." Disc two contains tracks that in 1979 had been scheduled for release as solo singles from Marotta and JAMIE KLIMEK, but did not appear until 1982, after The Styrenes had relocated to NYC. The set is packaged in a beautiful, tip-on, double-gatefold cover with art by the acclaimed Cleveland-based cartoonist and graphic-novelist/historian, DERF." -Mustard.
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.