Album Review

Messthetics #101 “Messthetics #101” (Hyped2Death) (CD)

ophelia necro   12/13/2006   A Library

D.I.Y. and independent post-punk from London and the Home Counties 1978-81. This is the first volume of the ongoing post-punk UK collections of Messthetics on the Hyped 2 Death label. Between 1977 and 1983 hundreds of bands in the UK put out their own records and cassettes. The Messthetics collections seek to document the stories of these bands, some great, some OK and many previously known only to a few. This volume contains 27 tracks, including some demos and some previously unreleased tracks. Highlights include: The Different I’s “This Week” which contains the world’s first ever duck call solo (track 3), The Rejects (track 5) who later became The Homosexuals (track 8) as well as George Harassment (aka Anton Hayman of the Homosexuals) on track 18, and Funboy Five (track 7) doing a song inspired by a tabloid story of a prisoner who ate his way through the bedding, lightbulbs, etc. when left alone in his cell . Other notable tracks are: 10,11,16, & 20-27 just to get started. The closing track by The Door and the Window “We’re Better Than…” is a who’s who of the popular music of 1983, a name-dropping extravaganza.
Included with this release (as with all of the Messthetics collections) are comprehensive and informative liner notes which give you the scoop on all of the bands on this volume.

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Thurston Hunger says

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If you come across his stuff in stores grab it,
especially the Homosexuals retrospective as
Lady Ophelia alludes to them being on here
in two incarnations.

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and tell him you heard about his efforts at
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