06 aprile 2015


Come una piacevole sorpresa di Pasquetta giunge notizia del recupero di uno dei documenti più effimeri e clandestini usciti dalla scena squat-alternativa londinese dei primi anni ottanta, l'audiocassetta Psst! Wanna Buy a Tape? assurta a manifesto assieme alla fanzine El Frenzy - edita da Bing Selfish - di una piccola ma vivacissima comunità di artisti e musicanti fai-da-te dispersa allora, e maggiormente in seguito, tra Ideals, Amos and Sara, The Homosexuals, Orchestre Murphy, It's War Boys, Milk From Cheltenham e Die Trip Computer Die. Esce per Rough Trade con titolo ritoccato in Psst! Wanna Buy a Record? in un'edizione in vinile a tiratura limitata con allegato un prezioso libretto storico e retrospettivo.
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Vinyl redux of 1986 experimental DIY cassette compilation 'Psst! Wanna Buy a Tape?'. Containing brittle sounds honed in the housing co-ops, squats and 8-track dens of radical London, the cassette was released as an annexe to underground comic El Frenzy, edited by crown prince of avant-pop Bing Selfish. Many of the contributors (to both cassette and comic) will be familiar to those who follow the "post- Homosexuals / This Heat / Rock in Opposition squats - in exile...." ((C) Hyped To Death) scene. The LP is accompanied by a 24 page booklet with Bing Selfish and Knutsford Hanoi (the insiders) scrambling through a kitchen table interview. A commentator's perspective was required, so fellow squat-land traveller (and musical collaborator) Richard Dudanski (101'ers / PiL / The Raincoats) provided the outsider view. The cover is cynically collaged from adverts for the cassette in EL Frenzy. El Frenzy editor Xanfise Koke (aka Bing Selfish) compiled PSST, playing on most of the tracks. The rest sketching out sensitive performance patterns include Amos (aka L.Voag / Xentos of It's War Boys / Die Trip Computer Die / Amos and Sara, The Homosexuals et al.), Robert Storey (dark heart of The Murphy Federation since ...), Lepke B. (Milk From Cheltenham, Die Trip Computer Die et al.), Chris Gray (The Homosexuals producer / engineer, Amos and Sara et al.).

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