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A fizzy variety of post-punk action here on this compilation put together by JD Twitch. The material originally came into the world as 16 7” singles, from groups as varied as The Tesco Bombers, The Spunky Onions, and The Prats (whose song is called ‘Disco Pope’). Worth it for the names alone eh? Double LP on the Optimo label.

Double LP £16.99 OMDIYLP

Gatefold 2LP on Optimo Music, compiled by JD Twitch. Inc. Thomas Leer, Tesco Bombers, Sara Goes Pop, The Fakes, Spunky Onions, Fatal Microbes etc..

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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 November 2015

This could be worth squeezing into the stockings of discerning post-punk fans. Compiled by JD Twitch this is a collection of unheard by pretty much anyone who wasn't around to buy obscure 7"s around the turn of the '70s into the '80s.

Sometimes I think for the good of future production of music we should ban the internet for awhile. Back when people only had cardboard boxes to hit for entertainment of an evening they were certainly creative. The best bits come early the Waitresses-like parp of the Tesco Bombers is swiftly followed by 'Sexy Terrorist' by Sara Goes Pop which has similarly comedy horn parps amidst a Slits-like rattle. My favourite thing is People in Motion who recall the Raincoats and may I go as obscure as to say Limbo District? I think I might. Meanwhile 'C'est Fab' by Nancy Sesay and the Melodaires is just that.

The comp can't quite keep up the quality of the first four tunes but is still full of interesting things. Indeed the sides seem to be split into styles. Side A (as described previously) skewed girl pop, Side B is full of the Normal/Cabaret Voltaire oddness. Side C is dubby experimentation until you get to the marvellous 'Violence Grows' by Fatal Microbes which sits somewhere between PIL and X Ray Spex. Finally Spunky Onions belie their name with some excellent ahead of it's times indie pop, the D side being scratchy indie  culminating in the Prats scuzzy 'Disco Pope' .

Overall it sounds like half of a particularly good episode of the John Peel show circa 1980 with plenty of lost gems.  

9/10 Chris Customer rating (no review), 3rd May 2016
10/10 Jonathan Customer rating (no review), 29th February 2016


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