Various Artists

Optimism / Reject - Punk And Post-Punk Meets D-I-Y Aesthetic 1977-1981

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The highly anticipated companion to 2017’s ‘To The Outside Of Everything’. 

In the wake of punk, musicians in the UK found themselves suddenly liberated artistically and free to think in new terms commercially. The outcome was the independent label boom, and beyond that a certain Do It Yourself aesthetic. Overnight, the possibility arose of recording your own music and releasing your own record, or, if you weren’t musical yourself, setting up your own label to release records by people who were.

Enabled by a new independent distribution network, classified ads in the nation’s music press and the enthusiasm of record shop owners countrywide, a new kind of musician leapt into the spotlight, free of the shackles of commercial aspirations and the conformist musical approaches they necessitated. New sounds were delivered every week, pressed onto cheaply produced 7” singles and ambitious compilations by bedroom based labels. Among the photocopied sleeves and inserts, hand-stamped labels and SAE addresses, not to mention the eclectic range of sounds they accompanied, a common ground appeared: it didn’t matter what you did, so long as you did it yourself.

“Optimism/Reject” captures a snapshot of that time and place. One of many possible views on a period of freedom of expression like no other. From scratchy lo-fi guitar pop to ambitious home productions and experimental meanderings, this is the sound of an underworld beneath the underground. A place so far from the mainstream only those with a keen imagination figured out how to get there. A time when doing nothing was a crime, and doing anything was possible.

TRACK LISTING

DISC 1:
1. MICHAEL’S MONETARY SYSTEM - Eater
2. YOU’LL LOSE – The Drones
3. LOVE LIES LIMP – Alternative TV
4. FREEWAY – The Outsiders
5. SUSPENDED SENTENCE - John Cooper Clarke
6. O LEVELS - ‘O’ Level
7. BLACK VELVET – Swell Maps
8. OPTIMISM/REJECT - Patrik Fitzgerald
9. HARD TIMES - Attrix
10. NOBODY'S SCARED – Subway Sect
11. WASHED UP – The Freshies
12. CHARLES - Skids
13. POLICE OPPRESSION - Angelic Upstarts
14. NEUTRON BOMB – The Art Attacks
15. MIXED UP WORLD - Victim
16. AEROSOL BURNS - Essential Logic
17. IT - The Tights
18. THE DEMON - Punishment Of Luxury
19. BINGO-MASTER – The Fall
20. SITUATIONS VACANT – The Cravats
21. IS AND OUGHT THE WESTERN WORLD – Scritti Politti
22. WOLF – Prag VEC
23. COOL – The Jerks
24. HE’S FRANK - The Monochrome Set
25. INTERNATIONAL – Thomas Leer
26. FRUITLESS - Devil's Dykes
27. 01-01-212 – Vice Creems
28. TIMES ENCOUNTER - Nigel Simpkins

DISC 2:
1. H-EYES – The Ruts
2. LORD LUCAN IS MISSING – The Dodgems
3. THE COMPETITION - Passage
4. GIRL GETS NERVOUS - Nicky & The Dots
5. I DON'T WANT TO WORK FOR BRITISH AIRWAYS – Scissor Fits
6. COLD CITY - Spizzoil
7. (I SAW) BATMAN (IN THE LAUNDERETTE) – The Shapes
8. STEREO LOVE - Proles
9. COMMUTER MAN – The Molesters
10. HEATHEN – The Pack
11. IN LOVE – The Raincoats
12. SING SONG – The Tea Set
13. MOTHER MOON - Artery
14. THE ULTIMATE SYSTEM - Murder The Disturbed
15. PLAYING GOLF (WITH MY FLESH CRAWLING) - The Family Fodder
16. EVERY DAY I DIE - Frantic Elevators
17. NAGASAKI'S CHILDREN - They Must Be Russians
18. METAL SHEET – Second Layer
19. COLD REBELLION - Metrophase
20. I DON’T BELIEVE - Disturbed
21. SUBCULTURE FASHION SLAVES – The Door And The Window
22. GOD'S GOT RELIGION – The Steppes
23. CHRISTINE KEELER - Gl*Xo Babies
24. BOYS KEEP SWINGING - The Associates
25. BEAUTIFUL PICTURES – ‘Fatal’ Microbes
26. TOP OF THE POPS - Disco Zombies
27. EXHIBITION - Pneumania

DISC 3:
1. DOMESTIC DEPARTURE – Au Pairs
2. RECONSTRUCTION - English Subtitles
3. THEM OR ME (EDIT) – Medium Medium
4. CHOREOGRAPHY – Modern Eon
5. CHANCE MEETING (Absolute Version) – Josef K
6. ON THE AIR – The Lines
7. MASOCHISTIC OPPOSITE - Mo-Dettes
8. MINSTREL RADIO YOGHURT - Deep Freeze Mice
9. YOU GET EVERYWHERE – The Chefs
10. BLOODY - The Golinski Brothers
11. HEY OPERATOR - The Lillettes
12. ART NOUVEAU – The Bodies
13. SHANGRI-LA - Nightmares In Wax
14. OSCAR AUTOMOBILE – Weird Strings
15. SELF EMPLOYED – Again Again
16. FASHIONABLE JUNKIES – The Membranes
17. AUTOPHAGOUS – Manic Jabs
18. MODICHY IN ANERATION - Blancmange
19. MYSTERE V’S - No Message
20. THE FEELINGS MUTUAL - Eyeless In Gaza
21. LEAN ON ME - Distributors
22. CHIMNEYS - Tagmemics
23. SHORT TIME - Rhythm Clicks
24. GET - Blurt

DISC 4:
1. FINAL DAY - Young Marble Giants
2. YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE - Charge
3. THE DAMAGE DONE - Sisters Of Mercy
4. POLITICS! - Girls At Our Best
5. JUSTICE NOT VENGEANCE – A Popular History Of Signs
6. COULD BE HER, COULD BE YOU – Thompson Twins
7. EVERYTHING'S ROSES – Fire Engines
8. MOTORWAY – Emma Sharpe
9. THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING – The Red Squares
10. MOTION – The Room
11. SHOULD BE MORE IDEAL - The 49 Americans
12. I REMEMBER – Cult Figures
13. INSECT LOVE – The Higsons
14. CHIPS FOR TEA – The Laughing Apple
15. DEFEATED - The Legendary Pink Dots
16. HOLIDAY SONG – Marine Girls
17. THE RETURN - Normil Hawaiians
18. ZIGZAGGING – The Reflections
19. WHEN I SEE YOU - Sad Lovers And Giants
20. DOMINO THEORY - To The Finland Station
21. LAUNDERETTE - Vivien Goldman
22. ETHICS – 23 Skidoo
23. SHADES OF BLACK – Screen 3
24. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – The Happy Few
25. BREAK THE ICE AT PARTIES – The Tesco Bombers
26. I WANNA BE AROUND (PAUL) - …And The Native Hipsters

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