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Fame - Jon Savage's Secret History Of Post-Punk (1978 - 81) 2021 Re-Edition

    The art of the good compilation album is one that is finely balanced between selecting the familiar and the obscure. Uncovered recordings that may open up exciting new areas ripe for contemplation. When Caroline True Records (CTR) embarked in 2006 in selecting the tracks for the definitive post-punk compilation album with Jon Savage curating, things were certainly never going to be neither humdrum nor boredom-inducing.

    For those of you who might not already know him, Jon can best be described as a cultural commentator, writer and longtime music journalist. (The Guardian, the NME, The Face, Melody Maker). He is also the Sex Pistols and Joy Division biographer and writer of the acclaimed “Teenage” and soon-come documentary on the book. Actually, he’s a secret national treasure. At the heart of the London punk scene from the early days, and resident in Manchester during the post-punk era, Savage seems like the perfect person to select gems from his record collection

    The spine of the collection features tracks by post-punk luminaries Wire, Joy Division and the Prefects. Not so 'secret' you may think, but consider the nascent and lo-fi Subway Sect, the tough polemic of Noh Mercy and the hyper obscure experimentalism of File Under Pop and you’re getting the idea. Containing 24 tracks in total, "Fame" is the perfect way to either dip a toe in the late 70s / early 80s post-punk underground for the first time, or take a trip down memory lane, with the tracks bringing back half-remembered John Peel plays.


    Pere Ubu - Heart Of Darkness
    Chrome - Chromosome Damage
    Nigel Simpkins - Times Encounter
    Subway Sect - Imbalance (Rehearsal)
    File Under Pop - Heathrow
    Cabaret Voltaire - Partially Submerged
    The Prefects - Total Luck
    MARS - 3E
    Rosa Yemen - Herpes Simplex
    A.C Marias - Drop
    Kleenex - Ain’t You
    Noh Mercy - Caucasian Guilt
    The Flying Lizards - Hand 2 Take
    The Human League - The Dignity Of Labour Part 4
    Wire - A Touching Display (Demo)
    Joy Division - Autosuggestion
    Robert Rental & Thomas Leer - The Hard Way In
    The Urinals - Sex
    The Method Actors - Do The Method
    Rema Rema - Rema Rema
    DNA - Blonde Red Head
    IMPlog - Holland Tunnel Drive 

    Matt Sewell’s A Crushing Glow Presents DrumTalk

    Out Of The Blackness Into The Blue

    Continuing their endless string of essential releases, Caroline True bring us the latest collaborative project from the mighty Matt Sewell, this time with london producer DrumTalk. Taking to the Secret Sundaze studio, DrumTalk drifts away from the club-focus of his releases on Tru-Thoughts, Soundway and Huntley & Palmers, syncing into the sublime vibrations of A Crushing Glow for two meditative synth suites. On the A-side, "Out Of The Blackness, Into The Blue" delivers drum box bossa, dreamlike sequences and celestial bliss-tones, making a connection with a wider cosmic consciousness. If you dig on the library styles of Clara Mondshine, the spacier, synthier end of the kosmische spectrum or the slow and spangled moments of Patrick Cowley's porn oeuvre, you're gonna love this. The flip continues the cosmic voyage, enjoying a little extra thrust from a blorpy bass synth as we lose ourselves in the nebulous goo of e-flute, fluttering sine waves and warming white noise. I imagine this is what Arthur C Clarke's Starchild listened to when he was getting stoned...


    Patrick says: Well this is a delight! Aside from the sublime space-prog sleeve art, and eye catching coloured disc, this release holds a pair of stunning intergalactic synthscapes, perfect for fans of European library music, Berlin school electronics or Patrick Cowley's post-orgasmic bliss outs.


    A1. Out Of The Blackness, Into The Blue
    B1. The Celestial Garden

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