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Suburban Annihilation (The California Hardcore Explosion From The City To The Beach: 1978-1983)

    Futurismo present their new anthology series: Altered Vision, beginning with SUBURBAN ANNIHILATION The California Hardcore Explosion / From The City To The Beach: 1978-1983.

    This aggressive collection draws from California’s rich history of punk, more specifically hardcore: a new sound that eschewed melody for intensity, a sound that took punk harder and faster, a sound intrinsically American. Whilst hardcore was also burning over on the East Coast, it was in California that it had ignited and sprawled, a sonic punch in the face that raged socio-political disdain and total abandonment for commercialism, fuelled by a crumbling American Dream and the collapse of family values.

    Suburban Annihilation takes you from the major cities, to the coastal towns, to the SoCal suburbs, showcasing some the most important bands of the West Coast. Blasting off with the Adolescents ‘I Hate Children’, it heads from the year zero of Middle Class’s ‘Out Of Vogue’ to the surf punk of Agent Orange’s ‘Bloodstains’, from the blues tinged outlaw of The Gun Club’s ‘She’s Like Heroin to Me’ to the classic anti-anthems: ‘Live Fast Die Young’ by the Circle Jerks, lifted from their seminal Group Sex album, and the hardcore staple ‘California Über Alles’ by the Dead Kennedys. Also present are so many other bands integral to the era: T.S.O.L, Wasted Youth, Germs, Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies, Negative Trend, Flipper and many more.

    Though the music was designed to repel, this historical document has been lovingly designed to remind us that this genre created some of the most immediate and acutely-realised music ever produced. Making this collection of choice cuts essential for long-time fans of hardcore and punk, just as those new and inquisitive about one of the most angry and pissed off genres to have given birth in America. 


    Martin says: Words can't adequately express how incredible this record is. While the Gun club's psychobilly assault and Dead Kennedys' laser guided genius were very much appreciated this side of the Atlantic, much of the rest was not, only making it over on limited numbers as obscure imports for the curious. A tragic omission. The California hardcore scene, diverse, wild, aggressive shot through with irreverence, had no peers at the time. These acts were the inspiration for many bands who went on to dominate the American punk and alt-rock scene. Do yourself a favour.


    1. Adolescents - I Hate Children
    2. Middle Class - Out Of Vogue
    3. Agent Orange - Bloodstains
    4. Dead Kennedys - Chemical Warfare
    5. Simpletones - I Like Drugs
    6. Suicidal Tendencies - Fascist Pig
    7. T.S.O.L. - Abolish Government/Silent Majority
    8. Circle Jerks - Beverly Hills
    9. Wasted Youth - Fuck Authority
    10. The Gun Club - She’s Like Heroin To Me
    11. Redd Kross - Burn Out
    12. China White - Live In Your Eyes
    13. Circle Jerks - Live Fast Die Young
    14. Negative Trend - How Ya Feeling?
    15. Eddie And The Subtitles - American Society
    16. Channel 3 - Manzanar
    17. Flipper - Ha Ha Ha
    18. Rikk Agnew O.C. - Life
    19. Social Distortion - Playpen
    20. Dead Kennedys - California Über Alles
    21. Shattered Faith - I Love America
    22. The Weirdos - Helium Bar
    23. Middle Class - Insurgence
    24. Germs - Communist Eyes
    25. Adolescents - Kids Of The Black Hole 

    Severed Heads

    Bad Mood Guy

      With an oeuvre of electronic experimentation that dates back to 1979, Australia’s Severed Heads rawly garnered everything from the sources around them: the sounds of the city, tape loops, old machines, distortion.

      Although essentially one man, chief noisemaker Tom Ellard, he was joined here by film maker/homebrew video synthesizer operator Stephen Jones, and effects producer Robert Racic: who had worked with New Order. The result is a punishing view of pop, all crunching rhythms and electronic juxtapose. By incorporating popular tropes such as consistent rhythms, melodic vocal lines and drum machines this was perhaps as near to a little “boogie-oogie-oogie” as Severed Heads were likely to get, but the outcome is a striking hybrid of the avant-garde, EBM and Synth-pop, an industrial vortex in which the sounds of the 20th century are sucked in and spat out around a monstrous dance beat.

      Never pandering to expectations, Ellard saw dance music as a benchmark area where exploration was still possible. Big ideas and big sounds, not to mention big headaches when the original CBS mixes were left in a taxi cab. Whilst many of their contemporaries persisted without dignity, Bad Mood Guy’s cool melancholy assured a fanbase in America and dance floor loyalty with ‘Hot With Fleas’, which dares to sit alongside classics like ‘Dead Eyes Opened’. The unique inventiveness inherent in Severed Heads work makes this release essential for fans of Throbbing Gristle, Kraftwerk, Skinny Puppy and Cabaret Voltaire.

      The deluxe remastered version of this LP comes with a 2nd LP containing lost original versions and remixes,


      1. Hot With Fleas
      2. Nation
      3. Unleash Your Sword
      4. Jetlag
      5. Contempt
      6. Bad Mood Guy
      7. Dressed In Air
      8. Rabbi Nardoo Flagoon
      9. Heaven Is What Heaven Eats
      10. Mad Dad Mangles A Strad
      11. Bad Mood Guy (Day 1)
      12. Unleash Your Sword (Day 1)
      13. Canine (Day 1)
      14. Nature 10 (Terse)
      15. Contempt (Day 1)
      16. I’ve Always Hated Severed Heads (Live)
      17. Hot With Fleas (12” Remix)
      18. Nation (NYC Mix)
      19. Canine (12” Remix)


      Red Exposure - 2022 Reissue

        Futurismo are proud to present a deluxe remastered vinyl package of the classic 1980 album: Red Exposure by the uncompromising Chrome.

        Arguably considered the San Francisco bands greatest work, Red Exposure, the fourth album to feature core members Damon Edge and Helios Creed, was the definitive version of Chrome’s idiosyncratic approach to sound: a projected vision of near future dystopia via an undefinable guise of experimental space rock and punk-tinged alien soundscapes. Here, the band simultaneously draw from the otherworldly noises of their past records, whilst pushing their synthesizers forward into, albeit oblique, pop song structures.

        Edge’s vocals are structured more like an instrument than a voice, lyrics painting images of humanities future on the edge of total destruction. As Creed’s guitar work multilayers it’s way into a completely different aural spectrum, beautiful yet violent, slashing against rhythmic pulsations, loops and experimentations, to create a sound that even today feels beyond the here and now. This distillation of the bands repertoire seemed to envision a deconstruction of rock ‘n’ roll, aimed to break past the shell of cliché that it would of course eventually come to inhabit. Which is why despite it’s age Red Exposure remains a record that still sounds like the sonic product of a far off civilisation, making this disk of new wave nihilism vital for fans of Space rock, Krautrock, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Suicide.

        The deluxe remastered version of this out of print 1980 LP is presented here in a choice of ltd edition coloured vinyl. It comes packaged in a chromed mirrorboard sleeve, contains a large screenprinted poster printed with neon ink featuring unseen photographs of the band, and a bonus track.


        1. New Age
        2. Rm. 101
        3. Eyes On Mars
        4. Jonestown
        5. Animal
        5. Static Gravity
        6. Eyes In The Center
        7. Electric Chair
        8. Night Of The Earth
        9. Isolation
        10. Informations (bonus)


        Digital Stimulation - 2022 Reissue

          Futurismo have the privilege to be the first label to ever reissue one of the most sort out and revered electronic albums of the early 1980’s: Digital Stimulation by Units.

          Inspired by punk in ideology, though not necessarily in sound, San Francisco’s Units were a young breed of dystopic visionaries art space prodigies and trash culture futurists set on reshaping sound for a new age. Leading the charge, along with only a couple of others such as Screamers and Chrome, they lit the touch-paper for a new sound, a new scene. A new approach. Equally as influenced by experimental cinema, performance art and Brechtian street theatre as they were the music of Suicide and Devo, Units offered a glorious glimpse into how and what pop music could be. Their influence has stretching all the way through synth punk and new wave pop into the most contemporary electro musicians.

          Originally released in 1980, Digital Stimulation was Units true calling card and masterpiece. Containing the now famous opener ‘High Pressure Days’, this is a time capsule brought up from the dawn of the digi-age; all metronomical rhythms, wry lines and ice-cold delivery…part of a lineage that includes Neu!, Tubeway Army, ‘Being Boiled’-era Human League and Cabaret Voltaire, making this a vital recording for anyone interested in electronic music at all – past or present, with original copies selling at extortionate prices this is a release long overdue.

          The remastered version of this out of print 1980 LP is presented here in a choice of ltd edition coloured vinyl, alongside a CD of the album completely remixed in 2020 by Scott Ryser. This deluxe release also contains a 12pg art booklet containing rare imagery and new liner notes.


          1. High Pressure Days
          2. Digital Stimulation
          3. Warm Moving Bodies
          4. Go
          5. Mission
          6. Cannibals
          7. Bug Boy
          8. Tight Fit
          9. Passion Or Patterns
          10. Town By The River
          11. Cowboy
          12. I-Night (bonus)
          + CD Of Remixed 2020 Version

          1. High Pressure Days
          2. Digital Stimulation
          3. Warm Moving Bodies
          4. Go
          5. Mission
          6. Cannibals
          7. Bug Boy
          8. Tight Fit
          9. Passion Or Patterns
          10. Town By The River
          11. Cowboy
          12. I-Night (bonus)

          James White And The Blacks

          Sax Maniac (Redux)

          The New York No Wave legend returns to record store shelves everywhere! Long out of print, it’s only right James Chance (White) was back where he belongs, this time it is in the shape of a lovingly packaged reissue of one of his masterpieces - 1982’s Sax Maniac LP.

          Currently at the forefront of the popular music conciousness, fresh from a guest performance with Franz Ferdinand on prime time US televisions ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’, this fantastic Redux version of one of JAMES’ most revered records showcases his anarchic saxophone and deconstructionist approach to rock ‘n’ roll through avant garde arrangements and a blending of contemporary jazz with a true punk ethos.

          To go alongside the music are four incredible photographic prints of JAMES CHANCE and Anya Philips by Edo Bertolgio, the director of the now classic movie Downtown 81, which starred Jean-Michel Basquiet and a memorable performance by the James White And The Blacks era band heard here on this record. Drenched in an infinite cool, Sax Maniac is a true document of downtown New Yorks’ underground music and art scene in the early 80’s.

          This limited edition Redux version of this incredible LP is remastered and contains a bonus track featuring fellow no-wave legend Arto Lindsay (DNA, The Lounge Lizards). It comes on heavy 180g limited coloured vinyl with free download. The record is encased in a clear PVC sleeve with the logo printed on the font, inside it contains 4 x photographic prints of images by the great Edo Bertoglio (Downtown 81, Jean-Michel Basquiet) allowing you to use whichever image you desire as the front cover! It also boasts newly written liner notes by the legendary James Chance himself. So get yourself a slice of hot sax - only while stocks last.


          1. Irresistible Impulse
          2. That Old Black Magic*
          3. Disco Jaded
          4. Money To Burn
          5. Sax Maniac
          6. Sax Machine
          7. The Twitch
          8. Hyp No Tease (Bonus Demo)

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