Messthetics' first Scottish installment focuses on a brief, intense
scene of ardently independent bands who got started rubbing shoulders
with 1977 punk then paid no attention at all to London after that.
(London returned the favor.) The sound was based on guitars of all
sorts, ingeniously skewed melodies and unashamed local accents.
Naturally, it all fell apart as soon as "The Sound of Young Scotland"
became a marketable commodity, but they left behind a rich cache of lost
'alternative' hits. Plenty of 'traditional' D.I.Y., too…
24 songs on the CD plus nine bonus MP3 tracks. 90 minutes of music.
24-page booklet, lovingly documented with histories & photos galore.
Messthetics #105 features rarities by the Fire Engines, Scrotum Poles,
35mm Dreams, The Exile, Commercials, Fakes, Metropak, Tony Pilley,
Visitors, Article 58, Radio Ghosts, Rapid Dance, Strutz, Vertical
Smiles, Restricted Code, Brills, Rhythm Method, He's Dead Jim, Paul
Reekie, and Friction.
Unreleased first recordings by The Dirty Reds [who became the Fire
Engines], 35mm Dreams, Jazzateers, International Spys [pre-Radio Ghosts,
Wee Cherubs, Bachelor Pad] and Edinburgh's legendary Ettes. Plus other
never-before-released material from the Scrotum Poles, Commercials, Tony
Pilley, Article 58, Radio Ghosts, Vertical Smiles, and Restricted Code
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 30 January, 2008.