"Back in 1983, a review appeared in Maximum Rocknroll which immediately
drew S.S.’s attention. Tim Yohannan wrote, “F.P.E. are hard to
describe--they’re thrashy, jazzy, damaged, crazed, and real intense. If
the MEAT PUPPETS met M.D.C. in a Chilean secret police torture chamber,
the result might sound like this.” The review ended with an address in
Gorizia, Italy and a request for a couple postage stamps. The price was
right so the stamps were sent off.
What came back was a cassette with rat-in-a-vice/anti-vivisection cover
art and music that was an angry reaction to the world’s injustices. But
this wasn’t your average Italian anarchist hardcore release. Nah, there
was something different.
Fottutissima Pellicceria Elsa are not “proper” songsmiths. The songs
don’t end “when they should.” Just as a tune seems to be over, another
part comes along, one that has little relation to the rest of the song.
The drummer sounds like the only band member who has a strong grasp of
his instrument but he is so entranced with drum fills that he creates a
style that is unconventional. The vocals are blarrggghh. A power drill
is used as a solo instrument. Fast bursts of rage segue into sludge and
then into total confusion. The album sounds like the Italian hardcore
version of Tampax’s “UFO Dictator” informed by Throbbing Gristle and
Crass, and it makes sense! WFMU’s Fatty Jubbo once described it as
“wow...stumbles along like a drunken horse with its feet cut off. sorta
reminds of Destroy NYC or Upside Down Cross.”
Nothing is known about Fottutissima Pellicceria Elsa other than they
were from Gorizia, Italy in the early 1980s and were around long enough
to release one demo. After that, they disappeared to wherever old punk
bands disappear to.
The original tape was released in a very limited run. It is doubtful
more than a hundred were originally made. A few years after it’s 1983
release it had a short second life, also on cassette. This is the first
time it has appeared on vinyl....well, that most of it. Using an
original tape as source material, we carefully transferred the music and
selected as many songs as we could and still make the vinyl sound good.
This is the best of it. Also included is a reproduction of the original
cassette sleeve with lyrics and other stuff.
This is a vinyl only release. There will be no digital download or CD." - S.S Records
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 02 October, 2013.