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V/A PROPHECY + PROGRESS: UK Electronics 1978 - 1990 LP PRE-ORDER

Peripheral Minimal 07/06/2018 1 Comments

V/A Prophecy + Progress: UK Electronics 1978 – 1990 LP

Format: LP
Cat. No.: PM24
Edition: 500

 

Peripheral Minimal is proud to present ‘V/A Prophecy + Progress: UK Electronics 1978 – 1990 LP’, a thirteen-track compilation that represents the burgeoning electronic music scene in the UK.

This categorically isn’t simply another generic synthpop compilation, or some indulgent, nostalgic frippery, but showcases an eclectic mix of acts that were experimenting with newly available technology at a time when the punk scene had imploded and the music press was busy fabricating new genres in an attempt to continue its legacy (although synth-pop in part arose from punk rock, it abandoned punk's emphasis on authenticity and often pursued a deliberate artificiality, drawing on the critically derided forms such as disco and glam rock). Although electronic experimentation had been explored in the decades before, it was still considered ‘alien’, "eerie, sterile, vaguely menacing", and even downright ‘austere and fascistic’.

It may have been the likes of Gary Numan or Depeche Mode et al. that switched the record-buying public on to synthesizer music, but bubbling underground were a myriad of experimenters recording in relative secrecy in industrial cities like Sheffield or post-war London, at a time when the Tories had come into power and utterly altered the political landscape, producing a generation of, ‘Thatcher’s Children’ (selfish, arrogant and materialistic). The antidote manifested as quiet rebellion in the shape of dark and alienating soundscapes by acts that are now considered ‘pioneers’, or have achieved cult status in a new era of throwaway pop and trite ‘new wave’ impersonators.



Many of the acts herein will be familiar to followers of synth or industrial music, some perhaps lesser known. We’ve also included slightly ‘later’ works by artists that were already firmly established in the early 80s as a comparison (and for the pure arrogance of it). It’s an attempt to rekindle those heady days of experimentation and to encourage new generations to rebel and forgo the fashionable posturing that comes with anything deemed vaguely ‘interesting’.
 

Tracklist

A1. Clock DVA – Lomticks of Time (1978)

A2. Vice Versa – Idol (1979)

A3. Colin Potter – Number 5 (1980)

A4. Konstruktivists – Vision Speed (1981)

A5. Naked Lunch – Rabies (1981)

A6. Five Times of Dust – Automation (1981)

 

B1: Schleimer K – Women (1981)

B2: V-Sor,X – Conversation With (1981)

B3: Attrition – Beast of Burden (2006 Remaster) (1984)

B4: Peter Hope + David Harrow – Too Hot (1986)

B5: John Costello – Total Shutdown (1986)

B6: T.A.G.C. – Further and Evident Meanings (1986)

B7: John Avery – 12AM and Looking Down (1990)

 

Credits

Mastered by: Martin Bowes @The Cage Studios, Coventry

Artwork by: Jason B Bernard, and ‘reimagined’, by Ivan Antanovic

 

LP limited to 500 copies with a rather fancy printed inner-sleeve.

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Cloony 15/08/2018

I love the songs early 80s . The musics are so strong and melodious .

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