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• THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED COMPANION TO 2017’S ‘TO THE OUTSIDE OF EVERYTHING’.

• EXTENSIVE 4CD/BOOK SET – OVER A HUNDRED SELF-RELEASED MISSIVES, LO-FI MANIFESTOS, BOUTIQUE LABEL OFFERINGS AND EXPRESSIONS FROM THE EDGE OF PUNK AND THE POST-PUNK EXPLOSION.

• FEATURES CLASSICS, RARITIES, ALBUM TRACKS AND UNEARTHED GEMS FROM THE FALL, SUBWAY SECT, SISTERS OF MERCY, THOMPSON TWINS, BLANCMANGE, YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS, MARINE GIRLS, JOHN COOPER CLARKE, ALTERNATIVE TV, SCRITTI POLITTI, 23 SKIDOO, THE RAINCOATS, THOMAS LEER AND MANY MORE.

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In the wake of punk, musicians in the UK found themselves suddenly liberated artistically and free to think in new terms commercially. The outcome was the independent label boom, and beyond that a certain Do It Yourself aesthetic. Overnight, the possibility arose of recording your own music and releasing your own record, or, if you weren’t musical yourself, setting up your own label to release records by people who were.

Enabled by a new independent distribution network, classified ads in the nation’s music press and the enthusiasm of record shop owners countrywide, a new kind of musician leapt into the spotlight, free of the shackles of commercial aspirations and the conformist musical approaches they necessitated. New sounds were delivered every week, pressed onto cheaply produced 7” singles and ambitious compilations by bedroom based labels. Among the photocopied sleeves and inserts, hand-stamped labels and SAE addresses, not to mention the eclectic range of sounds they accompanied, a common ground appeared: it didn’t matter what you did, so long as you did it yourself.

“Optimism/Reject” captures a snapshot of that time and place. One of many possible views on a period of freedom of expression like no other. From scratchy lo-fi guitar pop to ambitious home productions and experimental meanderings, this is the sound of an underworld beneath the underground. A place so far from the mainstream only those with a keen imagination figured out how to get there. A time when doing nothing was a crime, and doing anything was possible.

DISC ONE

  1. MICHAEL’S MONETARY SYSTEM – Eater
  2. YOU’LL LOSE – The Drones
  3. LOVE LIES LIMP – Alternative TV
  4. FREEWAY – The Outsiders
  5. SUSPENDED SENTENCE – John Cooper Clarke
  6. O LEVELS – ‘O’ Level
  7. BLACK VELVET – Swell Maps
  8. OPTIMISM/REJECT – Patrik Fitzgerald
  9. HARD TIMES – Attrix
  10. NOBODY’S SCARED – Subway Sect
  11. WASHED UP – The Freshies
  12. CHARLES – Skids
  13. POLICE OPPRESSION – Angelic Upstarts
  14. NEUTRON BOMB – The Art Attacks
  15. MIXED UP WORLD – Victim
  16. AEROSOL BURNS – Essential Logic
  17. IT – The Tights
  18. THE DEMON – Punishment Of Luxury
  19. BINGO-MASTER – The Fall
  20. SITUATIONS VACANT – The Cravats
  21. IS AND OUGHT THE WESTERN WORLD – Scritti Politti
  22. WOLF – Prag VEC
  23. COOL – The Jerks
  24. HE’S FRANK – The Monochrome Set
  25. INTERNATIONAL – Thomas Leer
  26. FRUITLESS – Devil’s Dykes
  27. 01-01-212 – Vice Creems
  28. TIMES ENCOUNTER – Nigel Simpkins

    DISC TWO

  1. H-EYES – The Ruts
  2. LORD LUCAN IS MISSING – The Dodgems
  3. THE COMPETITION – Passage
  4. GIRL GETS NERVOUS – Nicky & The Dots
  5. I DON’T WANT TO WORK FOR BRITISH AIRWAYS – Scissor Fits
  6. COLD CITY – Spizzoil
  7. (I SAW) BATMAN (IN THE LAUNDERETTE) – The Shapes
  1. STEREO LOVE – Proles
  2. COMMUTER MAN – The Molesters
  3. HEATHEN – The Pack
  4. IN LOVE – The Raincoats
  5. SING SONG – The Tea Set
  6. MOTHER MOON – Artery
  7. THE ULTIMATE SYSTEM – Murder The Disturbed
  8. PLAYING GOLF (WITH MY FLESH CRAWLING) – The Family Fodder
  9. EVERY DAY I DIE – Frantic Elevators
  10. NAGASAKI’S CHILDREN – They Must Be Russians
  11. METAL SHEET – Second Layer
  12. COLD REBELLION – Metrophase
  13. I DON’T BELIEVE – Disturbed
  14. SUBCULTURE FASHION SLAVES – The Door And The Window
  15. GOD’S GOT RELIGION – The Steppes
  16. CHRISTINE KEELER – Gl*Xo Babies
  17. BOYS KEEP SWINGING – The Associates
  18. BEAUTIFUL PICTURES – ‘Fatal’ Microbes
  19. TOP OF THE POPS – Disco Zombies
  20. EXHIBITION – Pneumania

      DISC THREE

  1. DOMESTIC DEPARTURE – Au Pairs
  2. RECONSTRUCTION – English Subtitles
  3. THEM OR ME (EDIT) – Medium Medium
  4. CHOREOGRAPHY – Modern Eon
  5. CHANCE MEETING (Absolute Version) – Josef K
  6. ON THE AIR – The Lines
  7. MASOCHISTIC OPPOSITE – Mo-Dettes
  8. MINSTREL RADIO YOGHURT – Deep Freeze Mice
  9. YOU GET EVERYWHERE – The Chefs
  10. BLOODY – The Golinski Brothers
  11. HEY OPERATOR – The Lillettes
  12. ART NOUVEAU – The Bodies
  13. SHANGRI-LA – Nightmares In Wax
  14. OSCAR AUTOMOBILE – Weird Strings
  15. SELF EMPLOYED – Again Again
  16. FASHIONABLE JUNKIES – The Membranes
  17. AUTOPHAGOUS – Manic Jabs
  18. MODICHY IN ANERATION – Blancmange
  19. MYSTERE V’S – No Message
  20. THE FEELINGS MUTUAL – Eyeless In Gaza
  21. LEAN ON ME – Distributors
  22. CHIMNEYS – Tagmemics
  23. SHORT TIME – Rhythm Clicks
  24. GET – Blurt

DISC FOUR

  1. FINAL DAY – Young Marble Giants
  2. YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE – Charge
  3. THE DAMAGE DONE – Sisters Of Mercy
  4. POLITICS! – Girls At Our Best
  5. JUSTICE NOT VENGEANCE – A Popular History Of Signs
  1. COULD BE HER, COULD BE YOU – Thompson Twins
  2. EVERYTHING’S ROSES – Fire Engines
  3. MOTORWAY – Emma Sharpe
  4. THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING – The Red Squares
  5. MOTION – The Room
  6. SHOULD BE MORE IDEAL – The 49 Americans
  7. I REMEMBER – Cult Figures
  8. INSECT LOVE – The Higsons
  9. CHIPS FOR TEA – The Laughing Apple
  10. DEFEATED – The Legendary Pink Dots
  11. HOLIDAY SONG – Marine Girls
  12. THE RETURN – Normil Hawaiians
  13. ZIGZAGGING – The Reflections
  14. WHEN I SEE YOU – Sad Lovers And Giants
  15. DOMINO THEORY – To The Finland Station
  16. LAUNDERETTE – Vivien Goldman
  17. ETHICS – 23 Skidoo
  18. SHADES OF BLACK – Screen 3
  19. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE – The Happy Few
  20. BREAK THE ICE AT PARTIES – The Tesco Bombers
  21. I WANNA BE AROUND (PAUL) – …And The Native Hipsters

 

 

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