All these records are, as the title says, out of print. To hear them entirely you’ll need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on Ebay (and the artists/labels won’t see a penny), or invoke Culture Sharing Powers of the interweb. As we don’t particularly like commercial cyberlockers, the whole A&D crew advises you to look for it on Soulseek.
Philemon Arthur & The Dung - Musikens Historia del 1 och 2 (1992 – Silence Records – compilation of 70′s and 80′s releases)
Oh boy. Definitely in my top 5 records of all time. Again, there probably isn’t much out there that sounds like this. So fucking weird, yet they still won a Swedish grammy in 1971. I have no idea how that happened. It’s a odd, acoustic, folk mess. A Clanking, chanting, strumming pile of fun. This mysterious duo’s identity still remains unknown. But look at the art and tell me that that alone doesn’t make you want to give it a listen. What’s that baby doing with the telephone? It’s my favorite album art ever. Shame it made it onto the back:
Philemon Arthur & The Dung - Jag Vill Va I Fred (Right click/Save as)
Philemon Arthur & The Dung - In Kommer Gøsta (Right click/Save as)
Philemon Arthur & The Dung – Lille Pelle (Right click/Save as)
Philemon Arthur & The Dung – Jag Mar Sa Illa (Right click/Save as)
Philemon Arthur & The Dung – Djurvisa For Barn (Right click/Save as)
Rema-Rema - Wheel in the Roses (1980 – 4AD)
Although this was released on 4AD, don’t expect anything ethereal. Instead, this e.p. has swelling dissonance mixed with simple tribal drums. Featuring a pre-Adam & the Ants Marco Pirroni on guitar, this album (all they released) proved influential with both goths & punks though sounding like neither (well, maybe a little punk). Big Black even went on to cover “Rema-Rema.” See, post punk even had it’s Bad Company moments of bands singing about their name.
(editor’s note: It was 4AD’s first release. Although they reissued it in 2003, even the MP3 version is now impossible to buy on their own webstore, hmmm)
Rema-Rema – Rema Rema (Right click/Save as)
Big Black – Rema Rema (Right click/Save as)
Clock DVA - Thirst (1981 – Fetish Records)
There’s really nothing like asking your student why he has been suspended for the past couple of weeks and hear that it’s because he brought a crack pipe to school. And it’s even better when he, in a rather nonplussed manner, says that it’s going to add two more years to his probation. What’s probably worse was my reaction when I told him that he probably should have left the pipe at home. But it’s easy for me to say oh well and carry on. I don’t say this to make myself sound like a shitty teacher, but I’ve done this long enough to know that I’m not going to talk a crackhead out of smoking crack. They like crack. And who am I to judge? Just like I like this album and I’ve met a few people that just do not like this band. But I don’t foresee how they are going to convince me of anything other than how much this album rules. I can’t stand by all their work (especially the dancey stuff) but the early post-punk industrial cuts are aces. Adventurous, yet accessible, these tunes continue to deliver even after all these years.
Clock DVA – 4 hours (Right click/Save as)
Clock DVA – Uncertain (Right click/Save as)
(editor’s note: Okay next song is from White Souls In Black Suits, their previous album, but God came out as Stevie Wonder and told me i had to post it too)
Clock DVA – Relentless (Right click/Save as)
If you’re wealthy and fanatic enough, Vinyl on Demand records (specialized in late 70s and early 80s industrial, noise, avantgarde…) made a TOTAL DELUXE Clock DVA reissue (6 LP + huge booklet + DVD), “Horology 1978-80″. This reissue countains four tape-releases, plus an unreleased 1979 EP, plus additional 78-80 archive-material. Get it here.