Various Artists / Messthetics 105: Scottish Diy And (Very) Indie Post-Punk, 1977-81
Album: Messthetics 105: Scottish Diy And (Very) Indie Post-Punk, 1977-81   Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Feb 2008
Label:Hyped 2 Death  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-04-27 Pull Date: 2008-06-29
Week Ending: Jun 29 Jun 22 Jun 15 Jun 8 Jun 1 May 25 May 18 May 11
Airplays: 2 5 3 1 3 2 3 3

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 12, 2011: Bisous Bijoux
New Messiah
4. Nov 18, 2010: Stoner Wall
New Thing In Cartons
2. Feb 10, 2011: BBW Radio: The Hunt For The Lost Pirate
More Than This
5. Sep 24, 2008: Emphysema For Emphasis
Helicopter Honeymoon
3. Jan 12, 2011: Brownian Motion
Blue Moon Over Hawaii
6. Jun 28, 2008: Lost and Found
More Than This

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-04-26
Even if you’ve never heard a single one of these songs (and you almost certainly have not), if you were around in the heyday of punk and its offspring in the period covered here – late 70s to early 80s, there is no way you’re not going to feel nostalgic upon listening to this compilation of obscure Scottish post-punk bands. And if you’re too young to have been there, then soak up the aesthetic on display here – self-produced (mostly) guitar-based music that isn’t lo-fi as a gimmick but out of necessity, songs that range from clever and catchy to barely competent but spirited attempts, lyrics that relate the difficult times that Scotland was going through then as well as the usual teenage concerns and the punk/post-punk community that sustained all these bands (for at least a short burst). Unusual and super-cool. Highly recommended.

I feel it would be a violation of the DIY aesthetic for me to prescribe to you individual tracks, but you’ll be glad, for varying reasons, if you play any of these tracks. The 9 bonus tracks are good too – they’re on the CD-R.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Scrotum Poles Helicopter Honeymoon
2. Fire Engines New Thing In Cartons
3. 35mm Dreams More Than This
4. Exile, The Jubilee 77
5. Commercials Simon
6. Fakes Sylvia Clarke
7. Metropak You're A Rebel
8. Tony Pilley Waiting For The Man
9. Visitors Moth
10. Article 58 Event To Come
11. Radio Ghosts Falling Into Darkness
12. Rapid Dance Hidden So Well
13. Strutz Break Point
14. Metropak Looking
15. Vertical Smiles New Clash Single
16. Ettees A Conversation
17. Restricted Code New Messiah
18. Radio Ghosts My Room
19. Brills Gang Of One
20. Rhythm Method Insight
21. Dirty Reds Bad Sex
22. He's Dead Jim Towel On The Radiator/Lampshade
23. Jazzateers Blue Moon Over Hawaii
24. Paul Reekie Lovers