Drag City, DC8. It’s easy to describe the weird scene in the 80s-90s – there was the jangly college-rock thing and the fading synth-pop thing, there were all these home-recorded records coming out, and Grunch was getting started – if it didn’t sound so much like today, how would you even imagine it? Like, there was even the weird obsession with Australian punk, and people were getting seriously geeked on Flying Nun shit too, pretty much just to have something different to be into. The down/under fixation went so far as to spill over into New Zealand, which fortunately for hipper-than-thou Drag City, was teeming with interesting weirdos like The Dead C, Alasdair Galbraith and This Kind of Punishment (featuring Peter Jefferies) and loads of others. Now this was a way we could shout down those know-nothing Flying Nun types! For a year or two there, we worked with Bruce Russell, whose Xpressway record label brought a lot of these acts to our attention. Eventually, we had an album-length compilation called Making Losers Happy (word!) and a VHS tape (right?) called X-Way Vision. This 7” preceded those two releases and was particularly fun – a 12-song compilation EP that managed to be that many tunes by dint of their brevity – nothing over one-minute long was the rule! Talk about pocket symphonies! …there are none here. But there are many great moments (minutes?) from a REALLY great moment in NZ rock – the Xpressway era. Repressed on special occasion in golden vinyl.
7" Vinyl Singles