VARIOUS / BOB STANLEY / PETE WIGGS PRESENT - Winter of Discontent - 2LP - Vinyl [JAN 27]
VARIOUS / BOB STANLEY / PETE WIGGS PRESENT - Winter of Discontent - 2LP - Vinyl [JAN 27]

VARIOUS / BOB STANLEY / PETE WIGGS PRESENT - Winter of Discontent - 2LP - Vinyl [JAN 27]

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Label: Ace Records SKU: 22939 Catalogue ID: XXQLP2097 Format: Vinyl
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VARIOUS / BOB STANLEY / PETE WIGGS PRESENT - Winter of Discontent - 2LP - Vinyl [JAN 27]

VARIOUS / BOB STANLEY / PETE WIGGS PRESENT - Winter of Discontent - 2LP - Vinyl [JAN 27]

€42.99

 

2LP - Black Vinyl

There was plenty of genuine discontent in Britain at the tail end of the 1970s, and it had little to do with bin strikes or dark rumours about overflowing morgues. In the world of popular music, the most liberating after-effect of the Sex Pistols was that anyone with something to say now felt they could make a 7” single. Winter Of Discontent is the sound of truly DIY music, made by people who maybe hadn’t written a song until a day or two before they went into the studio. It’s spontaneous and genuinely free in a way the British music scene has rarely been before or since.

Winter of Discontent has been compiled by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, the latest in their highly acclaimed series of albums that includes The Daisy Age, Fell From The Sun and English Weather. The era's bigger DIY names (Scritti Politti, TV Personalities, The Fall) and the lesser-known (Exhibit A, Digital Dinosaurs, Frankie’s Crew) are side by side on Winter Of Discontent. Mark Perry’s Sniffin’ Glue command – “Here’s one chord, here’s another, now start a band” – was amplified by the Mekons and the Raincoats, whose music shared a little of punk’s volume, speed and distortion, but all of its obliqueness and irreverence. The discontent was with society as a whole. No subject matter was taboo: oppressive maleness (Scritti Politti); deluded Britishness (TV Personalities); gender stereotypes (Raincoats, Androids of Mu); nihilistic youth (Fatal Microbes); alcoholism (Thin Yoghurts); self-doubt and pacifism (Zounds). The band names (Thin Yoghurts!) and those of individual members (Andrew Lunchbox!) had enough daftness to avoid any accusations of solemnity. Winter Of Discontent is the definitive compilation of the UK DIY scene, and a beacon in grim times.

 

Tracklist:

1. The Mekons - Where Were You?
2. Fatal Microbes - Violence Grows
3. Animals & Men - The Terraplane Fixation
4. Blue Orchids - Work
5. Karl’s Empty Body - Small Hours
6. Frankie’s Crew - Somebody
7. Scritti Politti - Confidence
8. Thin Yoghurts - Drink Problem
9. Anne Bean & Paul Burwell - Low Flying Aircraft
10. Performing Ferret Band - Brow Beaten
11. The Manchester Mekon - No Forgetting
12. The Raincoats - Fairytale In The Supermarket
13. Zounds - Can’t Cheat Karma
14. Androids Of Mu - Bored Housewives
15. The Fall - In My Area (Take 2)
16. The Digital Dinosaurs - The Sideways Man
17. The Good Missionaries - Attitudes
18. Human Cabbages - The Window’s Broken
19. Television Personalities - King And Country
20. Exhibit ‘a’ - In The Night
21. Performing Ferret Band - Nudes
22. Tarzan 5 - Different Story
23. The Gynaecologists - The Red Pullover
24. The Door And The Window - Production Line