Highlight some notable 90s-early 00s CD only acts that are that much less likely to get re-discovered by crate diggers

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

Maybe they are on a split 7" or a 10" comp- OK maybe one 7" all their own at most.

Minmae
Saturnhead
Tetsu Inoue
Containe
Ultra Cindy

Evan, Monday, 18 November 2019 17:33 (three weeks ago) link

CD only acts that only appear on a 7"?

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 18 November 2019 17:39 (three weeks ago) link

Oh wait nevermind.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 18 November 2019 17:40 (three weeks ago) link

Sorry wrote that too quickly. Yeah, CD only primarily despite perhaps having one 7" under their name at most.

Evan, Monday, 18 November 2019 18:13 (three weeks ago) link

The entire em:t series from Time Recordings was CD-only, no vinyl at all.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 18 November 2019 18:13 (three weeks ago) link

CDs are my favourite way to "dig" these days - a CD single is nearly always cheaper than a 12" and I still have a disc drive on my laptop which means I can rip it without having a complicated set-up. You can find all kinds of great UK garage and disco-house remixes used to fill up 90s pop releases!

boxedjoy, Monday, 18 November 2019 18:26 (three weeks ago) link

Especially when there isn't already some good digital way to acquire, for sure.

Any standouts?

Evan, Monday, 18 November 2019 18:39 (three weeks ago) link

90% of new jazz albums released between 1992 and 2006

and noise CDRs

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 18 November 2019 18:45 (three weeks ago) link

Chevy Heston

paris geller spinoff pitch (morrisp), Monday, 18 November 2019 18:51 (three weeks ago) link

^ Nice. Thanks

Evan, Monday, 18 November 2019 21:11 (three weeks ago) link

Oh, thought of another...

The Autumns

Evan, Monday, 18 November 2019 21:13 (three weeks ago) link

Sam & The Plants

Maresn3st, Monday, 18 November 2019 21:26 (three weeks ago) link

Went on a third wave ska kick recently and was kinda shocked to learn that some of my favorite Bim Skala Bim and Pietasters stuff was never released on vinyl. Fortunately God Bless Satan by Mephiskapheles has seen a number of vinyl reissues in recent years, and that's all I really need.

☮ (peace, man), Monday, 18 November 2019 21:27 (three weeks ago) link

XP - Actually, they're more mid/late-oughts, apologies

Maresn3st, Monday, 18 November 2019 21:28 (three weeks ago) link

That's alright, doesn't necessarily have to strictly be within the range cited!

Evan, Monday, 18 November 2019 21:55 (three weeks ago) link

The Autumns

― Evan, Monday, November 18, 2019 9:13 PM

The Angel Pool is kind of a classic but I certainly wish they were better known.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 22 November 2019 17:28 (two weeks ago) link

For sure, I mean the premise is more about how the CD only thing is not doing them any favors in the long run.

Thought of another, an indie band from 2005 called The Young Tradition, but seemingly nothing to do with the 60s band. Pretty nice little album. I barely know anything about them beyond that.

Evan, Friday, 22 November 2019 20:20 (two weeks ago) link

Probably a lot of goth stuff on CD only.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 22 November 2019 20:26 (two weeks ago) link

the apples.

a post WIN band that made 2 excellent singles but got dropped.
the album was very quietly released, and is available on cd.

mark e, Friday, 22 November 2019 21:39 (two weeks ago) link

I was going to suggest the Pop Ambient series from Kompakt, but looking on Discogs they were apparently also released as LPs, and they're widely available on iTunes.

The vast majority of stuff on Pete Namlook's FAX label was released on CD in limited quantities only, and to makes things more complicated Namlook is dead and Tetsu Inoue has vanished. Furthermore I have the impression the contracts for all those "Pete Namlook plus someone else" albums - there were loads - must be hard to work out. Some of them are on iTunes but only a minority.

I still have my copies of the four Virgin Brief History of Ambient compilations. They were CD only. I have the impression that most compilations from 1993-2005 if not more recently were CD-only, because CDs held more music and compilations aren't aimed at audiophiles. The problem is that very few compilations had an identity of their own (Ambient 4 at least had a bunch of rare tracks).

Er, Supersilent? Masses of albums, very few of them released on vinyl. Towering Inferno's Kaddish was only released on CD. An awful lot of artists championed by The Wire magazine were CD-only, because they were stark and unsentimental and of limited commercial appeal, and remain so.

Ashley Pomeroy, Friday, 22 November 2019 22:41 (two weeks ago) link

But the artist I really wanted to champion was B*Witched. Neither of their two albums were released on vinyl. Neither of them have been re-released since 1999 / 2000 respectively (barring a one-off Japanese pressing of the first album in 2007). They are as dead as dead can be.

I mean, they were no good, but they were a cultural curiosity - an Irish theme pub girl band, the absolute epitome of the pre-war Blair years - and for a very brief period they were a major chart act. Also they're one of the few pop bands with integral punctuation.

In fact almost exactly the same could be said of Billie Piper's pop career. Her two albums also came out in 1999 and 2000, they were also CD-only, and they haven't been reprinted since then. Unless there's a resurgence of interest in bubblegum pop of the turn of the millennium their works will end up as thin layer of plastic in the fossil records.

You know, I can still spell millennium. Two Ls, two Ns. I assumed that skill would be of no use in the 2000s, but the rise of the word "millennial" has made it useful again.

Ashley Pomeroy, Friday, 22 November 2019 22:49 (two weeks ago) link

Minmae were really cool! Vonsachiang!

brimstead, Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:13 (two weeks ago) link

I still have my copies of the four Virgin Brief History of Ambient compilations. They were CD only. I have the impression that most compilations from 1993-2005 if not more recently were CD-only, because CDs held more music and compilations aren't aimed at audiophiles. The problem is that very few compilations had an identity of their own (Ambient 4 at least had a bunch of rare tracks).

I have both the Macro Dub Infection compilations (also on Virgin), and all six volumes of the Electric Ladyland series (on Mille Plateaux). Those were all CD-only.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:25 (two weeks ago) link

I have a Minmae 7". it's great. I saw them live once too and that was also good. I have a ton of this shit on 7"s that I never listen to

akm, Saturday, 23 November 2019 15:39 (two weeks ago) link

Oh man... totally forgot!

Cyann & Ben

Evan, Sunday, 1 December 2019 23:39 (one week ago) link

Am I the only one who remembers Mind Bomb? Or rather, mindbomb

You are not alone. The lead single, however, was astoundingly shitty.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 December 2019 00:35 (one week ago) link


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.