This relic brought with it a fun bit of punk history/gossip/folklore:
Before forming Flux Of Pink Indians, Colin and Derek were in another band called The Epileptics (or Epi-X). They wrote a song called Two Years Too Late and put it on a demo cassette. The demo somehow made it into the hands of Anti-Pasti who not only took to playing the song, but also passed it off as their own, taking credit for the song on their first 7”. When they played the John Peel radio program a listener phoned in and called them out on it. The band admitted to it but placed blame on The Epileptics for not noticing earlier(?!)
Out of spite, the lads in Flux paid for The Epileptics demo to be pressed on vinyl “no thanks to Anti-Pasti.”
The record also includes the original version of Tube Disasters, which is more raw and noisy than the Crass Records version and ends with a verse of improvised almost scat-like lyrics. Comparing this to the Flux version is a great way to gauge how Penny Rimbaud’s prowess as a producer shaped the peace-punk sound.
I didn’t know any of this before stumbling across the record @dragnetrecords’ stall at a recent fair. This is why I dig. I would never know to look for something like this on-line, but in the wild you never know what you’ll stumble across.
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