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Scarred For Life

by Scarred For Life

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anvil_head_music I've never heard any of these artists before but...wait.....maybe I have..? the haunted recesses of my childhood TV memories perhaps? Have you always been there? You're still here?? What do you want from me!!!? (runs to the cobwebbed, cement nuclear fallout shelter in the backyard) Favorite track: Scarred For Life - The Soulless Party.
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Kites and Pylons What can I say? Every track a hauntological winner - evoking the burn of the cathode ray into the back of your eyes whilst gawping at ropey daytime programmes for schools and colleges whilst off 'sick' from school in 1978. Just get it!
Richard Hare
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Richard Hare A remarkably coherent collection, not a single track sounds out of place. A real achievement for a compilation featuring so many artists. Great work.
DJ SpaceTerrapin
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DJ SpaceTerrapin It's rare that a compilation has not a single stain or underachiever. I knew one third of the artists before, and all of them are on top of their game. About the others I can just say that they are great, also. The editors did a marvelous job in making all this stuff coherent, so that the sum is more than its parts. Hauntology of the highest order. Did I mention it's for a good cause? Because you will not hear that.
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There was a certain something about watching television in the 70s and 80s. The static crackle when you switched on your set. The faint smell of ozone as it slowly warmed up. The chunky buttons (including such flights of fancy as 'BBC3' and 'ITV2"). And, of course, the programmes themselves.

Whether it was HTV's seminal Folk Horror tinged children's classics 'Sky' or Children of the Stones, BBC1's fiercely intelligent 'adult-show-for-kids' 'The Changes' or ITV's everyday tale of alien possession, 'Chocky', the era was bursting with inventive, unforgettable and yes, terrifying shows.

The only thing more memorable than the actual programmes were their theme tunes. The unique talents of Paddy Kingsland, Sidney Saget, Eric Wetherell, John Hyde and many more were responsible for the atmospheric, eerie soundscapes which formed the aural backdrop to our favourite shows. Which is where Kev Oyston (The Soulless Party) and Colin Morrison (Castles in Space) come in. They've corralled the best of today's innovative electronic musicians, and together they've created 'Scarred For Life: The Album', a collection of new music inspired by the terrifying televisual sounds of our childhoods.

All proceeds for this album will go to aid Cancer Research UK, a charity which is close to the hearts of some of our artists, one of whom is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

Enjoy. And remember: DO have nightmares. They're good for you.

-Stephen Brotherstone & Dave Laurence, co-authors 'Scarred For Life Volume One: the 1970's'. September 2019.


released November 29, 2019

Conceived by Kev Oyston, Colin Morrison and Stephen Brotherstone.
Mastered by Jonathan Sharp and
Antony Ryan at RedRedPaw.
Designed by Stephen Brotherstone.
"Scarred For Life" by The Soulless Party was digitally restored by Nathan Moody @ obsidian Sound.


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