||Various Artists: Time To Go-the Southern Psychedelic Moment 81-86
Released March 2012, Time To Go explores the early history of Flying Nun from 1981-86, a ‘heroic period’ of lo-tech recording, handmade covers and ‘extended play’ 45s.
Rather than being simply a greatest hits from this period, the compilation brings together a collection of tracks from key South Island bands that were active during that time,many of which have never been available in digital format. Researched and compiled by Bruce Russell (Dead C), Time To Go features songs from the likes of The Clean, Tall Dwarfs, The Chills and Sneaky Feelings, as well as bands that may not have been as prolific but have influenced countless musicians both from New Zealand and overseas since.
What really connects this music and sets it apart from much that was happening elsewhere at the time was that it was in a real sense ‘out of time’ – connecting broadly with the psychedelic tradition of the 1960s. Something that cut across bands as diverse as the Gordons, The Clean and The Puddle: bands that saw a chance to wind back the clock and pick up again in 1967, and make it bad.
It is pop music that went beyond this, aspired to make or say something more, something real. 30 years on it still does, and captures a feeling that things had to change. It was – as The Clean sang – ‘time to go’.
Digipack packaging with 10 page insert.
1. Pin Group - Jim
2. The Clean - In the Back
3. Playthings - Sit Down
4. The Gordons - I Just Can’t Stop
5. The Builders - Russian Rug
6. Victor Dimisich Band - It’s Cold Outside
7. Tall Dwarfs - Clover
8. The Chills - Flamethrower
9. 25 Cents - Don’t Deceive Me
10. The Stones - Down and Around
11. The Great Unwashed - Boat with no Ocean
12. Sneaky Feelings - Not To Take Sides
13. Scorched Earth Policy - Since The Accident
14. The Shallows - Trial by Separation
15. Look Blue Go Purple - As Does the Sun
16. The Puddle - Junk
17. Max Block - Psychic Discharge
18. Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos - Rain
19. Doublehappys - Some Fantasy
20. The Rip - Wrecked Wee Hymn