let's get the serious bit out of the way first - getting hold of Fruits de Mer vinyl all depends on:
1. where you live
2. how fast you move
1. If you live in the UK, email me direct and I'll be happy to sort your order out for you email me
If you live anywhere else, then you need to contact one of FdM's international dealers - there are a number listed on our 'links' page - but two dealers that take advance orders and are guaranteed to get their early supplies from our distribution centre (ie me) are: HeyDay Mail Order(UK/International) - based in the UK and run by Nick Leese, who lives near me and is a good guy Shiny Beast(Netherlands/International) - the retail arm of Clear Spot Distribution - based in the Netherlands, big and very well-rated
2. If you order in advance, then all of the above applies - if you don't then you might have to turn to ebay
- and as we all know, it's a jungle out there
Fruits de Mer Records - possibly the world's smallest vinyl-only psych/prog/acid folk/krautrock/spacerock record label - but then again, maybe not - what do we know? Established way back in 1715 (that's a quarter past five in the evening) by Andy and Keith, we started out with the carefully laid-out plan to unearth and reissue long-lost, classic tracks from the sixties and early seventies - but the record companies with the rights to the back-catalogues simply didn't want to know us. After several weeks of crying into our coco pops, we thought, "sod it, we'll do it ourselves"...and we have. Andy decided it was time to do something different at the beginnning of 2012, so FdM now consists of me (Keith) and whoever else I can rope in. FdM releases are a right old mix of classic and obscure tracks, usually reinterpreted by artists who love them, respect them but want to breathe new life into them...and they do, god bless 'em. FdM pays all the publishing fees, so the original writers get paid...and the record companies get bugger-all. These days, there's also a smattering of new songs by artists who impress me as having a touch of trhe 60s and 70s about them - but are mainly just damn-good. go on, put on your diving gear, join the Fruits de Mer deep-sea fishing trip as we dredge up whoppers by the likes of The Small Faces, Nick Drake, Can, Dantalion's Chariot, Caleb and Strawberry Alarm Clock...even little-known bands such as The Beatles. Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones get a look-in with us. Then we let new or cult artists such as The Bevis Frond, Soft Hearted Scientists, nick nicely, The Chemistry Set, Cranium Pie, Stay, Vibravoid and Alison O'Donnell get to work in making the tracks their own. Running a vinyl record label is a sure-fire way of losing money but I'm in it for the love of it and, if you've read this far, you probably are too - you can find out more about FdM at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com - but of course you're here already - call in for a cuppa, drop me a line any time. In the words of Schizo Fun Addict, who put together our first single, "Be brave...and keep faith".
Have you got a question about one of the releases? Are you an artist or band interested in releasing something on Fruits de Mer? Are you a vinyl junkie looking to recommend some songs you would love to hear reinterpreted? Want to buy some slabs of vinyl but you can't stand PayPal and prefer cheques or cash? Just bored with the latest rubbish on (insert radio station of choice) and want someone to complain to? Why not drop an e-mail to:
The Fruits de Mer Members Club was set up by Andy a couple of years ago - not so much a secret society for vinyl junkies, more a badly-promoted society for vinyl junkies. Andy turned his attention to becoming the next J.K. Rowling (or maybe J.R. Hartley) a year or so ago, so i am now chairman, secretary and chief bottle-washer, so what is it?
Joining the club means you'll hear about new releease as soon as i get my act together, and - if you live in the UK - get your copy hot of the presses as I can produce labels more quickly, and ship the packages out without having to constantly check I've got your mailing details right.
Other benefits include member-only competitions to win stuff like white labels, signed copies, that sort of thing, the chance to receive other stuff I may cobble together at the end of the year....who knows? Certainly not me, I'm making this up as I go along
One added bonus is having first chance to buy any of our releases that turn up at FdM Towers on non-standard coloured vinyl, if I happen to get some from the pressing plant
All I need you to do is to tell me you plan to buy one or more copies of every FdM release - no money changes hands and you always have the option not to buy a specific release if it doesn't take your fancy (it's not like the old record clubs where they sent you records you DIDN'T want and invoices you DID have to pay - I'm not that clever)
It means I can more easily see where I need to set pressing quantities and prices; I hope that this will help me to keep prices as low as possible through 2013
drop me a line to find out more...Keith
yes, it's me again
or you could even write to me c/o 33 Ashley road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 1HG
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