WHY JOIN THE FdM MEMBERS CLUB?
...and HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE A CLUB MEMBER ALREADY?
that second bit's the easy part - you keep getting emails from me that refer to you as a club member - if you don't then you need to read on a bit further...
if none of the FdM emails you receive refer to you as a club member, you're not yet a club member; if you only ever get FdM emails via mailchimp, then you're not yet a club member; if you're not a member and you're buying (or planning to buy) most Fruits de Mer releases that come out, email me today (firstname.lastname@example.org) or click on the 'Mailing list' tab at the top of the page, because you're missing out - there's no financial commitment, just a willingness to put up with a few more emails from me, and 'benefits' include a chance to pre-order new releases before anyone else, competitions to win various things and, if you buy vinyl releases from me, members-only exclusive CDs and more. All that said, if you ARE in the club, this needed no introduction and you'll be getting bored by now - I'll get my coat
LONDON BUS SYNDROME
You wait ages for another members club exclusive to turn up, and then two arrive at once - 'Tall Tales' and 'Short Stories' will combine to make a double CD set, free to club members who order our July vinyl release nice and early (not yet, give me a few weeks, I'm still putting the final touches to the compilations - it looks like the combined running time of the two will be around 2 1/2 hours!)
The first club member freebie this year will be a compilation CD, 'Crab Nebula' - free to members who order nick nicely's LP nice and early direct from FdM or from Shiny Beast (we'll start taking pre-orders at the start of Feb)
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
Welcome a bunch of new members who joined the club over Christmas, obviously under the influence of cooking sherry. Lathe-cuts, exclusive free CDs, competitions, irritating emails from me - what more could you ask for?
coming soon, a lathe-cut EP of covers of classic folk songs; it'll be very limited, and club members will get priority - and even then I suspect we'll not have enough to go round, which will mean more work for the FdM virtual hat.
ANOTHER CLUB MEMBERS-ONLY
..or at least that's what I expect when I offer up Jay Tausig's festive five-track lathe-cut set of Jethro Tull acoustic covers; I'll have less than 70 copies for sale and club members will be invited to stake a claim for a copy - probably at the start of December. If there are any left, I'll offer them up more widely - but it's not going to happen, is it?
MEMBERS CLUB EXCLUSIVE
Club members who ordered all our late-November vinyl releases direct from FdM (if you're in the UK) or from Shiny Beast (if you're not), and did so nice and early - will get a free CD entitled 'Sign Of The Crab'; it contains nearly 80 minutes of music that is new to FdM, by artists who will be mostly new to you; these compilations are funded entirely by FdM, which means that you only get music that I think will appeal to followers of the label - there's no paid placement/backhanders involved here
Artists featured include General Winston, Sotomonte, Heavy Moon, We Are Wood and Doctors of Space.
'ACTIVE' CLUB MEMBERS GOT SECOND DIBS
Whatever special editions, lathe-cuts, t-shirts and polo shirts we had after the 18th Dream festival were offered up to UK club members who had been 'active' recently ie they had been regularly buying stuff, entering competitions - there were so few items left I couldn't offer them more widely - very sorry about that.
ARNALD PAUL RARITY
I've spent the day starting to get a few things together for this summer's Dr. Sardonicus festival and for Fuchsia's return to the Half Moon on August 14th and in the process I found a black vinyl copy of the Arnald Paul 'Transparent Ideation' lathe-cut; I thought it would make a good one-off prize in an FdM members club competition.
There were very few black vinyl copies of this one cut - just a handful for me and for the artist - none have been offered for sale, so it's a bit of a rarity!
To have a chance of winning it, you just need to tell me the FULL TITLE of Fuchsia's second album ('Fuchsia II' will not suffice!) - answers by email to email@example.com by June 10th; all correct entries will go into the hat and Liz will draw out one winning name.
WHEN GOOD BANDS GO BAD
The latest members club competition was looking for examples of usually-reliable/consistently excellent artists having momentary lapses or judgement or good taste, and committing them to vinyl (or CD). Even the best bands have bad hair days and we wanted to see and hear them. There were bundles of FdM goodies for the winners, who were drawn at random from all the entries received. On one morning, I received videos of Alice Cooper doing a love song and Brian Wilson doing rap - it all got very ugly and I've begun sharing the pain under the tab 'When Good Bands Go Bad' - lots more to come, but the music is best taken in very small doses and this is possibly the worst...from the band responsible for so many classic hits, The Hollies wiggle that wotsit...god save us all
Club members who wisely decide to pre-order the new Chemistry Set album from FdM or Shiny Beast once we open up for business at the start of April will also get a free double CD of music from artists who I think deserve to reach a wider audience.
Some of the band names will be familiar to you, many of them won't - but that's part of the fun of these compilations, I hope.
ST KRAUT TRIPLE CASSETTE SETS
Every club member who has pre-ordered the St Kraut 3CD set has automatically gone into the FdM hat to have a chance to win one of 25 triple cassette packs produced in Russia for FdM by the band (apologies to international club members...the fragility of cassettes, the hassle of potential customs duties and the postal costs mean I've only offered these to UK club members). Names are now being drawn out of the hat - and will be over the next week - there's no pressure on anyone to buy, I appreciate that cassettes are an acquired taste, so if you haven't heard from me yet, all is not lost - yet.
There won't be any more sets produced for Fruits de Mer beyond this run of 25.
A new compilation CD for club members who ordered the St Kraut CD set early on from me, or from Shiny Beast New-to-Fdm artists such as Kevin Robertson and Tibetan Miracle Seeds rub shoulders with Jeremy Morris, Anton Barbeau and The Telephones; the set includes two exclusive new recordings, from Custard Flux and Us&Them There are two versions of the sleeve, but only one version of the music.
RIGHT BAND, WRONG LABEL
Our latest members club competition looked for examples of well-known artists (artists who would be familiar and liked by FdM club members) who have appeared in unexpected places - or to be more accurate, on unexpected labels. I've already posted a selection on the site, look out for joyous lapses in bad taste from the likes of Windmill, Hallmark and MfP and local German labels.
COLOUR ME POP
A nifty little free compilation CD of originals and covers are awaiting club members who buy the Hobbit House Collective set direct from me, or from Shiny Beast; how says we can't give our stuff away?
There are two versions of the sleeve, but only one version of the music
GET A HEAD
The latest FdM members club competition has as its prize one of the two skulls I photographed for the cover of the 'Heads Together' set - a one-off in the sense that I'm keeping the other one.
MODEL NOT INCLUDED
If you're in the UK, the special edition of Fishheads includes a t-shirt and a beanie hat, as well as an extra CD; if you're not in the UK, I'm sorry but there's no t-shirt or beanie-hat - and definitely no model (blame Brexit).
HAVE YOU BEEN ORCHESTRATED?
A lot of artists have been over the years and the latest members club competition is looking for prime examples - new, old, classic, obscure - and the suggestions are flooding in. A goodly selection (goodly?) have been posted on the website under the convenient heading of 'Orchestrated'
Once again, offered club members an exclusive 7" lathe-cut containing two tracks from a club-exclusive compilation CD and it's been hugely over-subscribed. The FdM virtual hat came into play again as Liz drew some lucky names out. Don't worry if you missed out, there'll be another one along soon.
I recently asked club members to come up with some glorious examples of krautrock - old and new - and they have delivered in style. Over 100 recommendations are now posted here on the FdM site - look under 'krautrock' in the index - there's lots to enjoy, including some hidden gems, and there'll be more appearing on the FdM Facebook page.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER LATHE-CUT
I offered club members an exclusive 7" lathe-cut containing two tracks from the 'Birds Of A Feather' compilation CD and it's been four times over-subscribed. The FdM virtual hat came into play again as Liz drew some lucky names out - apologies to everyone who has missed out.
SIGNED PINHDAR PRINTS
Cecilia and Max have kindly signed a bunch of 12" prints of the new Pinhdar LP and we'll be slipping them randomly into copies ordered direct from FdM or from Shiny Beast.
But I've also put a couple to one side for a members club competition, which I'll tell you about just as soon as I've thought up a suitable subject for it.
MUSIC FOR AMPHIBIANS
FdM continues to shower club members with gifts - 'Music for Amphibians' is another of our compilation CDs and it'll be free with early orders for our September vinyl releases
You can check out the artists involved if you follow the links to 'Music For Amphibians' and we'll post a few links to the actual tracks
BEFORE ONE COMPETITION ENDS, ANOTHER ONE BEGINS
While the Euros run their course, we're almost up the the end of the first half of 2021, so it's as good a time as any to ask club members to recommend their best/favourite new releases/reissues of the year so far. No FdM records, even I'm a but more subtle about self-promotion than that, but the best of the rest! I'll be posting links to as many of them as possible on the FdM website in the next week or so...
38 games in and 101 goals scored, which suggest the club member competition is heading towards a correct total score of around 125-140 goals. Of course, the knock-out games could go into extra time, so maybe a total of around 140?
Club members have a chance to win a set of Sendelica 'Cromlech IV' test pressings by guessing how many goals will be scored in the European Championships - estimates of the total number of goals scored throughout the competition (excluding penalty shoot-outs) range from 51 to 207, and the most popular choices of finalists are France, Italy, Spain and Germany.
C'mon the Villa.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Club members who order the new Sendelica double LP direct from FdM - or through Shiny Beast - nice and early (not yet - we won't start taking pre-orders until June!) will get a free copy of an exclusive FDM compilation CD called 'Birds of a Feather' - and very nice it is too.
More details soon.
FdM club members can win the new cassette EP by Magic Cobra, who are featured on our 'Bare Essentials' CD. If you haven't received an email explaining the competition, you're either not a club emmber or I've disappeared into your spam box again
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
A recent FdM competition has been looking for images (photos, paintings. digital art, illustrations, cartoons) that I can nick for the FdM website and Facebook - and I've already starting to use them
THE BARE ESSENTIALS
This will be our first members club exclusive CD of the year - 10 tracks by artists that are all new to Fruits de Mer, and might be to you too (although we do have a couple of legendary krautrockers in there somewhere, so maybe not). The idea of these CDs was to introduce you to bands and music that I'd love to put out on vinyl but haven't got enough hours in the day/space in the FdM global warehouse/funds in the FdM piggy bank to do everything...I think 'The Bare Essentials' fits the bill rather nicely.
A SURPRISING NEW COMPETITION
Pop goes freakbeat, genius goes soap opera, bubblegum goes into reverse - club members are unveiling the hidden talents of artists best known for one thing, but who tried their hnds at something completely different.
Check out the 'Hidden Talents' tab
THE FIRST MEMBER CLUB SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
Although the first FdM vinyl release of 2021 is still some way off, I've just about finalised a members club special - it's another compilation CD, 75 minutes of rather fine music and with the slightly different spin to previous ones in that all the artists involved are completely new to the label. more news soon...
UNEXPECTED GUESTS COMPETITION
Our first competition of 2021 and this one is the result of a youtube video sent to me by Allan Fredrickson as an entry for the last competition! Allan sent me a truly dreadful Finnish version of Y.M.C.A. – but what made it stand out was the appearance on bass guitar of Finnish jazz/rock legend Pekka Pohjola!
...so the new FdM members club competition is to send me examples – with youtube links – of well-known musicians, who will be known to FdM followers, making guest appearances in the most unlikely of places
THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS
..in FdM members club free and exclusive CDs anyway - a bumper bundle.
EVEN THEIR MOTHERS WOULD HAVE HATED THEM FOR IT
Our last competition of the year looks for covers of classic songs that should have been buried in concrete and thrown into the Mersey but somehow found their way onto vinyl (or CD)...the unbelievably bad, and worse... It's club member Till Wolff's fault - he came up with
...I thought it was impossible to top it (or bottom it), but I was wrong; entries closed on Christmas Day and then the dross started to be revealed - they are posted under the tab 'covers of shame' at the top of the page)
PHIL THE LATHE-CUTTER IS CONJURING UP ANOTHER 20 COPIES
I've been swamped with club member requests for copies of 'Life Of Stanley'. I'd asked Phil at 345rpm.com to cut 70 copies, which meant I'd have 50 for sale to club members (once the band, Nick at Heyday and I had grabbed some for posterity); but Phil has kindly agreed to cut a further 20 as a special favour - he was due to pack up for the year - so I'll now be able to let 70 club members enjoy Prof. Unwin in full flow. My apologies in advance to everyone who misses out.
LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMOS
There's a quick members club competition running right now to win copies of some recent promo CDs that didn't make it into the hands of reviewers/DJs/bloggers. If you're a club member and you haven't already received details of the competition, please email me
A wonderfully mad members club-only, ludicrously-limited, luck-of-the-draw, members only single-sided lathe-cut 7" to end the year, thanks to Pete Bowman and The Arthur Park. Are you sitting comftybold two square on your botty? Are you ready for excerpts from exclusive interviews with the wondrous Professor Stanley Unwin, with a little light instrumental backing from The Arthur Park? More news soon.
PICK UP THE PIECES
Club member Ron Backx won a 'Band for All Seasons' jigsaw in a club competition earlier this year - and he took time off from listening to the 4CD set to put it together - good work, that man!
ONE FOR THE ROAD
We have one more members club exclusive CD for you this year - and it's a bit unusual. As you know, Swordfish has been having fun with the Soft Hearted Scientists' instrumental tracks this year; well, he did one more mix - except this was less of a mix more of a...er...mash-up? The starting points were the SHS back-catalogue and the soundtrack to a film that both Marc and I love - except we were thinking of different films...
50 SHADES OF GREY
For the Soft Hearted Scientists vinyl extravaganza I ordered ‘completely random’ colour vinyl from the pressing plant and had no idea what I might get in return – and I still didn’t really know when they arrived as the sets reached me shrinkwrapped and were posted out shrinkwrapped that yway (unless club members asked otherwise).
From the few sets that I HAVE seen, most copies seem to be on rather subtle/muted/tasteful shades of grey vinyl...so the latest members club competition asked for club members to show me what I'm missing by sending in vinyl selfies of 'Continuing Escapades', with a prize of a complete set of test pressings as the prize. Here are a few examples of what you sent in...
...perhaps the prize for the 'best' slab of vinyl should go to John Parry, who might have used a bit of artistic license to come up with...
...unfortunately, there isn't a prize for 'best' photo - sorry John!
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 1
Club members have suggested a host of records that would make excellent reissues and previously-unreleased tracks that could be unveiled on vinyl for next year's major label and ebay flipper fest...sorry indie record shop benefit gig. I'll post a few at a time here and on the FdM facebook page - decent record labels, please take note...
SPIROGYRA – Bells, Boots & Shambles (suggested by Seb Krier)...
AZITIS - Help (from Timelord Michalis)...
THE DAMNED - L.A. Woman (from Chris Dale)
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 2
Club members have suggested records that would make excellent reissues and previously-unreleased tracks for next year's indecent cash-in - decent record labels, please take note...
Grannie (Theo Hassenewert), Landberk - I Nattens Timma (Gary Farber), Petards - Out In The Rain (Andrew Young)
The Poets ' Wooden Spoon' - Pete Banahan, Sunfighter 'Golden Eagle Of Illumination' - Kevin Chown, Gong '2032' - Rob Whitaker, The Portsmouth Sinfonia 'Play the Popular Classics' - Roy Bennett
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 3
more club member recommendations for records that would make excellent reissues and previously-unreleased tracks that could be put out on vinyl for RSD 2021...
Neil Young 'Eldorado', SAHB 'Hot City', Stereolab 'BBC Sessions', Tripping Daisy 'Jesus hits Like The Atom Bomb' (all suggested by Craig Palmer)
The Mystery Meat - Mark Sorrell, Andy Roberts 'Nina and The Dream Tree Sequence' - Robert Musgrove, It's A Beautiful Day - Malcolm Best, National Head Band 'Albert 1' - David Hodgson
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 4
'Itchycoo Park' - The Enid 12", 'First Cut Is The Deepest' - The Koobas 7", 'I Found The Sun' - The Klubs 7" (all suggested by Pete Banahan)
My Solid Ground - Zil Bareisis, Auntie Pus 'Halfway to Venezuela' - Kevin Shepherd, Mama Lion 'Preserve Wildlife' - Steve Smith, The Flies 'Stepping Stone' - Pete Banahan
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 5
Astralasia 'The Politics Of Ecstacy' - Gavin Turnbull and Hairy Dave, Tickawinda 'Rosemary Lane' - Christopher Majewicz, The Elastic Band 'Expansions On Life' - Dave Smith, The Bevis Frond community CDrs - Alan Last
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 6
Keef Hartley Band - The Time is Near, Oliver - Standing Stone, Rupert Hine - Pick Up A Bone, Shusha - Before The Deluge ...LPs recommended by Brian McMaster
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 7
Lon & Derek Van Eaton - Brother, Jane - Lady, Flower Travelling Band - Made In Japan, Michael Armstrong - Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Pink Floyd ...LPs recommended by Dave Lovatt
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 8
Glastonbury Fayre (Nik Williams), Nancy & Lee (Kees de Roder), Sun Dial 'Other Way Out' (Tony Miller), Man 'The 1999 Party Tour' (Andy Thomas)
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 9
Wally (their first two albums) - Andy Young, Harsh Reality 'Heaven and Hell' - Steve Pateman, FM 'Black Noise' - Matthias Lang, Ars Nova - Iain Norris
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 10
'Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds' - Terry Flynn, The Petards 'Out In The Rain' - Stephen Young, Cardiacs 'A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window' - Phil Rogers, Peter Green 'Heavy Heart' - Wayland Workman
IF FdM CLUB MEMBERS GOT THEIR HANDS ON RSD 2021 - PART 11
Uve Schikora 'Das Gewitter', Les Fleurs De Pavot, Dale Kahr & Christy Boughn 'Black is Black', Novalis 'Banished Bridge' - all suggested by Till Wolff
SOUNDS FROM THE UNDERGROUND
We've lined up another club members-exclusive compilation CD for club members who buy the vinyl goodies we're releasing in early November - this one brings together friends of FdM old and new...from Eastern Europe, South and North America...and Birmingham
The full artist list is:
Culto al Qandor : The Sugarman Band : Jay Tausig : Arcade Messiah : Vision Eternel : Bruce Hendrickson and The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies : Stray Owls
click here for earlier members club postings from 2020...
check out earlier members club missives at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/membersclubrecentarchive.html
older members club stuff at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/membersclubarchive.html
and even older ones at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/membersclubancientarchive.html