WHY JOIN THE FdM MEMBERS CLUB?
...and HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE A CLUB MEMBER ALREADY? that second bit's easy - you keep getting emails from me that refer to you as a club member.
If that means you then, in the words of Viv Stanshall, "now read on dot dot.......dot"
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 (or from Nick Leese at Heyday Mail Order if you're not based in the UK), 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
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