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CD $10.50

08/11/2008 880270244126 

216 CD 


Twenty-eight songs from one of DIY’s iconic bands, including most of their astonishingly scarce LP, which music-historian/journalist/DIY enthusiast JOHAN KUGELBERG described as “the most seminal LP to come out of DIY… Fantastic over-enthusiastic juvenilia of an almost supernatural beauty.” Whether or not the name was ironic, THE PERFORMING FERRETS were very much a performing band—whose songs clearly grew out of the way they interacted. A curious rhythm, an engaging riff, an arresting lyrical snippet, and frequently a Melodica tumble and writhe, ferret-like, into song / groove / experiments that stood unique on the indie post-punk scene. The Ferrets started out in Maidstone, Kent, in 1978 but they soon settled in Manchester while parlaying academic careers in Manchester, Portsmouth, Nottingham and Preston into appearances all over the UK. There’s a touch of The Fall and the TV Personalities, a little garage and Beat, hints of the rhythm-propelled sounds of the Monochromes, Feelies, Beefheart, Gang of 4, Delta 5 or Diagram Brothers, and a dry wit that had more to do with the Ferrets’ favorite authors and comedians than anyone from the class of ’77, but the Ferrets’ response to D.I.Y. was all their own. Include’s a 12-page booklet, along with photos, artifacts, and almost 80 minutes of the Ferrets’ finest on the CD.

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