Jan 20, 2010

Into The Subterranean Zone

front cover of the first Subterranean Records release


Subterranean Records is one of the earliest and most influential labels of indie era. Founded in 1979 in San Francisco by Steve Tupper (and Mike Fox - member of The Tools) in order to help the local underground bands to put their music out. First issues presented sounds from Bay Area's punk-hardcore-noise scene, soon though label's interest expanded to embrace wider the 80's evolution of alternative music culture (industrial-experimental-damaged art...). FLIPPER, DEAD KENNEDYS (one single), PENELOPE HOUSTON (1st solo LP), MINIMAL MAN, CHROME, NERVOUS GENDER, the neo-beatnik poets LONGSHOREMEN are some of the most popular subterraneans... and there are so many others...

SUBTERRANEAN ZONE

THE JARS Electric Third Rail
("Start Rite Now", 7'', 1980)

FACTRIX Night To Forget
(V.A. "Live At Target", 1980)

PRE FIX Ectomorphine
("Underneathica/Ectomorphine'', 7'', 1981)

FLIPPER First The Heart
("Gone Fishin' ", 1984)

PSYCLONES Tribulation
("Psyclones", 1985)

BRUCE LOSE Waking To Sleep
("What's Your Name?", 7'', 1983)

MINIMAL MAN Tired Death
("Two Little Skeletons/Tired Death, 7'', 1983)

ARKANSAW MAN Mark Twain
("Every Job", 7'', 1983)

LONGSHOREMEN Putra - Car Of The Future
("Grr Huh Yeah", 1985)

LOW FLYING AIRCRAFT Amnesia
("Low Flying Aircraft", 1987)

INFLATABLE BOY CLAMS Boystown
("Inflatable Boy Clams", 2x7'', 1981)

ANGEL'IN HEAVY SYRUP Why Don't You Take A Sight-Seeing Bus With Me?
("Angel'in Heavy Syrup'', 1992)


HOUSECOAT PROJECT Bed Bad
("Wide Eye Doo Dat", 1987)

WILMA Pornography Lies
("Pornography Lies", 1981)

MINIMAL MAN Jungle song
("The Shroud Of...", 1981)

LOW FLYING AIRCRAFT Radically Conservative
("Low Flying Aircraft", 1987)

LONGSHOREMEN Hot Rod
("Walk The Plank", 1986)

RESEARCH LIBRARY Insomnia
(V.A. "Red Spot", 1981)

KATHLEEN YEARWOOD Tam Lin
("Book Of Hate", 1992)

compiled by LaFolieDuJour

Subterranean Zone
(19 tracks - approx. time 65min)

3 comments:

fraropa said...

FantasticQUE!
where is JAMES CHANGE and THE CONTORTIONS!***STELLA***
Indeed,never enough!
SALUTE,LALO

oldskool said...

Some very fine tracks here. Some are to "stressful" for me. Thank you for compiling and sharing, and thank you especially for bothering about telling us from which albums or singles the tracks are!

paramo said...

...consider that i left out the noise-hardcore side of the label
and that i focused on some not so well known bands. It had to be a little representative, though...