Fàshiön music - PRÖDUCT PERFECT [RSD GREEN VINYL reissue of 1979 LP] - New LP
Original studio half-inch tape mixes of Product Perfect by the original line-up of Fàshiön music, recorded at Grosvenor Studios, Handsworth, Birmingham, England 1979. First vinyl reissue since 1979.
"This band from Birmingham, England, blended offbeat funk with an independent spirit that seemed destined to ensure them commercial success. Originally a trio comprising John Mulligan (bass), Dix (drums) and Luke (guitar), Fashion issued three diverse singles on their own label, spurred on by the do-it-yourself attitudes in the wake of punk. After November 1978’s ‘Steady Eddie Steady’ came ‘Citinite’ in June and then Perfect Product, an impressive debut album. ‘Silver Blades’ followed in March 1980, ensuring a contract with Arista Records. Now swelled to a six-piece with Martin Stoker (ex-Dance; Bureau) on drums, vocalist Tony (ex-Neon Hearts) and main songwriter De Harriss, many predicted that their resultant singles would break the band on the back of the futurist scene of the early 80s. ‘Street Player - Mechanik’ in March 1982, ‘Love Shadow’ in August and later, ‘Eye Talk’ in January 1984, all scraped the lower reaches of the chart, but failed to establish the band in the public eye. Despite this, Fashion enjoyed a strong undercurrent of support, reflected in a UK Top 10 album, Fabrique, in June 1982. However, interest gradually waned, the band moved to Epic, and Twilight Of The Idols, issued exactly two years later, was not as warmly received."
"Product Perfect. Fashion's seminal album. A raw punk-ska-dub rhythm section meets Tubeway Army played at half speed. The bass and synths are DaDa. The drumming is tribal. The guitar delivers angst in spite of its reggae influences. Their nonsensical arrangements could only make sense within the dark green, dank, and sordid mixture of these things. You need to hear the vocals for yourself. I can't describe them. Fashion toured with the Police on their second trip to the US, U2 toured with them just as Boy was released, as did the B52's, Joy Division, and John Cooper Clarke. A quintessential almost-was, an overlooked treasure. And then, just like that, this magical incarnation was over. Luke left, and Fashion became a different band. To this day, Product Perfect is a little known masterpiece that makes sense of the cultural and stylistic collisions from that era"