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The 2nd After Epiphany - A Ron Johnson Records Memorial Compilation

Artist Song Buy
Splat!  Mistook  buy on itunes
Big Flame  Man of Few Syllables  buy on itunes
Stump  Grab Hands  buy on itunes
Big Flame  Sink  buy on itunes
MacKenzies  New Breed  buy on itunes
The Shrubs  Warm Sun  buy on itunes
The Ex  El tren blindado  buy on itunes
A Witness  Car Skidding  buy on itunes
Twang  Sharp  buy on itunes
MacKenzies  Mealy Mouths  buy on itunes
The Shrubs  Blackmailer  buy on itunes
Noseflutes  The Ravers  buy on itunes
The Great Leap Forward  Let's Jive While We're Still Alive  buy on itunes
Stump  Big End  buy on itunes
Jackdaw with Crowbar  Fourth World  buy on itunes
The Ex  Knock  buy on itunes
A Witness  Red Snake  buy on itunes
The Great Leap Forward  Propping Up the Nose of the King  buy on itunes
Noseflutes  Heartache is Irresistible  buy on itunes
Twang  Snapback  buy on itunes
Jackdaw with Crowbar  Sunk by an Iceberg  buy on itunes

Comment:

,There was a time, not so very long ago, when, if a certain Radio One DJ announced that he had a new record to play from the Ron Johnson label, you would pin your ears back and prepare to be frazzled by punchy drums, steel-piercing, sharp, shocking guitar strums and shouty lyrics. . . wonderful", opens the one and only Amazon.uk review of ,Rigour", a CD which comprises the complete output of the great Big Flame, the only band from the RJ stable who was ever honored by their work being re-released at all. But let's start at the beginning: In 1983, part-time biscuit packer Dave Parsons from Nottingham founded Ron Johnson Records, first and foremost to release the debut EP of his own band, Splat! ,I was 21 when I started RJ and knew nothing about making records or running a business - I just loved music." Over the next 5 years, Ron Johnson released 34 records (mostly 7" and 12"s) by 12 bands (from Birmingham, Cork/London, Derby, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and the Netherlands) all of which are represented here, with the exception of the Sewer Zombies whose LP was a licensed release (and an unnecessary side-trip into the then fashionable realm of hardcore noise a la Napalm Death) and thus doesn't really count. ,The records never sold well", Parsons says, and ironically, just about their only record that did sell marked the beginning of the end for the one-man-operated label. ,The Ex double-single [`1936 - The Spanish Revolution'] was a fiasco of Rough Trade's making - they sold it at a price that was lower than the manufacturing cost and because it was reviewed as such amazing product for such amazing price felt that they couldn't put the price up - it sold 15000 copies and RJ lost ú15000!" RJ folded in 1988 and soon sank into much undeserved oblivion, but left behind not only a stack of unpaid bills and royalty checks, but also an exciting and surprisingly homogenous body of work by a bunch of manic young musicians producing an awesome wall of sound, a quirky, jerky cacophony of guitar-staccato noise and angry beats. This may serve as a small testament to a great little operation that lit up my boring, post-adolescent life `bout 20 years ago. PS: A loving appreciation of the RJ label (along with a complete discography) can be found at: http://www.timewasting.net/ronj. PPS: The tracks are more or less in chronological order. The title refers to the one and only label comp which was released at the time, called ,The First After Epiphany".

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steelkillie
Date: 4/21/2005
Interesting.
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hemizen
Date: 4/21/2005
cool
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Muzag
Date: 4/21/2005
Yep, interesting, just like any Mohr Mix, but I have to confess (near) total ignorance here Thomas ;~)
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Jenergy
Date: 4/21/2005
I know nothing here, but am now inspired to find out . . .
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Dead Man
Date: 4/21/2005
I seem to have missed this, too, but your description has certainly piqued my interest.
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sport !
Date: 4/21/2005
I agree with everyone (except I have head a few Ex songs)...
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Dom1
Date: 4/21/2005
I have to confess complete ignorance..interesting as ever Mr Mohr..I'd never have figured u for a Thatcherite ;)
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McDonald12
Date: 4/21/2005
Exactly what gary (Muzag) says, Thomas. Great work and great liner notes, and I sincerely hope you're feeling better, my friend. Drop me a line when you have a minute.
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p the swede
Date: 4/21/2005
well another great great one
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Orchid
Date: 4/21/2005
This is a complete mystery to me, and maybe not really my kind of music, but you've wrapped it up in such a nice, well-researched package that I want a copy.
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Moe
Date: 4/21/2005
Like my esteemed AOTM colleagues, I guess I'm dumbfounded by the artists on this mix (though Splat! is a great name for a band). Excellent liner notes and mad Thatcher cover. I'm off to the PO to ship off your mixes.
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Mixxer
Date: 4/21/2005
Don't know the music or the label, but thanks for the informative notes.
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lo-fi jr.
Date: 4/21/2005
I've long lamented how the more angular & Beefheartian members of the C86 movement have been marginalized in favor of stinky brit-pop. Man, some of these names take me back. I've still got that Ex single & it is indeed a thing to behold. Sorry to hear that it lead to the downfall of this fine label. We definitely need to restart that trade talk.
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shunn789
Date: 4/22/2005
Thomas, this is an impressive labor of love. I'm a sucker for obscurities from the history of rock, and here you've roped me right in. I've never heard of any of these bands, but now I'm hoping we can start setting up another trade so I can get my hands on this.
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mckbrd
Date: 4/22/2005
Mr. T.........ditto most everyone else!!!!!!!!!
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James Jackson
Date: 4/22/2005
Well, I'm stymied, but fascinated. Looks like a wild ride.
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French Connection
Date: 4/22/2005
Got me thoroughly intrigued here, Stump are the only band I've come across on this one.

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