Hyped to Death umbrella. H2D was/is a fan-curated venture dedicating to exploring and exposing bygone DIY cult-classic recordings. The Hyped to Death series itself was dedicated to American punk and like-minded variants thereof. The H2D tent also housed the Messthetics series of homegrown post-punk and dissonant rock, extending to Europe. The Teen Line compilations were more in my wheelhouse, with an emphasis on power pop singles, some exceedingly scarce and collectible. Deriving it's name from a Shivvers song (included here), the eight volumes in the TL series were designed alphabetically around the first letter of the artist name. R&S are the magic letters for Vol. 1, ironically not A-B, which featured later in the series. Several letters of the alphabet are neglected altogether in the Teen Line collections, as future postings will reveal. I'm working under the assumption that there were to be more Teen Line compilations to encompass the entire alphabet, but for whatever the reason the original concept for the series was never fully realized.
For a relatively informal string of cd-r compendiums, the folks at Hyped to Death exercised impeccable quality control, albeit their releases offered little in the way of household recognition. In fact there's merely one outfit here your local person on the street might successfully identify, that being the Romantics. Combos like the Speedies, Scruffs, Riff Doctors, and the Sex Clark Five nonetheless left an indelible mark on those that were fortunate to encounter them, often wielding hooks and rhythms rivaling the par excellence output of more renown acts like the Shoes and 20/20. In fact, think of the Teen Line compilations as the '80s equivalent of the Yellow Pills series. An embarrassment of riches for any power pop connoisseur. I don't have time to go into a play-by-play of Volume 1's teaming 28-song cavalcade, but the booklet does, and I've thoughtfully scanned it into the folder. The tracklist is to your left. Bear in mind, many of the tracks within were sourced from vinyl.
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