My apologies for not posting more this week. Hopefully this will help make up for that. I'm following up on two previous installments in the Lost in the Haze series, a hand-curated array of compilation CD-Rs, courtesy of the now defunct Not Lame Records label and distro. For the unacquainted, Not Lame flew the power pop flag high circa the 1990s-'00s, with an emphasis on CDs sold strictly through mailorder. The CEO would frequently incentivize purchases by tossing in a handmade and self-curated cd-r compilation of impossibly rare songs that never made their way into the digital era proper. God knows how many volumes existed in the Lost in the Haze series alone (at least 21, obviously). Accompanied only by a tray card track list with no other pertinent details about the music presented, these compilations were stuffed into paper cd envelopes, and would tend to accumulate in various piles in my house. With a veritable absence of artwork they went out of sight and out of mind for years until I was able to organize them until a few years back
The focus of Lost in the Haze was centered on overlooked and arcane also-rans (with the occasional rarity from a superstar) from the '70s to the early '80s. Volume 21 delivers no shortage of stunners: Susan (a male fronted band), New Hearts (who I think are actually a band named the Speedies) and Tattoo who featured none other than ex-Raspberry Wally Bryson. I wish I had more time to provide a synopsis of the ten bands making the cut here, but hopefully you'll walk away with a discovery or two. The tracklist is to your above left.
The Hellcats "Cherry Mansions" 1988 - ...out of Tav Falco's twilightzone creep some hellcats...Hellcats is the first band for Memphis underground legend Lorette Velvette. She formed the band to...
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