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The Other Side Of Italy: The Beginning of The Post-Punk and Art-Rock Era (Limited Edition 4LP + 1CD box set)


The Other Side Of Italy: The Beginning of The Post-Punk and Art-Rock Era (Limited Edition 4LP + 1CD box set)

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Released: 27th April 2018
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Collected here in a deluxe boxed set are 4 of the finest Spittle compilations of 1980s Italian post-punk, art-rock, and synth-wave. MILANO NEW WAVE, SAMPLES ONLY, iV3SCR, and BODY SECTION feature some of the heavy hitters of the era including DIE FORM, FRIGIDAIRE TANGO, RINF, and more as well as more obscure artists who may have only appeared ever on these comps. A brilliant box of Italian 80s WAVE that gives a wonderful overview of the depth and breadth of the scene. Limited edition boxed set.

Individual volume descriptions and track listing are below:

Following an idea of Italian disco guru Fred Ventura to publish some recordings that have remained in the vaults for more than 25 years, and thanks to the skillful "mastering touch" of Giovanni Versari, Spittle Records present a representative and intense snapshot of the Milanese new-wave scene of the early eighties with Milano New Wave: 1980-83 Redux. Twelve tracks that recount the salient steps of the brief but intense career of four Milanese bands from the post-punk of Other Side, to the oblique funk of State Of Art, to the Kraftwerk influences of La Maison, to the electro pop-wave of Jeunesse d'Ivoire. "Boris Karloff" features Kubrix and 2+2=5 playing with La Maison, forming the group known as Entourage L'Asino. These four bands illustrate the mood of an underground scene that burned out rapidly, mostly due to the indifference of the media and recording industry during those years.

Track list:


1. Jeunesse D’Ivoire - A Gift Of Tears 2. Jeunesse D’Ivoire - Silent Imagery 3. Jeunesse D’Ivoire - Praise 4. Other Side - The Taste Of The Fables 5. Other Side - Central 6. Other Side - Contrition


SIDE B: 1. State Of Art - Downtown 2. State Of Art - Dantzig Station 3. State Of Art - Scoop ‘N’ Loop 4. La Maison - Mercedes 5. La Maison - Igloo 6. La Maison + Kubrix + 2+2=5 AKA Entourage L’Asino - Boris Karloff



First ever reissue of a sought-after Italian compilation highlighting all the potential of the northeastern Italian post-punk scene, originally released in 1981. Starring Ruins, European Stage, and R.A.R.A., Samples Only is your kind of compilation if you're aware of the development of the new romantic and synth wave scene. It all happened back in the day near Venice. These guys were fascinated with the whole new wave phenomenon -- the radio was pumping in their single rooms and they knew the times were changin'. They were pretty young -- mostly in their twenties -- and any influence came from abroad. Rock, beat, electronic, punk, and even white funk (did someone say A Certain Ratio?) all together, as a stream of consciousness. There was a leading TV program at the time, Mr. Fantasy -- directed by an influential journalist and DJ named Carlo Massarini -- and everyone interested in post-punk and art pop was watching it, including the main characters in Samples Only. They were spending all of their small wages on imported records, duplicating them on the (in)famous C90 cassette. They were dreaming of CBGB's in New York or the Blitz in London, but the Italian clubs -- Tenax in Florence, Plastic in Milan, and even the Shindy and Memorabilia in the vast northeast area -- were not afraid of the competition. Samples Only is a postcard from those days, a shining document available again for your pleasure. Includes two tracks from the group Art Déco, exclusive to this reissue.


Track list:

Side A:

A1 Ruins - Short Wave A2 Ruins - Restless House A3 Ruins - Elegant Shout A4 European Stage - Subterranean Wait A5 Kitsch Putsch - Holidays Futurisme


Side B:

B1 Kitsch Putsch - Sentimental Life B2 Rara - Wideness B3 Rara - Haute Couture B4 Rara - Ethics B5 Art Déco - European Crime B6 Art Déco - The Fake Of Loving



All the way from the imaginary NAON state here’s the second re-issue of the Great Complotto manifesto from Pordenone (birthplace of the Italian punk style). Originally issued in 1983, even if most of the songs were recorded in 1981, this second compilation is even more attractive than the 1st one. What glues together all the contributions (Sexy Angels, Gigolo Look, Cancer and Mess) is the innovative and creative use of electronics. Back in print for the first time, this vinyl edition shows the original art work (a giant poster folded in four parts) and an extra cd with the complete set list and 5 bonus tracks from the bloody rare single originally enclosed with the magazine Onda 400 (with contributions from Andy Warhol Banana Technicolor, Cancer, Sexy Angels, Fhedolts and Mind Invaders).


RIYL: The Cure, DEVO, Joy Division


Track list:

Side A:

A1 Sexy Angels - Mathematic Mind A2 Sexy Angels - Neutronic War A3 Gigolo' Look - Elegant A4 Gigolo' Look - Nouveau Riches


Side B:

B1 Cancer - Naonian Style B2 Cancer - Wheels B3 Mess - Kunst Und Technik B4 Mess - Get Proud


CD Bonus Tracks:

1 Andy Warhol Banana Technicolor - We Aren't Devo Revo 2 Fhedolts - Monster In The Disco 3 001011000010011101 (Cancer) - 000 011 4 Mind Invaders - Stealnak 5 Sexy Angels – Devil




Originally released in 1983 (Electric Eye) just as the “new Italian rock” movement was beginning to gain momentum, this compilation reflects the impact of a ‘post-Joy Division’ British new wave on the genre. Divided into two sections, the softer “blue section” and the more electric “red section”, this compilation presents some of the most eclectic groups of the period (DIE FORM, RINF), as well as more sophisticated bands like FRIGIDAIRE TANGO and JEUNESSE D’IVOIRE. It also marked the baptism of two bands (LITFIBA and DIAFRAMMA) that would become synonymous with ‘the future of Italian rock’ for the next ten years.


Track list:

1.MODO – Eyes In The Mirror 2. MONUMENTS – Wonderful Woman 3. JEUNESSE D’IVOIRE – A Gift Of Tears 4. FRIGIDAIRE TANGO – Vanity Fair 5. KIRLIAN CAMERA – Dreamtime Comes 6. LITFIBA – Transea 7. DIAFRAMMA – Specchi D’Acqua 8. VOX REI – Fear 9. DIE FORM – Dopo Heidegger 10. RINF – Danke Mamy




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