- JD Twitch has curated the 16-track release, due out in early July.
JD Twitch's Optimo Music is releasing a compilation dedicated to post-punk music from the late '70s and early '80s.
One of the era's defining slogans—"it's easy, it's cheap, go out and do it"—appears on the sleeve of Now That’s What I Call DIY! (Cult Classics from the Post-Punk Era 1978-82). All 16 tracks were originally released as 7-inch singles. "If punk was the nuclear detonation, the fallout that came after was where a lot of the most interesting music of that era was made," says JD Twitch. "People who would never have thought to release a record before realised it was something they could do, and the end result was a DIY explosion."
Twitch adds: "None of them had any success, most are (unjustly) obscure but every one of them has inspired me and would be in my ultimate 7-inch singles box."
The 16-track double-vinyl version of the compilation comes with detailed notes of each track written by JD Twitch, as well as an introduction by Dan Selzer. There will also be a 13-track digital version.
01. Tesco Bombers – Break The Ice At Parties
02. Sara Goes Pop – Sexy Terrorist
03. People In Control – When It's War
04. Nancy Sesay & The Melodaires – C'est Fab
05. The Distributors – TV Me
06. Dorothy – Softness
07. Thomas Leer – Private Plane
08. Visitors – Electric Heat
09. The Murphy Federation – Fed Up Skank
10. The Distributors – Never Never
11. The Cro-tones – Tea Machine Dub
12. Fatal Microbes – Violence Grows
13. The Spunky Onions – How I Lost My Virginity
14. The Fakes – Look Out
15. The 012 – Meltdown Situation
16. The Prats – Disco Pope
Optimo Music will release Now That’s What I Call DIY! (Cult Classics from the Post-Punk Era 1978-82) in early July 2015.