[Cease & Desist] DIY! (Cult Classics From The Post Punk Era 1978​-​1982)

by Optimo Music

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This compilation features (mostly) 7" singles recorded in the UK between 1978 and 1982 that showcase the DIY spirit of those times. Compiled by JD Twitch, it has been a real labour of love involving tracing long-lost artists to far-flung corners of the globe, persuading them that the modern world needs to hear the music they made several decades ago, tracking down lost masters and lovingly restoring 7"s in the case of those where the masters were lost.

"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. 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. I've always loved music that doesn't try to fit in a particular genre, that is anti-canonical and doesn't care what else is going on in music at that time, that takes risks and is full of imagination and ideas that may or may not make any logical sense but that resulted in something unique, that ignores conventions about how a record SHOULD be produced and that was created simply because its creators felt the urge to express themselves and share the results with some other people. This compilation compiles 16 tracks that fulfil all those criteria. 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" singles box." – JD Twitch.

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released October 30, 2015

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Optimo Music Glasgow, UK

Optimo Music is a record label based in Glasgow, Scotland and run by JD Twitch. This page also includes releases from Optimo Music's dancefloor-focused sister label, Optimo Trax.

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