19 May 2021

Fuze - Falklands/ Follow Me Home


Lo-fi party sounds from Manchester

Label: Relentless
Year of Release: 1982

Weird, under-produced lo-fi singles were two a penny by the eighties, of course, and the indie underground was so huge by the middle of the decade that for a brief period 7" singles with folded paper sleeves were all over the mainstream press. 

By 1982, the DIY punk attitude to be found on many of these releases had evolved into something slightly more challenging, and numerous bands were producing music which was somewhat more forward-thinking. Fuze seem to sit in the early eighties crossfire between dancefloor friendly rhythms and post-punk awkwardness, with "Falklands" on the A-side here sounding like a spotty herbert's conga in a Manchester squat. 

The B-side is slightly more interesting, with the group trying their hand at reggae and actually managing to sound very deep and dubby in the process. While both sides are slightly disadvantaged by a very cheap production and questionable vinyl pressing quality, with a better budget "Follow Me Home" in particular could have been a serious winner.

I can't find any information about the group anywhere, but it seems safe to assume that the credited Tony Roberts and Freddie Viaduct on the label may have had close connections with the group. If anyone can fill in the blanks, please let us know.

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