Josef K - The Only Fun In Town 2xLP
Label: Les Disques du Crepuscule
Limited edition clear vinyl.
Crepuscule presents a new limited coloured vinyl edition of The Only Fun In Town, the influential debut album by iconic Scottish guitar group Josef K, originally released on Postcard Records in July 1981. Speedily recorded in a small studio in Brussels, The Only Fun In Town was a defiantly abrasive, serrated long-player in the mould of the second Velvets album, Josef K having already shelved a more conventional recording. Sharp-edged pop singles abound – "It's Kinda Funny," "Sorry for Laughing," "Revelation" – along with rattling Haig/Ross twin guitar classics such as "Fun 'n' Frenzy," "Heart of Song," "Forever Drone" and "The Angle."
The Only Fun In Town topped the independent charts on release and remains a canonical post-punk album. This remaster arrives housed in a handsome gatefold sleeve, and by way of bonus tracks also features several Postcard single A and B sides including "Radio Drill Time" and "Chance Meeting." Side 4 features all four tracks from JoKay's celebrated John Peel Session in June 1981, including "Heaven Sent" and "The Missionary."
"Josef K were The Sound of Young Scotland, together with Orange Juice, whose guitars were also radiant and brittle, whose rhythms were also scrubbed and blunt, whose vocals were also proud and serious, but who sounded like another group entirely" (Paul Morley); "Josef K was about the heroic Outsider suavely surfing across the fraught surface of their albino funk fracas. Haig sounds high on anxiety, finding an odd, giddy euphoria in doubt." (Simon Reynolds).