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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Telescopes Come Back Into View

posted by on October 2 at 10:19 AM

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Who remembers the Telescopes? They put out some sweet psychedelic 12s for Creation Records in the 80s/90s, and then faded out, only to return to action to little fanfare about a decade later. Now the Mind Expansion label (run by Randall Niemann of Füxa) is going to issue Singles Compilation 1989-1991, which contains their finest material—and which will probably ruin all your plans to make a fortune selling the original vinyl releases on eBay.

The Telescopes kind of paled in comparison to contemporaries like Spacemen 3 and Loop, but they possessed some brilliant melodic charms of their own. This collection is a timepiece from an era that many bands are still trying to emulate (nu-gaze, anyone?).

The Telescopes’ “Flying” [see video below] embodies that much-used formula of the time: Beach Boys vocal harmonies + Byrds guitar jangle + UK twist on the “Funky Drummer” beat = first wave of British shoegazer rock (to grossly generalize). (For info on how to order the comp, see Niemann’s MySpace bulletin after the cut.)


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THERE ARE ALSO LTD EDITION TELESCOPES VINTAGE T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE. (ONLY 25) IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND XL.

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THE TELESCOPES SINGLES COMPILATION CD 1989-1991
the perfect needle
sadness pale
shc burn
you can not be sure
to kill a slow girl walking
forever now
precious little
i sense
everso
wish of you
celeste
all a dreams
flying
the sleepwalk

a collection of telescopes A’s & B’s from the ‘what goes on’ to ‘creation years. including extra tracks from the original perfect needle ep.

“i owe a great debt to this project as i was able to see so much of my own art in it.almost like a mirror,or a friend that you respect telling you that you are on the right path,that you can do it as well.i have the most respect for stephen and co…and that is not something i take lightly,but rather carry with me on my walk through this world like others carry drugs,swords or maps on their futile journeys.”
anton alfred newcombe/fjordson

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LOOP is on the my space?

Posted by Biggie J | October 2, 2008 10:55 AM

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