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Saturday 14 April 2018

SMERSH-Ordinary People-(Atlas King-USA-c60-1985)

Smersh was Mike Mangino and Chris Shepard. And from 1981 until 1994 they released far too many cassette tapes. They also contributed to far too many compilations throughout the known world. In the early eighties, they established a unique sound that is known and loved, combining cheap electronics and wild guitar sounds with distorted vocals. They were, in fact, a bit The Ramones of the industrial scene. But were they industrial? The Smersh sound had so many faces that it is next to impossible to categorize their music. Smersh recorded on most Monday evenings for a couple of hours. Each song was improvised over the course of the evening and then recorded. Once it was finished they never played it again. They never rehearsed, they couldn't read music, and they never played live.from their official webpage)
 Atlas King was the tape label of Smersh, founded by Chris Shepard and Mike Mangino in 1981. Until 1991 the label had no official name and the cat.no. looked like this: SC000, from 1991 it was officially Atlas King and the cat.no. looked like: AK000.
The last release with the SC prefix is SC032, the first with the AK prefix is AK033.
In 1994 the last tape was released.
The follow-up label is Mirandette Popular.
Enjoy it.

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