Fatal Jelly Space: Moonlit Track (1990)

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Fatal Jelly Space: Moonlit Track (1990)

Although they had a band name which wouldn't have disgraced a prog-rock outfit of the Seventies, Auckland's Fatal Jelly Space were rather far removed from lengthy noodling.

They were an all-woman five-piece co-fronted by the wonderful Frankie who -- although tattooed and with a shaven head -- was far from a ferocious personality off-stage.

But they delivered an abrasive confrontation live and played on bills alongside the equally visceral-punch bands like SPUD, NRA, Sticky Filth and Second Child.

They only ever released one EP on Flying Nun -- Hole, engineered by Rex Visible and Matthew Heine, co-produced with Visible in The Lab -- and the songs were Death Fuck Pop, Moonlit Track, Miseriah and Aliens.

Copies are very hard to find and as with Cake Kitchen, the Victor Dimisich Band, Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos and others, FJS are part of a somewhat forgotten history of the label.

So it is with pleasure we dust these grooves and drop the needle on another From the Vaults, which comes with appealing surface noise.

Oddly enough this track starts a bit . . . prog? 

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Chris Familton - Mar 27, 2012

Great to hear more of FJS crawling out from the past. Thanks for posting a link to the video I uploaded on YouTube too. I'm slowly going through my records and getting NZ stuff up there that isn't online and should be.
cheers
Chris

Kim Gillespie - Mar 27, 2012

Thanks for this - I have Hole on vinyl somewhere but haven't heard these tracks for years.
Often i'll hear a song and the vocals will remind me of someone but until recently I couldn't remember who.
It was FJS - in particular Death Fuck Pop and Moonlit Track.

Frankie Hill - Oct 11, 2012

Thanks for the post and the lovely words, Graham...I too have this on vinyl but, with no functional turntable, it has been quite a while since I heard it...cheers

Tania Klouwens - Mar 18, 2013

Listening to this, and I'm 15 again in dark smoky bars, hanging with the coolest girls in the world x

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