WHY JOIN THE FdM MEMBERS CLUB?
...and HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE A CLUB MEMBER ALREADY? (that bit's easy - you get emails that refer to you as a club member)
If you get emails via mailchimp, then you're not yet a club member; if you're not a member, and you're buying (or planning to buy) most Fruits de Mer release that comes out, email me today (email@example.com) - there's no financial commitment, just a bit of trust on both sides and an ability to put up with more emails from me than you ever thought possible - 'benefits' include a chance to pre-order new releases before anyone else, competitions to win white label test pressings, the odd freebie/bonus item during the year AND - if you really do buy regularly from me (or from Heyday Mail Order if you're not based in the UK) - a members-only something-or-other at year-end. All that said, if you ARE in, this needed no introduction and you're probably getting bored by now so, in the words of the late, great Vivian Stanshall, "now read on"....
...trying to find suggestions from the members club captions competition that won't get the site shut down is the first challenge. I have to admit to liking the first one, courtesy of Dave Lovatt, while Ray Canham managed to make light of the UK's latest attempt to self-destruct; Andy Pernet managed to namecheck a band and Ernie Oakley showed that wit is not dead (although it's not very well at FdM Towers); more to come
YOU WIN SOME...
Chris Dale was doing so well with his first competition entry and I'd swear Liz was about to draw his name out of the virtual hat when i remembered he'd made two suggestions; andy Pernet showed much better taste with his caption, while Henry Schneider spoke for most of us with his jukebox plea,(well, maybe not) and Richard Schofield ended with a nice plug for the 15th Dream festival
ROB GOULD - ONE LABEL'S SCREW-UP...
...is an FdM club member's bonus. Thanks to yours truly screwing up in style in producing Rob's 15th Dream festival compilation CDs (now sorted), we're going to include a two-track sampler from it along with the Bevis Frond demos CD with orders placed by club members who order all three of our July vinyl releases early - we'll begin taking orders from early June. (Sometimes it pays to be a club member of a record label that doesn't know what it's doing)
The latest members club competition has a bunch of LPs on Markus Holler's Sugarbush label as prizes (hard to believe, but there ARE other record labels)
So what's the perfect add-on for club members who bought the Sendelica/Superfjord 'Zappa' 7" nice and early from FdM or Heyday? No, I had no idea either, so that's why you're getting something that's up to our usual standard of pointless stupidity Club member Dave Lovatt saw the funny side and posted this drawing on facebook (at least I hope he did - it could be his new look for 2018, of course)
Not quite, but as we edge closer to FdM's 10th anniversary year, the band that started it all - Schizo Fun Addict - have come up with a rather special way to kick things off at the end of 2017, an exclusive vinyl release that only club members (and a handful of reviewers) will get - AND you'll get it for free - if you continue to buy Fruits de Mer releases during 2017; more news soon.
A BEVIS BONUS
Club members who order all three of FdM's 'full-blown' July releases (that's the Sidewalk Society LP, Fuchsia double 7" and Ant Barbeau 7"EP) will get a little extra of a Frond-like persuasion for their troubles.
CHEMISTRY SET vs SWORDFISH
...not only that, club members who order all of FdM's late-September releases (which I haven't even finalised yet) will get something exclusive from our good friends Dave McLean and Marc Swordfish. Sometimes it pays to be a club member...
KRIS GIETKOWSKI ALBUM
I had to declare a sell-out on this release before even listing it for sale to non-members; Heyday, Clear Spot and Rough Trade will have some copies but Nick at Heyday will use almost all of his up on international club members and Rough Trade/Clear Spot will have very limited supplies (I AM trying to get a short re-press sorted, waiting for news on this); club members who got their April orders in quick will also be getting a couple of small/silly freebies for their trouble.
NATHAN HALL SOLO EXCLUSIVE
Club members had to move quickly to claim one of 100 special editions of Soft Herted Scientists' Nathan Hall and the Sinister Locals' debut CD - the special editions include a 5" lathe-cut vinyl single and a signed postcard from Nathan.
DWINDLING PIC DISC
The first members club competition of 2017 had two first prizes - lathe-cut pic discs featuring two tracks from Us and Them's new 10"; only around a dozen were pressed in total, so they are what you might call 'collectible'; even if you didn't win, at least you had a chance - which is more than non-members had
OUR LAST COMPETITIONS OF 2016
our last club competition of the year was in two parts - starting with tracks that are based on a classical theme...
Trev Faull set the bar high with Mandrake Paddle Steamer, several club members went for the Jethro Tull classic, Andy Butler recommended King Crimson's take on Holst and of course lots of members couldn't fail to ELP it...
Simon Clarke recalled the wonderful Deodato track, Simon Clarke chose an ancestor of Liz. Colin Consterdine voted for the overlooked/rather maligned Ekseption and Andy Young came up with a new one on me in Cailyn Lloyd reinterpreting Vaughan Williams...
Martin Wright recommended the unclassifiable Moondog, John Sewell countered this with.....The Wombles; Steve Hallam came up with Liquid Tension Experiment and Henry Schneider put a word in for Frank Zappa...
...moving onto prog instrumentals under six minutes long (which could have made the side of a single, even if they didn't)
Dave Lovatt suggested Bo Hansson, Robert Simpson chose Focus; meanwhile Trev Faull and Jez cox ventured to the outer edges of prog...
Alan Pearson started things gently and let them build with Chou Pahrot, Matthew Wright goes for the teasmade kings from Italy, Matthew Breach proves that progressice rock was alive and kicking in the 80s and lots of members suggested VDGG's version of Theme One, including this live version recommended by William Smith...
Zil Bareisis gave Stan Tracey his first moments on the FdM site, Mark Colwill and Dale Simpson went for the Keith Mansfield classic (played here by Arzachel), John Sewell stretched a prog point with The Who, Stephen Young hit the nail on the head with Happy The Man..
Clive Williams and Matthias Lang both set phasers to prog, while Till Wolff recommended Gryphon and Greenslade
Iain Davie turned to the strangely-overlooked Genesis double album, Craig Palmer launched The Dillinger Escape Plan and Zappa's Peaches En Regalia (along with Glen Howell), but it was down to Ken Halsey to recommend my funeral song of choice (and no, yodelling and whistling aren't singing, not in my book anyway)
click here for earlier members club postings from 2016...
check out earlier members club missives at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/membersclubrecentarchive.html
older members club stuff at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/membersclubarchive.html
and even older ones at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/membersclubancientarchive.html