Josef K - The Only Fun in Town

Les Disques du Crepuscule
(TWI052-1: 708527001356)
Release date: February 11, 2019
Genre: Post Punk




2xLP gatefold, LP1 black vinyl, LP2 gold vinyl, download.


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)

500 copies only of TWI 052 have been pressed for release in 2019, with Disc 1 on black vinyl and Disc 2 on gold vinyl, matching the iconic sleeve artwork by Krysia Klasicki.

2xLP tracklist:

Side 1:  1. Fun ‘n’ Frenzy 2. Revelation 3. Crazy To Exist 4. It’s Kinda Funny 5. The Angle

Side 2: 1. Forever Drone 2. Heart of Song 3. 16 Years 4. Citizens 5. Sorry For Laughing  

Side 3: 1. Radio Drill Time 2. Romance 3. Chance Meeting 4. Pictures 5. Final Request  

Side 4: 1. The Missionary 2. Heaven Sent 3. Heart of Song 4. Applebush

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