From Mud to the Moon
The Disco Scooters were from St Leonards-On-Sea in East Sussex. Named after a children's funfair ride on Hastings promenade they were one of numerous obscure acts writing and recording music in the "isolated pockets" of the UK in 1986. Pre-internet most of these bands were only heard by a handful of friends in village halls and local pubs and the only possibility of reaching outside any local scene was to get a mention, or a place on a cover mounted flexi-disc, in one of the photocopied fanzines hawked at gigs or ignored in the racks of the local record shop. Influenced by bands like Suicide, Orange Juice, Swell Maps, T.Rex and It's A Beautiful Day, From Mud To The Moon was recorded above a hairdressers on Norman Road (the sound of angry curling tongs on the ceiling can be heard partway through the incongruously heavy "Rock'n'Roll") on a Fostex four-track cassette deck with effects supplied by a home hi-fi. Originally planned as a vinyl album the Playground label ran out of money after the test pressings and it was released on cassette only. After being named one of BBC Radio Sussex's records of the year, leading to a live session broadcast from the public toilets on Hastings sea front and a single Radio One play by Janice Long the band called it a day.
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The Disco Scooters - From Mud to the Moon (originally released on Playground Records in 1986) Available Now as a limited edition cassette and mp3.