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Dredd Foole & The Din: Songs In Heat (1982) (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Documented previously on just one 7" record, the joining of Mission of Burma and post-punk vocalist Dredd Foole, aka Dredd Foole & The Din, is a focal point for Boston's early 80's DIY rock movement, here reissued, remastered and remixed from the original master tapes, along with the rest of that studio session, giving listeners the first full look at their searing and seminal work together.

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Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsDCD086
Squidco Product Code: 32199

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Tracks 1-5 recorded at Complete Radiobeat Studio Session, on Feburary 2nd, 1982.

Tracks 6-8 recorded at Select Live at the Channel, on August 9th, 1982.


Dredd Foole-guitar, vocals

Roger Miller-organ, guitar

Clint Conley-guitar

Martin Swope-prepared bass

Peter Prescott-drums

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"Dan Ireton (born February, 1950, in Camden, New Jersey), known professionally as Dredd Foole, is a vocal improviser and songwriter based in New England whose various collaborative backing bands have been known as The Din.

In February, 1982, on Ireton's 32nd birthday, he entered a studio with Mission of Burma, resulting in Dredd Foole and the Din's debut, the two-song single Songs in Heat. The collaboration would continue in August 1982, with Dredd Foole and the Din's live debut, again featuring Mission of Burma as the backing band. Despite the dissolution of the initial Mission of Burma lineup in March 1983 due to Roger Miller's tinnitus, live performances with Mission of Burma as the Din would continue throughout the remainder of that year, culminating with a January 1984 show without Miller. [...]"

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"Roger (Clark) Miller is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for co-founding Mission of Burma and performing in Alloy Orchestra.

His main instruments are guitar and piano. Guitar Player magazine describes Miller's guitar playing as balancing rock energy with cerebral experimentation.

Miller was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Detroit-area bands like the Stooges and the MC5, Miller formed several garage bands in his teens. With brothers Benjamin (Ben) Miller and Laurence B. (Larry) Miller, he formed Sproton Layer; Miller played bass guitar and was the primary singer and songwriter. Their recordings were collected and released in 1992 and again in 2011 as With Magnetic Fields Disrupted. The Miller brothers have an occasional ongoing collaboration called M3.

Attending CalArts in 1976, majoring in composition, Miller also studied piano and French Horn, and studied music by 20th century experimental composers like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He would eventually drop out of college in favor of punk rock.Mission of Burma years

Relocating to Boston, Massachusetts, Miller was a member of the short-lived Moving Parts before co-founding Mission of Burma in 1979. The group was popular in and around Boston but was unable to expand their audience. Miller played guitar and sang, and slightly edged out bassist/singer Clint Conley as the more productive songwriter. It was also Miller's idea to invite Martin Swope to join the group and add tape loop effects, giving the group an unusual, experimental sound.

Mission of Burma disbanded in 1983 due in large part to Miller's worsening tinnitus, attributed in large part to their notoriously loud live performances. In subsequent years, Mission of Burma's small body of recordings grew to be regarded as important and influential.

During the Burma years, Miller worked as a freelance piano tuner. He has composed numerous film soundtracks, including the documentary TV series Big Ideas for a Small Planet. In 2008 he began composing in a more formal fashion and has had numerous compositions performed at the New England Conservatory, many featuring Prepared piano. Miller's current rock trio, Trinary System, released a 5-song EP in 2016.Non-musical activities

Miller creates frottage drawings, using a technique developed by the surrealist Max Ernst, and is a writer. He has blogged for Slate and HuffPost, and written a review about Mike Goldsmith's book Discord for The Wall Street Journal. His short story "Insect Futures" was published in Penny Ante III. His drawings have appeared in numerous shows since 2003.

Miller also has conducted "A Night of Surrealist Games" at Arts at the Armory (Somerville, MA), Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT.), 3S Artspace (Portsmouth, N.H.), Portsmouth Book & Bar (Portsmouth, N.H), Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (Brattleboro, VT), and 118 Elliot Gallery (Brattleboro, VT). He has shown his Surrealist drawings in solo and group exhibitions.Soundtrack work

Miller has also successfully created soundtrack scores for animation, documentary, and commercials since 1992. Four of the films he has scored have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, which has included "500 Years" (2016) and "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator" (2011).Other musical projects

After Burma broke up, Miller turned his attention to playing piano with the more experimental, instrumental group Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, which he left in 1987.

Afterward, Miller had several collaborations, solo efforts, and film scores; many of these post-Burma albums were released by SST Records [...]"

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track listing:

1. So Tough

2. Behind You

3. Greatest Band in Hell

4. Sanctuary

5. Sister Ray

6. When I Was Young

7. So Tough

8. Final Solution
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descriptions, reviews, &c.
"While Dredd Foole would stamp his legend as a foundational figure in the New Weird America free folk underground of the 1990s and 2000s, that is just the second half of the story.Forty years ago, in February 1982, Dredd entered the studio with Mission of Burma, stepping off a remarkable decade of post-punk activity that drew comparisons to The Stooges, Tim Buckley, and various outsider musicians. They would never tour and lacked ambition, so their powers were largely witnessed by a cloistered Boston scene. After an exhaustive approach in which hundreds of live, studio, home, and private performances have been located and reviewed over several years, Corbett Vs. Dempsey presents the first release in an ongoing series that will reconstruct the legacy known and the legacy damned of the most overlooked and under-documented American free rock unit, Dredd Foole and the Din.During an era of peak corporate control on popular music, when guitars were in the closet, improvisation was in retreat, and the flames of fire music were dimming, Dredd Foole and the Din emerged as part of a new underground kicking against the pricks, holding the line with the firmly clenched spirit of The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, and the newfound freedoms of the DIY post-punk landscape. Dredd's approach was radical even by the underground standards of the day: only the chords and some lyrics were predetermined, yet the songs were recorded in one take, without rehearsal. He sought to engineer maniacal and spiritually-frenzied bursts of raw aliveness. That this was achieved with such rock action is testament to the power of those involved.Until now, the only documentation of Dredd Foole and Mission of Burma's nearly two years of lowkey collaborative activity -- the celebrated band's sole collaboration during their initial incarnation -- was a two-song 7" single. Radically remixed / fully mixed from the original master tapes, remastered, and with the full cooperation of Dredd Foole and Mission of Burma, this first archival effort surfaces the entirety of that blistering studio session, growing it to near-album length and presenting a full picture of the Din's sound. The studio effort is balanced by a lofi selection of the project's astounding live debut from later that year, captured on cassette."-Corbett vs. Dempsey
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