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Fast Product - The First Year Plan sleeve

1980

FAST PRODUCT - THE FIRST YEAR PLAN

LP, EMI EMC 3312

THE MEKONS Never Been In A Riot
  2.3 All Time Low
THE MEKONS Heart And Soul
  2.3 Where To Now
THE MEKONS 32 Weeks
  GANG OF FOUR Love Like Anthrax
SCARS Adult/ery
  GANG OF FOUR Armalite Rifle
SCARS Horror Show
  GANG OF FOUR Damaged Goods
THE HUMAN LEAGUE Being Boiled
  THE MEKONS I'll Have To Dance Then [On My Own]
THE HUMAN LEAGUE Circus Of Death
  THE MEKONS Where Were You
This album compiled early single releases on the Fast Product label, including both sides of the League's debut single.
In the USA, the album was released by JEM the previous year as Mutant Pop 78/79 in a different sleeve (pictured right) and included additional music by Flowers.
EMI's Australian release, also in 1979, was titled Fast Product / Various and omitted the final few seconds of the League's Circus Of Death (which also happened when the track was featured on the CD reissue of the Reproduction album).
Mutant Pop 78/79 sleeve
The UK album was reissued on CD by EMI in 1993 under a new title, Rigour, Discipline And Disgust (CDEMC 3654), with seven bonus tracks:
Rigour, Discipline And Disgust sleeve
THE FIRE ENGINES Discord
THE FIRE ENGINES Meat Whiplash
THE FIRE ENGINES Candy Skin
THE HUMAN LEAGUE The Dignity Of Labour [Part 1]
THE HUMAN LEAGUE The Dignity Of Labour [Part 2]
THE HUMAN LEAGUE The Dignity Of Labour [Part 3]
THE HUMAN LEAGUE The Dignity Of Labour [Part 4]
Being Boiled and Circus Of Death written by Ware/Marsh/Oakey, The Dignity Of Labour [Parts 1-4] written by Marsh/Ware
All Human League tracks produced by The Human League
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Machines advertisement

November 1980

MACHINES

LP, Virgin V2177

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK Messages
  JOHN FOXX Underpass
THE SILICON TEENS Memphis Tennessee
  HENRY BADOWSKI Making Love With My Wife
TUBEWAY ARMY Down In The Park
  PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED Pied Piper
THE HUMAN LEAGUE Being Boiled
  FAD GADGET Ricky's Hand
THOMAS LEER Private Plane
  KAREL FIALKA The Eyes Have It
DALEK I Dalek I Love You
  GARY NUMAN Aircrash Bureau
    XTC The Somnambulist
Virgin released this compilation to promote some of their lesser-known artists by placing them alongside a handful of vaguely similar 'chart acts', such as OMD (represented by their first big UK hit from May 1980) and two tracks licensed from Beggars Banquet which featured Gary Numan. The album was also released in New Zealand with a different tracklisting (the tracks by Thomas Leer, Dalek I and Karel Fialka were replaced by Crash Course In Science's Kitchen Motors and Irmin Schmidt & Bruno Spoerri's Rapido De Noir).
Reviewing the album alongside the Cash Cows compilation (see below) for Sounds, Betty Page described the "overwhelmingly rich-textured second version of Being Boiled" as "just as good as the League's original. Technically swisher, it's real cabaret, padded out with synthinastics at every juncture with a rousing ornate climax". The term "synthinastics" is not explained.
Being Boiled written by Ware/Marsh/Oakey
Being Boiled produced by The Human League and John Leckie
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Cash Cows sleeve

November 1980

CASH COWS

LP, Virgin Milk 1

XTC Respectable Street
  THE PROFESSIONALS Kick Down The Doors
THE HUMAN LEAGUE The Black Hit Of Space
  THE FLYING LIZARDS Hands 2 Take
MIKE OLDFIELD Sheba
  FINGERPRINTZ Yes Eyes
JAPAN Ain't That Peculiar
  CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND Dirty Blue Gene
THE RUTS West One [Shine On Me]
  GILLAN Are You Sure
SKIDS Arena
  KEVIN COYNE Taking On The World
    PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED Attack
For completists only! Virgin threw together album tracks by such disparate artists as hard-rockin' Gillan, the then-avant-garde Public Image Limited and the suave, sophisicated Japan, and expected people to buy the resulting compilation, simply because it was cheap (a maximum price of £1.15 was stipulated on the sleeve's sticker). Strangely enough, this seemed to work; the album reached Number 49 in the UK charts, faring better than the superior Machines compilation which was released around the same time, priced £3.99.
The album features The Black Hit Of Space, though as it is exactly the same version as was used on Travelogue, there is no good reason to seek out this shoddy compilation. As Betty Page remarked in her Sounds review, "it's only Aunty Bransonburgers getting desperate, so save the ackers for a rainy day"...
The Black Hit Of Space written by The Human League
The Black Hit Of Space produced by The Human League and Richard Manwaring
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