Luxury Products chase the flaming shot of their hotly-tipped 39 Clocks relesase with a long overdue re-release of this cracked pop classic from New Zealand's Axemen. Originally released in 1989 on the estimable Flying Nun label, Derry Lefend was yet another confounding move from a band that never ceased to confound. A decisive step away from the heady, semi impenetrable collage of records like Three Virgins, Derry Legend sees the group come as close as the ever would to the poppier sound of their more revered label mates. It's no suprise this was one of Kurt Cobains top NZ platters, and a staple of his mix-tapes.
"An album simmering with background chaos worthy of prime-era Buttholes or Royal Trux. The real surprise here is how Derry Legend clears room for pop chops, making it possivle to see the Axemen's relation to bands like the Clean and the Fordons. A wonderful testament to the power and limits of form-bloat. Ahoy!" - Byron Coley
"Music is like childhood memories of the first time you ever heard rock'n'roll; the first time you ever heard slushy-pop; the first time you heard rap (!). Listen to "He's Leaving Home" and wonder what George Benson LP the band sat around and assimilated; hear "The Wharf With No Name" and wonder why the Beatles never thought of it first; hop on one leg to "That's Finland, Dear" and understand why Acid House was just a nine-day wonder while Chuck Berry's rhythms still cascade like thunder". - Bevandra's Ears
Axemen - Derry Legend
-100% analog remaster from the original tapes.
- Licensed and produced in full co-operation with the band.
- LP includes digital download of entire album.
- Two newsprint poster inserts, including the legendary 'coffee wine' recipe.
- Available on CD and Digitally for the first time anywhere!