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First we were Sanity Plexus, two youngsters with a love of the freakier manifestations of pop and not a clue how the music industry worked. From our crumbling to-be-condemned house in inner city Manchester we put out three records, vinyl only and distributed by Probe Plus, Geoff Davies's branch of The Cartel, based in Liverpool. Manchester was still grooving to a baggy beat, invoking a second Summer of Love, celebrating the release offered by Ecstasy. We wanted to be the fly in the ointment. Nostalgic for an earlier era when Manchester bands were practically tripping over their own intelligence - The Smiths, Magazine et al - Sanity Plexus were keen to offer an alternative commentary of the times. Our city was an unfriendly place - dark, intimidating, paranoia-inducing. The songs concerned the little man on the street, trapped in his place with nowhere to turn, who probably couldn't afford to get in the clubs or buy the drugs; all infused with lashings of black humour and some delicious hooks and melodies. One local reviewer and TV minor celebrity now seen on programmes like I Vaguely Remember The Seventies For 100 With The Help Of That Tape Your Researcher Let Me Borrow making irritating observations about the likes of space-hoppers and stylophones, wrote that we resembled a cross between Marc Almond and Jim Foetus playing while Babylon burned in the background. He meant it as an insult - but even our detractors were making us sound like the most interesting group in the city. At the same time, the Melody Maker gave our first release a glowing review, describing it as a thrilling collection and tremendously affecting. The records continued to get a lot of favourable music press reaction, including an NME interview which bolstered our listeners, and a Mark Radcliffe session, live on national BBC radio. Loathing the press hype about the drugged-up 'summer of love' and return-to-the-Sixties escapism, our concerts were manic and aggressive, verging even on the acrobatic - assaults on the audiences we felt needing jolting out of their faux-hippy complacency. We were young and fearless. A particularly confrontational show at the George Robey led to our first glossy magazine feature, thanks to an impressed staff worker in the audience, and this led to a major publishing deal. Meanwhile, our third release was a full-length album that took a year to make: "Fidelity." The distributors didn't want to take it on, as we weren't 'big' enough. Probe insisted that they did. So the distributors simply refused to offer it to shops and barely anyone got to hear it - basically, the boxes filled with "Fidelity" largely remained unopened. But the independent press reviewers who heard it gave it glowing reviews, saying it was one of their favourite albums of the year. Still it remains the rarest Sanity Plexus release. A year's work unheard. We were learning how the music business worked. We weren't cheering up much. But we were getting poppier. And noticed. It was time for a change. Time to become Sexus.

Meanwhile, we sit in Psychodelicates Towers, contemplating rereleasing the Sanity Plexus material anew, putting it out on cd for the first time. And there are so many good unreleased tracks, plus live tracks, etc. ...

       
           
 

Mini-LP: DEVIL'S DECEPTION

Side 1: Top/Masculine Mask/Squalor

Side 2: A Boy Can Get Scared/Stains/Service With A Smile*

* Also appeared on a 4-track flexidisc given free with Ablaze fanzine.

     
           
 

12" EP: TOUGH GUY SHELL

Side A: Tough Guy Shell/ Career Boys

Side B: Ambassador of Angst/ The Pleasure Utensils:Tough Guy Shell + areer Bnsils

     
           
 

LP: "FIDELITY"

Side 1: It's Not What You Think/ Fatty Takes A Flyer/ You Never Can Tell/ Malevolent Angel/ Big Chill

Side 2: Why I Don't Dance/ Ozone-Friendly Boyfriend/ Slice Of Life/ Pop/ Scandal In A Small Town