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    Without doubt the best band of the 90s, Disco Inferno were pretty much the only band to have copied the Wire aesthetic rather than merely ape the sound. Their audience was tiny, but they did much to befuddle the handful who chose to follow their career by pumping out releases which seemingly had little to do with those preceding them and were always striving for something new, every time.

    Anyway, they were huge Wire fans, as evidenced by two-thirds of the band submitting Outdoor Miner to the Whore compilation as Transformer once DI had split up.

    I always thought they were utterly wonderful and filled the void while Wire took their extended sabbatical for the decade. Anyone who loves the concept of Wire rather than just the riffs should lap them right up. While much of their output has been out of print for yonks, the excellent One Little Indian have just compiled all of their Rough Trade eps on one, value for money CD - see here:

    I strongly urge you to buy it. It's astonishing. Still sounds like the future to me.
    Seconded. Great band. I picked this up from Piccadilly Records at the weekend, great to have these long out of print singles compiled and fill a few gaps in my DI collection. Interesting and informative sleeve notes and press cuttings with the CD booklet and great value at £8.99. I hope OLI will give the LPs the same treatment.

    I read that Rough Trade kept the faith with D.I. in the spite of their lack of unit shifting ability, believing that they'd be discovered many years later like Can or the Velvets. They were probably right and hopefully these will be ripe for a new generation to discover and perhaps go back and pick up where they left off.... D.I. were really onto something with their fashioning songs from smashing glass, birdsong and so forth. Unfortunately they were trying to push the boundaries of rock into the future in the early-mid 1990s at the same time as the likes of Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene and their ilk were pushing rock back to the mid 1960s.
    Thank you so much for suggesting this album. I've checked out other DI stuff in the past but this compilation really blew my mind today. This to me is exactly what post-rock music should sound like and it reminds me of everything I love about Bark Psychosis & later Talk Talk. The use of sampling to create textures in the way that they do is extremely innovative. I can see this being in my rotation for a long time.
    Steve, depending on what you've come across in the past, you may not even have heard the best of it. As wonderful as the 5eps are (is?), the band's second album DI Go Pop is even better - truly, the most astonishing album of the past 20 years.

    I heard One Little Indian had reissued DI Go Pop and their final album Technicolour for the US market in the past couple of years - lord knows what they'd make of it over there, but personally I think it's one of the premier achievements of human civilisation, right up there with pasteurisation and the hovercraft.