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Those Shocking Days – Indonesian Psychedelic Funk Rock Rediscovered

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Those Shocking Days – Indonesian Psychedelic Funk Rock Rediscovered

The braless days of Purple Haze and the Sugar Hill Gang may be long gone, but the music lives forever. Let us introduce to you, (or reintroduce you) the baby making music of the 1970s, that was censored by the Indonesian government during the Suharto era. A first-hand look into the progressive underground Indonesian music scene from the past, if you didn’t know, now you know. Play that funky music!

The progressive music scenes in 1970s Indonesia were largely underground as a result of strict censorship imposed by the dictator Suharto. Those who performed music marked by the relentless fuzz, over the top, politically charged lyrics, strong rhythms and a cranky low-fidelity were truly rebellious. And the resulting output has been largely – outside of the confines of this island nation – unheard or ignored.

Indonesia, based in large part on the restrictions imposed by Suharto, is better known for the coffee it exports than the music it creates. This situation hasn’t been remedied by the rough-hewn Indonesian boot- legs that dotted the psychedelic landscape over the past five years.

Thanks now to the tireless – and expensive – research of Canadian hip hop producer and Southeast Asian music specialist Jason “Moss” Connoy – and the trust that Indonesian rock legend Benny Soebardja placed in Now-Again Records as he traversed his homeland’s islands securing the rights necessary for us to offer you this anthology – we feel like we can, in good spirits and conscience, shine the light on some of the most impressive organizations to offer their take on the psychedelic and progressive rock and funk sounds during the early shocking, shaking days of Suharto’s regime.

Light In the Attic Records

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