Check out the video for Aural Risk, which was shown once on Australian TV in the early 80s and hasn’t been seen since!
“What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’?” is a landmark Australian post-punk artefact, originally released in 1981 as an LP with accompanying 12” single. One of the first records from the Australian underground to incorporate disco elements into the reigning post-punk aesthetic, “What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’?” sits alongside records by international counterparts Flying Lizards and Yellow Magic Orchestra in its combination of art school formalism and dance-floor hedonism.
Asphixiation was a one-off side project helmed by Melbourne provocateur Philip Brophy, best known for his work with →↑→ (pronounced with three clicks of the tongue), whose decade-long investigation into the aesthetics of punk, electronic and dance music began in the late 1970s.
Originally written as the soundtrack to a Melbourne art exhibition in 1980, and recorded with production help from David Chesworth (Essendon Airport), Brophy also created a ‘fake’ disco band who mimed on stage along to a reel-to-reel tape.
In February 1981, iconic Melbourne label Missing Link released a 12” of two songs from these recordings, and later that year the band released the album themselves, repressing the 12” and including it in the package.