Chapter reissues 1981 post-punk-disco gem by Asphixiation – with video!

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.

“What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’?” is available for pre-order from this Friday on LP+12″ and digital, via the Chapter webstore, digital stores and Bandcamp.