January 23, 2010
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"Historically, this is considered to be the first ever Detroit techno record, released in 1981 a few weeks before Cybotron's 'Alleys Of The Mind'. Musically, it is a strange mash-up between Kraftwerk, Italo and robotic New-Wave, with a quite minimal and raw production."
"Legend has it that the originals were limited to 500 copies, and sold to club members at the Charivari parties held in Detroit c.1981 which this track was written about. A Number of Names changed the spelling to "Sharevari" to avoid any possible conflict with the Charivari party promotors. A lot of party promotors in Detroit around this time (including Derrick May and Kevin Sauderson who were struggling with thier Deep Space parties) were just teenagers, but were still raking in the cash. They were living the dream and buying top designer clothes and flash cars. This track epitimises that dream for those teens who otherwise lived in a harsh environment."
"The catalog number of this release is a nod to the Porsche 928. The song "Sharevari" sings the praises of that car, as well as L'Uomo Vogue, GQ, car cassettes, cigarettes, bread, cheese, fine white wine, and just about everything else Northwest Detroit party boys aspired to in 1981." (Discogs)
A Number Of Names - Sharevari 12"
January 10, 2010
"To this day, The VSS is commonly known for two things, 1) its inventive use of horror-film keyboards, angular guitar, unusual rhythmic shifts and vocal effects in creating a dark, jarring sound that merged punk, goth, psychedelia and experimental rock, and 2) its "crazy" light show, an unprecedented notion for the underground basement show set. These two components are said to be highly influential on the aesthetics of myriad bands to follow in the decade since the band's demise. Of course, the synthesizer was nothing new in punk rock. It was a key component in 60s garage rock, as well as late 70s post-punk/new wave. However, by the mid-90s, the synthesizer was such anathema to musicians still reveling in the faux-grit of grunge, that to the members of The VSS, adding keyboards to underground noise-punk seemed the perfect prescription for what had become a staggeringly dull scene."
LIVE @ GILMAN ST: 11/8/96
taken from a great post on The VSS at Pukekos.org