Audio Sheep history

DDS where given the use of recording equipment by NMW and asked to make an 'album' in just two weeks.A vinyl album was released in December 1987.It was a collection of fourteen experimental pieces put out in 'sketch form' assembled from various recordings, and included a track named 'Heads of tulips' , featured in Audio Arts Magazine alongside Andy Warhol and others (more here ).

It became an instant 'controversial' album because of its 'white label' packaging and perceived 'attack' on the music industry of the day.The working title 'audio sheep' was aimed directly at a business that strived to 'control' which music the public was allowed to hear and the media that 'followed' it

  After only 2 months, the album was withdrawn from distribution after a series of legal threats made by the 'major labels', who accused DDS of 'trading off' due to the mistaken belief that Audio sheep was to be packaged in other artists sleeves.
The album was packaged with a set of self-adhesive stickers with instructions for applying to any chosen album sleeve. Perhaps the most publicised of these was the Tina Turner album aptly titled 'break every rule'.
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Nostalgie-de-la-boue comments 'A very great LP, that did not deserve to fall into oblivion...'

Sounds magazine reviewed;- '14 haunting tracks that fall out of every musical pigeon hole.Strong rythmical sounds that leave you in no doubt.....play loud'.

The long defunct Underground magazine reviewed;- 'DDS play as if they're waiting for their moment to come,14 excerpts of Cale-esque monotone drone punctuated with truncated rythm.This is a rock renegade,a casualty of society, and pretty damn good at that' .

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