A collection of some of the earliest material recorded by the Legendary Pink Dots. In 1980, the formation of The Legendary Pink Dots with Phil Knight & Edward Ka-Spel (together they have been the only immutable core of the band throughout its many line-up shifts) burst onto the British underground scene with a handful of private cassette releases appearing in their first couple years. Even early on it was clear that LPD’s electro-psychedelia, though in step with the zeitgeist of the era, was never fully in phase with any given trend or genre. EKS’ spare, somewhat mournful vocal delivery, paired with surreal, poignant lyrics, rich with imagery, driven home by a band that frequently sounded like acid on mushrooms, made LPD a truly acquired taste. That LPD still exist some 60+ official releases on (closer to 200 if you count collections and live recordings), is a testament both to the band’s creative tenacity and to the increasing legions which have, in fact, acquired that rarified taste for LPD in the sky with diamonds. The group’s minimalist aesthetic and use of electronics dovetailed nicely with the cold wave/post punk movements cropping up at the time, but also suggested something much deeper, much weirder and, in reality, not all that cold.