Captured Tracks’ noble quest to rescue forgotten indie gems from the mangled cassette wreckage of the 1980s continues: next month they release a collection of music by Bona Dish, entitled The Zaragoza Tapes: 1981-1982.
United by their love of the Velvets and the Supremes, the Hertfordshire four-piece got some radio attention from John Peel (they couldn’t have been more of a Peel band if they tried, and they probably did try), but they only released two cassettes in their short lifetime. Captured Tracks have compiled their entire recorded output on The Zaragoza Tapes.
Bona Dish’s avowedly DIY aesthetic was coupled with a genuine pop flair, and songs like ’8am’ stand comparison with the very best independent music of the era. In the words of Captured Tracks, the comp “[showcases] the zest and spontaneity that gripped the UK DIY scene of the time, standing up to their contemporaries like Television Personalities, The Homosexuals and Marine Girls.”
The Zaragoza Tapes: 1981-82 is due to be released on vinyl LP and CD formats on March 19, 2013.