''Baiting The Public''


IF ONE COULD TEACH THEM TO THINK IN A NEW WAY THEY WOULD ALSO LIVE DIFFERENTLY 
(Message on reverse of sleeve)

Sleeve - Front 

DYD Interpretation Pt 1 (To be continued)

Like 2011’s David Comes to Life, Dose Your Dreams, the fifth record from incomparable Canadian hardcore omnivores Fucked Up, is a heavily conceptual album. It is staggering in both scope and stretch. 
But where David Comes to Life was the portrait of the artists as a young band, Dose Your Dreams is Fucked Up’s Ulysses. Like James Joyce’s masterwork, it’s a dense and sprawling text marked by intricate nuance and complexity. Its stream-of-consciousness narrative is so stuffed with characters and tangential ideas that it should really come with footnotes.
(Indyweek review)

Towers: The jumping off point of more than one story.                               



FOOTNOTES # 1. 


Prologue: High Rise / Tower on Time
—Tell me, Mulligan, Stephen said quietly.
—Yes, my love?
—How long is Haines going to stay in this tower?




The doors swing open (our hero enters, the happy office worker, his time fully filled by a fulfilling job.  David is not named, but his familiar presence is felt in his straightforward delivery, apparent misplaced enthusiasm and the sense his happiness is fleeting. Mircea Eliade (David's mum) suggests this might be because repetition emptied of its religious content necessarily leads to a pessimistic vision of existence.and the smell is back, (recalling the way David perceives things in The Other Shoe: "Love the smell but I hate the taste")


One deep breath in 



High Rise

Introduction


Background:

These pages are intended as an archive of Fucked Up vinyl releases and associated artwork. Essentially they are an illustrated version of a spreadsheet-based discography, originally compiled to keep track of a collection. 

The general information (and some of the photographs) come from various internet sources including: Looking For Gold, Discogs, Dead Format, ebay, popsike, collectors frenzy, How's your edge, plus various blogs and record-label websites.  

Thank you to the following good people, for providing specialist information, photographs of rare records and other stuff (in no particular order): Philip Heidenreich, Mark Masters, Mike Yearsley (Blitz Records), Francisco Aranda (La vida es en mus Records) , Rick Smith, Chris Alves, Tim Alves, Sarah Millibrand, Eric Smith, Matt Clark, Tall Rob, Tom Ellis (Static Shock Records), Özgür, Dave Brown (Sewercide Records), Felix (Havoc Records), Gordon Dufresne (Deranged Records), Craig Caron (Schizophrenic Records), Patrick Amory (Matador Records), Matt Bickle (Slasher Records), Kevin Pedersen (WYR? Records), Wilson Fuller & James Cartwright (Merge Records) Scotty Karate (Tank Crimes), Rich Rossi (Deathwish Records), Dan Williams (Wild Animals), Nick Gergesha, Cesar Serrano, Luke Mumford, Thomas Desjardines, Guille M and  Del Taylor. And Google Image Search.

If you can provide photographs or ANY relevant information that's not on here, please message me. The intention is to keep adding things as they become available.


Archive:

Where possible, each page has photos of sleeve, disc and insert variations, along with pressing information and notes relating to the themes and concepts of the vinyl release.

Index Cards - Epics In Order

Variants: 

Interview conducted by David Eliade in January 2006 for Heartattack Fanzine:
You guys get a lot of flak about putting out records that are hard to get. Why do you think that is? 
Pink Eyes: Everyone is down on rare records until they get one. I'm the same way. If a band puts out a limited record I'm like fuck them... until I track down a copy. I think we have that reputation but it is for the most part undeserved. We have only ever put out one legit limited record and one kind of limited record the other ones have been mistakes by pressing plants or label fuck ups.
Marbles: It’s because a lot of record collectors are full of shit. We did those Euro-only presses of some of the Deranged tunes for tour and lots of people got pissed off because they had a hard time acquiring them. So there are all these people who advocate the practice of ridiculous record nerdery by trying to get all these records that no one else can get, but then blame a band when they can't get the records they make. Its hard to understand - we made those records because the older singles didn't really get to Europe and it would have been too much work repressing every single, and all of a sudden you hear people shit talking the band because they can't get the record. They weren't made for North Americans. If you can't own every single Fucked Up record, don't get mad at us, maybe re-evaluate your priorities in life.
Ridiculous Record Nerdery: an incomplete collection of ''Dangerous Fumes'' variants.
So why did you publish such an extensive discography on the blog, if not as an invitation to try and get everything? 
Marbles: It was more as a discouragement, to let people know how impossible/ridiculous it is to try and get it all.

Since that interview, many more Fucked Up records have been released, along with a few more variations. Some have been intentionally organised by the band, but the majority are associated with the various (pre-Matador) independent labels and are the result of error, available materials, or intentionally adding something to make an otherwise standard item become exclusive.


Themes and concepts:

There are a lot of these, some are quite complex; whilst most could be related in some way to the wonders of life and the delusions of authority, they can be interpreted in a number of ways... It would be nice to provide a more definitive summary; unfortunately this site is being compiled by someone with no connection to the band, armed with little more than Wikipedia, the Looking For Gold Blog and various interviews by others: all of these have proven at times to be unreliable sources of information.

Most of the notes are therefore cut and pasted from elsewhere, like a scrap book. Putting it in chronological order should reveal some of the narrative threads that link things together. Whatever, it's easier than paraphrasing and:
This is what a punk band does - borrow, steal, etc. We're just a patchwork of a million other things. I don't think we have a defined or central aesthetic or ideology, we just know how to pick parts from other ones really well. (1)
So it must be all right. 

The copied notes are taken from as close to the source as possible - ideally, from writings by and interviews with members of the band. Elsewhere, information taken from other sources is included where considered relevant, to expand upon the themes and concepts; some of the key ones appear very early on in the discography and are developed or re-presented, becoming more and more obfuscated by metaphor as the music itself paradoxically becomes more accessible, culminating in the David Comes to Life LP; presented at the time of it's release as being the ultimate statement of the narrative. Time will tell. 
Probably just a coincidence

Numbers Pressed:

It’s best to take some of these figures as indicative.

First of all, much of the available information is taken from old sources and may not take account of later re-pressings

Secondly it soon becomes clear when contacting some of the labels involved that most can't remember, or don't care, or don't like answering nerdy questions from anally retentive record collecting nob-ends.

Thirdly, a review of the information on the band's blog finds pressing info varying between posts and sometimes within the same post.

Maybe a better way of looking at the pressing numbers of Fucked Up records is that they come in 4 categories:

1. Readily available: 500 or more pressed

2. Available if you’re prepared to wait: 100-500 pressed

3. Available if you’re persistent and ideally a spendthrift: 30-100 pressed

4. Only available, if you’re lucky: Less than 30 pressed



Notes
(1) Interview with Scene Point Blank 2006



Our Father

Was looking through old zines in the name of research, but the Damian file got knocked off a shelf and landed in this random pile: 


It all looked a bit too much like something a  movie psychopath might decorate their grimy basement space with, so we tidied  up, organised the evidence and archived them in four crime scenes. Please hit the links below to take a look:






Cheap Tricks

Remember that time some nerd asked Brian Walsby to make a couple of sleeves for test pressings?



Brian made this 'Damian Jug' one for "Dangerous Fumes",  the nerd liked it a lot but thought it was pretty random... 


... then, years later he noticed this Cheap Tragedies 7", and realised that far from being random, it was based on the same 'Jonestown' image as the Dangerous Fumes 7"  it's actually haliechukien in its appropriateness.

Even more not randomly, Brian cunningly avoided any copyright concerns by being the  artist who did the original image  for Cheap Tragedies





Here's Walsby's artwork for the Nerd's Hidden World TP - the nerd loved it and thought it kind of made sense  - the David Comes To Life 'mask supper' in the top right seemed particularly apt and the other song titles are on there and maybe the comic book layout was an Invisibles ref and the layout of central circular piece with radiating lines could have be something to do with the Sun - but what the hell was the angels bit in the bottom left about??
Fucked Up liked it though used it on a Tshirt and tote bag merch for the anniversary tour for Hidden World.



Years later, the nerd found this



The Poisoned Arrow

Updated Feb 2019

When I was a boy, Fucked Up would release info / teasers for upcoming LPs in one convenient place. Nowadays, you have to scan multiple sites, picking up snippets like a lot of tasty aperitifs. That's great, but it's difficult to keep track of everything. I prefer things in the equivalent of a family bucket, with indigestible fries, (and pictures, obvs) so that's what this is.



This album is about the freedom to live, to dream, and to make new dreams come alive in our real lives, which have been fed over to the forces of greed, social media, reification, consumerism, and social media. I can still remember when there were other dreams to be had. We read fantasies and history and the adventures of those who came before us, the failed romantic revolutions, and the struggles to make something different. I made this record to remind people that all those dreams are still up in the air, and that it’s up to any of us to grab one and make it real. You still get to have your own dreams and you still get to live your own life, in this era where social media and phones vie for our attention and take away all our time and put our emotions and relationships under lock and key and into shining little boxes, where we are more connected than ever, but more alone. Where we live in a world led by those so afraid that their only dream was to make money, and to make sure everyone had the same dream, those who would scold us, and make laws against us, and send us to work and to school, to shoot us and kill us and to lock us up and distract us, and kill us, forever. We remember other dreams, and we remember when living in other ways wasn’t just a dream. FUFB Jul 23




The drama unfolds like a miniature world of many parts being explored, a map being illuminated, location by location.
As with David Comes to Life , there is a story here. David—who once came to life—is now indentured to a desk job. David meets the elderly Joyce who closes his eyes, opens his mind, and sends him on a spiritual journey. David embarks on his own metaphysical odyssey. He sees a stage adaptation of his own life. He speaks to an angel in a lightbulb. He sees an infinite series of universes as simulations within simulations. Meanwhile, Lloyd—Joyce’s lover—was sent, decades ago, by Joyce on the same odyssey, but was lost in the void. Lloyd seeks to be found and reunited with his lover. Where will David end up? Will Joyce and Lloyd be reunited?
Dose Your Dreams—meaning: treat your dreams as you would a dream, allow yourself to be lost within them, allow them to open your heart and your mind, enjoy them as you would a drug. Reach out for my hand and pull me close. Owen Pallet Aug 15

Dose Your Dreams covers -- take a deep breath -- time traveling, anarchy, simulation universe theory, love, existential doubt, self-sabotage, suicidal urges and inescapable corporate culture.
“That's the Dose Your Dreams thing. Everybody has a dream of how the world should work, and certain people and certain companies make their dreams come true,” Haliechuk opines. “Unfortunately, the people that try the hardest to make things happen, it seems their only dreams are about making money and selling things to you.” Billboard Aug 15


“Raise Your Voice Joyce”the first single from their fifth studio album, the sprawling odyssey Dose Your Dreams. The A-side, an exclusive single mix of the album track, concerns Fucked Up’s perennial hero David as he encounters the revolutionary sorcerer Joyce Tops, set to an incendiary Buzzcocks-inspired stormer that features backup vocals by Jen Calleja of Sauna Youth. The B-side of the 7-inch is a cover of Anna Meredith’s “Taken.” Merge






Time-Travelling Indians


Badarayana thinks the Joy in Joyce is a reference to ananada the substance of Consciousness which emanates the material world - he also thinks the DYD sleeve shows this happening in a way that references comics?






Lloyd in the Void:

Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it