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Asphixiation - "What Is This Thing Called 'Disco'?" FLAC album

Performer: Asphixiation
Genre: Electronic
Title: "What Is This Thing Called 'Disco'?"
Country: Australia
Released: 1981
Style: New Wave, Experimental, Minimal, Disco
FLAC version ZIP size: 1246 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1637 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1969 mb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 759

Audience + band interviews, 1982 (Bonus track) What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’? is a landmark Australian post-punk artefact, originally released in 1981 as an LP with accompanying 12 single. had already released a series of seven inch singles, and had begun to incorporate elements of disco into their minimalist rock-hewn sound, when curators at Melbourne University’s George Paton Gallery approached Brophy to present something in their space. Brophy decided to put disco into an art gallery.

Audience + band interviews, 1982 (Bonus track) What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’? is a landmark Australian post-punk artefact, originally released in 1981 as an LP with accompanying 12 single. One of the first records from the Australian underground to incor-porate disco elements into the reigning post-punk aesthetic, What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’? sits alongside records by international counterparts Flying Lizards and Yellow Magic Orchestra in its combination of art school formalism and dancefloor hedonism.

At the vanguard of Australia’s post-punk underground, cult outfit Asphixiation will have their sole LP, What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’?, reissued on vinyl via Chapter Music for the first time since its 1981 debut. Originally released with an accompanying 12″, originals of which now go for big money, What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’? was among the first records in Australia to marry art school formalism of post-punk and disco’s dancefloor hedonism, as The Flying Lizards or Yellow Magic Orchestra had done in other parts of the world. Self-released by Brophy, the album featured a male friend posing nude on the front cover in a deliberate and playful subversion of the dominant disco aesthetic, where half-naked women were the norm.

What Is This Thing Called Disco? Chapter Music CH 137LP.

For the Tsk Tsk Tsk album, see Asphixiation: What is This Thing Called Disco?. This is what occurred at the Ibrox disaster in 1971, where 66 Rangers fans died; the 1979 The Who concert disaster where 11 died; the Luzhniki disaster in 1982, when 66 FC Spartak Moscow fans died; and at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death in an overcrowded terrace, 95 of the 96 victims died from compressive asphyxia

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Asphixiation is the project of Philip Brophy, the mastermind behind the Australian experimental outfit → ↑ → (aka Tsk Tsk Tsk). In 1980, Brophy was asked to stage an art exhibition in Melbourne, so he did what anyone would do - record an entire album and create a fake disco band to mime along onstage. What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco’? and its accompanying 12″ are out 6/2 on Chapter Music.

Montero is Australian musician and artist Ben Montero. New album Performer was recorded at Mark Ronson’s Tileyard studios in London. Chapter is excited to announce the first ever reissue of What Is This Thing Called Disco?, a landmark Australian post punk artefact originally released in 1981 as an LP with accompanying 12 single.

2MR. Captured Tracks.


Long Player Album
A1 The Beat Aesthetic
A2 Feelings
A3 Asphixiation
A4 Blurred Movement
A5 Hunger-Food-Nausea
B1 Innocent Rhythms
B2 Aural Risk
B3 Traditional Europe
B4 Self Denial (Is A Beautiful Thing)
B5 African Disco Queen
Twelve Inch Single (for A.M. Radio)
A L'Acrostique D'Amour
Twelve Inch Single (for Discotheques)
B The Crush

Companies, etc.

  • Mastered At – EMI Studios 301


  • Producer – → ↑ →


Limited edition of 1000. "Ten arse-kicking tracks that encompass the wide dissemination of the most recent and prolific enigma yet to seduce the mass-market and tickle the art-cult: DISCO." according to official Australian Innocent label 1981 catalogue. Lyrics printed on the back cover.

The 12"EP is a repressing and comes free with the album. It has originally been released in a limited edition of 300 on 1981-02-02. "Side A: Disco Music for AM Airplay. Side B: Disco Music strictly for the dance-floor." according to label catalogue.

Liner notes:

Asphixiation involves Jane, Leigh, Maria, Ralph, Philip, David and Chris.
Male: Jeff
Photograph by Chris and Nanette.
Thanks to Judy, Alecs, Keith and Bruce.

Mastered at E.M.I. Sydney
Published byInnocent Music

Fake credits:
Recorded in June '80 at Gabinetto (Milan).
Mixed at Abwasserkanal Studios (Frankfurt).

The music on this album is from the ASPHIXIATION performances at the George Paton Gallery, July 1980.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Album A-side): ONO 001 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Album B-side): ONO 001 B
  • Matrix / Runout (EP A-side): MA-12292(PRE-1)-A FH 5/11
  • Matrix / Runout (EP B-side): MA-12292(PRE-1)-B FH 5/11

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
CH137 Asphixiation "What Is This Thing Called 'Disco'?" ‎(LP, Album, RE + 12", Single, RE) Chapter Music CH137 Australia 2017