Unrest, Imperial f.f.r.r. (Deluxe Edition)
Part fantastically urgent, sexed-up rockers, part hypnotic sound experiments, and a couple of ringers
Unrest were Teenbeat majordomo Mark Robinson's first and most famous band. They went through multiple incarnations in their first seven years of existence, but the "classic" lineup (which reunited in 2005 and 2010) was Robinson, bassist/singer Bridget Cross and drummer Phil Krauth. 1992's Imperial f.f.r.r. — named after the high-fidelity slogan on old London Records releases — was their high-water mark: part fantastically urgent, sexed-up strum-and-drum rockers like "Cherry Cream On," part hypnotic sound experiments, and a couple of ringers, like the heartbreaking Cross-sung "June." This reissue appends a handful of demos, sketches and single sides, including the two-minute "Hydrofoil One," which sometimes went on for half an hour in concert.