Wet Taxis - Donny + Marie/Polio Baby/Riso Riso/Max And Peter Marmite Jar
A four-song medley, crudely assembled on what sounds like a twin cassette deck. The “punkest” of the tracks on this record, it begins with sped-up Peter Gunn-inspired riffing, ends with a mess of guitar noise, and has something to offend everyone in-between. At this stage the band is the Knuckey brothers with renowned tape fucker Garry Bradbury.
Mindless Delta Children - Go Go Dancer PVC Apron
Plink-plonk synths, distorted vocals, synthetic screeches and radio static. Catchy, yet sombre enough to ruin your holiday. Severed Heads fans may recognise echoes of Hawaii/Torso/97 Cigarettes from Terse's first vinyl offering, the Ear Bitten split LP with Rhythmyx Chymx.
Agent Orange - The Uncle Song
Discordant, lo-fi, floor tom-heavy post-punk, recorded ("in the toilet LIVE") over an old Sex Pistols cassette (a neat little Easter egg in the intro). Post-punk, indeed.
Rhoborhythmaticons - Knife + Fork
Nonsensical tape manipulation augmented with more bleepy synths, distorted vocals, and a lyrical allusion to Severed Heads.
Inserts available here, here, here, and here.
For those inclined to do so, there is an agonising number of Terse label cassettes to track down (including the Mysterious Kitchens and One Stop Shopping comps). But for those with short attention spans, this is arguably the document of early-'80s Sydney DIY. As far as we know (yes, that's quite far), neither the proposed reissue of this EP mentioned above, nor the 1981 sample ever eventuated.
Addendum: 4 May 2011
Steve, a regular contributor to the comments section, has kindly scanned his Terse Sample inserts and made them available to other interested readers. Besides the printed page with band info and other nonsense (the Pope really gets around), the magazine clippings and other ephemera are of course unique to each copy. Thanks, Steve!