Remastered by the Pi Minister himself – Mel Croucher – this is an exclusive, extremely limited edition set of unique albums, spread across five CDs, five cassettes or seven vinyl records, with the CDs and cassettes packaged in exclusive collector’s boxes.
It’s a never-to-be-repeated release of Mel’s musical work covering the last forty years, brought to you by The Games Collector. The emphasis is on merciless fun, tongue-in-cheek adult humour and bizarre rock’n’roll, with tracks like Pi-Eyed, Crummy Song and Cider Fecks whizzing you straight back to the rainbow-coloured decade that brought us leggings, Rubik Cubes and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum home micro-computer.
This remastered collection includes the audio delights that accompanied Mel’s never-to-be-forgotten opus from 1984, a computer game so far head of its time that Mel collaborated with Time Lord Doctor Who to take part … The game was Deus Ex Machina, the Doctor was Jon Pertwee, and the cast included Ian Drury (of Sex And Drugs And Rock’n’Roll fame), Frankie Howerd (of Carry On and Up Pompeii! fame), jazz singer Donna Bailey and peace campaigner E.P. Thompson. Not forgetting a bunch of school kids who thought they were having an art class but ended up as The Choir Of The Test Tube Babies.
And there’s more. Mel recently did the unexpected, and after 30 years he came up with a sequel. The soundtrack to Deus Ex Machina 2 poignantly features Christopher Lee, one the most recognisable voices ever (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Dracula, The Wicker Man) in one of his final roles, along with a vast array of musical and acting talent including Joaquim de Almeida (Batman, 24, The West Wing), Chyna Whyne (Sexy Baal-Ed), Mary Carewe (James Bond, Carnegie Hall), Chris Madin (Code Black, Strictly Come Dancing) and Sulene Fleming (The Brand New Heavies, Quincy Jones).
To keep the wonderfully fuzzy, nostalgic, epileptic fit-inducing haze that was the eighties alive, these get-them-while-you-can limited editions have been lovingly crafted with a warped* sense of humour, perspective and aftershave. To maximise the reminiscing effect, the Vinyl 12” LPs are real Vinyl 12” LPs. The plastic cassettes are real plastic cassettes (some in Piman pink, so be warned) and the CDs are not real Vinyl but sure look like they might be (being CD-sized is a wee clue).