V i c t r o l a ‘8 3 E P
The Victrola ’83 EP is one of a kind 12″ vinyl that has brought the band to the notoriety. Maritime Tatami and A game of despair are two songs written and performed by Antonino Eze Cuscinà and Carlo Smeriglio, recorded at the Analogy Studio (Messina, Italy) in 1982 and produced by Mario Rivera (Rockerilla fanzine) for the Electric Eye Records. To record the two pieces, Eze and Carlo used Fender Strato guitars, Roland Juno-6, Roland Drumatix Tr-606 (customized) and Roland TB-303 Bass Line, and the Roland Chorus Echo RE-501.
Maritime Tatami story tells of a boy who lives on a boat in Singapore, fishing with his father for a living while his mother works as a prostitute on the mainland; Tatami heart is divided between his venerated father and the fascination for his mother lifestyle among the alluring city lights.
A game of despair tells a story about a young girl who is desperately in love with a saylor; she feels deeply connected with him and believes that her affection for the guy is mutual, but one day the same ship that brought the boy in the city sails away with him aboard, breaking her heart in two.