The Kalahari Surfers began with a 1981 home recorded cassette titled "Gross National Products". They then built a reputation as being one of the most politically radical musical forces in South Africa. Their second release was a double single package "Burning Tractors Keep Us Warm" released by Pure Freude Records. German group Can were involved with this label and, along with other,so called, krautrock bands, were an important influence on the Surfers sound at this time. Shifty Records tried to release their 1982 release album "Own-Affairs"  but could not find a vinyl pressing plant who would do it. The reasons given by EMI were that it was "too political".