Gary Numan – Sister Surprise (12″)


Seems the Gary Numan post went down well, so here’s some more. Off the “Warriors” album and before parting ways with Beggars Banquet. This saw him collaborate with Bill Nelson. Lots of printing mistakes on the sleeve and labels, it’s not “Extended” but more of an edit from the album version. A metal funk hybrid with a ton of sax and Joe Hubbard’s bass.  The B-side track ,”Letters”, is actually ‘Face To Face’ which previously appeared as a B-side on the 12″ of ‘Love Needs No Disguise’ name checking “I.. Assassin” The highlight for me is the track “Poetry & Power” almost a duet with Bill Nelson, lots of his influences cross over into this track.

Beggars Banquet ‎– BEG 101Tsisterfrontcov

A Sister Surprise (Extended Version)
B1 Poetry & Power
B2 Letters

Duran Duran – Mixing (Italian 12″)

A compilation of 4 common-ish mixes of well known hits released in 1985. The “Arena” live version of “Careless Memories” is my personal favourite, even though Le Bon’s voice is shagged.

The record was released in a picture sleeve containing a 24″ x 36″ poster of the band by Francesco Scavullo, plus a five piece postcard photo set and a cotton material patch. Ideal for the Italian Duranies!

Parlophone ‎– 50 2403081duranmix

A1 Save A Prayer (Night Version)
A2 Careless Memories (From The Arena)
B1 The Reflex (Dance Mix)
B2 The Wild Boys (Wilder Than Wild Boys) (Extended Mix)


World At A Glance – Burning Out (US Promo 12″)

So this band had just one album released in 1988 and I can’t stop playing this bloody track!!

Comprising of David Ilku – vocals
Michael Lawrence – guitars, b.vocals
Thaddeus Castanis – bass, b.vocals
Dougie Bowne – drums & perc

It has Killing Joke type guitar, it’s rocky but not too heavy and it has some great synths and a catchy chorus, I want to hunt down that album now.Complimented by a couple of François Kevorkian mixes, the “Innocent Mix” is quite twisted and hypnotic.

Island Records ‎– 0-96718world

A Burning Out (No Mercy Mix) 5:55
B1 Burning Out (Album Version) 4:11
B2 Burning Out (The Innocent Mix) 7:28

Gary Numan has two inches taken off?

So Mike posted over the 10″ version of Numan’s ” I Can’t Stop” and I thought I’d save time and edit out the 12″ post from 2 years ago. Confused?

The updated link is here;

The Alarm – Absolute Reality (Dutch 12″)

More mainstream Alt. Rock now from The Alarm from 1985. Seeing them starting to change styles to a more rockier sound. With a drum sound like Big Country ,the shouty chorus and with obvious comparisons to U2 it was produced by Alan Shacklock. (the re-recorded version,with Mike Howlett,off the album “Strength” is apparently pants) Lots of catchy riffs across these 4 tracks, the Blues rock of “Reason 36” ( a quality forgotten B-side) and “Room At The Top” (for fans of The Wonderstuff?) The stand out track is an extended version of “Blaze Of Glory” , classic Alarm with a great middle section.

I.R.S. Records ‎– ILSA 12.6084reality

A1 Absolute Reality 3:25
A2 Reason 36 4:20
B1 Blaze Of Glory (Extended Version) 6:33
B2 Room At The Top 2:46

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – A Retrospective Volume 3 – 1989, It’s long way down


Reinvention and striving to come up with something a bit different and therefore things became quite interesting. Tony James was carving himself out as a bit of Malcolm McLaren figure and touching as many genres as possible. Stay with me this band did have some ideas.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Albinino Vs. Star Wars (12″)

No vocals just a beautifully produced (By Stephen Hague) instrumental, atmospheric and layered with samples. Part 2 adds a dance beat but keeps the weird samples and we get the vocals back. It sounds like a modern The Clash or Big Audio Dynamite!

“He who plunders the past, exploits the future!”

Parlophone ‎– 12 SSS 4starsigue

A1 Albinoni Vs Star Wars (Part 1 Extended)
B1 Albinoni Vs Star Wars (Part 2 Extended)

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Dancerama (Remixes) (12″)

By now Parlophone couldn’t wait to get rid. Sales had dried up and the band were self producing and mixing. Here on the “Kashmir Mix” we get a homage to Glam Rock. Heavy rock guitar and synths and Degville’s vocals messed around and twisted as usual. The “Saxy Remix” goes all sleazy, slow, Soft Cell on us with lead vocals mostly by a mysterious woman. B-side “Barbarandroid” has Bill Mitchell given a spoof trailer voice over some Blade Runner mood music with lead vocals by some Androids, very inventive.

Parlophone ‎– 12 SSSX 5danced

A Dancerama (Kashmir Remix) 8:18
B1 Dancerama (Saxy Remix) 7:09
B2 Barbarandroid 4:23

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Rio Rocks (12″)

Their last single (from the 80’s anyway) and back to Rock ‘n Roll. The “Rocks” in question are cocaine and the sing pinches heavily from “La Bamba” and takes a critical look at the glamour of Rio. It was produced by legendary Brazilian producer, Liminha. B-side, “Aliens” is a pure synth soundtrack for an imaginary film, but with very few film soundbites (strangely?) and sounding very much like Jean Michel Jarre?

Parlophone ‎– 12 SSS 6rio

A1 Rio Rocks (Extended)
B1 Aliens

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Rio Rocks (The Samba Remixes)

As a parting shot and spending what was left of Parlophone’s money (Remember The Sex Pistols and Ronnie Biggs) So off the trio went; Recorded in Rio, Brazil, May 1989. Featuring the Manguera Samba School and produced with Liminha. The 12″ is a very light, traditional Samba with Neal X guitar quietly wailing in the background. The “Acid” mix is again very limp wristed attempt at a dance track. Why oh why?

And with that the Parlophone Record Executives gladly showed the band the door!!!

Parlophone ‎– 12 SSSX 6rio2

A1 Rio Rocks (Samba) 5:58
B1 Rio Rocks (Acid) 5:56
B2 Rio Rocks (7″ Samba) 4:00

Thanks once again to Mike B for providing the crystal clear rips. I hope I have done your collection justice.

The Three O’Clock – Love Explosion (US 12″)


Another obscure American New Wave band to get your ears around. From 1988 and from the same musical school as Animotion. (if you listen to this A-side) Their last single release from a recording career spanning back to 1982, it was off the album “Vermillion”. The American New Wave rock elements are still there but it has been electrified up and released on Prince’s Paisley Park record label. Again, the song was written by Lightning Seeds, Ian Broudie. (it appeared as a Lightning Seeds track on their debut album) The UK connection continues with it being produced by Ian Ritchie and mixed by Paul Brown (Both respected session musicians) The mixes certainly add a few synths to enhance the texture but I think I prefer the more straight new wave jangle of the B-side “Time Is Slower.”

Paisley Park ‎– 0-20957three

A Love Explosion (Eruptus Mix) 6:22
B1 Love Explosion (Interruptus Mix) 3:51
B2 Love Explosion (Dubious Mix) 5:43
B3 Time’s Going Slower (LP Version) 3:19

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – A Retrospective Vol 2 – Similar But Different 86-88


Riding the wave of success, particularly in Japan. They ploughed onwards keeping to their formula and getting their 3rd hit in a row with their third UK release.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Sex Bomb Boogie (German 12″)

So ahead of the game and using opera and classical music samples. Wow, how to use a sequence in a punk way and the guitar harks back to the Billy Idol led Generation X.

Parlophone ‎– 1C K 060-20 1565 6sexboogie

A Sex Bomb Boogie (Magic Flute) 5:44
B Sex Bomb Dance 4:21

Sci-Fi Sex Stars – Rockit Miss USA / Teenage Thunder (LTD Edition 12″)

Rare and originally only available from the Tour merchandise. This 4 tracker contains 2 alternative album mixes plus a stonky live track, “Suicide.” The mixes contain some really interesting samples, the Iran War even gets a soundbite. The Best 12″ so far.

Written on the back of the naughty sleeve was this…. (sorry it’s the uncensored one!)


Who M I? ‎– WM 1001sam_5661

A1 Rockit Miss USA (Death Wish IV) 5:25
A2 Commercial Break 0:34
AA1 Teenage Thunder (Sputstyle) 5:12
AA2 Suicide 5:23

Sigue Sigue Sputniiiiiik – Success! (Acid Remixes)  (UK 12″)

So the follow up album was called was called “Dress For Excess” and saw them go from punky electronica to full blown club tracks. Their fifth release is a dabble into the lasted Acid House scene, it was 1988. This was their last hit, reaching Number 35. The second track tries to be a proper Acid House anthem but we have PWL behind the production with Phil Harding mixing so then it was hardly underground! The “Balearacidic” is probably the best of the bunch, slightly edgier and keeping the vocals in.

Normal service resumes on “Frankenstein Cha-Cha” guitars are plugged in and that sequencer gets charged up. The Ramones go Techno.

Parlophone ‎– 12 SSSX 3success

A1 Success (Acid Mix #1) (Vox) 4:20
A2 Success (Acid Mix # 2) (Inst) 5:03
B1 Frankenstein Cha-Cha-Cha 3:41
B2 Success (Balearacidic 12 Inch) 6:04

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Success! (US 12″)

So another myriad of mixes appear on the US release (all from PWL and Phil Harding with Neil X from the band getting a look in) Less dance orientated and much more poppier than the UK previous to this,it even goes down the Frankie Goes To Hollywood route. So as well as the FGTH main mix, you get a “Funky Mix” darkish house mix, with some great Anti-greed soundbites and American comedy film samples. The “Micro-Dot Dub” is another quite hard Acid House mix until the vocals kick in, but good for 1988. The “Metal Hammer Mix” does what it says on the tin, guitar riff heaven and a bit like their “old” sound. (Nearly ZZ Top!!!)

EMI USA ‎– V-56130

A1 Success (12″ Dance Mix) 6:45
A2 Success (7″ Dance Mix) 3:00
A3 Success (Funky Mix) 5:27
B1 Success (Balaeracidic Mix) 6:04
B2 Success (Micro-Dot Dub) 6:30
B3 Success (Metal Hammer Mix) 4:44


When In Rome – Sight Of Your Tears (US Promo 12″)


I keep forgetting they were a synth pop group from the UK (and a Manchester band ) Another single from their self titled  debut album and released in 1988. It sounds very heavily influenced by Heaven 17 with a bubbling synth bassline but some of the sounds are quite dated. Produced by Richard James Burgess with remixes by Nellee Hooper. The normal 12″ shows the song in its best light. The “Seize Her Mix” is very commercial and classic synthpop.

Virgin Records America, Inc. ‎– DMD 1319sam_8956

A1 Sight Of Your Tears (12″ Version) 6:01
A2 Sight Of Your Tears (Dub Version) 4:50
B1 Sight Of Your Tears (Seize Her Mix) 6:35
B2 Sight Of Your Tears (Dub With Percussion) 3:40
B3 Sight Of Your Tears (7″ Mix) 3:20

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – A Retrospective Volume 1 – The First 3 singles.



So Part 1 of a look back at one of the most enigmatic and weirdest bands of the 80’s. Using samples and studio trickery, punk ethos and just plain good marketing of both product and image. This was Sci-Fi Rock and Roll, out doing KLF by a good few years in terms of duping the record buying public and coming ten years after the Sex Pistols managed it.

The band was formed by Tony James, who had just left the band Gen X, and Neal X (Whitmore), who recruited “post-punk drag queen” Martin Degville. Degville was a clothes designer and supplied the band’s wardrobe, and YaYa, the store where he worked, became the band’s base.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (US 12″)

Quite different to the UK version with different samples (the movie samples in particular) and sounds. So simple but so effective, a homage to Suicide. Unbelievable but people forgot it was produced by Giorgio Moroder. Went absolutely massive worldwide.

Manhattan Records ‎– V-56021


A Love Missile F1-11 (Extended Version) 6:52
B1 Love Missile F1-11 (Dance Version) 4:31
B2 Love Missile F1-11 (Single Version) 3:45


Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Bangkok Remix) (Spanish 12″)

Another variation on a theme but with a shed load of samples, classical orchestra, gunshots and a very loud drum machine plastered over the top. So this limited edition version has another Dance Mix as well as “Hack-Attack” (Dub Version) (a more rock and roll influenced track but still using that bass sequence and very heavy use of a sampler on Degvilles vocals)

Parlophone ‎– 12-SSS-1sam_3287

A Love Missile F1-11 (Bangkok Remix) 6:27
B1 Love Missile F1-11 (Dance Mix) 4:26
B2 Hack-Attack (Dub Version) 3:52

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – 21 st Century Boy (12″)

Second single “21 st Century Boy” was nearly exactly the same tempo and just as minimal but with plenty of samples, when I first heard a clip I thought it was the same as their debut! My favourite by them, the normal 12″ is about as inventive as you were to get for 1986. B-side is again a parting shot at the other labels that tried to sign them. The rumour at the time was they were signed for a million pounds!! (it turned out to be a not untidy £350,000)

Parlophone ‎– 12 SSS 2


A 21st Century Boy (T.V. Mix) 6:09
B Buy EMI (£4,000,000 Mix) 7:24


Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Massive Retaliation (US 12″)

The next release was only released in America, to push sales of the album , “Flaunt It”. A change of sound and tempo, more of a hip-hop tempo and a more complex layering of sounds, amazing for 1986 and probably wanting to emulate Art Of Noise. Again Moroder is producing and co-writing, the mixes are provided by sound wizard, Brian Reeves. B-side “Teenage Thunder” see’s the band return to their Rock ‘n Roll roots and a cut from the album, not sure about that tinny bass and organ percussion though. Degville does his best punk vocals.

Manhattan Records ‎– V-56037retaliation

A1 Massive Retaliation (The Super Massive UK Remix) 5:46
A2 Massive Retaliation (The Massive Edit) 3:52
B1 Massive Retaliation (Shut Up Dub Remix) 3:40
B2 Teenage Thunder 4:46




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