From June ’82 and known for that lovely synth bassline. This was one of a string of hits written and produced by Steve Jolley & Tony Swain (they also produced Imagination which also had that signature bass sound)
“Don’t Call Us” is barely extended, starting if Fun Boy Three are about to join in ! Like the A side there is a mix of drum machine and live percussion, great harmonies as you’d expect.
Another gem from ’82 and the rather long (4 min 40 secs) single we all know and love here in unremastered vinyl format.
We’re all here for the B-side aren’t we ! The unplugged version of “The Chauffeur” – cue acoustic guitar and fretless bass. Love the vocal harmonies, a completely different take on the LP version and just as good. No cheesy ocarina either!
A non-album single released by U2 released between the “October” and “War” albums in 1982. A pretty decent track with a “Live” sound the band didn’t like the track – so difficult to get hold of.
You can chant along to it, nice and raw, I do like early U2.
The B-side “Party Girl” was a live favourite, the Ocarina makes an appearance (probably after making an appearance on DD’s “The Chauffeur”) Not sure about Bono’s vocals, pissed ? Lillywhite adds some ambient electronics to the arrangement, shame it fades out too soon.
Has featured on here but not as it’s own twelve with an immaculate Rip by Mike B, I cannot believe it’s not a digital remaster !!! (I do have a copy myself but Mike B’s Rip is of far superior quality than mine I did about 10 years ago!)
Martin Rushent in one of finest moments remixes this from May ’82. Was if tape manipulation or a computer ? Clare’s vocals are pared back whilst Rushent manipulates the track with drop outs and
The B-side is just as good with Organ and synth fighting out in a dub style with the lyrics used again sparingly.
A reissue from ’98 of some tracks which was re-issued again in ’85 but one was originally released in ’81, very convoluted!
Here is some interesting info from Discogs.
The Mary Jane Girls were brought together by Rick James in 1979, hired as back-up singers for his tour. It is believed that with the formation of rival Prince’s sexy new girl group Vanity 6 in 1982, James wished to compete with his own sexy quartet.
He got a deal for the girls on Motown and gave them their group name, which was based on his funk hit Mary Jane (an obvious reference to his beloved marijuana). He also conceived sexy stage names for the members: JoJo, Candi, Maxi and Cheri.
So a vehicle for James who wanted so desperately to be bigger than Prince.
Smooth as **** , this is a great bit of funk disco. Old James gets his “Superfreak”, which was the ’81 track, added as a bonus. MC Hammer busy taking notes!
A grand slice of Italo Disco / Synthpop starting like a Human League track (Linn Drum) and glistening synth pads with dramatic piano.
The band were actually from Sweden ! Featuring ; Guitar – Tonny Lindberg, Keyboards, Vocals – Tim Norell and Keyboards, Vocals, Guitar – Ulf Wahlberg, Drums (programming) – Leif Johansson, Bass – Leif Paulsén and Lead Vocals – Ola Håkansson.
The B-side has light reggae feel and some Bond guitar chords.
Definitely worth picking up for anyone into Leftfield Disco with plenty of conga’s. It has aged really well. Mark Kamins and Butch Jones helped out with the mix.
From the LP , “The Complete Score From The Broadway Production Of “The Catherine Wheel” the main track has Funkadelic’s Bernard Worrell on clavinet and John Chernoff on guitar. Kid Creole’s coconut – Yogi Horton is on the drums with Byrne playing the rest of the instruments.
“My Big Hands” is a short quirky funk masterclass, whilst paranoid, scratchy guitar features over the heavily reverb (and live sounding) vocals. Backing vocals by Susan Halloran who also appears on a bonus track – a live version of track 2 recorded in Werchter, Belgium with Byrne’s vocals performed through a megaphone!