Monthly Archives: September, 2011

Siouxsie And The Banshees – The Staircase (a mystery) (7″ vinyl)


From 1979 ,forgotten but good. Lullaby indie (Major to Minor chords) with a quality B – side in a very short cover of T-Rex’s “20th Century Boy”(with ropey drumming!) Ony their second single and proves that the band had potential.


The Beat – Tears Of A Clown (7″)


From 1979, on crispy vinyl we have this 2 Tone Classic from The Beat.

Covered from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1967 original, as a kid I just thought they had did it!!

It seems timeless, given a ska work over! “Rankin Full Stop”, the flipside gets my vote as a neglected B-side. Skaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Toyah – Thunder In The Mountains (7″)


From 1981 and already her 8th single, lots of strident synths. The Godley & Creme video is a Mad Max pastiche. I quite like it’s New Romantic feel. B – side , “Street Addict” is a slow, gothy, Bauhaus style track, a good contrast with the A – side.

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Adam & the Ants – Ant Music (7″)


More 7″ vinyl, proper eighties stuff. With a whole, brand new genre of music from former punk Adam Ant and his fellow Highwayman. Very precussive with that great intro. B-side “Fall-In” is a top punk tune. Short and frenetic !

Madness – The Prince (7″)


Some ska for a Sunday and the debut, 1979, release from Madness and a homage to their hero Prince Buster. Off Jerry Dammers sacred 2 Tone label. Memories of the CYC (Catholic Youth Centre) in Barrow! The B-side was a cover of the Jamaican Ska singers song “Madness”, here in it’s raw, unremixed/unfiddled with version.

The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (7″)

Before the original 80’s Vinyl Gems disappeared into Googles Vault- never to be seen again. I had great fun listening to a load of 7″ singles I had found. Easy to rip and still a little crackly in places I loved hearing the B-sides again. So with this in mind and whilst the Copyright Coast is clear. I’m going to dust off some more. Remember it’s the B-sides that are the forgotten gems!!


First up is this catchy tune from 1981. By The Police at the height of their powers. I love rediscovering the synth in here by Jean Roussel. The B-side “Flexible Strategies” is a funky, improvised jam, horns and all!

Drug Free America – Heaven Ain’t High Enough (12″)


A mix of genres from these guys, contemporaries of Zodiac Mindwarp. This Industrial Dance cross over from 1989. More can be found about them here.

Back to the track in question, dance beats, guitars, sampled beats and snarly vocals. Some parts remind me of Ministry , others of New Order.

The B-side “North Of Eden (Potlach Mix)” is slow , atmospheric and very interesting.

Long live Independent Bands!



Peter Hope & Richard H Kirk – Leather Hands (12″)


Feeling a bit obscure today, keeping with the original ethos of the blog, finding those undiscovered gems.

Venturing into the realms of electro funk from Sheffield duo Peter Hope (a well known face around the club and music scene in the city at the time) and Cabaret Voltaires Richard Kirk. I got to admit when I first heard it I thought it was Cabs Stephen Mallinder on vocal duties, they sound that similar! 3 good mixes , with harsh, jarring samples -a bit like the stuff from “The Arm Of The Lord”. The “Master Mix” is over 10 mins long. From 1985 on Double Vision Records, it was only released as a 12″

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  1. Leather Hands (Master Mix)


  1. Leather Hands (Radio Mix)
  2. Leather Hands (Crash Mix)

Talk Talk – Such A Shame (12″)


Well some more from the great Talk Talk and a earlier, 1983 hit. The 12″ Mix features has that great synth solo in it, plenty of weird samples and that great rhythm as an intro. It’s all about making decisions based on the throw of a dice, apparently. Also here is the 7″ version – far too short for my ears. Quality B-side “Again A Game… Again” is also here, great bassline.

Talk Talk – Dum Dum Girl (12″)


Some Talk Talk from 1984 and a bit of a forgotten song by them. I still can’t believe people think of them as Synth Pop , more New Wave/Alternative to me. It’s the high production skills of Tim Friese-Green that defined the bands sound and the mix of technology was never the sole instrumental source. A great 12″ btw with 2 good mixes of the title track , a great dub mix of “Such a Shame” (Mr Disco?) and “Without You” with the 12″ mix spoiling the original great B-side (still reminds me of Style Council!!), which makes it seem to drag!

A1. Dum Dum Girl (12″ Mix) 5:23
A2. Such A Shame (Dub Mix) 6:30
B1. Without You (12″ Mix) 5:54
B2. Dum Dum Girl (7″ US Mix) 3:39

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