The Beatmaster Feat. The Cookie Crew – Rok Da House (12″)

ImageYes it’s dat tune, with dat piano riff, dat bass and dat frantic rap. 26 years ago!!!! The legendary piece of vinyl was introduced to me by my old mate DJ Woody who prefered the harder “Latin Beat Mix” and used to give it a spin at the legendary “Megablast”  club nights back in my home town of Barrow-In-Furness……..aah them were the days. I’d forgotten about the rhythm guitar that crops up at the end and that god awful piano solo that must of been played by a pair of buttocks. It’s the Cookie Crew that make it with their taunting chants. Not a bad “Dub Mix” if you enjoy that typical 80’s orchestra stab sample, over and over again.

A   Rok Da House 6:44  
AA1   Rok Da House (Latin Beat Mix) 6:29  
AA2   Rok Da House (Junie’s Dub) 7:04  



Julia Fordham – The Comfort Of Strangers (12″)

ImageThe very distinct , contralto voice of Julia Fordham paired with the clean production of Genesis producer Hugh Padgham help produced this brooding masterpiece from 1988.

A backing singer for Kim Wilde and Marie Wilson in the early 80’s , her main hit of this time was “Happily Ever After”  which this single precedes. The 2 extra tracks are just as strong and worth checking out as a taster for that distinct voice.

A   The Comfort Of Strangers 5:15  
B1   Waiting For A Miracle 3:56  
B2   I Wish 3:13

Living In A Box feat. Bobby Womack – So The Story Goes (12″)


Big 80’s production and arrangement from 1987 with added Bobby Womack. Richard Darbyshire continues to sound like Mr. Cox from Go West on Living In A Box’s third single. The Richard James Burgess production gives it the 80’s shimmer with the extended “Club Mix” and the drumtastic “Dub Mix” along with a very synthy instrumental, “The Liam McCoy” ????


Glenn & Chris – Diamond Lights (12″)





As any followers will know I sometimes throw in a “novelty” record now and again (if anything to provoke some comment!) So here it is from Mr Hoddle and Mr Waddle fine English footballers from the 80’s. If I was blindfolded and listened to it without prejudice it sounds like an okay bit of Euro Synthpop with drama and metal guitar solos. However, it is actually them two crooning away about lost love. I’ve included both sides for sadists but if you did not know it you would just think its another slice of 80’s Power Pop.


Toyah – The Vow (12″)


Okay , I’ll say it ….I don’t mind a bit of Toyah, musically of course. The track from 1983 reminds me of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur” , a firm fan’s favourite and great song to rediscover. Two B-sides are classic slices of New Wave and a swansong for Toyah the band. Mixing synths and guitars perfectly.

  • A: The Vow [Wilcox/Bogen/Spalding]
  • B1: I Explode [Willcox/Bogen]
  • B2: Haunted [Willcox/Darlow]

Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy – Icing On The Cake (12″)

ImageA forgotten classic from 1985, immaculate synthpop with satire and a great extended version. Check the lyrics.

“Left on the doorstep of the social security/

Hopin’ for a future as someone/

Not just a leisure refugee”

Morrisey would be proud! There is an even bigger nod to The Smiths on the piano ballad , “Broken Home” – stirring stuff.


A Icing On The Cake 7:40
B1 Icing On The Cake 3:50
B2 Broken Home 2:55

Freur – Runaway (12″)


 I liked this Welsh synthpop band as soon as I heard their first single “Doot Doot”, unbeknown that they would morph into celebrated dance act , Underworld!! All mad hair and weird sounds and squiggles, their first album still sounds good after 30 years.

This was the follow up to “Doot Doot” and chugs along nicely with some great saxophone and with some very 80’s vocals. B-side rocks along nicely and has a feel of “Born Slippy” to it, manic guitars and synth bass.

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A Runaway (Dun Difrunt) 5:37
B You’re A Hoover (Dun Difrunt Too) 4:41