From 1987 and off the hugely successful album, “Outland” this was remixed by producer Dietmar Schillinger. With the “Lust For Life” bass line not kicking in for a few minutes after a massive 80’s drums build up it, includes some great guitar work and keeps that rocky with a distinct, hooky chorus. All about not forgetting your origins when you become successful. The B-sides were all recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon, featuring lots more keyboards than you would expect from a Spear gig, however the polished and tight sound, that was their trademark, is here.
|A||Was That You? (Psychological Mix)|
|B1||Was That You? (Live)|
|B2||Jack Straw (Live)|
|B3||Land Of Shame (Live)|
Sorry been a bit lazy this weekend with the Ryder Cup being on and all that!
So we have this offering from John Lydon’s, Public Image Limited from 1987. Off the album “Happy?” and written in Seattle this sounds very 80’s rock with Gary Langan on production providing the polish and typical Lydon lyrics the spike.
“The ordinary will ignore whatever they cannot explain”
“The Suit” gets an update which is my favourite out of the 3 and “Selfish Rubbish” sounds a bit like Joy Division !
|B1||The Suit (New Version)||4:19|
As part of the opening night of the festival I went to see these guys last night in a salubrious Salford pub, I highly recommend their 80’s influenced sounds. Check out the track below, reminds me of The Psychedelic Furs.
Had a chat and a beer after the gig , what a nice bunch of chaps!
Check them out on their website.
Still from 1987 and from the ashes of cult Indie guitar band , The Loft, came The Weather Prophets and their frontman Peter Astor. Initially signed to Creation Records they later were on WEA subsidiary , Elevation records. This 4 tracker contains a nice mix of styles, the title track being produced by Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith group) and jangles along nicely, stepping into mild psychedelia. “Wide Open arms” is a rockier, dancier track. The B-sides are again quite different, 2 covers, first by American folk legend Tim Hardin, the other a weird acoustic cover of a Leonard Cohen track, with some quite dark lyrics.
|A1||She Comes From The Rain|
|A2||Wide Open Arms|
|B1||You Upset The Grace Of Living When You Lie|
|B2||Who By Fire|
I worry about War and impending doom and gloom, must be my age. So I bring you the excellent anti-war song from World Party, “Ship Of Fools” from 1987. Karl Wallinger (Ex Waterboys) did all of this on his own some and it was his debut release. Hook laden with a slight INXS vocal delivery this is the full version. Another Ex Waterboy, Anthony Thistlewaite, provides saxophone. The B-side is a Blues flavoured jam that Beck would be proud off and an exclusive track, a semi-acoustic cover of The Beatles “Nowhere Man”, wonderful!
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|A||Ship Of Fools (Save Me From Tomorrow)||6:37|
|B1||World Groove (Do You Mind Guerrilla)||2:48|
From 1987 and a US Number 1 from George Michael in 12″ form. So not particularly rare or sort after but nice to revisit. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis provided the polished production and remix on a song all about drug addiction (The Monkey) Big, olde late 80’s drum sounds and sampled vocals make each track a good insight into what was cutting edge technology for the time.
|A||Monkey (Extended Version)||8:06|
|B2||Monkey (Extra Beats)||3:30|
From 1986 and a great, but weird 12″ mix from Talking Heads. Off their 7th album, “True Stories” and from Eric E.T. Thorngren. Mad drums, stop/start but keeping with the general fun and “live” feel of the track.
B-side is the Country and Western sounding ” People Like Us” containing the vocals of John Goodman (of Roseanne fame) straight from the David Byrne movie , True Stories. The album version of the A-side is the extra track.
The video is amazing, with lots of 80’s music parodies in. Won an MTV award as well!
|A||Wild Wild Life (Extended Mix)||5:30|
|B1||People Like Us (Movie Version)||4:24|
|B2||Wild Wild Life (LP Version)||3:39|
From 1985 and a classic slab of Euro Synth courtesy of Sandra. (German singer Sandra Ann Lauer) Think of Eurovision but with some extra A-ha bombast, I can even hear a bit of Propaganda in there. All thanks to the magical production skills of Michael Cretu (who later went on to do the successful Enigma Project) The song was a massive all over Europe and has the vocals of Hubert Kah on backing vocals and the trademark rock guitar overdubs. This is the slightly different extended mix with a nice bit of Spanish guitar in there. The B-side is the shorter, instrumental version, quite good stuff for 1985.
(Not the best of quality even though the vinyl looked okay, sorry)
|A||In The Heat Of The Night (Extended)||6:54|
From 1979 and some classical music set to synthesizers with the famous Ravel’s “Bolero”. This was definitely music of the future with the otherworldly sounds and was used by skaters Torvill and Dean in their 1984 dance routine! (Don’t ever predict anything on this blog!)
Tomita built his own synths from parts from electronic stores and that’s what makes for his unique sound. This full version, although whimsical in places, still sounds that it was composed on another planet. On the B-side you get the wonderfully titled “Space Children In The Underground Kingdom Called Agharta” which borrows stuff from Prokofie and John Williams (Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) mad and frantic but pure synth, those strings are amazing!
RCA Red Seal – RC9498
|B||Space Children In The Underground Kingdom Called Agharta (Symphony No. 5: Second Movement)|
From 1986 and a slow, romantic piece of crooning from David Sylvian. Helped by his friends, Robert Fripp, Bill Nelson, B.J. Cole and Ex-Japan percussionist Steve Jansen and produced by Steve Nye it is a beautiful piece of atmospherics
Off his third album , “Gone to Earth” which is here on the B-side. All avant-garde guitar by Fripp. There is also the instrumental, ambient track “Steeples” with Pedal steel guitar by B.J. Cole.
The vinyl is a little noisy but heh, go download the mp3 if you want perfection!
|B1||Gone To Earth||3:00|
|B2||Silver Moon Over Sleeping Steeples||2:20|