Spear Of Destiny – Was That You ? (Psychological Mix) (12″)

spearedlive 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.







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A Was That You? (Psychological Mix)
B1 Was That You? (Live)
B2 Jack Straw (Live)
B3 Land Of Shame (Live)

PIL – Seattle (12″)


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 !






A Seattle 3:14
B1 The Suit (New Version) 4:19
B2 Selfish Rubbish 3:30

The Weather Prophets – She Comes From The Rain (12″)

weatheryStill 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

World Party – Ship Of Fools (12″)

wallingerey 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
B2 Nowhere Man 2:55


George Michael – Monkey (12″)

monkeyvidFrom 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
B1 Monkey (Acappella) 3:40
B2 Monkey (Extra Beats) 3:30

Talking Heads – Wild Wild Life (12″)

wildytalkFrom 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!



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A Wild Wild Life (Extended Mix) 5:30
B1 People Like Us (Movie Version) 4:24
B2 Wild Wild Life (LP Version) 3:39