Aztec Camera and Mick Jones – Good Morning Britain (12″)

aztecjonesvid From 1990 and the Roddy Frame produced collaboration with Mick Jones. Reminds me of the Big Audio Dynamite stuff with it’s mix of beats, samples and guitar. Rockabilly in parts and sounding a bit like The Skids, “Working for the Yankee Dollar.”

Lyrics tinged with venom are so relevant to today, a mix of bitterness and hope. There are tons of remixes on the CD but sadly this only contains a mix by the Laylow Posse which is rather electronic.


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A Good Morning Britain (Kitsch ‘n’ Sync Mix) 7:29
B1 Good Morning Britain (Instrumental) 4:22
B2 Good Morning Britain (Vocal Remix) 4:22

The Primitives – Out Of Reach (12″)

outofreachcov The follow up to “Crash” and from 1988 this is the punked up single version alongside the mellower album version plus a bizarre audience recording from a Glasgow gig of “Really Stupid” and “Crash” which is promoted as maybe in Stereo! (It does sound very poor and an odd decision for a band to put out!) Anyways it a great slice of garage rock, swift (under 2 mins) and beautifully delivered by Tracy Spencer. (Vinyl could be a bit noisy, sorry)



Lazy Recordings ‎– PT 42012

A Out Of Reach 1:54
B1 Out Of Reach (Album Version) 2:19
B2 Really Stupid (Recorded Live) 2:03
B3 Crash (Recorded Live) 2:26

The Farmer’s Boys – I Built The World (12″)

farmeredFrom 1985 and the last single from Norwichs own Farmers Boys. Down as a synthpop group on Discogs (?) The band only used first names.

Baz – Vocals, Casio.
Frog – Guitars, Backing vocals, Synthesisers, Drum machines, Fairlight, Mellotron, Percussion, Piano.
Mark – Bass guitar, Backing vocals, Piano.
Stan – Guitars, Backing vocals, Flexatone.

This jangly ditty was produced by Martin Freegard and reminds me of Divine Comedy, very catchy too. The B-side is a mock-country track that’s even sung with a faux accent, bizarre but funny. A couple of live B-sides prove they had some good songs to offer up.

For the band it was a case of a major label, EMI , not knowing how to market them and after just 2 albums they disappeared without a trace.


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EMI ‎– 12FAB 4

A1 I Built The World
A2 Sometimes
B1 Probably One Of The Best Investments I Ever Made (Live)
B2 Sport For All (Live)

Kitchens Of Distinction – The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule (12″)

kitchensof From 1989 and the last of their E.P’s released before their debut album, “Love His Hell”, this is a fab 4 tracker of jangly Indie dream pop.  Building up to a wall of guitars their sound some what references The Chameleons, Cocteau Twins and The Smiths. Forefathers of bands like British Sea Power, is it shoegaze? “4 Men” has a Madchester groove and “Into The Sea” twangs along like an early R.E.M. “Prize” , in it’s original form is a gem.


One Little Indian ‎– 19TP12

The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule
4 Men
Into The Sea
Prize (The Demo Version)


Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire (Come And Get It) – Updated (12″)

A debut on this blog for the Welsh glam, goth band ,Gene Loves Jezebel. Their most well known song from 1986 that saw them eventually crack America with their brand of catchy rock with plenty of guitar hooks. Produced by Pete Walsh and getting a cracking remix by Ivan Ivan, dancing to rock guitars with the 3 UK B-sides. The band comprised of 2 twin brothers, Jay and Michael Aston who sported the androgynous look to perfection although unfortunately keep falling out, like brothers do.

Three quality B-sides of various styles. “Message” is more laid back with some great duel vocals. “A New Horizon” (but listed as “New Horizon”) is a also quite lightweight and autobiographical with Jay’s distinct vocals. “Sapphire Scavenger” uses a drum machine and has some great guitar work, very funky.

*Bonus track* the UK “Full Version” (5:23) from the 12″, included in the same folder.

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A Desire (Come And Get It) (Dance Mix) 5:23
B1 Sapphire Scavenger 3:48
B2 A New Horizon 3:38
B3 Message 2:56



The Icicle Works – Evangeline (12″)


Grrr, WordPress lost my original post for this so here is the not so spontaneous second version!

From 1987 and off the album “If You Want To Defeat Your Enemy Know His Song” this is a jaunty, little American ghost story with lots of organ and driving chorus. Produced by Ian Broudie and featuring the backing vocals by Alison Limerick (remember her hit “Where Love Lives”?) Featuring some great B-sides, “Waiting In The Wings” a sad lament and “Everybody plays..” feeling like a cross between The The and The Christians. The rawer sounding demo of the title track is here as well, my preferred version, definitely a forgotten gem.

BEG 181T

A Evangeline
B1 Everybody Loves To Play The Fool
B2 Waiting In The Wings
B3 Evangeline (Demo Version)





Duran Duran ‎– Notorious (Latin Rascals Mix) (12″)

duruny86From 1986 and a late classic from Duran Duran,  off the album of the same name. This was the collaboration of the ,then, trio of John Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes with Nile Rogers and is even more funked up and blinged by Albert Cabrera and Tony Moran (The Latin Rascals)- it’s all in the edit! The more normal single version is here plus the atmospheric album track “Winter…”, which was nice to hear again, very Arcadia sounding.


EMI ‎– 12 DDNX 45

A Notorious (Latin Rascals Mix)
B1 Notorious (Single Version)
B2 Winter Marches On

Grace Jones – Biggest Hits – I Need A Man/ That’s The Trouble (New Mix) (12″)

gracejonesdiscoGrace Jones started off has a bit of a disco diva as well as a full time model and here is her debut release from 1975 on a re-release 12″ from 1984, that isn’t even on Discogs (Or I haven’t seen it) Full on disco with strings and stuff, produced by Stephan Tabakov, originally on the French label Orfeus, this did the business in the gay clubs and became a bit of a Gay Scene anthem. Backed by the second single, the slower “Sorry” and an extended version of the second singles B-side ,”That’s The Trouble”, this 4 tracker finishes with an instrumental of “I Need A Man” -one for the Grace Jones fans out there.










The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way (Gotham City Mix) (12″)

don'tleavemelive More Pop stuff! From 1986 and the Gotham City mixes of the massive, huge Communards hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way” As it says on the sleeve “the ultimate 22 minutes of extended play”, Mike Thorne mixed this monster track. (mmm, indeed) It is nice to hear a different version of what seems to be on every cheesy 80’s disco playlist and compilation. The B-side even mixes in previous single , “Disenchanted” seamlessly, with some stunning string arrangements by Richard Coles.

As most will know it was a cover version originally penned back in the 70’s by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert and, amongst other versions, was a Motown hit for Thelma Houston in 1977.


A Don’t Leave Me This Way (Gotham City Mix Part One) 11:26
B Don’t Leave Me This Way / Sanctified / Don’t Leave Me This Way (Gotham City Mix Part Two) 11:40

Gary Numan – We Take Mystery (To Bed) (12″)

garywhite More “Funky” Numan now from 1982 and the fully immersed saxophone and bass guitar (Pino Palladino) splendour of “We Take Mystery” from the much maligned “I, Assassin” album. Full extended version with added electronic twiddles. The early version is slower and darker and I prefer it. Quality B-side (again!) “My Image Is” is in the old style with some classic synth sounds. Was Numan becoming Bowie at this point ?



Beggars Banquet ‎– BEG77T

A We Take Mystery (To Bed) (Extended Version) 7:42
B1 The Image Is 5:53
B2 We Take Mystery (Early Version) 5:55