Doctor & The Medics – Burn E.P. (12″)

doctored It will soon be the silly season as Christmas parties get underway so here is a brief series of slightly silly records. Putting the fun back into glam, albeit still labelled one hit wonders we have Doctor & The Medics and the 4 track “Burn” E.P. from 1986. The follow up to their massive hit “Spirit In The Sky” this was itself minor hit and jangles along with 60 ‘s psychedelia and female backing vocals (by the Anadin Brothers) . The grand father of The Darkness Mr Clive Jackson was more of a live event and this contains a splendid, thrashy version of Sabbath’s “Paranoid” played at a 120 miles an hour. Other tracks include a piratey “Captain Frazer” and the epic “Love Peace And Bananas” which has a bit of The Doors thrown in.


IRMT 119

A1 Burn
A2 Captain Frazier
B1 Love Peace And Bananas (Studio Version)
B2 Paranoid (Live)

a-ha – Stay On These Roads (12″)

a-hahaha From 1988 (didn’t know it was that late) and the huge electro ballad from Norway’s finest Pop exports, a-ha. Off their same named 3rd album this was their last Top 5 hit in the UK.

Anorak fact from Wiki “A Roland D-50 was used on this song—the sound patch is called “Staccato Heaven”—the wind sound during the instrumental was made on either a Roland Juno 60 or Juno 106 synthesizer.” and I have the same synth knocking about at home !

John Hudson (Visage, Ultravox ) mixed the 12″ version giving it a much fuller sound. B-side , “Soft Rains Of April” is an earlier, synthier,  stripped down version of an earlier album track, “Scoundrel Days”


A Stay On These Roads (Extended Remix)
B Soft Rains Of April (Original Mix)

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Celtic Soul Brothers (12″)

dexydex The main aim of the blog was to never post the obvious, e.g. the stuff that gets regurgitated on those 80’s compilations that lots of people who buy them think that was just all the 80’s music that ever came out, “Come On Eileen” or “Geno” would be your only exposure to Dexy’s , but there was so much more to them. I was not a massive fan, too much fiddly dee for my liking, but you have to admire Kevin Rowland and his unique voice and off kilter song-writing. This was from the rerelease from 1983 and off a pristine 12″, it’s short and jaunty with a motown swing to it and probably a certain Robert Smith was listening (Lovecats by The Cure anyone ?) As usual the B-sides are included with a rip roaring, live version of “Show Me” with the amazing brass section and the decidedly odd “Reminisce Part One” with spoken lyrics reflecting the time and the immortal words “Ken Livingstone is a folk hero!”


The official vid promo is on MTV’s website 😦

 DEXYS 1212

A The Celtic Soul Brothers (More, Please, Thank You)
B1 Reminisce Part One
B2 Show Me (Recorded Live 1982)