Marc Almond – Jacky (12″)

marclive Another Marc Almond release from 1991 and a cover of the French song originally sung by Jacques Briel and later Scott Walker. Here it is clubbed and stringed up by Trevor Horn & Anne Dudley via a Youth remix. Not sure it all quite gels together, there is a hell of a lot going on. The Pet Shop Boys would of nodded in approval.

On the other hand the B-side, “Deep Night” is a bit of tripped out, synth pop that The Beloved were peddling around the same time, nice , spacey sounds

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A Jacky (12″ Version)
B1 Jacky (Alpine Dub)
B2 Deep Night (12″ Version)

Marc Almond – Tears Run Rings (US 12″)

marcyall From 1988, and the Justin Strauss remixes from the American release. Pure synth pop that harks back to the earlier sound of Soft Cell. Bigger bass , no strings and a massive hit in the clubs in NYC, this is a rare remix.

The “Acid Tears” mix is even more clubby, a nice slice of early acid house.

The b-side, although it doesn’t benefit from the weird vocal production is more like the later, sixties influenced Marc Almond.


Check out the mad video….

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A1 Tears Run Rings (The Just Rite Mix) 7:07
A2 Tears Run Rings (The Just Rite Edit) 4:40
B1 Tears Run Rings (Acid Tears Dub) 6:14
B2 Everything I Want Love To Be 3:08

Clock DVA – Thirst (Vinyl LP)

clocked A weird start to this weekends postings. From 1981 and the second album from Sheffield’s, Clock DVA, which is both experimental and accessible in equal measures. It had an evocative Neville Brody sleeve, where the little clock logo showed a different time on different releases.  This was before the band got into synths and became industrial, it is really more post punk, almost Goth in places, listen to “4 Hours.”


A1 Uncertain 7:04
A2 Sensorium 2:36
A3 White Cell 4:38
A4 Piano Pain 3:15
A5 Blue Tone 5:57
B1 North Loop 4:50
B2 4 Hours 4:00
B3 Moments 6:25
B4 Impressions Of African Winter 5:26

Peter Godwin – Cruel Heart (12″)

godwinnery Frontman for late 70’s cult band, Metro, Peter Godwin released a couple of solo albums in the early 80’s. This has all the right ingredients for the time, funky bass , horns , Linn drum machine and icy synths. Sounding a bit like the Cars and the vocals have a Bryan Ferry inflection about them, in a good way. The synths are more prominent on the instrumental version and you get an extended version of previous single “Luxury” as an additional track, which sounds much more New Wave, nice!



A Cruel Heart
B1 Luxury (Extended Version)
B2 Cruel Heart (Instrumental)

Billy Idol – White Wedding – Parts 1 & 2 (Shotgun Mix) (12″)

billybum Posing and pouting his way to success, this was the 1985 re-release of the previous 1982 single. A long mix that goes all electronica half way through and was quite cutting edge at the time.. B-side is quite a poor megamix , which were all the rage back then, only “Dancing  With Myself” is recognisable the others a far too tinkered with.



A White Wedding (Parts 1 & 2) (Shot Gun Mix) 8:20
Mega-Idol Mix 7:50
B.1 Flesh For Fantasy
B.2 Hot In The City
B.3 Dancing With Myself

Shambeko ! Say Wah! – Remember (12″)

wahwahwahPete Wylie in one of many WAH! guises from 1982, produced by the duo of Alan Winstanley and Clive Langer. An angular anthem just proving what a class act Wylie was, bombastic like all great early 80’s indie. The 2 B-sides are both instrumentals with jittery production and dub effects. With added trumpet by Alan “Pops” Peters and bass by Carl Washington. “Catwalk Crack” the dubbier more experimental of the 2.


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A1 Remember
A2 A Crack Is A Crack (Theme From ‘Square One’)
B Catwalk Crack

Malcolm McLaren – Soweto (12″)

sowetomclarenCutting edge stuff from 1983 with McLaren, displaying his aptitude for spotting the next big thing, in this case music from the South African townships. From his debut album, “Duck Rock” this mixes the styles with pioneering electronica helped by having Trevor Horn producing. From manager to performer, he settled for a mbaqanga mixture with fiddles and deep, percussive vocal chants. I’m sure Paul Simon was taking notes. Featuring the Mahotella Queens, called the Mclarenettes on the cover, Soweto was directly inspired by the infamous township. As usual McLaren mixes up the styles and the song turns and twists its way along. All originally “borrowed” from the uncredited, African musicians.

The second track has it’s own tale that I discovered from YouTube. “South African Music Video director Ian Gabriel took Malcom McLaren to visit the all male Zulu Mine Hostel in Johannesburgs Jeppestown. The result was this vibrant off the cuff celebration of some highs and lows of Zulu culture, including scenes reenacting the historic British defeat at the hands of the Zulus and the sacrificial killing of a bull before a village feast”

The B-side is basically a proto Art Of Noise track, all boombox and cardboard and came out on it’s own mini LP, I’d love to find a copy of that!


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A1 Soweto 3:57
A2 Zulu’s On A Time Bomb 3:23
B D’Ya Like Scratchin’ (With The Red River Valley Gals) 5:25