From 1985 and an early release from Then Jericho , produced by Martin Rushent and remixed by New York producer, John Luongo. More synth than their later Stadium Rock epics. This included a couple of decent Club mixes, “The Big Sweep” is more rockier with the big 80’s drum sound and was their debut release.
The main track is a classic bit of Rushent production, one of my all time favourite producer’s. The extra tinkering by Luongo does not distract from what is a classic piece of Rock/Dance.
The Youtube clip is a great insight into a young band getting to grips with the technology at the time and getting advice from an experienced, master producer and assistant Neil O’Connor. The bit where they sample David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” drum sounds and reaarange them on a Billy Mackenzie release is fascinating, even if the Synclavier showed some morals beforehand 🙂
NEW LINK 2018
||Fault (Club Mix)
||The Big Sweep (Club Mix)
Anyone for some Soft Rock ? That’s an oxymoron if I’ve heard it. Mr Mister who did “Kyrie” and “Broken Wings” epitomized the sound of the mid 80’s. Could distinguish between these and Cutting Crew ? Only for fans. This has slightly religious overtones and Richard Page’s vocals are immense. Mr Mister always had an eye for the latest tech and this was off the universally ignored 3rd album , “Go On.” Pure Faith Rock! Two quality B-sides with the rare and bassy “Bare My Soul”
NEW LINK 2019
||Healing Waters (Remix)
||Bare My Soul
A reader request prompts the old saying , ask and you shall receive ! So here you are Tim!
(Still need to dig out the ZTT Sampler album and the 12″ copy of “Enter The Angel” by John Foxx to fulfil some more longstanding requests….found the ZTT sampler!!)
The main track is a Wedding song standard (isn’t most of Billy Ocean’s stuff!) and in a previous life I was a DJ for many a social at Barrow Golf Club and Billy was a firm favourite can’t say I’ve listened to most of his stuff since. “Lucky Man” is quite a nice slice of synth funk and I would of loved those 2 Megamixes, suitably messed around with like all good 80’s twelves, not very s-s-sss-subtle! Amazing production for 1984! The Dance Mix was by Martin McSweeney of the Music Factory and is over 9 minutes long. The Sanny Mix sounding like something from ZTT a splendid find, thanks Tim!
NEW LINK 2017
A-Side: 1. Suddenly 2. Lucky Man
B-Side: 1. Dance Mix 2. Sanny X Mix
At last to accompany the other Squeeze release I put up a few weeks ago, “Hourglass” from 1987 and I can share the amazing video to go with it, a great tribute to Rene Magritte the surrealist painter. (Directed by Ade Edmondson)
Hopefully a forgotten gem for many. Accompanied by 2 quality B-sides, both short and to the point. “Splitting Into Three” is very Beatles sounding, whimsical lyrics. “Wedding Bells” is slightly rockier celebrating getting married!!
||Splitting Into Three
When you are gripped by the vinyl fever it’s hard to let go. I’m a sucker for a promo but have probably got this already, single -sided as well! From 1985 and one of Sheffield’s finest this had a great mix of influences with the superb lead vocals of Desi Williams. Slap bass and crystal piano this is another definite 80’s track written by the Ward brothers and produced by the legendary Don Was. It is all about the brass! Alison Moyet later covered it!
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Second outing from Bradford’s Poppy Factory and a quality tune forgotten in the mists of Britpop. Quality song writing blended in with a some technology that was available at the time,1991. A chilled out groove with bold synths it was of it’s time. Before their time.
Think The Beloved with a nod to 80’s New Wave!
||Stars (7″ Version)
||Stars (Flying Touchdown Mix)
Pow Cow Pow ! A very brief update. Farm overrated, baggie messiah’s or did they just got lucky. So who remembers their album “Spartacus” ??? There was a distinct sound but the overplay of “Altogether Now” probably killed the band. On here you do get a superb mix of their Monkee’s cover, “Steppin’ Stone” care of Matrix.
The main track has be electronically enhanced and is ain’t half bad, the Stone Roses of Liverpool ??? Two sorts of trendy mixes are okay but I actually like the 7 ” (see vid) Additional track “Over Again” proves they were a proper band with tunes.
NEW LINK 2018
||Mind (Midnight Sun Mix)
||Stepping Stone (Matrix Remix)
||Mind (Contorted Face Mix)
||Over Again (Live Demo)
Video filmed at Speke airport, like!