Well Happy Halloween from the Capital of Gothica, Whitby !
I type this from the Bed of delightful B&B nursing the mother of all hangovers. I’ve been going to Whitby a good few years now and have made many great friends. The place itself is warm (not literally) and very accepting of the black invasion.
So thanks to Mike B for supplying me with a suitably scary song. I have a long, love affair with Skinny Puppy and their brand of scary industrial. I defy anyone to listen to “Fritter (Stella’s Home)” off VIVIsect VI with the lights off! This is from 1987 and features dancing, breakbeats (even more so on the DEF mix) and horror film samples. It does seem to plod along a bit with the best scares coming from the “Too Far Gone” version. “Chainshaw” is nice, pounding and classic Skinny Puppy. The remix of “Assimilate” sounds a bit cluttered, too much going on. Trent Reznor was busy taking notes!
Capitol Records – V-15281
A1-Stairs And Flowers (Def Wish Mix)-6:00
A2-Stairs And Flowers (Too Far Gone)-6:34
Mike B reminded me of this track when he sent me this. Yup, I do have this and did put it on my old blog years ago, great minds think alike!
From 1983 and a bit of a slow burner, built on Dave Allen’s great bass riff, I like someone’s description of the band as a “Sinister” XTC. This is a definite lost gem!
Weird B- side Hapax Legomena (the title means a word that occurs only once within a context, either in the written record of an entire language) This probably explains the weird cut up sounds and voices!
Y Records – YT 102T
||Lined Up (Disco Mix)
||Lined Up (Instrumental Mix)
From 1988 and a song dedicated to beleaguered Chelsea Manager, José Mourinho! A sweet synthpop ballad given a very clean production, check out the instrumental for that Atlantic Studio sheen! I prefer the instrumental for a clearer listen to those two rather short trumpet solo’s from Miles Davis. The power of the Synclavier sampler is in full effect on the 12″ version. Lush would be a good adjective for the sound especially from the synths of David Gamson.(I think Prefab Sprout / ABC’s “Ocean Blue” when I hear this.) A melancholic ballad.
Virgin VST 1006
A-Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry For Loverboy) (12″ Version)-6:31
B1-Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry For Loverboy)-4:20
B2-Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry For Loverboy) (Instrumental)-4:20
NEW LINK 2018
The normal twelve with the normal sleeve (!) and a pioneering track. Matt Johnson’s “Infected” album from which this was taken was unique, it had a video for all of the tracks, mixed technology with intelligent song writing and if released now would walk away with the Mercury Music Prize. The video for this was shot in Bolivia and directed by Throbbing Gristle / Phsychic Youth / Coil / Threshold’s, Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson. So with the song it’s all about the pumping bass! Released at a time when AIDS was very much in the news, the line “Infect me with your love ” didn’t seem like such a good idea at the time. Produced with Warne Livesey it featured Tessa Niles and Zeke Manyika (Ex Orange Juice) on backing vocals. Again David Palmer does the drums with Dan Brown enhancing that bass-line. Jazz trumpet player, Guy Barker, gives us that distinctive solo. Interestingly, Roli Mosimann (Ex Swans) mixes the short “Energy” mix which has a definite bit of sub-bass! Whilst “Disturbed” is a suitably experimental and dark studio muck about, using the drum patterns from “Infected” and treated bass (whale noises)
NEW LINK 2016
Some Bizarre TRUTH T3
||Infected (Energy Mix)
From 1984 and the weirdest cover you will ever hear! James Brown gets the Flying Lizards treatment which means disjointed, sampled noise, spoken posh girl vocals and humour. Sparse minimalism! This was the last release from the David Cunningham studio project “The Flying Lizard” ; it featured the deadpan voices of Michael Upton (R.I.P. -a painter and contemporary of David Hockney) and Sally Peterson (famous voice over artist) “Flesh & Steel” is even more avant garde, drum machines, voice and orchestral samples; the sound of artists getting to grips with the, then, amazing possibilities of samplers. Pioneering stuff !
NEW LINK 2017
Statik Records TAK 19-12
||Sex Machine (Extended Version)
||Flesh And Steel (Extended Version)
Nearly a year to the day since I posted the 6-track mini-album “New Toy” by Lene Lovich and Mike B has kindly provided the 12″ Extended Version that I’d not come across before. From 1981 and a collaboration with Thomas Dolby, both have featured it in their live sets. The extended mix has more Dolby signature synth but it’s not long being under 5 minutes long! Shame! It’s backed by the Ska- tinged instrumental, “Cat’s Away.”
The mini-album is over here
Stiff Records BUYIT 97
||New Toy (Extended Version)
Which leads me to another Mike B contribution….. (what a coincidence!)
This is the second single from Paul King again using Dan Hartman and the full PWL crew for the remix, so you know what sounds to expect! Both dub mixes are fun, whilst the Fresh Mix has more guitar in it and similar to the 7″. Sheer 80’s Pop!
NEW LINK 2017
Epic – 49 6866
||I Know (Instant Magic Mix)
||I Know (Instant Magic Dub Mix)
||I Know (Fresh Mix)
||I Know (Dub It Fresh Mix)