Age Of Chance – Don’t Get Mad….Get Even! (US Promo 12″)

There was a request for some Age Of Chance before Christmas (I searched for the original file and like some things failed to find it) Mike came along with a couple of even rarer rips so thanks.

Age of Chance were a bunch of Sheffield electro punks from the late 80’s who managed to get signed to a major and had their own brand of fused beats and guitar and were heavily stylized (in a cycle wear kinda way) with some great record sleeves by the The Designers Republic. Everyone will know their cheeky cover of Princes “Kiss”.This rare US 12″ features 6 different remixes all produced and mixed by the band and Howard Gray (who went on to form Apollo 440) All slightly different in style but keeping the rave going, groundbreaking and with all those legit samples. (before copyright!)


Virgin ‎– 7 96726-0SAM_3896 (2)

A1 Don’t Get Mad…Get Even! (L.A. Gets Brutal) 5:02
A2 Don’t Get Mad…Get Even! (New York Revenge) 5:21
A3 Don’t Get Mad…Get Even! (All Nite War – L.A. Vs. N.Y.C.) 4:29
B1 Don’t Get Mad…Get Even! (The Beats Of New York) 5:03
B2 Don’t Get Mad…Get Even! (L.A. Crank Power) 4:28
B3 Don’t Get Mad…Get Even! (Non-Stop-Rock-House) 5:18


Public Image Limited – Warriors / Happy (US 12″)

So a couple from Mike (there’s quite a backlog of posts!) from 1989 and PiL getting all tuneful on us with some interesting production collaborations. So “Warrior” takes the Spaghetti Western theme into World Music! A film soundtrack waiting to happen with added Rave sounds from C.J. Mackintosh and Dave Dorrell, more an instrumental but with Lydon adding his characteristic wail after a long build up. On “Happy” (the title track of their album from 1987) Lyndon out does the B-52’s via the Red Hot Chilli Peppers The original Dave Meegan and Stephen Hague production being funked up and electronically enhanced by François Kevorkian .  The two “instrumentals” are more remixes than straight vox less instrumentals.


Virgin ‎– 0-96519pilhappycov

A1 Warrior (Extended Mix) 9:29
A2 Warrior (Instrumental) 10:09
B1 Happy (12″ Mix) 6:55
B2 Happy (Instrumental) 7:19

Matt Bianco – Just Can’t Stand It (12″)

Jazz synthpop from 1986 with one of the last chart bothering tracks from Matt Bianco and chums. Gentle swing stuff with “shoop, shoop” backing vocals. Remixed in your typical 80’s way by Phil Harding with some big slap bass. B-side is more smooth jazz/funk instrumental, with synth brass and latin piano.



WEA ‎– YZ62Tmattcov

A Just Can’t Stand It (Maximum K Mix) 5:20
B Up Front (Extended Version) 5:31

George Michael – A Different Corner (Gatefold 12″)

From 1986 and the old problem with collecting vinyl, immaculate sleeve but static hell! Not even a single scratch but it plays like a 78 r.p.m single. Ah well I’ve cleaned it very minimally and left it as George intended. A chilled classic all reproduced with synthetic orchestra and Spanish guitar. A beautiful track. The instrumental (after a crackly start) is just as good. Composed, produced and played by himself and engineered by Chris Porter.


Epic ‎– GTA 7033 differentcov

A-A Different Corner-3:57

B-A Different Corner (Instrumental)-4:13

Mike Oldfield -Étude – Theme From The Killing Fields (Full Length Version) (12″)

Where Mike Oldfield gets into using the new, powerful Fairlight CMI. The title track of David Puttnam’s quite harrowing, Cambodian war film, “The Killing Fields” was originally composed by Spanish composer and guitarist Francisco Tárrega and is given an electronica work over by Oldfield. A release from 1984 and must for any electronic music fans, we get the pristine textures of early sampling. Found sounds and brief noises with the help of Peter Gabriel collaborator, Morris Pert on percussion, wonderfully dreamlike with the more experimental and disjointed “Evacuation” as the B-side.


Virgin ‎– VS 731-12mikecov

A Étude (Full Length Version) 4:38
B Evacuation (Full Length Version) 5:10

Fine Young Cannibals – Funny How Love Is (12″)

So I’m back in the room and a forgotten gem for a late Sunday afternnon. From 1986 and off their debut album this wraps you up in a warm, jazzy glow as Roland Gift’s unique voice cascades over a classic break up song. Tenor sax and Spanish guitar with the production slightly beefed up with added orchestra for the single release. Backed by another classic, “Motherless Child,” acoustically strummed in a Rockabilly style. Breakthrough hit “Johnny Come Home” is here from a live BBC radio session proving the could cut it live.


London Records ‎– LONX 88 funnycov

A Funny How Love Is 3:30
B1 Motherless Child 2:36
B2 Johnny Come Home (Live) 3:25

Red Flag – If I Ever (US 12″ Promo)

Some more bright and sparkling synthpop from Red Flag and 1989’s underground hit “If I Ever” with some rare mixes by Tony Garcia of this timeless, minimal wave classic. With shades of “This Corrosion,” the Bass Line of New Order’s “Round and Round” and a Winston Churchill sample! The B-side does veer to then current craze of Acid House. The simpler times of early synth pop!


Enigma Records ‎– EPRO-233 SAM_6816

A If I Ever (The 1000 Years Mix) 6:35
B If I Ever (Thepsychoacidicfantasy Dub) 5:35

Bad Manners – Bang The Drum (US 12″)

To cheer me up and this blog a couple from Mike B. First up is Buster Bloodvessel and Co, from 1986 and the innuendo led “Bang The Drum,” it’s all harmless fun! It is actually a cover of a Todd Rundgren song given a ska work over. B-side is “Saturday Night” a more traditional Bad Manner’s Ska cut from the album, “Mental Notes.”  A superb dub version is provided by the duo of Steve Thompson & Micheal Barbiero with some random inebriated toasting, “Sandwich?” Very rhythmic.

Portrait ‎– 4R9-05343 badcovered

A1 Bang The Drum All Day (Extended Re-Mix) 5:16
A2 Bang The Drum All Day (Album Version) 3:18
B1 Bang The Drum All Day (Dub Version) 4:47
B2 Saturday Night 2:46


Black – Black (Vinyl LP)

Okay this is going to be tough…..

Colin Vearncombe (a.k.a. Black) is a bit of a personal musical hero of mine and at the moment he is seriously ill and in a coma. I’m on his mailing list and got this update today.

“We promised to keep you updated with news about Colin. Until yesterday we had very little firm information other than that he was in a coma following a road traffic accident on the morning of Sunday 10th, not far from Cork airport, and that he was in a critical condition.

However scans have revealed that the injuries to his brain are worse than we feared and that he has only a slim chance of pulling through. He is in a stable condition, which is being managed by the amazing staff of the Intensive Treatment Unit, with his family by his side.
More scans are scheduled for Friday morning, however it is clear that if we are going to see an improvement, we will need a miracle.
Colin’s wife Camilla has asked that anyone who wants to, to send collective healing and positive energy to Colin particularly between 12:00 and 14:00 GMT, today, Wednesday 20th in the hope of the miracle we need.
If you miss this time, no matter – your thoughts are still very welcome.
We understand that you may wish to send some token of your love, however, the hospital is unable to accept flowers or gifts.
Please leave any messages on the Facebook page or at or send more private thoughts via email to We will pass them on to Colin and the family as soon as it’s appropriate.

We would ask that the family are given space to deal with these difficult times in private.”

It doesn’t look good and I fear another orbituary is around the corner, I bloody hope not.

As I may have mentioned I’ve been following his music from 1984, the many changes, the highs and the lows. An accomplished solo artist who can captivate an audience I have managed to catch him a few times live (not as many times as I should) I eventually got him to sign some stuff and have a brief chat. He has a wonderful deep scouse accent with an irish lilt and was very polite and humble as I became a bit of stuttering fanboy.


So why this upload? This was the last album he did for the major label A&M Records and is quite hard to get hold of. I have 2 vinyl copies of it, one very worn out and never got my hands on a CD copy (it has never been re-released!) Some of his strongest work with collaboration with Sam Brown and the late Robert Palmer on “Fly Up To The Moon” and ” “Learning How To Hate” respectively. Produced by long time collaborator Robin Millar it was released in 1991 and never marketed properly and sold very little. So a great work was ignored. Mellow and thoughtful, my own thoughts go out towards Colin and his family with fingers tightly crossed.

A&M Records ‎– 397 126 1 blackcov

A1 Too Many Times
A2 Feel Like Change
A3 Here It Comes Again
A4 Learning How To Hate
A5 Fly Up To The Moon
B1 Let’s Talk About Me
B2 Sweet Breath Of Your Rapture
B3 Listen
B4 She’s My Best Friend
B5 This Is Life

Marc Almond – Stained (Vinyl E.P.)

So the much ignored Marc Almond next, showing great variety and song craft. From 1986 and teaming up with long term Soft Cell producer, Mike Hedges. Uncredited on this release were his backing band , The Willing Sinners, with Martin McCarrick (later to be in the band Therapy?) getting a co-writing credit for the exotic , “Jackal , Jackal.” The  5 track E.P. starts with the 60’s influenced “Ruby Red.” Pete Thoms joins on trombone for the wacky, “Anarcoma.” Closing the first side is the light hearted, piano led, “I’m Sick Of You Tasting Of Somebody Else.” My personal favourite is the Celtic influenced, “Broken Hearted And Beautiful,” love the strings!


Virgin ‎– GLOW 3-12 DJmarcepcov

A1 Ruby Red 3:26
A2 Anarcoma 6:14
A3 I’m Sick Of You Tasting Of Somebody Else 3:16
B1 Broken Hearted And Beautiful 6:30
B2 Jackal Jackal 5:30