Another obscure US New Wave band that I’d not a clue about. Formed in 1983 and releasing just the one album and a handful of singles. A Drop In The Gray hailed from L.A. and comprised of Scottish guitarist Colin Campbell, singer percussionist/singer Dan Phillips, Hans Christian and Martin Frederiksen (who both became very successful music producers). Coming on like Future Islands with very delicate piano the vocalist sounding like Mike Scott from The Waterboys. “Fall And Cry” has an even bigger chorus and rocky hook, with strident synths and The Alarm rallying call vocals.
NEW LINK 2017
Geffen Records – PRO-A-2238
||All The Same
||Fall And Cry
So more Aussie New Wave from Mike B and I’ve not a clue about them but it was nice to be introduced to an old/new band. So this included the band line up of vocalist Ron Martini, guitarists Chris Langford and Les Barker (ex-Benders), drummer Ian Morrison, Martin Fisher (keyboads) and Peter Leslie (bass) Produced by respected producer Peter McIan (Men At Work, Mr Mister) we do get that mid-80’s sound, electronic drums, memorable chorus and spiky guitars. (Just a great song)
Capitol Records – SPRO-9062
||Computer One LP Version
||Computer One Single Version
So from 1983 and something from The “English” Beat, as they were called overseas. Bizarrely remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez but don’t expect drum machines or synths just some good old dub effects (Phew!) One of their later efforts and an obvious attempt to make 2-Tone invasion of America, “Mirror In the Bathroom” had done the business a year before. More traditional ska is on the B-side with accordion tinged “Jeanette” ever so slightly extended.
I.R.S. Records – SP 70408
||I Confess (Special BEAT Remix)
So some Alt-Country by the founding father’s, Scruffy The Cat, from Boston and their debut release from 1986. Six short and punchy tracks, the 2 stand out tracks being the tremendous, “Buy A Car” and furious last track “Happiness To Go.”
Lead singer Charlie Chesterman (R.I.P.) and bassist Mac Paul Stanfield played together in The Law, one of Iowa’s first punk bands, in the late 1970’s along with future Young Fresh Fellows drummer Tad Hutchinson. Chesterman and Stanfield moved from Iowa to Boston to become part of that city`s more active music scene. In 1983, they met guitarist Stephen Fredette, drummer Randall Lee Gibson IV and banjo player Stona Fitch and began prowling local clubs
So their is a definite punk element to their output but it has more a traditional rock and roll flavour, as the sample above demonstrates.
Relativity – 88561-8115-1
||40 Days & 40 Nights
||Land Of 1000 Girls
||Life Is Fun
||Buy A Car
||Happiness To Go!
Ambient meets early Industrial in this complex listen from Sheffield duo , In The Nursery. From 1986, it sees Klive and Nigel Humberstone in 4AD “Cocteau Twins” mode (especially the second side)Their debut album, in parts, has an almost modern classical feel to it with Gus Ferguson (Pigface, Test Dept) on Cello. The industrial tracks have militaristic drums and primitive samples. “Judgement On Paris” is an example of where the duo wanted to go, down the classical route with the voice of Elaine McLeod.
Sweatbox – SAX 014
||Judgement Of Paris
A change of style as I turn all Rock Rap with this early track from Bradford’s Terrorvision. From 1993 and the heavy crunch of guitar is augmented with the added remix skills of Danny Saber (Agent Provocateur, Black Grape) giving it more of a hip hop beat, it certainly toughens up the original. The “Machete Mix” mix even has a guest rapper, The Godfather. The B-sides has an extended rock cover of Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” a definite band wig out!
Total Vegas Recordings – 12VEGASG 5
||My House (Attic Mix)
||My House (Machete Mix)
||Psycho Killer (Extended Mix)
So Mike B has been working hard re-ripped some stuff with his new recording set up and they do sound mighty fine and a lot clearer!
(If you want any stuff re-ripping or re-upping please ask nicely and between us we can see what we can do!)
No more dance stuff for a while. (YIPPEE! Cheer the majority!) Looking at my download stats it seems the bigger names are getting the majority of downloads. No surprise, the Pet Shop Boys vinyl pack has been extremely popular.
So onwards with a small trip down Industrial alley, turning right at some Rock Rap and finishing with some alt.country. I do plan my segue’s. I have currently ran out of vinyl! Purchases will need to be made or I might have to open the dreaded CD store!! DUR- DUR – DUUUUR!
So from 1997 and another thing I have on CD single (Somewhere) is this pack of 12 inches which includes the rare Aphrodite mix. All the big hitters of the time had a go with Reznor’s fast and furious paen to drugs and love. Meat Beat Manifesto layers on the beat as only he can with suitable dub effects and scratching. The NIN mix (Reznor and Keith Hillebrandt) is suitably dark , industrial and disturbing but shame it takes most of the vocals out. It builds and builds then BANG, grabs you around the throat. Luke Vibert gives a suitably techno noir offering with plenty of breaks and a rolling bass line and keeping that haunting piano riff. (my personal favourite). Aphrodite (Welshman Gavin King) brings some Drum n’ Bass to the table with plenty of additional synths, great to hear this. The Orb spaces it out on an ambient trip with weird noises building into a clanking monster, Trent the Dalek, quite a short mix by their standards! Finally we get Jonah Sharp under his Spacetime Continuum moniker keeping it trippy and dreamlike, very nice.
Nothing Records – INT8P-6164, INT8P-6165,INT8P-6166
||The Perfect Drug (Meat Beat Manifesto Remix)
||The Perfect Drug (Nine Inch Nails Remix)
||The Perfect Drug (Plug Remix)
||The Perfect Drug (Aphrodite Remix)
||The Perfect Drug (The Orb Remix)
||The Perfect Drug (Spacetime Continuum Remix)