Culture Club ‎– The War Song (Ultimate Dance Mix) (12″)

From 1984 and a bit of a late hit for da Club. Still under the wing of producer Steve Levine with drummer, Jon Moss, getting into the studio this was cutting edge for 1984. Playful synthpop with the added international theme. I prefer the “shriek mix” that keeps more elements of the single in. The B-side is mostly in Spanish particularly the chorus, pure pop heaven.



Virgin ‎– VS 694-12warfrontcov

A The War Song (Ultimate Dance Mix) 6:51
B1 The War Song (Shriek Mix) 6:16
B2 La Cancion De Guerra 4:06

Level 42 – Hot Water (12″)

The breakthrough hit here in the 10 min + mix. I always remember it being faster being whinned on the fast, live version. From from 1984 and the lead single to promote their new album “True Colours” this is one of those 80’s  mixes that pullout all the stops. No big name remixer mentioned. The more Jazz influenced B-side, “Standing In The Light” is better than the A-side, produced by Larry Dunne and Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire, with the distinct Jaydee bass guitar sound.

Polydor ‎– POSPX 697hotfrontcov

A Hot Water (Extended Version)
B Standing In The Light (Extended Version)

Bruce Hornsby And The Range ‎– The Way It Is (12″)

More commercial 80’s this time from 1986 and the piano led rocker from Bruce et al. The most distinct piano riff of the 80’s and is quite a lot more synthy than you expect. B-sides are both album tracks. The rockier “The Wild Frontier” and the piano style of the A-side is resumed on the track “The Red Plains”, very Genesis in places.

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RCA ‎– PT 49806wayfrontcov

A The Way It Is 4:55
B1 The Red Plains 4:59
B2 The Wild Frontier 4:01

Tom Robinson – (It Ain’t Nothing Like) The Real Thing (12″)


Is this commercial ? Well the anti-drug message is quite jovially delivered, Robinson rapping over an electro-dance backing from this track from 1986. Mixed by John Adams and written by Paul Harvey it sounds like a US disco smash. The B-side has fretless bass and marimba synths and in a mostly spoken social commentary of a Yuppie wedding of the late 80’s, an ex-girlfriend at the alter and wry social commentary…superb!

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Castaway Records ‎– TRT 3SAM_0735

A (It Ain’t Nothing Like) The Real Thing (Blow Version) 7:35
B1 (It Ain’t Nothing Like) The Real Thing (Blaster Version) 3:23
B The Wedding 5:46

ABC – Poison Arrow (12″)

I’m going to do a little experiment. It seems that popular, mainstream 80’s releases are my  most popular shares. It seems a bit obvious, if this was a commercial site it would be the most profitable way of earning a crust, the stats prove it. I post the B-sides because I find them the more interesting, rewarding listen. Mike provides the site with the more obscure, transatlantic shares and I try a find obscure stuff to educate and enthrall fans of the 80’s and 90’s. So this week I am going for commercial 80’s releases only, that have not appeared here. I bet the Stats go high!

From 1982 and under the production of Trevor Horn this second release by ABC scored them a massive hit. With Martin Fry’s earnest letter to fans on the back and being released on their own offshoot label, Neutron Records, this was clever, a personal touch to the mass marketing.

So the track itself is not extended or remixed, the longer “Jazz” mix released in the US, but encapsulates what ABC was about, bombastic sound, groovy bass lines and clever but coolly delivered lyrics.

The B-sides are “lounge” versions of the main track. Taken from a short film, an espionage epic called Mantrap directed by Julien Temple. Jazzed up and it seems with a live vocal take, a good alternative version. The “Lounge Sequence” is just an atmospheric. film noir instrumental.


Neutron Records ‎– NTX 102poisonfrontcov

A Poison Arrow 3:22
B1 Theme From “Man-Trap” 4:18
B2 “Man-Trap” (The Lounge Sequence) 4:18


Frazier Chorus ‎– Sloppy Heart (12″)

More whimsical 80’s pop from Frazier Chorus from 1989 and sounding a little bit like a cross between ABC and a slowed down Pulp’s “Common People”.

Superb production by Hugh Jones with a full orchestral backing, not the very synth drenched version that many fans didn’t like (you can hear it in the vid)

The gentleness continues on the B-side with the clarinet lead instrumental, “Spoonhead” and a very odd version of the Sex Pistol’s classic done in the Frazier Chorus style, you have to hear it!


Virgin ‎– VST 1192sloppybackcov

A1 Sloppy Heart (Full Version)
B1 Anarchy In The UK
B2 Spoonhead

The Lucy Show – New Message (US 12″)


An Anglo-Canadian act, The Lucy Show, still adopting the New Wave style on this track from 1987. Mark Bandola (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Rob Vandeven (vocals, bass) with Pete Barraclough and Bryan Hudspeth on drums.

Lots going on here, rock guitars and even a brass section over the sequenced melody. They did have something about them, I’m loving the Indie wall of guitar of the driving “Invitation.” Roddy Lorimer who played the fantastic trumpet.


Big Time ‎– 6043-1-BDSAM_0439

A New Message (Solo Trumpet Mix) 4:55
B1 New Message (Instrumental) 3:29
B2 New Message (New Version) 3:29
B3 Invitation 2:39