Tom Robinson – War Baby (12″)

With all that is going on in the world today, this needed to be on the blog. From 1983 and a bit of classic that most will know already in the 7″ form. So the re-recorded version starts off in a forest with added guitar thanks to Danny Kurstow and is suitably different, almost ambient . Additionally you get a very raw live version with Marc Ramsden on saxophone and Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) supplying added harmonica on the piano led instrumental track “Hell Yes”. Boogie Woogie.


Panic Records  ‎– NICT 2SAM_2727

A War Baby (Re-Recorded Extended Version)
B1 War Baby (A Live Duo Version)
B2 Hell Yes

Terence Trent D`Arby – Sign Your Name (US Promo 12″)

A stone cold classic from 1987 by the enigma that was Mr D`Arby. Screwed up by the music industry and never to release much stuff after only 2 albums.

It’s a good mix of the soulful voice and the synthetic background, helped by the skills of Martyn Ware (Heaven 17) and  Phil Legg. The remix is slightly longer, enhancing such a good song.


Columbia ‎– CAS 1141sign

A Sign Your Name 4:35
B Sign Your Name 5:48

Stephen Duffy – I Love You (12″)

Dropping the “Tin Tin” and adding a nice blend of guitars to his little pop masterpieces. The “Inversion” mix harks a little to the theme of “Kiss Me” and merely extends the song. B-side could be a The The track with the laidback groove and harmonica. All written and self-produced, he had a definite ear for pop with a sixties pop sensibility, no wonder he went on to write most of Robbie Williams hits.


10 Records ‎– TEN 9112lovefrontcov

A I Love You (Inversion) 5:40
B1 Love Is Driving Me Insane 3:33
B2 I Love You 4:00

Blue World – Hello Darling (12″)

From 1985 and for fans of Blancmange. This was a short-lived project by band member, Stephen Luscombe who collaborated with long-time friend , it was only released as a twelve inch on Anagram Records.

It sounds like a Hindu version of “I Feel Love” with lots of samples from Bollywood films and has appeared on a few Blancmange “Best of” collaborations.The track is based around a sample of Indian comedian Kishore Kumar from a film called ‘Darling Darling’ which Luscombe saw as a teenager growing up in Southall.  Quite pioneering as you would expect. The B-side is a classy instrumental with plenty of World sounds cropping up throughout.



Anagram Records ‎– 12 ANAD 48hellocov

A Hello Darling
B Little Ivan’s Blue World

JOY – Touch By Touch (12″)

Ah, the gentle opening bars of Euro-pop, something you’d be there on holiday in a bar and hear this and in an inebriated state would then sit in your brain hoping you would try to seek the track out when you return. From 1987,The original Austrian trio comprised of Andy Schweitzer, Freddy Jaklitsch and Manfred Temmel. This is classic synthpop mixed with Shadows guitar and accordian. The extended version starts off like something by Erasure.  The synths jangle all over the extended B-side, “Fire In The Night” with lots of singalong parts.



Greyhound Records ‎– GRY 006touchfrontcov

A Touch By Touch (Touch Mix)
B1 Touch By Touch (7″ Mix)
B2 Fire In The Night (Bonus Mix)


Big Pig – Hungry Town (12″ Pack)

From 1986 and electro skiffle from the Aussie band Big Pig. Some inspired harmonica playing from Tony Antoniades and some impassioned vocals from Sherine. This mostly Stomp-esque percussion group (they had 3 drummers and no guitarists!) were deliberately styled like an industrial band but sound like across between early Adam And The Ants meets the Eurythmics!

Produced by Nick Launey on the UK 12″ we get the added big synthpop of “Boy Wonder” with some baby samples!

A&M Records ‎– AMY 409hunger1

A Hungry Town (Grub Club Mix – Dance Re-Mix) 6:30
B1 Boy Wonder (Baby Mix) 3:30
B2 Hungry Town (7″ Mix) 2:57

Mike has also included the limited edition Aussie Gatefold 12″ of remixes by Ivan Ivan. Two mixes of the bluesy swingbeat “Money God” the Dance mix sounding like it would not be to out place on Depeche Mode’s album “Construction Time Album.” Other extra track is “Devil’s Song” a sinister Doo-wop.

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White Label Records ‎– L 19015/6


A1 Hungry Town 2:51
A2 Money God 3:59
B Devil’s Song 4:18
C Hungry Town (Extended Dance Mix) 6:42
D Money God (Extended Dance Mix) 6:24


Frazier Chorus -Dream Kitchen (12″)

Adding to the UK late 80’s indie vibe from Brighton’s Frazier Chorus. Whimsical synthpop with added xylophone and gentle orchestra, this was a minor debut hit in 1988. It still sounds unique even after all these years, quintessentially English. Whispery singer Tim Freeman is the brother of actor Martin of The Hobbit, Sherlock and The Office.   Kate Holmes from the band went on to be a member of the electro band Client. The extended version is only longer by about a minute.

I’m loving the B-side, “Down”, it has more of a Soft Cell feel to it, a bit of a slow burner.


Virgin ‎– VST 1145dream

A Dream Kitchen (Extended Mix)
B1 Dream Kitchen (7″ Edit)
B2 Down

The Christians – Forgotten Town (US Promo 12″)

Electronics meets soulful gospel in this hit from Liverpool’s The Christians from 1988. Here with a batch of rarer mixes from Justin Strauss and Murray Elias building on the original production by Laurie Latham. (who was in Paul Young’s backing band) This only appeared on the US release and they add more synthetic brass to the original. The Subway Dubappella is something else! All remixes are refreshingly different.


Island Records ‎– PR 2205forgotten

A1 Forgotten Town (Uptown Mix) 7:58
A2 Forgotten Town (Midtown Mix) 4:07
B1 Forgotten Town (Downtown Mix) 7:58
B2 Forgotten Town (Subway Dubappella) 6:08

November Group – Work That Dream (US Promo 12″)


Another new one to me. From 1985 and funky synthpop from Boston with the “coldwave” band , November Group. Vocalist and guitarist Ann Prim and keyboardist Kearney Kirby got their name from a group of German expressionist artists from early 20th century. Obviously inspired by a lot of European synth bands this was produced in Frankfurt by old hippy Peter Hauke, a well respected producer from the 70’s. Shades of SPK via Eurythmics with angular guitar sounds. Programmer Volker Barber flexes his PPG Waveform synth muscles and even gets a short instrumental named after him.

A&M Records ‎– SP-12128workcov

A1 Volker 0:27
A2 Work That Dream (Extended Mix) 5:00
B Work That Dream (Instrumental) 6:09

Level 42 – The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) (12″)

All the way back to 1983 and an early hit from Level 42. Social commentary via the medium  of funk, a definite feelgood tune. Slightly extended on the 12″ version as is the more conventional jazz funk of “Can’t Walk You Home” and recorded a year earlier, another stonking b side.

Polydor ‎– POSPX 622sunfrontcov

A The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)
B Can’t Walk You Home