Red Rider – Young Thing, Wild Dreams (Rock Me) (US Promo 12″)

While we are on the Canadian band tip I’ll post a few more from Mike. From 1984 and the Tom Cochrane fronted Red Rider. Featuring Jeff Jones on bass, (who was the original singer of Rush) John Webster on keyboards, Ken Greer and Spider Sinnaeve on bass. Essentially a rock band this was given the remix treatment by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero so we get rock dance crossover that keeps the groove going. (getting rid of some of the saxophone and toughening the bass up)


Capitol Records ‎– SPRO-9133SAM_2172

A Wild Thing, Young Dreams (Rock Me) (Dance Version) 6:22
B Wild Thing, Young Dreams (Rock Me) (Instrumental Version) 3:32

The Parachute Club -Rise Up (US 12″)

Funky New Wave from the female led Canadian band, The Parachute Club.

From 1983 and their debut release, the band line-up was Lorraine Segato on vocals and guitar, Lauri Conger on keyboards and vocals, Billy Bryans on drums, Margo Davidson on saxophone and vocals, Julie Masi on percussion and vocals, Steve Webster on bass and Dave Gray on guitar. Produced by the legendary Daniel Lanois (Eno collaborator) it does have the feel of more prog/funk new wave, particularly on the slower  B-side “She Tell You”- it would make a great dub mix. So plenty of layered beats on the 12″ and shiny synths reveals an early feminist hit. Wonder if this will get a spin at Manchester Pride happening at this very moment.



RCA ‎– PD-13655SAM_9825

A Rise Up 6:50
B She Tell You 5:05

Floy Joy – Friday Night In This Cold City (12″)


Jazzy synth combo from Sheffield, Floy Joy, features quite a lot on this blog and amazingly contained an ex-member of industrial act Clock DVA, Micheal Ward. Along with Ward the later band line-up comprised of Robert E.Clarke and singer Desney Campbell (who went on to be in Everyday People) This was from 1986 and produced by the well respected Don Was. A gentle paced track with a strong chorus. The Joyce Davenport mix strips things down and toughens it up with more of a dub mix, reminds me of Talk Talk in places.


ALL FLOY JOY LINKS HAVE BEEN REFRESHED (There wasn’t that much actually)

Virgin ‎– VS 848-12friday

A Friday Night (Club Mix)
B Friday Night (Joyce Davenport Mix)

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