Sigue Sigue Sputnik – A Retrospective Volume 1 – The First 3 singles.



So Part 1 of a look back at one of the most enigmatic and weirdest bands of the 80’s. Using samples and studio trickery, punk ethos and just plain good marketing of both product and image. This was Sci-Fi Rock and Roll, out doing KLF by a good few years in terms of duping the record buying public and coming ten years after the Sex Pistols managed it.

The band was formed by Tony James, who had just left the band Gen X, and Neal X (Whitmore), who recruited “post-punk drag queen” Martin Degville. Degville was a clothes designer and supplied the band’s wardrobe, and YaYa, the store where he worked, became the band’s base.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (US 12″)

Quite different to the UK version with different samples (the movie samples in particular) and sounds. So simple but so effective, a homage to Suicide. Unbelievable but people forgot it was produced by Giorgio Moroder. Went absolutely massive worldwide.

Re-upped once again!!!

Manhattan Records ‎– V-56021


A Love Missile F1-11 (Extended Version) 6:52
B1 Love Missile F1-11 (Dance Version) 4:31
B2 Love Missile F1-11 (Single Version) 3:45


Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Bangkok Remix) (Spanish 12″)

Another variation on a theme but with a shed load of samples, classical orchestra, gunshots and a very loud drum machine plastered over the top. So this limited edition version has another Dance Mix as well as “Hack-Attack” (Dub Version) (a more rock and roll influenced track but still using that bass sequence and very heavy use of a sampler on Degvilles vocals)

….And again!!

Parlophone ‎– 12-SSS-1sam_3287

A Love Missile F1-11 (Bangkok Remix) 6:27
B1 Love Missile F1-11 (Dance Mix) 4:26
B2 Hack-Attack (Dub Version) 3:52

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – 21 st Century Boy (12″)

Second single “21 st Century Boy” was nearly exactly the same tempo and just as minimal but with plenty of samples, when I first heard a clip I thought it was the same as their debut! My favourite by them, the normal 12″ is about as inventive as you were to get for 1986. B-side is again a parting shot at the other labels that tried to sign them. The rumour at the time was they were signed for a million pounds!! (it turned out to be a not untidy £350,000)

Parlophone ‎– 12 SSS 2


A 21st Century Boy (T.V. Mix) 6:09
B Buy EMI (£4,000,000 Mix) 7:24


Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Massive Retaliation (US 12″)

The next release was only released in America, to push sales of the album , “Flaunt It”. A change of sound and tempo, more of a hip-hop tempo and a more complex layering of sounds, amazing for 1986 and probably wanting to emulate Art Of Noise. Again Moroder is producing and co-writing, the mixes are provided by sound wizard, Brian Reeves. B-side “Teenage Thunder” see’s the band return to their Rock ‘n Roll roots and a cut from the album, not sure about that tinny bass and organ percussion though. Degville does his best punk vocals.


Manhattan Records ‎– V-56037retaliation

A1 Massive Retaliation (The Super Massive UK Remix) 5:46
A2 Massive Retaliation (The Massive Edit) 3:52
B1 Massive Retaliation (Shut Up Dub Remix) 3:40
B2 Teenage Thunder 4:46



14 responses

  1. Sorry to be a pain but (unless I’m going mad and blind) there doesn’t seem to be a link for the Parlophone 12″

    1. Deliberate mistake on my behalf..not I’ll sort it out within the hour.

  2. Thanks a lot, this is awesome

  3. Oh man, I used to love this band and LOVE THE WAY THEY LOOKED!!! lol I was young and easily impressed and totally didn’t get the cheesy part of it. In fact, they are the reason I grew my hair out back then. I wanted to get it long enough for a mega mohawk!


    thank you so much!

    also, can you fix the links for the FRENCH pressing of TRIO DA DA DA ?

    1. Thanks for your fashion confession. Working on those requests and will be up tonight! 🙂

  4. thank you so much!!!

  5. Such genius, this band. I was only 14 and it blew my mind apart…. it was obvious that they were just taking the piss but doing it with such passion and style, bless.
    LOVE MISSLE F1-11 – I have always preferred that BANGKOK mix, and this was the first airing of HACK ATTACK until that naughty SEX-STARS EP came out.

    The only thing missing re: 21st CENTURY BOY is the amazing GERMAN REMIX. Worth looking into, it’s a bit more agressive and filled with many different samples – likely ready for a play on Youtube.

    MASSIVE RETALIATION really confused me the first time I heard it, and I almost turned it off because I felt like it was a stupid joke. Of course, it’s pretty much my favourite thing ever. Love the remixes, they should make all this stuff digital at some point.

    DEAR EMI – A serious box-set is needed. Every mix, every b-side, every burp and fart, the whole she-gang-bang (<— perfect name for it!).

    Thanks again for posting these!

    1. Wow! Thanks for your insights!

  6. I always wanted to give them a listen so i’ll start now 🙂 Thanks

  7. I’d love to hear the F1-11 remixes to see if they differed from what we got here in Australia if you’re in a position to re-up them xxx

  8. been a bit crazy since the hurricanes, so I almost missed this AWESOME POST!!!

    thank you sooooooooo much!!!

    (Massive Retaliation is already down)

  9. “Re-uppage 10”.. Must be a record? thanks for these.

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