I’m no good with celebrating anniversaries (ask Beth!) but I knew why I’ve been feeling really weird lately.
Probably prompted by all the famous deaths this year I worked out I had Pancreatic Cancer exactly 10 years ago and was having what may have been my last Christmas and New Year before the big operation in early January. Obviously I’m still here but it certainly has changed my whole outlook on life, it’s basically a demon that has never gone away.
So I feel blessed and bloody lucky that they got it in time; Dr. Sheen and all at Ward 9 in MRI saved my life!
Sorry for that outpouring!
I wish all my friends, followers and contributor (Mike B) and in particular Bethan and my long suffering Mum and Dad a very heartfelt New Year……………………….. Everyday counts; I need to live a bit more by this rule!
I’m going to sneak this out under a brown wrapper before the New Year festivities start. From 88’/’89 and the odd hybrid of hip-hop and New Jack Swing. No swearing or dissing for this family friendly hit. All the old skool loops and samples are here. A recommend “Ring ‘Em,” sneak this on at a NYE party and don’t tell anyone who it is!! (You can even rap over the top over the MC mix and no one will ever know!)
Capitol Records – V-15437
|A1||Turn This Mutha Out (The Mutha Mix)||4:41|
|A2||Turn This Mutha Out (Instrumental)||4:41|
|B1||Ring ‘Em (’89 Mix)||6:01|
|B2||Ring ‘Em (M.C. Mix)||6:01|
Slightly late and slightly Christmassy and from 1985 this was by Canadian synthpop duo, Leslie Howe & Louise Reny. Howe worked with Alanis Morissette. With slight shades of the sound of Propaganda via Madonna and Gwen Stefani (with a sprinkle of Roxette), it was remixed by Rusty Garner with engineer Paul Sabu. So there is rock guitar and huge drums and lots of lots synths and very catchy. (and like a lot of stuff on here not on I-tunes)
Warner Bros. Records – PRO-A-2518
|A||Angel In My Pocket (Rocket In My Pocket Mix)||8:14|
|B1||There Was A Time (Remix)||4:48|
|B2||Angel In My Pocket (Dub)||5:28|
From 1985 and an almost mini album from Marc Almond. A few covers and lots of different styles.The main track has synth, like an old soft cell track, very quirky. “Broken Bracelets” is quite a rocky number, rock guitar mixes with chamber orchestra, complete madness. A cover of a Spanish song,”Cara A Cara”, is full-on Gypsy Kings, without the shit vocals but with electronic drums (?) Almond sings it in Spanish. The medley is classic Almond, melodramatic with his old songs thrown in amongst the covers.
It closes with very over-the-top rendition of Anne Hogan’s “Burning Boats”. He must of been buggered (literally) after that, what a performance!! RARE STUFF!!
Virgin – GLOW 1-12
|A1||The House Is Haunted (Ectoplasmix)||6:24|
|A3||Cara A Cara||4:33|
|B1||Medley (Unchain My Heart / Black Heart / Take My Heart)||5:38|
Part 2 sees Shelley develop more of a band sound. The bands he had gathered included Barry Adamson, who provided the bass for the stuff in the Part 1 collection)
|A||Never Again (Extended Version)||6:19|
|B1||Give It To Me||5:30|
|B2||One One One (Extended Version)||8:15|
(Shhhhh!!! Having had to borrow this from the Web, although the quality is okay)
Pete Shelley – Waiting For Love (12″)
Followers had to wait for another two years for the release of the next 12″ single. It is even more guitar based with a strident lead. Proving he could still knock out a catchy pop tune but with layers of sophisticated noise. The 12″ mix was digitally edited by David Jacob (who did a lot of work with the Pet Shop Boys) and the 7″ was produced by Stephen Hague. The 12″ mix is currently my favorite mix of the month, more electronic and better for it 😉 Continuing the theme of an experimental B side, the instrumental, “Designer Lamps”, sounds like something Yello would do with samples of horror screams and tribal percussion, very disturbing!
Immaculate Records – 12 IMMAC 4
|A||Waiting For Love (Immaculate Mix One)||7:17|
|B1||Waiting For Love (7″ Version)||3:47|
Pete Shelley – On Your Own (12″)
The next single to be taken from the album “The Heaven And The Sea” and continues the partnership with Stephen Hague. The mixes also employs the considerable skills of Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero to provide it with a big, polished 80’s sound. I guess that Mercury thought “Okay, let’s launch him to chart success” but I’m not entirely convinced myself a bit overproduced, hiding a decent song underneath. The Dub Mix wins this weeks award for how many layers of drums you can have and those awful, gimmicky vocal sample stabs, put on as a bit of an after thought.
Again the instrumental B- side “Please Forgive Me … But I Cannot Endure It Any Longer” is almost classical in construction, Shelley the composer and is simply sublime.
Mercury – MERX 221
|A||On Your Own (New York Mix)|
|B1||On Your Own (Dub Mix)|
|B2||Please Forgive Me … But I Cannot Endure It Any Longer|
Pete Shelley – I Surrender (12″)
The final 12″ from the album on got a release here even though the A – side contains a US Remix version. Mixing latino percussion and new wave, spiky guitar and mixed by Michael Kamen (Madonna discoverer) A final throw of the dice as the song gets swamped by rota toms and bongos (by Tuta Aquino), the dub mix was probably a New York club floor filler! (on Import)
The B-side, “Need A Minit” harks back to the XL-1 / Post Punk sound. More throw away and lighter.
Mercury – MERX 234
|A||I Surrender (U.S. Remix Vers.)|
|B1||I Surrender (Dub Vers.)|
|B2||Need A Minit|
So I’m missing the other album release , “Blue Eyes,” and the 1987 one-off release, “Do Anything” – Stay tuned!!
Ah. the sounds of Simmons and slap bass. From 1983 and from the guys who brought you “The Politics Of Dancing” (essentially one-hit wonders) This has the remix skills of John Luongo providing a 9 min + mix for the American dance floors.
Having a little search on my Blog the aforementioned “Politics” and the other twelve I have “Hitline” were not on here!!! (“Praying To The Beat” is) Will sort this glaring error out because I had already ripped them. Form an orderly queue!
Capitol Records – SPRO-9120
|A||Hurt (The Rubber Dub)||9:30|
|B||Hurt (Emotional Mix – U.S. Version)||6:45|
As a bit of a fan (and spurned on by a few things Mike posted over), this two part series will attempt to showcase the transition from Punk maverick to synth embracing futurist; with the help of a certain Martin Rushent.
Pete Shelley – I Don’t Know What It Is (12″)
The first single off the album, “Homosapian,” it contains a slightly remixed version of the album track. As you will with these twelves the real gem is on the flip, an amazing dub version!! Listen and you can hear a lot of Rushent’s signature sounds that appeared on the Human League releases which were being done at the same time; the version of “I Don’t Know What It Is” suddenly gets shoe-horned in, not in a subtle way, ending with the sung chorus.
|A||I Don’t Know What It Is (Remixed Version)|
|B||Witness The Change / I Don’t Know What It Is (Instrumental Version)|
Pete Shelley – Homosapian / Love In Vein (12″)
The classic with Rushent’s studio skills are all over this electronic anthem. So ahead of it’s time the studio sounds were so cutting edge at the time. Once heard never forgotten.
|A1||Homosapien (Dance Version)|
|A2||Love In Vain|
|B||Homosapien (Elongated Dancepartydubmix)|
Pete Shelley – Telephone Operator (12″)
So the first thing I bought by him and fell in love with was originally on 7″ and I upgraded to the 12″ about 15 years ago. From the groundbreaking “XL- 1” album from 1983, this blew me away. The slap bass on “Many Of Time” brings funk to the synth pop. Both amazing mixes.
|A2||Many A Time (Extended Version)||6:43|
|B||Many A Time (Dub)||7:57|
Pete Shelley – (Millions Of People) No One Like You (12″)
These were originally going to be on the Buzzcock’s last album and they do sound like a Buzzcock songs. The sleeve says it was all one track but I’ve split them into two tracks. Again it’s all in the B-side where the tracks get the full Genetic studio treatment.
|A||(Millions Of People) No One Like You / If You Ask Me (I Won’t Say No)||8:30|
|B||(Millions Of People) No One Like You / If You Ask Me (I Won’t Say No) (Dub Mix)||6:38|
And what seem’s the monthly dose of Was (Not Was) post- “Walk The Dinosaur.” from 1987. This is synth enhanced funk with remixes by Bruce Forest and Frank Heller. Immaculate production and sound, the dub is a thing of beauty but is entirely instrumental, what a bass sound!!
The craziness is still there with the B-side, “What Up, Dog?” Off the album of the same name, ambient madness, go figure ?
Fontana – 870 006-1
|A||The Boy’s Gone Crazy (Walk In The Black Forest Mix)|
|B1||The Boy’s Gone Crazy (A Dub In The Black Forest Mix)|
|B2||What Up, Dog?|
Poor old blonde-haired Belouis, floundering around in 1987 as record execs breathed down his neck for another hit like “Imagination”. What do we get ? A slab of 80’s pop funk with some studio trickery straight out of the “How To Make An 80’s Twelve Inch Mix” recipe book. Mix 2 is the most fun, adding more of that 80’s rock guitar. Produced by Gary Langan and his Fairlight and mixed by Phil Harding (Mix 2) and John Robie (Mix 1)
Massive in South Africa, apparently.
Capitol Records – SPRO-79055
|A||Let It Be With You (Mix 1)|
|B||Let It Be With You (Mix 2)|
From 1989. Flesh For Lulu teamed up with Zeus B Held and ventured into the dreaded realms of Indie Dance, with NY Hit Factory engineer Alan Meyerson providing the remixes. Categorized as a Goth band that even Goth’s didn’t listen to; the follow up album to their greatest release, the ’87 album “Long Live The New Flesh,” was a bit of an identity crisis and would be one of their last, “Plastic Fantastic.” Written by band member and ex member of the punk band, Peter And The Test Tube Babies, it has psychedelic guitars over a dance beat. Great lyrics and the Radio mix is more in the usual style of the band, an underrated track.
“You tear your heart out for what you believe.”
NEW LINK 2017
Capitol Records – V-15556
|A1||Every Little Word (Remix)||6:34|
|A2||Every Little Word (Dub)||5:40|
|B1||Every Little Word (Underground Mix)||5:05|
|B2||Every Little Word (Alternative Radio Edit)||4:15|