Reinvention and striving to come up with something a bit different and therefore things became quite interesting. Tony James was carving himself out as a bit of Malcolm McLaren figure and touching as many genres as possible. Stay with me this band did have some ideas.
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Albinino Vs. Star Wars (12″)
No vocals just a beautifully produced (By Stephen Hague) instrumental, atmospheric and layered with samples. Part 2 adds a dance beat but keeps the weird samples and we get the vocals back. It sounds like a modern The Clash or Big Audio Dynamite!
“He who plunders the past, exploits the future!”
Parlophone – 12 SSS 4
|A1||Albinoni Vs Star Wars (Part 1 Extended)|
|B1||Albinoni Vs Star Wars (Part 2 Extended)|
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Dancerama (Remixes) (12″)
By now Parlophone couldn’t wait to get rid. Sales had dried up and the band were self producing and mixing. Here on the “Kashmir Mix” we get a homage to Glam Rock. Heavy rock guitar and synths and Degville’s vocals messed around and twisted as usual. The “Saxy Remix” goes all sleazy, slow, Soft Cell on us with lead vocals mostly by a mysterious woman. B-side “Barbarandroid” has Bill Mitchell given a spoof trailer voice over some Blade Runner mood music with lead vocals by some Androids, very inventive.
Parlophone – 12 SSSX 5
|A||Dancerama (Kashmir Remix)||8:18|
|B1||Dancerama (Saxy Remix)||7:09|
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Rio Rocks (12″)
Their last single (from the 80’s anyway) and back to Rock ‘n Roll. The “Rocks” in question are cocaine and the sing pinches heavily from “La Bamba” and takes a critical look at the glamour of Rio. It was produced by legendary Brazilian producer, Liminha. B-side, “Aliens” is a pure synth soundtrack for an imaginary film, but with very few film soundbites (strangely?) and sounding very much like Jean Michel Jarre?
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Parlophone – 12 SSS 6
|A1||Rio Rocks (Extended)|
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Rio Rocks (The Samba Remixes)
As a parting shot and spending what was left of Parlophone’s money (Remember The Sex Pistols and Ronnie Biggs) So off the trio went; Recorded in Rio, Brazil, May 1989. Featuring the Manguera Samba School and produced with Liminha. The 12″ is a very light, traditional Samba with Neal X guitar quietly wailing in the background. The “Acid” mix is again very limp wristed attempt at a dance track. Why oh why?
And with that the Parlophone Record Executives gladly showed the band the door!!!
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Parlophone – 12 SSSX 6
|A1||Rio Rocks (Samba)||5:58|
|B1||Rio Rocks (Acid)||5:56|
|B2||Rio Rocks (7″ Samba)||4:00|
Thanks once again to Mike B for providing the crystal clear rips. I hope I have done your collection justice.