Thought I’d double up with these 2 twelves from the much overlooked Red Box (Simon Toulson-Clarke (vocals, guitar) and Julian Close (keyboards, programming, saxophone).
First is the breakthrough hit “Lean On Me (Ah-li-ayo)” from 1985 which sees them use World Music influences to add to their own brand of quirky synth pop. The main remix (Red Box and Tony Richards) is really good, giving it a completely different take on the 7″ with a longer introduction and dramatic piano ending. There is also a slightly different mix of the B-side “Stinging Bee” (fans of Kissing The Pink would love this) Three quid for a 12″ back then???!!!
Sire – W8926T
|A||Lean On Me (Ah-li-ayo) (Dogmatix)|
|B1||Stinging Bee (Catmatix)|
|B2||Lean On Me (Ah-li-ayo)|
So moving on to 1987 and “Heart Of The Sun” So more choirs and a mix of acoustic instruments and synths, marimba heaven with Phil Harding on remix duty. The B-side sees them letting the samplers (political soundbites) loose on a funky instrumental. This became a bit of Balearic classic when Oakenfold remixed in 1990. A bonus track is yet another version of “Lean On Me” , sounding a bit more acoustic and missing the sung verses but keeping that catchy chorus.
WEA – YZ100T
|A||Heart Of The Sun (Slash & Burn)|
|B1||Enjoy (Solid Gold Easy Amex)|
|B2||Lean On Me (Ah-li-ayo) (Vera’s Husband’s Mix)|