Bourgie Bourgie ‎– Careless (12″)

Another one I’ve ripped and stored somewhere and Mike B has kindly sent over. Released in 1984, they only did 2 singles and an album. Scottish quartet of Ian Burgoyne, Keith Band, Michael Slavin (who went on to work with Del Amitri) Interestingly it also features the golden tonsils of Paul Quinn (who did a single with Vince Clarke around the same time)The A -side was produced by Mike Hedges and ticks all the 80’s New Wave boxes, marimba like keyboard lead and plenty of jangling guitars. B-side, “Change Of Attitude” is a bluesy, jazz shuffler and slightly experimental.

MCA Records ‎– BOUT2careless

A Careless (Extended Version) 4:40
B Change Of Attitude (Extended Version) 8:16

Shit!!!! I’m actually DJ-ing


Yup myvinyldreams goes on the road!! Next Saturday at Amigo’s as part of Ulverston’s superb “Another Fine Fest”, I’ll be cramming as much as possible into my set of vinyl 80’s twelves.  If you’re out about come and say “Hi !” – it’s a free fest with a fab line-up. The electronic programme is here.

Gary Moore – Empty Rooms (12″)

More Balladeering from the late Gary Moore. A track I actually quite liked when it came out back in 1984. The 12″ version was remixed by Phil Harding (!!!) but with no dance beats just nicely extended. The Bonus track is a live version of traditional heavy rocker, “Nuclear Attack” complete with its cheesy synth intro and equally cheesy lyrics.

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10 Records ‎– TEN 25-12emptyfrontcov

A Empty Rooms (Extended Mix) 7:30
B1 Empty Rooms 4:17
B2 Nuclear Attack (Live Version) 6:00

ZZ Top – Rough Boy (12″)

The mightily bearded ZZ Top released this from “Afterburner” back in 1985. They had found the magic formula of mixing synths and sequencers with good old Blues geetar. This is their best Power Ballad, with epic production by their 4th member, Bill Ham.

This came with an amazing video and the added bonus of “Legs (Metal Mix)” which sounds a bit like the normal 12″ Dance mix to me but nevertheless a fine 12″ remix. Album track rocker “Delirious.” is also included (Rock and a vocoder!!)

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Warner Bros. Records ‎– W 2003 (T)roughfrontcov

A1 Rough Boy (LP Version) 4:50
A2 Delirious 3:41
B Legs (Metal Mix) 7:48

Gowan ‎– (You’re A) Strange Animal (Canadian Promo 12″)

Alternative rock/synth pop with hints of Sparks / YES in terms of vocals, Lawrence Gowan, a Scottish-born Canadian musician released this in 1985. Borrowing most of Peter Gabriel,s backing band (Tony Levin on bass, Jerry Marotta on drums and David Rhodes on guitar) and produced by David Tickle. The video mix contains a few sound/film samples at the start. Mid 80’s pop rock.

Columbia ‎– 12CDN-201

A (You’re A) Strange Animal (Jungle Mix) 6:04
B1 (You’re A) Strange Animal (Video Mix) 5:12
B2 (You’re A) Strange Animal (Animal Oriented Radio Mix) 4:44

Steve Jones – Mercy (US Promo 12″)

Rocking it up over the next few posts with this from ex-Sex Pistol guitarist Steve Jones, doing his best Billy Idol on this AOR track slow burner….didn’t see that coming!!! Released in 1987 and sporting long hair and posing, draped on a Harley!!!! Not much difference between the two versions apart from more guitar. This featured in Miami Vice and Mickey Rourke’s “Homeboy.”

MCA Records ‎– L33-17313SAM_4454

A Mercy (Long Version) 4:59
B Mercy (Short Version) 4:09

The Blasters ‎– Trouble Bound (Remix) (US Promo 12″)

So I’m off to vote….leaving this optimistic and very retro sounding bit of classic rockabilly from American band , The Blasters. Released in 1985 it could have been released decades earlier and I guess it was smartened up because it featured in a film or advert. Optimistic about the vote but are we Trouble Bound ??

Warner Bros. Records ‎– PRO-A-2346troubled

A Trouble Bound (Remix) 3:56
B Trouble Bound

The The ‎– Gravitate To Me (12″)

Had to check if this was 80’s and yes it was July 1989. Powerful stuff from the “Mind Bomb” album which see’s Matt Johnson work with The Smith’s Johnny Marr. A reggae type groove with the distinct harmonica riff. Francois Kevorkian and Goh Hotoda get there hands on the dance mix stripping everything back.

The B-side is from the album has a fabulous drum attack and plenty of wha wha from Marr and a Fat bass sound from Warne Livesey; with Mark Feltham on harmonica.

God is evil, God is love
God is the force that possesses us
God is beauty, God is truth
God is the force that is watching over you


Epic ‎– EMU T9gravy

A Gravitate To Me (Dance Mix) 8:00
B1 Gravitate To Me (Little Version) 4:32
B2 The Violence Of Truth 5:34

The Silencers ‎– I Can’t Cry (12″)


Early release from Scottish quartet, The Silencers from 1987. Jangly guitar with a smidgeon of studio electronics from producer Dave Bascombe.  A poignant anti-abortion song (or is it? ) a very subtle message anyway. Some nice sustained guitar on this.

The Silencers were Jimmie O’Neill (vocals and guitar) Joe Donnelly (bass) Martin Hanlin (drums) and Cha Burnz (vocals and guitar) O’Neill and Burnz were two ex-members of the post-punk outfit Fingerprintz.

An nice extended version of the bluesy stomp of “Blue Desire” (with a bit of Neil Young) is included plus the more bizarre and atmospheric, Catholicism of “Crucify Me.”


RCA ‎– HUSH T2silenced

A I Can’t Cry 5:24
B1 Blue Desire (Extended)
B2 Crucify Me

The Bolshoi – T.V. Man (12″)

Keeping the slightly indie/alternative vibe for the rest of the week.

From 1987 and the breakthrough hit from The Bolshoi (From the album “Lindy’s Party”). The “Extended Version” has more jangly, atmospheric guitars (via a few borrowed riifs 😉 ). All about TV shows as you’d expect. Not sure about lyrics though!

B-side is a semi-instrumental and quite topical, “Strawberries and Cream” with lead saxophone and spoken lyrics, very Madness. “I’m Depressed….” is a more gothy track, with driving bass and fractured lyrics; avant-garde keys and saxophone, quirky Bauhaus anyone?


Beggars Banquet ‎– BEG 197TSAM_2868

A1 T.V. Man (Extended Mix) 4:38
B1 Strawberries And Cream 3:55
B2 I’M Depressed (We All Die) 4:25