Steely Dan ‎– The Royal Scam (Vinyl LP)


Curve Ball record of the week.

The 5th album, released in 1976, from the legendary Steely Dan, featuring jazzy rock with a satirical slant. Musicianship of the highest quality by Walter Becker, Larry Carlton and Donald Fagen.



ABC Records ‎– ABCL 5161royalfrontcov

A1 Kid Charlemagne 4:38
A2 The Caves Of Altamira 3:33
A3 Don’t Take Me Alive 4:19
A4 Sign In Stranger 4:22
A5 The Fez 3:59
B1 Green Earrings 4:05
B2 Haitian Divorce 5:50
B3 Everything You Did 3:54
B4 The Royal Scam 6:31

The Belle Stars ‎– Slick Trick (12″)

From 1981 and on the legendary Stiff Records label and produced by Langer and Winstanley. I’m not sure at the time if they were marketed as the female equivalent to label mates, Madness. This is less of a novelty record as “The Clapping Song,” “Iko Iko” or “Sign Of The Times.” It’s a funky ska number with half rapped lyrics.

Quality B-side as well; lively with lots more brass and a killer bass.


Stiff Records ‎– S BUY 123bellefrontcov

A Slick Trick (Extended Version)
B Take Another Look

Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy (US 12″)

Oooh! How Commercial!

From 1988 and the BIG one from Roland and friends. Surprisingly not up here already! I wont prattle on any longer. Justin Strauss and David Z provide the remixes with Edits by Chep Nunez so everything is in safe hands.


I.R.S. Records ‎– IRS-23926fine

Side One
A1 She Drives Me Crazy (The Justin Strauss Remix) 7:39
A2 She Drives Me Crazy (Single Remix) 3:48
Side A
B1 She Drives Me Crazy (David Z Remix) 7:05
B2 She Drives Me Crazy (Driven Crazy Dub) 5:33

A Flock Of Seagulls ‎– Who’s That Girl (She’s Got It) (12″)

The original line-up made a comeback this year with the album “Ascension,” where the old hits were re-recorded with an Orchestra. (Think Midge Ure, Visage et al) No one really battered an eyelid, shame really.

This was a after Paul Reynolds, the guitarist, had left the group and for me the sound had gone. More synths were used to fill the gap but I didn’t like it when it came out at the time (October ’85) and don’t really care for it now. So why post it ? For the fans of the band and also out of morbid curiosity. (Would I like it again ?)

Very high paced and featuring a load of Fairlight, it was the first release from their 4th LP “Dream Come True” produced by band member Mike Score and mixed by Nigel Green and engineered by Stephen McLaughlin. Carmen Manley provided the female backing vocals with reggae guitarist, Michael Irving filling in on a small, picked solo. It featured Lauren Bacall on the cover.

Flock Of Seagulls does disco with annoying flange effects. The 12″ slightly improves it. The Medley is in fact the worst megamix I think I’ve heard….ever. Talk about lack of subtly! Oh, the video, was it done using Mario Paint ?


Jive ‎– JIVE S 106SAM_4937

A Who’s That Girl (She’s Got It) (Extended Version)
B1 Who’s That Girl (She’s Got It) (7″ Version)
B2 Single Medley 5:32
B2.1 I Ran
B2.2 Telecommunication
B2.3 Nightmares
B2.4 Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
B2.5 The More You Live, The More You Love
B2.6 Space Age Love Song


Matt Fretton ‎– It’s So High (Extended Version) (12″)


The late Matt Fratton had a short lived recording career of just 4 singles (although he toured with Depeche Mode in 1984) saw him have a minor hit back in 1983 with backing vocals sung by Eddi Reader of Fairground Attraction fame.

Produced by Phil Thornalley it uses samples to good effect and has a catchy chorus. The 12″ version is miles better than the 7″ (also included) The B-side track is just a voice and piano, an emotional ballad with trumpet solo.!3jIgwYZZ!cuU3AV-9odUMIMvUPa84pgXvd_ELe5plVOhaOB2PcB4


Chrysalis ‎– MATT X 1highfrontcov

A It’s So High (Extended Version) 5:01
B1 Love’s Sad Memory 4:12
B2 It’s So High (Single Version) 3:18

China Crisis ‎– Hanna Hanna (Extended Mix) (12″)

A bit of an overlooked track from China Crisis from 1984 and to this day I’ve not a clue of what its about and hence it didn’t break into Top 40. It’s quite synthy for China Crisis with a sample of something being dropped through a drainpipe distracting but memorable at the same time.

It’s augmented with a couple of live tracks with a concert opener “Here Come A Raincloud” (reminding me of Durruti Column) and a live interpretation of “African And White” (with some excellent drumming) both recorded at Reading University (31. 1. 84)


Virgin ‎– VS 665-12hannafrontcov

A Hanna Hanna (Extended Mix) 5:17
B1 Here Come A Raincloud (Live) 6:00
B2 African And White (Live) 3:48


Maurice ‎– This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze) (US 12″)

From Underground to Overground as people become curious about this late 80’s dance sound. Released in ’88 by Maurice Joshua who did a bit of a Guy Called Gerald by bursting on the scene with this classic. Originally the B-side of his debut single “”I Gotta Big Dick” (???) it was remixed by London DJ , Les Adams (from DMC) given it Worldwide success the following year. The “Sharon & Tracy” mix is the more commercial sounding, whilst the “Kevin & Trevor” mix was a the harder, more clubby style with more of the typical House sounds thrown in, Todd Terry-ish. (Sexism and remix’s heh?)

I think a prefer the “Deep Dub” with its bird tweets and 808 State vibe.

Acid-Lite or Deep House ?


Vendetta Records ‎– VE 7016SAM_6534

A1 This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze) (S&T Mix) 7:22
A2 This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze) (Deep Dub) 5:58
AA This Is Acid (A New Dance Craze) (K&T Mix) 6:24

OKAY – This must be everything else!

Okay, O.K, okay…..Followers Uwe and Winx love quirky OKAY! (and so do some of you!)

Here is a load of rips that Uwe sent over and I apologise for only just getting around to curating them. It all fits nicely with the 80’s stuff going on at the moment. Consider it an extended overdose of Silly Sunday Song-ness.


O.K. – The Wild, Wild Western (German Promo 2 x 12″)

A German homage to the Cowboy film and with some playful samples. Released in 1989 it has the very likeable and gentle “F.M. Bass Mix” mixed by David Barrett and Rod Gammons. With various mixes having a mix of German and English lyrics. Liking the drumless “Orchestrated Mix” best of all….Proper Soundtrack stuff. Also give the track “Once Upon A Time In The Wild, Wild Western….” mixed by Pete Lorimer and including 3 segued Western covers (not sure about the vocals) Remember Red Dead Redemption 2 is out at the moment !!


CBS ‎– CBS SAMP 1324front

A1 The Wild, Wild Western (Dance Mix Vol. I) 7:07
A2 The Wild, Wild Western (Kiss F.M. Bass Mix) 3:40
  Once Upon A Time In The Wild, Wild Western…. (10:31)
Ba Desperado Town 4:46
Bb High Noon 3:15
Bc Take A Message To Mary 2:30
C1 The Wild, Wild Western (Dance Mix Vol. II) 6:24
C2 The Wild, Wild Western (Special Concentrated Razor Edit Mix) 6:04
D1 The Wild, Wild Western (Orchestral Mix) 6:58
D2 The Wild, Wild Western (Here Comes The Drums) 3:24

Okay – The Wild, Wild Western – Vol I (Mini CD)

So a very rare Mini-Disc that includes some of the previous mixes but also the single / radio mix. Wish I could translate the German samples.


CBS ‎– 655058 3wildvol1

1 The Wild, Wild Western 3:28
2 The Wild, Wild Western (Dance Mix Vol. I) 7:07
3 The Wild, Wild Western (Kiss F.M. Bass Mix) 3:40
4 The Wild, Wild Western (Special Concentrated Razor Edit Mix) 6:04

Okay – The Wild, Wild Western – Vol II (Mini CD)

More for the completists , so nothing new here on this even rarer CD release.


CBS ‎– 655079 3wildy

1 The Wild, Wild Western 3:28
2 The Wild, Wild Western (Dance Mix Vol. II) 6:24
3 The Wild, Wild Western (Here Comes The Drums) 3:24
4 The Wild, Wild Western (Orchestral Mix) 6:58


Okay Featuring Valerie Vannobel ‎– Une Grande Affaire (Mini CD)

From 1990 and this odd bit of Europop starring the mysterious Valerie on lead vocals. Inventive and cheesy in the same listen and featuring predominant House Piano riff and and a French Nursery Rhyme!?! Track 3 and 4 are less toe curling.


CBS ‎– 655913 3version

1 Une Grande Affaire (Single Version) 3:20
2 Une Grande Affaire (12″ Version) 6:06
3 Une Grande Affaire (Dance Vision) 5:55
4 Une Grande Affaire (Deep Folk-Mix) 5:55

OKAY Meets Valerie Vannobel ‎– World Of Illusion (German Maxi 12″)

From 1991 and a proper House mix with a catchy vocal hook, sampled saxophone and some nod to Kraftwerk and Suzanne Vega. The “Nightmare” is a nice, deeper mix, the “techno” mix more synthpop.


Amnesia Records (Germany) ‎– 02-5059illusion

A1 World Of Illusion (French Hit-Mix 1)  
A2 World Of Illusion (Techno-Mix)  
B1 World Of Illusion (Nonstop 12 Hours Nightmare Dub-Mix)


Sunday Silly Song 19 – Bonny Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero (12″)

Too Dramatic ? Well it was produced by Jim Steinman.

From the soundtrack of “Footloose” and as you have become accustomed with this blog, a Jellybean Benitez Remix. ( I never offer you the normal,can- get-this-anywhere version!!!) To be honest it is not that different but with a suitably bombastic instrumental in the middle and the synthy ending. Guilty Pleasure.

Improved RIP thanks to Fred.

This includes “Faster Than The Speed Of Light” which could be off any Meatloaf LP. This was off her 5th LP, from 1982

CBS – TA 4251

A   Holding Out For A Hero (Special Extended Remix) 6:19
B1   Holding Out For A Hero (Instrumental) 5:15
B2   Faster Than The Speed Of Night 4:40

War ‎– Low Rider / Heartbeat (Single sided Promo 12″)

Dipping my toe in the 70’s with this often played track by War , a funk band from South California. Guided by producer Jerry Goldstein and had an early connection with Eric Burdon from The Animals. This was their BIG hit from 1975. Things started to go downhill for the group in the late 70’s when bassist B.B. Dickerson left and another member, Charles Miller, was murdered.

The B-side “Heartbeat” is well worth a listen, funky as the singer constantly mentions.


Island Records ‎– IDJ 9warfrontcov

A1 Low Rider 3:11
A2 Heartbeat 6:58