When the “Special Dance Mix” ruins the song (also see Ultravox’s “One Day” amongst many others!)
Fiction Factory’s second release being as New Wave sounding as you can possibly be, but by ’83 they were missing the boat. Funky bass and guitars, semi-operatic vocals and synths are all here, however you need to wait till the song kicks in. Produced by Pete Wilson ( The Blow Monkeys, The Style Council and The Comsat Angels et al)
The 2 B-sides reveal a band confident with their sound, loose bass and plenty of synths. “Old Blue Blue Fame” reminds me of Kajagoogoo.
Should have got the regular 12″
The other 2 Fiction Factory twelves are combined (with New Links) over here including “Feels Like Heaven”….Enjoy!
CBS – TA 3819
||Ghost Of Love (Special Dance Mix)
||The Other Side Of Grey
||Old Game Blue Flame
Was struggling for a Silly Sunday Song this week with a Divine 12″ I had bought a few weeks ago in contention, the video sealed the deal!!
By 1985 Harris Glenn Milstead had encamped in London, releasing his last album ,”Maid In England” in 1988.
Typical Hi-NRG beats and bassline but with live sounding drums and some guitar shredding. It does have a bit of a Hallowe’en atmosphere to it with howling wolves and screeching cats.
It was produced by Nick Titchener and Pete Ware and contains the superior “Magic Mix” as well as an instrumental if you are too traumatized by the “vocals.”
But heh,the video…..
Proto – ENAT 131
||Hard Magic (Magic Mix)
||Hard Magic (Instrumental Mix)
Steve Strange passed away back in 2015 on the back of a resurgence in his band Visage. This single was off the 3rd Album, 1984’s “Beat Boy” and with it’s bass sequencer sounds very like Ultravox, but unfortunately being released at the end of the New Romantic period and the walk out of most of the band (Formula, Ure, Currie) it failed to make a dent in the charts. I’m liking the B-side ,”She’s A Machine”, more dancier and reflecting the influence of the Barnacle brothers on bass and saxophone. Andy Barnett does a very good impression of Midge Ure on guitar.
Not sure back then and even now what a Love Glove was/is ?
Polydor – POSPX 691
||Love Glove (Full Version)
||Love Glove (Instrumental)
||She’s A Machine
Or FYC as they were marketed in 1989. This was off the hugely successful “The Raw And The Cooked” album and has a bit of an Indie guitar feel with a large drum sound. Remixed by Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero (& Youth) there was a raft of remixes for that album that even spawned a remix release of the LP.
The 12″ includes 2 more previous singles remixed by Prince Paul and Monie Love. The Cannibals always had a knowing eye on the club scene.
Prince Paul adds a loads of crazy samples on his remix giving it a completely different feel, adding a harmonica rift as well as cut ups from Film / TV Themes and jazzy overdubs, excellent stuff.
On the Monie Love Mix they tighten the beats and minimize the backing but keeping Gift’s fragile vocals on the top until Love raps over it.
Here is the refreshed link to the normal 12″ – you can get the set!
London Records – LONXR 220
||Don’t Look Back (Remix)
||Good Thing (Prince Paul Remix)
||She Drives Me Crazy (The Monie Love Remix)
More Fairlight slamming beats from ABC (version 2.0) from 1984. The clean, punchy arrangement by Mark White with engineer Martyn Webster and Fry gave it a trademark sound which marked out the album (of the same name) as a electronic dance classic. The trio of well established backing vocalists Jackie Challenor, Lorenza Johnson and Maye Mackenna added to the sound with some guitar from David Williams (The Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bryan Ferry)
This 12″ contains the elusive “How To Be A Millionaire $$$$$$$$” Mix which is the single mix I’m guessing, with no guitar solo or samples.
Here is the UK 12″ that I did a while back which seems to be exactly the same. (You could compare the two rips….ah, the choices!!!)
Oh and here is the link with a Fresh Re-up of the other mixes that appeared on the US 12″
For the German 12″ Here
Vertigo – 880 359-1Q
||How To Be A Zillionaire (Wall Street Mix)
||How To Be A Millionaire $$$$$$$$
||How To Be A Millionaire Accapella $
As usual the American 12″ came with a host of exclusive extras that did not make it on the UK release, that’s why Mike B comes in handy by providing the “Director’s Cut” of the vinyl release.
From 1987 and using as many of the latest synth sounds as you good, the HUGE Mutt Lange production helped by the wide stereo remixes of Nigel Green made this a Worldwide success for Ocean after a couple of years without a major hit.
The Instrumental is in fact a Dub version. Whilst the main mix is nearly 9 minutes long!
“Showdown” takes the Freestyle vibe further, whilst there is a nice little MEGAMIX to finish.
Synthpop with Soul!
Jive – JD1-9679
||Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (Extended Version)
||Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (Instrumental Version)
||Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (7″ Version)
||When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
||Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
Sorry for the lack of activity this week, life has been busy. A bumper 11 re-ups for ya!
Mr. Winkel gets 8 requests uploaded , he has been waiting for 5 months!!!
Gary Moore – Empty Rooms (12″) For Mr Winky (The First of the last!)
A-Ha – Cry Wolf (12″) For Krawinkel (Whatta Good Choice! Howwwl!!)
More Yello : Jungle Bill (US 12″) & Tremendous Pain (US Promo 12″) For Mr. Big Winkle (Yello fetish)
Comateens – Don’t Come Back / Deal With It (US Promo 12″) For Mr. Claw
Gary Glitter – Rock ‘N’ Roll Part 5 (12″) For Mr. W (Controversial!)
JOY – Touch By Touch (12″) For Mr. Winkel (Probably only me and him know this band)
Culture Club – The War Song (Ultimate Dance Mix) (12″) For Mr. Winkel (War is Stupid!)
Madness – Yesterday’s Men (12″) For HIM
Psychedelic Furs – Shock (US 12″) For Kevin (a loyal follower it seems)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax Remastered (Download Bundle) For WhyNotAndy (and Why Not ?)