Don’t let the typical , overused title put you off, this is an unusual compilation with some previously unheard mixes by some not very “Alternative” 80’s Stars. Are they re-recordings ? Bootlegs ? Unreleased mixes. I’m not sure but it should be called “An Alternative Listen To Some 80’s Hits.”
Here’s a track rundown. There are no licensing detail or info on the various tracks and they are all quite short.
Opening with a HoJo’s “No One Is To Blame” – sounding like a modern, semi-acoustic, live sounding re-recording, Robin Bolt playing his guitar next to the tight harmonies and the fab piano.
Animotion are next with quite a short “Club Mix” of “Obsession” – it maybe the 7″ or an edit. Love the mix of Rock and guitar and the duet vocals.
Bow Wow Wow’s “I Want Candy” is a definite modern remix, thrashy guitars, rave synths and hard, industrial beats over the familiar lyric. Having Shazammed it, it turns out to be Razed In Black’s industrial reinterpretation.
Next up is Missing Persons “Destination Unknown” the TV Mania Mix. From 1999 album, “Remixed Hits” TV Mania turns out to be Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo , so that’s why it is a quality mix!!
Berlin are here with a Trip Hop remix of “Take My Breath Away” by……….roll the drums…..The Mission (or Mission UK) gnarling old Goth’s do a splendid job, well Wayne Hussey did. From the 2000 album, Greatest Hits Remixed, another great track.
The very “Alternative” Kajagoogoo’s “Too Shy” gets what I think is a re-record, hard to tell. Any Limahl fans out there ?
Go West’s “King Of Wishful Thinking” is a live version, proving Mr. Cox is and can still belt it out. Good Brass section too!
Shazam again to find out that it was Industrialists, Die Krupps that dabble in Flock Of Seagull’s classic “I Ran” – off one of those numerous Cleopatra Records remix compilation from the late 90’s. So throbbing electro industrial beats and another good effort!!
Gary Numan’s “Car” is a live version, so sounds a little bit fresher and different, especially with Pino’s Palladino bass.
Howard Jones closes proceedings with “Everlasting Love” is a definite re-recording, probably off the same album as the opening track. Re-recording probably because of licensing issues.