Not got much Timbuk 3, this was one I ripped and had another few listens. Sublime , country tinged dream pop from the Austin duo. From their second album “Eden Valley,” it’s sung by Barbara K. MacDonald. A bit of a forgotten classic.
Two short B-sides include the more Americana sounding, “This Town Cries” where Pat MacDonald duets. For fans of R.E.M.
The last track is a beefed up, re-recorded version of the last track from their debut album, “I Love You In The Strangest Way”. Adding drums and a funky bass.
I.R.S. Records – IRMT 165
||This Town Cries
||I Love You In The Strangest Way (Glass Eye Version)
More Chiefs with this more electronic dance effort from 1987. Big Production by The System and a strong and long Julian Mendelsohn mix at over 9 minutes. Synths, guitar and plenty of drums (and a slight Clash influence, they did tour with B.A.D. by the way.)
The B-side was produced and engineered by Peter Woolliscroft and is a bit of a dance /guitar/ indie hybrid. They certainly had a unique sound and were well ahead of their time.
WEA – YZ 109 T
||Weekend (Extended Dance Mix)
||Kiss Of Life (Extended Version)
The Explorers were a short lived side project of Roxy Music’s Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera who teamed up with vocalist James Wraith. Released in 1985 and off their only album, the self titled “Explorers” this was the fourth single.
Okay, I thought. this is going to sound like Roxy Music but I didn’t expect to sound THAT much like them! Produced with Keith Bessey at Strawberry Studio’s , Stockport. It’s a good 12″ version with plenty of added drums.
“Another Lost Soul On The Run” is quite atmospheric, funky bass, synths and some great Manzanera, Wraith does sound uncanny like Andy Bell on here.
More Explorers over here
Virgin – VS 779-12
||Venus De Milo (Longer Than Louvre Mix)
||Another Lost Soul On The Run
The UK 12″ of this release from 1985 is really the true follow up to “You Spin Me Right Round”, it could be the Mark 2 version it’s that similar in places. Produced and mixed by the P.W.L. this has the long, extended and unnamed extended mix by Phil Harding with a full on EMU Drumulator. The late, great Pete Burns in fine vocal form.
It is backed by the 7″ version and a “live” track , “Big Daddy Of The Rhythm” from the album “Youthquake”, the band seemed to having a great time.
Epic – TA6571
||My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor)
||Big Daddy Of The Rhythm (Live)
||My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor) (7” Version)
If the blog survives….. No Mike B stuff (He still has 50+ Rips waiting in the wings) All my own stuff in all its Vinyl Crispness – Not like the pic I may add!
Defiance through song titles !!
A good music quiz question was what was the film this 1987 Hit from ? ……………”Mannequin”
Overplayed but very very lush production with plenty of synths. Lighters out (it even has a great guitar solo to air guitar too)
The B-side has the interesting note “a mobile recording by Westwood One, recorded at Stopher Gym, Louisiana State University.” Raw and live with Grace Slick in fine voice and guitars up full.
A new link from a new host
Grunt – 5961-1-GD
||Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
||Layin’ It On The Line
Espionage were an American synth band made up of ; Vocals, Synthesizer – Paul Hutchinson, Vocals, Synthesizer, Piano, Percussion – Chazz Coghlan, Guitar, Backing Vocals – Nielson Kearon, Drums – Dennis Conway and Bass Guitar – Gordon Goodwin. Signed to A & M Records.
From 1983 and sounding like an American version of Kajagoogoo / Duran Duran / Ultravox. Delete as you listen through the album. There is some lurking guitar amongst all the sequencers and drum machines. The album was produced by the legendary Roy Thomas Baker and sounds amazing for the time. He even does a bit of a Queen production sound on the short, “Freedom.”
In places it goes a bit cheesy pop rock – but with plenty of lead synths. A great variety of styles and some good quality songs. I’m liking it on a second listen and would have bought back in the day.
Not available in digital format or a very expensive, bootleg CD. (sorry PostPunkMonk)
A&M Records – SP-6-4935
||The Sound Of Breaking Hearts
||Your Love Is For Sale
||The Great Escape
||Living Under Rocks
||Good Things Don’t Go On Forever
||I Never Meant To Make You Cry (I’m Sorry)
||Can’t You Feel My Heartbeat
||Ships Across The Night
||One Night Stand