Reaching the milestone of 60! It had to be this weird track from 1988 by The KLF. One of the first mash-ups. Based on the Doctor Who theme, as well as “Rock And Roll” by Gary Glitterand sampling “Blockbuster!” by The Sweet. A fun Party track!
The full 8 minute extended mix is really fun! More obvious samples – The Blockbuster intro is nearly here in full.
The ambient “Minimal” mix has no Glam Beats but a steady bass drum. More for fans of the Dr. Who theme, less gimmicks.
Multi-instrumentalist and ex-Member of Ian Dury And The Blockheads released this funk LP back in 1981, it was called “Chasanova” in the UK and brings together the successful singles.
Produced with Peter Van-Hooke (who also programmed the Linn Drums) and Philip Bagenal.
It features Tina Weymouth’s sister on backing vocals, fellow Blockhead, Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Charley Charms on drums. Lyrics were written by Ian Dury.
One of the highlight tracks -“Magic Of Music,” gives a reggae vibe with guest bass by Japanese musician Kuma Harada (Snowy White) and guitar from Mick Jacques (Curved Air) with trumpet from Dick Cuthell (The Specials) and trombone Rico Rodriguez. (The Specials)
“Questionnaire” feels like it was made in the late 80’s, that’s how groundbreaking it sounds.
Never having a CD release or a remaster this was from short-lived L.A. Alt Rock band
The album came out in Summer 1983, all self produced.
The line-up for the album was ; Bass, Guitar [Synthesizer] – Rob Rio Hasik, Drums – Barry (The Hatchet) Wisdom, Drums [Hand], Timbales, Percussion – Tempo (Michael Temple), Keyboards, Vocals [Background] – Morley Bartnof , Lead Vocals, Guitar [Synthesizer] – Tim McGovern (Ex-member of The Motels) and Saxophone [Alto, Tenor & Baritone], Vocals [Background] – Jeff Hollie.
A full sound, with lots going on – loads of percussion and swirling synths. Plenty of Calypso, Ska and Punk influences. It includes their Hit “Belly Of The Whale” Quite similar to Oz band Men At W.
Highlights include the wacky, quick instrumental “Is This What You Mean?” There is a weird, pub rock cover of John Fogerty’s “Down On The Corner”, followed by Jimi Hendrix’s “I Don’t Live Today”, given an electro funk makeover in a Prince style.
The ever so popular (on this blog!) Starship with more synth rock from 1987!! Hair Rock from the late 80’s. As you can see the “Long Version” is 18 seconds longer than the short version – so this 12″ is a bit of a rip-off (Sorry Mike B)
This later line-up was ;Drums, Vocals – Donny Baldwin, Guitar – Craig Chaquico and vocals Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas.
Produced by Keith Olsen and from the album, “No Protection” – Grace Silk is somewhere in here but it is hard to tell.
Rock Synth from The Cars late bassist Benjamin Orzechowski. His one and only LP from 1986 as the band was breaking up. The line-up included ; Guitar – Elliot Easton (The Cars) , Mike Landau, Keyboards – Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell’s Ex-husband and who also produced it with Orr and Mike Shipley)
Safe and tuneful, a mix of Power Ballads and rockers with plenty of synths. No filler tracks here.
What a great party track from the late 80’s (’88) and it see’s the band seriously get into their samples and electronics, helped by co-producer Rob Gordon. This is the more techno sounding mix with bass synth keeping the groove.
The old band sound is still found on the couple of live tracks – to keep the old fans onside. It was recorded live in Gothenberg. “She’s Surreal” has some elements of beats, scratches and samples. Bloody awful vocals though.
Debut LP from Leed’s Age Of Chance released in 1987. Produced with Howard Gray (Apollo 440) Steve Osbourne and Mark “Spike” Stent were the engineers
Loads of styles to adsorb, hip-hop, Industrial, synth pop and future Rockabilly. Plenty of daft samples, tongue was firmly in their cheeks. Vocalist Steven E gives a great impression of Johnny Rotten with his nasal sneer. Here was the line-up Steven Elvidge, (mob-orator) Geoff Taylor, (all nite bass frequencies) Neil Howson, (power-noise generator) and Jan Perry (beat dominator)
So it is a definite mix between indie rock and hip-hop, I really like the Beastie Boys influence on “Take It” and the quite polemic “Learn To Pray.”