Various ‎– NME Readers’ Poll Winners ’84 (Feat. Bronski Beat, Cocteau Twins, The Smiths, U2) (7″)

A New Year’s Gift….

All crammed on a 7″ – although the speed was 33 rpm. that was given free with NME on May ’85.

All the artists were well established by the time this was released and it seems that it was a “Remember Us!” kind of message.

Bronski dedicate their track to the Miner’s Strike. Brooding and basic and Soft Cell – like.

The Cocteau Twins give us the haunting, strummed “Ivo” with a slightly more harsh drum machine sound on this track.

The Smiths have a live track from Oxford (18/3/85) – short and direct.

U2 provide a Dub Mix and on hearing it I’m sure my mate had this 7″ at the time. They really nail the sound thanks to Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.

New Musical Express ‎– GIV 1


A1 Bronski Beat Hard Rain 4:15
A2 Cocteau Twins Ivo (New Version) 3:55
B1 The Smiths What She Said (Live) 2:36
B2 U2 Wire (Dub Mix) 4:31

Silly Sunday Song 60 – The Timelords ‎– Doctorin’ The Tardis (US 12″)

Reaching the milestone of 60! It had to be this weird track from 1988 by The KLF. One of the first mash-ups.

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.

TVT Records ‎– TVT 4020


Side A
A1 Doctorin’ The Tardis (Radio)
A2 Doctorin’ The Tardis (Minimal)
Club Side
B Doctorin’ The Tardis (Extended)

Chas Jankel ‎– Questionnaire (US Vinyl LP)

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.


A1 109 3:53
A2 Johnny Funk 4:57
A3 Now You’re Dancing 3:39
A4 Magic Of Music 4:53
B1 Glad To Know You 6:35
B2 Boy 3:53
B3 Questionnaire 5:05
B4 3,000,000 Synths 6:27

Madness ‎– Our House (US 12″)

A rare version – as it is Christmas ! From 1983 and the US Dance versions I present to you remixed by Mark Kamins.

More “Woo A Woo”, a nice piano solo and an accepella ending, it nicely different.

The Dub version is called “Mad House” before House music I may add but some nice Dub effects with the saxophone doing the lyrics.

Geffen Records ‎– 9 29667-0 A


A Our House (Special Remix — Extended Dance Version) 5:02
B Mad House (Our House Instrumental Dub Version) 4:34

Burning Sensations ‎– Burning Sensations (US Vinyl LP)

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.

Capitol Records ‎– ST 12300


A1 Not Cloudy All Day 2:11
A2 Beat Temptation 3:43
A3 Belly Of The Whale 5:02
A4 Maria (You Just Don’t Know What You’re Dealing With) 4:12
A5 Sea Shanty 3:26
B1 Is This What You Mean? 3:20
B2 Down On The Corner 3:06
B3 I Don’t Live Today 3:20
B4 Afrobilly (Live It Up) 3:30
B5 Envy 3:28

Starship ‎– It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over) (US Promo 12″)

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.

Grunt ‎– 6478-1-GDAB SAM_2785

A It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over) (Long Version) 4:32
B It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over) (Short Version) 4:16