The rare promo 12″ which contains a couple of mixes by “Little” Louie Vega as well as the normal Phil Harding ones. Behind it all is The Pet Shop Boys and their soundscapes and backing vocals it seems
The Vega mixes have more glacial synths, metal percussion edits and breakbeats. Sounds a bit Propaganda and a lot harder with the clipped bass.
B-side is a weird mix of eurobeats, synths and yelps. (and some howling guitar!) More of a stand alone dance track.
WTG Records – PAS 1623
||I’m Not Scared (“Little” Louie Vega Mix)
||I’m Not Scared (Dub Version)
||J’ai Pas Peur (French Version)
||I’m Not Scared (Long Euro Mix)
||Baby Baby (Dusted Mix)
My favourite by these and a good collection of mixes from this ’86 release. Dedicated
It was co-produced by Ivan Ivan with Steve Peck and was dedicated to tragic Italian artist, Amedeo Modigliani.
For you synth anoraks the sounds (allegedly) were Yamaha DX7 Bitec Sound DataX 64 Volume 1B patch “Piano Bells” and ROM-2B patch “Tub Bells-Expansion”, Fairlight CMI II patch “Choir” and Yamaha DX7 ROM-1A patch “Tub Bells” and ROM-2B patch “Synth Bass 2” and Roland D-50 PN-D50-02 patch “Glockenspiel” – I love synth geeks! and there is more… the Emu Emulator II patch “Choir/Synth Choir”, Roland D-50 internal patches “D-50 Voices” and “Choir”, LinnDrum, Roland S-50 snare drum and Yamaha DX7 ROM-2B patch “T.Bl.-Expa.” Hee! Hah!
Just enjoy those pure, digital synth sounds.
BTW it did make it onto the soundtrack of “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”
Sire – 0-20650
||Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (I Dream Of Jeanne Mix)
||Modigliani (Requiem Mass)
||Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (7″ Re-Mix)
A fine slab of synth pop from this German band, released in 1988. Piano lead it ticks all the synth pop boxes. Gentle beats to give it a bit of dancefloor presence. I bet they’ve never heard Depeche Mode ever!!! 🙂
The B-side “Who Knew?” is sung in Spanish, blending mournful synths, epic strings and some melodic guitar notes, it is very New Order-ish with an Emulator chorus. Clan Of Xymox and of course DM also heavily influenced them.
ZYX Records – ZYX-5864
||Quien Lo Sabia?
Terence and the difficult second album.
This was released in January 1990 and it’s here with a remix by the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry. Peter Hinds (Incognito) provides the “Samba” mix, which is more like the 7″ version. Experimental but with a great voice, a weird juxtaposition that critics didn’t get. Perry plays with overdubs on top of the track, providing some weird Dub effects, as you’d expect. The “Samba” mix speeds things up and ramps up the jazz. A little gem !!
There is a live version of “Rain” to reclaim some dignity, live and funky.
CBS – TRENT T6
||To Know Someone Deeply Is To Know Someone Softly (The Upsetter Mix)
||To Know Someone Deeply Is To Know Someone Softly (Samba Mix)
Well it is 90’s Day / Evening so here is some Snap! from 1992 with guest vocals from Miss Haris (backing vocalist for Madonna). A strong techno vibe by Benito Benites and John “Virgo” Garrett III, less commercial and more underground. Both sides have different arrangements, it does feature fake pan pipe was previously over used by Enigma two years earlier on their hits “Sadness” and “Mea Culpa”. Dating it immediately.
Logic Records – 74321 10696 1
||Exterminate (Endzeit 12″)
||Exterminate (A.C.II 12″)
Early Scritti and without the massive synths / samplers (Pre David Gamson) but still with the reggae feel. I had this up here on 7″ so here is the 12″ released in 1982.
Joining Green Gartside (Vocals,Guitar) the band line-up was Joe Cang, (Bass) Niall Jinks, (Bass) Tom Morley, (drums) Robert Wyatt, (Keys) Michael McEvoy (Keys) Backing Vocals – Jackie Challenor, Mae McKenna and Lorenza Johnson.
“Asylums” is a gentle reggae number, quick and bouncy. “A Slow Soul” is a slow, bluesy track, subtle synths replace the sax which appeared on the album version, a nice rarity.
“Jacques Derrida” is a another quick track (Drum machine) with plenty of synth horns and dance-ability, it jams really good towards the end. Another rare track.
Rough Trade – RT 111T
||Asylums In Jerusalem
||A Slow Soul
||Jacques Derrida (Extended Version)
AAAAARGh it’s eventually on here!!! I know, I know, I know it’s overplayed and oversung and for the millions it is THE Ultravox song. I love the weird drums, the ear shattering bass tone and that violin solo but it has been heard enough for me. Released January 1981.
Of obvious interest is the B-sides.
“Passionate Reply” is my favourite Vox B-side. (It was even covered by Zaine Griff) sequenced and tight with that great guitar riff.
Some have mentioned Yellow Magic Orchestra ripped this off with track “Cue”, it sounds more like Bill Nelson to me.
“Herr X” is just the song sung in German, isn’t it ? Are there not subtle differences, the edit and slight different emphasis on some instruments. I’m sure Post Punk Monk will enlighten us! At least the vocals are a bit clearer!
Chrysalis – CHS 12 2481