Eighth Wonder Featuring Patsy Kensit ‎– I’m Not Scared (US Promo 12″)

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 SAM_8986

A1 I’m Not Scared (“Little” Louie Vega Mix) 7:17
A2 I’m Not Scared (Dub Version) 4:55
A3 J’ai Pas Peur (French Version) 5:48
B1 I’m Not Scared (Long Euro Mix) 7:58
B2 Baby Baby (Dusted Mix) 6:00

Book Of Love ‎– Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (US 12″)

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 SAM_5089

A1 Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (I Dream Of Jeanne Mix) 7:42
A2 Modigliani (Requiem Mass) 4:01
B1 Mo’Dub’Iani 5:09
B2 Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (7″ Re-Mix) 3:53

Cetu Javu ‎– Situations (US 12″)


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 SAM_4162

A Situations 6:20
B Quien Lo Sabia? 6:58

Terence Trent D’Arby ‎– To Know Someone Deeply Is To Know Someone Softly (12″)

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 terry

A To Know Someone Deeply Is To Know Someone Softly (The Upsetter Mix)
B1 To Know Someone Deeply Is To Know Someone Softly (Samba Mix)
B2 Rain (Live)

Snap! Featuring Niki Haris! ‎– Exterminate! (12″)

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 extra

A Exterminate (Endzeit 12″) 6:45
B Exterminate (A.C.II 12″) 7:44



Scritti Politti ‎– Asylums In Jerusalem / Jacques Derrida (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 SAM_4960

A1 Asylums In Jerusalem
A2 A Slow Soul
AA Jacques Derrida (Extended Version)

Ultravox – Vienna (12″)

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 SAM_4917

A Vienna 4:50
B1 Passionate Reply 4:20
B2 Herr X 5:50

Duran Duran ‎– Tiger! Tiger! (Japan 12″)

Gathering together the extended singles from 1983’s “Seven And The Ragged Tiger”, this got a release in June 1984, just as the band had started to implode.

Most fans will have these already.

“The Reflex” was mixed by Nile Rodgers and Jason Corsaro, in one of their strongest twelves.

“Union Of The Snake” funks around and feels a lot slower than I remember it and it now has a heavier guitar to my old ears. I do like Andy Hamilton’s evocative saxophone but it seems to plod along.

“New Moon On Monday” harks back to their older sound. Again great bass playing and subtle synth sounds. The Highlight track.

Okay is it me or is the Monster Mix of “Is There Something…” absolutley shocking, it’s a bloody instrumental. I remember when it came out and I bought it, smug that I was going to get a extended version of this one off song. Grrrrr still angry about it now.

The closing instrumental track is slightly remixed from the album, I think it appeared as the backing music for the VHS release of  “Arena.”



EMI ‎– EMS-50142 SAM_7221

A1 The Reflex (Dance Mix) = リフレックス
A2 Union Of The Snake (The Monkey Mix) = ユニオン・オブ・ザ・スネーク
B1 New Moon On Monday = ニュー・ムーン・オン・マンデイ
B2 Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix) = プリーズ・テル・ミー・ナウ
B3 Tiger Tiger = タイガー・タイガー

Paul Young ‎– Wonderland (Milan Mix) (12″)

From 1986 and produced by Hugh Padgham, with Phil Collins guesting on drums. A forgotten gem from Paul Young. Pino is on bass duties, as usual, whilst the music is restrained well over the 3 minutes mark then it all kicks in.

Ian Kewley (the bands keyboard player) co-wrote the B-side which is heavy on the piano and organ as you’d expect. Moody and moving, he had a really good voice.



CBS ‎– YOUNG T1 wonderfrontcov

A Wonderland (Milan Mix) 6:28
B1 Wonderland (Single Mix) 5:02
B2 Between Two Fires 4:38

Sunday Silly Song 61 – Robbie Coltrane / Pro Arte Orchestra and Choir Of London ‎– Speedy Gonzalez (12″)

From 1991 and from the comedy film, “The Pope Must Die” A Channel 4 / Comic Strip Film it co-starred Adrian Edmondson, Annette Crosbie, Herbert Lom, Alex Rocco and Peter Richardson. Robbie growls his way through the track. Slightly rockier than the original by Pat Boone.

Jeff Beck and Anne Dudley provide the film’s music and main theme which is on the B side.



PMD Records ‎– POPE 2001 popefrontcov

A Robbie Coltrane Speedy Gonzalez
B Pro Arte Orchestra And Choir Of London The Pope Must Die Theme