A Certain Ratio ‎– The Big E (12″)

A  hopeful synth tinged Indie anthem from 1989. Produced by Julian Mendelsohn and mixed by Bob Kraushaar. Uplifting saxophone. A lead single for the album, “Good Together” there is a certain Epic quality in the feel. It featured in the New Order biopic “Control.”

The funk is brought on with an instrumental version “Love Is The Way” and “Day 2” a revisit of 1982 track “Day 1”, a short instrumental that is drum machine driven with elements of Yello atmospherics.



A&M Records ‎– ACRY 514 SAM_9168

A The Big E (Album Version)
B1 Love Is The Way (Instrumental)
B2 Day 2

Freiheit ‎– Love Is No Science (CD Rip)


From Germany’s Freiheit this was released in April 1990, so it’s 30 year anniversary. Light AOR / Pop Rock with a big helping of synths and tech. The line-up for this album was ) Vocals, Keyboards – Stefan Zauner, Drums – Rennie Hatzke, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Aron Strobel, Keyboards – Alex Grünwald and Bass – Michael Kunzi.

Produced by Armand Volker, I like there was a sampler assistant – Wolfgang Müller. Th tracks were re-recorded into English from their 6th LP, Purpurmond (in English, Purple Moon) Making it their 3rd English language album.

As usual you do get lots of variety. Mid-pace ballads, electro funk (with raps) – all with their signature E.L.O. layered vocals and Beach Boy-isms. No filler on this album. A lot of that sample sound first heard on “Running Up The Hill” by Kate Bush. (well on 2 tracks) Quite like the “In The Middle Of The Night” and the way it constantly changes.

Sorry it’s only 192 kps Rip! (It must be an old rip) But you get the general idea.



CBS ‎– 467108 2 lovef

1 All I Can Do 3:57
2 Dirty Book 4:01
3 Wheel Of Love 3:33
4 Tell Him Goodbye 4:24
5 Fatal Attraction 3:59
6 Love Is No Science 3:53
7 Jump Into My Holograph 4:41
8 I’m So Sorry 3:13
9 In The Middle Of The Night 3:49
10 Give People A Chance 4:10

Doctor & The Medics ‎– Laughing At The Pieces (US Vinyl LP)

So before I listened to this I thought novelty, one-hit wonder, Cabaret band.Was I wrong ?

After the opener (that every knows) we get into some Psychedelic Rock, like a sickly cousin of The Damned.

The line-up included; The Doctor (Clive Jackson) – lead vocals, Steve McGuire – guitar, Richard Searle – bass guitar, Steve “Vom” Ritchie – drums and Wendi and Colette Anadin – backing vocals. It was produced by American Craig Lennon, responsible for the discovery and early development of bands including Talking Heads and Ramones.

It’s almost a duet between the Doctor and the Anadin Brothers on most tracks. “Moon Song” has a suitably 70’s Hippie vibe to it – the longest track on the album.

“The Miracle Of The Age” was a very early single produced by XTC’s Andy Partridge and shows early promise.

After listening to the album…. Yes, they are – not much here to grab on to, Sorry not my bag!



I.R.S. Records ‎– IRS-5797 SAM_3389

A1 Spirit In The Sky 3:35
A2 Lucky Lord Jim 2:47
A3 No-One Loves You When You’ve Got No Shoes 3:37
A4 Moon Song 4:42
A5 Watermelon Runaway 2:29
B1 Burn 3:29
B2 Kettle On A Long Chain 3:00
B3 Miracle Of The Age 3:53
B4 Come On Call Me 2:35
B5 Smallness Of The Mustard Pot 4:07

A Flock Of Seagulls ‎– Flockin’ Around (US Promo 12″)

A rare promo release from 1982 from The Gulls which included previously unreleased track “Pick Me Up”, to help their exposure in the U.S. and continuing the marketing as the ‘New’ Merseybeat.

“I Ran” doesn’t sound extended but starts off in a more sudden way, still takes you back to that time.

“Messages”, which always reminds me of early Spandau, is more indie New Wave, with plenty of guitar, thanks to Reynolds’ Sonicsnout guitar tone and driving bass.

“Pick Me Up” is even more angular, very New Wave and should of been on the debut album. Got a Devo feel to it with Ian Curtis like vocals, a great rare B-side.



Jive ‎– VJ 12003 SAM_4035

A I Ran (So Far Away) (Special Extended Version) 3:56
B1 Messages 2:51
B2 Pick Me Up 3:05

Tunes From Oz – Part 24 (Late 80’s, 1987-89) LINKS ADDED

Onwards with this continuing series. 1987-1989

INXS ‎– Devil Inside (Re-Mix Version) (US 12″)

From 1987 and the 2nd single off “Kick” remixed by  Francois Kevorkian and Michael Hutchinson who do a decent job, adding a few extra elements but keeping you interested.

“On The Rocks” is a sleazy, late night jazz instrumental track. Plenty of synth horns and real horns. Part of this song was also included in the Video documentary “In Search of Excellence.”



Atlantic ‎– 0-86622 devil

A Devil Inside (Vocal / Remixed Version) 6:36
B1 Devil Inside (Vocal / Edited Version) 3:54
B2 On The Rocks (Vocal / Unavailable On LP) 3:05

Machinations ‎– Do To You (The Pee Wee Cut) (LTD Aussie 12″)

Also from 1987 and going more synth orientated with a definite dance funk edge we have Sydney-based Machinations. Mixed by Oz DJ Pee Wee Ferris with plenty of edits this was from their final album, “Uptown” produced by Andy Wallace.

The other tracks are more “band” sounding. “Looking….” has a mid groove with some loud keyboard riffs, Yamaha DX-7. A bit like a darker Kajagoogoo to my old ears.

“Done” is a bright, dance/funk track derived from the A-side. Prefer it to the main mix, nicely extended with some great horn work.



White Label Records ‎– X 14506 SAM_0245

A Do To You (The Pee Wee Cut)
B1 Done
B2 Looking Out For You

Pseudo Echo ‎– Race (US 12″)

From 1988/9 and Pseudo Echo had grown their hair and embraced rock…..Gulp!! (Christian Rock?!) for this their third album. Moving with the times it seems.

The line-up was ; Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals – Pierre Gigliotti, Drums, Backing Vocals – Vince Leigh, Keyboards, Backing Vocals – James Leigh and Lead Vocals, Guitar  – Brian Canham.

Produced by the band with Julian Mendelsohn it does have a Stadium feel to it, Van Halen anyone ? Lots of guitar solo’s, I bet the original fans were gobsmacked! There is evidence of some decent song writing but cringe-worthy lyrics, there is still some synth in there somewhere. But….



RCA ‎– 8503-1-R SAM_0244

A1 Fooled Again 4:39
A2 Over Tomorrow 5:05
A3 Caught 4:33
A4 Imagination 4:05
A5 Don’t You Forget 4:15
B1 Runaways 3:16
B2 Searching For A Glory 5:10
B3 Take On The World 3:45
B4 Metropolis 1:50
B5 Eye Of The Storm 3:52

Big Pig – Breakaway (US 12″)

Big drums from March 1988, getting a bit of a The The vibe about this but with a female lead. Roli Mosimann (Swans) provides the percussive heavy mixes on this massive Club Hit, from the album “Bonk.”

To remind you of the line-up; Sherine: Vocals / Percussion
Nick Disbray: Vocals / Percussion
Tony Antoniades: Vocals / Harmonica
Time Rosewarne: Vocals / Keyboards
Oleh Witer: Vocals / Drums
Adrian Scaglione: Drums
Neil Baker: Drums

Like a rocky Stomp and certainly has aged very well!

Nick Launey provides the “Popper Mix” but it has that 80’s sampled bass which immediately ages it , shame.



A&M Records ‎– SP-12259 SAM_4858

A1 Breakaway (Extended Version) 5:43
A2 Breakaway (Dub Mix) 5:13
B1 Breakaway (12″ Popper Mix) 6:02
B2 Breakaway (New Edit) 3:45

Jimmy Barnes ‎– I’m Still On Your Side / Going To Mexico (LTD Aussie 12″)

From 1988 and back to some Rock with the iconic Jimmy Barnes. Country tinged rock given a Bob Clearmountain remix. Powerful, distinct vocals, belted out!

“Going To Mexico” is more boogie woogie rock, ZZ Top-ish.




Mushroom ‎– X13313 SAM_7125

A I’m Still On Your Side (Remix)
B Going To Mexico

INXS ‎– Need You Tonight / Mediate (US 12″)

From 1987 and the rap part called “Mediate” which works a lot better than the later mixes. It was mixed by Bob Clearmountain and Chris Thomas with the “Mediate” bit sounding very Tears For Fears.

The B-side has plenty of bass funk and Barry White vocals, Stax soul saxophone. A Tim Fariss composition.



Atlantic ‎– 0-86645 SAM_2134

A Need You Tonight / Mediate 5:36
B I’m Coming (Home) 4:53

Big Pig ‎– Hungry Town Remix (US Promo 12″)

Some more mixes of an earlier release by Big Pig. More of a Hoe down with synths. Mosimann does the remix. It has harmonica as well plenty of drums.

Nick Launay does a better job on the other B-side mix, going all proto Techno in the middle via some World Music – inventive. Sonic Boom Boy!!



A&M Records ‎– SP-12270 SAM_2031

A Hungry Town (12″ Remix) 5:20
B Hungry Town (Grub Club Mix) (Dance Re-Mix) 6:28

INXS ‎– New Sensation (Nick’s Twelve Inch Mix) (US 12″)

1988 and a rare remix of this massive track by INXS from er… Nick Launay. Plenty of new gimmicks as he plays around adding over dubs, drop outs and generally showing off. A good “alternative” listen for people who know the original.

Another weird B-side with an introduction to Spaghetti Western then going into James Brown via Monty Python. Sampling “I Need You Tonight” as well as loads more random samples.



Atlantic ‎– 0-86572 SAM_2204

A New Sensation (Nick’s Twelve Inch Mix) 6:28
B Guns In The Sky (Kick Ass Mix) 6:00

S’Express ‎– Nothing To Lose (US 12″)

As usual the US version has some additional mixes from this nice slice of Soulful House from 1991. Musto And Bones take control, adding some funky keys and adding Club depth to the Subterranean Mixes.

Sonique distinctive vocals are on the bonus track which has more of a Tech house feel to it, less Pop House and more a return to form. Paul Gendler adding the wah-wah guitar an old skool classic.

Here is a link to the UK version





Sire ‎– 0-21789 SAM_9992

A1 Nothing To Lose (Can’t Lose Club Mix) 6:10
A2 Nothing To Lose (Freestyle Dub) 4:50
A3 Find Time To Be Yourself (Full Vocal Mix) 6:06
B1 Nothing To Lose (Subterranean Mix) 6:52
B2 Nothing To Lose (Subterranean Dub) 5:13
B3 Nothing To Lose (UK 12″ Mix) 6:46


Sunday Silly Song – 90 – Kylie Minogue ‎– The Loco-Motion (US 12″)

This was going to go into tomorrows Oz post but I could not bring myself to put it there but bring this 1988 release here, a proper Silly Sunday Song.

A synthpop cover of Little Eva’s classic rejuvenated by Phil Hammond. Sounding very Erasure in the backing too. The “Kohaku Mix” seems to be using a Dead Or Alive backing.

Kylie’s voice being bolstered by Dee Lewis, Mae McKenna, Suzanne Rhatigan and Mike Stock (!) Matt Aitken adds keyboards and guitar.

The elusive “Sankie Mix” speed everything up to HiNRG levels. Done by The Extra Beat Boys, a mixing duo for PWL, originally Jamie Bromfield & Boyowa ‘Yoyo’ Olugbo.

B-side is an album track featuring a bizarre, wobbly bass synth.



Geffen Records ‎– 9 21043-0 SAM_7334

A1 The Loco-Motion (The Kohaku Mix) 5:55
A2 The Loco-Motion (Sankie Mix) 6:35
B1 The Loco-Motion (LP Version) 3:15
B2 I’ll Still Be Loving You 3:44

Gary Clail & On-U Sound System ‎– Escape (US Promo 12″)

Very apt for anyone suffering a bit of cabin fever at the moment.

From 1991 and from the album ‘Emotional Hooligan. A reggae feel to it with Liz Mitchell (Boney M) adding some background vocals.

Sherwood adds some samples and dub effects. The last mix by Paul Oakenfold & Steve Osborne keeps it the right side of Balearic with a nod to Pro-Gen by The Shamen, who they also remixed around the same time.


Gone missing !

RCA ‎– RDAB-62095-1 SAM_8868

A1 Escape (No Way Out Mix) 5:45
A2 Escape (7″ Version) 3:24
B Escape (On The Case Mix) 6:10

Meat Beat Manifesto ‎– Acid Again (US 12″)

I absolutely love anything by Jack Dangers / Meat Beat Manifesto and it was nice to reminded of this as I have the CD single. It is when the drums kick in amidst the Space effects and creative use of samples, trippy – of course. The beginning interview sample was from 1967 and taken from Thrill Kill Kult’s track “A Daisy Chain 4 Satan.”

Freddy Fresh cuts and pastes as only he knows best, adding scratch effects and drops.

Depth Charge (Octagon Man a.k.a. Jonathan Saul Kane) also adds his additional samples and hypnotic drum with a grungy bass tone.

Dub Again is a pulsating bit of break beats and Big drums and some harmonies, the choice of the mixes.



Nothing Records ‎– INT12-95027 acidmeat

A1 Acid Again 5:47
A2 Acid Again (Freddy Fresh Mix) 8:23
B1 Acid Again (Depth Charge Mix 1) 7:13
B2 Acid Again (Dub Again) 6:03