Only the second release from Blue Zoo from 1982 and surprisingly very synthy, based on a sequenced bassline, it gets a remix from Pete Hammond (an early one from him) Wow! The bass is as deep as Dr. Mabuse and the mix really beefs the track up. Not to keen on the female backing vocals though.
Exclusive B-side “Fate” is classic New Romantic. The saxophone , disjointed bass and even a recorder is thrown in around the theatrical vocals of Andy O.
More from Bow Wow Wow and a later track that did chart (reaching number 47 in the UK!) Only slightly extended but very catchy, it has a dubbier ending. Again from the same album as the previous post with some dynamic production from Mike Chapman.
The bassline from Leigh Gorman (later to be in Chiefs Of Relief) is a wondrous thing.
The last 12″ from Big Country from Fred’s collection. The 3rd and final single from ’84 album “Steeltown”. Released 11th January 1985 it culminated in rapid rise of fame and Worldwide recognition. They had such a good live reputation it was hard to find the promo vid !!
A reflective song, it does have a few Power Chords towards the end but it a classic BG track accompanied by the Lillywhite remix, is that a Fairlight or Emulator I can hear !?!
The 12″ of “Wonderland” is here with re-upped links (a non LP track);
The Blows had got quite dancey towards the late 80’s and early 90’s but this, the title track from their 5th and last album (Before the reform in 2007) has a good mix of tracks.
The main track is a retro 60’s blast, uplifting and catchy with plenty of strings. The lyrics always having a sting in their tail.
“Every now and then they say that there’s no such thing as society, it’s an evil thing they try to make you believe, that human nature’s ruled by fear and greed” Oooch!
“The Other Side Of Love” is more like their earlier stuff, cool funk with organ and light brass.
House Beats emerge on “If You Love Somebody” with Roberts vocals eventually making an experience.
“La Passionara” gained a cult Ibiza following as it was supposed to. Appearing on the seminal Compilation “Classic Balearic Mastercuts Volume 1” and getting it’s own release. Howard providing the flamenco guitar. (I think!)
Bands from the 90’s beginning with B?…..Oh, found one!
Big Beat as well from the Japanese duo of Boom Boom Satellites (Programming, Bass – Masayuki Nakano and Guitar, Vocals – Michiyuki Kawashima (R.I.P.). Making a bit of a Prodigy noise via NIN! With Extra Drums from Naoki Hirai.)
So the sound is an aggressive mix of guitars, synths and beats. The song is on OST for the game Gran Turismo 2 and the car porn video goes well with the track. Out of the 2 long tracks I prefer the vocoder led “Limbo” which builds up nicely with skittering drums and whooshes.