Been battling with Corona Virus all week, not pleasant at all! As if this year needed anymore Horror Shows. Mike B (the one and only!) offered this to us ages ago and I’ve waited and waited to release this at the suitable time of the year.
Featuring plenty of Alfred Hitchcock, A Yello Medley and obviously Ministry, it has even a sound effect track, this is a curio amongst the Hot Tracks promos.
Starting with a very long “Edit” version of The Communards “Don’t Leave Me This Way” – turning it into a purer synth track for the intro and long percussive breaks. Completed by Randy Dethman and Aron Siegal it is nearly 9 minutes long and great mix of a classic that few will have heard.
Kenny Loggins gets the Hot Tracks treatment with the track “Playing With The Boys”, Mike Carroll extends the “Top Gun” track, including the promo vid which is quite horrific in its own way! Making good use of the long intro, thank God it wasn’t the overplayed “Footloose”
The late Chicago DJ, Mark “Hot Rod” Trollan does a great job on the Yello Medley combining some select tracks from “You’ve Gotta Say Yes..” and “Stella” and including some B-sides!!!
Trollan then takes over most of the compilation editing the classic Ministry track, chopping it into Freestyle beats.
He combines two Severed Heads tracks expertly. Love the croony synthpop of “Petrol”.
Trollan then updates the Classic Disco funk of 5 of the Deadly Sins originally done in 1977 by producers Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis. A bit of Moebius and their shimmering synth work is mixed in towards the end.
The last track is just your normal 70’s sound effects, the woman screaming is a bit grim.
Classic Specials from 1980 as they started to gain popularity in Europe. Who said Christmas Jumpers are a recent thing !!!
I like it was actually credited to The Specials Featuring Rico (Rico Rodriguez , Jamaican trombonist)With The Ice Rink String Sounds ( A string synth played by Paul Heskett) added to the 7″ mix by Jerry Dammers.
The B-side is a Bob Dylan cover, “Maggie’s Farm” given a jungle rhythm and some funk guitar and jazz piano. I wonder if they ment Mrs. Thatcher ? 🙂
Units were a New Wave band formed in San Francisco in 1978. A little Talking Heads and a little Devo about their sound. Treated guitars weird time signatures and synth weirdness.
This was self released in March 1980 and included Drums, Vocals – Richard Driskell, Musical Assistance [Special Assistance] – Ron Lantz , Tim Ennis and Synthesizer, Vocals – Rachel Webber, Scott Ryser (the main tunesmith)
“I – Night” is a great bit of synthpunk, synths doing the role of guitars. Frantic but with some great playing. MY FAVOURITE TUNE OF THE WEEK!
A slow, synth drenched ballad. from Dutch one man band, Michel Mulders. Some really nice , early digital synths sounds from 1982 and the vocalist, Henri Overduin, does sound a bit like Godley & Creme in places.
M.I.A. did a cover from the song on her album /\/\/\Y/\ from 2010.
The B-side does what it says in the title, an instrumental with rich synth arrangements. Slightly oriental in some sound choices but it shows how creative this band was. Elevator music never sounded this cinematic.
From 1980 and with Conny Plank getting a writing credit as well as handling production. More Dutch New Wave with a band that were very well established in their home country but were starting the make waves across Europe.
The line-up included Bass – Gerrit Veen, Drums – Kim Haworth (UK drummer and short term member of America), Guitar – Ferdinand Bakker, Keyboards – Ake Danielson (who went on to be Time Bandits) and Vocals – Hugo Sinzheimer
This was from their second album, “The Hunger”. A sequenced bassline and string synths and really lifts off. Good atmosphere and blend of guitars and synths.
A hidden 80’s gem!
B-side “Out Of The Race” is pure Post Punk, fast and thrashy with plenty of variation and boogie-woogie piano.
It’s really hard getting 7″ vinyl from the 90’s so I’ve ducked the challange and wanted to share Fred’s single track promo of one of my favourite tracks by Rossendale’s Bush. From 1999 (so it fits the criteria for 90’s Wednesday!)
This is a subtle mix by George “DJ E.A.S.E.” Evelyn and Kevin “Boywonder” Harper. who have been on the legendary Warp Records from the start. Going for the Balearic market.
“Silence is not the way, we need to talk about it…”