Posted this a while back as the 12″ Double Pack. This German 12″ has the amazing Zeus B Held Extended version.
Thundering drums and dramatic keys. It is one of my favourite songs by Kirk Brandon. The 12″ plays around with the order and it takes a few listens to get used to new editing and it does drag a little.
The rocky “Land Of Shame” is great track on its own and also from the album, “Outland.” In the spirit of Punk.
The 12″ version sounds a bit like “Dancing In The Street” with the city shout-outs and very Springsteen. The song kicking in eventually at three and a half minutes.
An electro re-recording of the classic (originally from 1979) released in 1987. Given a dominant synth bassline and crunchy guitars. It was performed by original member,Spizz (Kenneth Spiers) and arranged by Nicky Tesco (The Members) It actually quite good and probably fits in with the EMF, Jesus Jones vibe of the early ’90’s.
Also included were the backing singers; Annie Shardlow, Karen Ware (from the band Kiss That) and Linzi Crisp (The Daughters Of God) Mike Ferda on extra guitar. Martin Ware did the video that I failed to find.
“Living Is Better…” is a slice of synthpop with a punk edge. Fierce bass synth and treated vocals, the chorus reminds me of Kissing The Pink. It is all about Safe Sex with a voice over again by Gary Martin.
Radio Heart were in fact the trio of two brothers and Numan (David Nicholson, Gary Webb and Hugh Nicholson) Both the Brothers were in Scottish 70’s Rock Band, Blue.
From 1987 and the quite rocky “All Across The Nation” featuring Gary Numan. A definite Goth feel to it. It chugs along with some nice piano touches and some electronic choirs doing the “Oohs” and “Aahs” Apparently this was Numan’s first CD release.
The Extended Version is much meatier and the preferred listen.
I quite like the chiming, instrumental B side, “River” all embracing the new digital samplers (and including a few preset sounds too!) With some trademark motifs in there as well.
There’s a lot of Numan fans on here so they will probably add some details in the comments section.
Some bubbles appeared on the surface of the swamp.
Generally,things have been better but I’m back with this hard hitting, face punching , bit of controversy from Ian Dury from the surprisingly recent 1981 (His first outing without the Blockheads). I think the song was instantly banned by the BBC.
Anyways it’s funky and has a strong message. Chaz Jankel had emerged as the musical brains to promote Dury’s message about disability.
The B-side involves Sly and Robbie maximizing the funk value helped by the mixing skills of Steven Stanley (Tom Tom Club) extending it and dubbing it out.
From ’88 and the real breakthrough for commercial Dance records, manufactured for the home as well as the club and trend that would continue to the next decade.
An unusual and complex beat pattern and it also uses what later became the “Rave” sound of the late 80’s and 90’s (sampled from “A Day In The LIfe” by Black Riot (Todd Terry). Gail “Sky” King does all the remixes, using her editing skills to nail the cut up lyrics, best heard on the “Sky Dub” – almost going into Freestyle territory. Mac Quayle adds some additional keyboards on that Jackson riff.
“Keep It Going” is a nice hidden gem, a tougher Hip Hop cut, old skool at its best.
Brooklyn Rap Collective released this in 1988 after originally featuring on the Real Roxanne record back in ’84. UTFO = Untouchable Force Organization made up of Shiller Shaun Fequiere AKA Kangol Kid, Fred Reeves AKA Doctor Ice, Jeffrey Campbell AKA Educated Rapper and Maurice Bailey AKA Mixmaster Ice.
Produced by Full Force with Omar Santana on edits. (Especially on the Extended Version)
Sampling plenty of James Brown and Three Degrees !
One single, one album. The American quartet comprised of – Bass, Backing Vocals – Thaddeus Castanis, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Dougie Bowne, Guitar, Backing Vocals – Michael Lawrence and lead vocals – David Ilku. Added Keyboards – Jeff Bova and Steve Cohen.
The album was produced by Chris Lord-Alge and Robert Musso so the ingredients were there for a successful launch, even François Kevorkian remixed the opening track which also was their lead single.
The album all about Lawrence’s guitar and those excellent 80’s sounds.
It’s quite rocky in places, Goth in other places (Heaven’s Gate). Another album you could happily leave on in the background.