Scottish Maverick and One Man Band, Thomas Leer was, for me, the posy bloke and also part of ZTT’s Act, with Claudia Bruken.
I was aware he had embraced the Fairlight and I’d bought a few twelves and his solo album, “The Scale Of Ten” when he was on Arista. I didn’t know he was a heavy influence on Matt Johnson (The The)
Here is his Wiki entry
Private Plane / International (7″)
Let’s start at the very beginning with this DIY release from 1979. The haunting “Private Plane” with Dr Who sounds and rhythm box clatter.
I snaffled this from somewhere else, the shame of it! Sorry it also at 192 kps! More shame!
“International” see’s a guitar welded in Post Punk angst with some analogue synth duetting. Not sure about the vocals.
Bonus track is the original version of “All About You” from Cherry Red compilation, “Pillows And Prayers.”
Oblique Records – ER101
All About You (12″)
From 1982 on Cherry Red Records this showcased that rich , crooning voice (he found it!) and quite a complex synth arrangement. Not the version mentioned above.
“Saving Grace” again has some involving synthwork on this instrumental. Italo Disco in style, almost Afro Funk. The flute synth give it that extra stamp of quality.
Cherry Red – 12 CHERRY 52
|A||All About You||5:10|
First release on Arista and going into full Emulator / Fairlight mode. Jet Setting and wheeling and dealing, a heroin trafficker . A gentle tempo that unfortunately drags on the 12″ mix. Quite Prefab Sprout-like
“Easy Way” is much better, more experimental and funkier. Work that sampler!
Arista – LEER 121
|A||International (Global Mix)||7:05|
Here is the re-upped page for his next single, again another great B-side.
No. 1 (Extended Version)
From May ’85 and going down the coffee table jazz movement. Smoother production, real bass (Graham Edwards – Nick Heyward, Go West) saxophone (Andy Hamilton), female backing vox, drums (Blair Cunningham – Haircut 100) and Anne Dudley arranging the strings.
That piano outro pre-empts the stuff he did with ACT.
Two qualities B-sides. “Chasing The Dragon” goes for Oriental sounds and Y.M.O. influences, it could be Bill Nelson!
“Trust Me” is a remix by Dave Allen. Sampled and treated guitar and bass and it goes into AON territory. That mad trumpet / Fairlight solo !
Arista – LEER 123
|A||No. 1 (Extended Version)||7:43|
|B1||Chasing The Dragon||3:40|