Bass, Backing Vocals – Phil Spalding (Original Mirrors, Toyah), Drums, Percussion – Jonathan Mover (Marillion), Guitars, Backing Vocals – Steve Hackett (Genesis) and Steve Howe (Asia, Yes) and Vocals – Max Bacon (Bronz , Nightwing)
Produced and written by Geoffrey Downes (Asia, Yes, Buggles) with 3 versions, take your pick but those lyrics will make your toes curl.
The 2 Steve’s get a chance to show off on their own short track, “Sketches In The Sun” and “Hackett To Pieces”, showing off their contrasting guitar styles.
“We Are Sexual Perverts” make their debut on here.
Comprising of Drums – Steve Riley, Guitar, Vocals – Blackie Lawless, Guitar, Vocals- Chris Holmes and Guitar , Vocals, Randy Piper.
From 1987 and a three track E.P. featuring their debut hit “Animal (F**k Like A Beast)” Track A recorded live at the Long Beach Arena in March 1987 and track B1 recorded live at the Lyceum in London in September 1984. “Mississippi Queen” is a previously unreleased track, Blues Rock
Hair Rock at its finest with a touch of Spinal Tap.
My first thought when the news broke via a Friends post on Facebook.
No, they band were making or planning a new album, it can’t be true.
It was and it felt weird. Fletch was the glue that stuck the band together. The business brain, the negotiator, the diplomat and the one who never took himself so seriously.
Me and Woody would go and stand on the Fletch side if we had a few tickets for the same Mode tour and be surrounded by Fletch lookalikes in sunglasses and women with banners. Every gesticulation from him was greeted with a cheer and mutterings of “What does he do ?” , “Is he really playing that ?” All good banter down the Fletch side and he lapped it up, the sunglasses surgically implanted since…..I don’t know.
Rest In Peace Fletch, always the constant and never too far from his Basildon roots.
Mike B was on it like a shot and literally an hour ago dispatched some rare DM vinyl gems. So here they are, in no particular order.
Behind The Wheel (Extended Remix) (US Promo 12″)
From ’87 and the rare US Promo. Including the Beatmasters rather thin sounding mix (answer the bloody phone!) and the rare Dub. Shep Pettibone, Steve Peck and Gail King all involved.
Live (Hammersmith Odeon London November 3, 1984) (Unofficial Vinyl LP)
Mike B doesn’t really do CD’s , he always likes a vinyl. Never knew this existed and was released this year! Gathering together similar live tracks that appeared on the limited 12″ pack of “Love In Itself”, recorded a year earlier.
A BBC Live broadcast that has cheeky false start, luring the crowd in. I just love the rawness of it. Always loved the drum machine over the live drums. Great to here some of the earlier songs in their live form.
Gone To The U.S.A. (Red Vinyl Compilation – Bootleg)
With Mode there has been always a raft of unofficial remixes. Here is a vinyl collection from 2019. God knows how Mike B acquired it. All bloody good mixes, some rare some bootleg.
It start with a very different, long and mellow mix of “Never Let Me Down Again (Wave Your Hands In The Air Mix)” (4) from Abstructure (Rotem Nimkovsky) who also lends his hand to “Personal Jesus” (4)
The legendary Robert Margouleff (Stevie Wonder’s synth programmer) remixes “But Not Tonight” (4) Joseph Watt improves on the official remixes of “It’s Called Heart”(5) – improving this neglected single.
Justin Strauss immediately dates “Nothing” (3) with his Street Beats. While Phil Harding really goes for the dancefloor but it always sounded a bit contrived (3) Ivan Ivan provides the final megamix adding new beats to “Behind The Wheel / Route 66”
An interesting collection of mixes neatly brought together.