Some from Canadian band, Psyche from ’86. Quite rocky with a huge dollop of influence from Cabaret Voltaire (it’s almost a tribute on the opening track)
The band were Vocals [Vocalizations] – Evan Panic and Bass, Guitar, Drums, Synth – Richard Blohm, synths – Stephen Huss, Drum Programming – Avery Tanner
“Contorting Images” is a juttery instrumental whilst “Thunderstorms” goes into a Proto House / IBM vibe with some great vocals. Very Soft Cell.
“Suffocation” sound way ahead of its time. Again IBM in style, no vocals but a pounding bass sequencer.
New Rose Records – NEW 74
A1 Why Should I ? 5:03 A2 Contorting The Image 4:34 B1 Thundershowers 5:15 B2 Suffocation 2:54
Signed to Gary Numan’s “Numa” label, Hohokam were touted as the next big thing. Produced by the “retired” Gary Numan they released just 3 singles in 1985.
The line-up included ; Vocals, Keyboards – Steve Devier, Guitar, Keyboards – Dave Earl, Keyboards, Drums – Tony Alum and Bass – Andy Coughlan. With added help from the Wave Team, Synthesizer [Ppg Wave] – Ian Herron and Mike Smith.
The 12″ has some early soundbite samples and the drums sound fab. A bit Hi NRG here and synthpop electro there. Almost Dead Or Alive in style via Mode.
“To Sleep” is a bit of Duran /Japan hybrid, fretless bass and guitar sit amongst the synths. Better than the A-side in both arrangement and structure.
Waving at the New Wave as it went over the horizon of 1984.
Numa – NUM 8
A Harlequin Tears 8:19 B1 To Sleep 4:27 B2 Harlequin Tears (Radio) 3:26
1982 and some Classic Hi NRG on NYC’s Megatone Records and written and produced by Patrick Cowley. It was the lead single from Parker’s debut album “Too Much To Dream.”
It’s a little bit cheesy but very high tech for 1982
The B-side is a cover of The Seeds track “Pushin’ Too Hard” (written by Sky Saxon) and given a Space Disco rework.
Megatone Records – MT101
A Right On Target 6:17 B Pushin Too Hard 5:55
Oops a bit of sinc with the 2nd single from their first album from ’83.
Quite a quirky track given a synth drenched 12″ mix. The Begg bass being so distinctive. The song , like the previous release, kicks in proper halfway through.
“Interview Rooms” has a Duran Duran / New Wave feel (apart from some dodgy lyrics)
Re-upped the release that started it all
EMI – 12 EMI 5383
A Ooh To Be Ah (The Construction Mix) 6:38 B1 Ooh To Be Ah 3:33 B2 Interview Rooms 3:22
Some nice and funky Italo Disco from ’83. A Full Time Production that gives it a timeless quality, especially on “Another Life” – quite a complex arrangement with some Human League-isms in it.
Both very strong tracks.
Hispavox – 549 037
A Another Life 7:14 B Dance School 6:01
The 3rd and final release from “White Feathers” before Limahl pissed off.
Produced by Nick Rhodes and Colin Thurston it is full of funk (and Chic) influences on the 12″ underpinned by a bass from an Imagination record (also piano from the same place)
Very Balearic on this 12″ version. With some extended parts and effective 12″ trickery.
Weird choice of the B-side is the “Introduction” which they played before they went on stage ??? All synths and tribal drums.
More to follow plus re-ups
EMI – 1A 062Z-1077606
A Hang On Now (Extended Version) 6:19 B1 Hang On Now 3:25 B2 Introduction 5:10
I’ve had a mucking out and found one of my old rips of this tracks from 1984. It was released after the “Get out and Walk” album but it did not appear on the 2nd and final album “With These Hands.”
Smiths-like in places it has some jazzy, New Wave shine. A brass section (Saxophone – Andrew Hamilton, Trombone – John Beecham and Trumpet – Noel Norris) sets it apart, giving it a bit of class.
The “Big Version” extends the introduction and brings out the bassline. “Uncle Fred”, a short instrumental, sounds like the Housemartins mixed with The Shadows and Madness.
Produced by Simon Humphrey.
A very underrated single from a forgotten band.
EMI – 12 FAB 1
A Apparently (Big Version) B1 Uncle Freddie B2 Apparently
Quite listenable for Psychic TV, a tribute to Brian Jones from The Rolling Stones.
A veritable heavenly host of performers;
Performer [Psychic Tv] – Alex Fergusson (Guitars and Alternative TV), Genesis P-Orridge (vocals), Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson (keyboards and an Icelandic film composer), Monte Cazazza (American Industrial poineer, Mouse (bass), Paula P-Orridge (ex-wife) Performer [The Angels Of Light] – Dave McKintosh, Mark Fishlock (guitars), Mickey Groome(bass and The Barron Knights), Rose McDowall (guitar and vocals and Strawberry Switchblade) and Steve Broughton (drums)
Released in 1985 and with a mix of tech and guitar on two different mixes. The California mix being a little harder and an instrumental. It’s deliberate Psych Pop
Temple Records – TOPY H 009
A Godstar (Hyperdelic Mix) 5:39 B Godstar (California Mix) 5:41
I think I would be fooled by the cover on this surprisingly good, ’83 release.
New Wave synth was not a thing I’d associate with the band having aired a few of their releases on here.
Pete Hammond and Richard Frost, keyboardist from the band add silky synths and a catchy bass. Disco falsetto and the right amount of electronic drums.
“Funky Combine, John” has more indie guitar jangle, a punchy lyric with a bit of a Spandau vibe crossed with Orange Juice.
EMI – 12 EMI 5380
A Muck It Out (Extended Version) 4:47 B1 Funky Combine, John 3:20 B2 Muck It Out! (Short Version) 3:26
The Battle Of The Nicks continues… (or the correctly spelt Nicks)
From ’89 and from one of his many comebacks. The tracks actually date back to ’88. He was and still is big in Spain / Latin America
Co-written and co-produced by Graham Sacher, it’s inoffensive guitar pop.
Justin Strauss provides an extended version, turning into a very early House effort, God it sounds sooooo dated,
“You Are My World” rips TFF’s “Pale Shelter” shamelessly before going into a cheesy chorus. A previous single release.
“Hold On” has punchy dance beats and James Brown samples (’89 chaps ’89) Funky and from his LP, “I Love You Avenue”
Reprise Records – 921146-2
1 Tell Me Why 3:45 2 You’re My World 4:16 3 Tell Me Why (Extended Remix) 7:07 4 Hold On (Money Don’t Buy Love) 3:41