The Christians ‎– Harvest For The World (12″)

From 1988 and a Charity Record featuring cover versions from Bob Marley and The Isley Brothers. The Christians were at the height of their popularity and got Phil Legg to do a quite decent remix, mixing the dance beats with the soul.

The 7″ version is on here, better than the original ?

The Bob Marley track, “Small Axe”, is simply beautiful with those distinct harmonies and made me seek out the original, like all good covers.

Another great cover by The Christians, Gil Scott Heron’s “The Bottle” re-upped

Island Records ‎– 12 IS 395harvestfrontcov

A Harvest For The World (Remix) 6:02
B1 Small Axe 5:16
B2 Harvest For The World 3:58

Bananarama ‎– Rough Justice (12″)

From 1984 and a time when Bananarama’s sound had morphed into a more synth pop direction before it went full-on Pop Dance under the SAW production. It was released in May 1984 as was the third single from their self-titled second album. Insightful lyrics with a catchy beat and produced by Jolley/Swain. Not sure out of the 2 mixes which one was the extended mix, the label doesn’t say.

B=side is even more synth pop with drum machines, the familiar harmonies and a “Howard Jones” bass synth.

London Records ‎– NANDX 7roughfrontcov1

A Rough Justice (Full Version) 5:20
B1 Rough Justice 5:07
B2 Live Now 3:05

Re-Uppage 67 (Pete Shelley x 4 12″, Coldcut & Lisa Stansfield, UB40, Pebbles / Harold Faltermeyer, Visage, Ultravox, Icehouse, Red Flag, Propaganda)

Lots of requests this week (and that’s just from MATT 😉 ) Enjoy !

Pete Shelley – The Twelve Inch Collection 2 (all links re-upped) For KS (who’s request I un-spammed from my Spam Box!)









Coldcut Featuring Lisa Stansfield ‎– People Hold On – The Remixes (LTD US 12″) For Ingo (who seems to be enjoying it here)









UB40 ‎– I’ve Got Mine (US Promo 12″) For Ingo









Pebbles / Harold Faltermeyer ‎– Love/Hate (Extended Version) / Axel F (US 12″) For Ingo (who’s is not afraid to ask!)









Visage – Fade To Grey ’93 Remixes (Promo Double Pack) For Charles (Got there in the end!)


Ultravox – Heart Of The Country (Special Remix) (12″) For Matt (it is a bit of an endurance listen)









Icehouse – Uniform (12″) For Matt (who always says thanks)


Red Flag – Broken Heart (US 12″) For Matt (this will be popular)








Propaganda – Jewel / Duel (US Promo 12″) For Matt (the US Edits)




Cutting Crew ‎– I’ve Been In Love Before (LTD Edition) (12″)

Didn’t have WINX down as a Cutting Crew fan but he apparently is 🙂 (Thanks)

Nowt wrong with a Guilty Pleasure , especially if it is mid-80’s Hair Rock and probably a neglected area on this blog. They were an ENGLISH band amazingly!

The band consisted of Nick Van Eede – Lead Vocals, Kevin MacMichael  (R.I.P.)- Guitar,
Colin Farley – Bass  and Martin “Frosty” Beedle – Drums

Released in 1986 this has the extra extended A-side (just more guitar work). It is all very Cars sounding with added keyboards by David Le Boult and respected percussionist Jimmy Maelen.

I quite like the rockier,  , “Life in Dangerous Time” with more than it fair share of synths and electronics augmenting it amongst the guitar solos.

Siren ‎– SIREN 29-12crewed

A I’ve Been In Love Before (Extended) 7:01
B1 I’ve Been In Love Before (Single Version) 4:31
B2 Life In A Dangerous Time 4:24

The Gruesome Twosome ‎– Hallucination Generation (Canadian 12″)

In anticipation to a return to the 90’s next month is this little belter from ’89. Light EBM with some humorous samples and a nod to Acid.

Comprising of Samy Birnbach (Israeli Singer, former member of Minimal Compact and DJ Morpheus) Per Martinsen (Norwegian Producer and DJ Mental Overdrive) and Bertrand Burgalat (French singer and label owner)

Enjoy all the mixes, the jokers being the more dancefloor friendly.


Nettwerk ‎– W1-3037halo

A1 Hallucination Generation (Syametic Nightmare) 5:21
A2 Hallucination Generation (Joker’s Revenge Edit) 4:15
B1 Hollywood Babylon Revisited (Showbiz Machinery Lament) 5:30
B2 Hollywood Babylon Revisited (Johnny Favourite Dub) 4:08

K.C. & Sunshine Band ‎– That’s The Way I Like It – New York Style Mix (German 12″)

A classic with a bit of rehash from K.C and his band. Formed in Miami in 1973 they immediately became a stalwart of the Disco scene. Led by producer and frontman Harry Wayne Casey.

The mix was by the Wild Boys (German Production duo Thomas Gesell and Willi Grossmann) with obvious late 80’s samples and beats, mmmmm spoiling it.

The original band mix is included as well the more interesting and less played “Get Down Tonight” both from 1975.

Streetheat Music ‎– STH 547sam_1378

A That’s The Way I Like It (New York Style Mix) 5:50
B1 That’s The Way I Like It (Original T.K. Mix) 5:07
B2 Get Down Tonight (Original T.K. Mix) 5:15

Tunes From Oz and Beyond Part 12 (Still the early 80’s)

This weeks obscure offerings, thanks to Mike B.

Mondo Rock ‎– The Modern Bop (New York Remix) (UK 12″)

More New-Wave-ish sounds from Oz and from the Melbourne band, Mondo Rock. From the ’84 album and off the album of the same name. This gets a Jellybean Benitez remix which funks up the original production by John Sayers. Cowbells, synths and a groove a bit like Hall and Oates. Not sure about the lyrics, deliberately cheesy and the scatting.

“The Cost Of Living”, from the LP, mixes it up with some synth in the background.

Sneaky bonus track is the instrumental “Winds – Light To Variable”, groovy and psychedelic.

Polydor ‎– POSPX 748modern

A The Modern Bop (New York Remix) 6:53
B1 Cost Of Living 3:40
B2 Winds – Light To Variable 4:14

Mental As Anything ‎– Working For The Man (Aussie 7″)

From 1983 and from the LP, “Creatures Of Leisure”, it was produced by the duo of Mark Moffatt and Ricky Fataar. A faithful cover of the Roy Orbison song from 1962.

Quality B-side with the catchy groove of “Seems Alright To Me,” reminds me a little of Madness and was also off the album and written by Martin Plaza. Gentle reggae vibes and pedal steel.

Regular Records ‎– RRSP 730sam_5797

A Working For The Man 3:31
B Seems Alright To Me 3:29

Jo Jo Zep ‎– Cha (US Vinyl LP)

Dripping with New Wave and Disco beats this has a classic ’83 sound. Fretless bass, synth washes and unusual percussion via the drum machines (Linn Drum). Self produced with some help by Split Enz member Eddie Rayner (who also played keyboards.) The line-up includes ; Producer, Keyboards – Peter Solley (Procol Harum), Vocals [Additional] – Jane Clifton (from Prisoner Cell Block H), Vocals, Saxophone, Clarinet, Organ – Joe Camilleri, (Jo Jo Zep himself)Bass – Simon Gyllies (Mondo Rock) and Guitar, Mandolin – Jeff Burstin

So the album keeps in that early 80’s synthpop vibe, a weird cover of Baccharach’s “Walk On By” Lots of Latin based tempo’s, almost Yello-like (Taxi Mary) and crooning (Slave For Love)

A&M Records ‎– SP-4968jozep

A1 Losing Game 4:12
A2 Walk On By 3:52
A3 King Kong 4:01
A4 Taxi Mary 4:15
A5 Flexible 1:59
B1 Sherri 3:54
B2 Man Is Just A Boy 4:13
B3 Spirit Of The Land 4:27
B4 Competition 4:20
B5 Slave For Love 4:20
B6 Can’t Decide 3:54

Dance Exponents ‎– Sex And Agriculture (Aussie 12″)

This very rare 12″ from New Zealand band, Dance Exponents and released in 1984. The line-up included; Bass – Dave Gent, Drums – Michael Harralambi,  Guitars – Brian Jones, Chris Sheehan and vocals – Jordan Luck.

Rocky New Wave with some loud guitars! Julien Mendelsohn provides some powerful production. The extended version really improves the track, plenty of overdubs on the drums.

Mushroom ‎– X-13162agri

A Sex And Agriculture (Extended Mix) 5:57
B1 Sex And Agriculture (7″ Mix) 3:41
B2 Sex And Agriculture (Instrumental) 3:54

The Expression – The Expression (US Vinyl LP)

Sydney New Romantic band dazzles us with their debut LP from 1983.

Comprising of ; Bass – Stephen Manassah, Drums – Steve Hopes, Guitar, Synthesizer – Andrew Wong Yen , Vocals, Guitar [Acoustic], Percussion – Tom Haran and Vocals, Keyboards – Neville Dowling and production by Charles Fisher.

Similarities to Icehouse are valid but it’s a great album and worth a detailed listen.

A&M Records ‎– SP-6-4975sam_0565

A1 Present Communication 4:50
A2 With Closed Eyes 3:35
A3 Total Eclipse 5:32
A4 Keep Appointments 3:43
A5 Right To A Slice 3:16
B1 Dawn, Day And Sleep 4:46
B2 Decisions 3:30
B3 You And Me 5:03
B4 Nothing Changes 4:28
B5 Satisfied Strangers 4:02

Machinations ‎– Esteem (US Vinyl LP)

Sydney New Wavers, Machinations, released this debut , mini-LP back in 1983. A little bit Duran Duran, a little bit China Crisis.Bass – Nick Swan, Guitar – Tim Doyle, Keyboards – Tony Starr, Percussion – Henry Downes, Voice – Fred Loneragan.


A&M Records ‎– SP-12505esteem

A1 Pressure Sway 3:53
A2 Jump The Gap 4:12
A3 Average Inadequacy 3:45
B1 Esteem 6:38
B2 Jack 3:27
B3 Transient 6:58