So I saw Kraftwerk a few weeks ago and they were fab….no amazing!!! They play Manchester Bridgewater Hall tonight, which sold out in seconds hence why I ended up going to Dublin. They didn’t play this wonderfully sinister/tongue in cheek tune from 1977. Lovingly recorded as nature intended from 1977 with a few pops and crackles – Analogue you see!! (Thanks Mike B.) I love the “French Version” best, it doesn’t seem that evil! Are they specially remixed “Disco” versions ? I don’t know….Camp as!! (That sound of breaking glass sounds like an explosion!) John Foxx was definitely taking notes, as was half my musical heroes.
Capitol Records – 8502
A bit of rare New Order from 1985 and at the height of their Powers (well not really this failed to get in the Top 40!!). From one of my favourite albums of theirs, “Low Life” This is the slightly shorter “Single” version. As a bonus we have the slightly edited, live studio recording which corresponds to the music video; Jonathan Demme directed “The Perfect Kiss” video, set in the band’s practice room, it simply depicts the band playing the song from beginning to end in this rawer version, which includes the verse with the song title, great stuff!!
Qwest Records – PRO-A-2342
|A||The Perfect Kiss (Single Edit)||4:23|
|B||The Perfect Kiss (Live Version From The Perfect Kiss Video)||5:18|
A small update to the series with this distinct synth flavoured selection from Mike B.
D.D. Smash – Magic (What She Does) (Aussie 12″)
From 1984 and New Zealand band D.D. Smash, fronted by Kiwi music legend Dave Dobbyn. Taking the classic New Romantic sound with heavy electronic drums and adding some of his own influences over the top, flute synth anyone??. The band split in 1984 after a riot at one of the gigs, where Dobbyn was arrested for incitement, must have been a great gig!!
This was produced by Charles Fisher (Savage Garden) with a long, extended over 8 mins long. “Tobacco Indian” reminds me of the Thompson Twins, all 80’s melodrama.
Mushroom – X-13195
|A||Magic (What She Do)|
I’m Talking – Trust Me (Aussie 12″)
I’m Talking were an Australian (Melbourne) dance-funk-pop band formed 1983 and folded in 1987. Co-produced with Ross Cockle (Real Life) this was their debut release. They featured vocalists Kate Ceberano (lead on this track) and Zan Abeyratne, the main track borrows a bit “Let The Music Play” but funks along nicely.
The B-side must be one of the first records to sample James Brown, electro/funk and obviously influenced by the Electro movement coming out of the US, adding a guitar over the top and some real bass guitar in there, an awesome instrumental.
Regular Records – RRT 615
|A||Trust Me (Extended Mix)||5:40|
|B||Take It To The Bridge||3:40|
Wa Wa Nee – I Could Make You Love Me (Aussie 12″)
Distant cousins of Kajagoogoo and Nephews of Prince?? From 1987 and sees the heavy guitars being used over a soft synth background, slightly Hi-NRG.
The B-side glides along a deep synth bassline and crystal synths, no geetar!!!
NEW LINK WITHOUT THE JUMPS!!!
CBS – BA 12212
|A||I Could Make You Love Me (Metal Dance Mix)|
|B||Meela Polarmay (Extended Mix)|
A popular artist on here at the moment!! At the end Palmer flirted with dance and cover versions and made some bloody great tracks, this being from 1988. From the album “Heavy Nova” and only getting a US release it was a cover of The Gap Band track. This promo has meaty remixes from Eric “ET” Thorngren. The “Dub” is a thing of a beauty and mix of the month , that synth-bass!!! Smooth and Sensual with a bit of grit thrown in.
EMI-Manhattan Records – V-56113
|A1||Early In The Morning (12″ ‘Get Up’ Mix)||6:15|
|A2||Early In The Morning (West Coast Mix)||4:35|
|B1||Early In The Morning (Dub)||5:28|
|B2||Early In The Morning (Percapella)||5:06|
|B3||Early In The Morning (Club Instrumental)||5:06|
Eurodance from 1988 with a bit of the EBM-lite thrown in from Ledernacken, a band fronted by German artist Folke Jensen. They had an International hit with “Amok!” back in 1983. Heavy, hip-hop beats and metal guitar give it that crossover edge, the “Tough Mix” has a great deep bass and is partially sung in German. “Ho Ho Ho” mixes funk bass, acoustic guitar, electro beats and metal overtones (with Yello-like lyrics!!) – in other words a right clash of styles. “Ready To Mambo” is a weird jazz funk track, with Yello and Falco influences. Interesting!
Strike Back Records – SBR 16T
|A1||Let Yourself Go|
|A2||Let Yourself Go (Tough Version)|
|B1||Ho Ho Ho (Remix)|
|B2||Ready To Mambo|
Some electro-boogie from 1983 and heavily influenced by Afrika Bambatta, Bertram Johnson was a London skateboarder who wanted the UK to get on the scene. Vocoder and plenty of funky synths it was produced by Roy Carter (Central Line , Heatwave) and mixed by Nigel Green. The long mix is not as cheesy as the extended version, lovely Dub mind 😉
Jive – JD 1 9094
|A1||London Bridge Is Falling Down (Extended Version)||8:31|
|A2||London Bridge Is Falling Down (Dub Mix)||8:08|
|B||London Bridge Is Falling Down (Special Vocoder Mix)||12:30|
Feeling the funk for Saturdays set and this little beauty from 1986. On the legendary 4th And Broadway Label. Years ahead of their time.
The extra special bonus is a long, live version of “In The Mix” recorded at the Town & Country Club, London July ’86 – essential funky tunes.
4th & Broadway – 12 GOGO 5
|A||Still Smokin’ (Hug-A-But)||5:31|
|B1||It’s In The Mix (Don’t Touch That Stereo)(Live)||11:40|
|B2||Still Smokin’ (The Beat Is Bad)||5:43|
Keeping with the theme with this little oddity that needed an airing. Released in 1986 to help promote a Gerry Anderson TV theme album “No Strings Attached”, which was released in 10″ Vinyl. The Mix is a bit of a weird one with added keyboards from Peter Beckett and remixed by Bob Mallett (nope not heard of them either) synthing the original up but not totally out of sight….interesting! Two original themes are on the B-side as a way of an apology.
PRT – 12PX354
|A||Joe 90 (Extended Joe 90 ’86 Dance Mix)|
|B1||Captain Scarlet Theme|
|B2||Joe 90 (Original Version)|
A bit of a tribute to Adam West (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017)
Released in 1988 and probably a cash-in on the late 80’s popularity of Adam West’s Batman. This is classic kitsch sixties from the Jazz trumpeter Neil Hefti with 3 extra tracks all from the soundtrack. When Batman was tongue-firmly in cheek!
RCA – PT 49572
|A2||My Fine Feathered Finks|
|B1||Holy Diploma, Batman Straight A’s!|
From the ex-Police percussionist and off his long-lost debut album, “The Rhythmatist” Stewart Copeland mixes up the genres and goes for a rock/jazz hybrid with a World Music edge, this was released 1985 and remixed by Chris Lord-Alge. It has a very Police sounding guitar sound.
A&M Records – SP-12159
|A||Gong Rock (Specially Remixed Version)||5:30|
|B||Gong Rock (Dub Version)||5:50|