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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Fern Kinney - Together We Are Beautiful

'Together We Are Beautiful' was a popular single by Fern Kinney.

Written by Ken Leray and produced by Caron Whitsett, Wolf Stephenson and Tommy Couch 'Together We Are Beautiful' was the first and only number 1 single in the UK for Fern Kinney.

Originally a b-side to 'Baby, Let Me Kiss You' the song was flipped after DJs picked up on it. The song reached number 1 on the UK singles chart for a single week in March 1980.

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TOTP Performance

Single Version
Baby, Let Me Kiss You - B-Side


Fern Kinney - Together We Are Beautiful - TOTP Performance

The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket

'Brass in Pocket' (also known as 'Brass in Pocket (I'm Special)') is a single by The Pretenders. It was written by Chrissie Hynde and James Honeyman-Scott, and produced by Chris Thomas.

The band's third single, it was their first success, scoring number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in January 1980 (making it the first proper number-one single of the 1980s after Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd), number two in Australia during May 1980, and number fourteen on the Popular Singles chart in the United States. The song takes its title from an expression Hynde heard from a member of a Yorkshire-based support band who was looking for his money.

During an interview with The Observer in 2004, Hynde revealed that she was initially reluctant to have the song released: "When we recorded the song I wasn't very happy with it and told my producer that he could release it over my dead body, but they eventually persuaded me. So I remember feeling a bit sheepish when it went to number one."

In the accompanying music video for the single, Hynde portrays a waitress working in a greasy spoon who encounters a sleepy customer. She suddenly sees three men (her band members) approaching in a car outside. Hynde attempts to look elegant on their entrance and is clearly seen flirting with one of the men (Pete Farndon) after they've been seated. Pete doesn't respond to her overtures. Just then, three seductively dressed women (the men's girlfriends) enter the greasy spoon, sit at the men's table and begin to kiss their partners. Farndon's girlfriend isn't impressed when he appears to respond to Chrissie's flirting. Suddenly, the couples decide to leave the cafe without eating. Hynde is saddened and watches them outside leaving in their car, not feeling remotely "special".

It was the seventh video played during MTV's launch on August 1, 1981.

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Single Version
Swinging London - B-Side
Nervous But Shy - B-Side


The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket - Video

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Teddy Pendergrass - Somewhere I Belong

Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass was an American R&B/soul singer and songwriter. Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade.

In 1982, he was severely injured in an auto accident in Philadelphia, resulting in his being paralyzed from the waist down. After his injury, the affable entertainer founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, a foundation that helps those with spinal cord injuries.

In 1985 Teddy sang the song for the closing edits of the movie D.A.R.Y.L. The film was about a boy who was a Cyborg and did not know it. The movie had a remake under the title A.I some years later.

The closing edits song was called 'Somewhere I Belong' which was written by Marvin Hamlicsh and released on both 7 inch and 12 inch singles on Electra / Asylum Records. The song made it to number 76 on the US R&B Chart but did not chart anywhere else.

As far as I know, there has never been a soundtrack album released of the movie. If anyone does have one and is willing to share then please let me know.

In 2009, Pendergrass underwent surgery for colon cancer and had difficulty recovering from that disease from which he eventually died on January 13, 2010, at age 59. Have to say thank you to Dominick for the B-Side.

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Single Version.
Never Felt Like Dancin' - B-Side


Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation

Released in 1989 Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation single encouraged the World to come together through music, dance and peace. For me Janet was continuing the messages of Fame.

The single made it to number 23 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Rhythm Nation - CHR Remix
Rhythm Nation - House Nation edit
Rhythm Nation - House Nation Groove mix
Rhythm Nation - House Nation Mix
Rhythm Nation - Instrumental
Rhythm Nation - Rhythm Mix
Rhythm Nation - United Dub
Rhythm Nation - United edit
Rhythm Nation - United Mix
Rhythm Nation - Tribal House Mix
Rhythm Nation - Accoustic Mix

Have to say thank you for my partner Mark for getting this post together.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Journey - Don't Stop Believin'

I have been watching the TV Comedy Drama Glee and loving every minute of it. In the first episode they sing their version of a song I had to admit I had forgotten so went and revisited it. This made me decide to put it here with the Glee version as it is still a great song. So here is.....

'Don't Stop Believin' is a popular song by the American rock band Journey, originally released as a single from their 1981 album Escape. Often considered the band's signature song, the power ballad became a top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, the UK Singles Chart and the Australian Singles Chart. As digital downloads became prominent in the late 2000s it enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, partly due to being featured on several television shows. Allmusic has described the song as "an anthem for the young who wanted to feel free and unrestricted", featuring "one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock

The song reached number 8 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, and number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song was originally released in the United Kingdom in February 1982 and managed to peak only at number 62. However, the song retained a cult following and re-entered the UK Singles Chart in February 2009 at number 94, due to digital downloads. On December 22, 2009, it reached number 9 in the Christmas chart, and peaked at number 6 two weeks later upon the release of the Glee version, more than 27 years after its initial release.

It topped downloads in the iTunes Music Store amongst songs not released in the 21st century, and was also the 72nd most downloaded song of 2008, and 84th most downloaded song of 2009 in the store, over 27 years after its release.

The song is one of the most popular rock tracks in Ireland and continues to remain in the top ten most downloaded songs. On August 31, 2009 the song had topped the 3 million mark in paid downloads.

A cover of the song was made for the Fox musical-comedy, Glee, which debuted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It sold 177,000 downloads in its first week and charted higher than Journey's version, which peaked at number nine. Meanwhile on the ARIA Charts it has reached number 5. The single was performed on the Pilot episode of the series.

Released as a digital download on 2nd June 2009, the song managed to perform well in Australia and the United States where it charted within the top five on both of their national charts. The cast performance of 'Don't Stop Believin' was certified gold in November 2009, achieving over 500,000 digital sales.

The song also featured in the Britain's X-Factor competition and was sung by the winner Joe McElderry in the show's 4th live round and in the finale, spurring its re-entry to the UK Top 40 charts in November and December 2009, and contributing to his winning of the competition.

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Journey - Single Version
Journey - Natural Thing - B-Side

Cast of Glee - Single Version
Cast of Glee - Video from the Pilot Episode


Boy George - Everything I Own

'Everything I Own" is a popular song written by David Gates. Originally recorded by Gates's band Bread for their 1972 album Baby, I'm a Want You the song quickly became a popular standard recorded by (among others) The Connells, Jack Jones, Ken Boothe, Olivia Newton-John, Georgie Fame, Boy George, *NSYNC, Jude, Rod Stewart, Nicole Scherzinger, Chrissie Hynde, Greg London, and Hernaldo Zuniga. Although the song is frequently interpreted as a romantic love song, Gates actually wrote the song as a tribute to his late father.

The original hit number five on the American Billboard Hot 100. The version by Ken Boothe reached number one on the UK singles chart for three weeks in October 1974.

The version by Boy George reached number one on the UK singles chart for two weeks in March 1987 becoming his first hit as a solo artist. It was also his first solo single after a departure from his band, Culture Club. Owing more to the Ken Boothe version, the sweet reggae style was reminiscent of his earlier debut hit with Culture Club, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?". Coming at the time of his arrest for possession of heroin it provided a major boost to his career. It was a number one in many countries (including UK, Canada, Italy, Norway and South Africa) and top 10 in many markets too.

Boy George played this song many times in his live shows. He did re-record the track in an acoustic style (named the Hippy Trippy Mix) and it was released on the American cd single of Everything I Own, a re-release from 1993. It was also remixed in a dub version for the Culture Club 2002 box set.

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Alternate Video
Extended P.W. Botha Mix
Pop Walk Mix

Dub Version
Album Version
Sugar Cane Mix
Hippy Trippy MixDrumhead Mix
12 inch Go Go Mix
Use Me - B-Side


Boy George - Everything I Own - Video

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Split Enz - I Got You

'I Got You' is a 1980 song by New Zealand rock group Split Enz from their studio album True Colours. Split Enz's most successful single, 'I Got You' was written by Neil Finn and released in January 1980.

It topped the charts in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada and reached number 12 in the United Kingdom, and number 53in the United States

The video clip features Neil Finn standing in a room with the other band members performing in a framed picture on the wall behind him.

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Single Version


Split Enz - I Got You - Video

Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me' is a song recorded by Culture Club and was released as a single from the album 'Kissing to Be Clever'. Throughout the years, the song has been covered by many artists.

The third single from the band, the sweet Lovers' Rock style proved their commercial breakthrough. Initially picked up by BBC Radio 2 the song became a major hit after their memorable debut performance on Top of the Pops, which they got thanks to Shakin' Stevens being ill and not able to appear, leading the song to become a UK number 1 single for three weeks in October 1982. The song was their breakthrough in America, too, and it reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in March 1983. It was also number 1 in Australia and more than twenty countries worldwide.

Originally, its B-side in many countries was a dub version of the song. In USA, it was the song 'You Know I'm Not Crazy'. On the 12 inch, an additional b-side was the track 'Love Is Cold (You Were Never No Good)'.

It was the song that put the name Culture Club on the worldwide map. It was also their first single in United States and Canada.

In the video for this song, lead singer Boy George wears a shirt bearing approximately the Hebrew words for "Culture Club" (the shirt actual meaning is "תרבות אגדה" Hebrew for "culture legend"). Mikey Craig was not in the video, he was replaced by his brother Greg.

The song was remixed a couple of times. It was remixed by different DJ, like Quivver and Kinky Roland, around 1998, to promote a Culture Club compilation called "Greatest Moments" and the single 'I Just Wanna Be Loved'. It was also remixed and presented in different remixes on Culture Club's 2002 Box Set. The original demo version, without the bridge, was also included on this boxset.

Re-released in a reggaeton remix in France, it was again a top 20 hit in the summer of 2005.

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TOTP Performance
Single Version
Drumheads Twisted Nerve Mix
Deep Dish Quivvers Mix
Kinky Disco Mix
DJ Lbr's Ragga Mix
Dub Version
Full-Length EMI Demo

You Know I'm Not Crazy - Full Length EMI Demo


Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Video

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Yarbrough and Peoples - Don't Stop The Music

'Don't Stop the Music' is a song by Yarbrough and Peoples, from their 1980 debut album, The Two of Us. The song was a hit single reaching number 7 in the UK Singles Chart in 1981.

In the United States, the song reached number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and fared even better on the R&B chart, where it hit number one, helping to earn a gold record for the duo.
In 1997, the song was sampled by P. Diddy (then known as Puff Daddy) in the song 'Don't Stop What You're Doin', from the album No Way Out. In 2002, the song's chorus was used on the top 5 single Gangsta Lovin' by Eve and Alicia Keyes, and then by Keyshia Cole for the song 'Let It Go' from her album Just Like You, released in 2007.

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Single Version
12 inch Version

Yarbrough and Peoples - Don't Stop The Music - Video

Wham - Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do)

'Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)' was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released in 1983 on Innervision Records. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo.

The song, which had been tentatively released in 1982 when Wham! were unknowns and failed to make any impact, was re-issued in January 1983 after the duo had achieved their breakthrough with 'Young Guns (Go For It!)'.

Although rap was still an underground and almost exclusively American phenomenon in the early 1980s, the title of the song didn't lie - George rapped a number of verses about the joys of living every day to the fullest, which meant that being gainfully employed was not an option, and 'having fun with the boys down the (welfare) line'. The chorus asked the question "Do you enjoy what you do?", which brought about the bracketed section of the title. The video depicted George and Andrew Ridgeley in their leather jackets, combining their moody image with a bright, effervescent choreography.

'Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)' - the full version of which was almost seven minutes long - reached number 8 in the UK singles chart, the second of four hits from Wham!'s debut album Fantastic. The duo would go on to enjoy four UK number 1 hits before splitting at their height in 1986. On the flip side of their farewell single The Edge of Heaven was an updated version of the song, entitled Wham! Rap '86.

The song was explicitly political and indeed revolutionary. It flew in the face of the conventional British Left-wing who were talking about the 'Right to work' at the time.

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Single Version
Social Mix
Album Version
'86 Mix
Club Mix - B-Side


Wham - Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do) - Video

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Culture Club - Mystery Boy

'Mystery Boy' is a Japanese only release that came in a plain paper sleeve with full color lyric insert.

This version of 'Mystery Boy' is an alternate version to the mix released in Europe and North America.

The B-Side was called 'Murder Rap Trap'. Boy George does not sing lead vocals on this track.
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Single Version
Murder Rap Trap - B-Side

Wham - Young Guns (Go For It)

'Young Guns (Go for It)' (sometimes written with an exclamation mark as Young Guns (Go for It!)) was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was released in 1982 on Innervision Records. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo.

The song was Wham!'s first hit, although it came with some help from the BBC music programme Top Of The Pops, which invited Wham! on to the show as a last-minute replacement for another act which had pulled out. Wham! were just outside the Top 40 threshold of the UK singles chart at the time, which meant they had not climbed high enough in normal circumstances to get on the show, but they were recruited nonetheless as the highest-placed artists still climbing the charts from outside the 40.

Wham!, who opened the show, were complete unknowns when they were introduced, and became a national phenomenon immediately after, as much for George's appearance and the choreography as for the song itself. 'Young Guns (Go for It)' entered the chart at number 24 the following week, and eventually peaked at number 3 in November 1982.

George wrote the song about a teenage lad's worry that his best friend was getting too committed to a girl when he should have been enjoying his youth and the single life. It featured a middle eight aside in which the girl conversely tried to get her boyfriend to ditch the best friend, prompting a vocal battle, akin to a tug of war, between the girlfriend and the best friend which prompted the "go for it!" aspect of the song, as featured in the title.

On Top Of The Pops, Wham!'s highly-choreographed and energetic performance - made possible because artists mimed to their recordings - became one of the most memorable in the show's long history. George mimed the vocals to his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgely, who "acted" the part of the teenage bridegroom-in-waiting. They were flanked by backing singers Dee C. Lee and Shirlie Holliman.

The song was the first of four socially and politically motivated hits from Wham!'s debut album Fantastic!. They went on to dominate the UK charts and have four number 1 hits, before splitting at their height in 1986.

One of the most talked about lines in the song is the spoken line "Caution pays". Since the line is played at a lower speed than originally recorded, it has been mistakenly thought that the line is "Abortion pays".

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1st TOTP Performance
Single Version
12 inch UK Version
12 inch Mix
Album Version
Lionel Vinyl's Fake Sucker Mix
Going For It - B-Side Instrumental Version


Wham - Young Guns (Go For It) - Video

Monday, 25 January 2010

David Grant and Jaki Graham - Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

'Could it be I'm falling in love' was originally recorded in 1972 by the American R&B vocal group The Spinners (known as 'Detroit Spinners' in the UK).

David Grant & Jaki Graham recorded the song in 1985 and reached number 5 on the UK singles chart.

This was such a big success for the two, that they decided to record another duet later that year, entitled 'Mated'.

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Single Version
Turn Around - B-Side


David Grant and Jaki Graham - Could It Be I'm Falling In Love - Video

Culture Club - White Boy

In 1981, Boy George occasionally sang with the group Bow Wow Wow under the stage name "Lieutenant Lush". However, his popularity in this role caused friction with the group's actual lead singer, Annabella Lwin.

After his tenure with the group, George decided to start his own band and enlisted Mikey Craig. Next came Jon Moss, and finally Roy Hay. The group recorded demos, which were paid for by EMI Records, but the label was unimpressed and decided not to sign the group. Virgin Records heard the demos and signed the group in the UK, and Epic Records released their albums in the US as Virgin did not have a U.S. presence at the time.

1982 saw the band release of their first single 'White Boy'. Although the song failed to reach the US or UK Top 100, George was still happy because "5000 people bought my song and didn't even know me".

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Single Verson
Demo Version

7 inch Mix
Extended Dance Mix
Love Twist - B-Side


Thursday, 21 January 2010

Five Star - Love Take Over

'Love Take Over' was a 1985 hit single by British pop group Five Star.

The single was written by Rob Van Schaick and Bernard Oates, who had a hit single called 'Say Yeah' themselves the same year under the name of 'The Limit'.

'Love Take Over' was a UK Top 30 success, peaking at number 25 and also at number 9 in the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Click the link below to download the following:
Single Version
12 inch Version
Dub Take Over Version
Paul Hardcastle Extended Mix
The Limit Edition Mix Edit
The Limit Edition Remix
Keep In Touch - B-Side
Let Me Be The One - Instrumental Version - B-Side


Five Star - Love Take Over - Video

Jaki Graham - Set Me Free

Graham originally sang in a band called Ferrari, and then went on to the band Medium Wave, before becoming a backing vocalist for UB40.

She appeared on their version of Jimmy Cliff's 'Many Rivers to Cross' as well as UB40's own 'Sing Our Own Song'.

'Set Me Free' was Graham's 8th single released. Released in 1986 this showcased Graham's great powerful voice as the single lets Graham let rip with the vocal.

The single made it to number 7 in the UK Singles Chart making it the 2nd biggest hit for Graham.

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Single Version
Extended Version
Stop The World - B-Side


Jaki Graham - Set Me Free - Video

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Leisure Process - Cascade

Leisure Process released their first single called 'Love cascade' which was released on Epic records. It didn't make the charts anywhere.

Following the breakup of the band in 1983 Gary Barnacle continued doing session work after their brief career, working with amongst others Level 42, Public Image Ltd. and the Pet Shop Boys.

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Single Version
Extended Version
12 inch UK Dance Mix

Leisure Process - Cascade - Video

Anita Baker - Caught Up In The Rapture

'Caught Uo In The Rapture' was the follow up single to the successful 'Sweet Love' single.

Also released in 1986 the single only manages to make it to number 51 in the UK Singles Chart. In the US the single made it to number 37 iin the Billboard Hot 100 but did do better on the US R&B chart by getting to number 6.

The B-Side was the album track Mystery.

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Single Version
II Step Piano Man Mix
Jungle Radio Mix
Mystery - B-Side


Anita Baker - Caught Up In The Rapture - Live Video

Level 42 - It's Over

'It's Over' is one of the most famous singles from the band Level 42. The song was featured on their uccessful album 'Running in the Family', in 1987 and was one of five singles from album.

'It's Over' reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

The music video of this single was produced by the band, generating praise for Polydor and for the band. The video has a calm and romantic climate, the scenery showing a lot of trees and vegetation. The landscape was perfect, and combined with the rhythm of the music created an atmosphere which contributed perfectly with the mood of the song.

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Single Version
Extended Version
Instrumentaal Version
Physical Presence - Live - B-Side


Level 42 - It's Over - Video

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Leisure Process - A Way You'll Never Be

'A Way You'll Never Be' was the second single released by the Leisure Process (however this released was under the Leisure Process International Name).

Gary Barnacle formed Leisure Process together with ex-Positive Noise singer Ross Middleton in 1982. During that time he was also working with Kim Wilde, with whom he also had a relationship.

When you hear 'A way you'll never be', you may think it's a Level 42 track. And you wouldn't be too far from the truth: guest musicians on this track are Mark King and Phil Gould from Level 42.

It didn't help the commercial appeal of this single: it sunk without a trace.

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Single Version
Rachel Dreams - B-Side


Leisure Process - A Way You'll Never Be - Video

Anita Baker - Rapure - Album

'Rapture' is the second album by the American vocalist Anita Baker. It was released in 1986, and became her breakout album, selling over 8 million copies worldwide (5 million in the US alone) and earning her two Grammy Awards.

The album's first track, 'Sweet Love', was a top 10 Billboard hit in addition to winning a Grammy Award.

In 1989, Rapture was ranked number 36 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.

01 - Sweet Love
02 - You Bring Me Joy
03 - Caught Up in the Rapture
04 - Been So Long
05 - Mystery
06 - No One in the World
07 - Same Ole Love
08 - Watch Your Step

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DMC Takedown Notice Recieved - Sorry

Level 42 - Leaving Me Now

'Leaving Me Now' is a single released in 1985 by the British musical group Level 42. It was the second single taken from their sixth studio album World Machine. The song is written by Mark King, Phil Gould and Wally Badarou. The song contains a piano riff by Wally Badarou.

The single made it to number 15 in the UK Singles Chart continuing the bands success in the UK Charts.

The single's cover art is the same as the next single 'World Machine', and illustrates a hole in the sky. The single was released in many countries beyond the United Kingdom, including the United States, Germany, Australia, Holland, Canada, Argentina, Japan and others.

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Single Version
I Sleep On My Heart - B-Side


Level 42 - Leaving Me Now -Video

Level 42 - Leaving Me Now
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Monday, 18 January 2010

Julia Fordham - Julia Fordham - Album

Julia Fordham's self titled debut album was released in 1988 to criticl aclaim.
The album contained the single's 'Happy Ever After', 'The Comfort Of Strangers', 'Women Of The 80's' and 'Where Does The Time Go'.
The album made it to number 220 in the UK Album Charts.
01 - Happy Ever After
02 - The Comfort Of Strangers
03 - Few To Many
04 - Invisible War
05 - My Lover's Keeper
06 - Cocooned
07 - Where Does The Time Go
08 - Women Of The 80's
09 - The Other Women
10 - Behind closed Doors
11 - Unconditional Love
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Anita Baker - Sweet Love

In 1986, 'Sweet Love' was Baker's first big hit single, peaking at number 13 on the UK Singles chart.

The single also peaked at number 2 on the Billboard R&B chart, number 3 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, and number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Single Version

No One In The World - B-Side
Same Ole Love (Live) - B-Side
You Bring Me Joy (Live) - B-Side


Anita Baker - Sweet Love - Video

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Julia Fordham - The Comfort Of Strangers

'The Comfort of Strangers' was another single from Julia Fordham released in 1988.

Ulike the success of 'Happy Ever After' 'The Comfort of Strangers' only made it to number 89 in the UK singles Chart.

Again this single was made available on Fordhams Debut self titled Album.

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Single Version
I Wish - B-Side


Julia Fordham - The Comfort Of Strangers - Video

Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Album

'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)' is the second album by British music duo Eurythmics, released on January 21, 1983.

After almost two years of initial commercial failure for Eurythmics, this album became a commercial breakthrough for the duo on both sides of the Atlantic. The title track became particularly popular and it remains one of Eurythmics' most recognisable songs, and its music video, popular on MTV in the United States, is memorable for Annie Lennox's gender-bending imagery. In the wake of this success, the single 'Love is a Stranger', previously a flop, was rereleased and became a hit as well. It too was accompanied by a striking video, which featured Lennox dressed both as a man and a woman.

Dave Stewart, together with Robert Crash and ex-The Selector bassist Adam Williams, produced the album in Eurythmics' own relatively primitive 8-track studio, winning awards for the quality of the end-result which belied its low-budget origins. Sweet Dreams saw the duo move away from the psychedelic, guitar-tinged band-orientated sound of their 1981 debut album 'In the Garden', instead focusing on raw analogue synthesizers (including the Oberheim OB1 and EDP Wasp) and drum machines (particularly the Movement Systems Drum Computer, which featured a graphic visual display of the drum patterns). Whilst the "synth pop" genre had grown in popularity in the preceding years, it was often associated with all male groups and somewhat clinical, emotionless music. Eurythmics (particularly with Lennox's vocal stylings) brought a soul music twist to the electronic sound, which proved popular with broader audiences.

01 - Love Is a Stranger
02 - I've Got an Angel
03 - Wrap It Up
04 - I Could Give You (A Mirror)
05 - The Walk
06 - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
07 - Jennifer
08 - This Is the House
09 - Somebody Told Me
10 - This City Never Sleeps

Bonus Tracks
11 - Home Is Where the Heart Is
12 - Monkey Monkey
13 - Baby's Gone Blue
14 - Sweet Dreams (Hot Remix)
15 - Love Is a Stranger (Coldcut Remix)
16 - Satellite of Love

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Saturday, 16 January 2010

Julia Fordham - Happy Ever After

'Happy Ever Afer' was the debut single by the fantastic singer songwritter Julia Fordham (wikipedia mistakes this as the 2nd single). The single was released in June 1988 and made it to number 27 in the UK singles Charts in August of the same year.

A beautiful single with a simple video made me love the style and performance of this song when I first heard it back when it was first released. The single came about after Fordham had seen images about the South African struggles. A simple but powerful message.

I went to see her live and loved the performance of this single.

Fordham re-released the single again in 2005 in aid of the tsunami appeal. This new version had children singing some of the verses.

Julia had previously performed backing vocals for Mari wilson and Kim Wilde but it was not until her debut album called 'Julia fordam' that her vocal talent and emotional lyrics were introduced to the public. this provided her with a small but committed fan base of which I was one. It was not until the 90's that Fordham wouold have higher success in the charts but that is another story.

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Original Video
Tsunami Appeal Video
Single Version
Tsunami Appeal Single Version
My Lover's Keeper - B-side
My Mistake - B-Side
The Comfort of Strangers - B-side


Julia Fordham - Happy Ever After - Video

Eurythmics - This Is The House

'This Is the House' was Eurythmics third single, recorded in 1982 on their own 8-track home studio in north London, built with a personal bank loan from group member David A. Stewart's bank manager rather than record company support.

Although the following year it was included on the group's hugely successful 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)' album, the single itself was a commercial flop, failing to chart. No music video was made for the single.

The recordings were produced by Stewart and Adam Williams, ex-bassist of Two Tone Records band The Selector. They showcased a new sound and direction from the group, focusing on synthesizers and drum machines as opposed to the psychedelic guitar-based band sound of their 'In the Garden' album.

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The Tube Live - Video
Take Me To Your Heart - Live - B-Side
In Leather - Live - B-side
Never Gonna Cry Again - Live - B-Side


Eurythmics - This Is The House - Live on The Tube

Friday, 15 January 2010

Rick Astley - My Arms Keep Missing You

'My Arms Keep Missing You' was released as a Double A- side with 'When I Fall In Love' for the Christmas Charts.

Releasing the single as a double A-Side gave the radio stations something else to play after the christmas thus helping the single stay in the charts longer.

The single made it to number 4 in the Christmas UK singles Chart but had made it to number 2 eventually in January 1988.

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Where's Harry Remix
Razormaid Mix
Bruno's Mix

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Red Box - The Circle And The Square - Album

Red Box had had a measure of success with the single 'Lean On Me' and so recorded their debut album called 'The Circle And The Square'

The album was released in 1986. The album managed to reach number 73 in the UK Album charts. this was a shame as the album is a good one and should have made a bigger impact on the charts.

I have to say thank you to Scott Wheeler for sending me a copy of the album so I can share it for all of you.

01 - For America
02 - Heart Of The Sun
03 - Billy's Line
04 - Bantu
05 - Living In Domes
06 - Lean On Me (Reprise)
07 - Chenko (tenka-io)
08 - Lean On Me (ah-li-ayo)
09 - Saskatchewan
10 - Leaders In Seventh Heaven
11 - Walk Walk
12 - Amen

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Thursday, 14 January 2010

Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again

'Here Comes the Rain Again' is a song by British pop duo Eurythmics. It was written by group members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and produced by Stewart.

The song was released as the third single in the UK from the album Touch and in the United States as the first single. It became Eurythmics' second Top 10 U.S. hit, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Here Comes the Rain Again' hit number eight in the UK singles chart, becoming their fifth consecutive Top 10 single.

The track is similar in musical style to past Eurythmics singles and its melancholy lyrics draw a comparison between the painful and tragic feelings of unrequited love with falling rain. Notably, the group adorned the recording with the composition and arrangement skills of Michael Kamen, resulting in more natural feel to the overall finished product (versus the heavily synthetic aesthetic of the Sweet Dreams album and its singles).

Stewart explained to Songfacts that creating a melancholy mood in his songs is something he excels at. He said: 'Here Comes The Rain Again' is kind of a perfect one where it has a mixture of things, because I'm playing a b-minor, but then I change it to put a b-natural in, and so it kind of feels like that minor is suspended, or major. So it's kind of a weird course. And of course that starts the whole song, and the whole song was about that undecided thing, like here comes depression, or here comes that downward spiral. But then it goes, 'so talk to me like lovers do.' It's the wandering in and out of melancholy, a dark beauty that sort of is like the rose that's when it's darkest unfolding and bloodred just before the garden, dies. And capturing that in kind of oblique statements and sentiments."

The string arrangements by Michael Kamen were performed by members of the British Philharmonic Orchestra. However, due to the limited space in the studio, the Church, the players had to improvise by recording their parts in other parts of the studio. Once the improvisations seem to match the finished synthesized track, the song was mixed by having the orchestral tracks laid down on top of the original backing track.

During Eurythmics reunion "Peacetour" they performed an in-studio concert for the A&E Network in the U.S. Dave Stewart revealed that the lyrics to the song came into being after an argument between himself and Lennox while they were doing some songwriting in New York City's Columbus Hotel. The basic melody had already been written and Lennox looked out the window after their fight and noticed it was starting to rain. She announced, "Here comes the rain again."

The running time for 'Here Comes the Rain Again' is in actuality about five minutes long and was edited on the Touch album (fading out at approximately four-and-a-half minutes). Although it was edited even further for its single and video release, many U.S. radio stations played the full-length version of it. The entire five-minute version did not appear on any Eurythmics album until the US edition of Greatest Hits in 1991.

The music video, featuring Lennox and Stewart, was directed by Jonathan Gershfield and released in December 1983, a month before the single came out. The video opens showing The Old man of Hoy on the Island of Hoy in the Orkney Islands, with Lennox walking along the rocky shore and cliff top and later entering a derelict cottage in a nightgown, holding a lantern. In many scenes the two are filmed separately, then superimposed into the same frame. The result is that the viewer may perceive one as being a ghost in the world of the other.

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Edit Version
Original Extended Version
White label Remix
Alternate Live Version
Future Of Vision Remix
Dance Mix

Freemasons vs Angel Cyrius Mix
Freemasons Edit
Brothers In Rhythm Mix
Paint a Rumour - B-Side


Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again - Video

Red Box - Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)

After Red Box signed to Sire Records and released their single 'Saskatchewan', there must have been some doubt whether the band would make a success as the single did not chart and some record company executives must have felt panic. These days, the band would probably have been dropped immediately.

however, the record company followed through with 'Lean on me', which proved t0 be a more successful track. It would prove to be the biggest hit of their career, peaking at number 3 in the UK Singles chart.

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TOTP Performance
Single Version

Dogmatix Version
Vera's Husband Mix
Stinging Bee - B-Side


Red Box - Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo) - Video

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On

'You Keep Me Hangin' On' is a 1966 number-one hit song originally recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.

Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song became The Supremes' eighth number-one single, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks in November 1966, and the number one the soul chart for four weeks.

'You Keep Me Hangin' On' was covered in an updated version by British singer Kim Wilde in 1986. It was released as the second single from Wilde's Another Step album (although 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' was the LP's first worldwide single, as the first single had been released only in selected countries).

Wilde's version was a total re-working of the original, completely transforming the Supremes' Motown Sound into a 1980s power pop song. She and her brother, producer Ricki Wilde, had not heard 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' for several years when they decided to record it. The song was not a track they knew well, so they treated it as a new song, even slightly changing the original lyrics. It became the biggest hit of Wilde's career, reaching number 2 in the UK singles charts as well as hitting the top spot in Europe and Australia. It also became Wilde's only major hit in the US, spending a week at number one in 1987.

Incidentally, since Wilde's recording was popular during the evolution of sample-based hip hop, a short drum break in her version has become one of the most sampled pieces of audio ever. In 2006, she performed a new version of the song with the German singer Nena for her Never Say Never album.

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Single Version
WCH Club Mix

AJ's Video Mix
12 inch Mix
Thin Thread Extended Remix
Never Say Never Album Verson
Ian Lavine Club Version
Loving You - B-Side


Kim wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On - Video

Red Box - Saskatchewan

Following on from their debut single, Red Box released their second single 'Saskatchewan' (a cover of the Buffy Sainte-Marie song). Recorded in the summer of 1984 it was released soon after.

The single failed to chart but it did bring the group to the attention of WEA, which signed the duo and had more success with their next single.

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Single Version
Alternative 7 inch Mix
Crew's Testing Mix
Speeches - B-Side
Speeches - Alternate Version - B-Side


Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Kim Wilde - Young Heroes

'Young heroes' is a track from Kim Wilde's 1981 debut album.

That album was released in America in 1982, while this single, made in Peru, came out in the same year.

'Young Heroes' was not a single in any other country, although a flexi disc from Russia does also exists.

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Single Version
Our Town - B-Side


Red Box - Chenko (Tenka-io)

Simon Toulson-Clarke formed his first band at age thirteen with school friend Paddy Talbot, playing covers of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple as well as some self-penned material. On leaving school he moved to Middlesborough and formed another band in the vein of the New York Dolls. In the late Seventies he went to study at The Polytechnic of Central London, where he formed a band with Julian Close. This band took on the name Red Box after a while and included further band members Paddy Talbot, Rob Legge and Martin Nickson.

The group released their debut single 'Chenko' on the Cherry Red label in 1983. The single failed to chart. Following this, the band slimmed down to a duo, and took on a more synth pop direction.

The single was revamped and re-released following the success of 'For America' and 'Lean on Me'. Released in 1987 as 'Chenko (Tenko-io)' the single again failed to chart anad became the final single of the 80's by the band.

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1983 Original Single Version

1987 Re-relesed Single Version
1983 Valley - B-Side
1987 Speeches - B-Side
Pow Wow Press Version
No Reservation Mix


Red Box - Chenko - Video

Monday, 11 January 2010

Five Star - Hide and Seek

'Hide and Seek' is the name of a 1984 single by British pop group Five Star.

It was the group's second release, and would be later included on their 1985 debut album Luxury of Life.

The single was written by Gary Bell (who co-wrote their later hit 'System Addict'), and Anne Dudley, one of the UK's top female songwriters and composers. The single wasn't a hit, only charting at number 113 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song was later covered by New Edition in 1984 as part of their self-titled album.

The video to the single featured a colourful setting with an early Five Star logo as a back drop, with the floor resembling the American star and stripes flag, and a very simple (yet impressive) dance routine.

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Single Version
Dub Mix
Extended Dance Mix
I'm Gonna Make This a Night You Will Never Forget - Non Five Star Track - B-Side

Five Star - Hide and Seek - Video

Bananarama - I Can't Help It

'I Can't Help It' is a song written and recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It is included on their fourth studio album Wow! and was released as its third single except in the U.S., where it was the album's second single (following 'I Heard a Rumour') and Australia, where it was the album's fourth single (after 'I Want You Back'). The track was co-written and produced by the Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) trio.

The song is a disco-influenced pop tune similar to many hits produced by SAW during this time period

The single peaked at number twenty in the UK singles chart, number 27 on the Australian ARIA chart (where it was released in August 1988 after I Want You Back), and just missed the top-forty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. A hit in nightclubs, 'I Can't Help It' climbed to number seven on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.

This is the final Bananarama single to feature Siobhan Fahey, who announced her departure shortly after its release.

The photos on the record sleeve were taken by famous American photographer Herb Ritts. The record sleeves for 'I Can't Help It' and 'Love in the First Degree' were switched with each other for the UK and North American markets.

The song's suggestive lyrics and music video further perpetuated Bananarama's sensual visual image that the group began to incorporate with their previous album True Confessions.

The 'I Can't Help It' video featured muscle men dancing, colourful backdrops, and Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward in a milk bath filled with fruit and naked men. Siobhan Fahey, extremely pregnant at the time, also appears but was only shown on camera from the shoulders up. Music video directed by Andy Morahan.

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Single Version
Extended Remix
Hammond Excursion Version

BUK Solitaire Version
Esctacy - B-Side

Mr Sleaze - Rare Groove Remix - 12 inch B-Side

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Bananarama - I Can't Help It - Video

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Rick Astley - When Ever You Need Somebody

'Whenever You Need Somebody' is a number-one dance hit from 1985 performed by O'Chi Brown and written by the team of Stock Aitken Waterman. Brown's version of the song, would also make the soul singles chart, peaking at number eighty-eight.

In 1987, Rick Astley covered the song, and it would become the title track and second single from Astley's multi-million selling debut album Whenever You Need Somebody, also written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The single reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart.

It was also a successful European hit for Astley, continuing the success of his previous smash single 'Never Gonna Give You Up'. It was not released as a single in the U.S.

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Single Version
Instrumental Version
Rick Sets It Off Mix
Lonely Hearts Mix
Diego Grez 2008 Remix Edit
Just Good friends - B-side

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Bananarama - Do Not Disturb

'Do Not Disturb' is a song recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It was written and produced by the production duo of Steve Jolley and Tony Swain.

Originally released as a stand-alone single in 1985, the track was later added to Bananarama's third album 'True Confessions' which was issued by London Records a year later. 'Do Not Disturb' was released in the UK, Australia, Germany and Japan but only charted in the UK.

Bananarama did not like the song. Group member Keren Woodward later said of the 'True Confessions' album, "It is all our ideas, it is what we wanted to sound like and sing about. Except 'Do Not Disturb' which Swain and Jolley wrote and which we don't think is very good. Thats why there's eleven songs on the LP instead of ten". When released, 'Do Not Disturb' was a mid-charting single, peaking at number thirty-one.

The music video for 'Do Not Disturb' directed by Simon Milne features Bananarama in a brightly lit hotel clad in long white flowing dresses and blouses similar to the single's picture sleeve. The video also cuts frequently to a set with Bananarama dancing, and doing football tricks with superimposed circular footage. The whole video has a "round" theme, from round beds, and spas to a round frame in which each member dances within. 'Do Not Disturb' is also interesting because it demarcates between the silly contrived videos from Deep Sea Skiving, and the sophisticated and sensual videos from 'Venus' onwards. For this reason, 'Do Not Disturb' is a transitional video in style and image; the trite and silly storyline is a remnant of their predecessor videos, but the tidier and glamourous image and clothes is much more aligned towards 'Venus'.

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Single Version
Bananamix Version
Ghost - B-side


Bananarama - Do Not Disturb - Video

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Bow Wow Wow - See Jungle (Jungle Boy)

Bow Wow Wow's 7th single released was a double A-side called 'See Jungle'. Released in April 1982 it made it to number 45 on the UK Singles Charts.

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Single Version
(I'm A TV) Savage - B-Side