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Sunday, 28 February 2010

The Jam - Start

'Start!' is the eleventh UK single release by punk rock band, The Jam and their second number-one, following 'Going Underground'/'Dreams of Children'. Upon its release on 15 August 1980, it debuted at number three, and two weeks later reached number one for one week. Written by Paul Weller and produced by Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and The Jam, 'Start!' was the lead single from the band's fifth album Sound Affects. The single's B-side is 'Liza Radley'.

'Start!' is based on both the main guitar riff and bass riff of The Beatles' 1966 song 'Taxman' from the album Revolver, written by George Harrison. Likewise, The Jam's 'Dreams of Children' had featured the same 'Taxman' bassline, played then as a lead guitar riff.

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Video
Single Version
Lia Radley - B-Side

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The Jam - Start - Video




Simple Minds - Changeling

'Changeling' is the 3rd single released by Simple Minds and was released in 1980. Released from the bands 2nd album release 'Real To Real Cacophony', 'Changeling' failed to enter the Uk Singles Chart.

The single continued the bands raw image which I loved at the time. Still loved the way the band evolved over time but nothing can compaire to their early singles.


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Live Performance
Single Version
Premonition

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Simple Minds - Changeling - Live


The Human League - Only After Dark

'Only After Dark' is a song by the British Synthpop group The Human League. Taken from the band's second album, Travelogue, in 1980, it is a cover version of the Mick Ronson song originally found on his 1974 debut album Slaughter On 10th Avenue. The Human League's version was produced by Colin Thurston.

The song was pressed as a single by Virgin Records following the release of the Travelogue album, but it was then decided to re-release the song 'Empire State Human' (from the band's first album) instead and include 'Only After Dark' as a free single to be given away with the first 15,000 copies of 'Empire State Human'. This was perceived by the band as a total lack of faith in their newer material, causing great resentment and anger, and would be one of the issues that contributed to the split of this line-up of The Human League some months later. As a free single it wasn't included in the UK chart mechanism, though the re-release of 'Empire State Human' to which it belonged peaked at number 62

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Only After Dark
Toyota City - B-Side

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

OMD - Red Frame / White Light

'Red Frame/White Light' is the second single of the synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The song is about the red telephone box in Meols that was used by the band to make calls to organise their gigs

The telephone box that inspired 'Red Frame/White Light' is located at the crossing of Birkenhead Road and Greenwood Road in Meols. In the nearby pub "The Railway Inn" the band would meet and used the telephone box to organise their gigs and transportation.

In the songs lyrics the phone number is mentioned: 6323003. Fans would ring the number expecting to get one of the band members, but got a confused home owner in their own area code. Over the years it has become a kind of sacred place for OMD fans. In 2004 OMD fan Stephen Cork started a successful campaign to get the telephone box repainted in time for a fan tour on April 10, 2005.

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Video
Single Version
I Betray My Friends - B-Side


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OMD - Red Frame / White Light - Video




Simple Minds - I Travel

In October 1980 Simple Minds released their 4th single 'I Travel'. Released on the Arista label the single was released from their Empires and Dance Album.

The initial release came with a bonue picture flexi disc. Like the previous 2 singles 'I Travel' failed to chart.

Virgin records re-relesed 'I Travel' in 1982 from the Celebration Album. This release omitted 'New Warm Skin' as the b-side but included the 2 tracks from the flexi disc as the singles b-side instead. As with the previous release this one also failed to chart.

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Live Performance
Single Version
Extended Version
New Warm Skin - Original B-Side


Limited Flex Single
Kaleidoscope - A-Side
Film Theme - B-Side


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Friday, 26 February 2010

Liquid Gold - Dance Yourself Dizzy

Liquid Gold was an English disco group from Brackley in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.

Liquid Gold was formed by Ray Knott and Ellie Hope, who had met auditioning to play in Babe Ruth, a group that released four albums between 1972 and 1975. Both of them worked on the band's last album, Kid Stuff. They then recruited Wally Rothe (who is currently in a relationship with Loose Women presenter Jane McDonald) and Syd Twynham under the name Dream Coupe; after a few shows they signed to Creole Records, a Polo Records subsidiary, and changed their name to Liquid Gold.

'Dance Yourself Dizzy' was rleased in 1980 and became a big hit for the band. The single peaked at number 2 on the UK charts in 1980. The song also reached number 26 on the U.S. Club Play charts.

In 2008 "Dance Yourself Dizzy" remixes were released on 12" single with bonus cd, and digital download.

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TOTP Performance

Single Version
Instrumental Version

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Liquid Gold - Dance Yourself Dizzy - TOTP Performance



Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short

'To Cut a Long Story Short' is a 1980 song by Spandau Ballet. It was their first single and reached number 5 on the UK singles chart. It appeared on the album Journeys to Glory.

Allmusic described the single as minimalist spiky synth pop and compares its style as reminiscent to early Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark with a dirty, overdriven synth sound and a stomping Gary Glitter-like backbeat. Though largely forgotten today due to Spandau Ballet's later change in style towards a slick, soul-pop the reviewer considers that it might fairly be considered a minor lost classic of the early-'80s U.K. synth pop scene.

To Cut a Long Story Short was Vince Clarke's inspiration to write Depeche Mode's Just Can't Get Enough to which the keyboard style bears a certain similarity.

The signature riff from To Cut a Long Story Short is used as a sample looping throughout the Freestylers track In love with you on their album Adventures in Freestyle.

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Video
Single Version
Extended Version
Demo Version

Diffusion Mix

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Thursday, 25 February 2010

The Gap Band - OOps Upside Your Head

'Oops Upside Your Head', otherwise known as 'I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops!)' is a 1979 funk anthem recorded by the R&B group The Gap Band and released off their fourth album, The Gap Band II.

This single became an international hit for the group upon its late 1979 release, though it failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at number-one on its Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart), the song hit the top ten on the US R&B and disco charts and became a big-seller overseas where it peaked at number seven in the UK and number six in the Netherlands.

The song is famous for its chant, "say, oops upside your head/say oops upside your head" and besides the verse, or refrain, "just because you don't believe that I wanna dance/don't mean that I don't want to", the song is mainly featured of humorous spoken monologues by Gap Band lead singer Charlie Wilson who was inspired by his cousin Bootsy Collins' own humorous slant in his songs. Wilson mentioned stories of "Jack & Jill" with the lyric, "Jack and Jill went up the hill to have a little fun/stupid Jill forgot her pill and now they have a son", and "Humpty Dumpty" ("Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall/Humpty Dumpty had a great fall...I think he cracked all the way"). The line, "the bigger the headache the bigger the pill, the bigger the doctor the bigger the bill" was said to be influenced by similar lines from Parliament-Funkadelic in the mid-'70s including the line "the bigger the headache, the bigger the pill" in "Dr. Funkenstein".

Wilson's spoken intro, "this is radio station W-GAP", was a reference to Parliament's opening line in "P-Funk (I Want My Funk Uncut)", "welcome to radio station W-E-F-U-N-K, better known as WE-FUNK." The song is said to be one of the first songs to use hip-hop-styled monologues in a song. The song's success broke ground for the group, who would go on to become a successful R&B outfit throughout the 1980s. Today, it remains a popular song in the Gap Band's stable to this day.

In the UK, this song is typically "danced" to by sitting on the floor in rows and performing a rhythmic "rowing" action. The origin of this unusual dance, unique to this track, is unknown, but is very widely seen. It was especially popular during the 1980s

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Party Lights - B-Side


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Peter Gabriel - Games Without Fronties

'Games Without Frontiers' is a hit 1980 single by Peter Gabriel, released on his third self-titled solo album. It features Kate Bush on backing vocals and became his first UK Top 10 hit, peaking at number 4. The song also peaked at number 48 in the U.S. It ties with 1986's Sledgehammer as his highest-charting song in the UK. The B-side to the single was two tracks combined into one: 'Start' and 'I Don't Remember'.

The song's title comes from a European game show, Jeux Sans Frontières, that featured teams competing for prizes while dressed in bizarre costumes. The British version of the show was called It's a Knockout, a phrase that also appears in the song. The teams represented towns and cities from each country, so the games had an inevitable element of nationalism. While some games were simple races, others allowed one team to obstruct another.

The lyrics are seen as a critique of nationalism and war, which the song portrays as essentially childish. The tag line of the song, 'Games without frontiers, war without tears' is a comment on the sublimation of the rivalries within Europe, caused by centuries of war, in a meaningless game.

The name Lin Tai Yu, which appears in the song, belongs to a character from the classic Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber.

Chiang Ching, another name mentioned, refers either to the wife of Chairman Mao and a leader of the Cultural Revolution or to Chiang Ching-kuo, the son of Chiang Kai-shek, who was president of Taiwan at the time the song was written.

Additionally, the end of the first verse refers to Hitler and Enrico Fermi: "Suki plays with Leo, Sacha plays with Brit; Adolf builds a bonfire, Enrico plays with it." Hitler started World War II in Europe, while Fermi's nuclear reactor enabled the nuclear weapons which ended the war in Japan.

The album version of the song includes the line "Whistling tunes we piss on the goons in the jungle" before the second chorus. This was replaced for the single release with a more radio-friendly repeat of the line "Whistling tunes we're kissing baboons in the jungle" from the first chorus. The whistling is Gabriel along with producers Steve Lillywhite and Hugh Padgham.

There is a misconception that Gabriel actually sings "coons" rather than "goons", but all the official lyric sheets for the song have always printed the word as "goons". It is possible to download the original raw, unmixed vocal tracks from the song from Gabriel's Real World Remixed website, and on listening to these without the distractions of the musical backing, it is clear that he sings "goons".

This song features the PAiA Electronics Programmable Drum Set, widely considered the first programmable drum machine (it is not the Roland CR-78, used by many of Gabriel's former Genesis bandmates on both Genesis and solo albums). It also features the Moog Model 15 small analog modular system for many of the synthesizer sounds.

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Uncencored Version

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Peter Gabriel - Games Without Fronties - Video



Wednesday, 24 February 2010

OMD - Organisation - Album

Organisation is an album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1980. As with all OMD's early sleeve art, it was created by Peter Saville Associates and features a stock photograph of the cloud-covered peak of Marsco in the Red Cuillin hills overlooking Glen Sligachan on the Isle of Skye with Allt Dearg Mòr in the foreground. The album was remastered and re-released in 2003, with several bonus tracks.

The album is notable for its melancholy tone. The band said that at the time they had been heavily influenced by Joy Division; this can be traced through Organisation’s use of jarring drum sounds and moody songs. 'VCL XI' is a good example of this sound. Also notable is OMD's move away from pure Gary Numan-Kraftwerk-ian pop, embracing a grander sound, an increasing use of acoustic instruments, and sound collages. The group would continue to expand their sound this way on the next two albums Architecture & Morality and Dazzle Ships. The advances of Organisation and Architecture & Morality are made all the more impressive by the fact they were recorded and released within eighteen months of each other.

'Enola Gay' was the only single released from the album. It could be perhaps perceived as deceiving, as it had little in common with the style of the rest of the album, even though its subject matter is poetically grim. It bears much in common with the sound of the group's debut album. Andy McCluskey is noted as saying it was written at the time of most of the debut was written.

'Motion and Heart' was also considered for a single release, but was dropped. A new recording was made which was released as a B-Side to Architecture & Morality’s 'Souvenir' and can be found on the remastered edition of that album.

'VCL XI' was the name of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys' short lived group, which itself was named after a valve on the back of Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity album (although the name of the valve is actually written 'VCL 11' on the Kraftwerk album).

Malcolm Holmes had played drums with Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys before, notably on 'Julia's Song' which was featured on the band's debut, and for Organisation he was recruited as a full-time member replacing the Revox tape recorder affectionately named 'Winston'.

Traclisting:
01 - Enola Gay
02 - 2nd Thought
03 - VCL XI
04 - Motion and Heart
05 - Statues
06 - The Misunderstanding
07 - The More I See You
08 - Promise
09 - Stanlow

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Madness - Work Rest and Play EP

'Work Rest and Play' is an EP by British ska/pop band Madness. The EP was headlined by the song 'Night Boat to Cairo', from the band's debut album One Step Beyond. It was released in the UK Singles Chart on April 30, 1980, reached a high of number 6

After the release of 'My Girl', the band felt that they had exhausted the material from One Step Beyond..., and did not want to release any more singles from the album. However, Dave Robinson, head of Stiff Records, disagreed. Eventually, a compromise was made, and the band decided to release an EP featuring one album track and three new tracks. The 'Work Rest and Play' EP was the result.

The EP's success was largely down to 'Night Boat to Cairo', which headlined the set and had an accompanying music video. The fourth song, 'Don't Quote Me On That', was a commentary on press coverage which had tried to paint the band as racists who supported the British National Front. Some of the band's shows had been disrupted by skinhead violence and, in a 1979 NME interview, Madness member Chas Smash was quoted as saying "We don't care if people are in the NF as long as they're having a good time." This was quoted to add to the speculation that Madness was a racist band supporting the National Front, although the band members denied those allegations.

The three new tracks each feature a different lead vocalist: Suggs on 'The Young and the Old', Lee Thompson on 'Deceives the Eye', and Chas Smash on 'Don't Quote Me On That'.

After the decision to issue the EP, a promotional music video was needed. However, there was a lack of time before the release, and not enough to make an effective one. As 'Night Boat to Cairo' was the leading track from the EP, a music video of the song was created to represent the EP as a whole.

Madness filmed a karaoke type video in front of a blatantly chroma keyed backdrop of an Egyptian pyramid, with the lyrics appearing on screen in "bouncing ball" style as Suggs sang them. During the long instrumental sections of the song, the band often run around the set, marching and performing their signature "Nutty Train".

Despite the video's poor effects and unprofessional feel, it became very popular amongst fans. This is possibly due to the carefree nature and fooling around of the band, probably down to the large amount of alcohol drank while filming.


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Video
Night Boat To Cair
Deceives The Eye
The Young And The Old
Don't Quote Me On That

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Madness - Night Boat to Cairo - Video



Tuesday, 23 February 2010

OMD - Messages

'Messages' is the third single of the synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

The single has a re-recorded version of the song found on their debut album Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. A further, and earlier, version appears on the group's Peel Sessions 1979-1983 album, showing that the song originally had a slower tempo than either the single or album versions.

The single provided OMD with their first top 40 hit in the UK, reaching number 13. The song was featured in the second series of Ashes to Ashes.

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Video

Single Version
Extended Version
Taking Sides Again - B-Side

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OMD - Messages - Video


Abba - The Winner Takes It All

'The Winner Takes It All' is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. Released as the 1st single from the group's Super Trouper album on July 21, 1980, it is a ballad, reflecting the end of a romance. The single's B-side was the non-album track 'Elaine'.

'The Winner Takes It All', originally 'The Story of My Life', was written by both Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, with Agnetha Fältskog singing the lead vocal. The lyrics to the song were thought to mirror the divorce between Ulvaeus and Fältskog in 1979, similar to the song 'When All Is Said And Done', which details the divorce between Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson.

However, Ulvaeus himself denies this, saying the basis of the song "is the experience of a divorce, but it's fiction. There wasn't a winner or a loser in our case. A lot of people think it's straight out of reality, but it's not". He also mentioned that "There were no winners" when he and Agnetha went throught their rather bitter divorce.

In a 1999 poll for Channel Five, 'The Winner Takes It All' was voted Britain's favorite ABBA song. In a 2006 poll for a Channel Five program, 'The Winner Takes It All' was voted "Britain's Favorite Break-Up Song."

'The Winner Takes It All' was yet another major success for ABBA. It hit number 1 in Belgium (where it stayed on top for 2 months), Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands & South Africa while reaching the Top 10 elsewhere throughout the world, including the United States, where it peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, ABBA's 4th & last American Top 10 hit. The song was also the group's 2nd Billboard Adult Contempary number 1 (after 'Fernando'). 'The Winner Takes It All' was also a hit in Brazil: it was included on soundtrack of a very famous soap opera in 1980 called "Coração Alado" ("Winged Heart") as the main theme.

'The Winner Takes It All' also features in the ABBA-based musical & film, Mamma Mia!.

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Video
Single Version

Elaine - B-Side

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Abba - The Winner Takes It All - Video





Monday, 22 February 2010

Paul Hardcastle - Paul Hardcastle - Album

In early 1985, the release of the dance hit '19' brought Hardcastle acclaim and chart success.

'19' was a straight-forward dance record, featuring stuttering samples of television narrator Peter Thomas speaking about Vietnam war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In November of that year Paul Hardcastle released his self titled album. The album entered the UK Album charts at number 53 but slipped out of the charts 6 weeks later.

There were a further 3 songs released from the album being 'Rain Forest' (53), 'Just For Money' (19) and 'Don't Wast My Time' (8).

Tracklisting:
01 - In The Beginning
02 - 19
03 - King Tut
04 - Don't Wast My Time
05 - Central Park
06 - Just For Money
07 - Moonhopper
08 - Better
09 - Strollin'
10 - Rainforest

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Level 42 - (Flying On The) Wings Of Love


(Flying On The) Wings Of Love' is the 2nd single released by Level 42.

Released in 1980 by Polydor records the single continued the mainly instrumental progression that was typical of the band at that time.

The single made it to number 76 in the UK Singles Chart.


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Wings Of Love - Remix

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Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is a song by the British post-punk band Joy Division. 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' was written in August and September 1979, and debuted when the band supported Buzzcocks on their UK tour in September and October 1979. It is one of the few songs in which singer Ian Curtis played guitar (albeit somewhat minimally). The lyrics ostensibly reflect the problems in Ian Curtis's marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide in May 1980. Deborah Curtis had the phrase 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' inscribed on Ian Curtis's memorial stone.

The song was first released in April 1980 and, after Curtis's suicide that May, became the band's first chart hit, reaching number 13 in the UK. It also debuted at number 1 in New Zealand in June 1981. The band postponed their US tour after his death, performed a few short sets as The No-Names, then finally renamed the group as New Order.



'Love' was re-released in 1983 and reached number 19 on the UK charts and re-appeared at number 3 in New Zealand during March 1984. In November 1988, it made one more Top 40 appearance in New Zealand, peaking at number 39.



'Love Will Tear Us Apart' appears on the Substance compilation album. It was first recorded for a John Peel session in November 1979, then re-recorded in January 1980 and March 1980. It is the latter version that appears on Substance. The January 1980 version originally appeared as the single's B-side.

In 1995, to publicise the release of Permanent, the track was reissued, complete with a new remix done by Arthur Baker and a new radio edit, also known as the Permanent Mix. On September 24, 2007, the single was again reissued, in its original configuration. This time, it was to publicise the Collector's Edition re-issues of the band's three albums. Although the single was now issued on the Warner label, it retained all the classic Factory packaging, down to the FAC 23 catalogue number.

'Love Will Tear Us Apart' has remained popular and was listed by NME magazine as the best single of all time in 2002. The song was listed by Rolling Stone magazine at number 179 in its top 500 songs of all time. In May 2007, NME placed it at number 19 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever, one place ahead of another Joy Division song, 'Transmission'. The song reached number 1 in the inaugural Triple J Hottest 100 music poll of 1989 and again in 1990. When being interviewed for New Order Story, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys stated that 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' was his favourite pop song of all time. He also mentioned several New Order songs in the same dialogue.

The song has also been used in television programs and in films, such as the 2001 film Donnie Darko, in a pivotal scene before Donnie has to leave his girlfriend in order to save her. The song is included in the indie film Wristcutters, which takes place in an afterlife for people who have committed suicide. It was also included in a film about the Manchester music scene, 24 Hour Party People, during several scenes about the band and Curtis's suicide. It is heard in the Doctor Who episode "School Reunion." The film Series 7: The Contenders features a music video for the song which characters explain as being part of a school project. Their homemade music video is in the style of a cheaply made '80s video with actors dressed in stereotypical goth fashion. In the sci-fi comedy radio series Undone, the song is performed as a chime on an ice cream van. On November 11, 2009 it was featured in the opening scene of the television series Criminal Minds, season 5 episode 7: "The Performer"

'Love Will Tear Us Apart' was eventually performed by New Order (though not for 18 years after Curtis's suicide) and has been covered by many artists including Mark Owen, Nerina Pallot, Hawksley Workman, Calexico, The Cure, Swans, Unbroken, Nouvelle Vague, Heavens, Fall Out Boy, José González, Red Mecca, Yat-Kha, Stanton Miranda, U2, Arcade Fire, REVERE, Squarepusher, Honeyroot, Chris Edwards, Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, Moonspell, The Blood Divine, Simple Minds, Oysterband with June Tabor, Paul Young, Jamie Cullum, Evelyn Evelyn and In the Nursery. The song 'Let's Dance to Joy Division' by UK act The Wombats was inspired by 'Love Will Tear Us Apart,' as is obvious from the parodied cover of The Wombats' single.

On the video for the song, at the very beginning, the door that swings open and shut has the initials of the band members carved into it. The video was shot by the band themselves as they recorded the song. It includes production errors with colour being 'browned out' at some points. Due to another production error the vocals as sung by Curtis during the video didn't come out as intended. The song as originally recorded in the video sounds much more like that in their Peel Session. Curtis re-recorded the vocals separately with the hint of melancholy that helps make it distinctive.

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Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart



Sunday, 21 February 2010

The Korgis - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime

'Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime' is a hit single from the pop group The Korgis. The song was released in 1980 from the album Dumb Waiters.

This was the peak of The Korgis's success, peaking at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart and number 18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Other cover versions of 'Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime' also took the song back into the UK Singles Chart over the years, most notably those by The Dream Academy (1987), Yazz (1991), Baby D (1995), Army of Lovers (1995) and German techno duo Marc et Claude (2000). In 1997, a cappella group The King's Singers recorded the track with lead vocals by James Warren. In 2003, Erasure recording the song on their cover album Other People's Songs.

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Blondie - Atomic

'Atomic' was the third single from the 1979 album Eat to the Beat by Blondie. It was written by Debbie Harry and Jimmy Destri and the track was produced by Mike Chapman.

'Atomic' was composed by Jimmy Destri and Debbie Harry, who (in the book "1000 UK number 1 Hits" by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh) stated "He was trying to do something like Heart Of Glass, and then somehow or another we gave it the spaghetti western treatment. Before that it was just lying there like a lox. The lyrics, well, a lot of the time I would write while the band were just playing the song and trying to figure it out. I would just be scatting along with them and I would just start going, 'Ooooooh, your hair is beautiful.'"

The song was produced as a mixture of new wave rock and disco which had proven to be so successful in their number 1 hit from earlier in 1979, 'Heart of Glass'. The guitar riff is directly influenced by the one in the Neil Diamond song 'Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon'.

The 1980 single version of 'Atomic' was in fact a remix. The original 4:35 version as featured on the albums Eat to the Beat and 1981's The Best of Blondie opens with an intro inspired by the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice" and includes an instrumental break with a bass guitar solo. The 7" version mixed by Mike Chapman omits the "Three Blind Mice" intro and replaces the instrumental break with a repeat of the verse.

The song reached number 1 in the UK for two weeks in February 1980 and number 39 in the US. The B-side was 'Die Young, Stay Pretty', also from the album Eat to the Beat, which was Blondie's first attempt at reggae, a style they would perform again in 'The Tide Is High'. The UK 12" single contained a live version of Bowie's 'Heroes' featuring Robert Fripp on guitar recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon just a month before. The track was included on 1993's rarities compilation Blonde and Beyond.

'Atomic' was remixed and re-released in September 1994, when it reached number one on the Billboard Dance Charts and reached number 19 in the UK. The 1994 remix was included on the compilations The Platinum Collection, Beautiful - The Remix Album and Remixed Remade Remodeled - The Remix Project. The track was remixed again four years later for the UK compilation Atomic - The Very Best of Blondie and the '98 Xenomania mix was later included on the first Queer as Folk soundtrack album. The song was also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It was also covered by Sleeper for the Trainspotting Soundtrack in 1996.

The music video depicts the band performing on stage at what looks like a post-nuclear war nightclub in which Debbie Harry is famously wearing a bin liner as a futuristic costume. Footage of a horseman and an atomic explosion are also intercut. Famous supermodel Gia Carangi (a strong supporter of the band) made a guest appearance in the music video; she can be seen in various scenes.

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Abba - Super Trouper - Album

'Super Trouper' is the seventh studio album by Swedish pop group ABBA, first released in 1980. Led by the international hit 'The Winner Takes It All', Super Trouper was the group's sixth chart-topping album in the UK. It was also the best-selling album in Britain for 1980. Super Trouper was first released on CD in 1983. The album has been reissued in digitally remastered form three times; first in 1997, then in 2001 and again in 2005 as part of the The Complete Studio Recordings box set.

Probably due to the disco backlash of the time, the album saw ABBA returning to a more straight-forward pop sound, as opposed to the preceding (and noticeably more dance-orientated) Voulez-Vous album.

Super Trouper is a registered trademark owned by Strong Entertainment Lighting, for their brand of followspots, i.e., directional spotlights used to follow a performer on stage. Album cover designer, Rune Söderqvist, decided to use the spotlight theme and photograph the group, surrounded by circus performers, at Piccadilly Circus, London. After discovering that there was a law preventing any entertainers or animals appearing in central London, they instead invited the members of two local circuses to Europa Film Studios, Stockholm to take the photograph there. Several of ABBA's friends were also invited to take part and the following also appear on the cover: Görel Hanser (vice-president of Polar Music who subsequently married the band's photographer Anders Hanser), Berka Bergkvist (another Polar Music employee), Tomas Ledin and Anders Anderson (ABBA's manager's son).

At the same time, Lasse Hallström also filmed scenes that eventually ended up in the video for 'Super Trouper' even though the song had not even been composed at the time

Tracklisting:
01 - Super Trouper
02 - The Winner Takes It All
03 - On and On and On
04 - Andante, Andante
05 - Me and I
06 - Happy New Year
07 - Our Last Summer
08 - The Piper
09 - Lay All Your Love on Me
10 - The Way Old Friends Do (Live)

Bonus Tracks
11 - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
12 - Elaine
13 - Put On Your White Sombrero

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Kate Bush - Army Dreamers

'Army Dreamers' was released on 22 September 1980 and peaked at number 16 in the UK Singles Chart. The song is about the effects of war and about a mother who grieves for her young son, who was killed on military maneuvers. Saddened by his unnecessary death, she wrestles with her guilt over what she could have done to prevent it. The song is a change to previous works in that it features a Waltz time tempo and Bush sings the lyrics in an Irish accent.

The single includes two B-sides, 'Delius' and 'Passing Through Air'. 'Delius' is Bush’s tribute to English composer Frederick Delius. The subtitle, 'Song of Summer', comes from one of Delius’ works, and from a BBC film Bush saw about the composer's life. 'Passing Through Air' is one of Bush's earliest works — originally recorded in 1973 at David Gilmour's studio, a few weeks after her 15th birthday.

The music video opens on a closeup of Kate Bush, dressed in dark green camouflage, holding a child. She blinks in synchronisation with the song's sampled gun cocks. The camera pulls out and shows that Bush has a white-haired child on her lap. The child walks off and returns in military combat uniform. Bush and several soldiers (one of whom has "KT8" or "KTB" stencileld on the butt of his rifle: "KTB" was a monogram used by bush early in her career) make their way through woodland, amid explosions. As the song progresses, Bush reaches out for the child soldier, but he disappears. Finally, one of the soldiers is blown up.

Bush has stated that this video is one of the few examples of her work that completely satisfies her. "For me that's the closest that I've got to a little bit of film. And it was very pleasing for me to watch the ideas I'd thought of actually working beautifully. Watching it on the screen. It really was a treat, that one. I think that's the first time ever with anything I've done I can actually sit back and say "I liked that" That's the only thing. Everything else I can sit there going "Oh look at that, that's out of place". So I'm very pleased with that one, artistically".

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Friday, 19 February 2010

Jaki Graham and David Grant - Mated

Jaki Graham (born September 15, 1956 in Birmingham, UK) and David Grant (born August 8, 1956, Hackney, London, UK) recorded a duet called 'Could it be I'm falling in love' in Early 1985.

The success of this duet led to a further recording together, 'Mated', released in autumn of that same year.

Written by Todd Rundgren, this duet was less successful, peaking at number 20 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Five Star - All Fall Down

'All Fall Down' is the name of a 1985 hit single by British pop group Five Star. The single was the third UK release from their first album Luxury of Life, released in June 1985 and written by Barry Blue and Robin Smith, themselves famous for writing songs for artists in the 1970s.

The video used a technique similar to that of A-ha's 'Take on Me', with a rotoscope type clip.

The single became a breakthrough for Five Star, giving them their first Top 40 entry, peaking at number 15. Their first three single releases had all failed to make the Top 100. The song's b-side, 'First Avenue', won Denise Pearson a Grammy award for best instrumental.

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Thursday, 18 February 2010

David Bowie - Fashion

'Fashion' is a track from David Bowie's 1980 album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). It was released as the second single from the album and was accompanied, like its predecessor 'Ashes to Ashes', by a highly-regarded music video

According to co-producer Tony Visconti, 'Fashion' was the last song completed in the Scary Monsters sessions, its bassline and some of the melody taking inspiration from Bowie's 1975 hit 'Golden Years'. Guest guitarist Robert Fripp contributed a series of harsh, mechanical riffs to complement the band's funk/reggae arrangement.

The track was noted for its emotionally vacant choir effect, and the recurring onomatopoeia "beep beep" that Bowie had first used in an unreleased 1970 song called 'Rupert the Riley'. Another phrase in the lyrics that Bowie borrowed from his past was 'People from Bad Homes', the title track of a 1973 album he recorded with his proteges The Astronettes, which went unreleased until 1995.

References to a "goon squad" coming to town provoked theories that the song actually concerns fascism ("the National Front invade the discos", inferred NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray). However Bowie played down this interpretation in an interview shortly before the release of Scary Monsters, saying that what he was trying to do was "move on a little from that Ray Davies concept of fashion, to suggest more of a gritted teeth determination and an unsuredness about why one's doing it". Biographer David Buckley believed the song "poked fun at the banality of the dance-floor and the style fascists" of the New Romantic movement.

David Mallet shot a promotional clip for the single 'Fashion' in a nightclub owned by his friend Robert Boykin called HURRAH. The opening shot of the clip features David Bowie on the HURRAH stage which was draped in khaki canvas for this shoot. The faceted mirror walls surrounding the dancefloor can be seen in the background of various shots, and all the band scenes are shot in this club setting. Other locations around Manhattan are intercut throughout the clip. One of the scenes from the clip feature Bowie performing while a group of emotionless fans robotically re-enact his every move. Amid a series of facial contortions and other gestures, Bowie made use of a move he had employed in the 'Ashes to Ashes' video: slowly crouching and bringing his arm down to the ground in a slow vertical arc. Record Mirror readers voted 'Fashion' and 'Ashes to Ashes' the best music videos of 1980.

The video features Carlos Alomar,G.E. Smith (Hall & Oates),May Pang (who was John Lennon's girlfriend from 1973–1975) and Alan Hunter,who became one of the first MTV VJs and also the first VJ to appear in the music video.

'Fashion' was the second single from Scary Monsters and the first issued after the album's September 1980 release. The edited 7" cut reached number 5 in the UK, and by hitting number 70 in America gave Bowie his first chart single there for four years. The UK sleeve design was adapted for the cover art on the 1980 compilation Best of Bowie. The song has since been performed on several tours. It was featured in the movie Clueless.

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Jaki Graham - Step Right Up

Jaki Graham had her biggest chart successes when she duetted with David Grant, but she also released plenty of solo singles. 'Step right up' was a slightly formulaic Eighties pop song, released in November 1986 and her last big hit in the UK singles chart, peaking at number 15.

The real treat here is the sexually charged 'The closest one', which is on the B-side of this single. A duet with Derek Bramble, who also co-wrote the song, it shows off Jaki's amazing vocal range.

Don't have the video for this so if any one has it to share please let me know. Thank You.

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Eurythmics - Touch - Album

'Touch' is the third album by the British new wave duo Eurythmics, released on November 26, 1983. The album was the duo's first UK number-one album, and also reached the top 10 in the US. It has since been certified Platinum in both countries.

By this time, the duo had achieved international success with their hit single 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)'. The follow-up, Touch, was reputedly recorded and mixed in only about three weeks at Eurythmics' own London studio facility, The Church. In addition, 'Touch' was also the first album to be released simultaneously on record and on the then-new CD format in the United States.

The album featured the singles 'Who's That Girl?' (number 3 UK, number 21 US), 'Right by Your Side' (number 10 UK, number 29 US) and 'Here Comes the Rain Again' (number 8 UK, number 4 US). The music video for 'Who's That Girl' featured a variety of British stars (including Stewart's future wife, Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama) and also featured Lennox playing both a man and a woman. At the end of the clip the male-Lennox kisses the female-Lennox. Lennox later reprised this image dressed up as Elvis Presley for the 1984 Grammy Awards.

On November 14 2005, SonyBMG repackaged and released Eurythmics' back catalog as "2005 Deluxe Edition Reissues." Each of their eight studio albums' original track listings were supplemented with bonus tracks and remixes.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 500 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Tracklisting:
01 - Here Comes the Rain Again
02 - Regrets
03 - Right By Your Side
04 - Cool Blue
05 - Who's That Girl?
06 - The First Cut
07 - Aqua
08 - No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts)
09 - Paint a Rumour


Bonus Tracks
10 - You Take Some Lentils And You Take Some Rice
11 - ABC (Freeform)
12 - Plus Something Else
13 - Paint a Rumour (Long Version)
14 - Who's That Girl? (Live)
15 - Here Comes the Rain Again (Live)
16 - Fame


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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Kelly Marie - Feels Like I'm In Love

Marie chanced across the song 'Feels Like I'm in Love' in a music publishing office: Ray Dorset had written the song in 1977 in hopes of having Elvis Presley record it: it's unclear if the song was ever pitched to Presley before his death that year.

Dorset's group Mungo Jerry did record the song but their version was relegated to the B-side of a single. Marie and Peter Yellowstone—who had co-written her hits with Mike Tinsley—saw the potential of the song as a follow-up to 'Make Love to Me' and Kelly's recording of 'Feels Like I'm in Love' returned her to the Top 10 in South Africa (number 7) in November 1979.

Like all of Marie's recordings to that date, 'Feels Like I'm in Love' failed to become a hit in the UK, but it did become a popular disco item first in Scotland and eventually all over Britain. The track's prolonged popularity in the clubs led Pye to re-release 'Feels Like I'm in Love' in the summer of 1980. The single made number 1 in September of 1980 and was the UK's number 3 hit for the year, with sales in excess of one million copies. The track also enjoyed international success with chart rankings of number 6 in Austria, number 2 in Belgium, number 6 in Australia, number 5 in Germany, number 4 in the Netherlands and number 3 in Ireland. In addition the track reached number 10 on the U.S. dance charts in 1981.

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Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard - Suddenly

'Suddenly' was the 3rd track released from the Xanadu soundtrack album.

Newton-John performed the single with Cliff Richard.

Released in 1980 the single reached number 15 in the UK Singles Chart while in the US it managed number 20.

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Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger

'Love Is a Stranger' is Eurythmics' fifth single, and like its predecessors, was initially a commercial flop, although it later became a worldwide hit when it re-entered the chart following their commercial breakthrough with 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)'.

It was produced by David A. Stewart and Adam Williams and was self-financed at Eurythmics' 8-track facility in Chalk Farm.

The song has a fairly sparse, up-tempo arrangement. It uses the rare Movement Systems Drum Computer and various synthesizers (providing bass, melody lines and sound effects), including the Suzuki Omnichord, combined with Lennox's strident multi-tracked vocal harmonies. The song is also punctuated with vocal grunts of "uh!" from Stewart.

The single was re-released in 1991.

The single release was accompanied by a striking music video, in which Stewart acts as chauffeur for an androgynous Lennox, who plays the role of a high-class prostitute. During the course of the video, Lennox removes a curly blonde wig to reveal her trademark, close-cropped, ginger hair underneath. This caused controversy in the USA, as some people mistakenly thought Lennox was a male transvestite so the video was banned in some parts of the US.

The single B-side was 'Monkey Monkey', a stripped-down electro track featuring a sparse drum machine and sequenced synthesizer arrangement, with Lennox's vocal heavily electronically processed. The bass-line consists of a rhythmically shifting motive permutating against the drum pattern. Lennox plays with half-articulated fake-French soundings and extremely long intonations.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Eurythmics - The Walk

'The Walk' was Eurythmics' fourth single released in 1982 and produced by band member David A. Stewart and Adam Williams (ex-bassist of The Selecter), self-funded at Eurythmics own 8-track home studio.

As with their previous three singles, it was a commercial failure, reaching only number 89 in the UK Singles Charts.

The group filmed their second music video to accompany the single. As yet, this video has not been released commercially. The music video features Lennox wearing a trench coat, and performing in a room with Stewart sitting reading a newspaper.

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Blondie - The Tide Is High

'The Tide Is High' is a 1967 song written by John Holt and performed by The Paragons with John Holt as lead singer. Although originally released as an A-side in Jamaica on the Treasure Isle label it was relegated to the B-side of the 'Only a Smile' single for UK release a few months later.

The song features the violin of 'White Rum' Raymond and was popular in Jamaica and became popular amongst West Indians and skinheads in the UK when a deejay version by U-Roy was released in 1971. The song went mainly unnoticed in the rest of the world until it was rediscovered in 1980 when it became a US/UK number 1 hit for the band Blondie. The British girl group Atomic Kitten also had a number 1 with their version of the song in 2002.

'The Tide Is High' was covered by US New Wave band Blondie in 1980, in a reggae/ska style that included horns and strings. It was released as a single, and appeared on the band's fifth album, Autoamerican. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and was popular outside the USA, reaching number one on the UK singles chart, number four in Australia, and number fifteen in the former West Germany. It was the last UK number one single for the band until 'Maria' in 1999. The B-side of 'The Tide is High' was 'Suzie and Jeffrey', which appeared as a bonus track on the original 1980 cassette edition of the album Autoamerican and was also included on EMI-Capitol's re-issue of Autoamerican in 2001.

Official remixes of the Blondie version have been issued twice. First by Coldcut in 1988 on the Blondie/Debbie Harry remix compilation Once More into the Bleach and the second time in 1995 by Pete Arden and Vinny Vero on the album Remixed Remade Remodeled - The Remix Project (UK edition: Beautiful - The Remix Album).

In November 1980, the song was played on radio stations across the state of Alabama in anticipation of a football game between University of Alabama, whose nickname is the Crimson Tide, and the University of Notre Dame.

In 1981, Swedish singer Siw Inger recorded a German language version of the song. Although the lyrics are not a direct translation, the vocal and instrumental arrangements are virtually identical.

In 1984, Nigerian singer Onyeka Onwenu covered the song for the album In the Morning Light. A year later, parts of this song were taken and used as a sample for Bryan Adams' "Reggae Christmas".

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Monday, 15 February 2010

Simple Minds - Empires And Dance - Album

Empires and Dance is the third studio album by Simple Minds, released in 1980 on the Arista Records label. It reached number 41 in the UK Albums Chart.

There were 2 singles released from the album, 'Celebrate' and the opening track 'I Travel' was released as a single in 1980, failing to chart.


Following the release of this album, Simple Minds transferred to Virgin Records, where they met with much greater commercial success.


Arista tried to capitalize on this success by re-releasing 'I Travel' as a single in 1982, and again in 1983. Both times, it still failed to chart.

Tracklisting
01 - I Travel
02 - Today I Died Again
03 - Celebrate
04 - This Fear of Gods
05 - Capital City
06 - Constantinople Line
07 - Twist/Run/Repulsion
08 - Thirty Frames a Second
09 - Kant-Kino - Instrumental
10 - Room


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Solid Gold Easy Amex featuring Red Box - Enjoy

In 1990 Red Box scored a club hit with 'Enjoy' which was essentially a remix, by Paul Oakenfold, of an old B-side, under the Solid Gold Easy Amex name.

This record charted at Number 75 on the Independent Radio's Network Chart (also used by Number One Magazine) but missed the Gallup UK Singles Chart as used by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles.



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OMD - Enola Gay

'Enola Gay' is a song by British synthpop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (normally abbreviated to OMD). It was written by frontman Andy McCluskey, and appears on the band's second album, Organisation (DinDisc/Virgin, 1980). It was released as a 7" single on 26 September 1980, and reached number 8 in the UK chart, also topping the charts in several European countries. An early version with a slightly different arrangement appears on the group's Peel Sessions 1979-1983 album.

In 1998 David Guetta & Joachim Garraud and Sash! made remixed versions of the song for the intended second disc of The OMD Singles. The second disc was dropped, and eventually only the Sash! remix appeared on The OMD Remixes EPs. In 2003 the double disc version was released in France only, which included the remixed versions by Guetta and Garraud as well. The Guetta and Garraud remixes were released on a limited 12" to promote the compilation album.

A live performance of this song, recorded at Guildhall, Portsmouth, England on September 19, 1980 (1980-09-19), is featured in the film Urgh! A Music War

The song is named after the aeroplane, a USAAF B-29 Superfortress called Enola Gay which dropped "Little Boy", the first atomic bomb to be used in an act of War, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 to bring an end to the Second World War.

The lyrics attack the decision to use the bomb, making use of sardonic black humour ("Is mother proud of Little Boy today?") and suggesting that the bombing was unnecessary ("It shouldn't ever have to end this way").

The song was also released during a major controversy surrounding then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's decision to allow US nuclear missiles to be stationed in Britain.

The music video begins by showing sped up footage of clouds passing over sky. After the opening riff; which is shown as just the keyboardist's hands playing it whilst being animated using digital rotoscoping, it shows a transparent video image of McCluskey vocalising and playing a bass guitar. The still photo from the album cover is taken from the video.

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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Level 42 - Love Meeting Love

After they were seen jamming together, Level 42 were invited to sign to a small independent record label — Elite Records — in 1980. They were also encouraged to branch out into vocal music (previously, the band had been purely instrumental). They considered looking for a singer from outside the band, but eventually King and Lindup (with some reluctance) became the band's singers. They developed a complementary style, with Lindup's falsetto frequently used for harmonies and choruses while King's deep tenor generally led the verses.

'Love Meeting Love' was released as a single in 1980 by Elite Records and became the bands first proper single release (the band had previously released 'Sandstorm' as the b-side to the a-side provided by Powerline - Journey To).

'Love Meeting Love' is a predominantly intrumental single. It was one of the first tracks that I loved by the band. This helped bring the band to the attention of Polidor Records who eventually signed the band and re-issued the single.

The single eventually made it to number 61 on the UK Singles Chart.

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Red Box - Train

After the success of 'The circle and the Square' and its singles, things went rather quiet for some time.

Due to increasingly strained working relations between the band and the record company, Julian Close left to work in A&R and Simon Toulson-Clarke took time out from writing and recording in order to travel.

In the late Eighties Toulson-Clarke was persuaded to record a second album. Together with new partner Alastair Gavin and producer David Motion he made the album 'Motive'.

'Train' was released as the first (and only) single from that album and failed to enter the charts.

Don't know if a video was ever made for this single. If anyone knows about one and has it to share then please let me know. Thank you.

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Wham - Bad Boys

'Bad Boys' was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was a hit in 1983. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo, and released on Innervision Records.

The song was an energetic but endearing tale of a rebellious teenage lad's struggle against his parents who are concerned about his late-night activities. Although George wrote and sang it from the teenager's perspective (he was himself only 19 when he composed it and the character refers to being that age in the song), he also penned a middle eight in which the "parents" (George putting on more "adult" voices) aired their concerns, which included late nights and cigarettes and ultimately asking"Why do you have to be so cruel?"

It was the third single to be taken from Wham!'s debut album, Fantastic, and reached number 2 in the UK singles chart, going on to become the 26th best selling single of 1983. At the time, Wham! was projecting a hard, politically-motivated image, with Bad Boys one of a number of songs projecting a stance of mood and youthful independence. The single was also released in the United States, peaking at number 60. It was the duo's first time on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, although they were listed as Wham!-UK.

Bad Boys became the biggest hit from the debut album, although it would be usurped by Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go from the album Make It Big in 1984, which became the first of four UK number 1 singles the duo would enjoy. George quickly denounced Bad Boys as a song he hated, stating it was "like an albatross round my neck". The song was famously omitted from the 1997 compilation album If You Were There (The Best of Wham), despite the album including tracks that weren't even released as singles.

Click the link below to download the following:
Single Version
Album Version
12 inch Extended Vocal Mix
Hot Tracks Remix
Instrumental Version

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Wham - Bad Boys - Video

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Olivia Newton-John - Xanadu - Album

The soundtrack to the 1980 movie Xanadu featured songs on side one of the album written by John Farrar and performed by Olivia Newton-John, and songs on side two performed by the Electric Light Orchestra which were composed by lead singer Jeff Lynne.

The album was a Top 5 success in the UK and the US (where it was certified double platinum), and peaked at number 1 in Newton-John's native Australia.

In the US, it was released by Newton-John's label MCA Records, while in the UK, it was released by ELO's label Jet Records.

Here is the full original soundtrack reissued with extra tracks for your enjoyment.

Tracklisting:
01 - Opening Fanfare - I'm Alive
02 - Hey I Think That's This Crazy Girl (dialogue)
03 - Magic
04 - Hey Clarinet (dialogue)
05 - You Made Me Love You
06 - Whenever You're Away From Me - duet with Gene Kelly
07 - Suddenly - duet with Cliff Richard
08 - Dancin' - duet with The Tubes
09 - A Little Pizzazz
10 - All Over The World
11 - Don't Walk Away
12 - Kissed by a muse - The Fall
13 - Suspended In Time
14 - Xanadu Montage
15 - Closing Fanfare
16 - I'm Alive
17 - Don't Walk Away (Alternate)
18 - The Fall (Demo)
19 - Xanadu (Jeff Lynne)
20 - Fool Country
21 - Drum Dreams
22 - Xanadu - sung by Olivia Newton-John


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Red Box - Heart of the Sun

'Heart of the Sun' was another single released in 1987 from Red Box's debut album 'The circle and the square' . After the chart success of the single 'For America', and ' Lean on Me' the record company was hoping for another audience favourite. Unfortunately, this release stalled at number 71 in the UK singles chart.

Due to increasingly strained relations between the band and their record company, Julian Close left to work in A&R and Simon Toulson-Clarke took time out from writing and recording in order to travel.

Click the link below to download the following:
Video
Single Version
Slash and Burn Version
Enjoy - Solid Gold Easy Amex - B-Side

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