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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Madness - It Must Be Love

'It Must Be Love' is a song written and originally recorded in 1971 by Labi Siffre. However, the best known version was recorded by ska/pop band Madness in 1981. The single made it to number 4 in the UK singles Chart.

The song was featured in the 1989 movie, The Tall Guy starring Jeff Goldblum, Rowan Atkinson and Emma Thompson. Suggs also appeared in the movie whilst singing this song. The single was reissued to tie in with the film but was not a hit on that occasion.

A version with altered lyrics was used to advertise Midland Bank in 1994, and Madness' version was also used to advertise LoveFilm in 2009. Siffre's original version also appeared in a 2007 UK television advertisement for Vodafone.

The singer of the Belgian group Arid, Jasper Steverlinck, also released a cover of this song

The original Labi Siffre recording was released as a single in 1971, and reached number 14 in the UK singles chart. It also appeared on his 1972 album Crying Laughing Loving Lying.

Madness' version was originally issued as a standalone single in 1981 and appeared on their UK number one compilation album Complete Madness the following year, and on many other Madness compilations since. In 1983, it peaked in the US Billboard Magazine chart at number 33.

The video mostly shows band members playing in a white room and standing over a grave. It also features guitarist Chris Foreman and saxophonist Lee Thompson playing their instruments underwater. Foreman appears at the start of the video warning viewers not to attempt the "very dangerous stunt" they are about to see, presumably referring to the swimming pool sequence. Labi Siffre makes a cameo appearance as a violin player.

Madness' recording was re-issued in 1992, and this time reached number 6 in the UK charts. A slightly remixed version with a definite ending instead of the original fade-out, appeared on the 2002 compilation Our House: the Best of Madness. More recently, in 2007, a remixed version of the song appeared in the German Edgar Wallace spoof movie Neues vom Wixxer, along with a new recording called “NW5”. As well as the remix to the song, a new video was filmed, including the band and members of the cast.

Also in 2007, Paolo Nutini covered the song for BBC Radio 1's cover compilation album, Radio 1 Established 1967.

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Single Version

Almighty Mix
Shadow On The House - Original B-Side
Shodow On The House - Instrumental
Mrs Hutchinson - Re-issue B-Side
Bed And Breakfast Man - 1992 B-Side
Bed And Breakfast Man - Video


Madness - It Must Be Love - Video

Monday, 29 March 2010

Imagination - In And Out Of Love

Today is the first anniversary of me starting my blog. I never thought it would last this long and that it would generate interest so I am happy to be passing this first of many milestones.

On that first day I posted as my first post Imagination - New Dimension. I thought that it would be only fitting to post the first post of the next year as another Imagination post (as you can never have enough of them LOL). So here is ....

After the success of 'Body Talk', Imagination released their 2nd single in 1981 titled 'In And Out Of Love'.

Continuing the soulfulness of the previous single this only reached number 16 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Live Performance
Single Version
Imstrumental Version


Imagination - In And Out Of Love - Video

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Kim Carnes - Mistaken Identity - Album

Mistaken Identity, released in 1981, is the sixth studio album by Kim Carnes.

It reached number 26 and spent 16 weeks on the UK Album Charts. It also spent four weeks as number one on Billboard magazine's Pop Albums chart, and was subsequently certified platinum.

The album spawned three singles, 'Bette Davis Eyes', 'Draw of the Cards' and the title track (but not released in the UK).

01 - Bette Davis Eyes
02 - Hit and Run
03 - Mistaken Identity
04 - When I´m Away from You
05 - Draw of the Cards
06 - Break the Rules Tonite (Out of School)
07 - Still Hold On
08 - Don't Call It Love
09 - Miss You Tonight
10 - My Old Pals

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The Human League - The Sound Of The Crowd

'The Sound Of The Crowd' is a song by the British synthpop group The Human League. It became the band's commercial breakthrough, reaching number 12 on the UK singles chart in May 1981.

Written jointly by lead singer Philip Oakey and keyboard player Ian Burden, the song was recorded at Genetic Sound Studios, Reading, in March 1981. Originally released as a stand-alone single in April 1981, it was subsequently re-recorded and incorporated into the studio album Dare, later in the year.

'The Sound Of The Crowd' was the first Human League song to feature female vocals from new band members Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall, interacting with Philip Oakey's baritone lead.

The single was the first to feature a distinctive, though short-lived, marketing tactic, where Human League singles were labelled 'Red' or 'Blue' to help buyers differentiate between the band's musical styles. 'Red' was for dance tracks, 'Blue' for pop songs. 'The Sound Of The Crowd' was designated 'Red'. When asked to explain the system, vocalist Sulley explained that "Red is for posers, for Spandy (Spandau Ballet) types." Oakey added: "Blue is for ABBA fans."

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TOTP Performance
Single Version
12 inch Verson
Instrumental Version


The Human League - The Sound Of The Crowd - TOTP Performance

Monday, 22 March 2010

Imagination - Body Talk - Album

Body Talk is the debut album by British soul/dance group Imagination, produced by Steve Jolley and Tony Swain and released in 1981 . It is one of the earliest albums of its genre to have a distinctive 'British' sound as opposed to being an attempt to recreate contemporary American styles.

The title track was an immediate hit, reaching number 4 on the UK singles chart. Two further singles, 'In and Out of Love' and 'Flashback', also reached the top 20. The album itself peaked at number 20.

Body Talk proved to be an enduring album, with the tracks So Good, So Right' and 'Burnin' Up' being cited as influential and ahead of their time (the latter has been acknowledged by Frankie Knuckles as a key track in the development of house music).

01 - Body Talk
02 - So Good, So Right
03 - Burnin' Up
04 - Tell Me Do You Want My Love
05 - Flashback
06 - I'll Always Love You (But Don't Look Back)
07 - In and Out of Love


Madness - Shut Up

'Shut Up' is a pop song written by Suggs and Chris Foreman. It was recorded by British pop/ska band Madness, and was featured on the band's third album 7. It was released as a single on September 11, 1981, spending 10 weeks in the UK Singles Chart. It reached a high position of number 7.

The song tells a story of a criminal who, despite obvious evidence, tries to convince people he is not guilty. Even though the song is called 'Shut Up', the two words do not appear in the lyrics at all. However, they were the final words of an additional verse which was part of an early version of the song.

The promotional video for the single released featured the band dressed as a group of criminals, then later as policemen, while lead singer Suggs remained dressed as a villain. In one sequence, the costumed band gather round as Chris Foreman (in police uniform) plays the song's guitar solo on a "Super Yob" guitar.

In addition to its single release and appearance on the album 7, 'Shut Up' also appears on the Madness collections Complete Madness, It's... Madness Too, The Business, Divine Madness (a.k.a. The Heavy Heavy Hits) and Our House. It also features on two US Madness compilations, Madness and Total Madness.

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Single Version

A Town With No Name - B-Side


Madness - Shut Up - Video

Friday, 19 March 2010

David Bowie - Wild Is The Wind

'Wild Is the Wind' is a song written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington. The track was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind. The song was very popular and was one of five songs nominated for an Academy Award; it was sung by Johnny Mathis at the March 1958 Oscar presentations. It was later covered by Nina Simone on the album Wild Is The Wind (1966). David Bowie recorded a version of it in 1976 for his album Station to Station. Bowie was an admirer of Simone’s style, and after meeting her in Los Angeles was inspired to record the song for his album.

The Dutch band Clan of Xymox released a cover version of the song in 1994 on their album Headcloud. Australian/English band Fatal Shore recorded 'Wild Is the Wind' in 1997 for their self-titled debut album. George Michael covered it on his 1999 album Songs from the Last Century, and Chan Marshall (Cat Power) recorded a version on her 2000 album The Covers Record, as well as a live version for iTunes in 2006. Scottish singer Billy Mackenzie also covered the song; a version appeared posthumously on the 2001 EP Wild Is the Wind and on the 2005 album Transmission Impossible. TV on the Radio sampled Nina Simone's version on the song 'Say You Do' on their self-released 2002 debut OK Calculator.In 2003, Barbra Streisand recorded the song for her album The Movie Album (2003), and filmed a music video. Nina Simone's version appeared on the trailer for the 2008 movie Revolutionary Road.

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Single Version
Golden Years - B-side


The Human League - Open Your Heart

'Open Your Heart' is a song by the British synthpop group The Human League. It was released as a single in the UK in October 1981 and peaked at number six in the UK Singles Chart. It was written jointly by lead singer Philip Oakey and keyboard player Jo Callis. The song features a lead vocal by Oakey and female backing vocals by Susanne Sulley (now Susan Ann Sulley) and Joanne Catherall, analogue synthesizers by Jo Callis, Philip Adrian Wright and Ian Burden. Drum machines, sequencing and programming were provided by producer Martin Rushent.

'Open Your Heart' was the last of three songs from the Dare album to be released in advance of the album itself. Unlike previous singles 'Sound of the Crowd' and 'Love Action (I Believe in Love)', 'Open Your Heart' was written specifically for the album Dare. It was chosen by Virgin executive Simon Draper to be the Dare's taster single, deliberately issued just in advance of the album. It quickly reached number six in the UK singes chart and raised the band's profile to the highest it had been to that point. Issued only three weeks before Dare, the single acted as a powerful promotional vehicle for the album.

The cover artwork and promotional video was deliberately coordinated with its parent album.

At the time, as a short-lived marketing tactic, The Human League were labeling their singles "Red" or "Blue" to help buyers differentiate between the band's musical styles. 'Open Your Heart' was the first to be designated "Blue".

Smash Hits magazine wrote at the time: "You have to give the band their due. From being considered no-hopers, they're now Virgin's biggest (financial) hope. This is a number one. It's got everything - strong chorus, instant appeal and dreamboat topping."

The music video which accompanies the original version of 'Open Your Heart' was the first video that the band recorded. Previous Human League (Mk1) releases had been promoted with footage of the band onstage, interspersed with Philip Adrian Wright's slides and visuals. The preceding single 'Love Action (I Believe in Love)' had originally been released without a video, but one was later recorded for its U.S. release in 1982.

Virgin Records and Oakey were keen to use the video to promote the future album as much as the current single, so video director Brian Grant borrowed heavily from the album’s imagery. The opening scene is a video montage of the portraits of the six band members exactly as they appear on the cover of the album. The band are all dressed and made up in the same style as Dare's photography. The video was shot in a studio on video tape and was mixed and enhanced using then cutting edge analogue video effects. Imagery of Oakey dominated most scenes, cut in with Sulley and Catherall dancing in slow motion and static shots of Wright, Callis, Burden. The final shot of the video lingers on an actual cover of (then) unreleased Dare.

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Single ersion
Remixed Version


The Human League - Open Your Heart - Video

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Randy Crawford - Secret Combination - Album

Randy Crawford was born 18th February 1952, Macon, Georgia, USA.

Randy Crawford's initial notoriety came from her fiery vocal on 'Street Life,' a 1979 song matching her with the Crusaders that was included on the soundtrack for Burt Reynolds' film Sharky's Machine.
Crawford was born in Macon and grew up in Cincinnati; she worked in clubs as a teen, accompanied by her father. Crawford was lead vocalist in a group that included bassist Bootsy Collins before touring as George Benson's opening act in 1972.

Secret Combination is Crawford's 5th Studio Album. Rich, proud work from Randy Crawford, sung with the mature mix of jazz and soul that made her one of the more sophisticated mainstream singers of her generation! The album's heavy on mellower cuts, but it's never too sleepy thanks to a slow-burning sensibility that Randy uses to keep things cooking on the low burners, a style that brings out some good vocal force even when the backings are somewhat gentle. Production's by Tommy LiPuma, and somewhat slick, and tracks include 'You Might Need Somebody', 'That's How Heartaches Are Made', 'Two Lives', 'You Bring The Sun Out', 'Rio De Janeiro Blue', 'Time For Love', 'Trade Winds', and 'When I Lose My Way'.

01 - You Might Need Somebody
02 - Rainy Night in Georgia
03 - That's How Heartaches Are Made
04 - Two Lives
05 - You Bring the Sun Out
06 - Rio de Janeiro Blue
07 - Secret Combination
08 - When I Lose My Way
09 - Time for Love
10 - Trade Winds

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Roxy Music - Jealous Guy

'Jealous Guy' is a song written and performed by John Lennon which first appeared on his 1971 album Imagine. It is one of the most commonly covered Lennon songs, with at least ninety-two recorded cover versions, the most notable being Roxy Music's version, which reached number one in several countries directly after John Lennon's death.

Following Lennon's death in 1980, Roxy Music added a cover version of the song to their set while touring in Australia, which they recorded and released in March 1981. This attracted some criticism at the time as it was suggested that they were cashing in on the success of Lennon's work following his death.

Previously Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music's lead singer) had recorded the song as a solo artist. The single was released by Polydor with 'To Turn you on' as the B-side. The song was the only UK number 1 hit for Roxy Music, topping the charts for two weeks in March 1981.

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Single Version
Extended Version
To Turn You On - B-Side


Roxy Music - Jealous Guy - Video

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Fun Boy Three - The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylym)

Fun Boy Three were a short-lived but successful English band which ran from 1981 to 1983 and was formed by singers Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials.
They dispensed with the darker, moody sound and demeanour which they and Jerry Dammers had crafted with great success in the ska revival of the late 1970s and went into a much brighter, poppier phase with this new band, though maintaining savagery and wit within the lyrics and Hall's wholly expressionless persona.

Together, they set about making music which covered a variety of genres. Their first single was titled 'The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylym)' was a fun single with a serious message that showed the public the new direction the band was to follow.

The single made it to number 20 in the UK Singles chart.

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TOTP Performance
Single Version
Faith, Hope and Charity - B-Side
Faith, Hope And Charity - Extended Version


Fun Boy Three - The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylym) - TOTP Performance

Godley and Creme - Under Your Thumb

Godley and Cream scored a big hit in 1981 with their single 'Under Your Thumb'.

The track was included on their 'Ismism' album and made number 3 in the UK Singles Chart.

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TOTP Performance
Single Version
Power Behind The Throne - B-Side


Godley and Creme - Under Your Thumb - TOTP Performance

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

The Stranglers - Golden Brown

'Golden Brown' is a song by the English rock band The Stranglers. It was released as a 7" single in December 1981, on Liberty. It was the second single released from the band's sixth album La Folie.

Originally featured on the group's album La Folie, which was released in November 1981, and later on some pressings of Feline, 'Golden Brown' was released as a single in December 1981, and was accompanied by a video. It reached number 2 in the official UK singles chart in February 1982, behind 'Town Called Malice' by The Jam.

It was the comparatively conservative BBC Radio Two, at that time a middle-of-the-road (MOR) music radio station, decided to make the record the single of the week, a surprising step considering the band were almost as notorious as Sex Pistols only a few short years before. The fourth line of the song, "With my mind she runs," is a common source of mondegreens. The band claimed that the song's lyrics were akin to an aural Rorschach test and that people only heard in it what they wanted to hear, although this did not prevent persistent allegations that the lyrics alluded to the narcotic heroin (although in an interview with Channel 4, drummer Jet Black quipped it was a song about Marmite).

The single was a hit around the world, scaling the Top 10 as far away as Australia. Its commercial success was probably the single factor that secured The Stranglers their continuing life in pop mainstream for the remainder of the 1980s.

There has been much controversy surrounding the lyrics. In his 2001 book The Stranglers Song By Song, Hugh Cornwell clearly states "'Golden Brown' works on two levels. It's about heroin and also about a girl". Essentially the lyrics describe how "both provided me with pleasurable times".
The video for 'Golden Brown' depicts the band members both as explorers in an Arabic country (images of the Pyramids in the sequence allude to the Giza area of Egypt) in the 1920s and performers for a fictional "Radio Cairo". In addition to the Pyramids the video is intercut with stock footage of a madrassa in Uzbekistan, and Great Sphinx, Feluccas sailing, and Bedouins riding and camel racing in the United Arab Emirates. The performance scenes were filmed in the Leighton House Museum in Holland Park, London.

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TV Performance
Single Version
Love 30 - B-Side


The Stranglers - Golden Brown - Live Performance

Lionel Richie and Diana Ross - Endless Love

'Endless Love' is a song originally recorded as a duet between soul singers Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, who wrote the song. In this ballad, the singers declare their "endless love" for one another. It was covered by soul singer Luther Vandross with pop/R&B singer Mariah Carey, and also by country music singer Kenny Rogers.

Ross and Richie recorded the song for the Motown, and it was used as the theme for the film Endless Love starring Brooke Shields. Produced by Richie and arranged by Gene Page, it was released as a single from the film's soundtrack in 1981. While the film Endless Love was a failure, the song became the second biggest-selling single of the year (first was 'Physical' by Olivia Newton-John) in the U.S. and landed at number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, where it stayed for nine weeks from August 9 to October 10, 1981. It also topped the Billboard R&B chart and the Adult Contemporary chart, and landed at number 7 in the UK Singles Chart.

The soulful composition became the biggest-selling single of Ross' career, while it was one of several hits for Richie as the 1980s progressed. Ross recorded a solo version of the song for her first RCA Records album, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, but the famous version was her last hit on Motown. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Richie, and was the second song with which Ross was involved that was nominated for an Oscar. It also won a 1982 American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single.

The song was included in Adam Sandler's movie Happy Gilmore when Happy and his girlfriend Virginia are ice skating, and the song begins to play. Virginia says to Happy "I thought we were just going to be friends." To which he responds, "Friends listen to Endless Love in the dark."

The song was included as well in the third season of Friends, in which Phoebe walks into Chandler and Joey´s flat, just to find Chandler singing the song and holding Lionel Ritchie's first album, even though the song is included in his fourth album, Back to Front and also in a special 1981 single.

On an episode of The Steve Harvey Show, Steve and Regina perform the song at a janitor's urging (who thought they were Ross and Richie); at the end of the song, the janitor quips "no wonder you guys haven't had a hit in a while."

The song was also one of the most popular wedding dedication songs in the 1980s.

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TV Performance
Single Version
Instrumental Version


Monday, 15 March 2010

David Bowie - Scary Monsters - Single

'Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)' is the title track from David Bowie's 1980 album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). It was also issued as the third single from that album in January 1981.

Coming as it did in the wake of two earlier singles from Scary Monsters, 'Ashes to Ashes' in August 1980 and 'Fashion' in October the same year, NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray labelled its release another instance "in the fine old tradition of milking albums for as much as they could possibly be worth".

Musically the track was notable for its lead guitar work by Robert Fripp and distinctive synthesized percussion. The lyrics, sung by Bowie in a mock-cockney accent, charted a woman's withdrawal from the world and descent into madness ("When I looked in her eyes they were blue but nobody home ... Now she's stupid in the street and she can't socialise"). Thematically it has been compared to Joy Division's 'She's Lost Control' (1979), and to the "claustrophobic romance" of Iggy Pop's 1977 collaborations with Bowie, The Idiot and Lust for Life.

The edited single reached number 20 in the UK charts. As well as 7" vinyl, it was issued in Compact Cassette format. It has since been performed on a number of Bowie tours.

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Single Version
Becouse Your Young - B-Side
Becouse Your Young - Demo Version
Interview - Part 1 and 2 - Bowie Talks about the questions posed on the sleeves of the singles.


Madness - Grey Day

'Grey Day' is a pop song written by Mike Barson and recorded by British pop/ska band Madness. The song was the first single released from the band's third studio album 7. It was a big departure from their early ska sound with a much darker, miserable feel.

The song was written prior to the band becoming a success in the UK music scene, and the first performance of the song came back in 1978 at the Acklam Hall while the band were known as "The North London Invaders". The song was finally recorded in 1981 and was released as a single in 17 April 1981. The song spent 10 weeks in the UK Singles Chart, reaching a high of number 4. It was able to crack the charts in Australia as well, but only as high as number 82.

The music video for the single was filmed in March 1981. The majority of the video was shot on an open top bus as it drove around London, and in Bowmans shop window on Camden High Street, where the band performed the song. The street they are featured walking down is Royal College Street just off of Camden High Street, they are seen entering various of the houses between 115 and 125.

'Grey Day' is one of Madness' most anthologised singles. In addition to its single release and appearance on the album 7, 'Grey Day' also appears on the Madness collections Divine Madness (a.k.a. The Heavy Heavy Hits), Complete Madness, It's... Madness, The Business and Our House. It also features on all four US Madness retrospectives, Madness, Total Madness, Ultimate Collection and The Millennium Collection.

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Single Version
Memories - B-Side


Madness - Grey Day - Video

Sunday, 14 March 2010

The Human League - Boys And Girls

'Boys and Girls' is a song by the British Synthpop group The Human League. It was released as a single in the UK in February 1981 and peaked at number 48 in the UK Singles Charts. It was written by lead singer Philip Oakey and the band's visual director / keyboard player Philip Adrian Wright.

It was the first single released by the new Human League line up of Oakey, Wright together with new teenage dancers Susanne Sulley (now called Susan Ann Sulley) and Joanne Catherall. The new line up formed after the acrimonious departure of Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh from the band four months earlier.

By late 1980 Oakey was deeply in debt to Virgin Records so both he and the label were keen that he release a single to start clearing that debt as early in 1981 as possible.

'Boys and Girls' was a song that had been used on the November 1980 European tour. On return from the tour it was recorded quickly and rushed out by Virgin Records in late February 1981.

At the time it was remarked on that Sulley and Catherall were missing from the song, after the mythology that had been started in the media about their recent recruitment to the band from the Crazy Daisy Nightclub four months earlier. This was because they had both returned to school full time and 'Boys and Girls' was originally written without any female vocals. Although both Sulley and Catherall do feature on the record sleeve artwork and publicity material.

NME commented: "Boys & Girls is a cold, scary, uncomfortable effort with church bells, an operatic chorus, and, er, minimal contribution by 'Those Girls' (ie none)…"

With the benefit of hindsight critics now state that 'Boys and Girls' belongs to the earlier pre split Mk 1 Human League experimental electronic sound of Travelogue. It would be the last time that style was produced by the band as they evolved towards the Dare album sound within months.

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Single Version
Tom Baker - B-Side


Eurythmics - Touch Dance - Album

'Touch Dance' is a remix album by the British pop duo Eurythmics. This mini-album (or EP) was released by RCA Records in May 1984 (though it was not released in the U.S.) and contains dance remixes of four tracks from Eurythmics' 'Touch' album, by John 'Jellybean' Benitez and François Kevorkian, who were noted producers in the New York club scene. It also includes three instrumental mixes.

Annie Lennox has said in interviews that she disliked the record, as it was too much of a commercial product and was put together by RCA with little involvement from herself and Dave Stewart.

01 - The First Cut - Kevorkian Vocal
02 - Cool Blue - Jellybean Vocal
03 - Paint a Rumour - Jellybean Vocal
04 - Regrets - Kevorkian Vocal
05 - The First Cut (Instrumental)
05 - Cool Blue" (Instrumental)
06 - Paint a Rumour" (Instrumental)

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Jaki Graham - Breaking Away

'Breaking away' is the title track from Jaki Graham's second album, released in 1986. The album reached number 25 in the UK albums chart.

When the song was released as the second single from the album, it performed rather well in the charts making it to number 16 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Single Version
Loe Me Tonight - B-Side


Jaki Graham - Breaking Away - Video

Eurythmics - Right By Your Side

'Right by Your Side' 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 track was released as the second single in the UK from Eurythmics' third album Touch. 'Right by Your Side' was the third single released from the album in the United States.

'Right by Your Side' was both lyrically and sonically different than the other songs on the Touch album as well as past singles released from the band. It is an uptempo love song which features a calypso music instrumental backdrop, complete with synthesized steel drum and marimba sounds as well as a horn section.

'Right by Your Side' became the fourth consecutive Eurythmics single to hit the Top 10 of the UK singles chart. It also climbed to number 29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

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Single Version
Party Mix - 7 inch B-Side
12 inch Extended Mix
Special Mix
Plus Something Else - 12 inch Extra Track


Eurythmics - Right By Your Side - Video

Friday, 12 March 2010

Anita Baker - Giving You The Best That I Got - Album

'Giving You The Best That I Got' is the third album by the American R&B/soul singer Anita Baker. It was Baker's first and only number one album in the US, and was certified triple platinum in 1989 by the RIAA.

The title track was released as the first single from the album and became Baker's highest charting single in the US, peaking at nimber 3 on the Billboard 100, while making it to number 53 on the UK Singles Chart.

01 - Priceless
02 - Lead Me Into Love
03 - Giving You the Best That I Got
04 - Good Love
05 - Rules
06 - Good Enough
07 - Just Because
08 - You Belong To Me

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Eurythmics - Who's That Girl

'Who's That Girl?' is a song recorded by British pop duo Eurythmics. It was written by Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and produced by Stewart.

'Who's That Girl?' was the first single released in the UK from Eurythmics' third album Touch and the second single from the album in the United States.

The track is a heavily-synthesized ballad in which Lennox takes the role of a suspicious girlfriend demanding to know who the various women are with whom she has seen her lover associating. The song became Eurythmics' third Top 10 single in the UK singles chart, peaking at number three. In the United States, 'Who's That Girl?' was released as the follow-up to the Top 10 'Here Comes the Rain Again' and it climbed to number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100.

The music video became a heavily-played clip on MTV and further showcased Lennox's gender-bending image. In it she appears as a nightclub singer performing the song (complete with 1960s-era blonde flip wig) and also as a man who is a member of the audience. Stewart appears in the video, flirting and carousing with various women. Although they became romantically linked years later, Stewart's future wife, Siobhan Fahey, appears as one of the women and the other two members of Bananarama also make cameo appearances.

Other "girls" include Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston of Bucks Fizz, Kiki Dee, Hazel O'Connor, Kate Garner of Haysi Fantayzee, Thereza Bazar of Dollar and Marilyn. Ironically Jacquie O'Sullivan appears in the video — she would, four years later, become Fahey's replacement as a member of Bananarama.

In the end of the clip, the female-Lennox is shown kissing the male-Lennox.

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Single Version

Live Version
You Take Some Lentils and You Take some Rice - B-Side
ABC (Freeform) - B-side


Eurythmics - Who's That Girl - Video

Thursday, 11 March 2010

OMD - Architecture And Morality - Album

Architecture & Morality is the third album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1981. It is the group's most commercially and critically successful album, selling over 3 million copies.

Released just eighteen months after their debut album, it demonstrated both OMD's continuing musical maturity and advancement of their style. According to the album's credits, the album title was suggested to the band by Martha Ladly, formerly of Martha and the Muffins, after the 1977 book Morality and Architecture by David Watkin.

Musically, the album was notable for making liberal use of the mellotron, a mechanical tape-replay keyboard more commonly associated in Britain with progressive rock bands of the early 1970s than with the synthpop of the 1980s.

The artwork was produced by Peter Saville and Brett Wickens. Architecture & Morality was released several times with varying artwork, most notably in yellow, blue and grey but even green versions are available. The original cover from 1981 is light yellow/orange in a die-cut sleeve.

The tenth through sixteenth tracks of the remastered album are bonus tracks and were B-sides from the album's three singles, except 'Gravity Never Failed' which was out-take from the album sessions, originally intended to have been a single A-side, but not released until 1988, as the B-side of 'Dreaming'.

Remixes of 'The Romance Of The Telescope' and 'Of All The Things We've Made' appeared on OMD's next album, Dazzle Ships, which was released in 1983. 'Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans)' is often simply referred as 'Maid of Orleans', released as a single with the title 'Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)'.

01 - The New Stone Age
02 - She's Leaving
03 - Souvenir
04 - Sealand
05 - Joan of Arc
06 - Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans)
07 - Architecture and Morality
08 - Georgia
09 - The Beginning and the End

Bonus Tracks:
10 - Extended Souvenir
11 - Motion and Heart (Amazon version)
12 - Sacred Heart
13 - The Romance of the Telescope (Unfinished)
14 - Navigation
15 - Of All the Things We've Made
16 - Gravity Never Failed

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Depeche Mode - Leave In Silence

'Leave in Silence' is the sixth UK single by Depeche Mode originally released on August 16, 1982. It is the first Depeche Mode single in the UK with the "Bong" label, which is still used to this day. It is also the first Depeche Mode song to have more than one remix of itself.

"Leave in Silence" appears in three versions. The single version is the A Broken Frame version with the small interlude at the end removed. There is also a longer version, and a quieter version, which is an almost a cappella version of the song, except that most of the small samples are still there. The "Longer" version of "Leave in Silence" replaces the "Album" version on the American version of A Broken Frame.

The b-side is "Excerpt From: My Secret Garden", which is an instrumental version of "My Secret Garden", which along with "Leave in Silence" eventually appear on A Broken Frame a little more than a month later. "Further Excerpts From: My Secret Garden" is a longer version which appears as a bonus track on some versions of A Broken Frame.

The video for "Leave in Silence" is directed by Julien Temple, and features the band (which, by this time, included Alan Wilder) breaking things and talking to each other while wearing face paint. The band did not include the video on the Some Great Videos VHS compilation album.

In February 2006, "Leave in Silence" was sung by Martin Gore to a Paris audience, and the song remained in the setlist for the rest of the tour. It is the first time a song from A Broken Frame was played live in almost two decades, when "Leave in Silence" was played during the Black Celebration Tour in 1986.

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The Tube - Live Performance
Single Version
Reaps Rewired Mix

Excerts From My Secret Garden - B-Side


Depeche Mode - Leave In Silence - The Tube Live Performance

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Olivia Newton-John - Physical - Album

Physical is an album by the Australian singer Olivia Newton-John, released in 1981.

It was certified double platinum, peaking at Nnumber 6 on the Billboard albums chart. This was also Newton-John's first and only album to chart R&B, peaking at Noumber 32. With country music completely overlooked for this album, this unsurprisingly became Newton-John's first studio album not to chart country since her 1971 debut, If Not for You.

In the UK the album made it to number 11 in the Album Charts.

Physical is the best selling album by a female Australian singer, selling 10,000,000 copies worldwide.

The title track was Newton-John's biggest pop single ever spending 10 weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100. Physical tied Debby Boone's You Light Up My Life as the then longest running Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female artist. (Whitney Houston broke the record when I Will Always Love You spent 14 weeks atop the Hot 100). Physical also peaked at Number 29 AC and Number 28 R&B (her only entry on the R&B singles chart). The album also yielded the singles Make A Move On Me and Landslide.

01 - Landslide
02 - Stranger's Touch
03 - Make a Move on Me
04 - Falling
05 - Love Make Me Strong
06 - Physical
07 - Silvery Rain
08 - Carried Away
09 - Recovery
10 - The Promise (The Dolphin Song)

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Depeche Mode - The Meaning Of Love

'The Meaning of Love' is the fifth UK single by Depeche Mode originally released on April 26, 1982.

The single version of 'The Meaning of Love' is the same as the album version from A Broken Frame, the album the song later appears on. The 'Fairly Odd Mix' of 'The Meaning of Love' breaks into a weird techno ditty after the second chorus.

The B-side is 'Oberkorn (It's a Small Town)', an atmospheric instrumental written by Martin Gore as an intro for the A Broken Frame Tour, in the town of Oberkorn, Luxembourg. A longer version called the "Development Mix" has an ambient intro before having the same song as the original, and afterwards having a new arrangement of music.

The video for 'The Meaning of Love' is the second video with Alan Wilder, although he did not contribute to the song. The director is Julien Temple. The video was not put on the Some Great Videos VHS compilation because it was not well liked by the band.

The single was not released in the United States, but the 12" 'Fairly Odd Mix' of the song features on the B-side of the 'See You' US 12" single.

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Single Version
Oberkorn (It's a Small Town) - B-Side
Oberkorn (It's a Small Town) - Demo Version

Oberkorn (It's A Small Town) - Reaps Slow Blow Mix


Depeche Mode - The Meaning Of Love - Video

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Alvin Stardust - Pretend

'Pretend' is a popular song, written in 1952 by Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman, and Frank Levere.

The best-known recording, by Nat King Cole was released by Capitol Records. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on January 31, 1953 and lasted 20 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 3.
The recording by Ralph Marterie was released by Mercury Records. It reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on February 7, 1953 at number 16, its only week on the chart.

The recording by Eileen Barton was released by Coral Records. It reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on March 7, 1953 at number 18, its only week on the chart.

On the Cash Box charts, where all versions of the song were combined, the song reached a peak of number 5 in 1953.

The song was subsequently recorded by Tab Smith, reaching number 89 on the Billboard chart in 1957, and by Carl Mann, reaching number 57 on Billboard and number 56 on Cash Box in 1959.

The version that I know the most is the one done by Alvin Stardust. Alvin Stardust's cover version was a popular hit in the United Kingdom in 1981, when it reached number four in the UK singles chart. This cover was largely based on Carl Mann's 1959-version of this song.

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Single Version
Goose Bumps - B-Side


Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure

'Under Pressure' is a 1981 song recorded by Queen and David Bowie. It marked Bowie's first released collaboration with another recording artist as a performer, and is featured on Queen's 1982 album Hot Space. The song reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also number 31 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s.

Bowie had originally come to the studios in order to sing backing vocals on another Queen song, 'Cool Cat,' which would end up being edited out since he wasn't satisfied with them. Once he got there, they worked together for a while and wrote the song.

Queen had been working on the song under the title 'Feel Like' but were not yet satisfied with the result. The final version that became 'Under Pressure' evolved from a jam session the band had with Bowie at his studio in Montreux, Switzerland, therefore it was credited as co-written by the five musicians. According to Queen bassist John Deacon (as quoted in a French magazine in 1984), however, the song's primary musical songwriter was Freddie Mercury — though all contributed to the arrangement. The earlier, embryonic version of the song without Bowie 'Feel Like' is widely available in bootleg form.

There has been some confusion about who created the song's famous bassline. John Deacon said (in Japanese magazine Musiclife in 1982, and in the previously mentioned French magazine) that David Bowie had created it. In more recent interviews, Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have credited the bass riff to Deacon; Bowie also said on his website that the bassline was already written before he became involved. The September 2005 edition of online music magazine Stylus singled out the bassline as the best in popular music history.

Roger Taylor was frequently rumored to be the song's chief writer. However, it appears that he served more as an intermediary for Mercury and Bowie, being friends with both men. Taylor was involved in the production of the track and did some preliminary mixes with Bowie in New York, but Bowie was dissatisfied with these results and wanted to re-record everything (as claimed by May on a November 1982 interview for IM&RW magazine). In the end, the final mix was done with the involvement of Mercury and recording engineer Mack, 'Under Pressure' from Bowie and Taylor (according to Brian May in the same 1982 interview).

Although very much a joint project, only Queen incorporated the song into their live shows at the time. Bowie chose not to perform the song before an audience until the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, when he and Annie Lennox sang it as a duet (backed by the surviving Queen members). However, since Mercury's death and the Outside tour in 1995, Bowie has performed the song at virtually every one of his live shows, with bassist Gail Ann Dorsey taking Mercury's vocal part. The song also appeared in setlists from A Reality Tour mounted by Bowie in 2004, when he frequently would dedicate it to Freddie Mercury. Queen + Paul Rodgers have recently performed the song as well. While Bowie was never present for a live performance of the song with Mercury, Roger Taylor instead filled for back-up vocals usually in unison with Mercury as Mercury would take over most of Bowie's parts.

The song's bassline was sampled by rapper Vanilla Ice for his 1990 single 'Ice Ice Baby'. Freddie Mercury and David Bowie did not receive credit or royalties for the sample. In a 1990 interview, Vanilla Ice said the two melodies were slightly different because he had added an additional note. In later interviews, Vanilla Ice readily admitted he sampled the song and claimed his 1990 statement was a joke; others, however, suggested he had been serious. He later paid Mercury and Bowie, who have since been given songwriting credit for the sample.

In 2010, Irish singing duo Jedward recorded a mashup of 'Under Pressure' and 'Ice Ice Baby' as their debut single. 'Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)' was released in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2010 via download and as a physical single on February 15, 2010

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Live Performance - Wembley 1986
David Bowie and Annie Lennox Performance at Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
Single Version
Rah Mix - Re-issue release
Soul Brother - Original B-Side
Bohemian Rhapsody - Re-Issue B-Side
Feel Like - Demo Song That Would Evolve Into Under Pressure


Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure - Video

Monday, 8 March 2010

Madness - 7 - Abum

7 is the third album from the British ska/pop band Madness. Released in October 1981, it reached number 5 in the UK album chart. All but one track was recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas in the summer of 1981, the exception being Grey Day which was recorded in London earlier in the year.

There were several different versions of the album released throughout the world. Some territories removed the not so tourist-friendly 'A Day On The Town' while others replaced it with 'Never Ask Twice aka Aeroplane / Airplane', which was issued on the 'Shut Up' 12" in the UK.

In Belgium 'Never Ask Twice' was issued on a one sided 7" single with initial copies of the album. France renamed 'A Day On The Town' as 'A Place In The City'. Australia added 'It Must Be Love' as the first track on side one, while Japan added 'In The City'.

Later vinyl pressings featured different mixes of some tracks (most notably 'Mrs Hutchinson' and 'A Day On The Town'). When first issued on CD in 1989 these were the mixes used, and have been ever since.

01 - Cardiac Arrest
02 - Shut Up
03 - Sign of the Times
04 - Missing You
05 - Mrs. Hutchinson
06 - Tomorrow's Dream
07 - Grey Day
08 - Pac-A-Mac
09 - Promises Promises
10 - Benny Bullfrog
11 - When Dawn Arrives
12 - The Opium Eaters
13 - Day on the Town

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Aneka - Japanese Boy

Aneka (born Mary Sandeman, 20 November 1954) is a Scottish singer.

Sandeman recorded the song 'Japanese Boy' in 1981. Impressed with the results, her record company, Hansa decided to release it as a single with full promotion.

Arriving at the name 'Aneka' in a telephone directory, Sandeman fashioned a suitable image for the song. Released in the Summer of 1981, 'Japanese Boy' made an impressive leap in the charts and reached No.1 for one week in August. This also earned Aneka with the title of 'One Hit Wonder' as her followup singles failed to make much of an impression on the UK Singles Chart.

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TV Performance
Single Version
Instrumental Edit
Extended Version
Ae Fond Kiss - B-Side


Aneka - Japanese Boy

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Landscape - Einstein A Go-Go

Landscape are a British band, best known for their 1981 hits, 'Einstein A Go-Go' and 'Norman Bates'.

Formed in 1974, they toured constantly during the mid to late 1970s, playing rock, punk and jazz venues and releasing two instrumental EPs on their own Event Horizon label.

They began experimenting with computer programmed music and electronic drums in the late 1970s making records in the emerging genres of electronic dance music and synthpop.

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Single Version
Extended Version
New Religion - B-Side


Landscape - Einstein A Go-Go - Video

Abba - One Of Us

'One of Us' from 1981 was the first single from Swedish pop group ABBA's final studio album The Visitors, their eighth for Polar, and their seventh for Epic and Atlantic. The song is also included on the ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits compilation.

'One of Us,' which had the working titles 'Number 1' and 'Mio Amore', was one of the last songs recorded for ABBA's 1981 album The Visitors.

It was one of only a handful of tracks that explored the darker territory of Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson's songwriting as the two men's divorces were beginning to influence their musical output. Indeed, the message of the song was about a woman trying to revive a dead relationship. Despite the somewhat depressing context and reservations by manager Stig Anderson, 'One of Us' was released as the 1st single from The Visitors, coupled with the non-album track 'Should I Laugh or Cry'.

Ulvaeus had favored releasing it as the 1st single from the new album and was vindicated when the majority of the record companies agreed with him. Indeed, it proved to be a wise move as it was ABBA's last number 1 single.

In the United Kingdom, this single was issued in a different sleeve. The official sleeve depicted the album cover photo, and was used in most countries. Epic Records wanted it different for the British release, and used separate photos of the group members together with a large ABBA logo. Agnetha and Frida appeared on the front cover, with Bjorn and Benny on the back. The photos were actually out-of-date, as Frida was depicted still with her frizzy perm, while Bjorn was beardless. A limited edition picture disc using very similar artwork was also issued, Epic Records again making up for their earlier poor presentation of ABBA singles up until mid-1979.

The B-side, 'Should I Laugh or Cry', included a spoken count-in (in Swedish) from Benny. This count-in appeared on UK and South African releases, but not internationally. The master tapes supplied to Epic contained the error, but were not picked up in time, and so appeared on the single release. In the early 2000s, Epic's rights to ABBA's music in the UK had long since expired. However, they still owned all the UK master tapes for the singles. These were then returned to Polar Music (itself owned by Universal Music) in Stockholm, who later issued the error count-in version as a "rarity" in The Complete Studio Recordings boxed set, thereby making it available to a worldwide audience (and on CD for the first time).

'One of Us' was ABBA's last major hit, and their last No. 1 single in many countries. It topped the charts in Ireland, Belgium, West Germany and the Netherlands, and reached the Top 3 in ABBA's native Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and the UK. It also hit the Top 10 in South Africa, Norway, Spain and France.

The track debuted at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart on December 12, 1981 and peaked at number 3 the following week, where it stayed for 3 weeks. At the time of the weekly charts publication at Christmas that year, there was a publishers strike. When sales figures were calculated following the strike, they showed that the song would have been the Christmas Number 1 single for 2 weeks. After 10 weeks in the charts, it exited on February 13, 1982.

When 'One of Us' was released as a single in the United States in February 1983, it proved to be ABBA's worst ever performing charting song in that territory, reaching a high of number 107, though it should be pointed out that the song was released over a year after its release elsewhere and ABBA had disbanded by this time. Nevertheless, 'One of Us' was ABBA's swansong in terms of their hit-making career.

The music video was shot in a studio with mirrors. The group has also started to give the impression that Agnetha is closer to Benny while Frida is closer to Björn as seen in video.

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Single Version

Instrumental Version
Should I Laugh or Cry - B-Side (Count In Version)

Should I Laugh or Cry - Without Count In
Should I Laugh or Cry - Remix


Abba - One Of Us - Video

Saturday, 6 March 2010

David Bowie - Up The Hill Backwards

'Up the Hill Backwards' is a song from David Bowie's 1980 album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). It was also issued as the fourth and final single from the album in March 1981.

The lyric is often seen as a commentary on the public coverage of his divorce from Angela Bowie, one of several tracks on the album that muse over the double-edged sword of celebrity. It has also been interpreted as facing up to crises in general. Like the previous single, 'Scary Monsters', the track featured co-producer Tony Visconti on acoustic guitar.

The B-side was 'Crystal Japan', an instrumental recorded in 1980 for a Japanese commercial for the sake Crystal Jun Rock, which also featured an appearance from Bowie. 'Teenage Wildlife' was originally slated as the B-side for 'Up the Hill Backwards' until Bowie found out the prices fans were paying for the import single of 'Crystal Japan', and insisted the track receive a UK release.

The uncommercial nature of 'Up the Hill Backwards', combined with the track having been available on the album for the past six months, saw the single stall at number 32 in the UK chart.
The 12-inch single was distributed with a set of 36 stamps, designed by David Bowie himself. The stamps are photographs of Bowie in his Pierrot costume (as seen on the cover), colored crayon-like, in a variety of poses.

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Single Version
Cystal Japan - B-Side


Imagination - Body Talk

Imagination formed in 1981 when the trio took a demo tape of a track called 'Body Talk' to producers Jolley & Swain.

It was released as a single in April 1981 under the group name Imagination, a name that the group chose as a tribute to John Lennon. The track reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1981, selling 250,000 copies in the UK and spending eighteen weeks in the Top 50.

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Scandalous Tour Live Performance
TOTP Performance
Single Version
12 inch Version

Imagination - Body Talk - Video

Friday, 5 March 2010

Soft Cell - Flexi Pop Flexi Disc

Flexipop magazine was famous for the re-emergence of the flexible music disc in the UK during the 1980s. Launched in 1980 by ex-Record Mirror journalists Barry Cain and Tim Lott, the magazine featured a flexidisc in each issue. The magazine lasted for two years. One of the most notable issues was the February 1981 disc featuring Adam and the Ants performing a version of the Village People hit "Y.M.C.A.", called "A.N.T.S.".

The magazine has maintained a memorable reputation among music collectors because of the flexidisc and the revival of interest in 1980s pop.

Huw Collingbourne, a contributing writer to Flexipop, gave an interview to Stylus magazine about the publication in which he said, "Other music mags may have dabbled in flexis, but Flexipop! made a career of it. We had singles by the top bands of the day—everyone from The Jam to Depeche Mode. A really good flexi would make the magazine fly off the newsstands."

In 1981 Flexipop Magazine Issue Number 12 came with the free flexi disc that had 2 tracks on it.

The first track was by Soft Cell entitled .Metro MRX'. The second track was by B-Movie entitled 'Remembrance Day'.

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Visage - Visage Single

'Visage' is the fourth single by the British pop group Visage, released by Polygram Records on June 29, 1981.

It is the title track from Visage's eponymous debut album, and peaked at number 21 on the UK singles chart.

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Single Version
Dance Mix
Second Steps - B-Side

Second Steps - Remix


Visage - Visage - Video

Thursday, 4 March 2010

ABC - Tears Are Not Enough

'Tears Are Not Enough' was the first single to be released by New Wave group ABC and was released in 1981.

The single peaked at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, Tears Are Not Enough was released as the B-side of Poison Arrow.

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Single Version
12 inch Version
Alphabet Soup - B-Side


The Specials - Ghost Town

'Ghost Town' is the title of a 1981 song by the British ska band, The Specials. The song is currently ranked as the 90th greatest song of all time, as well as the best song of 1981, by Acclaimed Music

The song was written in response to Margaret Thatcher's policies which the band believed would increase the large-scale unemployment already present in United Kingdom, particularly in Scotland and England's industrialised north and Midlands regions. This was highly relevant to The Specials as they formed and lived in Coventry and saw the effects of the policies first-hand, as their city experienced some of the UK's worst unemployment at levels of 20%. It was also the summer of large-scale riots in Brixton, London and Toxteth, Liverpool amongst others, where there was alleged heavy-handed police treatment of young black men.

Indeed the single was unusual in that it hit the top of the UK Top 40 at the exact time that riots occurred on the streets of Great Britain. The music thus reflected the social spirit of the country.
The song spent three weeks at number one and ten weeks in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart overall. The track was recorded at the Woodbine Street Recording Studios in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Despite being a song about Coventry, the band chose to film the video of themselves driving a Vauxhall Cresta around some empty London streets.

Ghost Town was at number one in the UK charts during the run-up to the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer amid much royalty-inspired patriotic rejoicing. This ironic juxtaposition is similar to the notorious events of the Silver Jubilee of 1977 when the Sex Pistols version of 'God Save the Queen' was widely believed to have been the rightful number one during the week of celebrations despite being officially eclipsed by Rod Stewart.

The club referred to in the lines "All the clubs are being closed down" and "Too much fighting on the dance floor" was The Locarno - later Tiffanys - which was also the club setting the scene for the b-side song, 'Friday Night Saturday Morning'. It is now Coventry Central Library.

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TOTP Performance
Single Version
Extended Version
1991 Dub Version
Chimical Submission Mix
Why - B-Side
Friday Night, Saturday Morning - B-Side