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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Visage - Pleasure Boys

'Pleasure Boys' is the seventh single by the British pop group Visage, released on Polydor Records on October 29, 1982.

The track is the only one of the band's singles not to be taken from an album, though it was subsequently included on their 'Fade To Grey: The Singles Collection' compilation album in 1983.

It was also the first release by Visage after the departure of Midge Ure, who left the group due to creative differences with Steve Strange and also to concentrate on his role in Ultravox.

Possibly due to Ure's absence, 'Pleasure Boys' was the first Visage single to miss the UK top 40 (peaking at 44) after a string of five hits during the 1981-82 period.

The B-Side is a track called The Anvil. There was a German language version of The Anvil, made as a DJ white label 12" single only and later appeared on Fade to Grey - The Singles Collection (cassette version) and the Beat Boy CD release.

Click the link below to download the following:
Single Version
Dance Mix
The Anvil - B-Side
The Anvil - Dance Mix
Der Amboss (The Anvil) - German DJ Whilte Label


Visage - Pleasure Boys - Video

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Visage - Night Train

'Night Train' is the sixth single by the British pop group Visage, released by Polydor Records on 11 June 1982.

It peaked at number 12 in the UK and was the band's final UK top 40 hit until a remix of their first hit 'Fade to Grey' was released in 1993.

The track was remixed for release as a single with the assistance of John Luongo. The original version appears on Visage's album, The Anvil.

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Single Version
Dub Mix
Dance Mix
I'm Still Searching - B-Side


Visage - Night Train - Video

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack - Tonight I Celebrate My Love

'Tonight, I Celebrate My Love' is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser, recorded as a duet single released in 1983 by singers Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack.

It became a big hit for both singers, peaking at number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100, number five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and number four on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.

It also peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 25th best selling single of 1983 in the UK. It boosted the careers of both stars and brought them both returns to prominence. The song was used in the mid 80's as the love theme for Bo and Hope on Days of our Lives.

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Single Version
Born To Love - B-Side


ABC - The Look Of Love

'The Look of Love' is a song recorded by ABC in 1982, included on their debut album, The Lexicon of Love.

Released as a single and as a 12" remix, the single went to number one on the Billboard Dance/Disco chart as well as the Canadian pop singles chart. It was their biggest hit in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 4, and was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., peaking at number 18.

The single consists of four parts, referred to as "Parts One, Two, Three and Four". Part One is the standard album version, Part Two is an instrumental version, Part Three is a vocal remix and Part Four is a short acoustic instrumental part of the song, containing strings and horns, as well as occasional harp plucks and xylophone. A different remix version by producer Trevor Horn appeared on the 1982 U.S. 12".

A music video for the song featured the band's members at a carnival, taped on a soundstage. The video vaguely pays homage to Gene Kelly's Ballet sequence from An American in Paris.

The '82 U.S. Extended Remix was not widely available after its initial release, but the track remained much in demand by club DJs and fans alike, and copies of the original 12" version fetched high prices. When Neutron (the band's UK label) discovered this, they issued a limited edition re-pressing of the Horn remix (though did not officially re-release the song) in 1985.

A new remix of the song by Paul O'Duffy was officially released in 1990, without participation or approval from the band's members. Subsequent years have brought numerous re-releases of The Lexicon of Love and several hits collections, yet oddly enough on the frequent occasions when a remix of 'The Look of Love' is included, it is almost always the 1990 O'Duffy retread, and not the classic, chart-topping 1982 Trevor Horn original.

The US B-side, entitled 'Theme From Mantrap', was an alternate version of 'Poison Arrow'.

In 2009 Virgin Trains used the song to front an advertising campaign to promote its services.

In 2009, the song was performed by the cast in a full song and dance number on the U.S. CW TV serial drama series Valentine, as part of the plot in which the goddess Aphrodite makes a love match at a karaoke bar.

In 2009, Payless used the song to promote holiday sales of shoewear.

Click the link below to download the following:
Parts 1 and 2
Part 3
Part 4
7up Extended mix
Disconet Mix
DJ Ozyboy Mix
Dream Time Mix
Part 1 1990 mix
Part 1 - Album Version
Tackmaster Millennium Mix
Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1982
Live in Musikhalle Hamburg 1983
US Remix
1990 Remix
Ocean Blue - 1990 B-Side


ABC - The Look Of Love

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Madness - Presents The Rise And Fall - Album

'The Rise & Fall' is the fourth album by the British pop group Madness. This album saw Madness at their most experimental, exhibiting a range of musical styles including jazz, English music hall and Eastern influences. NME described it at the time of its release as "The best Madness record".

It has often been retrospectively described as a concept album. Though the album was never released in the USA, several tracks were later placed on the compilation Madness, including the melancholic pop of 'Our House.

01 - Rise and Fall
02 - Tomorrow's (Just Another Day)
03 - Blue Skinned Beast
04 - Primrose Hill
05 - Mr. Speaker Gets the Word
06 - Sunday Morning
07 - Our House
08 - Tiptoes
09 - New Delhi
10 - That Face
11 - Calling Cards
12 - Are You Coming (With Me)
13 - Madness (Is All in the Mind)

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Dire Straits - Private Invesigations

'Private Investigations' is a popular song by Dire Straits from their album Love Over Gold. Although it was not released as a single in the US, it reached number 2 in the UK, and is one of their biggest chart successes in the United Kingdom, on a par with 'Walk of Life'. Similarly, the album it came from, Love over Gold, only sold 0.5 million copies in the US, though it was well-received elsewhere.

The song begins with a slow piano riff accompanying an acoustic guitar. After several verses, the song opens up into a slow, bass-driven beat, with an electric guitar coming in at the end, before the gradual diminuendo featuring extended interplay between Mark Knopfler's acoustic guitar and Marimba played by Mike Mainieri.

On the Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits DVD, Mark Knopfler said this about the song: "It's just about the Private Investigations... "What have you got at the end of the day" - Nothing more than you started out with..." It is said the song was inspired by author Raymond Chandler.

The riff from the song was used on a BT advert in 1994.

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Single Version
T-Shirts - B-Side


Sunday, 4 April 2010

PhD - I Won't Let You Down

'I Won't Let You Down' was a single in 1982 by the band Ph.D..

It reached number 3 in the U.K. charts in April 1982.

The band consisted of Jim Diamond who was the lead vocalist, Tony Hymas on keyboards and Simon Phillips on drums. It went on to become the 23rd best selling single of 1982 in the UK.

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Single Version
Hideaway - B-Side


PhD - I Won't Let You Down - Video

Donna Summer - State Of Independence

Jon & Vangelis released 'State of Independence' as a single in 1981, with 'Beside' as the B-Side. It was re-released in 1984 and this version peaked at number 67 in the UK Singles Chart

Donna Summer covered 'State of Independence' on her 1982 album Donna Summer produced by Quincy Jones. It was released as the follow-up to her hit single 'Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)' in 1982. Summer's version of the song features an all-star choir including among others Michael Jackson, Brenda Russell, James Ingram, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Loggins, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder and reached number 14 in UK Singles Chart.

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Jon and Vangelis
Album Version
Single Version
Beside - B-Side

Donna Summer
Single Version
Love Is Just A Breath Away - B-Side


Donna Summer - State Of Independence - Video

Friday, 2 April 2010

Visage - Whispers

'Whispers' is a Japanese only single, which is particularly interesting because it contains a unique edit of Whispers that is not found any where else.

In 1982 TDK Japan made two TV adverts featuring Steve Strange, using Night Train and Whispers, both later released as singles in Japan.

Interesting feature is also the colour picture insert of the band photographed in the gardens of Munich's Schloss Nymphenburg with Japanese text biography and lyrics printed on the reverse of the vinyl.

The track was featured on the album Anvil.

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Single Version
The Horseman - B-Side


ABC - Poison Arrow

'Poison Arrow' is a New Wave single released and popularised by ABC in 1982 and also included on their 1982 debut album, The Lexicon of Love.

It reached number 6 on the UK singles chart, number 4 in Australia and also was their first entry on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, at number 25. Karen Clayton provides the backing vocals.

The single was released in the UK on 7" and 12", with the same mix appearing on both formats; however a subsequent U.S. 12" remix (also known as the "Jazz Remix") appears on several ABC compilations and as a bonus track on reissues of The Lexicon of Love.

An alternate version of this song, entitled Theme From Mantrap, was released as the B-side of Poison Arrow in the UK and The Look of Love in the US. Their UK hit, Tears Are Not Enough, was the US B-side of Poison Arrow.

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Single Version

US Remix
Theme from Mantrap - B-Side


ABC - Poison Arrow - Video

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Tears For Fears - Pale Shelter

Tears for Fears released 'Pale Shelter' as a single three times. The first edition, with (You Don't Give Me Love) in the tiel, was produced by Mike Howlett and was released as the band's second single, after their debut single 'Suffer the children'. Both tracks of this single would appear on the band's debut album 'The hurting', but in re-recorded versions.

About the lyric, Roland Orzabal said: 'It's a kind of a love song, though more referring to one's parents than to a girl'. One of the oldest Tears For Fears songs it was recorded, along with 'Suffer The Children', for the duo's first demo tape in 1981. The title of the song is a reference to "Pale Shelter Scene", a 1941 drawing by British sculptor Henry Moore.

The second version was produced by Chris Hughes and Ross Collum, released just after Tears for Fears' debut album 'The hurting' in 1983. To provide a chart push this second time around, Mercury took full advantage of the picture disc and coloured vinyl gimmicks that were popular at the time. In all, eleven different variations of the reissued single were available for purchase. It helped get the single to peak at number 5 in the UK singles chart in April 1983.

The promotional music video for 'Pale Shelter' was filmed in early 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA. The video is notable for a scene in which Orzabal and Smith walk on the tarmac of an airport towards an image of a giant iron burn, with steam coming off the image as they walk over it. It was also notable for a scene in which they walk headfirst into a sea of flying paper airplanes, with one of them hitting Orzabal directly in the eye. The video was directed by music video pioneer Steve Barron.

Click the link below to download the following:
Single Version
Extended Version
Cold Shoulder Mix
The Prisoner - B-Side
We Are Broken - B-Side


Tears For Fears - Pale Shelter - Video

I Love 1982

Welcome to the year 1982. It was a year of royal stories: future heir to the throne, Prince William, was born. The Queen had a rude awakening when she found a man sitting on the end of her bed in Buckingham Palace... and it wasn't Prince Philip.

Channel 4 went on air for the first time on 2nd November and began broadcasting with Countdown. The government gave the go-ahead for satellite television.

Actress Sophia Loren was imprisoned for a month in her native Italy for tax evasion.

The Barbican Arts Centre in London was opened by the Queen and Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit Britain in 450 years.

Video laser discs began a short lived existence and the Sony Pocket Television or Watchman was introduced.

ET landed in cinemas and Boy George set the charts alight with the group Culture Club.

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I Love 1982 Part 1

I Love 1982 Part 2

I Love 1982 Part 3

I Love 1982 Part 4

I Love 1982 Part 5

I Love 1982 Part 6

I Love 1982 Part 7

I Love 1982 Part 8

I Love 1982 Part 9