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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Stephen TinTin Duffy - The Ups And Downs

After a stint of working in the US, Duffy returned to England and signed another deal, this time with Virgin 10, and worked on recording his first full album.

The album was entitled 'The Ups and Downs' and was produced by Stephen Duffy, Booker T. Jones, J.J. Jeczalik, Nicholas Froome and Stephen Street.

Under the name Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy the album was released in 1985 and reached number 35 in the UK Album Charts.

01 - Kiss Me
02 - She Makes Me Quiver

03 - A Masterpiece
04 - But Is It Art?
05 - Wednesday Jones
06 - Icing On The Cake
07 - The Darkest Blues
08 - Be There
09 - Believe In Me
10 - The World At Large Alone

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Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up

'The Only Way Is Up' is a song written by George Jackson and Johnny Henderson and originally released in 1980 as single by soul singer Otis Clay.

In 1988, it became a chart-topping single for Yazz and the Plastic Population. The Yazz version was produced by Jonathan Moore and Matt Black (better known as dance duo Coldcut who had worked with Yazz on their hit single "Doctorin' the House").

Released as a single in July 1988, 'The Only Way Is Up' became an instant smash, spending five weeks at number 1 in the UK, and ultimately became the second biggest selling single of the year. In the United States, however, it fared less well, peaking at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100, though it did reach number 2 on the Billboard dance chart. The song's opening horn blast is a sample from Sharon Redd's 1982 dance classic 'Beat the Street'.

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Extended Version
12 inch Version
Speng Version
Bam Bam Remix
Elektra Version
Bad House Music - B-Side


Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Sandii And The Sunsetz - Heat Scale

Sandii & the Sunsetz were a Japanese technopop or J-pop band that collaborated from 1979 until the 1990s.

The Sunsetz, led by Makoto Kubota, and Sandii started as separate artists, however, their collaboration provided a particular body of work that is representative of the period, and which successfully blended Eastern, Western and pop influences.

Heat Scale was the first example of the blending together of the various artists that came together to make up the band.

Featuring lyrics by Chris Mosdell Sandii and the Sunsetz first complete album was released in 1981. As far as know the album failed to chart in the UK but it did help the band to gain more prominence back in their home country of Japan.


01 - Heat Scale
02 - The Great Wall
03 - Bongazuna
04 - Tohmei Ningen
05 - El Puzzlo
06 - Alive
07 - An Antenna
08 - The Eve Of Adam
09 - Gong Loop
10 - Kingdoms Without Corners
11 - Dhyana Pura

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Erasure - Who Needs Love Like That

'Who Needs Love Like That' is the debut single released by British synth pop duo Erasure. The song was released in the UK on Mute Records in 1985 as a prelude to their debut album Wonderland.

'Who Needs Love Like That' is an uptempo pop song written by Vince Clarke. The lyrics are a cast-off to a destructive love relationship, in which the protagonist asks "who needs love like that?" The music video takes place in a mock Western, with Clarke, Andy Bell and various extras dressed as cowboys. Both Bell and Clarke appear in dual roles, the others being woman's drags.

Upon its release, the song spent two weeks in the UK singles chart, peaking at number fifty-five.

In 1992, the song was remixed and tacked on to the end of Erasure's greatest hits collection Pop! - the First 20 Hits (although in the U.S. it only appears on the cassette release). The 'Hamburg Mix' (slightly retitled to put 'Like That' in parenthesis) was released as a single and became a Top 10 UK hit, peaking at number ten.

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Single Version
1992 CD Single Version
Hamburg Mix
Phil Kelsey Mix
Instrumental Workout Mix
Legend Mix
Mexican Mix
Push Me Shove Me - B-Side


Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Happy Birthday

Well the blog has been going for the last 2 years now.

I never thought it would last the first year let alone the second one.

Still enjoy putting up the music that I loved and other stuff too that I loved back in the great 80's.

Well just to let people know I am in the process of working on a Smash Hits site. I will be putting up issues from 1978 up untill 1989 if it all goes to plan. It is taking a lot of time to get the site up and running and I don't know how often I can put an issue up but will let you all know when it is available.

So here is to the coming year and hope to celebrate when I reach 3 years.

Thank you to everyone for their support and encouragment.


Kool And The Gang - Celebration

'Celebration' is a song released in 1980 by Kool & the Gang from their album Celebrate!.

It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981. Late in 1980, the song had also reached number one on both the Billboard Dance and R&B charts. The song dominated the radio for nearly the entire year, and is still heard today at weddings and parties. It was also an international hit, reaching number 7 in the UK, and a version was recorded with a Spanish language vocal for relevant markets.

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Single Version
Instrumental Version
Morning Star - B-Side


Sade - Your Love Is King

'Your Love Is King' a song by the English group Sade from their debut album, Diamond Life.

It was released in 1984 as the album's lead single and in 1985 as the album's third and final U.S. single. The song became the group's highest-charting hit to date, peaking at number six on the UK Singles Chart.

English pop singer Will Young covered the song in 2004 for the soundtrack to Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

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Single Version
Love Affair With Life - B-Side

Will Young's Version


Monday, 28 March 2011

Sade - Smooth Operator

'Smooth Operator' is a song by the English group Sade, released as the fourth and final single from their debut album Diamond Life.

This was Sade's first Top Ten hit in the U.S., peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks in May 1985. The song spent thirteen weeks in the Top Forty, and also topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks. Although 'Your Love Is King' remains Sade's biggest hit in the UK to date, 'Smooth Operator' is the band's breakthrough hit on the U.S. charts, and their most successful single internationally.

Ray St. John, who co-wrote 'Smooth Operator' with Sade Adu, was previously a member of Adu's former band Pride, although he was not a member of the band Sade. The pair co-wrote the song in 1982 while still members of Pride, yet did not get around to recording it because St. John left Pride shortly after Sade joined. St. John later went on to play guitar with the band Halo James, which scored a UK Top Ten hit with 'Could Have Told You So' in February 1990.

'Smooth Operator' is about a fashionable man who lives a jet-set lifestyle. He is popular with women and breaks many hearts. The lyrics "Coast to Coast, LA to Chicago, Western Male, Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale" imply that he uses women to sustain himself. It is also clear that he does not return the affections of these women, as Adu sings near the end, "His heart is cold."

This song is noted for Sade's spoken recitation in the song's introduction. Some radio edits have omitted the spoken Introduction, and proceeded with the opening sung line of the title of the album, 'Diamond Life'. Some radio edits have shortened the instrumental saxophone solo, as well as the first repeat of the lines that come after the Chorus portions.

The video for 'Smooth Operator', directed by Julien Temple, was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards in 1985, Best Female Video and Best New Artist. The full-length version runs around eight and a half minutes, and shows the entire story of the song (The video features a then-unknown pre-Max Headroom Amanda Pays portraying a hostess/moll.)

In the UK the single made it to number 19 on the Singles Chart.

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Single Version
Extended Version
Sprit - B-Side


Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract

'Opposites Attract' is a song recorded by Paula Abdul, featured on her debut album Forever Your Girl. It was written and produced by Oliver Leiber, who came up with the title after browsing a bookstore.

Vocals on the song, in addition to Abdul, were provided by Bruce DeShazer and Marv Gunn, aka 'The Wild Pair'.

'Opposites Attract' was the sixth and final single from the album, and achieved success in many countries, including the US and Australia where it was a number 1 hit.

The lyrics are about a couple who love each other despite being different in just about every way possible.

The song is distinctive for its colorful music video created and directed by Candace Reckinger & Michael Patterson, in which Paula dances with cartoon character MC Skat Kat, voiced by 'The Wild Pair'. The music video adds an intro rap performed by Romany Malco. An additional rap was provided by Derrick 'Delite' Stevens for the Street mix version of the song, which was edited for the 7 inch and video.

The idea of MC Skat Kat came from the Gene Kelly movie Anchors Aweigh, where Kelly dances with Jerry, the mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series. Paula even choreographed the animated character's moves to match her live-action dance moves in the video. MC Skat Kat was animated by members of the Disney animation team, working outside the studio between major projects, under the direction of Chris Bailey. Also shown in the video are Micetro, Taboo, and Fatz, yet their names weren't revealed until the release of The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob.

The video won Abdul a Grammy award in 1991 for 'Best Short Form Music Video'.

'Opposites Attract' became one of the most popular R&B and dance-pop singles of 1990.

Although the single was released at the end of 1989, the song itself is considered one of the first popular songs of the 1990s. 'Opposites Attract' also topped the charts in Australia, and peaked at number 2 in the UK. It failed to enter the German Top 10, peaking at number 13.

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Single Version
12 inch Mix
1990 Mix
Club Mix
Dub Version
Magentic Mix
Party Dub
Street Mix
One Or The Other - B-Side


Friday, 25 March 2011

Divine - Shoot Your Shot

'Shoot Your Shot' is a single by Divine released in 1983 from his album The Story So Far.

'Shoot Your Shot' became Divine's second single to chart on the Dutch Singles Chart after 'Native Love (Step By Step)'.

It debuted at number 32 and eventually peaked at number 7. The song spent a total of 11 weeks on the chart.

'Shoot Your Shot' was certified gold (100,000 copies) in the Netherlands.

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Performance 1
Performance 2
Single Version
Disco Mix Version
Native Love (Step By Step) - B-Side


Soft Cell - Where The Heart Is

Soft Cell's 11th single released was called 'Where The Heart Is'.

Released in 1982 it was from the album 'The Art Of Falling Apart'.

The single made it to number 21 on the UK singles Chart.

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Single Version
It's a Mugs Game - B-Side


Thursday, 24 March 2011

DeBarge - Rythum Of The Night

DeBarge was a sibling music group of American origin whose repertoire included R&B, pop, funk, and later gospel. Active as a professional recording group from 1979 and 1989, the group was one of the few recording acts to bring success to the Motown label during the 1980s.

'Rhythm of the Night' is a 1985 hit single by the American R&B band DeBarge. The song is said to have been what jump started the career of songwriter Diane Warren and was the biggest hit recorded by the Motown family singing group.

The release of 'Rhythm of the Night' coincided with the release of the Motown film, The Last Dragon, which featured the song as part of its soundtrack. The free publicity from the song on its soundtrack and in the movie itself helped boost its popularity.

Eventually released as a single, the song produced DeBarge's biggest success yet with the single reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, number one on the US adult contemporary chart, and number four in the UK singles chart - their only major hit single in the UK - going gold and boosting similar success for its parent album of the same name.

The group's music video of the song gained the group heavy rotation on MTV and was actually the group's first real music video starting a brief period where DeBarge became pop superstars.

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Single Version
Dance Mix
Queen Of My Heart - B-Side


David Sylvian - Words With The Sharman

The 7th siingle released by David Sylvian was entitled 'Words With The Sharman'.

This was a collection of 3 part instrumental and atmospheric music that was very different with the earlier single releases. this showed that Sylvian could bring together a collection of music with different artists to produce interesting and facinating pieces of work.

Released in 1985 the single did not chart.

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Part One
Part Two
Part Three


Wednesday, 23 March 2011

David Bowie - China Girl

'China Girl' is a song co-written by David Bowie and Iggy Pop during their years in Berlin, first appearing on Pop's album The Idiot (1977).

It was more widely popularized when it was re-recorded and released by Bowie on his album Let's Dance (1983).

Bowie decided to put the song on his album when Pop, his friend and musical collaborator, was in financial straits (due to his struggle with drug addiction) and was close to facing bankruptcy.

Bowie decided to release the song on Let's Dance so that Pop could collect half the royalties (as co-writer of the track) and get back on his feet financially.

The UK single release reached number 2 for one week in 1983, being kept off the top position by 'Every Breath You Take' by The Police. The US release reached number 10.

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Single Version

Remixed Version
Shake It - B-Side


Fun Boy Three - Tunnel Of Love

The 7th single released by Fun Boy Three was entitled 'Tunnle Of Love'.

Released from their 'Waiting' Album the single made it to number 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Single Version
The Lunacy Legacy - B-Side


Tuesday, 22 March 2011

John Miles - Music

John Miles (born John Errington, 23 April 1949, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, England) is an English Rock music vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player'

He is best known for his 1976 Top 3 UK hit single, 'Music'

I know that this track is from the 70's but it is just one of thise songs that I just adored back then that I felt I had to include it here as it was not untill the 80's that I finally managed to own my copy. Enjoy.

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Single Version
Putting My New song Together - B-Side


Roxy Music - More Than This

'More Than This' is a 1982 single by British art rock band Roxy Music.

It was released as the first single from their album Avalon. The song peaked at number 6 in the UK.

Although it only charted at number 103 in the United States, it remains one of their best known singles there, and was covered by 10,000 Maniacs in 1997 for a successful cover which hit number 25, which outperformed Roxy Music's lone US Top 40 single 'Love Is the Drug', number 30 in 1976.

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Single Version
India - B-Side


Monday, 21 March 2011

Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited

'I'm So Excited' is a song written by Trevor Lawrence and the Pointer Sisters. The song was performed by and appeared originally on the Pointer Sisters 1982 album So Excited!, while a remixed version appeared on the 1984 re-release of their 1983 album Break Out. The song was selected as one of the "Songs of the Century" by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and ranked number 264 out of 365 songs.

Upon its first release in 1982 (through inclusion in the movie Summer Lovers) it peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 46 on the Billboard Black Singles chart in the U.S. However, two years later, when the Pointers were experiencing massive success with Break Out, the song was added to that album and re-released. It subsequently reached number 9.

In the UK the single made it to number 11 in 1984.

A music video was made for the 1984 version of the song. In the video, the sisters are getting ready for a society soiree at a formal club. Anita is shown dressing up and putting on makeup, Ruth in a nightgown seductively and playfully getting dressed on her bed, and June taking a bubble bath. At the club that night, the three women are the center of attention and by the video's end, they have the club on its feet jamming to the song.

The video created a minor controversy because of a shot where June gets out of the tub. Although the towel she has is covering her stomach, it doesn't prevent June from showing a little too much of her lower body. The shot was edited in slow-motion for later broadcasts.

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Single Version
Dance Electric - B-Side


Daryl Hall and John Oates - Maneater

'Maneater' is a single recorded by American duo Hall & Oates from their 1982 album H2O. It reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1982. It remained in the top spot for four weeks. According to John Oates the inspiration for this song was English model and actress Kelly LeBrock.

The Hall & Oates music video opens with a woman, Aleksandra Duncan, walking down a red staircase, and the band playing in a dimly lit studio with shafts of light projecting down on them. The band members step in and out of the light for their lip sync.

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Single Version

Extended Mix
Delayed Reaction - B-Side


Friday, 18 March 2011

The Jam - Beat Surrender

'Beat Surrender' was The Jam's final single released on 26 November 1982.

It became the band's fourth number 1 UK single for two weeks in December 1982. The 7 inch was backed by the B-side 'Shopping'.

A double 7 inch and 12 inch single version was available with additional studio cover versions of The Chi-Lites' 'Stoned Out Of My Mind', Curtis Mayfield's classic 'Move On Up', and Edwin Starr's 'War'.

The song hinted at the more soul-based style to come with Paul Weller's next band, The Style Council.

It was not included on any of the band's six studio albums. In the U.S., it appeared on the five-track EP, Beat Surrender, which peaked at number 171 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The decision for the Jam's final single was between 'Beat Surrender' and 'A Solid Bond In Your Heart', later a Style Council single in 1983. The Jam's version of 'A Solid Bond In Your Heart' was not released until 1992 on the Extras album, although Rick Buckler, the Jam's drummer, claimed that the Style Council had pinched his original drum track recording.

'Beat Surrender' was previewed live on the first ever episode on The Tube, a live music show broadcast on Channel 4, on 5 November 1982.

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Single Version
Shopping - B-Side

Move On Up - Limited Edition Extra Single Track
Stoned Out of My Mind - Limited Edition Extra Single Track
WAR - Limited Edition Extra Single Track


Laura Branigan - Gloria

'Gloria' is a pop song originally written and composed in Italian by Umberto Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi which, with English lyrics written by Trevor Veitch, became an international hit for Laura Branigan in 1982-83, selling more than two million singles in the US alone.

Although another selection, 'All Night With Me,' was chosen as Branigan's lead-off single, Branigan also performed 'Gloria' during her promotional TV appearances at the time of the album's release in early 1982 and that track was released as a single in the summer, first becoming a disco favorite and gradually accruing radio support to reach number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November.

'Gloria' remained in the Top 40 for 22 weeks: its total Hot 100 residency of 36 weeks established a new record for a single by a solo female act. Certified platinum for sales of two million in the US alone, Branigan's 'Gloria' was also an international success most notably in Australia where it held the number 1 position for seven weeks in 1983. 'Gloria' also took Branigan to the Top Ten charts in the UK at number 6, Ireland at number 4 and South Africa at number 9.

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Single Version
Living A Lie - B-Side


Thursday, 17 March 2011

Kate Bush - Sat In Your Lap

'Sat in Your Lap' is a song by the British singer Kate Bush. It was the first single to be released from her fourth album The Dreaming, though it was issued 15 months prior to the album which was nowhere near completion at that time. The single peaked at n Number 11 in the UK Singles Chart.

The lyrics of the song deal with humanity's endless search for knowledge, which is often limited by unwillingness to devote the effort necessary to attain it. Musically, it was faster and more percussive than Bush's previous releases.

Kate Bush stated in an early interview that the single version was remixed slightly for inclusion on The Dreaming. The vocals were raised higher and the backing track altered to fit in better with the overall feel of the album.

The demo version of 'Sat in Your Lap' contains an extra verse at the start which was later cut out of the song. As with subsequent singles from the album, a 12 inch single was planned but was eventually withdrawn.

The B-side to the single was a cover version (Bush's first) of 'Lord of the Reedy River' by Donovan.

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Single Version
Lord Of The Reedy River - B-Side


Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen

'Come On Eileen' was a single released by Dexys Midnight Runners in 1982. The song was written by Kevin Rowland, 'Big' Jim Paterson, and Billy Adams; it was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. It originally appeared on the album Too-Rye-Ay. It was their first nmber 1 hit in the United Kingdom since 1980's 'Geno'.

The song won Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards.

The music video to accompany the single was directed by Julien Temple. It features members of the band wearing sleeveless shirts and overalls. The 'Eileen' as featured in the video (and on the record sleeve) is Máire Fahey, sister of Siobhan Fahey, former singer with Bananarama and Shakespear's Sister. The American singer Johnnie Ray, an early rock-and-roll crooner mentioned in the opening lyrics, is also featured in the video using old film footage.

Filming took place on Brook Drive, Kennington, London. The corner store which was called "Vi's Stores" in the video is located at the corner of Brook Drive and Hayles Street. It is now called Brook Drive Mini Market and can be seen on Google Street View.

In the British charts, the song spent four weeks at number one in August 1982. This success was repeated around the globe; spending five weeks as the Kent Report's number one in Australia and reaching number one in April 1983 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also holds the distinction of preventing Michael Jackson from having back-to-back number one hits in the U.S. The number one hits 'Billie Jean' and 'Beat It' were separated by Dexys Midnight Runners' one week stay at the top.

The song was also successful in Ireland, where it reached number one and spent a total of eleven weeks in the charts.

It is a common example of a one-hit wonder in the U.S., as the band failed to reach similar popularity with any of their later songs, though in the UK they had already reached number one two years earlier with 'Geno', and went on to have further hits.

In a poll by the UK TV Channel, Channel 4, the song was placed at number 38 in the 100 greatest number 1 singles of all time. A similar poll by the music channel VH1 placed the song at number 3 in the 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders of all time.

The song reached number 18 on VH1's Top 100 Songs of the 1980s.

The song was named number 1 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s

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Single Version
Dubious - B-Side


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Peter Gabriel - Skock The Monkey

'Shock the Monkey' is a 1982 song by Peter Gabriel.

It was released as a single and peaked at number 29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart. The song was Gabriel's first Top 40 hit in the US.

In the UK, the song charted at number 58. It was included on Gabriel's fourth self-titled album, issued in the U.S. as Security.

As well as its "relentlessly repeated hook" that "sounded nothing like anything else on the radio at the time", the track is known for its popular and somewhat disturbing music video featuring Gabriel (in white face paint) and a frightened-looking macaque.

Due to its title and the content of the video, the song is frequently assumed to be either an animal rights song or a reference to the famous experiments by Stanley Milgram described in his book Obedience to Authority. It is neither, although another Gabriel song, 'We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)', from his 1986 album So, does deal directly with Milgram.

Gabriel himself has described 'Shock the Monkey' as "a love song" that examines how jealousy can release one's baser instincts; the monkey is not a literal monkey, but a metaphor for one's feelings of jealousy.

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Single Version
Extended Remixed Version
Soft Dog Instrumental - B-Side


Paul Young - Love Of The Common People

'Love of the Common People' is a folk ballad written and composed by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins and first released in January 1967 by The Four Preps

In 1982 Paul Young released his interpretation of 'Love of the Common People' as a single, but it, initially, failed to chart.

It was only when Young had his first hit in 1983 with 'Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)' and the single was re-released that it became a big hit.

The single peaked at number 2 in the UK, and reached the number one spot in Ireland and the Netherlands. This version also contained a solo by influential ska and reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez.

On Stiff Little Fingers's re-mastered Now Then... album, there is an interview with Jake Burns where he re-calls Paul Young met Stiff Little Fingers at one of their concerts in Dunstable in support of the album in which Young asked Burns were Stiff Little Fingers planning to release the song as a single. When Burns told them they weren't, Young asked if they minded him releasing it as a single. They said he could, not thinking the single would do well. Burns then says jokingly in the interview, "Pfft! Go ahead. You'll never get anywhere with that, mate. Yeah, number 2, that'll teach me!"

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Single Verion
Extended Club Mix Version
Behind Your Smile - B-Side
Where Ever I Lay My Hat - Live - 12 inch Extra Track
Oh Women - Live - 12 inch Extra Track


Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Tracey Ullman - My Guy's Mad At Me

Tracey Ullman covered Madness's 'My Girl' in 1984. The title was changed to 'My Guy', and the single got the title 'My Guy's Mad at Me'. Madness' Mark Bedford played bass on the track.

Ullman's version was in the UK Top 40 at the same time as Madness' 'Michael Caine' and peaked at number 23.

The music video featured the British politician, Neil Kinnock, at the time the Leader of the Opposition.

The single was also released as a 7" picture disc, with a picture of Ullman and Kinnock sitting at a table.

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TV Performance
Single Version
Extended Version

Thinking Of Running Away - B-Side


Normally I would put a YouTube video up here. However they are plying havoc with my computer when I embed them into the post. Therefore I wont be putting them up for a little while.

Madness - My Girl

'My Girl' is a song by British ska/pop group Madness from their debut album, One Step Beyond. It was written by Mike Barson.
The song was released as a single on 21 December 1979 and spent 10 weeks on the UK Singles Chart peaking at number 3.

The song was reissued in 1992 following the success of the reissued 'It Must Be Love'. It reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song first made its way into the band's set when they were performing as The Invaders. The first performance of the song came in July 1978, when it was performed by the band at the "Blind Alley Shop" and simply titled 'New Song'. Barson originally performed lead vocals, and even sang on the demo for the song. This is because Barson wrote the song, about his girlfriend at the time, [Kerstin Rodgers]. However, Suggs took over the vocal duties before long, and sang the album version of the song.

When the group performed the song on Top of the Pops in January 1980, they were the first band of the new decade performing on the TV show.
The music video for 'My Girl' features Madness performing the song at the Dublin Castle, London. For the video, the stage was extended especially, in order to ensure that the band could perform comfortably
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Single Version
Demo Version
Pet Shop Boys Demo Version
Stepping Into The Line - B-Side
In The Rain - 12 inch Single Extra Track

Monday, 14 March 2011

Fat Larry's Band - Zoom

'Zoom' is an R&B song by American band Fat Larry's Band

Released as the fourth single from their fifth studio album, Breakin' Out.

The song was a commercial hit in the United Kingdom in 1982.

The single peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. The song remains one of the group's most well-known songs.

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Single Version
Remix Version
House Party - B-Side


Fat Larry's Band - Zoom - Video

Adam Ants - Goody Two Shoes

'Goody Two Shoes' is a popular song by Adam Ant. The song was released on the album Friend or Foe in 1982.

The title phrase is a disparaging term for someone who is overly virtuous or conformist, and ultimately comes from the children's story The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, published in 1765.

Following the dissolution of Adam and the Ants in early 1982, Adam Ant pursued a solo career.

His debut as a solo artist, 'Goody Two Shoes' was written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni and produced by Ant, Pirroni and Chris Hughes. The song details Ant's frustration with press intrusion, which was reinforced by the video and his clean cut image.

The song was an instant hit, reaching number 1 on the UK singles chart for two weeks in June 1982 and later repeating the feat in Australia. Despite the success, this was his third and final number 1 single. The song was his first and biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, peaking at number 12.

The music video presents a stylized vision of a day in the life of Adam Ant, from dressing in the morning to performing on stage, to being hounded by the media. At the end of the day, he takes home a woman journalist played by British actress Caroline Munro.

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Single Version
Extended Remix Version
Red Scab - B-Side


Adam Ant - Goods Two Shoes - Video

Friday, 11 March 2011

Goombay Dance Band - Seven Tears

'Seven Tears' was a popular song by the Goombay Dance Band, released in 1981.

Written by Wolff-Ekkehardt Stein and Wolfgang Jass and produced by Jochen Peterson, 'Seven Tears' was a major hit across Europe in 1982.

The song spent 3 weeks at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart being only the second time a German act had topped the UK chart, only six weeks after Kraftwerk had achieved that feat with 'The Model'.

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TV Performance

Single Version
Mama Coco - B-Side


Musicle Youth - Pass the Dutchie

'Pass the Dutchie' was a song recorded by the British group Musical Youth from their 1982 album The Youth of Today. It was a major hit, holding the number one position on the UK singles charts for three weeks in September and October 1982.

The song was a cover version of the song 'Pass the Koutchie' by The Mighty Diamonds, which deals with the recreational use of cannabis, "koutchie" being slang for a cannabis pipe.

For the cover version, the song's title was bowdlerized to 'Pass the Dutchie', and all obvious drug references were removed from the lyrics; e. g., when the original croons "How does it feel when you got no herb?", the cover version refers to "food" instead. (The term "dutchie" has itself become a drug reference; it refers to a blunt rolled in a wrap from a Dutch Masters cigar.).

'Dutchie' was slang at the time for "cooking pot" as in cookware. However, it doesent take much imagination to figure out what they were trying to say.

The song was first championed by radio DJ John Peel and became an instant hit when it was picked up by MCA Records in September 1982. It debuted at number 26 on the chart and rose to number 1 the following week.

In February of the following year, it reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA. The song also scored a top 5 success in the Norwegian chart, eventually selling over 4 million copies worldwide. The video, shot partly on the banks of the River Thames in London, across from the Palace of Westminster, was one of the first by black artists to get airplay on MTV.

I knew Kelvin and Michael Grant as I grew up in the same street from them. They lived down the street from my house and I used to talk to them before they became big. Was great to see someone make it big from my old area.

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Single Version
12 inch Version
Please Give Love A Chance - B-Side


Musicle Youth - Pass the Dutchie

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Ferry Aid - Let It Be

Ferry Aid were a British-American ensemble group, brought together to record the song 'Let It Be' in 1987.

The single was released following the Zeebrugge Disaster, which had occurred on 6 March 1987 involving the capsizing of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise ferry, which killed 193 passengers and crew. All proceeds from sales of the single were donated to the charity set up in the aftermath of the disaster.

The recording was organised by The Sun newspaper, after they had sold cheap tickets for the ferry on that day. 'Let It Be' was written by Lennon/McCartney and originally recorded by The Beatles in 1969.

Artists to have contributed and performed solo spots on the song are as follows (in order of appearance):

Paul McCartney
Jim Diamond
Boy George
Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Nick Kamen
Paul King
Mark King
Andy Bell
Pepsi & Shirlie
Mel and Kim
Jaki Graham
Gary Moore (guitar solo)
Mark Knopfler (guitar solo)
Kim Wilde and Nik Kershaw
Edwin Starr
Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot
Ruby Turner
Kate Bush

The closing choruses of the song feature an ensemble choir featuring many of the above performers as well other recording artists, including Bonnie Tyler, Errol Brown, Hazel O'Connor, The Nolans, Rick Astley, Jim Diamond, Doctor and the Medics, Alvin Stardust, Steve Strange, Mandy Smith, Su Pollard, Maxi Priest, Howard Jones, Samantha Fox, Linda Lusadi, Jimmy Somerville and members of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Go West, The Alarm and Bucks Fizz.

The B-side of the 7 inch single is a gospel version of 'Let It Be', made up on the spot by improvising. The 12 inch single has 'Let It Be (Mega Message Mix)' on the B-side.

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Single Version
Gospel Jam Mix - B-Side


Ferry Aid - Let It Be - Video

Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me

'My Baby Just Cares for Me' is a jazz standard written by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was written for the 1930 film version of the 1928 Ziegfeld musical comedy Whoopee!, starring Eddie Cantor. It is known as the signature tune of singer and pianist Nina Simone.

Simone recorded the song in 1958 for her debut album, Little Girl Blue. The track remained relatively obscure until 1987, when it was used in a UK television commercial for Chanel No. 5 perfume.

To follow up this exposure, the track was released as a single by Charly Records, making number in the UK Singles Chart in 1987.

One of Simone's biggest hits almost nineteen years after her previous chart entry. This single also made the top 10 in several European single charts and peaked at number one in the Dutch Top 40. A claymation music video was produced by Aardman Animations and directed by Peter Lord.

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Singe Version
Love Me Or Leave Me - B-Side


Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Black - the Big One

Released in 1989 'The Big One' was Black's 11th Single release.

The single was not a great success as it managed number 54 in the UK singles Chart.

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Single Verion
You Are The One - B-Side


The Cure - Love Song

'Lovesong' (sometimes listed as 'Love Song') is a song by the English alternative rock band The Cure, released as the third single from their eighth studio album Disintegration in 1989.

The song saw considerable success in the United States, where it was their only top ten pop hit; in the United Kingdom, however, the single only charted in the top twenty.

The title of this song is widely disputed, as it varies between 'Lovesong' and 'Love Song' on many official Cure releases. The original 1989 artwork for the album Disintegration uses 'Love Song' on the tracklisting and 'Lovesong' on the lyrics sheet: the revised art for the 2010 remaster of the album consistently uses 'Lovesong'.

When released as a single in 1989, the cover artwork displayed the title as 'Lovesong', while the printing on the disc itself read 'Love Song' all three times.

Upon release as a single, the song received worldwide success, and first peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the group's most successful single in the US to date. The song also charted at number 2 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, number 27 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart.

Robert Smith originally wrote the song for his long-time girlfriend and then fiancée, Mary, as a wedding present.

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Single Version
Extended Version
Accustic Version
2 Late - B-Side


The Cure - Love Song - Video

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Everything But The Girl - I Don't Want To Talk About It

'I Don't Want to Talk About It' is the name of a song written by Danny Whitten. Whitten's band, Crazy Horse released it as a track on their 1971 eponymous album.

In 1988, Everything but the Girl released their remake as a single.

This version also met with great success in the UK, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart.

It was their first British top ten hit and would remain their only until 1995, when the remix of 'Missing' also peaked at number three.

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Single Version
Oxford Street - B-Side


Everything But The Girl - I Don't Want To Talk About It - Video

Simple Minds - Kick It In

'Kick It In' is the third single from the 1989 Simple Minds album Street Fighting Years , which contained the number 1 UK smash 'Belfast Child'.

'Kick It In' reached the UK Top 20, peaking at number 15.

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Single Version

Unauthorised Mix
Waterfront - '89 Remix Verson


Simple Minds - Kick It In - Video

Monday, 7 March 2011

Everything But The Girl - Don't Leave Me Behind

'Don't Leave Me Behind' was the 8th single released by the British duo Everything But The Girl.

Released in 1986 from their album 'Baby, The Stars Shine Bright', the single made it to number 72 on the UK Singles Chart.

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Single Version
Alfie - B-Side


Everything But The Girl - Don't Leave Me - Video

Eurythmics - It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)

'It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)' is a song recorded by pop music duo Eurythmics. It was released as the fourth and final single from their album Be Yourself Tonight. Written by band members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, the track's distinctive brass arrangement was devised by Michael Kamen. The recording was produced by Stewart.

'It's Alright' was a slight return by Eurythmics to the electronic-based sounds of their earlier albums. Driven by a subtle drum machine track, Lennox sings a straightforward ode to a lover returning to her after a long absence. The instrumental passages feature some elaborate multitracked harmony guitar parts from Stewart. The song's music video, directed by Willy Smax, was a mix of live shots with computer animation, an innovative look for a music video in the mid 1980s. At the start of the music video Lennox can be seen lying on a bed experiencing an out-of-body experience.

The single was a Top 20 hit in the UK, where it peaked at number twelve. The song was not a success in the United States, stalling at number seventy-eight on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Single Version
Conditioned Soul - B-Side


Eurythmics - It's Alright Baby's Coming Back - Live

Friday, 4 March 2011

XTC - Black Sea - Album

Black Sea is an XTC album released on 12 September 1980.

It spawned five singles—'Generals And Majors' (released 9th August 1980 and reached Number 32 on the UK singles chart and Number 104 on the Billboard Pop chart), 'Towers Of London' (released 10th October 1980 and reached Number 31 on the UK singles chart), 'Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)' (released 5th December 1980 and reached Number 16 on the UK singles chart), 'Love At First Sight' (released 23rd January 1981 in Canada only) and a re-recording of 'Respectable Street' (released 13th March 1981). The band re-recorded the song to change a few words as per the BBC—who ended up never playing the clean version anyway.

The album reached Number 16 on the UK album chart, Number 41 on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 album chart and Number 1 on the New Zealand album chart.

Considered one of the more consistent albums by the group, Black Sea is more refined and polished than its predecessor, Drums and Wires, although it is still focused on big drums and sharp guitars. Early copies of the album came with the sleeve enclosed in a lime-green paper bag. There was an additional version that came packaged in a black plastic bag with the XTC logo in silver printed on one side.

Virgin media mogul Richard Branson appeared in the 'Generals and Majors' video.

01 - Respectable Street
02 - Generals and Majors
03 - Living Through Another Cuba
04 - Love at First Sight
05 - Rocket from a Bottle
06 - No Language in Our Lungs
07 - Towers of London
08 - Paper and Iron (Notes and Coins)
09 - Burning with Optimism's Flames
10 - Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me
11 - Travels in Nihilon

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Bronski Beat - It Aint Necessarily So

'It Ain't Necessarily So' is a popular song with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

The song comes from the Gershwins' opera Porgy and Bess (1935) where it is sung by the character Sportin' Life, a drug dealer, who expresses his doubt about several statements in the Bible.

The single was the 3rd single to be released by Bronski Beat from their debut album 'The Age Of Consent'.

Released in 1984 the single made it to number 16 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Single Version
Close To The Edge - B-Side


Bronski Beat - It Aint Necessarily So - Video

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Andrew Poppy - The Beating Of Wings - Album

When Andrew Poppy signed to the record label ZTT, he was given the oportunity to continue to experiment in developing his own style.

The first album to be released from this was called 'The Beating Of Wings', which was released in 1985.

Poppy's style felt very different in what I was used to from the ZTT camp but this album was very atmospheric in style. It can also be decribed as being a film score without the film as it enables the listener to use their imagination and explore the bueaty of the music score.

01 - The Object Is A Hungry Wolf
02 - 32 Frames For An Orchestra
03 - Listening In
04 - Cadenza

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Thompson Twins - In The Name Of Love

Thompson Twins formed in 1977. The original line-up consisted of Tom Bailey, Pete Dodd, John Roog and Jon Podgorski.

By 1981, Podgorski had left and three new members had joined: Chris Bell, former band roadie Joe Leeway and Jane Shorter.

After their debut album, Shorter left, to be replaced by Alannah Currie. The band then signed to Arista Records and released their second album 'Set'.

From this album, the single 'In the name of love' was taken. Although the single did not chart in the UK, it was a top 40 hit in the Netherlands, peaking at number 27.

The single was remixed and re-released in 1988. this version made it to number 46 in the UK singles chart and number 1 on the US Dance chart.

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Single Version (1982)

In the Beginning - B-Side (1982)
Single Mix Version (1988)
Railroad Mix Version (1988)
Dub Mix Version (1988)
Railroad Dub Version (1988)


Thompson Twins - In The Name Of Love - The Old Grey whistle Test - Performance

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

A-Ha - Stay On These Roads - Album

'Stay on These Roads' is the third full-length album by the rock band A-ha. It was released on 1 May 1988 through Warner Bros. Records.

The album peaked at number 2 in the UK album Charts while the album's peak on the Billboard 200 at 148. The album was another big hit by A-ha internationally, selling over 4 million copies worldwide. Stay on These Roads achieved Platinum status in Brazil and Gold in the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany and Double Platinum status in France.

William Ruhlmann of Allmusic said "in the U.K., the album became the group's third straight to peak at number two, though it charted for a shorter period than the first two albums, and there were four Top 25 hits—the title track, 'The Blood That Moves the Body,' 'Touchy!,' and 'You Are the One.' (Also included was A-ha's 1987 theme from the James Bond movie The Living Daylights, a U.K. number five that missed the U.S. charts.)"

Lead single 'Stay on These Roads', number one in Norway, was a hit across Europe, including top-five showings in the UK, France, Austria and Ireland and top-ten chartings in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

01 - Stay on These Roads
02 - The Blood That Moves the Body
03 - Touchy!
04 - This Alone Is Love
05 - Hurry Home
06 - The Living Daylights
07 - There's Never a Forever Thing
08 - Out of Blue Comes Green
09 - You Are the One
10 - You'll End up Crying

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XTC - Sgt Rock (Is Going To Help Me)

Sgt Rock (Is Going To Help Me) was the 13th single by the XTC.

Released in December 1980 the single became a hit by getting to number 16, on the 21st February 1981, on the UK Singles Chart and number 20 on the Irish charts.

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TOTP Performance
Single Version
Instrumental Verison


XTC - Sgt Rock (Is Going To Help Me) - TOTP Performance

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

The Beat - Tears Of A Clown

'The Tears of a Clown' is a 1967 song by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label, originally released on the 1967 album Make It Happen.

The song was re-released in the United Kingdom as a single in September 1970, where it became a number-one hit on the UK singles chart.

Subsequently, Motown released 'The Tears of a Clown' as a single in the United States as well, where it quickly became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles Chart.

In November 1979 The Beat, or English Beat as they were known in the U.S., released their debut single, entitled 'Tears Of A Clown'. This was their first and only release on the 2 Tone record label. The B side was 'Ranking Full Stop'.

Neither track initially appeared on an album but both were added to their debut, 'I Just Can't Stop It', on a subsequent release. The single reached the number 6 spot on the U.K. singles chart.

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TOTP Performance
Rockpalast Performance
Single Version
John Peel Session Performance
Ranking Full Stop - B-Side
Ranking Full Stop - John Peel Session Performance


The Beat - Tears Off Clown - TOTP Performance - 1980

Style Council - A Paris - EP

The official title of this single is 'A Paris', a four track EP with 'Long Hot Summer' as the lead track.

This single reached number 3 in the UK singles chart and remained the Style Council's biggest hit.

In 1989 a new version of the track was released, but that one only made number 48.

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Single Version
12inch Version
The Paris Match - B-Side
Party Chambers - Extra Track
Le Depart - Extra Track


Style Council - Long Hot Summer - Video