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Friday, 29 April 2011

Royal Wedding Prince William Kate Middleton

Would like to wish both Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton a happy wedding and life together.

Strawberry Switchblade - Trees And Flowers

Strawberry Switchblade was a female pop rock band formed in Scotland in 1981 by Jill Bryson and Rose McDowall.

Their first single, released in 1983, was entitled 'Trees And Flowers' and was released after they met Bill Drummond, a Scottish musician who went on to form The KLF.

The single was released in July 1983, and sold over 10,000 copies. It was featured at number 47 in John Peel's 1983 Festive 50.

'Trees and Flowers' was about agoraphobia, since band member Jill suffered from it.

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Single Version
Extended Version
Go Away - B-Side


I Start Counting - Lose Him

I Start Counting were an electronic music duo from North London.

The band consisted of David Baker and Simon Leonard and were signed to Mute records in 1984.

The bands fifth single released was entitled 'Lose Him' and was released in 1988.

Like all their singles this one did not chart.

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Single Version
12 inch Version
Pascal Gabriel Remix Version
See How It Cuts - B-Side
See How It Cuts - Limited Edition Extended ClubDub Dance Remix Version
Tie Me Tight - Extra Track


Thursday, 28 April 2011

The Associates - Those First Impressions

The 13th single releasaed by The Associates was entitled 'Those First Impressions'.

Released in 1984, from the album 'Perhaps' the single made it to number 43 on the UK Singles Chart

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Single Version
Extended Version
Thirteen Feelings - B-Side


Randy Crawford - One Day I'll Fly Away

'One Day I'll Fly Away' is a song with music by Joe Sample and words by Will Jennings, performed by Randy Crawford and released in 1980.

The song peaked at number two on the UK Top 40 in September 1980, and was the 25th biggest selling single there in that year.

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Single Version
Blue Flame - B-Side


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Hot Chocolate - No Doubt About It

'No Doubt About It' was a May 1980 single, by the UK pop group, Hot Chocolate.

It became their highest-charting hit of the 1980s, peaking at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

'No Doubt About It' was released on RAK label and spent eleven weeks in the chart.

The tune was written by Mike L. Burns, Glen and Donny Most.

Unusually, the song deals with the experiences of a man who, apparently, witnesses a UFO landing.

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Single Version
Gimmie Some Of Your Lovin' - B-Side


Soft Cell - What!

Soft Cell released their 10th single in 1982 entitled 'What!'.

Released on the Some Bizzare label the single was taken from the Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing Album.

The single managed to make it to number 3 in the UK singles chart.

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Single Version
12 inch Version
So - B-Side
Memorabelia - Extra Track


Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Dead Or Alive - I'm Falling

Dead or Alive was founded in Liverpool by Pete Burns, who was encouraged by local music promoters to gather a band together based on his outrageous appearance alone.

In 1980, after several line-up changes since the start of the year, and just before they were to record a radio session for John Peel, Burns changed the name of the band from Nightmare In Wax to the more marketable Dead Or Alive.

'I'm Falling' was the first single released by the band in 1980 on the Inevitable Music label with the b-side 'Flowers'.

The single failed to make a dent on the charts.

This single is very different to the pop dance stuff that made the band famous.

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Single Version
Flowers - B-Side


Sade - Hang On Top Your Love

'Hang On To Your Love" is a song by the English group Sade from their debut album, Diamond Life.

Although 'Hang On To Your Love' was the fourth and last single from Sade's debut album 'Diamond life' in Europe, it was released almost at the same time in the USA as Sade's first single in 1984.

The single managed to make it to number 28 in the Dutch top 40 and number 5 on the Hot Dance Club chart in the US. Ths single was not released in the UK.

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Single Version
Dance Version
Instruemental Version
US Remix Version
Should I Love You - B-Side


Friday, 22 April 2011

Happy Easter

I would like to wish everybody a great Easter Holiday.

Will be back after the holiday. Hope you all enjoy yourselves.

Michael x

Frankie Part 1 Complete

Well I have to say that I have enjoyed going through some of the early stuff of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. A bit of indulgence I know but I enjoyed it.

That is it for this section of Frankie. Will visit again for another week later in the year when I will be looking at some of the following singles that were released and some stuff by the band Big In Japan.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome - Album

Welcome to the Pleasuredome was the debut album by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, first released in the UK in October 1984 by ZTT/Island Records. Originally issued as a vinyl double album, it was assured of a UK chart entry at number one due to reported advance sales of over one million.

Whilst commercially successful, the album also drew criticism for containing new versions of the group's (already much-remixed) hit singles from the same year ('Relax' and 'Two Tribes', plus B-side 'War'), as well as a surfeit of cover versions in lieu of much new original material.

However, the album's evergreen ballad 'The Power of Love' would subsequently provide the group with their third consecutive UK number one single.

01 - The World Is My Oyster - Snatch of Fury (Stay)
02 - Welcome to the Pleasuredome
03 - Relax (Come Fighting
04 - War (...and Hide)
05 - Two Tribes (For the Victims of Ravishment) including The Last Voice
06 - Ferry (Go)
07 - Born to Run
08 - Happy Hi
09 - Wish (The Lads Were Here)
10 - Including The Ballad of 32
11 - Krisco Kisses
12 - Black Night White Light
13 - The Only Star in Heaven
14 - The Power of Love
15 - Bang

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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Larks In the Parks

In 1982 Frankie Goes to Hollywood line-up was quite unstable. Holly Jonson and Peter Gill (a.k.a. Ped, drums) had just left the Sons of Egypt and teamed up with Mark O’Toole (bass) to form a new band, FGTH, using the name of Johnson’s former band (with Steve Lovell, guitar, and Ambrose Reynolds, bass).

At this point they started looking for a guitarist. Johnson recalls:

‘We tried out a few guitarists from the echelons of Mark [O’Toole]’s family. There were two brothers who could both play, Vinny and Ged, the latter becoming the guitarist for the first performances, though neither was a very important part of the sound which was dominated by the rhythm section. Ped and I had tried to get the guitarist from the Jazz [a.k.a. Jass] Babies to join, but without success.’

After having tried for a short period of time a female singer, Sonia M, Johnson finally replaced her with Paul Rutherford (former Spitfire Boys, English Opium Eaters). This line-up would eventually perform at the Larks in the Parks festival, in Sefton Park.

These are Holly Johnson’s memories about the event:

‘Soon the Larks in the Parks, an annual open-air event for the local bands, came up. We made sure we got a place on the bill, and planned our appearance down to the last detail. We should have a delayed start when we would play car crash sounds from the Mad Max soundtrack which Paul provided. I wore a pair of old leather chaps with G string, which meant that my arse was exposed at the back, and I got someone to paint one cheek pink and the other blue with oil pastel crayons. A black-and-white publicity photo by John Stoddard of this made it look as if my cheeks had been whipped with a riding crop.

Paul and I each dragged a Leather Pet on to the stage pulling at a chain attached to a dog-collar around their necks. The sisters from Kirkby (the Muscatelli sisters, Julie and Marie) posed as captive slaves for us. Slowly we chained them to the drum kit, then launched into ‘Two Tribes’. We had only about eight songs at the time, if that. We sometimes did an impromptu version of the Mickey Mouse Club song to lighten things up a bit.

‘I walked down the ramp on the lake during one of the first songs. When I turned to return to the stage there was an audible gasp from the audience, provoked by my exposed arse. Near the end of the set I asked the audience if we should release the Leather Pets. We did, and they came gyrating to the front of the stage. Dancing wasn’t their strong point we realised, so for subsequent shows we kept them tied up for as long as possible. People left the park bemused, but still talking about what they had seen.’

(Holly Johnson, A Bone in My Flute, 146-47)

Larks in the Park - Sefton Park, Liverpool - 29th July 1982

01 -Two tribes
02 - Welcome to the Pleasuredome
03 - Relax
04 - Disneyland
05 - The World is My Oyster

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Holly Johnson - Hobo Joe

Well before Frankie Goes To Hollywood had become a relaity, Holly Johnson had already recorded 2 singles of his own.

In 1980 Holly Johnson released his second solo single entitled 'Hobo Joe'.

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Hobo Joe - Single Verison
Stars of the Bars - B-Side


Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Hope 'N' Ancor and Phonogram Demo's

Frankie Goes To Hollywood were beginning to attract attention and, in mid-1982 Arista Records paid for demos of 'Relax' and 'Two Tribes' to be recorded.

Even though Arista didn’t like the result and dropped the group, they managed to shoot a cheap video of both songs, filmed at London’s Hope & Anchor.

Click the link below to download the Hope 'N' Anchor Demo's


A few month later the group got money from Phonograms records for demos and they recorded 'Love Has Got A Gun' and 'Junk Funk'.

I have also included a further 2 demos entitled 'Drum Up some' and 'Living In Limbo' as part of this packedge.

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Frankie Goes to hollywood - The John Peel Sessions

After the band had changed their name from Sons Of Egypt to Frankie Goes To Hollywood the band had been rehearsing when they got the oportunity to record a session for the John Peel Radio Show.

This first session was recorded and broadcast on 2nd December 1982.

The tracklist was as follows:
01 - The World Is My Oyster 4:04
02 - Krisco Kissess 2:33
03 - Two Tribes 3:39
04 - Disneyland 2:26

Click the link below to download this session:


Following on from the Kid Jenson session earlier in 1983 Frankie Goes To Hollywood was asked to return to the John Peel Show to record a 2nd session. This one was broadcast on 19th December 1983. The single Relax had been released and was shortly to bring the band the success they had hoped for.

Here is the running order of the 2nd session:
01 - Get It On
02 - The Power Of Love
03 - Junk Funk
04 - The Other Side Of Midnight

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Kid Jenson Session Tapes

As I have now completed the first 4 single by the band Frankie Goes To Hollywood I thought that it would be great to share the early recordings and sessions that are available back then. The first of these is the Kid Jenson session.

It was Christmas 1982 and Frankie were the most talked about band on Merseyside.

In Liverpool at this time was a Tube researcher looking to interview Dead Or Alive for a Tube special on Liverpool. But finding Pete Burns inactive, Mick Sawyer sought out Frankie saying that The Tube would make a video for them.

“Frankie were just an averagely bright rock band,” muses Sawyer. “They had a lot of unfinished ideas and an image only The Tube would touch.”

The video was shot in the city’s State Ballroom — now a disco — and stands as one of the most eloquent documents of the original, unretouched Frankie, with Holly delivering a near-monosyllabic version of 'Relax'. It was a memorable day.

Radio interest was beginning to pick up again, with John Peel repeating his session and Kid Jensen commissioning 'Welcome To The Pleasure Dome', 'The Only Star In Heaven' and 'Relax 2' for his early evening show.

In February 1983 FGTH recorded the session for Kid Jensen ( DJ on Radio One). The track-listing for the session was as follows:

Jensen Session (February 1983)
01 - The Only Star in Heaven
02 - Welcome to the Pleasuredome
03 - Invade My Heart
04 - Relax 2 (Shoot in the Right Direction)

When it went out on the air, unknown to the band someone - someone with influence - was listening: record producer Trevor Horn. The rest is history.

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Sons Of Egypt - Shake Shake

After the split of the first line-up of FGTH (including Ambrose Reynolds and Steve Lovell) Johnson was quite active and productive in the underground musical scene.

Among the relics of the period 1980-1982 are the demos recorded with the Sons of Egypt.

The band got a performance on Granada TV as the band Sons Of Egypt. One of those songs was called 'Shake Shake' which the band also recorded as a demo.

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Shake Shake - Demo
Shake shake - Granda TV Performance


Monday, 18 April 2011

Spitfire Boys - British Refugee

Now to an early band that featured Paul Rutherford.

From the outskirts of Liverpool (St. Helens) the Spitfire Boys first got together under that name on 14th May 1977. They formed some 6 weeks earlier, after meeting The Heartbreakers and finding they needed a support band for an upcoming gig.

Originally called The Blackmailers their new name came courtesy of Wayne County.

The original singer, Mike Rigby, was sacked after 2 or 3 gigs, and after that the band featured Paul Rutherford aka Maggot on vocals, Dave Littler aka Jones on guitar, Peter Griffiths aka Zero and Budgie (Peter Clarke aka Blister) on drums.

Their first proper gig was supporting Johnny & The Heartbreakers at "Parr Hall", Palmyra Square, Warrington, WA1 1BL.

The Spitfire Boys were the first Liverpool punk band to release a single. This was 'British Refugee' backed with the controversial 'Mein Kampf' on the 'R.K.O' label, 7th October 1977.

The band were stars in their home town but never really broke into the London scene after playing a few gigs down there (at The Vortex, supporting their friends The Slits). Early December 'Pete Wylie' joined the band for two or three rehearsals, but due to the lack of strong management the band folded. From being one of the first Punk bands to form in Liverpool, they were also one of the first to disband. This happened on Thursday 22nd December 1977.

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British Refugee - Single Version
Mein Kampf - B-Side


Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasure Dome - Single

Well I am going on a little bit of an indulgent streak this week as I have been listeniing to early Frankie Goes To Hollywood recently. So I have deceided as it has been a long time since my last Frankie post I will catch up a bit this week. Normal posting wii resume next week so here we start with the 4th single.

'Welcome to the Pleasuredome' is the title track to the 1984 debut album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The lyrics of the song were inspired by the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

In March 1985, the album track was substantially abridged and remixed for release as the group's fourth UK single.

While criticized at the time of release and afterward for being a song that glorifies debauchery, the lyrics (and video) make clear that the point of the song, just as Coleridge's poem, is about the dangers of this kind of lifestyle. This song, along with 'Relax', made Frankie Goes To Hollywood even more controversial than they already were.

Despite the group's record label (ZTT) pre-emptively promoting the single as "their fourth number one", an achievement that would have set a new UK record for consecutive number one singles by a debuting artist, 'Welcome to the Pleasuredome' peaked at number two in the UK singles chart, being kept off the top spot by the Phil Collins/Philip Bailey duet 'Easy Lover'. The single spent a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.

It was the first release by the group not to reach number one and, despite representing a creditable success in its own right, it symbolically confirmed the end of the chart invincibility that the group had enjoyed during 1984. Frankie Goes to Hollywood would not release another record for seventeen months, and they would ultimately fail to emulate their past glories upon their return.

The spoken-word introductions to both 12-inch mixes are adapted from Walter Kaufmann's 1967 translation of Friedrich Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy. The recitation on the first 12-inch ('Real Altered') is by Gary Taylor, whilst that on the second 12-inch ('Fruitness') and the cassette is by actor Geoffrey Palmer. It is unknown whether Palmer's concluding 'Welcome To The Pleasuredrome' was a genuine mistake or a deliberately scripted one.

This is the only single from the group that was not released on a cd single at that time. 'Relax', 'Two Tribes' and 'The Power Of Love' all saw a cdmaxi release in Germany at the end of the 80's. Welcome to the Pleasuredome was not given such a release.

All releases featured either a short, long or even longer version of 'Get It On', originally recorded for a BBC Radio 1 session in 1983, plus a faded or full length version of 'Happy Hi!', the only brand-new song to appear on the single.

Both 'Relax (International)' and 'Born To Run' are faux-live recordings (ie. with studio overdubs), based on an actual live appearance on The Tube's "Europe A-Go-Go" in Newcastle during early January 1985.

The video, by Bernard Rose, features the group stealing a car, going to a carnival and encountering all manner of deceptively "pleasureable" activities. The audio soundtrack of the video was included as part of the cassette single.

Click the link below to download the following:
Main Video

Full Video
Escape Act Mix - Video
Peter's Pop Show - Live Performance
Original 7 inch Version
Altered Real Version
Pleasurfix - Original 12 inch Mix - Promo
CD Mix Version
Fruitness Mix
Into Battle Mix
Kzap Edit Version
Real Altered 12 inch Version
Tribal Urban Mix
Album Version
Nalin Kane Remix
Brothers In Rhythm Rollercoster Mix
Elevatorman's Non Stop Top Floor Club Mix

Get It On - Shorter Version - 7 inch B-Side
Get It On - Longer Version - 12 inch B-Side
Happy Hi (All In The Body) - Extra Track
Happy Hi (All In The Mind) - Short Version - Extra Track
Happy Hi - Full Version - Extra Track
Relax (International) - Live - 12 inch Extra Track

Megamix - Extra Bonus Track
Disnyland - New Track on ZTT Sampled Album


Friday, 15 April 2011

It Bites - Calling All The Heroes

It Bites are a British progressive rock and pop fusion band, formed in Egremont, Cumbria, England in 1982.

The group is best known for their 1986 second single 'Calling All The Heroes'.

The single made it to number 6 on the UK singles Chart.

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Single Version
12 inch Version
Strange But True - B-Side


Matt Bianco - Yeh Yeh

Matt Bianco is a UK band that was formed in 1983. They are mainly known for their success in the mid 1980s and their jazz, Latin-flavoured music.

'Yeh Yeh' is a Latin soul song. It was written by Rodgers Grant and Pat Patrick and first recorded by Mongo Santamaría on his 1963 album, Watermelon Man.

Matt Bianco, who covered the song in 1985, reaching number 13 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Single Verson
Dance Mix

Smooth Extra Smooth - B-Side


Thursday, 14 April 2011

Animal Magnet - Welcome To The Monkey House

Paul Caplin (born 31 December 1954, London) trained as a mathematician at Imperial College, London and Cambridge University.

He began his musical career in New Romantic rock group Animal Magnet, which released a synthpop track called 'Welcome to the Monkey House' in 1981 and were the support act on Duran Duran's first national tour.

Caplin left Animal Magnet to become the secret mastermind behind the 1980s avant-garde new-wave pop project Haysi Fantayzee, the other members being Jeremy Healy and Caplin's then girlfriend, Kate Garner.

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12 inch Version
Game Over - Player 1 - B-Side


Modern Romance - Ay Ay Ay Moosey

Modern Romance were a British pop music band that found popularity in the early 1980s.

Formed in 1980 by previous members of an earlier band, The Leyton Buzzards, the band enjoyed a string of UK chart hits before they broke up in 1985.

Following hot on the heels of their début UK chart success 'Everybody Salsa' in 1981, Modern Romance reached number ten of the UK Singles Chart with 'Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey' - an eponymous chorus chanting salsa linked lyrics.

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Single Verion
Moose On The Loose Disco Mix
Tear The Roof Off the Moose - B-Side


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

UB40 - If It Happens Again

'If It Happens Again' was the seventh top 10 hit in the UK for UB40.

Released from the album ' Geffery Morgan' in 1984 the single peaked at number 9 in the UK singles chart.

The song may be one of the most catchy ones in the whole UB40 catalogue.

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Single Version
12 inch Version
Dance Version
Nkomo - Single B-Side
Nkomo - 12 inch Extended Version
Nkomo - Dance Version


Orange Juice - Rip It Up

Orange Juice was a Scottish post-punk band founded in the middle class Glasgow suburb of Bearsden as the Nu-Sonics in 1976.

Edwyn Collins formed the Nu-Sonics (named after a cheap brand of guitar) with his school-mate Alan Duncan and was subsequently joined by James Kirk and Steven Daly, who left a band called The Machetes.

The band became Orange Juice in 1979.

They are best known for the hit 'Rip It Up', their 10th single release, which reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1983, the band's only UK Top 40 hit.

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Single Version
12 inch Extended Version
Punk Club Version
Disco Deviance Edit
Snake Charmer - B-Side
A Sad Lament - Long Version - 12 inch Extra Track


Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Boy George - Boyfriend - Album

Boy George's third solo album was entitled 'Boyfriend' and was released in 1989 by Virgin in Europe and Japan only.

This album, just like 'Tense Nervous Headache' before it, died on the charts and was quickly deleted by Virgin.

Some of the tracks were remixed and appeared on the USA Only 'High Hat' album.

'Don't Take My Mind On A Trip', 'You found Another Guy', 'Whether They Like It Or Not' and 'No Clause 28' were all singles from the album.
01 - Don't Take My Mind On A Trip
02 - You Found Another Guy
03 - Whether They Like It Or Not
04 - I'm Not Sleeping Anymore
05 - Lies
06 - Big Dark Man (Waiting)
07 - Girlfriend
08 - No Clause 28 - Hi-Energy Mix

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A-Ha - The Living Daylights

'The Living Daylights' is the song performed by A-ha for the James Bond film of the same name.

It was co-written by guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Bond composer John Barry.

The single made it to number 5 on the UK singles Chart.

The music video, which was directed by Steve Barron, was shot at the 007 Stage in London, which was built specifically for the Bond franchise

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Single Version
Extended Version
Instrumental Version


Monday, 11 April 2011

Jermaine Stewart - Tren De Amour

The eleventh single released by Jermaine Stewart was entitled 'Tren De Amour'.

This was the lead single from the new album What Becomes A Legend Most.

The single managed to make it to numer 97 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Single Version
Express Mix
When Sex Becomes a Religion - B-Side
Got to Be Love - The Cymone Mix - CD Single Extra Track


Aztec Camera - Walk Out To Winter

'Walk Out To Winter' was Aztec Camera's Fifth Single Released.

Released in 1983 it was the 3rd single released from the album High Land, Hard Rain.

The single managed to make it to number 64 in the UK singles charts.

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Single Verion
Extended Version
Set The Killing Free - B-Side


Friday, 8 April 2011


'S.O.S.' is a song by the British group ABC and was their sixth single released.

It was released as the second single from their second album Beauty Stab in early 1984.

The single made it to number 39 in the UK Singles charts.

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Single Version
United Kingdom - B-Side


Adam And The Ants - Young Parisians

Young Parisians was the debut single of Adam and the Ants, released on Decca Records, on 20 October 1978. It was produced by the band's singer Adam Ant and session pianist Jo Julian. At this point, the other permanent members of the band were Andy Warren (bass), Dave Barbe (drums) and Matthew Ashman (guitar). Saxophonist Greg Mason also appeared on the A-side.

At the time, the band were combining the punk sound of their earliest days with a more experimental ethos which would characterize their first two albums, the 1979 debut Dirk Wears White Sox and to some extent its 1980 follow-up Kings of the Wild Frontier (by which time only Adam Ant remained from the line-up of the debut single). The A-side Young Parisians was an acoustic/jazz ballad, while the B-side, Lady demonstrated the band's capacity for fast-paced punk rock.

In December 1980, following the initial success of the Kings album and its singles Dog Eat Dog and Antmusic, the single was re-promoted in the UK, reaching number 9 on the UK Singles Chart.

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Single Version
Demo Version
Lady - B-Side


Thursday, 7 April 2011

The Jacksons - Can You Feel It

'Can You Feel It' was a hit recording by funk and soul group The Jacksons, recorded in March 1980 and released on September 22, 1980 as the first track on their album Triumph.

Written by brothers Michael and Jackie, the song featured solo leads by Randy and Michael. Released as a single in 1981, the song reached number 77 on the pop charts and number thirty on the R&B charts in United States, but reached number six in the UK and number two in the Netherlands in 1981.

The accompanying video, directed by Bruce Gowers and Robert Abel, was noted for its remarkable special effects created by Robert Abel and Associates. Michael created the video's concept, and Tito's sons Taj and Taryll appeared as extras. In 2001, it was voted one of the 100 best videos of all time, in a poll to mark the 20th anniversary of MTV.

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Full Length Video
Short Video

Single Version
Instrumental Version
Wondering Who - B-Side


Marilyn - Calling Your Name

While a regular at the London Blitz Club Robinson, now adopting the name "Marilyn", was introduced to Boy George through a mutual friend and fellow Blitz kid, Philip Sallon.

Boy George and Marilyn moved into a squat in Kentish Town, a suburb of London.

While Boy George went on to form Culture Club in 1981 and secured a recording contract with Virgin Records, Marilyn was still scouting for a recording contract and had relocated to Los Angeles for some time to work on an album for James Cleveland.

He teamed up with songwriter and pop entrepreneur Paul Caplin, with whom he co-wrote 'Calling Your Name'.

By this point, Culture Club had made a commercial impact with their debut album, and record companies were seriously looking for artists with a similar cross-dressing image.

Due to this Marilyn was signed to Phonogram Records and released his debut single, 'Calling Your Name', in October 1983. The single reached number 4 in the UK, number 4 in Australia, and number 1 in Japan. The lyrics to the song were reportedly aimed at Boy George, with whom Marilyn was now having a stormy off-and-on friendship.

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TOTP Performance
Single Version
Midnight Party Version
Move together - B-Side


Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Marilyn - Despite Straight Lines - Album

Peter Robinson (born 3 November 1962), better known as Marilyn, is a British pop singer who achieved international fame in the 1980s with his hit song 'Calling Your Name'.

Robinson was a part of the British New Romantic movement, a late 1970s underground post-punk fashion movement that became popularised in the early 1980s. He and Boy George were regulars at 'The Blitz' nightclub (regulars being labelled as "Blitz Kids"), a highly stylised nightclub in London.

Following an appearance in the video for Eurythmics' hit single, 'Who's That Girl?' in 1983, which garnered him considerable press attention, Marilyn was signed to Phonogram Records.

However, after much delay, and 18 months after his first hit, Marilyn's debut album 'Despite Straight Lines' was released in June 1985.

The album featured his three previous hits and its release was led by a new single, 'Baby U Left Me (In the Cold)'. However, due to possible loss of momentum, both the new single and album were commercial failures in the UK.

01 - Calling Your Name
02 - Mountain To The Ocean
03 - Surrender To Your Love
04 - Pray for That Sunshine
05 - Third Eye
06 - Baby U Left Me (In The Cold)
07 - You Don't Love Me
08 - Give It Up
09 - Wear It Out
10 - Cry And Be Free

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Peter Gabriel - Red Rain

'Red Rain' is the first track on Peter Gabriel's 1986 solo album So. In the USA, it reached number 3 on Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Stewart Copeland from The Police played the hi-hat for the rain-like background sound; the rest of the drumming was handled by Jerry Marotta.

The song is a combination of several inspirations. The lyrics directly reference a recurring dream Gabriel was having where he swam in his pool drinking cold red wine.

Earlier in his solo career, Gabriel had an idea for a movie, Mozo. In it, villagers were punished for their sins with a blood red rain. "Red Rain" was to be the theme song. This idea was eventually scrapped, although there was a mention of Mozo in the song 'On the Air' in Peter Gabriel (II). Down The Dolce Vita, Here Comes The Flood, Exposure, and Big Blue Ball are also reference the Mozo story, as well.

According to the sleeve notes from the remastered version of So, it is also a reference to acid rain. Based on one interpretation of some of the lyrics it is also thought to refer to nuclear fallout.
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Single Version
GaGa (I Go Swimming Instruemntal) - B-Side

In Your Eyes - Special Mix - 12 inch Extra Track


Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Otis Clay - The Only Way Is Up

A few days ago I put up Yazz And The Plastic Population version of the song 'The Only Way Is Up'.

Mentioned then the song was written by George Jackson and Johnny Henderson and originally released in 1980 as single by soul singer Otis Clay.

Well I thought it would be good to put up the original as it is very different from the remake.

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Single Version
Special Kind Of Love - B-Side


Kool And The Gang - Get Down On It

'Get Down on It' is a song originally recorded by the funk/R&B/pop band Kool & The Gang on their album Something Special in 1981.

The song reached number 10 on the Billboard charts in early 1982, displaying some of the characteristics of a blend of disco and funk, with the title of the song repeating continuously.

The song was released in the UK on the British charts on 19 December 1981 on the record label De-Lite and reached number 3, their highest chart hit in the UK at that time. It spent a total of 12 weeks in the charts before drifting out of sight.

Ten years later it was re-released in the UK charts on the record label Mercury but only reached number 69 and was on the chart for only one week. In 1997 the German rapper and DJ Der Wolf covered it for the German song 'Gib's doch gar nicht'. In 2004, the song was re-recorded as part of a collaboration with Blue. The song was the last single from Blue until the new Eurovision single release.

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Single Version
No Show - B-Side


Monday, 4 April 2011

XTC - Drums and Wires - Album

Drums and Wires is an XTC album released on 17th August 1979.

It reached Number 34 on the UK album chart, and Number 176 on the U.S. Billboard album charts.

It contained the successful single 'Making Plans for Nigel', which was released on 14th September 1979, and reached Number 17 on the UK singles chart.

It also contained the original recording of 'Ten Feet Tall', a re-recorded version of which was released in March 1980 in the U.S. only, as their first U.S. single, designed to coincide with the band's first American tour.

Certain versions of the album also include 'Life Begins at the Hop', which was released on 27th April 1979, and reached Number 44 on the UK singles chart.

This album was originally released with at least six different track listings in various parts of the world. Some versions contained a two/three-song 7inch single in addition to the 11 or 12 song album. One version moved all of Colin Moulding's songs to side one. The initial US release featured the single version of 'Ten Feet Tall'. Another version of the LP contained 14 songs.

The first 20,000 copies of the LP had a free 7 inch single, 'Chain Of Command' 'Limelight' (Moulding).

The song 'Life Begins at the Hop' (Moulding), released as a 7 inch single before the original LP's release, appears on other versions of the album, either as a substitution, a bonus single, or bonus tracks on CD releases.

01 - Making Plans for Nigel
02 - Helicopter
03 - Day in Day Out
04 - When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty
05 - Ten Feet Tall
06 - Roads Girdle the Globe
07 - Real by Reel
08 - Millions
09 - That is the Way
10 - Outside World
11 - Scissor Man
12 - Complicated Game

This also includes the following:
13 - Life Begins At The Hop - Extra Track
14 - Chain Of Command - A-Side of The Free 7 inch Single
15 - Limelight - B-Side of The Free 7 inch single

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Thompson Twins - Nothing In Common

'Nothing In Common' was a 1986 movie starring Tom Hanks, and a song from British pop group Thompson Twins which was included in the film’s soundtrack.

The track was written by band members Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie.

The single was only released in the US where it made a mild impression on the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching fifty-four the week of September 13, 1986.

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Single Version
7 inch Remix Version
Street Mix Version
Club Mix Version
Revolution - Extended Mix


Thompson Twins - Nothing In Common - Video

Friday, 1 April 2011

Bronski Beat - Truthdare Doubledare - Album

'Truthdare Doubledare' was a 1986 release on MCA Records by Bronski Beat.

It was the gropus 3rd album release and the first without Jimmy Somerville.

The album made it to number 18 in the UK album Chart.

01 - Hit That Perfect Beat
02 - Truthdare Doubledare
03 - C'mon C'mon
04 - Punishment Of Love
05 - We Know How It Feels
06 - This Heart
07 - Do It
08 - Dr. John
09 - In My Dreams
10 - What Are You Going To do About It - Extra Track
11 - Hit That Perfect Beat - 12 inch Extended Mix
12 - C'mon C'mon - 12 inch Extended Mix
13 - I Gave You Everything - Extra Track

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XTC - Making Plans For Nigel

'Making Plans for Nigel' was released on 14th September 1979. It was XTC's 6th single.

The single was from their 3rd album titled ' Drums and Wire'.

The single reached No. 17 on the UK singles chart.

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Single Version
Bushmen President - B-Side
Pulsing Pulsing - B-Side


XTC - Making Plans For Nigel - Video