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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Guest Post - Night Shift - Soundtrack

Today I have decided to hand over this post to a guest.

I was asked to do a guest spot on Chris Daniel's blog


which was posted on 4th August. So I asked Chris to guest on my blog in return. So I hand over to Chris......

“Night Shift” was a 1982 romantic comedy directed by then TV actor Ron Howard, starring fellow “Happy Days” co-star Henry Winkler. The cast also included newcomers Shelly Long and Michael Keaton.

It’s the story of city morgue coworkers Chuck (Winkler) and Bill (Keaton) who decide to help Chuck's prostitute neighbor Belinda (Long), by opening a call-girl service that treats the women fairly, with headquarters at the morgue.

The soundtrack LP was released on the Ladd label with distribution through Warner Brothers. The album was a primary vehicle for songwriter Burt Bacharach who contributed six compositions written exclusively for the movie, though most of these selections were performed by other artists.

Most notably, is the original version of “That’s What Friends Are For” performed by Rod Stewart. This track would be recorded again 3 years later by Burt Bacharach protégé Dionne Warwick, along with her “friends” - Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John.

Also worth mentioning, the mixed versions of Talk Talk’s “Talk Talk” and Heaven 17’s “Penthouse Pavement” are unique mixes exclusive to this soundtrack and differ from all other releases of these tracks.

This is an excellent film, and an excellent soundtrack that aligns itself perfectly in the 1982 landscape of a still jazzy feel to pop music as well as the crossovers of new wave.

01 - Quarterflash - Night Shift
02 - Burt Bacharach - Street Talk
03 - Al Jarreau - Girls Know How
04 - Pointer Sisters - The Love Too Good To Last
05 - Rod Stewart - That's What Friends Are For
06 - Marshall Crenshaw - Someday, Someway
07 - Heaven 17 - Penthouse & Pavement
08 - Talk Talk - Talk Talk
09 - Rufus & Chaka Khan - Everlasting Love
10 - Burt Bacharach - That's What Friends Are For (Instrumental)

If anyone else would like to guest on my blog then please Email me at


and I will consider it for another day.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Bobby Womack - Womagic - Album

Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack is an American singer-songwriter and musician.

Bobby released his 19th studio album entitled 'Womagic' in 1986.

Released on the MCA record label the album managed to make it to number 68 on the R&B Charts.

Only one single was released entitled '(I Wanna) Make Love to You', which made it to number 57 on the R&B Charts.

01- (I Wanna) Make Love To You

02 - When The Weekend Comes
03 - The Things We Do (When We're Lonely)
04 - I Can't Stay Mad
05 - Can'tcha Hear The Children Calling
06 - Outside Myself
07 - I Ain't Got To Love Nobody Else
08 - More Than Love
09 - It Ain't Me

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REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You

'Keep On Loving You' is a power ballad written by Kevin Cronin and performed by REO Speedwagon. It features the lead guitar work of Gary Richrath.

It was one of many REO Speedwagon songs to become a pop hit, reaching the number-one spot for one week in March 1981 on the US Billboard Hot 100 becoming the 500th song to do so in the process, and peaking at number seven in the UK Singles Chart. The single was certified Platinum for US sales of over 2 million copies.

The song has been featured in numerous films, beginning with the 1982 film The Last American Virgin. It has subsequently featured in Crank: High Voltage and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past as well as appearing on the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

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Single Version
Follow My Heart - B-Side


Friday, 26 August 2011

Anne Clark - Changing Places - Album

Anne Clarke released her second album in 1983 entitled 'Changing Places'.

The album features the successful single 'Sleeper in Metropolis', which appeared in remixed form in 1985.

The record's A-side (Traxs 1-6) was recorded and composed by David Harrow, while the second side (traxs 7-11) were written and performed by Vini Reiley of the Durutti Column, giving each side a distinctively different tone.

Released on the Red Flame Record Label the album failed to chart.
01 - Contact
02 - Sleeper In Metropolis
03 - Poem For A Nuclear Romance
04 - Wallies
05 - Lovers Audition
06 - Poets Turmoil No. 364
07 - Echoes Remain Forever
08 - All Night Party
09 - Pandoras Box
10 - Feel
11 - The Last Emotion

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ELO - All Over The World

'All Over the World' is a song by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It is featured in the 1980 feature film Xanadu in a sequence with the film's stars Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, and Michael Beck. The song also appears on the soundtrack album Xanadu.

Released hot on the heels of the single 'Xanadu' (a collaboration with Olivia Newton-John), this was the third Top 20 ELO single released from the 1980 soundtrack, peaking at number 13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In the UK the single made it to number 11 on the Singles Chart.

One section of the lyrics lists a number of famous cities; London, Hamburg, Paris, Rome, Rio, Hong Kong, Tokyo, L.A., Detroit, New York, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo and Shard End. The last place named in the list is a suburb of Birmingham, England and also the place where Jeff Lynne was born.

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Single Version
Midnight Blue - B-Side


Thursday, 25 August 2011

The Associates - A

The Associates released their third single entitled 'A' in 1981.

Released on the Fiction label it failed to make it into the UK Singles Chart.

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Single Version
Would I Bounce Back - B-Side


Patti Labelle - Shy

'Shy' is a single released by Patti LaBelle from the album 'Patti' her her third and final release from the Philadelphia International Records label.

'Shy' was the first single taken from the album but it failed to have any chart sucess.

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Single Version
Special Re-Mix
Dub Mix - Paul Simpson Edits


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

B-Movie - Take 3

B-Movie formed in 1980 and relesaed their forst single thtitled 'Take 3'.

An EP of 3 tracks the single failed to enter the charts.

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Track 1 - The Soldier Stood Alone
Track 2 - Drowning Man
Track 3 - Soundtrack


Curiosity Killed The Cat - Ordinary Day

Curiosity Killed The Cat released their third single, entitled 'Ordinary Day', in 1987.

Taken from the album 'Keep Your distance' the single made it to number 11 in the UK singles Chart.

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Single Version
Extended Version
Dub Mix
Bullet - B-Side


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

B-Movie - Remembrance Day

In 1981 B-Movie signed to Phonogram imprint Deram.

That same year the band had their biggest UK commercial success when their single 'Remembrance Day' reached number 61 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Single Verison
12 inch Extended Version
Institution Walls - B-Side


Nick Kamen - Each Time You Break My Heart

'Each Time You Break My Heart' is a 1986 song recorded by singer Nick Kamen featuring Madonna and Siedah Garrett on backing vocals.

It was his debut single from his album Nick Kamen, released in 1987. The song achieved success in many European countries, including Ireland, Italy, UK, Swiss, and in the U.S. it was a top five hit on the dance charts.

Written and produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray, it also cracked both the U.S. dance chart (remix by Shep Pettibone) and the Top 50 in Canada.

Madonna had originally written and recorded the song for her 'True Blue' album, but it did not make the cut. Her original version remains unreleased officially, but has leaked onto the internet. It is almost identical in melody and structure to Kamen's version.

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Single Version
Extended Dance Mix
Instrumental Extended Mix
Dub Mix
Ken Hirayama Mix


Monday, 22 August 2011

Cherrelle - I Didn't Mean To Turn you On

On Friday I posted the Robert Palmer's version of 'I Didn't Mean To Turn You On'. Today I decided to put up the original version as performed by Cherrell.

'I Didn't Mean To Turn You On' is the debut single by Cheryl Anne Norton, better known by her stage name, Cherrelle (born October 11, 1958), who is an American R&B singer.

The single was released in 1984 under the production of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and was from her debut album 'Fragile'.

The video for the single paid homage to the King Kong films with Cherrelle playing the love interest of Kong.

In the UK the single failed to chart. However in the US the single made it to number 6 on the US Dance Chart, number 8 on the US R&B chart and number 79 on the Hot 100 Chart.

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Single Version
Special Mix
Instrumental Version - B-Side
I Need You Now - 12 inch Extra Track


I Start Counting - Still Smiling

The second single to be released by I Start Counting was again released on the Mute Label and was entitled 'Still Smiling'.

Like the debut single this one was produced by Daniel Miller and like the debut single this also failed to chart.

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Single Version
Extended Version
(There Is Always The) Unexpected - B-Side


Friday, 19 August 2011

Japan - Oil On Canvas - Album

'Oil on Canvas' is a live album by the British band Japan, released in 1983 by Virgin Records.

Although it is a live recording of their established material, the album also contains three new studio tracks, 'Oil on Canvas', 'Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held in Prayer' and 'Temple of Dawn', recorded separately by Sylvian, Sylvian/Jansen and Barbieri respectively. (The name of Barbieri's track is taken from the novel The Temple of Dawn by the acclaimed Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima.)

Although the album was released some months following the band's much publicised split in late 1982, it was ironically Japan's highest charting album in the UK, where it reached number 5 in the Album charts. The album was certified "Gold" by the BPI in 1988 for 100,000 copies sold.

The live tracks on the double-album were taken from Japan's performances in November 1982, during their final live concert tour. Since guitarist Rob Dean had left the band two years previously, Japanese session musician Masami Tsuchiya was added to the line up to play guitar and additional keyboards. The band also used backing tracks to supply additional instrumental parts (for example, in contrast to some previous tours where a guest saxophonist was recruited, many of Karn's saxophone lines were played from tape.

A video version of Oil On Canvas was also available from Virgin Records. This was re-released on DVD in 2006 as "The Very Best of Japan", which also features many of the band's promotional videos.

01 - Oil on Canvas
02 - Sons of Pioneers
03 - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
04 - Swing
05 - Cantonese Boy
06 - Visions of China
07 - Ghosts
08 - Voices Raised in Welcome, Hands Held in Prayer
09 - Nightporter
10 - Still Life in Mobile Homes
11 - Methods of Dance
12 - Quiet Life
13 - The Art of Parties
14 - Canton
15 - Temple of Dawn

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Robert Palmer - I Didn't Mean To Turn you On

Robert Allen Palmer (19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003), born in Batley, Yorkshire, was a Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter.

He was known for his distinctive voice and the eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues.

In 1986 Palmer released a cover version of the single 'I didn't mean to turn you on', originally performed by Cherrelle back in 1984.

this single couipled with the distinctive video helped it to make it to number 9 on the UK singles chart and number 2 on the US Hot 100 Chart.

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Single Version
Original Long Version
Get It Through Your Heart - B-Side


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Modern Romance - The Best Years Of Our Life

Michael J Mullins took over as lead vocalist of the band in late 1982 following the departure of Geoff Deane, who left to pursue a solo career.

Later that same year the band released their new single entitled 'The Best Years Of Our Lives'. This single saw the band reach their highest UK chart position as it reached number 4 in the UK singles chart.

The original B-side, 'We've Got Them Running (The Counting Song)', is taken from the Modern Romance debut studio album Adventures in Clubland and features the lead vocals of Geoff Deane. It was written by Modern Romance founder member, David Jaymes.

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Parts 1 and 2 - Extended Version

Midnight Mix
We've got Them Running (The Counting Song) - B-Side


Bananarama - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye' is a song written and recorded by Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer, attributed to a then-fictitious band they named "Steam".

It was released under the Mercury subsidiary label Fontana and became a number one pop single on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1969, and remained on the charts in early 1970.

The original recording of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" has been released in many collections of oldies songs and re-recorded by other groups.

In February 1983, UK girl group Bananarama released the song as a single off their album Deep Sea Skiving. This version reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart, but only a minor hit in the US (Billboard number 101) later that year.

In a sketch on the early 1980s comedy show, Three of a Kind, Tracey Ullman spoofed Bananarama singing 'Na Na Hey Hey' (as well as 'Shy Boy'), with the words "We are nanas".

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Single Version
Extended Version
Tell Tale Signs - B-Side

Steam - Original Version
Steam - It's The Magic In You Girl - B-Side


Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Depeche Mode - Love In Itself

'Love, in Itself' is Depeche Mode's ninth U.K. single, released on September 19, 1983, and the final single from the album Construction Time Again.

The 'Love, in Itself' single contains three mixes of the song. 'Love, in Itself.2' is the single edit of 'Love, in Itself.1'. 'Love, in Itself.3' is the extended 12-inch mix. 'Love, in Itself.4' is an acappella Lounge-inspired version of the song that features piano prominently.

The B-side is 'Fools' and 'Fools (Bigger)' is the extended mix. 'Fools' was written by Alan Wilder.

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Single Version
Extended Version
Jazz Vocal Mix - Acappella Lounge Version
Demo Version
Fool - single B-Side
Fools - Bigger - 12 inch B-Side


Japan - Nightporter

October 1982 saw the release of Japan's 18th single entitled 'Nightporter'.

Released on the Virgin Label the single managed to make it to number 29 on the UK Singles Chart.

The 7 inch single had a different B-Side to that of the 12 inch making collecting Japan all the more fun.

This has to be one of my favs even though David Sylvian does not rate that highly any more I still love this single after all these years.

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Single Version
12 inch Version
Ain't That Peculiar - Single B-Side
Methods Of Dance - 12 inch B-Side


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Dollar - You Take My Breath Away

Dollar released their 7th single in 1981 entitled 'You Take My Breath Away'.

Released as a 7 inch picture disc from 'The Paris Collection' album the single failed to enter the UK Singles Chart.

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Single Version
Don't change Your Life - B-Side


Level 42 - To Be With You Again

'To Be With You Again' is a single by Mark King and Boon Gould, and released in 1987.

Released from the seventh Level 42's studio album 'Running in the Family' the single made it to number 10 in the UK singles Chart.

The video was directed by Peter Christopherson.

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Single Version

Demo Version
Extended Version
Micro Kid - Live - Edit - Single B-Side
Micro Kid - Live - Full Length Version - 12 inch B-Side
Lessons In Love - Shep Pettibone Remix - 12 inch Extra Track


Monday, 15 August 2011

Visage - Beat Boy - Album

'Beat Boy' is the third and final album by the British pop group Visage. It was recorded at Trident Studios between 1982 and 1983 and released on Polydor Records in September 1984 (delayed by contractual problems the band were having at that time). It reached number 79 on the UK album chart.

The album was recorded and released after Steve Strange decided to make Visage a live band instead of being solely a studio-based project, a decision that left him working only with drummer Rusty Egan and a trio of newer musicians.

Whilst the first two Visage albums had a typical synthpop/post-punk feel, Beat Boy attempted to mix the synthetic sound with American styled rock. However, neither the singles or the album itself had the impact hoped for, and effectively marked the end of Visage as a recording act.

01 - Beat Boy
02 - Casualty
03 - Questions
04 - Only the Good (Die Young)
05 - Can You Hear Me
06 - The Promise
07 - Love Glove
08 - Yesterday's Shadow
09 - In The Year 2525

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UB40 - Don't Break My Heart

In 1985 UB40 released their 19th single entitled 'Don't Break My Heart'.

This single was a slower track than the previous number 1 single with Chrissie Hynde 'I Got You Babe'.

Taken from their album 'Baggariddim' the single made it to number 3 in the UK singles Chart.

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Single Version
12 inch Version
Mek Ya Rok - B-Side
Mek Ya Rok - 12 inch Version


Friday, 12 August 2011

Pointer Sisters - Slow Hand

'Slow Hand' is a ballad written by John Bettis & James Bruce Clark recorded by the Pointer Sisters for their 1981 album 'Black & White' album and released in the spring of 1981 as that album's advance single.

Although its sultry style recalls the Pointer Sisters' first Top Ten hit: the 1978 number 2 hit 'Fire', 'Slow Hand' was not written for the group; in fact John Bettis would state "the Pointer Sisters were the furthest act from my mind."

Like 'Fire' - which also featured Anita Pointer on lead - 'Slow Hand' peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, kept from number 1 by 'Endless Love' by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

'Slow Hand' reached that position in August 1981 when it also reached number 7 on the R&B chart. The Pointer Sisters' best Hot 100 showing would remain number 2 with a third hit: 'Jump (for My Love)', matching that peak in 1985.

'Slow Hand' also afforded the Pointer Sisters international success, including the first appearance by the group in the UK Top 30 with a number 10 peak in the Singles Chart.

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Single Version
Holdin' Out For Love - B-Side


Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out

'I'm Coming Out' is a hit single released by Motown singer Diana Ross in 1980, written and produced by Chic members Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers for her album 'Diana'.

In 1979, Ross commissioned Chic founders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards to create material for a new album, following the success of her final Ashford & Simpson-composed and produced LP, 'The Boss' after taking her daughters to see the band in concert.

Rodgers got the idea for 'I'm Coming Out' after noticing three different drag queens dressed as Diana Ross at a New York club called the GG Barnum Room. The lyrics hold an additional meaning to Ross, as she was leaving Motown Records and "coming out" from under the thumb of Berry Gordy.

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Single Version
Never Say I don't Love You - B-Side


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Prince - Let's Go Crazy

'Let's Go Crazy' is a 1984 song by Prince and The Revolution, from the album, Purple Rain.

It was the opening track on both the album, and the film Purple Rain.

'Let's Go Crazy' is one of Prince's most popular songs, and is almost always a staple for concert performances, often segueing into other hits.

When released as a single, the song became Prince's second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and also topped the two component charts, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Play charts.

In the UK 'Let's Go Crazy' made it to number 7 in the Single Charts.

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Single Version
Take Me With U - B-Side


Dire Straits - Your Latest Trick

'Your Latest Trick' is a rock song by Dire Straits that appeared on the studio album 'Brothers in Arms', and also on the live album 'On the Night'.

The saxophone introduction to the song, as Mark Knopfler says on the Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits DVD, is now widely used when people are trying out saxophones at music shops, just as Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is widely used when trying out guitars. Having one of his songs used in such a way is something that he always dreamt of.

Michael Brecker played the saxophone solo on the original recording, while Chris White played it live on the Brothers in Arms and On Every Street world tours.

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Live Video
Single Version
Irish Boy - B-Side 1
The Road - B-Side2


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Mannequin - Album Soundtrack

Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy film, starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Meshach Taylor, James Spader, G. W. Bailey, and Estelle Getty.

It was written and directed by Michael Gottlieb, and the original music score was composed by Sylvester Levay.

The film is an unacknowledged remake of the 1948 film One Touch of Venus, starring Robert Walker and Ava Gardner.

Mannequin was nominated for one Oscar for the Original Song category for its theme song 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now'. this single reahed number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart.
Despite weak reviews, the film was a commercial success and is today considered a cult film. It was followed by a sequel, Mannequin Two: On the Move, in 1991.

01 - In My Wildest Dreams - Belinda Carlisle
02 - Do You Dream About Me? - Alisha
03 - My Girl - Temptations
04 - Movin' On Up - Sylvester Levay
05 - Harley Ride - Sylvester Levay
06 - Missing Mannequin - Sylvester Levay
07 - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship

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The Communards - Never Can Say Goodbye

'Never Can Say Goodbye' is a song written by Clifton Davis and originally recorded by The Jackson 5.

Released as a single in 1971, it was one of the group's most successful songs. The song has been covered numerous times, most notably in 1974 by disco diva Gloria Gaynor and in 1987 by Hi-NRG/dance-pop group The Communards.

In 1987, British pop band The Communards had a hit with a Hi-NRG cover of the Clifton Davis classic, which was featured on their second album, Red.

Scottish lead singer Jimmy Somerville, openly gay on record since his previous band Bronski Beat released 'Smalltown Boy' in 1984, performed a falsetto version faithful to Gaynor's disco take, right down to the pronouns "you know you love him more and more" and "never can say goodbye, boy".

The Communards' version reached number four in the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Dance/Disco chart in the U.S. The group had reached number one on those charts covering another 1970s classic, 'Don't Leave Me This Way', in 1986.

The energetic music video of this version is classified as a classic by cable video channel VH1.

The Communards version was also featured in Father's Day, in the first series of the revived Doctor Who, set in 1987.

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Single Version
Dub Version
San Paulo Mix

DJ Arena 51 Remix
Freddie Bastone Remix
Trance Mix
'77 The Great Escape - B-Side
Spanish Rap - El Amor No Es Solo Un HombreY - 12 inch Extra Track


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Tron - Movie Soundtrack

Tron: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album for the 1982 film of the same name, composed by Wendy Carlos with two additional musical tracks were provided by the band Journey after British band Supertramp pulled out of the project. The album was released on July 9, 1982, the day of release of the film.

The soundtrack album was released on record and tape by CBS Records in 1982.It was re-released on CD in January 2002 by Walt Disney Records with three additional tracks. Some of the film's music can also be heard in its companion arcade game.

For years, the soundtrack was unavailable on CD, originally due to a dispute between Carlos and CBS Records. Carlos later discovered that the original master tapes had deteriorated to the point where attempting to play them could destroy both the tapes and the playback machine. Carlos used a technique called tape baking (in which the tapes were literally baked in an oven to harden the glue holding the magnetic tape together) to repair the tapes so she could transfer them to digital masters.

01 - Creation of Tron
02 - Only Solutions - Performed by Journey
03 - We've Got Company
04 - Wormhole
05 - Ring Game and Escape
06 - Water, Music, and Tronaction
07 - Tron Scherzo
08 - Miracle and Magician
09 - Magic Landings
10 - Theme From Tron
11 - 1990's Theme - Performed by Journey
12. - Love Theme
13 - Tower Music / Let Us Pray
14 - The Light Sailer
15 - Sea of Simulation
16 - A New Tron and the MCP
17. - Anthem
18. - Ending Titles
19 - Tronaction - Original Version
20 - Break In - For Strings, Flutes, and Celesta)
21. - Anthem for Keyboard Solo

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Indians In Moscow - Big Wheel EP

Indians in Moscow are a synth-pop band formed in Hull in 1981 who later moved into Techno and house territory.

The band was formed in 1981 by keyboard players Pete Riches and Stuart Walton (formerly of The Most), and singer Adele Nozedar. The band later expanded to five members with the addition of a guitarist and a drummer (Rich Hornby).

The band released their forth single entitled 'Big Wheel EP' in 1984.

Unlike the bands previous single, 'Jack Pelter And His Sex Change Chicken', 'Big Wheel' failed to reach the charts.

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Track 1 - Big Wheel
Track 2 - Indians In Moscow
Track 3 - Dies Irae
Track 4 - The Price Of Love


Monday, 8 August 2011

Grange Hill - Remembered

Every now and again I will revisit programs that I loved back in the 80's. This ongoing series will kick off with.....

Grange Hill was a British television drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began in 1978 on BBC1 and was one of the longest running programmes on British television. It was created by Phil Redmond, who is also responsible for the Channel 4 dramas Brookside and Hollyoaks; other notable production team members down the years have included producer Colin Cant and script editor Anthony Minghella.

The reason I have included it here was that I watched this programme from the start untill about 1986 when work prevented me from seeing it as often as I could. I had started going to, what we called 'Senior School' in 1978, the same time that the programme started so as the charactors progressed through the school years I did as well.

I loved the early years with the charactors of Tucker Jenkins, Michael Doyle, Trisha Yates, Suzanne Ross and Gripper.

I managed to get the series on DVD which took me to the 1986 - 1987 series so taking in some of the episodes that I hadnt seen but had heard about such as takling drug issues. Watching the series again brought back many memories of talking about the programme in the play ground on break with my other mates. Funny how things can jog memories of people you havent thought about in all these years.

Grange hill was a gritty drama depicting school life that was real to some extent in my school so I feel that it's place in the 80's remembered series is well justified.

The drama was centred on the fictional comprehensive school of Grange Hill in the (equally fictitious) borough of North London called "Northam" and follows the lives of the students as they progress through school. The series was to have originally been called "Grange Park", which would go on to be used as the name of the school in another Redmond creation, the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside (1982–2003)

Grange Hill was originally conceived by ATV comedy writer Phil Redmond, who first approached various television companies with the idea in 1975, unsuccessfully. In 1976, he managed to sell the idea to the BBC, and the drama executive Anna Home gave the series a trial run of nine episodes, the first being broadcast on 8 February 1978.

From the start, the series caused controversy for its real-life, gritty portrayal of school life, rather than the more idealistic school dramas that preceded it. Redmond has said that he wasn't really able to start pushing the boundaries until later series. This led to Redmond being summoned to lunch by BBC bosses and forced to agree that there would be no further series unless he toned things down.

Grange Hill's highest profile period was undoubtedly the mid-late 1980s. One of the most famous storylines during this time was that of Zammo McGuire and his addiction to heroin. This storyline ran over two series (1986–87) and focused on Zammo's descent into drugs and how it strained his relationship with girlfriend Jackie and friend Kevin. The show's other favourite characters during this period were Gonch and Hollo played by John Holmes and Bradley Sheppard. During his time at the school (1985–89) Gonch partook in many money-making schemes, most unsuccessful. There was a comedic element to the duo's relationship that worked well with viewers.

Grange Hill was originally filmed at real schools in London. The first of these would be Kingsbury High School in North London, which was used as the Grange Hill setting for the first two series. For the series 3, in 1980, exterior filming moved to Willesden High School in Willesden Green, which was similar in looks to Kingsbury and was also situated in a residential area of the capital. In 1981, Grange Hill moved to Holborn College (now Fulham Preparatory School) in Greyhound Road, Hammersmith. This school looked very different from the two that had been used previously, and it was also in a built-up area of London. Holborn College was the longest serving of the "real schools", remaining on screen until 1985. Up to and including 1985, studio scenes were shot at BBC Television Centre in London.

The programme has covered many controversial storylines, ranging from students throwing benches into the swimming pool (1978; as a result of which, following letters of complaint from teachers and parents, the episode was withdrawn from the repeat season), rape (2001), heroin addiction (1986), Asperger syndrome (2001), knife crime (1998) and attempted suicide (2005), prompting many complaints from viewers. Grange Hill broke new ground by the inclusion of a gay teacher, Mr Brisley, who was in the cast from 1992 to 1999.

On 6 February 2008, the BBC announced Grange Hill was to be axed after exactly 30 years. The announcement was made by CBBC controller Anne Gilchrist just two days before the show's official 30th birthday.

Grange Hill ended on Monday 15 September 2008 with a further return appearance by Todd Carty, in which Tucker persuaded his nephew Togger Johnson not to give up on school like he did. Other than that there would be no spectacular conclusion; characters simply walked out of the school gates after their end-of-term prom, an almost mirror-image of how pupils walked into the school gates in the very first episode.

The theme used for the first 12 years, which returned for the final series of Grange Hill was 'Chicken Man' by Alan Hawkshaw, a track from the Themes International music library composed one hour before it was recorded during a session in Munich, Germany. Grange Hill was the first programme to use it as a theme followed by the popular quiz show Give Us a Clue, whose makers wanted it despite it already being played on Grange Hill. The version used by Give Us A Clue was a special arrangement that was significantly different from that used by Grange Hill.

The theme was re-recorded in 1988 and updated along with the opening titles and lasted until 1990, when a brand new theme was specially written for the series by Peter Moss. Moss had previously written some special hip-hop music for a storyline in Series 11 of Grange Hill. His theme tune lasted until 2007, although as the years progressed less and less of it was heard as the opening titles got increasingly shorter, with the final version being no more than about 10–12 seconds long.

For the final series, 'Chicken Man' was reinstated as the main theme, albeit in a shorter form.

The last four notes of the original theme song were heard when Brookside, one of Phil Redmond's other TV series, aired its final episode in November 2003.

Grange Hill - Theme Music

Remembering Those In Grange Hill

Stephen Tin Tin Duffy - Kiss Me

Stephen Anthony James Duffy (born 30 May 1960, Alum Rock, Birmingham) is an English singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
He was a founding member and vocalist/bassist of Duran Duran.

In 1982, he created the band Tin Tin, with John Mulligan and Dik Davis (both then of Fashion), Andy "Stoker" Growcott (of Dexys Midnight Runners) and Bob Lamb (original producer of Birmingham band UB40).

The band was signed with WEA Records in the UK, and released the song, 'Kiss Me', which went to no. 155 on the UK chart.

By 1983, Tin Tin had signed with Sire Records in the US, and 'Kiss Me' hit the dance charts there as well. A re-recorded 'Kiss Me' single was released in 1984, this time only in the local West Midlands area of the UK.

At the end of 1984, Duffy recorded a third version of 'Kiss Me' with Froome and Jeczalik. The new version of 'Kiss Me' was released on 25 February 1985. It debuted at number 22 and peaked at number 4, selling 250,000 copies in three weeks and staying in the UK Top 10 for five weeks altogether.

'Kiss Me' was also the last song played on the medium wave service of Radio 1 before it became an FM-only station, at 9 A.M. on 1 July 1994.

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1982 Single Version

1982 Extended Version
1983 Album Version
1983 Extended Mix
1984 Single Version
1985 Single Version
1985 Mixe Plural Version
Dub Version
Instrumental Version
US Mix

Love's Duet - 1982 B-Side
In This Twilight - 1984 B-Side
Holes In My Shoes - 1985 B-Side


Friday, 5 August 2011

John Cougar - Jack And Diane

'Jack And Diane' is a 1982 hit song written and performed by American singer-songwriter, John Mellencamp, then performing as "John Cougar".

It appears on Mellencamp's album American Fool. It was chosen by RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century.

The single spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, and, to date, is the biggest hit single ever for Mellencamp, especially with its accompanying music video directed by Bruce Gowers

According to Mellencamp, 'Jack And Diane' was written after watching Splendor in the Grass, (a 1961 movie starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty). " 'Jack And Diane' was a terrible record to make. When I play it on guitar by myself, it sounds great; but I could never get the band to play along with me. That's why the arrangement's so weird. Stopping and starting, it's not very musical."

Mellencamp has also stated that the clapping wasn't supposed to be included in the finished song. It was recorded with the clapping in order to help keep tempo and then it was to be removed. However, he realized the song didn't work without it.

In the Uk the single got to number 25 in the Singles Chart.

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Single Version
Can't You Take It - B-Side


Joan Jet And The Blackhearts - I Love Rock And Roll

'I Love Rock 'n Roll' is a rock song written in 1975 by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of Arrows.

The song was originally recorded and released by the Arrows in 1975 on RAK Records, with lead vocals by Alan Merrill and produced by Mickie Most.

In an interview with Songfacts, Merrill said he wrote it as "a knee-jerk response to The Rolling Stones' 'It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)'."

This version was first released as a B-side, but was soon re-recorded and flipped to A-side status on a subsequent pressing of the record. Although not a chart hit in its original version as a result of non-existent promotion by the band's label, the song has come to worldwide prominence due to very successful cover versions that have been recorded.

Joan Jett saw the Arrows perform 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' on their weekly television series Arrows when she was touring England with The Runaways in 1976. She first recorded the song in 1979 with two of the Sex Pistols: Steve Jones and Paul Cook. This first version was not released until 1993 in Flashback.

In 1981, Jett re-recorded the song, this time with her band, The Blackhearts. This recording became a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single for seven weeks, effectively launching Jett's solo career. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing One million units sold.

This success propelled Jett's I Love Rock 'n Roll album to number two on the Billboard 200.

Joan Jett's version was ranked number 89 in the list 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of Rolling Stone

In the UK the single reached number 4 in the Singles Chart.

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Original Video
1993 Video Version
Single Version
Love Is Pain - B-Side


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Guest Blogging in this world

Well today I am guest posting on another blog. Head on over to


to see the post which features the first post that started this little blog of mine back in 2009.

I've added the80'sman to the list of blogs that I like and hope that you will like it too. So please support a fellow blogger in his new adventure.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Spandau Ballet - Instinction

Spandau Ballet released the last single from the album Diamond entitled 'Instinction' in 1982.

This was the bands seventh single release at this point.

The single manged to get to number 10 in the UK Singles Chart and number 30 in Australia.

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Single Version
Gently - B-Side


Madness - House Of Fun

'House of Fun' is a song by British ska/pop group Madness, credited to Mike Barson and Lee Thompson.

It was released as a one-off single on April 30, 1982, and reached number 1 in the UK charts, spending 9 weeks in the charts.

The song was re-released in 1992, reaching number 40.

The song was originally recorded under the title 'Chemist Facade', without the 'Welcome to the House of Fun' chorus. However, while the song was being recorded, head of Stiff Records Dave Robinson demanded that the band add a chorus, to ensure the song was a hit. Upon hearing this, band member Mike Barson immediately wrote the 'Welcome to the House of Fun' refrain on his piano.

The song is about coming of age. The lyrics tell the story of a boy on his 16th birthday attempting to buy condoms at a chemist. The UK age of consent is 16, and he makes a point of stating that he's "16 today and up for fun". However, the boy is misunderstood by the chemist, as he asks for the condoms using slang euphemisms, such as "box of balloons with a featherlight touch" and "party hats with the coloured tips". The confused chemist behind the counter eventually informs the boy that the establishment is not a joke shop, and directs him towards the "House of Fun".

A substantial portion of the music video was filmed at the Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouth, with parts of the video featuring the band on the Scenic Railway Roller Coaster. This was filmed on March 7, 1982. The video begins with Suggs dressed as a boy entering the shop with Lee Thompson and Chas Smash behind him, playing the saxophone and trumpet respectively. On entering the shop, Suggs acts out the lyrics of the song, awkwardly attempting to purchase condoms, without much success.

A portion of the video was filmed in Escapade, a fancy dress and costume hire that still exists on Camden High Street. The band are later seen in a Barbershop, before the finale of the song is sung on the roller coaster at the aforementioned funfair. The film closes with the band on board an infinite roller coaster loop as the chorus fades.

Despite the fact that 'House of Fun' did not get released in the US, the music video was shown on the newly launched MTV. Due to this, the music video, along with others such as 'It Must Be Love' and 'Cardiac Arrest', helped set the stage in the US for Madness' future song 'Our House', which was their biggest stateside hit by far, peaking at number 7 in May 1983.

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Single Version
Don't Look Back - B-Side


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Roxy Music - Avalon

'Avalon' was the second single to be released from the album of the same name by Roxy Music.

Released in June 1982 the single made it to number 13 in the UK singles chart but faired better in the Dutch chart where it went to number 3.

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Single Version
Always Unknowing - B-Side


Level 42 - Children Say

'Children Say' is a song written by Mark King, Mike Lindup and Phil Gould. It was recorded in 1987 for the studio album Running in the Family by the British musical group Level 42.

After a series of successes 'Lessons in Love', 'Running in the Family', 'To be With You Again' and 'It's Over', the band decided to issue 'Children Say' as their last single of 1987.

The song was more successful than expected in the Netherlands as it reached number 9, and it also made the top 30 in United Kingdom by reaching number 22.

The music video of this song was the first of Level 42's career without the presence of the brothers Phil and Boon Gould. They had left the band due to dissatisfaction with the label. The video was recorded in an urban setting. The Boon brothers are also missing from the covers of the single and 12".

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Single Version
Extended Remix

Starchild - Remix - B-Side
Starchild - Extended Remix - 12 inch Extra Track
The Platinum Edition Megamix - 12 inch Extra Track


Monday, 1 August 2011

Jeffrey Osborne - Jeffrey Osborne - Album

Jeffrey Osborne is the eponymous debut album from Jeffrey Osborne, released in 1982 on A&M after leaving L.T.D. for a solo career.

The album reached number 49 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and two singles, 'On the Wings of Love' and 'I Really Don't Need No Light' were released in the USA.

In the UK the single 'On The wings Of Love' was released 2 years later in 1984 becoming a big hit for Osborne. However the album did not chart in the UK.

01 - New Love
02 - Eenie Meenie
03 - I Really Don't Need No Light
04 - On the Wings of Love
05 - Ready for Your Love
06 - Who You Talkin' To?
07 - You Were Made to Love
08 - Ain't Nothin' Missin
09 - Baby
10 - Congratulations

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Bucks Fizz - One Of Those Nights

'One of Those Nights' is a 1981 single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz.

Written by Steve Glen, Mike Burns and Dave Most, it was the group's third single and their third UK top 20 hit.

The song was released in August 1981 and was the group's third single, following on from their win at the Eurovision Song Contest earlier in the year.

The single reached No.20 in the UK Charts and remained in the top 75 for 10 weeks.

'One of Those Nights' featured on the group's debut album, Bucks Fizz, which was released two weeks earlier.

'One of Those Nights' was a change of pace for the group, after two upbeat singles, this one was more slow-paced and dramatic. Its lead vocal was performed by member Bobby G.

Unlike their other releases, the group didn't record a Promotional Video for this single.

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Single Version
Always Thinking Of You - B-Side