I keep getting Emails from people asking me to re-upload the links and music etc. I think people are just getting to those particular pages so are not reading the reason for the dead links.
So I am putting this in place so hopefully people will read it and stop Emailing me about it.
The reason the links are dead is that my account with Media Fire has been closed with all 11,000 files lost. That is why you can not download the things and No I can not re-upload them.
Eventually I will start doing that again when I have found something suitable. In the meantime this blog will be information only blog.
Thank you all
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There is a new magazine that celebrates all that is great about the late 70's and the 80's and it is called Classic Pop.
The first issue is out already and has the Pet Shop Boys on the cover. I've had a little look at it today and have to say that it does look good. I liked the article they did on Zang Tumb Tumb record label and have decided to get the first issue in the next couple of days.
Well a couple of days ago Rick Astley's press and marketing assistant contacted me regarding the announcement of Rick's new tour. There are going to be 7 days in total taking in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow, Bournemouth.
The tour kicks of on the 17th October in Manchester. The tickets are priced at £24.95 (which included the booking fee)
Below is the press statement regarding the tour:
80’s Pop Icon and multi-million selling artist Rick Astley has announced a full UK Tour for October this year.
Rick Astley is a talent whose career has spanned over 25 years. Rick Astley has sold in excess of 19 million records and has a string of 8 consecutive number 1s under-his-belt.
His amazing career began in 1987. Shocked by the powerful, mature soulful voice of Rick aged just 21; the UK sent his debut single "Never Gonna Give You Up" to the top of the charts within 2 weeks of its release. The rest of the world soon followed suit with "Never Gonna Give You Up" reaching Number 1 in 16 other countries including most of Europe, Japan, United States and Australia. The following 2 years saw Rick continue to dominate the charts around the globe. In the UK, Rick was in the Top 40 every week for the first 6 months of his career. It was Britain's largest selling single of that year.
The album "Whenever You Need Somebody" entered the UK album charts at Number 1 and sold over 15.2 million copies worldwide, making him the top selling British act of the year. It was a similar success story in the USA, as Rick became one of the few British artists to crack their market. Rick's American success was reinforced with a second Number 1 single, "Together Forever". "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man" became another Top 10 single and the album also reached a position within the Top 10 selling close to 2 million copies.
After that Rick took a well deserved break but surprised British fans in 2004 with an 8 date tour which comprised of 'classic' songs from past decades including Sinatra, Bacharach and The Carpenters as well as a few from Mr Astley's musical resume and soon after more dates followed.
In 2008 debut single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up,' became one of the most viewed pop video of all time on YouTube with over 51 million views to date due to the unstoppable phenomenon of ‘Rickrolling’. This has earned him a nomination at the MTV Europe Music Awards for ‘BEST ACT EVER’. 2012 marks the 25 Anniversary of the single.
More recently Rick opened up for Peter Kay’s record breaking the Tour That Does Tour Tour and will be appearing at Tatton Park amongst other outdoor events this summer before embarking on an seven date tour later this year:
Click the link below to take you to the Tour info ad Tickets
On my new site I have put up the first 2 issues of the Level 42 Fanzine 'The Pursuit Of Level 42'.
There was 12 issues of this Fanzine released in all. I have 9 of them which i will put up eventually.
The Fanzine included reviews and articles as well as a discography which i contributed to back in the early 90's.
I do have one request to those reading this blog. I do not have issues 10 - 12 of the Fanzine and would like scans of them to put up. also if anyone has scans of the other two Fanzines, 'Soundcheck' and 'World Machine' then that would be great as I never got to see these and would love to include them. I am also looking for scans of the Fan Club stuff as well. In fact anything that people can give me would be appreciated.
Thank you all people in advance.
click the link to take you to the web site to see the first two issues.
Well hello again. I know that it has been a while since the closing of my Media Fire Account. I have to say that I haven't managed to find another way of uploading stuff to so I am still looking.
In the meantime I have started a site that is dedicated to the 80's which is a resource site. One of the things that I loved doing when I was writing for this blog was getting the information together. As I have a lot of info about various music and bands I felt that it was about time that I put that together in a little site of my own. You can see it here:
It is primarily a site for info about the bands and music but will be expended over time to include films and TV etc. I will, eventually, post the links to downloads on most of the singles and albums etc, when I find the right site to do that too.
However, in the meantime I hope people will like the site that I am creating.
One thing I would like to ask. If anyone has any scans of Interviews, Posters, Memorabilia, or would like to write something on their fave bands (or just have info that they feel should be included on the pages) then please Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well that is it for now. This blog will still be going but it is developing into the other site for now. By the way can people stop asking me to fix links etc as I can not. Things will be put back up in due course when I find better storage place. Also stop being rude that links do not work. Read the posts first before slagging the site off.
'The Killing Moon' is a single by the band Echo and the Bunnymen. It was released on their 1984 album, Ocean Rain. It is one of the band's highest-charting hits, reaching number nine in the UK Singles Chart, and often cited as the band's greatest song.
Ian McCulloch has said: "When I sing 'The Killing Moon' I know there isn't a band in the world who's got a song anywhere near that."
According to the liner notes of Echo and the Bunnymen's Crystal Days box set, Ian McCulloch woke up one morning with the phrase "fate up against a whale" in mind. He wrote it down but then decided to change it to 'your will' later.
Click the link below to download the following: Video Single Version All Night Version Do It Clean - B-Side Do It Clean - Live - 12 inch Extra Track
'I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues' is a song by British singer Elton John (with lyrics by Bernie Taupin) featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica.
The song appeared on the album 'Too Low For Zero' Released as a single in April 1983, the song reached number five in the UK chart and number four in the US chart six months later. The song was also featured on the film soundtrack toPeter's Friendsin 1992.
The original music video tells the story of two 1950s-era young lovers who are separated when the man is forced to leave for military training, and then are finally reunited at the end of the song. It was filmed in the Rivoli Ballroom in London and is marked as one of the very few times John has been filmed or videotaped without wearing his trademark eyeglasses.
The song received largely favourable reviews, with Bill Janovitz of Allmusic declaring the song "likely to stand the test of time as a standard."
A fan favorite, John has also performed it live numerous times, occasionally playing it as part of a medley along with his hit "Blue Eyes" (from the 1982 album Jump Up!).
It has gone on to be one of John's most-played songs on radio selections from the 1980s portion of his career. It is also quite well known for being played at Chelsea F.C.'s home matches.
Click the link below to download the following: Video Single Version Lord Choc Ice - Choc Ice Goes Mental - B-Side The Retreat - US B-Side
'Rescue' is the second single released by the band Echo and the Bunnymen. It was released on 5 May 1980 and subsequently included on the Crocodiles album, which was released on 18 July 1980.
It was the band's first single to chart, reaching number 62 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also their first release on the newly formed Korova label.
The single was reissued as a limited edition 7" single on 4 December 2006 on the same label and with the same catalogue number, KOW 1, and reached number 177 on the UK Singles Chart. A promo 7" version was also released by Korova in January 1983.
The song was covered by the Scottish rock group Idlewild on their 2000 single 'These Wooden Ideas'.
Click the link below to download the following: Single Version Simple Stuff - B-Side Pride - 12 inch Extra Track
Four-man UK band Blue Zoo released just one album, Two By Two in 1983, produced by Talk Talk's Tim Friese-Greene.
The album lead off with their sole single, 1982's 'Cry Boy Cry', which peaked at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart.
01 - Cry Boy Cry 02 - John's Lost 03 - Far Cry 04 - (You Can) Count On Me 05 - Love Moves In Strange Ways 06 - (I Just Can't) Forgive and Forget 07 - I'm Your Man 08 - Open Up 09 - Can't Hold Me Down 10 - Something Familiar
Doris D And The Pins released their album 'Starting At The End' in 1984.
The single of the same name was also released and became a cult hit but tensions in the band ultimately lead to the disbandment in 1985.
Still the album is fun to listen to.
Tracklisting 01 - Starting At The End 02 - Girlfriend 03 - And Again 04 - If Only 05 - Let It Shine 06 - Music Is 07 - It's Only Make Believe 08 - Aiyo 09 - Everybody Is Doing Their Thing 10 - Carousel 11 - Heartache
The Wild Swans are a post-punk band from Liverpool, England, which originally formed in 1980 shortly after Paul Simpson (ex-keyboards) left The Teardrop Explodes and teamed up (on vocals) with Jeremy Kelly (guitar), Ged Quinn (keyboards), James Weston (bass) and Justin Stavely (drums).
The band's personnel has been subject to regular turnover, with Simpson being the only constant member.
The original incarnation of The Wild Swans lasted until 1982, issuing one single.
An opportunity arose when Pete de Freitas of Echo and the Bunnymen (an old friend and flatmate of Simpson's) agreed to fund their first single 'The Revolutionary Spirit' (1982, Zoo Records).
De Freitas, who ended up financier, drummer and producer for the single, was credited under his middle names, Louis Vincent. Bassist for the group at the time was Rolo McGinty, who would leave the group shortly after the release of the single, and found The Woodentops.
Despite turning out to be Zoo's last ever release, the single received a measure of critical acclaim and in time, developed cult status.
Click the link below to download the following: Single Version God Forbid - B-Side
Paul Johnson began singing in school and church while living in New York during the 1970's and later worked with one of the UK’s pioneering contemporary Gospel bands, Paradise and also sang with the London Community Gospel Choir.
Produced by Jolley And Swain 'No More Tomorrows' was released in 1989 and managed to make it to number 67 in the UK Single Chart.
I do have a request. I had not heard of this song or the previous post before until my partner Mark played them. Really liked them so raided his collection to put up here.
However he didn't have the B-Sides to this single called 'I Don't Care' and 'Hold On I'm Commin'. If any one has these then please let me know so I can add them here.
Also if anyone has his 2 albums for download let me know as I would like to hear them. I just love discovering new stuff.
Click the link below to download the following: Single Version
Paul Johnson has worked with an extensive range of artists in the late 80's and early 90's. Johnson began singing gospel in the 70's in New York. It wasn't until Johnson's meeting with Junior Giscombe that his singing career started to take shap.
'When Love Comes Calling' was Johnson's first single. Released in early 1987 the single managed to make it to number 52 in the UK Singles Charts.
Click the link below to download the following: Single Version Extended Version Don't Pass Me By - B-Side
Hazel O'Conner released her second studio album entitled 'Sons And Lovers' in 1980. Following on from the success of her previous album 'Breaking Glass', 'Sons And Lovers' failed to enter the UK Album Charts.
Apparently the album was inspired by a trip to a night club in London's West End where O'Connor met a lot of bizarre looking people
The album did produce one hit single being 'D-Day' which made it to number 10 in the UK Singles Charts. Two further singles were released but not in the UK. 'Zoo' was released in Germany only while 'Do What you do' was released in Europe.
Tracklisting: 01 - D-Days 02 - Waiting 03 - Who Will Care? 04 - Zoo 05 - Gigolo 06 - Do What You Do 07 - Sons And Lovers 08 - Glass Houses 09 - Ain't It Funny 10 - Danny Boy 11 - Bye Bye 12 - Time (Ain't On Our Side)
General Public released 'I'll Take You There' in 1994.
Taken from the soundtrack to the movie 'Threesome' the single became a hit in the US where it became number 1 on the US Dances Charts. The single also managed to make it to number 22 on the US Hot 100 while getting to number 8 in New Zealand, number 14 in Canada and number 73 in the UK Singles Charts.
Click the link below to download the following: Single Version Baby Says Huh Dub Version Extended Version Hoya Tribe Trip Version Sunshine Radio Mix Save It For Later - Live - B-Side
It was only after rehearsing in 1977 with some friends that Pete Burns realized he really did have a powerful singing voice, and his first band was an outfit he formed with friends Julian Cope, Pete Wylie, and Phil Hurst.
Dubbing themselves The Mystery Girls, they played only one gig (opening for Sham 69 at Eric's in Liverpool in November 1977) before disintegrating.
Burns returned in 1979 with a new band, Nightmares in Wax, featuring a gothic post-punk sound, with backing from Hurst, keyboardist Martin Healy, bassist Walter Ogden, and guitarist Mick Reid.
Nightmares in Wax played their first gig at Eric's in February 1979, and were signed to the associated Eric's Records label, although their only recording, a three-track 7 inch EP entitled 'Birth of a Nation', was released in 1980 by Inevitable Records.
Two 12-inch singles were released featuring tracks from the 'Birth Of A Nation' single.
The first featured the two tracks from the EP, 'Black Leather' and 'Shangri-La', while the second featured all the tracks and was released in 1985).
The EP featured 'Black Leather', which halfway through turned into K.C. & the Sunshine Band's 'That's the Way' (a song later revived by Dead or Alive).
Click the Download link below to download the following: Black Leather Girl Song Shangri-La
'Ordinary Girl' is vocalist Alison Moyet's second single of 1987 from the album Raindancing.
The single failed to enter the UK top 40, peaking at number 43 for a total of four weeks, the first single of Moyet's to fail the top 40 at the time. Moyet's previous single 'Love Letters' peaked at number 4 in the UK.
A promotional video was created for the single as well as Moyet performing the song on ITV's short lived music show The Roxy and the "French and Saunders Show".
The song was also performed on "Pop goes New Year 1987" aboard the HMS Royal ship. She performed two other songs on the ship, 'Is This Love?' and 'Blow Wind Blow', both from the same album.
'Ordinary Girl' was written by Moyet along with British musician Jess Bailey and Rick Driscoll.
The B-Side for the single 'Palm Of Your Hand (Cloak And Dagger)' was exclusive to the single, written and produced by Dan Hartman.
Click the link below to download the following: Video Extended Version UK Dance Version Palm Of Your Hand (Cloak And Dagger) - B-Side
Right at the end of 1979 the Y.M.O. and Sandii began to record her debut for Alfa Records, 'Eating Pleasure', featuring lyrics by Yellow Magic Orchestra lyricist, Chris Mosdell, who, as he had done for YMO's Solid State Survivor also wrote the bulk of the lyrics for 'Eating Pleasure'.
At this point Makoto also wound up the Sunset Gang and Sandii & The Sunsetz were born. The two groups had the same members, but Sandii became lead vocalist.
01 - Idol Era 02 - Love Sick 03 - Drip Dry Eyes 04 - Shantith 05 - Alive 06 - Hey Rock A La La 07 - Eating Pleasure 08 - Jimmy Mack 09 - Zoot Kook 10 - Oinori
Blue Zoo released their first single in 1982 entitled 'I'm Your Man'.
For the 12″ single release, 'I’m Your Man' was remixed by Pete Hammond who would go on to much success in the late 80′s as a producer/remixer for the PWL label, home of hit record producers Stock Aitken Waterman.
The single managed to make it to number 55 on the UK Singles Charts.
Click the link below to download the following: Single Version Extended Version Fate - B-Side
Errol Brown released his first solo single in 1987 entitled 'Personel Touch'
Produced by Jolley and Swain the single managed to make it to number 25 in the UK singles charts.
Like a lot of singles some years ago I didn't keep the b-side so if anyone has this entitled 'Why Don't You Call Me' and the extended version of the title track, please let me know so I can add them to here.
Click the single to download the following: Single Version Video
Steve Jolley (1950) and Tony Swain (January 20, 1952) were a successful pop musician, songwriting and record production duo in the UK in the early to mid-1980s. They produced several hit albums and singles for Imagination, Bananarama, Spandau Ballet and Alison Moyet.
In 1985 they decided to release a single of their own, the instrumental track 'Soul street'. It sounds a lot like the music of the aforementioned bands. The single was taken from the album 'Backtrackin', also released in 1985.
They continued to produce artists like Diana Ross, Tom Robinson and Wang Chung, until they split up in 1987.
After splitting up Swain went on to produce Kim Wilde's million-selling "Close" album. Jolley set up a record label under his surname. Swain is now A and R manager at Universal Revords.
Click the link below to download the following Single Version Dance Mix Autumn Leaves - B-Side
Below is a clip from You Tube showing Ultravox working on their new album 'Brillianr'.
The album will be released on 28th May 2012.
Also here is a communication about getting access to some exclusive videos when you pre order from the bands web site.
A pre-order microsite will shortly be launched with links to major retailers - Amazon, Townsend, Play, HMV and iTunes - where you can pre-order thebrand new Ultravox album, 'Brilliant'. It's important that you wait and order through this microsite, even if you see it pop up on Amazon etc before then - because you'll get some exclusive video clips if you do! So please don't post any other link on Facebook, Twitter, forums etc - wait for the official pre-order site. Thank you!
Enjoy and looking forward to getting the new album.
Ultravox talking about making of the new album 'Brilliant'.
'Can't Wait Another Minute' is the name of a 1986 hit single by British pop group Five Star.
The single peaked at number 7 in the UK in April of that year and becoming the first release from their million-plus selling second album Silk And Steel.
The video features the band making a human clock, with all five members becoming the "hands" of the clock. The band's car also supposedly breaks down, and are late for a concert. The traffic lights change from "Wait" to "Can't Wait" to reflect the song's title.
Click the link below to download the following: Video Single Version Dub Version Extended Mix The M&M Remix Version Don't You Know I Love It - B-Side
'Between The Lines' is the second album released by the US band Spider.
Released in 1981 the second album is a more focused record than Spider's self-titled debut, so it's ultimately more enjoyable.
Their attitude doesn't sound quite so forced, and the arrangements are very pleasing, especially compared to the more chaotic first album.
Between the Lines also includes two tracks that were hits for other artists several years later: 'Change' (a moderate hit for John Waite) and 'Better Be Good to Me' (revamped by Tina Turner on her Private Dancer album).
Tracklisting: 01 - Change 02 - I Think I Like It 03 - Between The Lines 04 - It didn't Take Long 05 - Going By 06 - Better Be Good To Me 07 - Can't Live This Way Anymore 08 - Faces Are Changing 09 - Go And Run 10 - I Love
As you may all be awaire, over the last couple of weeks I have featured songs by Holly Knight.
Whether it be in her bands Spider or Device or solo.
Well here is her only solo album.
'Holly Knight' is the dubut solo album (and only album released) by the singer songwritter Holly Knight.
Released in 1988 I don't know if it ever charted. I know it ddn't here in the UK.
Tracklisting: 01 - Heart don't Fail Me Now 02 - Every Man's Fear 03 - Sexy Boy 04 - It's Only Me 05 - Palace Of Pleasure 06 - Why Don't 'Cha Love Me (Like You Used To) 07 - Baby Me 08 - Love Is A Battlefield 09 - Nature Of The Beast 10 - Howling At The Moon
Gleaming Spires was a New Wave Pop group in the 1980s.
Performing as Bates Motel they were enlisted by brothers Ron and Russell Mael to be a part of the 1981-85 incarnation of their band, Sparks. After completing demos with neophyte producer Stephen Hague, principal members Leslie Bohem and David Kendrick (later of Devo) recruited fellow Sparks members Jim Goodwin and Bob Haag to form Gleaming Spires with the blessing of the Mael brothers.
The band released their single 'How To Get Girls Through Hypnotism' in 1982.
Can not find any other info on this single or if it charted. Any more info anyone.