A re-appreciation of 80's vinyl.
DANIELLE DAX - BIG HOLLOW MAN (REMIX)
Danielle Dax started out in a band called Lemon Kittens. She eventually went solo and released several albums/singles via an independent label. Her major label debut album “Dark Apted Eye” (where this song appears) was actually a collection of previously released material. She then went on to release only one original album on Sire Records. She never released any more music after that, aside from one (mostly) instrumental EP several years later. She’s also done some acting and now is an interior designer. This is her most well-known song.
DAVID BOWIE - NEVER LET ME DOWN (EXTENDED DANCE REMIX)
Here’s a remix of the title track from Bowie’s 1987 album “Never Let Me Down.” This album is much maligned, but I really don’t understand why. All of the singles are fantastic and most of the album tracks are great as well. Personally, I like this album as a whole better than any other full album he released during the entire decade following (“Tin Machine” through “Earthling”). Bowie has slowly released deluxe editions of about half of his catalog now and I hope they don’t keep ignoring his 80’s output.
WHAM! - CLUB FANTASTIC (MEGAMIX)
Well, summer is almost here and I’m going to have to take a break from my blog for a few weeks due to some construction going on in my apartment, so I will leave you with this summer jam. It’s a megamix of songs from WHAM!’s debut 1983 album “Fantastic.” Enjoy! See you soon…
MADONNA - IMPRESSIVE INSTANT (PETER RAUHOFER’S UNIVERSAL CLUB MIX)
Completely switching gears from 70’s rock to 21st century dance, here is a rare remix of Madonna’s “Impressive Instant.” Anyone who knows me knows that I am a massive Madonna fan. Unsurprisingly then, I totally freaked out when I found this promo 12” single. I had no idea any remixes had been done for this song, which comes from her 2000 album “Music.” It turns out that apparently it was supposed to be the fourth single from that album, but the release was cancelled due to a disagreement between Madonna and the record company. Bummer. This has always been one of my favorite songs on that album and I would have loved to have seen what kind of music video she made for it. Considering how remixes have consistently gotten worse since the 80’s, this one thankfully isn’t too bad…and it’s loooooong.
(And I promise I’ll get back to 80’s pop/new wave music after this!)
BAD COMPANY - SILVER, BLUE & GOLD
I knew absolutely nothing about Bad Company until I found out Paul Rodgers was the lead singer of the band. And I didn’t know anything about Paul Rodgers until he became a temporary lead singer for Queen. [Boy was that a bad idea…] Anyway, out of curiosity I bought this album from the bargain bin. It’s alright. Typical 70’s rock, I suppose. Rodgers definitely sounds more comfortable in this band than with Queen. This is my favorite track on the album.
ROGER TAYLOR - LET’S GET CRAZY
Queen is one of the best bands in the history of rock music. As much as I love them, I’ve never really explored any of the band member’s solo material. Recently, I picked up a copy of Roger Taylor’s debut solo album “Fun in Space.” It’s certainly no Queen, but it’s OK. Maybe it’ll grow on me in time. This is one of the better songs on the album.
And for the record, I enjoy both Roger Taylor’s and Brian May’s singing voices. It’s too bad they didn’t pick up the slack and take over vocal duties after Freddie Mercury died. It’s not like they hadn’t sung lead on Queen songs before. And all four guys are songwriters. They could have just changed their band name and continued making awesome music. *sigh*
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - DANCING IN THE DARK (BLASTER MIX)
I’ve never been much of a Bruce Springsteen fan, but every once in a while he puts out a song I really like a lot. This is one of them, in remix form.
Side Note: My all-time favorite Springsteen song is “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” from his 2007 album “Magic.” I first heard that song while shopping, ironically enough, in a clothing store and I just about lost my mind I loved it so much. Check it out!
Henry Ward Beecher
ROCK AND HYDE - DIRTY WATER (EXTENDED VERSION)
I previously posted Canadian band The Payolas’ song “Eyes of a Stranger” on my blog. The Payolas struggled to find success outside Canada and in 1987 changed their name to Rock and Hyde. They only released one album under this moniker. This was one of the singles.
KING - ALONE WITHOUT YOU (CLUB MIX)
I’ve posted about King before, so I don’t have anything new to say about him. Here’s another song of his in remix form.
P.P. ARNOLD - ELECTRIC DREAMS (INTERNATIONAL DATELINE MIX)
This is the title track for the 1984 film “Electric Dreams.” I LOVED this movie back when it first came out. Admittedly, my love was largely due to the film’s amazing soundtrack. I saw the movie recently at a special screening and it certainly does not hold up well. But I suppose it’s an interesting time capsule regarding computer technology. My how things have changed.
P.P. Arnold is an American singer and actress. A successful solo career never really panned out for her, but she worked with many famous musicians as a session singer and touring vocalist. She also did stage and TV work.
PETE SHELLEY - I SURRENDER
Here’s a track from Pete Shelley’s third solo album, “Heaven and the Sea.” At this point he was trying to sound more polished and generic pop-ish, which would be fine if his voice was suited for that kind of stuff. I’m not a big fan of this album. This is the best track though.
PETE SHELLEY - HOMOSAPIEN
Here’s the title track from Pete Shelley’s first solo album. Although his voice can be sometimes hard to take, the album isn’t that bad. I’ve always loved this particular song.
CAMOUFLAGE - THE GREAT COMMANDMENT (12” MIX)
I’ve posted about this band before. Love ‘em. This remains my favorite song of theirs.
BALTIMORA - TARZAN BOY
I always thought Baltimora was just a stage name for one individual, but apparently they were a 6-piece band from Italy, except for the lead singer who was from Ireland. Word has it that the front man/lead singer Jimmy McShane in reality only provided background vocals while the lead vocals were secretly performed by the keyboardist and main songwriter Maurizio Bassi. (“Another Milli Vanilli,” you say?)
McShane, who is the only band member to appear in the music video for this song, died of AIDS related complications in 1995. Baltimora released two albums, but they will always be known as a one-hit-wonder.