A re-appreciation of 80's vinyl.
OMD - BRIDES OF FRANKENSTEIN (MIX)
OMD (or, Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark) reformed a few years ago and started making really incredibly good music again. Both albums they’ve released since they reformed (“History of Modern” & “English Electric”) have been amazing. It’s so nice to have one of the great 80’s bands making music that references their earlier material a great deal, yet still sounds contemporary. They are making me so happy. I wish other bands would do the same.
Anyway, this 12” single came out in 1988. It’s not a new song, but actually a mega-mix of several of their songs. While I love, love, love remixes from the 80’s, I generally don’t care for mega-mixes. A remix can be a fascinating expansion of the original song. Mega-mixes usually sound like lame album-samplers to me. There are some exceptions. This is one.
I believe this song/single was only released in the USA. The 12” includes this “Mix” and on the b-side a “Dub.”
ADAM & THE ANTS - PHYSICAL (YOU’RE SO)
This is one of my favorite songs from Adam & the Ants. I think originally it was just a b-side, but it also appears on this “Antmusic EP” UK-only release (and probably a greatest hits collection or two). The EP titles this song “Physical,” but I believe elsewhere the official title is “Physical (You’re So).” Nine Inch Nails did a popular cover version of this song.
BLUE YONDER - HOUSE OF LOVE
Yes, this is now three “Who are they?” artists in a row. But I love scrounging through bargain bins! You never know what treasures you may find. And it always amazes me that there were so many bands out there in the 80’s that I’ve never heard of before. Ah, life before the internet…
Blue Yonder only released one album. This was the lead single and it’s the best track on the album. Unfortunately, it’s not what I would consider a found treasure.
WORLD SITIZENZ - GIVE ME TIME
Here’s another bargain bin discovery. I can’t seem to find any information on this band, other than that this self-titled 1985 album was their one and only release. This is my favorite track off the album. (PS: I HATE the way they spell their name.)
ALL THAT JAZZ - RUN! HIDE!
All That Jazz were a rock band active from the mid to late 80’s. They weren’t very successful. In fact, after Johnny Hates Jazz had a couple hits, the record company wanted them to change their name to ATJ. They told the record company to fuck off.
This song comes from their debut self-titled album. They disbanded shortly after their second album was released (only in Scandinavia).
VINCE CLARKE & RICHARD BUTLER - WORK IT OUT
Have you ever thought of mixing Erasure with The Psychedelic Furs? Yeah, me neither, but this isn’t bad at all! Apparently Vince Clarke was hired to write a song for the TV show “Johnny Bravo” and they got Psych Furs lead singer Richard Butler to sing it. It’s very short, but I love it! A surprise pairing that works out fantastically.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN - BEDBUGS & BALLYHOO (CLUB REMIX)
Here’s another remix of an Echo & the Bunnymen song. The original version of this track, as with “Lips Like Sugar,” comes from their 1987 self-titled album.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN - LIPS LIKE SUGAR (12” MIX)
Echo & the Bunnymen have had a fairly storied career, with a band member death, lineup changes, and even a replacement lead singer at one point. And they still continue to make music today. (A new album is coming out this year.) I enjoy this band, but for me they’ve always been more of a ‘singles band’ for me. Meaning: I tended to only buy the singles and not the albums. I think “Ocean Rain” is the only full album I ever bought of theirs. (Well, and the singles collection. LOL!) Anyway, here’s one of my favorite singles of theirs in remix form. The song comes from their self-titled album released in 1987.
APOLLONIA 6 - SEX SHOOTER
Prince. Need I say more?…
NO SOVEREIGN - KNOW LOVE SO WELL
I’m having a really hard time finding any information on this band, so I have nothing to say here. As far as I know this was their only single. It’s another bargain bin purchase for me. The song “Showdown” is actually the A-side of the single, but both versions on my 12” had skips in them. No biggie though because I actually prefer this b-side song. This single is a nice piece of 80’s freestyle.
MICHAEL DAVIDSON - TURN IT UP (7” REMIX)
This song comes from the soundtrack to Madonna’s 1987 movie “Who’s That Girl.” It’s a Stock Aitken Waterman production. Apparently Davidson recorded only one other song in his career…a song called “Warehouse” that was released as a single in 1989.
GREG KIHN BAND - JEOPARDY (DANCE MIX)
I know almost nothing about the Greg Kihn Band. But when I was a kid the music video for this song was played over and over and over on MTV. I grew to love it and I still love it to this day. I was very excited to find this 12” single the other day. It includes a dance mix and an instrumental.
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever even heard another Greg Kihn song other than this. LOL!
[EDIT: Thank you SHOESANDSOCKS! Yes, I have heard “The Breakup Song.” I had no idea that song was his. Two-hit wonder, indeed. Thanks for reminding me!]
THE COUNCIL COLLECTIVE - SOUL DEEP
The Council Collective is basically the band The Style Council with a few extra artists involved. It was a charity one-off single released back in 1984 to raise money for a miner’s strike that was going on at the time. This 12” single only contains the one song on it. The b-side is actually a 17 minute spoken word interview with a couple of the miners involved in the strike. Not Paul Weller’s best work, but it’s an alright song. It’s definitely an interesting curiosity because I doubt it was ever released in the USA.
A-HA - I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU (EXTENDED MIX)
I love this song! This is probably my all-time favorite song of theirs. Or maybe it’s tied with “The Sun Always Shines on TV?” Or at least it’s in the top 5! Anyway, this was the lead single from a-ha’s second album, “Scoundrel Days.” I looooooooove that album! To me, that is their masterpiece. (Rather than their debut album, which most people tend to prefer…probably because of “Take On Me.”)
I remember when I first heard this song…I was so surprised! “Wow, this is so different from their first album,” I thought. This was a darker song, with a more organic sound. I practically wore my record out I played the album so much. This extended remix appears on the 2010 remastered CD re-release of “Scoundrel Days.” The b-side track (“This Alone is Love”) also appears on the CD, but sadly they did not include the “Dub” version from the 12” on the CD.