A re-appreciation of 80's vinyl.
BROTHER BEYOND - HE AIN’T NO COMPETITION (EXTENDED)
Brother Beyond was a late 80’s British boy band under the tutelage of Stock Aitken Waterman. They only released two albums before disbanding. This song comes from their first (and best) album, which was recently re-released (in Europe) on CD with bonus tracks. This remix was not included on the re-release.
I had suuuuuuuuch a crush on lead singer Nathan (second from left) at the time. So dreamy… When I found this 12” single recently I was so pleased to find that the record sleeve folds out into a giant poster. LOL!
CHARLIE SEXTON - IN DEEP (SINGLE VERSION)
Here’s another song from an 80’s movie soundtrack. I don’t believe this song ever appeared on any of Charlie’s solo albums and it was exclusive to the soundtrack of “Beverly Hills Cop II.” In fact, when I found the single it was the first time I had ever heard it. I’ve always liked Charlie. I was a bit obsessed with his debut album “Pictures For Pleasure” when it first came out. I still love that album. Particularly the two singles off it (Impressed/Beat’s So Lonely).
DOLBY’S CUBE Featuring CHERRY BOMB - DON’T TURN AWAY
I love this song! To me this is the best thing to come out of the entire HOWARD THE DUCK project. The strange and idiotic thing they did, however, was to NOT include this song on the soundtrack to the film! Well, the song is actually on the soundtrack, but it’s sung by Thomas Dolby instead of Lea Thompson (or “Cherry Bomb”) which is so stupid because Lea’s version is featured prominently in the movie. And her version is so, so far superior to Dolby’s. Luckily, they did have the courtesy to at least include Lea’s version as the b-side to the HOWARD THE DUCK single. [I apologize for the crackles and pops, but the quality of my copy of the vinyl this time isn’t too great.]
Funny thing about this movie…I know it bombed really bad when it first came out, but I loved it at the time. (That’s me…always going against popular opinion. LOL!) I watched it again a year or so ago and….Hmmmm…Can’t say I loved it too much anymore. I still love the soundtrack though! :)
DOLBY’S CUBE Featuring CHERRY BOMB - HOWARD THE DUCK
Today is Thanksgiving in the USA. Many people call it turkey day, since it’s traditional to have a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. So…instead of turkey I give you a duck. (Or, depending on your opinion, I give you a turkey. LOL!)
RE-FLEX - HURT (EMOTIONAL MIX/US VERSION)
Back in the 80’s I really only knew this band from their hit song, “The Politics of Dancing.” I recently acquired the one album they released in the 80’s [also called “The Politics of Dancing” (1983)] as well as this 12” single for “Hurt.” This band is actually quite good. They were set to release a second album (“Humanication”) in 1985, but it never got released because the record company thought it was too political. Lame! Anyway, that second album was eventually released on a special box set of rarities that came out in 2010. I’d love to get my hands on that.
The odd thing about this 12” single is that both sides list the remix of “Hurt” as the “Emotional Mix”…yet the two mixes are entirely different. After a search online I discovered that one version was for the UK market and one for the US market even though they used the same mix name. (Yet both are on this US single. LOL!) Anyway, here’s my favorite of the two…the US Version.
PAUL MCCARTNEY - LUNCH BOX/ODD SOX
This song appears as the b-side for the “Coming Up” single. It was not included on the recent deluxe edition remaster of the “McCartney II” album. And I can see why…it’s not particularly good.
DAN HARTMAN - SECOND NATURE (EXTENDED VERSION)
Dan Hartman is most well known for his hit song “I Can Dream About You,” which was originally featured in the film STREETS OF FIRE. (I loved that movie when I was a kid…especially the Diane Lane musical numbers.) I haven’t heard much of his musical oeuvre beyond that and this 12” single I found. I know that he died young due to an AIDS-related illness.
Oh, and he also produced the Paul King solo album that the previous song I posted comes from.
PAUL KING - STAR
King was a band famous for 80’s songs such as “Won’t You Hold My Hand Now” and “Love & Pride.” They released two albums. After the band broke up, lead singer Paul King released one solo album (which is where this song comes from). After that, apparently he was an MTV/VH1 VJ in Europe for many years.
BIG TROUBLE - WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD
I had no recollection of this band when I found this single in the bargain bin. Upon a Wikipedia search I discovered that the band was put together by a TV executive, similar to the origin of The Monkees. I don’t remember Big Trouble having a TV show, however. LOL! They only released one album, which is long out-of-print. Interestingly, Giorgio Moroder served as producer on the album and also co-wrote this song.
REGINA - HEAD ON
Regina was a mid-80’s Madonna-wannabe who had one hit with the song “Baby Love,” which was co-written by Stephen Bray, one of Madonna’s main songwriters in the 80’s. Anyway, here’s another song from the same album. And it is so very, very Madonna-ish…
COMBO AUDIO - SHADOW OCCUPATIONS
And here is the final track of Combo Audio’s 4-song self-titled EP. Sadly, the only music they ever released. :(
COMBO AUDIO - HI-FIDELITY SITUATIONS
Here is the first track on side 2 of Como Audio’s self-titled EP. Tomorrow I will post the final track.
COMBO AUDIO - MILITARY ENGLISH
Awhile back I posted the 80’s one-hit-wonder song “Romanticide” by this band Combo Audio. For those of you who love that song, I’m going to post the other three songs off their hard-to-find self-titled EP so you can hear those as well. (All two of you out there who follow my blog and are actually interested… LOL!) This is track 2 off the EP, right after “Romanticide.”
WHITNEY HOUSTON & JERMAINE JACKSON - SHOCK ME
Here’s another piece of Jermaine for you. This time a duet with our dearly departed Whitney. This song was a b-side. I believe it was also on the soundtrack to the movie “Perfect.”