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).
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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 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…
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.”
These two owe their success to George Michael. Pepsi & Shirley were the original backup singers for WHAM! It only goes to show you the magnitude of WHAM!’s success that their backup singers got a recording contract on their own.
Pepsi & Shirlie released two albums before drifting off into obscurity. This song comes from their first album, “All Right Now.” [Side note: Shirley married Martin Kemp, bass player for Spandau Ballet.]
I’m gonna continue the 70’s disco cheese with this track by Yvonne Elliman. She got her start after playing Mary Magdalene in the original Broadway cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Then she became a disco singer and even had a song on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.
I was first introduced to this song via Liza Minnelli’s 1989 album “Results,” which was produced by the Pet Shop Boys (and is essentially a PSB album that just happens to have Liza singing the vocals). It was my favorite song off that album and I was really happy when I found this 12” single of the original version in the bargain bin.
LOVE UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA - THEME FROM KING KONG (PART 1)
I’m dipping into the 70’s for this next cheesefest. Here’s the mega disco-flavored theme song from the 1976 Dino De Laurentiis movie “King Kong.”
Funny thing is, I remember loving this movie as a kid, but I saw it again a couple years ago and it’s atrocious. (And I think it was also Jessica Lange’s first film role.)
When I found this 7” single in the bargain bin I was not only taken aback by its hysterical cover picture, but perplexed because I had no recollection of what the theme song sounded like (even though I had re-watched it not long ago). The Love Unlimited Orchestra was soul/funk/disco singer Barry White’s backing band…or, “orchestra.” Disco must have been at its peak when this came out because the song seems wildly inappropriate for a King Kong movie. LOL! [Random fact: Ray Parker Jr., who sang the theme to “Ghostbusters,” was a member of the Love Unlimited Orchestra.]
I’m in the mood to burn through some of my cheesier music I’ve saved for posting. Let’s start with “Pac-Man Fever.” I have no idea who Buckner & Garcia are, but I think this was the very first song written about (and featuring sounds from) a video game. If I remember correctly, this song was quite popular. LOL! Ah, the 80’s…
I’d never heard of this movie (or the TV show it’s based on) until just this morning. Hopefully I can find an English-subtitled version to watch because it looks like cheesy 80’s goodness. Plus, so many music stars of the day, like Falco, Limahl, & Meatloaf, are actually in it! Crazy! (Thanks to superdeluxeedition.com for the info/link.)
Just got an email from Tumblr reminding me that today marks the 3 year anniversary of my blog. Geez…time flies… (And maybe I should update it more often?! LOL!)
Here is a song from the Buggles. They are well known for “Video Killed the Radio Star,” which was the first music video ever shown on MTV. (I wonder what the last music video played was before they completely stopped being a music channel?…) Both songs come from the same album. It’s interesting to note that the Buggles’ lead singer, Trevor Horn, went on to become a world-famous music producer and founding member of The ART of Noise. (And indeed, he’s one of my all-time favorite producers. Knowing he’s involved is almost always a mark of quality.)
I’ve always loved this one-hit-wonder. I don’t know anything about this band though. (The only other song of theirs I’ve even heard is the b-side to this 45.) I remember hearing at one point that this song is about masturbation. I never pay attention to lyrics, so I don’t know…
Yes, Missing Persons actually did a cover of The Door’s song “Hello, I Love You.” I was so shocked I bought this 7” the moment I saw it. They are a band I’ve always enjoyed, but have never explored beyond the singles. I guess it’s time I finally did explore their catalog.
Upon checking their discography I see that a live version of “Hello, I Love You” is included as a CD bonus track on their third album, which is interesting because this studio version is the b-side to a song from the first album. Hmmm…Maybe this song was a staple in their live shows? Who knows?…
This song appears as the b-side to Eurythmics’ “Don’t Ask My Why” 7” single. It was NOT included on the 2005 remastered deluxe edition of the “We Too Are One” album on CD. This is a MAJOR point of contention for me, as this is song is my FAVORITE song from this era of the band! They included other, lesser b-sides on the remaster but not this one! WHY?!?!? ARGH!!!!!! I will go to my grave being angry about that. :(
I miss Eurythmics. I do enjoy Annie’s solo stuff, but none of it is nearly as good as Eurythmics, IMHO.
I know nothing about Tim Scott, other than that he wrote this song, which was eventually covered quite successfully by Sheena Easton. His version appears on this EP titled the same as the song. It’s not far off from Easton’s version.
Here’s another band where I loved the singles that I heard but never bought their album. Once again it was probably due to either having no money, or when I did have money it would go to Star Wars. In 1998 I got The Singles Collection 86>98 on cd. It included lots of my favorite songs from DM. I was happy with the collection cd in my wonderful ignorance of any other music from the band. Years later, my friend Steve Marine lets me borrow three of Depeche Mode’s albums. The first album is CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN released in 1983. It includes great singles “Love, In Itself”, and “Everything Counts.” Those are the songs I remember hearing way back in high school. Other good songs are “Told You So”, and “The Landscape is Changing.” Quite a good album.
Sharing this song ‘cause I love it so much. This is my friend’s music blog he started. He seems to update his blog much more frequently than I seem to mine nowadays, so check him out! Now if only I could convince him to listen to every Depeche Mode song ever made. ;)
OK, one last Hubert Kah remix. I promise I won’t post any more Hubert Kah after this! LOL! This remix was available exclusively on the US 12” single until the new 2-disc remix collection came out. Again, if you like the band this collection is a must have. Tons of rare mixes you aren’t gonna find any where else any time soon. Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/so80s-Presents-Hubert-Kah/dp/B005CRR0QS/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_2
I recently discovered an amazing 2-CD collection of remixes from one of my favorite unsung 80’s electronic bands, Hubert KaH. I’ve posted a couple of their songs on my blog before. If you like their stuff I encourage you to buy this new remix collection… So Eighties Presents: Hubert KaH (Curated by Blank & Jones). It has every remix of theirs I’ve ever wanted on CD, plus ones I didn’t even knew existed! It’s a fantastic set! http://www.amazon.com/so80s-Presents-Hubert-Kah/dp/B005CRR0QS/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_2
This song was also featured on the soundtrack to the 1985 movie “Gotcha!” starring Anthony Edwards.
*sigh* I just don’t seem to be able to find the time to post to this blog as much as I’d like to. Sorry. Here’s yet another serendipitous find. I had no idea who this band was when I picked it out of the bargain bin, so I was very delighted to find that it had a song on it that I remember hearing on the radio a lot in my childhood. Here it is. Maybe you’ll recognize it too?…
I love pretty much everything Prince did with Sheena Easton. (Especially the song “The Arms of Orion,” which appears on the BATMAN soundtrack.) Here is the extended remix of their infamously sexually suggestive collaboration “Sugar Walls.” The original version appears on her album “A Private Heaven.” Prince’s involvement in the song uses one of my favorite pseudonyms of his: Alexander Nevermind. LOL!
PETER GABRIEL - DON’T GIVE UP (ALTERNATIVE VERSION - PIANO & BVOX MIX)
So here’s the last of the three exclusive tracks from the “So” remastered deluxe box set. This time it’s not a new track, but a different version of a song that already exists on the album. I absolutely LOVE this version. The extra background vocals from the goddess Kate Bush add a lot to the song. I’m surprised this version never surfaced before. They could have easily included it as a bonus track on the original 12” single, which had no alternative version other than a shorter edit of the song.
Well, I figured out how to reduce the mp3 file size, so now I can present to you the other two Peter Gabriel rarities from the “So” remastered deluxe box set. (And, I’m also wondering how many other things iTunes can do that I don’t know about. LOL!) “Courage” is my favorite of the 3 exclusive tracks. It’s a great song that easily could have been part of “So.” It’s kind of a shame most people won’t get to hear this song unless they buy the super-expensive deluxe set (and own a turntable).
Peter Gabriel recently released a remastered version of his hit 1986 album “So” in several variations. The most expensive big boxed set included a vinyl 12-inch that included 3 previously unreleased songs (which do not appear on any other version in any format). Here’s one of the songs off that bonus 12-inch. It’s the worst of the 3, but it’s the only one I have with a file size small enough to post. If I can find a way to reduce the file size of the other two I will post them as well. Hopefully this will help you decide whether or not you want to shell out all that money for 3 extra songs!
Here’s the b-side to Cyndi’s “Goonies” single. Cyndi is one artist that is WAY overdue for a re-release of material in remastered form with b-sides, remixes, and rarities. Why has this not happened yet?!?!?!? UGH!
Here’s another track from Hubert Kah. This one’s a bit rare. I had never actually heard the song before I found this 12” single. This song only appeared on the soundtrack to the 1985 movie “Once Bitten” and never on a Hubert Kah album. Luckily, they did include the song (plus remixes) as the b-side to “It’s Me Cathy (Follow My Heart).”
HUBERT KAH - SO MANY PEOPLE (REMIX SINGLE VERSION)
Hubert Kah is a German synthpop band. Some of their albums were sung in English and some in German. This song, the one that introduced me to the band and made me fall in love with them, is from their record “Sound of My Heart.” This album is their only one to get a US release. (Unless you count the remix collection they put out of songs from this album.) I still look back and wonder why they weren’t more successful. It really is a fantastic collection of songs. I’ll probably post more of their remixes soon. :)
ROBERT PALMER - DISCIPLINE OF LOVE (ERIC THORNGREN MIX)
Here’s a song that appeared on Robert Palmer’s 1985 album RIPTIDE. This remixed version of the song is not named on the 12” single, so I just named it after the remixer. Eric Thorngren also worked with Eurythmics back in the 80’s.
PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION - 4 THE TEARS IN YOUR EYES
Prince infamously never showed up the night they recorded the charity song “We Are The World.” (Which is a shame because the part he was supposed to sing was to be a duet with Michael Jackson.) Nevertheless, as an apology he did donate an exclusive song to the USA for Africa benefit album. To me, “4 The Tears In Your Eyes” sounds very much like the stuff from the “Around the World in a Day” album. A live version of this song did eventually appear as a bonus track on Prince’s “The Hits/The B-Sides” compilation album.
“I heard once that all art aspires to what music can do. Maybe because it bypasses the mind and can’t be rationalized. You hear a song and you feel it. It speaks to another part of our make-up - our hearts and our bodies and our souls.”—Richard LaGravenese
Dropbears were an early 80’s Australian band. I’d never heard of them until I found this 12” single in a bargain bin. Apparently they only released a few singles, but never a full album. Funny how fleeting some bands can be…
This is the extended mix of what was supposedly their most popular single. I don’t think it’s very interesting. That may be why they weren’t very successful. LOL!
After Blondie broke up in the early 80’s, Debbie Harry worked with Giorgio Moroder for the second time [Blondie’s “Call Me” was the first] to create this theme song for the 1983 film SCARFACE. Here’s the extended version of the song. (I’m not a very big fan of this song, to be honest.)
Here’s another song I remember from my youth, but I didn’t know who sang it until I happened upon this album. Payolas were a Canadian band. They were successful in Canada, but never in the U.S. (They also wrote the song “Tears Are Not Enough” which was sung by Northern Lights - the Canadian equivalent to Band Aid & USA for Africa.) Mick Ronson produced the album this song comes from. The album has never been available on CD. This song was also featured on the “Valley Girl” soundtrack.
Well here’s the other track from Midge Ure’s rarities CD that I promised to post. I love this one as well. It’s kind of bittersweet hearing these songs. I really, really, really wish Midge & Mick & Steve & Richard had completed an album together. It would have been truly amazing. Sadly, Mick Karn is no longer with us, otherwise I would have been willing to start an online petition! :)
Here’s Midge’s personal handwritten comments directly from the CD about each song:
Get a Life "At one point I dabbled with the idea of forming a band with the nucleus of the band Japan. We recorded a couple of things but didn’t take it any further. Maybe we should have!" [Yes, Midge, yes indeed.]
Cry "Another track from the Japan boys. This is a copy of a copy of a rough mix. If you listen out you can hear the mic kick in just before the vocal starts."
Again, this CD is available to purchase via midgeure.com. ENJOY!
Hello! Long time no listen! Sorry I have ignored my blog for so very, very, very long. Work, gym, dating (or, usually and frustratingly, a lack thereof), my new PS3…these things all seem to take over nowadays. ;) Nevertheless, here I am…Back to deliver quite a special track!
I recently got to see one of my biggest musical idols, Midge Ure, in concert. (An early birthday gift from my awesome friend Richard! THANKS RICHARD!) It was an amazing show, as was to be expected from him, but I also had the great fortune of picking up Midge’s CD of rarities called “Little Orphans” that he was selling there. It’s a spectacular collection of previously unreleased songs from all stages of his musical career. The highlight of the CD, however, are two songs that he recorded with the three remaining members of Japan after David Sylvian left the band. In the liner notes he says that they got together and were toying with the idea of creating a new group with Midge as the new lead singer. My mind EXPLODED hearing this news. I really wish they had gone to completion with the idea/project, but sadly they didn’t. But, thanks to Midge and this CD of rarities, we now have two of the songs they recorded together before abandoning the project! Here is the first song (which is also the first song on the CD) called “Get a Life.” I absolutely LOVE it and I hope you do too!!!
I will post the other song later this week. ENJOY!
PS: This CD can be purchase directly via his website at midgeure.com.
Here is another serendipitous find. I won a contest on the amazing and fabulous website www.superdeluxeedition.com. My prize was a compilation CD put together by Mixmag Magazine in celebration of the “classic and rare songs from the birth of electro.” On it are songs from OMD, Human League, Roxy Music, Devo, Yazoo, etc., as well as many tracks from artists I had not heard of before. One of those artists was Telex. Yet, as I played the first track on the first CD I realized this was a song I remembered from my youth that I always loved but never knew who performed it. YAY! Another great find!!! I’m posting it now for your pleasure, and maybe it’s one you’ve always loved too?…
Again, please head over to www.superdeluxeedition.com. It’s a great website for music fans and you’ll love it! (Plus, they have contests all the time. If I can win, so can you!)
I don’t know much about Gino Vannelli. I do love this song though. I know this guy has had a pretty long career that started in the 70’s, but I’ve only heard two of his albums…The one that this song comes from (which is also titled “Black Cars” and is 80’s-era pop goodness) and the album he released before that (“Nightwalker”) which I didn’t really like at all. This is a fun song.