Released in 1982, “Nowhere Girl” was B Movie’s third single. Although the song was popular around the world (and is probably the only B Movie song known by the American audience), it wasn’t until 1985 and after several band member changes before the band actually released a full album, which bombed. I’ve always loved this song. I’ve never actually heard any of their other stuff, aside from the song that appears as the b-side on this 12” single. Truly a one-hit-wonder. This is the extended version.
Side Note: This song appears on a really great remix collection called “Future Retro” that came out in 2006. It features 14 current (as of 2006) remixes of 80’s-era tracks by artists such as: The Cure, Erasure, Yaz, Devo, Alphaville, Depeche Mode, New Order & more. The remixes are actually pretty good. And honestly, in my opinion, the entire CD is worth buying for the amazing remix of Morrissey’s “Suedehead” by the band Sparks. Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Future-Retro-Devo/dp/B000DZ94Z4 I actually wrote a fan letter (tweet, actually) to the guy who compiled this CD and begged him to do another one, but he said he tried and the record company said no. :(
New Musik was a British new wave band from the early 80’s. This recording comes from their debut EP “Straight Lines.” The song also appears on their first full-length album, “From A to B.” They released 3 albums before disbanding in 1982. Lead singer and frontman for the band Tony Mansfield went on to be a successful music producer, working with A-Ha, Naked Eyes, The Damned, Captain Sensible, Aztec Camera, and The B-52’s. This particular song has been covered by the bands Alphaville and Camouflage.
My first introduction to Rachel Sweet was through John Waters’ film “Hairspray.” She sings the title song. She then went on to provide the singing vocals for Amy Locane’s (lead) character in Waters’ musical “Cry Baby.” I fell in love with her voice through these two films.
Before her involvement with John Waters she had a solo career, releasing four albums between 1978 and 1982. This song comes from her sophomore album, “Protect the Innocent.” It’s the only solo album of her’s I’ve heard so far. I did discover, however, that she released a version of “Shadows of the Night” (on her third album) a full year before Pat Benatar recorded it and made it a hit. You can listen to her version on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqf5ojFVsMU
In 1982 she also starred in a musical called “Rock ‘N Roll Hotel,” which was never released in theaters or on video, but apparently was shown on HBO at the time. It also starred Judd Nelson. (He sings?…) I’d love to see it.
MIDGE URE - CALL OF THE WILD (Live at the Prince’s Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party)
Well, hello stranger! Sorry I have been absent for so, so, so long. My excuses: work & laziness. Plus, I wanted to see how the downloads thing went. Sadly, it was kind of a bust. A total of 11 songs were downloaded a total of 17 times. (Peter Godwin’s “Images of Heaven” was the winner with 3 downloads!) Sadly, SendSpace has now deleted every single damn song I uploaded (aside from the aforementioned 11 songs) due to inactivity. UGH! Those last 11 songs are still there, but I’m sure in time will disappear as well. *sigh* I was gonna start uploading each song to SendSpace with each new post, but if the demand isn’t there, I’m not gonna waste my time. Instead, if you hear a song you really want a copy of (and it’s not commercially available), just ask and I’ll upload it for you. Anyway, back to the blog post…
What better way to celebrate the return of my blog than with Midge Ure, music god extraordinaire?! This is a live version of his song “Call of the Wild,” a song that was released as a single but never appeared on an album of his (aside from compilations). This was recorded at the Prince’s Trust 10th Anniversary back in 1986. The record that was released from this show also included songs from Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Elton John, Level 42, Howard Jones, Big Country, Phil Collins & Suzanne Vega. Being a live recording this isn’t the best version of this fantastic song, but I thought I’d share for those of you who might be interested to hear. Plus, it’s Midge!