During the early 80’s, Midge Ure was lead vocalist to the band Ultravox (one of my all-time favorite bands). During this time he was quite busy because he also was involved in Visage as well as producing other bands, such as Peter Godwin, Modern Man, The Atrix, Ronny, Fatal Charm, Corect Spelling, Snips and Strasse. I was lucky enough to find this UK 7” single for one of the Strasse songs that Midge worked on. It’s very much the ‘sound’ he was creating at the time. (And the b-side is an instrumental that sounds so much like Ultravox you’d think it was them if you didn’t know the truth.) I hope to collect all the music that Midge produced during this period because I think he had quite the magic touch at the time. As for the band Strasse, I know nothing about them. But I do know that strasse is the German word for street, so maybe they were a German band?
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN & ANDY GIBB - REST YOUR LOVE ON ME (LIVE)
This song comes from a charity recording called “The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song.” I guess it was a big deal back in 1979, but I had never heard about it until I found the record in a thrift store. The other artists who performed and appear on the album include: ABBA, Earth Wind & Fire, The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson & Rita Cooledge. This particular song also appeared on Andy Gibb’s final studio album “After Dark,” but this may be the only time the two of them performed it live together.
King Swamp existed during the very late 80’s. They were formed from former members of the band Shriekback. They only released two albums before disbanding. This song was the “hit” single from their eponymous debut album.
Did anyone see the VH-1 “Bands Reunited” episode featuring Scandal? I was lucky enough to be in the audience (front row!) for the taping of the band reunion concert. I can’t tell you how much fun that was! They played a five-song set, then re-played two of the songs for more coverage. “Goodbye To You” was one of the songs they performed twice. Patty Smyth seemed deliriously happy to be there. In fact, between the 5-song set and the encore she came down and literally kissed every person in the front row, including me and my friend Richard! Her husband, John McEnroe was watching from the back of the room. It was a really amazing experience and I’m so glad I had that opportunity!
Here is the b-side from the “Chamber of Hellos” 12” single I posted yesterday. I like this song just as much as “Chamber.” This is also an exclusive extended remix. Both songs come from Wire Train’s debut album “In a Chamber.” There’s something about this song that always makes me think is should have been on a John Hughes movies soundtrack. (Or was it and I’m just forgetting?…)
I don’t know much about this band. I vaguely remember this song from back in the 80’s, but I couldn’t tell you if I’ve ever seen the video. (And it was ALL about the video back then, wasn’t it? Ah, the early days of MTV…) Another bargain bin find. It’s not a bad album, but not great either. I can see why they were never on my radar back then. This song was the “hit” single from the album, their second of only two albums before disbanding.