Speaking of Prince… Let me briefly jump away from the 80’s-era vinyl I normally post to include this new song that was recently released by Prince to support the Minneapolis public radio station The Current. I like it, despite the fake live audience he tacked to the beginning of the song. It’s a rocker. I always prefer rocker Prince to jazzy Prince. I think Prince is an unsung guitar hero.
Kon Kan were a Canadian duo that were active in the late 80’s. This was their only hit. It contains a significant sample of Lynn Anderson’s country tune “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden.” I remember really liking this song back in the day…enough to make me buy their entire album, which was terrible.
This is the second song now that I’ve posted from Breathe. This is the song that made me fall in love with the band. I think it’s a beautiful ballad. I recently found an import 12” single that had an extended mix of the song that I didn’t know existed. Their debut album is just so good. Too bad their follow-up was so terrible. Anyway, I’m very happy to have found this. ENJOY!
Another Depeche Mode song already? YES! Depeche recently released another collection of remixes, which is notable because the third disc of all-new mixes includes a remix from both Alan Wilder & Vince Clarke. (They’re both former DM band members, if you’re not already gobsmacked by those names.) I, for one, have been in mourning ever since Alan Wilder left the band. To me, their music has never been as interesting nor as vital as when he was involved. (And, strangely, I don’t care for Alan’s solo project Recoil at all.) I will probably go to my death bed still wishing Alan would rejoin the band.
So for him to put his own spin on a post-departure Depeche song has got me in a tizzy. He chose “In Chains,” which is from DM’s most recent album “Sounds of the Universe” (which, I must admit, I’ve probably only listened to four or five times). I absolutely love his version. It starts out slow, but gradually builds. And it sounds like it could have come directly from the “Songs of Faith & Devotion” album, which was the last DM album Alan actually worked on. It’s very bittersweet, for me, listening to this mix. I really, really, really wish he’d return to the band.
My appreciation of Sheena Easton has grown through the years. After all, she did co-write and duet on one of my top five favorite Prince songs ever (“The Arms of Orion”). You can often find her 12” singles in bargain bins. Here’s a remix of her song “Swear,” which came from her 1984 album “A Private Heaven.”
This song was removed from Depeche’s debut album “Speak & Spell” when it was released in the US. It then only appeared on the Warner Bros Records b-side collection “Revenge of the Killer B’s, Vol. 2.” Since then it was released on the 2-disc remaster of “S&S” that came out a few years back. (I still hate Depeche for making all the bonus tracks on those remasters DVD-ONLY! Damn them! I refuse to buy them for that reason.) Anyway, it’s an upbeat ditty from the masterful Vince Clarke.
This is one of my all-time favorite INXS songs. It comes from what I consider to be their best album, “The Swing.” This version of the song is essentially the single version, as it was released in the USA on the 7” and a promo 12”. I do like this remixed version better than the album version. R.I.P. Michael Hutchence… Suicide? Auto-erotic asphyxiation? Just sad he’s gone…