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!
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.
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.
DEBBIE GIBSON - ONLY IN MY DREAMS (EXTENDED CLUB MIX)
Oh Debbie…look at that hair! I half-expect some sharks to come flying out of it. ;)
HUBERT KAH - LIMOUSINE (AMERICAN REMIX)
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
HUBERT KAH - ANGEL 07 (ROCK REMIX)
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.
SHEENA EASTON - SUGAR WALLS (RED MIX)
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.
HUBERT KAH - THE PICTURE (12” REMIX)
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.
DROPBEARS - SHALL WE GO (Extended)
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!
DEBBIE HARRY - RUSH RUSH (EXTENDED VERSION)
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.)
THIS WAY UP - TELL ME WHY (EXTENDED VERSION)
After Culture Club disbanded, lead guitarist Roy Hay formed another band called This Way Up. They release 3 singles and one album, all of which bombed. This is the extended mix of their first single.
TELEX - MOSKOW DISKOW (FRENCH EXTENDED VERSION)
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!)