I keep coming across flexi discs tucked away inside some of the sturdier picture sleeves in my collection so it’s about time I shared some.
This 1981 Smash Hits freebie, hidden inside my copy of OMD’s Red Frame White Light, features two tracks and they sound pretty good for a 26 year old flexi disc.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Pretending to See The Future (Live)
The original version of Pretending to See The Future was the last track on OMD’s debut album and featured a laid back vocal. It seems they felt this wouldn’t work well live and performed it with a more strident vocal. They kept this arrangement when I saw them on the Organisation tour.
Nash the Slash – Swing Shift (Flexi Version)
Older readers may remember Nash the Slash supporting Gary Numan on the 1980 Teletour. Dressed like the invisible man, with surgical bandages covering his face, Nash The Slash was a one man band who played violin, mandolin and keyboards with a drum machine (and sequencer?) and various effects to create a unique and interesting live show. He is Canadian and his real name may or may not be Jeff Plewman. I am only familiar with one of his albums, Children of the Night, and without the visual aspect some of the impact is lost, but it is worth checking out. The CD re-issue of this album features the full version and this flexi-version of Swing Shift. Amazon in Canada seems to be the best place to get a copy.