Wednesday, 24 December 2008

and so this is Christmas...

Just got time to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone who has dropped by to read this blog over the past year. I had planned a tribute to Jorma Kaukonen yesterday in honour of his 68th birthday but it will have to wait for the new year.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Happy Birthday Bill

Happy Birthday Bill Nelson (60 today). Regular readers will both know that I am a bit of a Bill Nelson fan (I’m experimenting with understatement). My first ever experimental post was Electrical Language by Be Bop Deluxe partly because traditionally it’s the first song I play on any new equipment but mostly because it’s a great song. Indeed, this blog was going to be called ‘Electrical Language’ but I wanted to give it a name that reflected the fact that it featured mostly vinyl rips, so I took the title of a Be Bop Deluxe compilation CD, Raiding The Divine Archive, and adapted it slightly. The picture above was taken by me at a Red Noise concert in Southampton in 1979 with a cheap camera that I didn’t mind being confiscated by security if I got caught.

I’ve been following Bill since 1976 when, as a 15-year old, I bought the Hot Valves EP and didn’t stop playing it for months. The most money I’ve ever spent on a record was for one of his: £40 for the ‘Teenage Archangel’ single about ten years ago. I didn’t even have a turntable at the time and had to go to a friends house to play it. Today I checked out his website and found he has a single for free download. I don’t know how long these songs will be available so my advice is get them now.

As a treat for any Bill Nelson fans dropping in here, here is a 1981 instrumental by Bill under the pseudonym ‘Revox Cadets’:

mp3: Revox Cadets - Tony Goes To Tokyo (and rides the bullet train) (1981)

Saturday, 6 December 2008


I just got my first takedown notice. I was beginning to feel left out. Apparently Yello and The The got me into trouble. Here are screen grabs of the offending posts:

My Fileden account has also been suspended but the links still appear to work.

Just added this song thanks to Dick's comment:

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Did you know...

Prog alert!
This song turned up today via Mr Shuffle when I was doing the housework. It’s from the soundtrack of the 1985 Ridley Scott film Legend…or is it? It depends which version you watch. It was certainly there when I saw it on TV about 5 years ago.

Apparently the original score was by Jerry Goldsmith but it didn’t go down well with preview audiences so the film was re-edited (and shortened) and a Tangerine Dream score was substituted. If you buy the US Ultimate Edition of the movie you get the original cut with the Goldsmith score, which many people consider to be his finest, and the short cut with TD, but to really confuse things if you buy the UK DVD you get the short cut with the Goldsmith score which pleases nobody. I didn’t know any of this til a few hours ago but I’m in a sharing mood.

Until I saw this on TV I wasn't aware that Jon Anderson had ever recorded with Tangerine Dream. I know he has his detractors but I love his voice and was totally captivated when this song came on. The line "teaching us to love for goodness sake" is just so Jon Anderson.

mp3: Tangerine Dream with Jon Anderson - Loved By The Sun

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Me - semi perfect?

I’m 48 today so time for a short but self indulgent Birthday Post. 48 (that’s nearly 50!) used to be old. Look at old movies, say a 60’s grim up north kitchen sink drama, and people in their 40s are proper grown-ups and usually miserable and look like what would now pass for 60 (at least). Thank God for the extended adolescence we all have now. I’m going to do my best to grow old disgracefully and resist the urge to moan out loud about the crap the youth of today calls music because that gives me away (I’ll still do an internal groan). And don’t get me started on the state of the film industry!

Anyway, to celebrate I’ve decided to post my theme tune. It’s from one of Todd Rundgrens ‘difficult’ proggy albums but it’s actually a wonderful piece of psychedelic pop and the words seem to fit.

mp3: Todd Rundgren - Real Man (1975)

Finally, here is the number one UK single from 15th November 1960:

If you’re wondering about the heading in mathematics 48 is a semiperfect number, sometimes referred to as pseudoperfect. Now that sounds like me.

Friday, 14 November 2008

One rule for me...

Some synth pop from before the term was invented. Take a look at the scans. These records look great, especially Laser Love with its orange vinyl and cut-out sleeve. One Rule For You and Laser Love were both minor hits in1979 (No. 40 and No. 62 respectively).

mp3: After The Fire - One Rule For You (1979)
mp3: After The Fire - Laser Love (1979)
mp3: After The Fire - Joy (1979)
Joy is the b-side of One Rule For You and it lives up to it’s title. I played it as much as the a-side in the 70s.

Monday, 10 November 2008

No Wave Planet Gong

Time for a spot of blog tennis with the ever brilliant Ib at Sibling Shot On The Bleachers who posted an old Daevid Allen song yesterday. Of course, he’s done four posts since then so it’s a bit late but I can’t keep up with the pace.

Released early in 1978 when hippies were regarded with particular suspicion by the music press Opium For The People by Planet Gong (or No Wave Planet Gong if you prefer) attempted to cross the hippy/punk divide and probably pleased no-one as a result. Well almost no-one; I bought it. Steve Hillage, another former Gong member, recorded a similar, and in my view superior, punk/hippy crossover called 1988 Aktivator for his Live Herald album which I would post but I still haven’t got my new stylus.

Back in the day I preferred the b-side Poet For Sale which was perhaps more the sort of thing you would expect from the people involved.

No Wave Planet Gong were Daevid Allen & Gilli Smith with the Here & Now Band.

mp3: Planet Gong - Opium For The People (1978)
mp3: Planet Gong - Poet For Sale (1977)

Friday, 31 October 2008

(Late) Halloween post

An under appreciated gem from Todd.

One of them plays a piccolo in my ear
Another one makes me smell things that aren't there
And they know where to hide
And they know everything that's inside
Of my head
Tiny demons, inside me

One of them ties a lasso around my heart
Another makes me nod when I drive the car
And they won't ever leave
But they won't show their faces to me
And they wait 'til I feel
Like they're gone and they jump out and steal
My relief
Tiny demons, inside me

Todd Rundgren - Tiny Demons (1981)

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Happy 69th Grace

Mick sorts things out…

Andrew Sachs kindly signed this album cover in Quicksilver Record, Reading nearly 30 years ago. I’m pretty sure his granddaughter wasn’t even born then and I managed not to enrage him, the licence fee payers or the dear old Daily M**l. Look here if you don't know what I'm talking about.

Here’s my advice to all involved:
Jonathan and Russell: Grow up
Everyone else: Get over it (especially the politicians getting involved like Justice Minister David Hanson and conservative ‘Culture Committee’ MP Nigel Evans. Haven’t you people got anything more important to do?)

There, sorted!

I haven’t got a copy of The Fortunes ‘Storm In A Teacup’ so have a Fawlty Towers clip.

Fawlty Towers – Excerpt from Basil the Rat

Wednesday, 29 October 2008


Not entirely unexpected but my 8-year old is not pleased.

mp3: BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Dr Who Theme

Saturday, 25 October 2008

The oldest record in the archive

This is my oldest surviving record bought with my own money when I was seven. If you look closely I’ve even written a little M for Michael on the label as a mark of ownership. It’s not my first; that honour would belong to Manfred Mann’s Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James but I’ve no idea where that is now.

The Herd’s I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die reached No 5 in 1968 and featured a very young Peter Frampton on guitar and vocals. I’ve featured a nice clean digital copy of the song here but when I eventually get my new stylus I think I’ll replace it with a crackly vinyl rip that would be much more in keeping with this blog.

mp3: The Herd - I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die (1968)

The picture below is even older than the record.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Turn off your mind...

If that last post doesn’t suit you how about this? I was reminded of it whilst browsing the ever brilliant Post Punk Progressive Pop Party blog a few weeks ago. I pooh poohed this a bit on release because with the first Monsoon single Sheila Chandra claimed she wanted to make Indian pop music and get away from the ‘mystical’ approach the hippies used and here she is covering Tomorrow Never Knows! Still, it is a nice version and that’s Bill Nelson on (e-bow) guitar.

mp3: Monsoon - Tomorrow Never Knows (1982)


Davy has just got back from Hangover Square and wants a quality post but ‘no prog’. I didn’t have anything planned but actually a bit of laid back symphonic prog is good Sunday morning music. Just let Soft Vanilla from Focus wash over you and soothe away your pain Mr H. Hard Vanilla is a bonus and you might wonder if Messrs Becker and Fagen heard it around the time they were writing Haitian Divorce.

mp3: Focus - Soft Vanilla (1975)

mp3: Focus - Hard Vanilla (1975)

Saturday, 18 October 2008

I'm back...

After several years as a house husband I started a new job about a month ago and I’ve found it hard to find time for posts and when I have had time I’ve been too tired. Over the last few weeks I’ve treated myself to the entire Be Bop Deluxe back catalogue. This was my favourite band in my mid to late teens. I was trying to put into words how I felt about them and found the following on an Amazon album review which says it better than any of my efforts:

“i love this music and i loved those times,my older brothers had lent me their,cream,who,hendrix,etc lps,but i wanted something to earmark my own adolesence for a future reference,something that i could say that i had found, and was all mine,and be bop deluxe was that band…”

Of course my punctuation would have been better but the sentiment says it all. Bill Nelson was my guitar hero at the time; for you younger readers such things were popular before punk came along. I loved Crying To The Sky as a 16 year old. Maybe it was the haunting melody and lyric …who am I kidding? It was the fucking brilliant guitar solos, particularly the first one. They were the greatest thing I’d ever heard and they still sound pretty damn good! See for yourself and turn it up to 11 at 1:47 and 3:02

mp3: Be Bop Deluxe - Crying To The Sky (1976)

This is from Sunburst Finish, my first Be Bop deluxe album because it included the hit single and had a naked lady on the cover...

Friday, 26 September 2008

Who's your friend?

Another Friday night and nothing prepared; this is becoming a habit. Try this little gem from a Fingerprintz EP (on blue vinyl).

mp3: Fingerprintz - Who's Your Friend? (1979)
When I get my new stylus maybe I’ll post the other three songs.

Friday, 19 September 2008

Los Bravos con Bob

I stumbled upon this on YouTube recently and it’s pretty good. My ex brother-in-law’s (used to be married to my sister) claim to fame was that he sang with Los Bravos for a while. This excellent clip from Spanish TV shows him in action. My eight year old thinks it’s brilliant.

Interestingly, considering the events this week, the last time I saw him was at a Think Floyd show where his daughter (my niece) was appearing in a production of The Wall.

Get a move on

Hi! Kind hearted 80s disciple Mick here (thanks Steve). I haven’t had any time for blogging this week apart from a wordless tribute to Rick Wright, but I’m going to try and make up for that this weekend. Here’s a Fashion song because Peewit reminded me in his comment that Rick once recorded an album with De Harris and even provided a link if you want to hear it.

mp3: Fashion - Move On (Audio Extra)
Another post to follow later (probably).

Friday, 12 September 2008

Half forgotten album tracks

You know those album tracks that you loved but weren’t singles and never appear on ‘Best of…’ compilations and don’t even get a little tick next to them on Allmusic reviews? That’s what this is about. It might be part of a series or it might be a one off – it depends how drunk I am and how I feel about it tomorrow.

First up, my favourite track from Journeys To Glory (after To Cut A Long Story Short and The Freeze obviously).

mp3: Spandau Ballet - Confused (1981) (Buy)

Let's Dance...

It’s Friday night and I’ve got several cans of beer so it must be blogging time. It occurred to me recently that it’s almost exactly 20 years since I bought my first CD player and from that moment I stopped buying vinyl albums. I'm pretty sure my last vinyl LP was Joyce Sims Come Into My Life mainly for this:

mp3: Joyce Sims - Lifetime Love

Play loud and stick your head between the speakers around the 3:40 mark

Saturday, 6 September 2008

For shame...

From the Urban Dictionary:
1. for shame

used to express great discontent, dissatisfaction, disappointment, often in a funny way; usually used after someone (including oneself) has done something wrong, committed a party foul, or said something not cool (either stupid or politically incorrect)

I bought the Daily Mail today because they were giving away Spandau Ballets True CD. I enjoyed listening to it but nothing quite matched this:

mp3: Spandau Ballet - Glow (12-inch mix)

Friday, 5 September 2008


Want to hear about my day? What’s the point of having a blog if you can’t have the occasional rant?

It was my middle sons birthday today and he’s been hinting for weeks that he wants The Legend of Zelda for the Wii so I dutifully ordered it for £30 from HMV (Amazon was out of stock and ironically I don’t use Play because I find them a bit slow). I got an email on 27th Aug saying it had been sent and I looked forward to receiving it. It still hadn’t arrived yesterday (that’s eight days after it had been ‘sent’) so I gave them a call. They said it had definitely been sent but isn’t considered lost until 14 days after the despatch date. But I could get a refund if it arrived late (or not at all).

So, today: We gave him some presents first thing this morning and told him there would be a special one when he got home from school, the idea being if it didn’t arrive today I would nip out and get another. So I waited for the post…and waited. The post was much later than usual today and, of course, when it arrived there was no game. I phoned all the local shops and nobody had it in stock. I started phoning neighbouring towns and the first place I found that had it was HMV (again) in Woking – only now the game was £40 plus a 30-mile round trip in the pouring rain. Anyway, by 2 o’clock I was back home with the game and I finally relaxed. I should have known better. The boy gets home from school, gets all excited about the game and puts it in the Wii…and the f***ing disc is faulty!!!! So, back to Woking, it’s their last copy of course, get refund, go to Game on the floor below and buy yet another copy!! Thank Todd this one works (but I still seem to be £70 out of pocket).

End of rant.

mp3: XTC - Complicated Game (Buy)

Just so we’re clear, this isn’t an anti HMV rant – they’ve actually been very helpful.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Happy Birthday Al

In case you hadn’t noticed I took most of August off. Now I’m being nagged to start blogging again but I haven’t got anything prepared. In desperation I searched wikipedia and discovered it’s Al Jardines 66th birthday today. Fortunately, Al is co-writer and lead singer of one of my all time favourite “guilty pleasures” and I happen to have a brilliant clip of him and the Beach Boys performing it at Knebworth.


Thursday, 7 August 2008

Good habit…

Here’s a nice little story. About 20 years ago somebody I worked with asked me if I had heard of The Leather Nun. I said “Yes, they did a version of an Abba song” (I couldn’t remember which) but that’s all I knew. He said “If you like them you might as well have this” and gave me a CD called Force of Habit which he had won in a competition and didn’t like. It was actually quite a generous gesture as we didn’t particularly get on but he knew I liked less mainstream music. I thanked him kindly, half listened to it a couple of times and put it away.

I mention this now because I thought it might be nice to post the Abba cover what with all the Abba mania presently going on, so I dug the CD out of its hiding place in the garage and listened to it properly for the first time. Guess what – it’s pretty damn good. The Leather Nun are a Swedish band* and Force of Habit is actually a ‘Greatest Hits’ CD. The main influence is obviously Velvet Underground/Lou Reed but there are also elements of Throbbing Gristle, Iggy Pop and even a hint of Roxy Music. A quick Amazon search suggests none of their albums are currently available in the UK, which is a shame.

The Abba cover, Gimme Gimme Gimme, is actually one of the weaker songs so I’ve decided to post some others to better represent the disc.

mp3: The Leather Nun - Jesus Came Driving Along

mp3: The Leather Nun - For The Love of Your Eyes
Or should that be For The Love of Your Pale Blue Eyes?

mp3: The Leather Nun - Gimme Gimme Gimme

mp3: The Leather Nun - F.F.A.
The funkiest song on the album. Parental Advisory: My kids were in the room when I was first listening to it and I had to reach for the skip button pretty sharpish.

See this fan site for more information.
*Surely Kippers or Spike should really be posting this.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

The Bodies - Art Nouveau

It’s been a while since I did the gloomy post-punk thing. Don’t know anything about The Bodies so I can only give you my thoughts. When I bought this I would have been hoping for a Gary Numan or Ultravox style gloomy electronic record. I didn’t get the electronics but it didn’t disappoint on the gloom front. This record builds in a relentless way that makes the ending perfect.

mp3: The Bodies - Art Nouveau (1979)

It also came in a fold-out poster. Click above for the lyrics if you want to sing along.

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

The Bay City Rollers of punk…

That’s apparently how Belfast band Starjets were once described because of their clean cut image and pop sensibilities. Singer Terry Sharpe later found more success with The Adventures.

mp3: Starjets - Schooldays (1979)

mp3: Starjets - Shiraleo (1980)

Now remember kids these scratchy old vinyl rips will only be here for a limited period. If you like what you hear you can buy nice shiny digital versions here.

I can’t help myself...

I’m going to risk the wrath of Feargal by posting some classic Punk/Pop from Northern Irelands finest. Check back soon…

Friday, 25 July 2008

Friday night malarkey…

I’m about to sit down with the missus to watch the final of Celebrity Masterchef so obviously this little ditty came to mind. It’s only two minutes long but even that will test your endurance, if only because the titular kitchen motors sound more like a dentists drill. I threaten the boys with this record when they misbehave and since one of the little darlings broke my stylus I’ve been playing it quite a lot these last few days.

mp3: Crash Course in science - Kitchen Motors (1979)

Good advice...

You may have heard through the grapevine that one of my kids broke the stylus on my turntable. They all blamed each other until one of them came up with the idea of blaming the kid next door (who hasn’t been round for weeks). Fortunately I have a few vinyl rips in the vault. Like this for example:

This doesn’t appear on any of the numerous Monochrome Set compilations, presumably because of some licensing issue. As opening lines go ‘Don’t ski naked down Mount Everest with lilies up your nose’ takes some beating. It’s advice that I’ve always tried to follow. This is just the first of many ‘don’ts’ in the song. There are also many ‘do’s’, ‘Play hoopla with Saturn’s rings’ and ‘Tie a knot in Errol Flynn’s’ being my favourites along with ‘Squeeze the spots out of the sun’. The classic Monochrome Set combination of witty wordplay with deadpan delivery and sprightly backing.

Mp3: The Monochrome Set - Ten Don'ts For Honeymooners (1981)

Friday, 18 July 2008

Him or Me…Battle of the bands

I’ve known the original since I was a kid due to it being part of my brothers collection so I bought the Banned version out of curiosity. The original wins on energy, vocals, style and, well…being the original. I’m told it was a favourite with John Peel back in the day. The remake gets by on cockney charm. But that’s just my opinion. See for yourselves:

mp3: Paul Revere and The Raiders - Him or Me (1967)
There used to be a good Youtube clip of this but now there’s just a very poor quality one. It’s worth seeking out just for a look at their silly stage clothes that stopped them being taken seriously.

mp3: The Banned - Him or Me (1978)
I’ve just found out The Banned have reformed and recorded a new version of their first single Little Girl and a cover of Friday On My Mind. They are available to download from their website.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Leaving it All Behind

I bought this record back in 1979 purely because I noticed Charlie Tumahai, previously of Be Bop Deluxe, on the cover. At the time I thought it was ok but not really my thing. It’s a sort of light funk/soft rock hybrid with nice harmonies and a cracking tune. All that went over my head a bit in those heady new wave days but I re-discovered it in the mid 80s and I’ve considered it a lost gem ever since.

mp3: The Dukes - Leaving It All Behind (1979)

Charlie Tumahai was bass player and backing vocalist for Be Bop Deluxe from their 2nd album onwards. His singing features more prominently on this song than any other I can think of (not including live recordings):

mp3: Be Bop Deluxe - Forbidden Lovers (1976) (Buy)

The Dukes were a bit of a sideman supergroup as they also featured Jimmy McCulloch, who had previously played in numerous bands including Thunderclap Newman and Wings for whom he wrote and recorded the rather splendid (and possibly autobiographical) Wino Junko.

mp3: Wings - Wino Junko (1976) (Buy)

Friday, 4 July 2008

So how do robots praise their God?

Inspired by the Delia Derbyshire post over at Art Decade.

Delia Derbyshire was a pioneer in electronic music who worked for many years for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, her most famous work probably being her performance of Ron Grainer’s Doctor Who theme.

I first heard this about five years ago on a BBC documentary called Alchemists of Sound. The whole show was fascinating but this was the most memorable piece of music in it. It’s from a 1966 episode of Out of the Unknown, based on an Isaac Asimov story, called The Prophet. A piece of music of robots singing praise to their ‘God’ was required. I’ll borrow some words from Delia Derbyshire interviews to describe it:

"I did the music for the whole programme. It was probably in the mid '60s. [...] I never watched the stuff. I had a script, that's all. The actors, I got them to chant. The words they were singing were, "Praise to the master, his wisdom and his [reason]" [...] I turned it backwards first, then chose the best bits that sounded good backwards and would fit into a rhythm, and then speed-changed the voices. Then I used just this one bar repeated which had [previously] been rejected from a science and health program for being too lascivious for the schoolchildren. It was like a science program... it was supposed to be about sex, but under another name. And then the producer had the nerve to turn down my music, saying it was too lascivious. It was just twangy things with electronic pick-ups, and I just used a single note and then did little glissandos on it and pitched it and treated it. But the 'Ooh-ooh-ooh' isn't me... that's wobbulator, pure wobbulator. That's a piece of test equipment that does wave sweeps."

But that’s just words. Listen for yourself. Just under two minutes of brilliance.

mp3: Delia Derbyshire - Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO

Saturday, 28 June 2008


Excuse me but I am drunk while I’m writing this…

A couple of weeks ago I happened upon a wonderful blog called Star Maker Machine which has the simple but brilliant idea of having a weekly theme for contributors to post songs on. They have regular contributors but also encourage outside contributions. Next weeks theme is particularly good: They plan to post 50 songs with the name of an American state in the title (and nobody is sure if there is a song for every state). This immediately got me thinking. I’ve got loads of songs with American states (Idaho, California, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi immediately sprang to mind) in the title. After a while I couldn’t get a certain Jonathan Richman song out of my head but alarm bells started ringing. I checked with Wikipedia and sure enough New England is not a state but a region consisting of six states (this, of course, won’t be news to my American readers). Still a bloody good song though.

One thing I particularly like about this song is all my friends and family said “What the f*** did you buy that for?” Always a good sign! I thought it had something and I remain unrepentant.

mp3: The Modern Lovers - New England (Live) (1977)

Sadly, a lovely American girl from Boston I worked with in the 90’s always talked about how great New England was but she had never heard of Jonathan Richman. I always imagined he was a local hero.

Let’s go pre punk…

The comments on my OffBEAT post turned into a bit of a ‘my first live band’ thread so I’ve decided to run with that. My first live band was Daryl Hall and John Oates which may surprise some of you. Most of my interesting, unusual or rare vinyl is from the new wave era so that’s what I usually post, but I started collecting before that and Hall & Oates were one of my early faves. In fact, I think they were the first band that was totally my discovery, completely independent of friends and family.

Anyhow, this discussion led BrotheRay (54) from Dorset to proclaim ‘Gino’, a largely forgotten Hall & Oates song, ‘one of the great seventies singles’ and he may have a point. I’m pretty sure I picked it up for 10p in 1976 (it was released in 1975) and it quickly became a favourite in our house. At the time I used to do impressions of my dad which he knew nothing about (or so I thought but that’s another story) and I found it particularly amusing to have him sing ‘Gino-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no…’ You probably had to be there but, believe me, it was funny at the time. For any other Hall & Oates fans out there the mix on this single is punchier and better than the version that appeared on the 1975 ‘Silver Album’, still their best in my opinion.

mp3: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Gino (The Manager)(SingleVersion) (1975)

Trivia: When I got my USB turntable on Christmas day 2006 this was one of the first singles I ripped.

Friday, 27 June 2008

It's so high...

Just because I don’t post as often as I would like don’t for one minute imagine I’ve run out of old synthpop records. This reached #50 in the summer of 1983.

Matt Fretton supported Eurythmics, Depeche Mode & The Boomtown Rats, released four singles and recorded an unreleased album in the 80s. I loved this at the time so it’s odd that I don’t remember seeing or hearing any of the follow ups. You can hear more at his myspace page.

mp3: Matt Fretton - It's So High (1983)

Friday, 20 June 2008


In these days of CDs and DVDs being given away by newspapers and magazines on a regular basis it’s easy to forget that they used to be expensive and a free cover mount CD was quite a novelty. This is from 1989 and it’s called Offbeat, which was probably the name of the magazine but I can’t remember for sure. It’s a Parlophone sampler featuring five acts of the day and quite an eclectic collection it is too.

1 Marc Almond – Tears Run Rings (Extended Exclusive Mix)
It’s described as the ‘Extended Exclusive Mix’. No idea how exclusive it is now.

2 Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie – Green On Red
Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie are one of those bands I remember hearing about more than hearing if that makes sense. They are probably best known now for featuring Shirley Manson, later of Garbage, as a keyboard player and background vocalist. According to CDDB this is called Green On Red but I believe the correct title is Green Turn Red. Whatever the title it’s a good late 80s indie dance song.

3 The Neighbourhood – Big Long Line
The least interesting song on the CD in my opinion. It sounds a bit Hue and Cry to me.

4 Bliss - Your Love Meant Everything
If memory serves this was a single on an indie label but I’m not sure if this is the original single version. This features a brilliant heartfelt vocal by Rachel Morrison. Bliss was another of those bands that came and went without me really taking any notice but they sound quite interesting now. As much as I love this I think I felt at the time a whole album of this would do my head in.

5 Zeke Manyika - Bible Belt
The pick of the bunch here. If you only download one of these songs make it this brilliant anti apartheid song.

Monday, 9 June 2008

A Monday treat for you

I’ve already featured Fashion singles here and here. This brilliant medley of songs is the final track, in fact I would describe it as the climax, from the debut album Product Perfect.

The final section (The Innocent) was released as a single in its own right in some territories. Play it loud and you will know why.

mp3: Fashion - Big John-Hanoi Annoys Me-The Innocent (1979)
Can this really be nearly 30 year old?

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow…

Back in the early 70s I had a special way of listening to this record. My friend would bring it round, I would take the speakers off the wall, put them on the table and we would stick our heads between them and play it at high volume. It had some great panning stereo effects. Unfortunately, I’ve only managed to track down a mono version but it’s still undeniably great. This is Jon Pertwee ‘singing’ in character as Doctor Who. Jon Pertwee was my doctor; you would never catch him talking in a mockney accent (actually the only thing I have against David Tennant). I’ve had to track down a dodgy internet version of this because my friend Michael had his copy stolen and we’ve both spent years trying to track down a copy. (Somebody who went to Leeds University in the late 70s/early 80s is going to hell.)

mp3: Jon Pertwee - Who Is The Doctor

I recently discovered it’s on this compilation, so I should have a decent copy soon.

Friday, 6 June 2008


One of my favourite singles from 1983. You gotta love Ross Middleton’s vocal – so 80s. Should have been a hit.

mp3: Leisure Process - Anxiety (1983)

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Bonus Thursday post…

I was saving these for a college juke box post that I’ve had in mind for ages but can’t seem to get written. I probably would never have taken any notice of this incarnation of The Pirates if they hadn’t played at Salisbury Tech in 1977 and subsequently got an EP on the juke box. These tracks are great examples of Mick Green’s lead/rhythm guitar style that Wilko Johnson obviously liked so much (the choppy guitar playing on Don’t Munchen It being a particular favourite of mine). Feelgoods fans will love this.

mp3: The Pirates - Don't Munchen It (1977)

mp3: The Pirates - You Don't Own Me (1977)

Songs available here

Just post something…

I keep complaining I haven’t got time for blogging but in reality I’ve just slipped into a can’t be bothered mind set. To get out of this malaise I hereby commit myself to posting something (anything) for at least the next three days to try and rekindle my enthusiasm.

First up, how about some classic jangly melodic new wave power pop punk?

mp3: Manufactured Romance - Time Of My Life (1980)

Nina Spencer Vocals
Nick Medlin Bass
Mark Chapman Guitar
Bob Moore Guitar
Benny Di Massa Drums

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Give the punters what they want

As you may have noticed I’ve been very lazy with my posts recently and my daily hits are dwindling as a result, apart from a recent deluge of people downloading Wire’s Our Swimmer thanks to a link on the excellent Post Punk Progressive Pop Party. The last time I posted Blue Rondo A La Turk I got a bollocking from the taste police but looking at my stats I get a fair few hits from people Googling them, usually looking for Klacto Vee Sedstein, so I’m going to risk their wrath (like I care) and post Klacto and a later effort sans la turk in the hope that more people will visit and I’ll feel wanted again.

mp3: Blue Rondo A La Turk - Klacto Vee Sedstein (1982)
Ripped from the Chewing The Fat LP
mp3: Blue Rondo - Masked Moods (1984)
Ripped from the 12-inch single

P.S. Mondo, if I had Me and Mr Sanchez I would have posted that too.