This probably counts as a guilty pleasure. In the early 80s my girlfriend had three friends who shared a house and had regular parties. I used to make mix tapes for them; three C90s of the latest dance tunes. I figured after four and a half hours everyone would be too drunk to notice or care if the first tape went back on. One of the big hits at these soirees was the 12-inch version The Quick’s Rhythm of the Jungle. The standard version could be found on the album Fascinating Rhythm, an early 80s pop gem that I once had on tape but lost or broke years ago. I have also posted the B-side because it is more representative of the album’s sound. I waited in vain for a CD release but now the plan is to buy a second hand vinyl copy. This is fairly typical early 80s pop. If I had to compare it to anything it would probably be early Wham! It may seem odd now but it wouldn’t have been uncommon in those days for me to listen to these and follow them up with some Joy Division or Echo & the Bunnymen.
Sorry about the cheesy picture at the top of this post. The single came in a plain sleeve so I was going to post a picture of myself and friends at one of the parties but I bottled it.
mp3: The Quick - Rhythm Of The Jungle (12-inch version) (1981)
mp3: The Quick - To Prove My Love (1981)