Friday, 6 May 2011

This week I have been mostly listening to…Fashion

As I’ve mentioned before I was sure in the early 80s that Fashion were going to cross over and be huge. With hindsight I should have known it wasn’t going to happen by the time today’s tune was released. If the excellent Move On and Streetplayer couldn’t crack the singles chart there was little hope for this, the 3rd or 4th choice single from the Fabrique LP.

This is the 7.30min 12-inch version which possibly stretches things too far. You can hear the original on the re-issue of Fabrique (plus bonus tracks) called The Height Of Fashion available from the usual outlets. I’ve been grooving to it all week in my car.

Fashion - Something In Your Picture (Motor Drive) (1982)


BrotheRay said...

Aaaah...sweet memories...
'Steady Eddie Steady,is this the only way out.
Eddie hold the gun steady'.

But how they changed in just a few years.Still Class though.Presumably the single edit was squashed down to the requisite 2.47,to accomadate poptastic Radio 1.

Mick said...

I've covered this before but this is Fashion Mk 2 - the main difference being a different singer and a more radio friendly sound. The original line-up with Luke on vocals was brilliant but never likely to find mainstream success.

By the way Luke left a comment on the blog here. It was at a time when the blog nearly petered out and I'm annoyed with myself that I didn't thank him and plug the re-release of the classic 'Product Perfect.'

Kaggsy said...

Very nice - thanks!!!

(Don't suppose you've managed to do anything with the Eddie and Sunshine Cabaret Futura tracks, pretty please??)

Anonymous said...

At last Mick you post a band I've not only heard of but actually own some of the records (well 1 really, Move On, but you know what I mean).

This however, is pretty awful to my ears. Could be a flock of seagulls!

So was it the first line up who released Move On or already the second?

Cheers amigo, Paul

darkdance said...

Kaggsy, Mick should know to never keep a lady waiting, but I suspect he may have been home schooled. And he drinks. If I had the tracks you want, I'd up them for you in the wink of an eye.

Paul, "Something" was Fashion's best song IMO but I agree it sounds a bit lacking given the passage of time. "Move On" that was released in 1981 was by the same incarnation of the band. I don't remember "Steady Eddie Steady" but, if Bro Ray's rendering of it is true to the original, I think I'm better off in blissful ignorance.

Mick said...

I haven't forgotten you, Kaggsy. Let's say it's a work in progress.

I have been a bit deliberatley obscure recently. I think I'll lighten thins up for the next few weeks. As Darkdance says this and Move On were by the Mk 2 version of Fashion and both were on the Fabrique LP. I posted the 12-inch version of Move On a few years back but the link's dead now. Might re-post it soon.

As for the original Fashion line-up their sound was an acquired taste worth the effort. I consider them one of the great secrets of the late 70s.

Anonymous said...

I cant remember why I had an interest in them at the time, I liked Move On but for some reason was determined to buy it ahead of even hearing it, maybe I saw them as support to someone (would it have been Japan?) or poss just music press hype (in truth could just have been that I thought they had cool hair or something).


Mick said...

Well they always looked pretty cool around this time. All their record sleeves were photographed by David Bailey (who's he?) and initial copies of the Fabrique LP came with a photography competition.

I initially saw them supporting The Tubes. When I saw Japan the support was Sandii and the Sunsets. Must post some of their stuff soon.

Kaggsy said...

Thanks guys - I'll keep watching this space! ;-)

BrotheRay said...

'Hero's scream across the pay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ges...'

Go to Youtube,you fool,my rendition's perfect.

Have you heard the original 1978 version of 'Steady Eddie Steady'.If not go to

darkdance said...

Bro Ray, I bet you kill them in the shower. Bro Mick has graciously allowed temporary access to some of his old links, so I'm bringing myself up to date.

darkdance said...

So are all you fartin' old relics sleeping it off already? I'm liking "Move On" best of all.

Mick, talking about opening bands, my pick goes to Hard Corps for Depeche Mode. Hard Corps was, to coin a phrase, Depeche Mode with balls. The singer, the late Regine Fetet, was a former Parisian stripper with an angelic voice. I'm sure I know where she is now, and I hope to see all of her again someday.

Mick said...

That original version of Steady Eddie Steady is interesting. It's basically the same arrangement but a different take. A bit like a live version.

Darkdance, round here we're already refering to Depeche Mode as the castrated Makaton Chat. I don't remember Hard Corps but their singer sounds like a sweet girl.

Re: old Fashion songs - the sound is so different I think of the Luke Sky and De Harris line-ups as two different bands.

BrotheRay said...

You may find Hard Corps a required taste.Singer may be stretching her talents a tad.

Tea and French tart anyone?

darkdance said...

Did you mean an acquired taste? Rubbish! Perhaps you didn't see her live. I mean hear her live. Er, no I don't.

Ooh I say about tarts, make mine a double.

Mondo said...

How did I miss this. Keep the Fashion flag flying Mick. They were as hip as a pre-Tempation Heaven 17 at the time

Mick said...

Been flying that flag for 32 years!! Look out for some live Fashion in a couple of weeks.