Saturday, January 25, 2020

Demarest - Word Gets Around

This week I'm going to share an independent LP from an Oakland band, led by Bruce Demarest. There's a little bit more info courtesy of the drummer, Dan Hertlein, here.

Word Gets Around (1987)
  1. The Once In A Blue Moon Girl
  2. Guilty
  3. False Front
  4. Word Gets Around
  5. Verbatim
  6. By Summertime
  7. On 2 And 4
  8. Walkin' The Beat
  9. Body Language
Download (mp3, 320kb)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Second Language - Youth Is Not For Pleasure

If you enjoy, as I do, discovering previously unreleased music from the mid eighties let me direct you to Second Language, who released a 16 track CD and a 10 track download last year called Youth Is Not For Pleasure which dates from 1985. Also available on Bandcamp, there is also the promise of more unreleased music to come. Check them out.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Simon Warner - Perfect Day Baby

7" Single, released in 1985

I just love this single, which makes me wonder all the more why I had never heard of it before I bought it last year. His voice reminds me of Richard Butler from the Psychedelic Furs. I figure there has to be a story as to why such a talented singer releases one single on a major label, with a big time producer and then does nothing else for ages.

Simon went on to release an album called Waiting Rooms on CD, in 1997.

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Bamboo Fringe - Someday

7" Single, released in 1985

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Bonk - The Smile and the Kiss

7" Single, released in 1983

Bonk - Big Love (B-Side)

Bonk was an early alias of  Barry Flynn, who would continue to release a clutch of quality singles under The Chant of Barry Flynn, The Big Supreme, and, finally, just Flynn. A long time ago I put together a compilation called "Pot Shots" which I should probably revisit at some point.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Fingertips - Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy

7" Single, released in 1986

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Quick, before I change my mind!

So what happened was this...

...I've been back in Guernsey for family reasons since last September, with all my music essentially in storage except the old box or two of vinyl (mainly singles) my parents had at their house and no sign of my old USB turntable either.

Back between 2010 and 2013 I digitized a lot of this stuff, and then found out later I had done it wrong (one audio channel only) due to what I assumed was some limitation of the USB turntable I had. So even though my turntable mysteriously turned up in our shed after my brother (who had borrowed it) left it there, I wasn't really motivated to do anything with it. Not to mention I had little time either between jobs and family.

Then about six weeks ago I happened to pick up a couple of vinyl selections I really wanted to hear, so one evening I cleared some space in the kitchen and fiddled around with the settings on the turntable. I finally figured out that the soundcard set up on my laptop was treating the turntable as a mono input and I had to go in and change it. Then - voila! - everything worked pretty well. So I did those, then bought a few more singles from Vinyl Tap and eBay. I've been able to leave the turntable on the kitchen table and hook up the laptop on a fairly regular basis.

So now in addition to some pretty awesome new stuff I will be posting for the first time, I'm also going back through some, maybe all of the singles that were not recorded correctly first time around. These are going to have the tag "reposted in 2019" included so you will know if I've had it up before. Plus most of my older singles have outdated links so it's a good time to refresh those. There's a few albums here too but my best ones tended to travel back to the US with me.

Life has a habit of changing on me pretty rapidly so we'll see how long this lasts.

The Recognitions - This First Dance

7" Single, released in 1982

Big Store - The Price of a Secret

7" Single, released in 1983

Flip Me!

Michael Anderson and Jim McKinven, both previously with Altered Images, joined forces with vocalist Tina Winters for this one off single. Interestingly, it was co-written with Peter Capaldi before his acting career took off.