Thursday, September 24, 2015

Random 80's (or 90's) Thursday

Big Clock - Lori (from The Boy With The Wooden Head, 1990)
The Jeremy Days - That's What I Call Love (from The Jeremy Days, 1988)
Panic - Let It Go (from Familiar Dreams, 1991)
The Talk - Dream Time (from New Language, 1984)
Michael Des Barres & Holly Knight - Obsession (from A Night In Heaven Soundtrack, 1983)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Random 80's Wednesday

In celebration of my recent vacation in France, we have a theme this week.

Jimmy Jimmy - I Met Her In Paris (7" Single, 1985)
In Parallel - Somewhere In Paris (7" Single B-Side, 1984)
Boys In Darkness - Back To France (7" Single, 1981)
The Big Dish - European Rain (7" Single, 1988)
Screen 3 - European Journey (7" Single B-Side, 1981)

Bonus: Fire Next Time - Fields of France (from North To South, 1988)

Monday, September 7, 2015

M Over M - Walk Away

7" Single, released in 1989

Don't know much about these guys but the single is quite reminiscent of Simple Minds from the same era i.e. Street Fighting Years and Real Life.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Rave-Ups - Class Tramp (1983)

I've decided I love the Rave-Ups. I've owned the 1990 CD Chance for years but partly because of the name I've always associated the group with Baggy England and didn't think they had done much else. When I found this six track album in the dollar bin, I wasn't sure it was the same group, but a quick flick through Trouser Press set me straight.

The remarkable thing about this first recording is main man Jimmer Podrasky's way with a studio. Clearly the dominant force (the line up would change before the first album proper) the writing is clear and incisive, the music direct and succinct, and the dynamics are truly worthy of a well honed studio band. The way Jimmer tells it, the band performed for years without looking for a deal or cutting a demo, and that shows in the professionalism on display here.

More Rave-Ups on the way very soon.

1. They Do Talk
2. That Mexico Song
3. It's You
4. A Girl We All Know
5. Right Now
6. Up To Me

Download or Download

Here's a Sendspace link also.

Jimmer released a solo album a couple of years ago. More details here.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Album Review: Midge Ure - Fragile

It might seem strange to begin a review of Midge Ure's latest album by pointing out that I have been heavily into David Bowie lately. As usual, I have a point, albeit a somewhat convoluted one. It started when I picked up the double CD of the Reality Tour in 2003 and like I usually do I ended up reading a lot and listening to a lot, in particular the Reality album from 2003 which for some reason I had never really listened to before. This morning I pulled out a few discs for the car including a compilation of Bowie covers. The first track I played was Midge Ure's cover of The Man Who Sold The World, which I observed definately sounds dated with it's heavy 80's production and excessive length.

That being said, my next thought was to ignore all the albums I had piled onto my passenger seat and play a couple of tracks from Midge Ure's latest album which I had downloaded through Rhapsody at least a couple of months ago.

As a lifelong Ultravox fan, I then spent the rest of my car journey wondering why it was that for all the excitement over the Ultravox reunion a couple of years ago, I immediately liked the new solo record much more than the last Ultravox one, which to this day I don't think I have played all the way through, and certainly not in one sitting. The new album is incredibly listenable, and is sonically much more diverse than I would have expected. To describe the album in one word? Elegaic. The vocals might be more muted, occasionally dropping to a whisper, but the intimacy is welcome on what comes across as a powerful artistic statement. From the first track, I Survived, which strikes a note of triumph, the album is replete with washes of keyboards and melodies that chime and soar in equal measure. By the time Dark, Dark Night came around with, of all things, a stunning guitar solo, I was hooked. In a note of irony, besides skipping impatiently through the last 30 seconds or so of Let It Rise, the tracks melded brilliantly into one another, ending with the impressive title track, and I was surprised to notice that I had set the album on shuffle play which had the benefit of sequencing album highlight Are We Connected about half way through instead on track two where is appears on the record. Either way, this is clearly an album that builds on itself and begs your attention.

I suppose whereas the last Ultravox record, with its one word titles, might have seemed like an exercise in dynamics and reclaiming their unique sound, the new album has something to say and feels like a work of depth and import.

Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Green Pajamas - The Carolers' Song

I recently discovered Seattle artist Jeff Kelly and finally heard some stuff from his longtime band The Green Pajamas this morning.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sleeping At Last has been releasing some amazing music this past year or two. In addition to a whole album of excellent 80's covers, the band also has released a collection of Christmas songs. This year, you can download a 14 track album over at Noisetrade, with any "tips" going to St. Jude's Hospital. A worthy seasonal investment!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Kirsty MacColl - Children of the Revolution (1991)

Some more Kirsty. A great track from Electric Landlady, 1991. As you may be able to tell, Johnny Marr also had his hands all over this one.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tasmin Archer - Hero (1992)

A lesser known track from a lesser known album from a lesser known artist, these days. Unless you are of an age and remember when she had a Number One record. It's still a great track.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Perfect Alibi - Not At Home To Heartache (1988)

I've posted this before but it's a great track with no sign of any official release yet.