Saturday, April 12, 2008

Troy Tate - Ticket To The Dark (1984)

In which we imagine a world where the compact disc was introduced in 1980, and now-obscure artists and albums could be preserved for posterity...

Armed with an impressive résumé (the Index, Shake, The Teardrop Explodes, Fashion) dating back to '77, singer/guitarist Troy Tate made his solo debut with the assistance of an eclectic set of musicians, including David Balfe, Nicky Holland, Virginia Astley and Woodentop Rolo McGinty. Tate uses his attractively husky voice and substantial songwriting skill — as well as deft electronic effects and complex arrangements — to put across ten melodic songs that approach modern pop from several different directions. "Safety Net," "Love Is..." and "Thomas" are the most memorable tracks on Ticket to the Dark, but most of the album is well worth hearing. An exceptionally good record. (from

Troy Tate - Ticket To The Dark (1984)
  1. Party
  2. Thomas
  3. Love Is
  4. Winning Team
  5. All The Way Up
  6. Whip Crack Away (Factory Girl)
  7. Safety Net
  8. House of the New Breed
  9. Lifeline
  10. I'm Not Your Toy

Thanks to Bob Edwards who made the albums and a brief biography available here.


redo said...

Love Is , great song

bob edwards said...

thanks for the link, there's also troys second album on the site plus a few 12" b-sides

Paul F. said...

Holy F@#K I have wanted this forever. Love Is has been an old favorite of mine for years and years, but I never grabbed the full album. This is a long quest finally completed...

Thanks a million,
Paul F

fiftypercent said...

Another happy customer. That's great!

Bob Edwards said...

i have now added some live shows troy did that can be downloaded to the site

bob said...

you may be interested in a brand new site i have set up with some previously unreleased live show from a few 80's bands i worked for

Anonymous said...

What a revelation this album is! I have been clinging onto my two 12 inch copies oflove is for decades, thanks for posting this awesome stuff! Bob - heading to your blog now, excited.....