Don't know much about these guys. They released a few singles and a couple of albums in the late '80's and early '90's. This is a CD rip from my collection. The singles were "Shotgun City", "Starlight", "Get Back" and "Lucy".
2. Love Is For Keeps
3. Medicine Man
4. Heaven (Must Be Playing Games)
5. Build A House
6. Get Back
8. Shotgun City
10. Never Street
Here's another recent find from Notting Hill, a 12" EP from the ever popular Scottish songbirds. "America Blue" was from their album In The Neighbourhood but I believe the other three tracks were exclusive to this release.
His Latest Flame - America Blue
1. America Blue
2. Tongue Tied
4. Londonderry Road (Acoustic Version)
Over the years I have posted music on the blog, I've always been excited to feature rare and unusual acts I have not seen anywhere else. A couple of years ago I featured a single by Seeing Red from my home island of Guernsey. After attending a local record fair last autumn I also found this LP, which I vaguely remembered being advertised locally at the time, but I had not seen since. I don't know anything about Unique as an artist, but the album was produced by Tim Bran who went on to be involved in Dreadzone. A very rare example of a modern rock/new wave/indie dance record wholly recorded and sold in the Channel Islands. I hope you enjoy this one!
Unique - His Golden Hand (1988)
1. Moon Music Overture
2. I Got Younger
5. Tear of Fire
6. I Got Younger (Nappy Remix)
7. Safe As Houses
8. But I Wasn't Laughing
9. When The World Started Turning
10. I Am Not An Animal
[Update] After discovering the second album, Psychadermic (released in 1991) I found a MySpace page here, in which Unique and his band The Style Warriors show every intention of growing old disgracefully!
[Second Update] I've now re-ripped and posted the album again in two parts.
Someone asked if I had this one ages ago, but I didn't have it. Then, recently, I was visiting Notting Hill in London for the first time in about 17 years and I found it in the bargain basement at Music and Video Exchange. Appropriately enough, I bought it on Father's Day.
From the band's Soundcloud page: "Still Life were an 80's new wave band formed by the songwriting
partnership of Jon Newby and Ian Campbell in Louth in Lincolnshire.
Signed to a management deal by Richard Ogden (Ozone Mgmt) the pair soon
found themselves the proud owners of a 4 track reel to reel and set
about writing songs in their parents front rooms. After spending time
working with producer Rod Thompson on several of their songs it was
decided to record Away From This Town. In 1981 the track was recorded at
Producers Workshop, Chelsea, with additional overdubs and mixing taking
place at SARM East, Aldgate. Engineer was Julian Mendelsohn and
musicians used were Phil Towner - drums, Mathew Seligman - Bass, Anne
Dudley - Moog bass and Tessa Niles - backing vocals. Two further tracks,
Teenage Fun and Tired of Dancing were recorded as demos for EMI in
their Manchester Square studio with Producer Rod Thompson aided by Bram
Tchaikovsky. After talks and offers from EMI, Chrysalis and Regarde
Records it was decided to sign to Regarde and Away From This Town with b
side Teenage Fun was released in 1982 (a 12 inch version was also
recorded). The track was reviewed on Radio 1's Round Table and went on
to be played on Radio 1 along with plays on regional radio stations for a
further 6 weeks. Regarde were unprepared for this instant radio play
and had only pressed 100 promotional copies of the single By the time
any pressings had been delivered the radio play was long gone. Undaunted
a further song, Little Innocent was recorded at Producers Workshop,
however, it was soon decided to part company from Regarde and a band was
formed with Jon on vocals and guitar, Ian on synth and musicians Mark
Reeves - keyboards, Tim Bradley - bass and Paul Barrett - drums. The
band recorded further tracks at Sarm West and Redan Recorders with Rod
Thompson producing, recording live demos and two further tracks at
Chapel Studios with Pink Floyd engineer Nick Grifiths in the producers
chair. The band went on play live up and down the country, including a
support slot with Culture Club. Following a "pie throwing" incident Tim
left the band to return to Doncaster and soon afterwards Mark left and
returned to Horsham. Jon and Ian decided to disband Still Life in late