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Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Big Picture - Cold Emotion

7" Single, released in 1986


By request. I just got this single recently and didn't realize at the time it was by the band East of Java under a different name. The B-Side is a great Bob Dylan cover.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Random 80's Wednesday

More 99 cent acquisitions on random play this week.

Social Security - Irrawaddy River (from Waterfalling, 1986)
Ups And Downs - The Living Kind (from Sleepless, 1986)
Heroes - Driftaway (from Here We Are, 1987)
The Metropolitans - Catch A New Wave (from Storybook, 1986)
The Fabulous Pop Tarts - New York City Beat (12" Single, 1986)

Full disclosure - The Metropolitans album only cost me 25 cents. These are all the opening tracks apart from Ups And Downs as the first track was a shorter introductory piece.

Heroes is a band fronted by former Wang Chung drummer Darren Costin.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Random 80's Wednesday

This week I am going to post the opening track from some 99 cent albums I got from The Great Escape in Nashville.

Ian Cussick - The Supernatural (from Danger In The Air, 1983)
The Lost Tropics - Zoo Story (from The Lost Tropics, 1983)
Favorite Nation - Sometimes A Silence (from Favorite Nation, 1988)
The Way Moves - Shadows Of Love (from The Way Moves, 1988)
The City - Season Of The Heart (from Foundation, 1986)

After I ripped the Danger In The Air album, I found that the artist has made the album available on CDBaby, where you can preview the whole album. I've linked to it so you can support the artist.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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.

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.