Friday, July 29, 2011

The Big Supreme - Don't Walk

7" Single, released in 1986

Friday, July 22, 2011

Habit - Medicine Man (1988)

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".

1. Lucy
2. Love Is For Keeps
3. Medicine Man
4. Heaven (Must Be Playing Games)
5. Build A House
6. Get Back
7. Starlight
8. Shotgun City
9. Anonymous
10. Never Street


RAH Band - Across The Bay

7" Single, released in 1987

Saturday, July 16, 2011

His Latest Flame - America Blue (1990)

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
3. Footsteps
4. Londonderry Road (Acoustic Version)



I've just been visiting 80's Vinyl Gems which is a new blog I have not seen before. Great posts featuring Black, Vicious Pink, John Foxx, etc., etc. Very nice!!

Actually it's been around for a couple of years, I guess I just have not been paying attention!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Unique - His Golden Hand LP (1988)

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
3. Eskimo
4. Inchman
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

Side One
Side Two

[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.

Feargal Sharkey - Listen To Your Father (1984)

12" Single, released in 1984

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.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Still Life - My World (1983)

7" Single, released in 1983

Still Life - My World (A-Side)

Still Life - Passion Play (B-Side)

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 1983."

Kiss Like This - Faith In You

7" Single, released in 1990

The Walk - I Didn't Catch Your Name (1984)

7" Single, released in 1984

The Walk - Be Animal (B-Side)

Links were updated by request in February 2017.

Great Outdoors - Bird In The Hand (1986)

7" Single, released in 1986

Great Outdoors - Bird In The Hand (A-Side)
Great Outdoors - Great Romance (B-Side)