Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Bic - Musica Pop

7" Single, released in 1983

The Bic - Go Jo (B-Side)

This was the first single released by Go! Discs, famously the label of The Housemartins, The Beautiful South, The La's and, um, The Southernaires...

Vocalist Bric Brack appeared on a couple of other things, but this was a one-off - and pretty fun - single.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

John Adams - Through The Eyes Of Love

7" Single, released in 1985

Here's the solo 1985 single from Private Lives front man John Adams, produced by Andy Taylor of Duran Duran.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

RAH Band - Sweet Forbidden

7" Single, released in 1986

Eclectic and idiosyncratic, Richard Hewson's RAH Band flitted around the UK pop scene from the late seventies, enjoying a couple of sizeable hits - including "Clouds Across The Moon", a Top Ten smash which lead to a memorable Top Of The Pops performance including a Logan's Run-inspired 'Intergalactic operator'.

After releasing several singles from the resultant Mystery album, "Sweet Forbidden" was the first of a number of stand alone single releases, and after being dropped from RCA, their follow up album Something About The Music remained unreleased until appearing on iTunes a couple of years ago.

Not everyone's cup of tea, but personally I find it easy to warm to Liz Hewson's delightfully unaffected vocals. The band has a website and a Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rent Boys - Kick Down The Door

7" Single, released in 1980

For quite a long time I thought the Private Lives single, "Where Do I Go", was the earliest by John Adams and the band. Then I read about a year or so ago that "Kick Down The Door" was an earlier single released in the same year under a different name. In my continuing quest* to track down all the John Adams/Private Lives material I've noted the various different styles the man managed to commit to vinyl. Here John and co jump on the Police/pop reggae bandwagon. I believe I now have all the John Adams related singles from 1980 to 1987, so it's about time to put some sort of compilation together. You're welcome.

*like Star Trek, but without any kind of prime directive.

The Big Supreme - Please Yourself

7" Single, released in 1987

More pop merriment from Big Supremo Barry Flynn. I may have posted these tracks before, but I only just acquired the original vinyl - released just about exactly thirty years ago - so here's a fresh new set. This one actually had the song words printed in No. 1 magazine - but steered clear of the charts. The only Big Supreme single I don't have is "Let's Turn Our Love Around" which I think was the last one.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lypbox - My House

7" Single, released in 1988

I wasn't familiar with Lypbox before finding this single listed on eBay recently. It caught my eye looking as it does a bit like the great This Other Eden singles from the late eighties.  I'm not sure but they may have been a Cambridge based band, with this their only release.