The Danse Society - Say it again (1985, UK, new romantic) 
Monday, January 22, 2007, 08:41 PM - Music, - UK, English
A double 12" from 1985.



1 - Say it again (extended danse mix) [7:04]
2 - Fade away (she's in your dreams) [3:15]
3 - Sensimilla [5:59]
4 - Treat me right [3:59]

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Rick Powell - Switched-On-Country (1970, US, electronic/country) 
Friday, January 19, 2007, 06:59 PM - Music, - UK, English
Who was first, Gill Trythall or Rick Powell? Anyway, Mr. Trythall is definitely better, but this is also worthwhile listening to, especially for Steel Guitar Rag, Ruby, Kaw-Liga and I walk the line.



Side one:
1 Steel Guitar Rag
2 Born To Lose
3 Cattle Call
4 Careless Love
5 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town

Side two:
1 Watermelon
2 Green, Green Grass Of Home
3 Kaw-Liga
4 I Walk The Line

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A Certain Ratio - I need someone tonite (1983, UK, funk) 
Thursday, January 18, 2007, 06:38 PM - Music, - UK, English
Both songs on this 12" are not available on a regular A Certain Ratio cd.
The b-side is a rather pointless version of the Steve Wonder song Dont you worry bout a thing. It's exactly the same... But a nice curiosity.



1 - I need someone tonite [5:39]
2 - Dont you worry bout a thing [4:33]

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update:
I need someone tonite is available on cd I'd Like to See You Again.
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Bryan Ferry - As the world turns (1977, UK, pop) 
Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 06:44 PM
What the @#$%& does BF on this blog...?
It's not about Bryan Ferry, it's about Robert Fripp. He plays on the b-side. This is in the same period as he played on Heroes of Bowie. Fripp didn't have his own band at that time.



1 This is tomorrow
2 As the world turns

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Bartok - Insanity (1982, UK, new wave) 
Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 06:11 PM - - UK, English
Bartok was John Grant and Simon Werner of punk band the Straps with Rat Scabies of the Damned and on track 1 Jah Wobble.
They only made this 12".



1 Insanity [2:45]
2 I am the bomb [3:18]

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Colour Box - Breakdown (1982, UK, new wave/synth pop) 
Monday, January 15, 2007, 06:57 PM - Music, - UK, English
Colour Box had a hit with The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme in 1987. They had even a bigger hit that same year under the name M|A|R|R|S (in collaboration with A R Kane) with Pump up the Volume.
But this is their first single from 1982 (12" version, BAD 215).



1 Breakdown [6:16]
2 Tarantula [7:01]

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A Certain Ratio - Greetings Four (1986, UK, new wave/funk) 
Sunday, January 14, 2007, 10:41 PM - Music, - UK, English
Almost all the work of A Certain Ratio is issued on cd. Almost. I have some recordings that are only available on 12". I will post them and I start with Greetings Four. The first song, The Runner, is never released on cd. The 12" came out on The Italian label Materiali Sonoti, based in San Giovanni Valdarno (Greetings from S.G.V. says the inner sleeve). Management, design and photos are done by Italian people. It was recorded in England, 13/14 March 1986.



1 The Runner [5:09]
2 Inside [3:58]
3 Bootsy [4:32]
4 Fever 103° [5:48]

In this clip you can see them playing Inside in 1985 with Donald Johnson on bass (usually he plays the drums) and Martin Moscrop (guitarist) on drums.
I saw A Certain Ratio once in Doornroosje in Nijmegen, they just (or maybe just not) released their first lp (25-10-1980? Then I knew them only from the 12" Flight). Very impressive. It was a strange combination: all those shy white guys fiddling on their instruments and effects, making a kind of soundscape, and the black funky drummer who hold this all together.

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update:
The Runner is available on sampler The Greetings Compact.
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