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  • Marc And The Mambas - Untitled

    Marc and The Mambas Untitled

    Title: Untitled
    Format: LP & 12"
    Label: Some Bizzare
    Year: 1982

    Side 1 - Untitled / Empty Eyes / Angels
    Side 2 - Big Louise / Caroline Says / Margaret / If You Go Away

    Side 3 - Terrapin / Twilights + Lowlifes
    Side 4 - Twilights + Lowlifes (Street Walking Soundtrack)


    Untitled

    Marc and The-Mambas Untitled gatefold

  • Happy Mondays - Freaky Dancin'

    Happy Mondays - Freaky Dancin'

    Title: Freaky Dancin'
    Format: 12"
    Label: Factory
    Year: 1986

    Side A - Freaky Dancin' (Live)
    Side B - The Egg (Mix) / Freaky Dancin'


    Freaky Dancin'

    I've been picking my way through the C86 expanded edition with a smile on my face. It sweeps up the Eighties underground pretty well and in addition to the original NME cassette tracks you get two further CDs of associated scenesters who didn't want to be on it or were never in the running.

    Hearing Laugh's Take Your Time Yeah flexi took me back to when it first fell out of a copy of Debris and this second single track from Happy Mondays is just further proof that Manchester was way ahead of the pack. I saw both groups play together at The Black Horse not long after and The Mondays were utterly infectious and about to make pretty much everyone else extinct.

    The Freaky Dancin' they use on the CD is the shorter 7" edit so here's the full studio version from the 12". You can just hear the good times arriving for Little Hulton's finest when everything blurs into that big sweet riff...

    You don't like that mouth because it's much too loud

  • The Slits - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    The Slits - Typical Girls

    Title: Typical Girls
    Format: 7"
    Label: Island
    Year: 1979

    Side A - Typical Girls
    Side B - I Heard It Through The Grapevine


    I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    By the time The Slits made it to vinyl with debut album Cut they'd reshuffled their early, ragged punk into a tight and rhythmic nod to all things Jamaica. Bonus charm was applied by hotshot reggae producer Dennis Bovell who was also keeping busy with The Pop Group at the time.

    The album was preceded by the single Typical Girls featuring a non-album cover of Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong's I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Everyone knew the song as it had been big for Marvin Gaye in the late Sixties but this self produced B side just blew the thing apart and may well be the best Motown cover ever...

    I heard it through the baseline

  • De La Soul - Talkin' Bout Hey Love

    De La Soul Is Dead

    Title: De La Soul Is Dead
    Format: CD Album
    Label: Tommy Boy
    Year: 1991

    Tracks - Intro / Oodles of O's / Talkin' Bout Hey Love / Pease Porridge / Skit 1 / Johnny's Dead AKA Vincent Mason (Live From The BK Lounge) / A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays" / WRMS' Dedication To The Bitty / Bitties In The BK Lounge / Skit 2 / My Brother's A Basehead / Let, Let Me In / Afro Connections At A Hi 5 (In The Eyes Of The Hoodlum) / Rap De Rap Show / Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa / Who Do U Worship? / Skit 3 / Kicked Out The House / Pass The Plugs / Not Over Till The Fat Lady Plays The Demo / Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey) / WRMS: Cat's In Control / Skit 4 / Shwingalokate / Fanatic Of The B Word / Keepin' The Faith / Skit 5


    Talkin' Bout Hey Love

    The daisy age loops of De La Soul's day glo debut soundtracked the end of a lot of people's Eighties and if 1989 was the closest the decade got to 1967 then 3 Feet High And Rising passed a perfectly timed peace pipe.

    Pressure was on for the Long Island, New York trio's follow up De La Soul Is Dead which continued the formula but was noticeably patchier as the group passed comment on everything from hip hop's toughening up to their new found fame. Talkin' Bout Hey Love sees Posdnuos get an earful from an admirer over a bit of Stevie Wonder. It's vintage cut and paste.

    So this is what this is all about huh? Doughnuts?

  • Bill Nelson - When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True

    Bill Nelson - The Love That Whirls

    Title: The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart)
    Format: LP
    Label: Mercury
    Year: 1982

    Side One - Empire Of The Senses / Hope For The Heartbeat / Waiting For Voices / A Private View / Eros Arriving / The Bride Of Christ In Autumn

    Side Two - When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True / Flaming Desire / Portrait Of Jan With Flowers / The Crystal Escalator In The Palace Of God Department Store / Echo In Her Eyes (The Lamps Of Oblivion) / The October Man


    When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True

    When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True opens side two of Bill Nelson's second solo album The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart). It may well have been inspired by an admiration for all things Yellow Magic Orchestra but the way he pushes a Roland TR-808 drum machine presages Acid House by a good five years.

    Bill Nelson - La Belle Et La Bete

    Title: La Belle Et La Bete
    Format: LP
    Label: Mercury
    Year: 1982

    Side One - Overture / The Family / Sisters And Sedan Chairs / In The Forest Of Storms / The Castle / The Gates / The Corridor / The Great Hall / Dreams (The Merchant Sleeps) / Fear (The Merchant Wakes) / The Rose And The Beast / Magnificent (The White Horse) / Beauty Enters The Castle / The Door / The Mirror / Candelabra And Gargoyles / Beauty And The Beast

    Side Two - Transition No. 1 / Transition No. 2 / The Hunt / The Gift / The Garden / Transition No. 3 / Transition No. 4 / The Tragedy / Transition No. 5 / The Enchanted Glove / Tears As Diamonds (The Gift Reverses) / The Beast In Solitude /The Return Of Magnificent / Transition No. 6 (The Journey) / The Pavilion Of Diana / Transition No. 1 / Transition No. 2 / The Final Curtain


    The Garden

    Initial copies of The Love That Whirls were packaged with Nelson's ambient soundtrack to The Yorkshire Actors Company's reworking of Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast. The show was produced by a guy called Andy Winters who worked part time at the BBC in White City and ran a record label called Sharp that was releasing stuff by The Passmore Sisters. We met in 1985 when I was new in town and he placed an ad for someone to help out with the label's running around.

    Winters also played guitar in an early line up of Miaow and another group called The Yes Men with Food Record's Andy Ross as well as directing fringe productions including a stage adaption of the silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari that I saw at The Half Moon in Herne Hill again featuring music by Nelson.

    The Arts Council funded La Belle Et La Bete was recorded at Bill's home studio The Echo Observatory and came in the inner sleeve above with liner notes on each piece and its relevant scene. The Garden reflects the tenderest point in the production and sounds suspiciously like a blueprint for Boards Of Canada...

    There's some Red Noise here

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