Jul 30, 2008

Surrender Your Heart - Missing Persons

Missing Persons, a New Wave band was founded in 1980 in Los Angeles by guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, vocalist Dale Bozzio, and drummer Terry Bozzio. They went on to add bassist Patrick O'Hearn and keyboardist Chuck Wild. Dale's quirky voice and heavy makeup made the band a favorite on MTV in the early 1980s.
Dale and Terry Bozzio met and married while working with Frank Zappa, and Cuccurullo encountered the pair while contributing to the Zappa album Joe's Garage. O'Hearn was also a former member of Zappa's touring band.
In 1980 the band made its first record, a 4-song EP entitled Missing Persons, in Zappa's studio. The band toured, promoted the EP, appeared in the movie Lunch Wagon, and became a must-see band among the Los Angeles live music crowd. "Mental Hopscotch" was a #1 record on local radio station KROQ, and the self-promoted EP sold 7,000 copies.
Two years of hard work led up to a signing with Capitol Records in 1982. With label support, the re-released EP sold another 250,000 units, and the new album Spring Session M went gold.
Several singles followed "Mental Hopscotch", "Destination Unknown," "Words," "Walking in L.A.," and "Windows".
Missing Persons appeared at a three-day Southern California concert known as the US Festival in May 1983, along with Berlin, David Bowie, The Pretenders, U2, and several other performers.
Although the band gained new attention via the striking music video for "Surrender Your Heart" that was designed by Peter Max, the album Rhyme & Reason (1984) was not a great success, and Capitol was not happy about the direction the band was taking. The band followed up with the more conventional Color In Your Life in June 1986, but during the short-lived promotional tour, increasing tensions between Terry and Dale Bozzio led to the end of the tour, the couple's marriage, and the band.
Heres one of Missing Persons forgotten singles, Surrender Your Heart (Album Version) with B-side, All Fall Down


* Surrender Your Heart - Missing Persons

Jul 27, 2008

I Want To Be Your Property - Blue Mercedes

Blue Mercedes were a pop music duo from London, England, made up of David Titlow and Duncan Millar.
Titlow was infamous for wearing purple shorts with the words "Funk Ass" printed on them,
whilst Millar played a large portable synth with double keyboards — they dubbed their musical style 'Street Latin Wolff'.
Their only Hot 100 hit was "I Want To Be Your Property,"
which climbed to #66 in 1988 and spent four weeks at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
The video featured the lovely Cyd Charisse

Today, David Titlow is a successful fashion and music photographer.

I Want to Be Your Property
I Want to Be Your Property (Def B4 Dishonour USA Mix)
Heaven on the Earth


* I Want To Be Your Property - Blue Mercedes

Jul 22, 2008

No Regrets - Midge Ure

Midge Ure was a busy boy in the 80's. He temporarily joined Thin Lizzy before replacing John Foxx as singer of electronic New Wave band Ultravox in 1979.
Shortly afterwards, they had a huge UK hit with "Vienna",
and became one of Britain's top bands for several years.
Later that year, Ure also formed the band Visage with Steve Strange and
fellow former "Rich Kid" Rusty Egan.
The following year, Ure and Phil Lynott released "Yellow Pearl"
A re-recording of the song done in 1981 was used as the theme for Top of the Pops.

Midge also worked as a producer for other artists.
Steve Harley and New Wave group STRASSE

He released his first solo single
"No Regrets" in 1982, included here with its B-side.

In 1984, Ure co-wrote with Bob Geldof and produced the Band Aid hit, "Do They Know It's Christmas?". He and Geldof jointly set up the Band Aid Trust and he remains active as a Band Aid Trustee to this day. He was also the co-organiser of Live Aid.


* No Regrets - Midge Ure

Jul 21, 2008

Fireworks - Siouxsie and the Banshees

In 1976 Siouxsie formed the band Siouxsie and the Banshees with her friend Steven Severin on bass guitar. Two years later, they released their first single, "Hong Kong Garden", which instantaneously reached the top 10 in the UK.Their first album, 1978's The Scream, was described by Nick Kent in the NME in the following terms: "The band sounds like some unique hybrid of the Velvet Underground mated with much of the ingenuity of Tago Mago-era Can, if any parallel can be drawn." At the end of the article, he added this remark: "Certainly, the traditional three-piece sound has never been used in a more unorthodox fashion with such stunning results."

Further key albums Kaleidoscope and Juju included the hit singles "Happy House" and "Spellbound".

In 1982, the British press greeted the Siouxsie and the Banshees album A Kiss in the Dreamhouse enthusiastically. Richard Cook in the NME finished his review with "I promise. This music will take your breath away."

In 1996, after recording a series of 11 successful studio albums, Siouxsie and the Banshees announced their split during a press conference called "20 minutes for 20 years".

Her first solo album Mantaray was released on September 10, 2007 in the UK, preceded by the "Into a Swan" single released on September 3. MantaRay was released in the U.S. on October 2. The album has gained critical acclaim. The influential site Pitchfork Media wrote "She really is pop" before finishing the review by "It's a success".

Coal Mind
We Fall


* Fireworks - Siouxsie and the Banshees

Jul 17, 2008

Jeanny - Falco

Falco's first hit was "Der Kommissar", from the 1982 album Einzelhaft. Falco's record was a number-one success in many countries but failed to break big in the U.S.

After a second album, Junge Roemer, failed to provide a repeat to his debut single's success (outside of Austria and Germany, where the album topped the charts), Falco began to experiment with English lyrics in an effort to broaden his appeal, and chose a new production team. The result would be the most popular album and single of his career.

Falco recorded "Rock Me Amadeus" inspired in part by the Oscar-winning film Amadeus, and the song became a worldwide hit in 1986. This time, his record reached #1 in the U.S. and UK, bringing him the success that had eluded him in that major market a few years earlier. The song remained in the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and his album, Falco 3, fittingly peaked at the number three position on the Billboard album charts. Ultimately, "Rock Me Amadeus" went to the #1 spot in over a dozen countries including the Soviet Union and Japan. Follow-up single "Vienna Calling" was another international pop hit.

"Jeanny," the third release from Falco 3, brought the performer back to the top of the charts across Europe. Highly controversial when it was released in Germany and the Netherlands, the story of "Jeanny" was told from the point of view of a rapist and possible murderer. Several DJs and radio stations refused to play the ballad, which was ignored in the U.S., although it became a huge hit in many European countries.

Coming Home Jeanny part 2
Männer des Westens "Any Kind of Land"


* Jeanny - Falco

Jul 16, 2008

Runaway - The Thompson Twins

The Thompson Twins was formed 1977 in Sheffield, England by three friends
Tom Bailey, Pete Dodd and John Roog.
The name came from the twin detecives in Hergé's comic book series "Adventures of Tintin".
In 1979 they moved to London and drummer Chris Bell joined the band.
Early 1980 Tom Bailey took over lead vocals from Pete Dodd.

In April 1980 they released their first single, 'Squares and Triangles' (on their own label, Dirty Discs) and managed to sell 1,500 copies of the single. Around this time Tom met Alannah Currie who was playing manic wailing sax in an all girl dread punk group called The Unfuckables.
She soon became a full member of the Thompson Twins. In the summer of 1980 Thompson Twins roadie Joe Leeway began to play bongos on stage and soon after was a full member of the band. In early 1981 Alannah gave up the sax and switched to percussion and Joe switched to playing congas.

The Thompson Twins released their first album 'A Product of...' in June 1981. In March 1982 they released the album 'Set' - produced by Steve Lillywhite - and the single 'In The Name Of Love'.
Infatuated by the first single's different sound, Tom, Alannah and Joe tinker with the idea of working together on the side under the name ''Bermuda Triangle''. When the single and album fail to make a substantial impact on the British charts, the group splits in April 1982. The song ''In The Name Of Love'' becomes one of the biggest US dance songs of the decade, spending five weeks topping the Billboard charts. Now as a three-piece, the new Thompson Twins released their first album in February 1983, Quick Step & Side Kick ('Side Kicks' in North America) - produced by Alex Sadkin.

Runaway (single mix)
Make Believe (live)
Living in Europe (live)


* Runaway - The Thompson Twins

Jul 14, 2008

Looking for a New Love (Extended Club Version) - Jody Watley

Jody Watley
Grammy Winning Artist - Singer, Songwriter, Producer.

She's had 6 Top ten Pop Hits
15 Top 40 R&B Hits
13 Dance Hits
&13 Number One
Singles (Pop, R&B or Dance).
Recipient of
Billboard Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Still
remains one of MTV's Most Nominated Female Artists for 'Real Love' video.
Hits Include: "Looking For a New Love", "Don't You Want Me", "Friends", among

Popularized the phrase "Hasta La Vista Ba-by", later used by
Arnold Schwarzenegger. One of the first black artists of the 80's and 90's to
successfully merge music and fashion.
Featured in early groundbreaking ad campaign featuring celebrities for The GAP.

Looking for a New Love (Extended Club Version)

Love Injection


* Looking for a New Love (Extended Club Version) - Jody Watley

Jul 11, 2008

Kings of the Wild Frontier/Press Darlings - Adam and the Ants

Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard)
was born in the Marylebone area of London.
His first involvement with the music industry was when he was at art school in North London playing with a band called Bazooka Joe.
After this came a band called The B-Sides. Along with B-Sides members Lester Square and Andy Warren, he went on to form Adam & The Ants.
Their first hit was Kings of the Wild Frontier in April 1980.
After several hit singles, albums and varying line-ups, they disbanded and Adam continued on with a solo career, entering the charts with 'Goody Two Shoes'.
Adam's first solo album was 'Friend Or Foe', the title track being released as a single, and finally giving him a significant penetration into the vast American market.


* Kings of the Wild Frontier - Adam & the Ants

Jul 6, 2008

Peek-A-Boo 12" - Devo

Devo, a New Wave music group formed in Akron, Ohio in 1973 are best known for their 1980 hit "Whip It", which made it to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their style has been variously classified as punk, art rock and post-punk, but they are most often remembered for their late 1970s and early 1980s New Wave sound which ushered in the synth pop sound of the 1980s.

Devo's music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary via sometimes-discordant pop songs that often feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures, and their work has proved hugely influential on subsequent popular music, particularly New Wave and alternative rock artists.

Devo was also a pioneer of the music video, creating many memorable clips that were popular in the early days of MTV, although their use of the video medium dates right back to their very first appearance on stage at Kent State University in 1973, which was recorded with an early black-and-white portable video system.

Devo - The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
Oh, No! It's Devo

Peek-A-Boo! (dance velocity)
Peek-A-Boo! (devo dub)
Find Out


* Peek-A-Boo 12" - Devo

Over My Head - Toni Basil

Multi-award winning performer/choreographer/director/producer, Toni Basil, has been at the vanguard of dance and music for the last thirty years.

She received a Gold Album for 1981’s Word Of Mouth and a double platinum record for her smash single – Mickey, and holds the same from the UK, Canada and Australia. She received a Grammy nomination for her Word Of Mouth long-form video album, which she produced, choreographed, and directed.
Billboard’s #1 song for the month of December, 1982, Mickey was installed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the groundbreaking singles of the 1980’s, and has appeared on the soundtrack to countless films.
The Mickey music video, which featured Basil dancing in a Las Vegas High cheerleader outfit (her alma mater), resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and in 1992, earned her a place as an American Video Artist in the coveted Museum of Modern Art’s calendar.

Her second Chrysalis album, Toni Basil, spawned the MTV Music Award nominated video hit “Over My Head.” She also starred, co-directed, and choreographed two self-titled BBC-television specials, which were re-aired in record time due to unprecedented audience response, and are credited as launching “Mickey” as a hit single in the U.K. charts and, ultimately, worldwide.

Over My Head

LP version
Special Extended Remix
mhp's dancefloor mix
Mickey (Spanish Version)


Jul 4, 2008

Listening - Pseudo Echo

Pseudo Echo are an Australian Pop band, which were part of the New Romantic movement of the early 1980s. Formed in 1982 by school friends Brian Canham and Pierre Gigliotti, the band completed its lineup with Anthony Argiro and Tony Lugton.

Their first album Autumnal Park was an Ultravox-influenced album that yielded the Australian singles "Listening" (produced by Peter Dawkins) , "Stranger in Me", "Dancing Till Midnight", and "Beat for You". Their climb to success in the summer of 1984 was rapid, and they quickly became the second biggest band in Australia after INXS.
"His Eyes", a track from their first album, received exposure in the US as it was used in the movie Friday the 13th:A New Beginning.

In 2000 they released the double CD Teleporter, which featured 4 all-new tracks, 5 re-mixed tracks, and a live performance in Melbourne featuring all the tracks from Autumnal Park except for "From the Shore", along with a few tracks from Love an Adventure and a performance of the rare B-side "In Their Time".

Since reuniting in 1999, the band has been touring constantly in Australia, and were last seen touring with the "Idols of the 80s" in 2005.

Recommended:Best Adventures & Long Plays 83-87

Included here are Listening & Listening (extended),also included is
Hope I Go to Heaven from 2000's Teleporter, a great CD!


* Pseudo Echo 3-pak

Jul 3, 2008

Pocket Pool - Killer Pussy

A KROQ staple


one of my favorite trax from Killer Pussy


* Pocket Pool - Killer Pussy

Atomic - The Mission

From Wikipedia:
The Mission (The Mission UK in the US) was a gothic rock band formed in 1986 from the splinters of The Sisters of Mercy.

It was started by frontman Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams (both of the Sisters), soon adding
Mick Brown (of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry) and Simon Hinkler (of Artery/Pulp).
Aside from Hussey,
the line-up has changed several times during the years,
and the band has been dusted up from a state of dormancy once or twice.

The backbone of the band's catalogue consists of nine main albums
(God's Own Medicine, The First Chapter, Children, Carved in Sand, Masque, Neverland, Blue, Aura and God Is a Bullet) with several compilations and other miscellaneous releases also in existence.

Included here is a Blondie cover, Atomic.
From the Ruby Trax compilation.


* Atomic - The Mission

Jul 2, 2008

Mein Herz Macht Bum & Als Wär's Das Letzte Mal - D.A.F.

D.A.F. is an influential German electropunk/NDW band from Düsseldorf,
formed in 1978 featuring
Gabi Delgado-López (vocals),
Robert Görl (drums, percussion, electronic instruments),
Kurt "Pyrolator" Dahlke (electronic instruments),
Michael Kemner (bass-guitar)
and Wolfgang Spelmans (guitar).
Kurt Dahlke was replaced by Chrislo Haas (electronic instruments, bass-guitar, saxophone) in 1979.

The name stands for Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (literally, German-American Friendship) – a satirical reference to the DSF, the East German Deutsch-Sowjetische Freundschaft (German-Soviet Friendship Organization).

The album Alles Ist Gut(Everything is fine) received the German "Schallplattenpreis" award by the "Deutsche Phono-Akademie", an association of the German recording industry.

* Mein Herz Macht Bum & Als Wär's Das Letzte Mal - D.A.F.

Jul 1, 2008

Tombé Pour La France (Version Maximum) - Étienne Daho

From Wikipedia:
Étienne Daho is a French singer, songwriter and record producer who has released a number of synth-driven and rock-surf influenced hit singles since 1981.
All of his albums have been certified at least gold, including Mythomane - 1981, La Notte la Notte - 1984, Pop Satori- 1986, produced with a young William Orbit.


* Tombé Pour La France (Version Maximum) - Étienne Daho