Aug 31, 2008

You Are In My System (Extended Version) - Robert Palmer

Robert Allen Palmer (19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003), born in Batley, Yorkshire, was an English singer-songwriter. He was known for his soulful voice and the eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop and blues.

1983 saw Palmer blend techno beats, early sampling and more of the island music of his adopted Bahamas (including steel pan) into the adventurous album Pride. Though the album wasn't the smash Clues was, it did feature standout tracks in the title song and Palmer's cover of The System's "You Are In My System", with The System's David Frank contributing keyboard tracks to the latter song.

"You Are In My System" was an example of Palmer's passion for R&B covers. He jammed the song onto the Pride album after the other tracks were finished. Hearing the track in a Paris club, Palmer rushed back to his Bahamas hometown, where the reconvened band (co-composer Frank included) put together the number.


* You Are In My System (Extended Version) - Robert Palmer

The Very Best of Robert Palmer

Aug 28, 2008

Animals - Vanity

Young Denise Matthews dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. She first began doing local beauty pageants before moving to Toronto, where she modeled.

At the age of 18 she moved to New York to further her career. She signed with Zoli Model Agency. Since she wasn't very tall, her modeling career was limited to commercials and photoshoots. Matthews became the face for Pearldrops toothpaste, before completing another modeling stint in Japan. In late 1979 she played a bit part in the horror movie Terror Train, which was filmed in Montreal, and starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Hart Bochner. Matthews went back to Toronto to film the B-movie Tanya's Island. At this time, Matthews billed herself as D.D. Winters.

In 1982, she met Prince at a backstage party at the American Music Awards. Prince re-named her Vanity, stating he saw his female reflection when he looked at her. Other versions of the story suggest that Prince coined the name "Vagina" initially, but she refused and renamed herself "Vanity" instead. Later that same year, she became the lead singer of the group Vanity 6. Their trademark was explicit sexuality in their lyrics, performances, and attire (extending even to the group's name, with 6 alluding to the number of breasts in the group). The group's biggest hit, "Nasty Girl", reached #1 on Hot Dance Club Play and was produced by Prince.

Gun Shy


* Animals - Vanity

If anyone has higher quality MP3s of any of Vanitys catalog please let me know

Aug 25, 2008

The Annie Lennox Collection

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Lousy Substitute - Boy George

A new track by George...
Check it out, it's quite nice!


* Lousy Substitute - Boy George

Aug 23, 2008

Relax (mixes) - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

One of the biggest dance acts of the mid-1980s.Frankie Goes To Hollywood formed in Liverpool, UK in 1980, the group comprised
William "Holly" Johnson
Paul Rutherford
Brian Nash
Peter Gill
and Mark O'Toole
Following an appearance on Channel 4 TV show "The Tube" performing "Relax", the group were signed up by Trevor Horn and Paul Morley's new ZTT record label. With the benefit of Horn's production skills and Morley's off-the-wall marketing ideas, "Relax" came out in October 1983 and slowly but surely took off.
It was already a top ten hit when, in January 1984, BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read suddenly realised what the song was actually about,
leading to a total BBC ban on the disc.
From this moment on, Frankie Goes To Hollywood became not just a pop group but a phenomenon.
The record went to number one in the UK, and was a smash hit across Europe and even in the USA. "Frankie Says" T-shirts (some dreamt up by Morley, but far more the creations of small-time bootleggers) became the fashion statement of the year, and anticipation was at such a fever pitch that every subsequent FGTH release that year - two singles and a double-LP - went straight in at number one in their home country, an unprecedented achievement and a triumph for ZTT.

From original mixes to more modern ones

Relax 7" 1
Relax 7" 2
Relax from Hard to Soft
Relax (Relax MCMXCIII)
Relax (The Ollie J Remix)
Relax (Jam & Spoon Hi N-R-G Mix)
Relax (Jam & Spoon Trip-O-Matic Fairy Tale Mix)
Ferry Cross The Mersey


* Relax (mixes) - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Aug 19, 2008

Through the Window - Grace Slick

During her musical career, Slick was a member of several rock bands: The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, and Jefferson Airplane's successor bands, Jefferson Starship and Starship.

Notable songs that she recorded with Jefferson Airplane/Starship include "White Rabbit" (which she is purported to have written in an hour),"Somebody to Love", "We Built This City", "Lather" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now". The songs Somebody to Love and White Rabbit appeared on Rolling Stone's top 500 greatest songs of all time. Both songs were first performed by The Great Society and White Rabbit featured an oboe solo by Slick.

The following trax are from her fourth and final solo album Software 1984

Through the Window


* Through the Window - Grace Slick

Aug 15, 2008

Love Pains - Hazell Dean

Another cover of the disco perenniel, 1989 brought us Hazell Deans version
"Love Pains" (#48 UK August 1989)

Love Pains

7 inch
A Bitch of A Mix
Extended PWL Mix
Rawhide Bullwhip Mix


* Love Pains - Hazell Dean

Aug 11, 2008

No More Tears (Enough is Enough) - kd lang & Andy Bell

k.d. lang is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter,
she hooked up with Andy Bell who is the lead singer of the English Synthpop duo Erasure to record the
Disco classic "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)"
for the Coneheads Soundtrack.
The evidence is below.

No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (7")

No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Classic Club Mix)


* No More Tears (Enough is Enough) - kd lang & Andy Bell

Aug 5, 2008

Life in Tokyo - Japan

Aligning themselves with disco god Giorgio Moroder, the 1979 single “Life in Tokyo” marked a major turning point for Japan. Already having written several new songs in Moroder’s style, including the later released “European Son,” the caterpillar-lipped producer seemed a likely choice for the band. Now singing with a bit of a shouty croon, the “Life in Tokyo” Sylvian positioned himself as a sort of Bryan Ferry for the coming decade, complete with clipped coif and red leather blazer. Backed by a precision beat from Jansen, wiggly bass and scary saxophones from Karn, icy synthesizers from Barbieri, and atmospheric guitar from Dean, the single laid a good deal of the groundwork for nearly everything the band would create over their next three albums.

Their last album for Ariola-Hansa, 1979’s “Quiet Life,” carried the feel over from “Life in Tokyo,” particularly on the title track. Showing an exponential increase in artistic control and production quality, the album effortlessly moves from the title track's fey disco into much more contemplative album cuts. The album marks Japan's first collaboration with producer John Punter, who had, among other projects, engineered Roxy Music's first three albums and produced their 1974 LP, "Country Life." Japan later hailed Quiet Life" as a major turning point.

Life in Tokyo 7"
Life in Tokyo (Special Remix)
Life in Tokyo (1982 Remix)


* Life in Tokyo - Japan

Aug 1, 2008

Pistol in My Pocket - Lana Pellay

Lana Pellays Pistol in My Pocket was sometimes mistaken as Dead or Alive.

You have to admit sometimes Lana does sound a little like Pete.

Now known as Al Pillay, he has a new cabaret CD out.

Three mixes are included.


* Pistol in My Pocket - Lana Pellay