Nov 20, 2009

Heartbeat like Thunder (extended remix) - Steve Harley

Steve Harley is a English singer and songwriter, best known for his work with the 1970s rock group Cockney Rebel, with whom he still occasionally tours (albeit with many personnel changes through the years).

In the early 1990s, Harley released several solo albums. His songs "Sebastian", "Tumbling Down", and "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" were included in the Todd Haynes 1998 rock musical Velvet Goldmine. "Make Me Smile" was also included in the 1997 film, The Full Monty.

In 1999, Harley began presenting a BBC Radio programme The Sounds of the Seventies, of which the last programme aired on 27 March 2008.

In 2005, The Quality of Mercy was released under the Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel name, and Harley began touring more frequently.


* Heartbeat like Thunder (extended remix) - Steve Harley

Nov 8, 2009

Ashes to Ashes - Tears for Fears

Tears for Fears covered the David Bowie classic for the NME's Ruby Trax compilation.

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith formed Tears for Fears in the early 1980s after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate.

The band has sold more than 22 million albums worldwide
(including over 8 million in the United States alone).


* Ashes to Ashes - Tears for Fears

Oct 21, 2009

Dracula's Tango (Sucker For Your Love) - ToTo Coelo

Take a Bite Out of Halloween!!

The group is known for its 1982 hit single "I Eat Cannibals Part 1", which reached #8 in the UK and was also a hit in many other countries, including South Africa where it was named the 17th biggest selling single of 1983. They also issued a less successful follow-up, "Dracula's Tango (Sucker For Your Love)". An album was issued containing both singles, together with B-sides and a selection of unreleased tracks in 1983 titled Man o' War. It was not a commercial success. "Milk from the Coconut" charted in the South Africa top 20 as well.

The group's name is Latin and means "by the whole extent of the heavens" or "heaven-wide", but is commonly translated as "completely", "entirely" or "utterly". Of the name, Sheen Doran said, "It has a number of meanings, such as 'heart and soul', 'root and branch' and 'totally different'. It seemed to describe what we were. Plus, it's strange-sounding and hard to pronounce, so it sticks in your mind." The group was renamed Total Coelo in the United States to avoid confusion with the American group, Toto.

Dracula's Tango
Mucho Macho

* Dracula's Tango (Sucker For Your Love) - ToTo Coelo

Oct 12, 2009

Heartache - Pepsi & Shirlie

The act comprised Helen "Pepsi" DeMacque (born 10 December 1958, Paddington, London) and Shirlie Holliman (born 18 April 1962, Watford, Hertfordshire), who had been Wham! backing vocalists.Holliman's original singing partner, Dee C. Lee, had earlier left the group to marry Paul Weller.
They had two UK Top Ten hits: "Heartache", which was produced by Phil Fearon and Tambi Fernando and reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart, and "Goodbye Stranger", produced by Fernando and Pete Hammond, which reached #9.
Holliman has been married since 1988 to Martin Kemp, a former member of the group Spandau Ballet and now an actor, whilst DeMacque resided in Wellington, New Zealand for a number of years working at a gift shop on Lambton Quay. She now lives in Norwich, England with her husband.
Pepsi & Shirlie returned in 2000 to record their backing vocals on Geri Halliwell's UK number one hit, "Bag It Up".

Heartache (Radio Mix)
Heartache (Extended Remix)
Heartache (PWL Remix)


* Heartache - Pepsi & Shirlie

Oct 6, 2009

Fetish - Vicious Pink

Here's something Spooky for Halloween

Vicious Pink was a synthpop duo formed in Leeds, UK in 1981 and active until 1986. With a catchy sound and a penchant for highly provocative and sexualized lyrics, the band aimed for success in clubs rather than commercial hits. Vicious Pink consisted of two members, English/French singer Josephine Warden and keyboardist Brian Moss. The duo began as backing vocalists for Soft Cell, known as Vicious Pink Phenomenon.

Fetish (Dance Mix)


* Fetish - Vicious Pink

Sep 12, 2009

What is Love? - Howard Jones

It was in 1983 that Howard Jones released his first single ‘New Song’ in the UK.
The expectation was that it might sell a few thousand copies and introduce his fresh new music to an unsuspecting world. The reality was quite different. The single steadily climbed the UK chart to peak at No. 3.

Then came the second single ‘What Is Love?’ which reached No. 2 in the UK and the third single, the enigmatic ‘Hide and Seek’ which showed the spiritual side of Howard Jones’ writing. This was followed by the first album ‘Human’s Lib’ which came straight in at No. 1 in the UK in April 1984, eventually going platinum and which took the synthesiser and Howard to a new plateau.
This success spread across the globe with ‘Human’s Lib’ going gold in USA, Japan, Germany, Italy and Australia.

Included here is the great B-side It Just Doesn't Matter

What is Love?
It Just Doesn't Matter


* What is Love? - Howard Jones

Sep 6, 2009

Taylor Dayne

CDManiac Presents a Digital Explosion Blowout!
Miss Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne burst onto the dance scene in 1987 with her No.1 single "Tell it to my Heart".

The New York-born artist's three albums for Arista Records, Tell It To My Heart, Can't Fight Fate, and Soul Dancing, produced twelve Top 20 singles, among them the chart-topping "Love Will Lead You Back."

Over the course of her career, she has sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, garnering three Grammy nominations along the way.

I wanted to put together a dance collection as a tribute to Taylors 20 plus year career.

Tell It To My Heart (Club Mix)
Prove Your Love (House Mix)
Don't Rush Me (Extended Version)
Prove Your Love (Extended Remix)
Tell It To My Heart (House Of Hearts Mix)
Don't Rush Me (Continental Clubhouse Mix)
Prove Your Love (Edit Remix)
With Every Beat Of My Heart (Palpitashun Remix)
I'll Wait (New Anthem Mix)
With Every Beat Of My Heart (Make It Rock Remix)
Say A Prayer (Vission Lorimer Mixx)
With Every Beat Of My Heart (Extended Radio Remix)
Say A Prayer (Boss Club Mix)
I'll Wait (Hot Mix)
Beautiful (Scotty Ks Vocal Klub Mix)
Whatever You Want (12''mix)
Beautiful (Speakerbox Club Mix)
Planet Love (Original Vocal Mix)
Beautiful (Hex Hectors Vocal Mix)
I'm Not Featuring You (Manny Lehman Funky Club Mix)
Naked Without You (Thunderpuss 2000 Club Anthem)
I'm Not Featuring You (DJ Tekin UK Remix)


* Taylor Dayne Night Explode

Sep 2, 2009

Tous Les Garçons et les Filles - Eurythmics

french promo cover
"It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)" was released as the fourth and final single from Eurythmics album Be Yourself Tonight. Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, the track's distinctive brass arrangement was devised by Michael Kamen. The recording was produced by Stewart.

"It's Alright" was a slight return by Eurythmics to the electronic-based sounds of their earlier albums. Driven by a subtle drum machine track, Lennox sings a straightforward ode to a lover returning to her after a long absence. The instrumental passages feature some elaborate multitracked harmony guitar parts from Stewart. The music video, directed by Willy Smax, was a mix of live shots with computer animation, an innovative look for a music video in the mid 1980s.

The single was a Top 20 hit in the UK, where it peaked at number twelve (Eurythmics' tenth Top 40 hit in the UK singles chart).

The original version of Tous les garçons et les filles is from the 1962 debut album of the French singer Françoise Hardy. Like many of Hardy's earlier albums, it was released with no title, except for her name on the cover, but has become known by the title of the most successful song on the album, "Tous les garçons et les filles".


It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)

Tous les garçons et les filles

Conditioned Soul

Françoise Hardy

Tous les garçons et les filles


* Tous Les Garçons et les Filles - Eurythmics

Aug 17, 2009

I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman

Dan Hartman was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
In 1978 he released his "Instant Replay" album and achieved great success. "Instant Replay", the single from the album did well in the charts in October 1978 and was followed by the second single "This Is It" in January 1979.

Success returned in 1984 with Dan's collaboration with Charlie Midnight and the release of
"I Can Dream About You". The single of the same name appeared in the film "Streets of Fire".
"We are the Young" and "Second Nature" were subsequently released as singles also.

Album Version
Disconet Remix


* I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman

Aug 8, 2009

Dead or Alive MegaMixes

I dont know the origin of these mixes...

The Evolution Megamix (8:42)

Dead Or Alive PWL Megamix (5:22)


* Dead or Alive MegaMixes

Jul 27, 2009

Genetic Engineering - OMD

1983 saw the OMD lose commercial momentum somewhat,
with the release of their more experimental Dazzle Ships album, which mixed melancholy synth ballads and uptempo synthpop with musique concrete and short wave radio tape collages.
It was recorded by the 4-piece Humphreys/Holmes/Cooper/McCluskey line-up, and produced by Rhett Davies.

"Genetic Engineering" is the first single released from Dazzle Ships.

Genetic Engineering


* Genetic Engineering - OMD

Jul 12, 2009

Duran Duran Concert Review

A friend sent me his review of last nights DD concert I thought you might like:

Duran Duran at Orange County Fair CA

Written by Brian G.

This is a review of the Duran Duran concert at The Pacific Amphitheatre, Orange County Fair Grounds, Costa Mesa, California on July 11, 2009.

Duran Duran is always entertaining. I have seen them at least ten times, including shows when their popularity was at its lowest (in the late 90's).

Most groups from the Eighties seem to draw a mix of two generations of fans these days, older adults who grew up listening to these songs on the radio or teens who were exposed to incessant CD airplay by their parents. For some unknown reason, this particular show was mostly the late 30's, 40's, and 50's crowd.

Simon is still a great front man, entertaining and wooing the crowd -- he is a veteran showman. The rest of the group really laid back on this show, leaving Simon out on his own. Even the charismatic crowd-favorite, John Taylor, really stayed in the shadows and played right through this show without much crowd connection. Roger was hidden behind his drums and the evasive Nick stayed to himself. The band has really put themselves out there in other concerts, but not this one. Fortunately, Simon was up to the task.

The show was listed at 7:30pm but did not begin until 8:30pm. No opening act. Perhaps that threw off the timing if Duran Duran was always scheduled to go on at 8:30pm. They played for 90 minutes. Then another 20-30 minute encore.

For hardcore fans, they seem to have lost their "sixth bandmate" saxophonist Andy Hamilton over recent years. However, the current sax player was excellent.

The setlist was very odd. It was not designed to please casual fans nor hardcore Duranies.

They could have played straight hits for hours, but instead chose to include recent songs Nite-Runner, Red Carpet Massacre, and (Reach Up For The) Sunrise. They also included the little-known Do You Believe In Shame and I Don't Want Your Love (from Big Thing CD), and a cover of White Lines (from Thank You CD). A bonus was Arcadia's Election Day.

Notably absent were Hungry Like The Wolf, tracks from Seven And The Ragged Tiger (The Reflex, New Moon On Monday, and Union Of The Snake), and Power Station hits.

Overall, still a fun show from a band that knows how to entertain a crowd. Still Fab!

* * * * *


* Save a Prayer
Skin Trade

Jul 5, 2009

One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx

The Fixx are an English New Wave band.
They are one of the few bands to have enjoyed significant success outside their country of origin, notably in the United States and Canada, yet remain almost unknown in their home land. The band is best known for their song "One Thing Leads to Another", from their most successful album Reach the Beach in 1983.
Their other hits include "Red Skies", "Stand or Fall", "Saved by Zero", "Sign of Fire", "Are We Ourselves?", "Secret Separation", "Driven Out", "How Much Is Enough?" and "Deeper and Deeper",
which was featured on the soundtrack of Streets of Fire.

One Thing Leads to Another
Red Skies
Stand or Fall


* One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx

The Fixx

Jun 28, 2009

Stop Your Sobbing - Pretenders

Following The Pretenders 1978 signing to Real Records on the basis of a demo of the song "The Phone Call",
the band quickly rose to critical attention with the January 1979 single,
"Stop Your Sobbing", written in 1964 by Ray Davies for The Kinks and produced by Nick Lowe. It was followed in quick succession that year by the popular singles "Kid" in June and "Brass in Pocket" in November, which cracked the American market for the band (reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100), and reached no.1 in the UK.

The Pretenders debut album was released in January 1980,
and was a great success in both the UK and the US, both critically and with chart-topping sales. (Pretenders was subsequently named one of the best albums of all time by VH1 (#52) and Rolling Stone (#155).)

That the Pretenders were led by a hard-rocking woman was no small factor in their early breakthrough. With her trademark dark bangs, dark eyeliner, and dark jeans, Hynde appealed to both genders.
And due to, as the 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide would say, "her sheer authenticity as a three-dimensional woman whose sexuality is completely in sync with a superb rock sensibility," she was able to escape many of the clichéd roles of women in rock music.

Stop Your Sobbing
The Wait


* Stop Your Sobbing - Pretenders

The Pretenders

Jun 8, 2009

Symmetry - Phil Oakey Little Boots

One of my favorite voices from the eighties Phil Oakey has a new duet of sorts with Little Boots.
It's nice Phil but get to work on the next HL album, Pleeeeese.
If you'd like some help with new tracks lemme know


* Symmetry - Phil Oakey

Jun 7, 2009

Vicious Games - Yello

Yello is a Swiss electronica band consisting of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank. They are probably best known for their singles "The Race" and "Oh Yeah", which feature a mix of electronic music and manipulated vocals, as does most of their music.

Stellais their fourth studio album. Released in 1985, the album contains the track "Oh Yeah", which became famous after being featured in a variety of movies including Ferris Bueller's Day Off in 1986.
And also includes one of my favorites Vicious Games.

Vicious Games (LP version)
Vicious Games (mix from Eccentrix)


* Vicious Games - Yello

May 19, 2009

One Vision (12 inch) - Queen

"One Vision" was first released as a single in 1985 and then included on Queens 1986 album A Kind of Magic. Originally written by Roger Taylor about Martin Luther King, Jr., including lyrical references to King’s "I Have A Dream" speech. This song was one of the few songs from A Kind Of Magic that was not featured in the movie Highlander.
Queen were inspired to write and record this song because of the euphoric feeling that came from their performance at Live Aid. The song was included in all Queen's live concert performances of the 1986 Magic Tour, as the very first song of each concert. They claimed they chose "One Vision" as the introduction song because its intro made a perfect concert introduction.

A-Side One Vision (12 inch)
B-Side Blurred Vision


* One Vision (12 inch) - Queen

May 5, 2009

Neverending Story (french version) - Limahl

February 2008, Kajagoogoo, under new manager Bradley Snelling, announced their reunion with original members, lead singer Limahl and drummer Jez Strode, bringing the band back together officially for the first time in 25 years.

The band performed at festivals in Denmark, Slovakia and again at Retrofest 2008.
Lookout for more European dates this summer.

They have also released new material;
Death Defying Headlines 4 track EP &
Death Defying Headlines "The Dance Remixes" 4 track EP

* Neverending Story (french version) - Limahl

Apr 3, 2009

Angel in My Pocket - One 2 One

Leslie Howe & Louise Reny
Canadian duo that began as a synth-pop act (also known as One to One),
then became a rock-pop act with their second album. The two also had later incarnations in the hard rock band Sal's Birdland (with Reny now calling herself simply 'Sal') and the alternative rock group Artificial Joy Club.
Howe was also the producer behind Alanis Morrisette's pre-Jagged Little Pill Canadian dance-pop career, with Reny supplying lyrics and vocal arrangements.

Angel in My Pocket
Where's the Answer


* Angel in My Pocket - One 2 One

Mar 28, 2009

Always 2009 Mix - Erasure

One of my favorite Erasure Trax with a new mix.


* Always 2009 Mix - Erasure

Pop! Remixed
Total Pop! Deluxe Box (3CD/1 DVD)

Mar 15, 2009

China (extended) - Huang Chung (Wang Chung)

Huang Chung (Wang Chung) are a British New Wave band.

The band's first album was issued in 1982. The self-titled album compiled three non-charting Arista A-sides & one B-side, with six other new tracks.
Like the singles, the Huang Chung album failed to chart (China is included here from this first album)

The group found their greatest success in the US with five Top 40 hits all charting between 1984 and 1987 (including the #2 hit "Everybody Have Fun Tonight").

In the UK, their home country, their only top 40 hit was "Dance Hall Days" (#21, 1984).

China (extended)


* China (extended) - Huang Chung (Wang Chung)

Mar 8, 2009

Voyeur (12" version) - Kim Carnes

is a 1982 single release
from Kim Carnes's album Voyeur.

The single reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and #52 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts.

The song also achieved some international chart success too but failed to live up to record company expectations, particularly after the phenomenal success of "Bette Davis Eyes" a year earlier.

In 1983, Carnes was nominated for a Best Pop Rock Performance (Female) Grammy Award for "Voyeur".

The video clip for "Voyeur" was directed by Russell Mulcahy who also directed the videos for "Bette Davis Eyes" and "Draw of the Cards"; he was also responsible for many of Duran Duran's videos that defined the early years of MTV.

7" Single
A "Voyeur"
B "Thrill of the Grill"
12" Single
A "Voyeur" (12" version)


* Voyeur (12" version) - Kim Carnes

Feb 26, 2009

The Anvil (Dance Mix)/Frequency 7 - Visage

Visage, a British pop band Formed in 1978, the band became closely linked to the burgeoning New Romantic fashion movement of the early 1980s.

Founder members Steve Strange and Rusty Egan were hosting club nights at Blitz in London at the time and were eager to find new music to play, ultimately opting to create music themselves. Strange commented about the meaning of the band's name: "The meaning of Visage, apart from being French for face, is that the Vis is for the visual side of the band... and the Age is the new age in dance music. That's how I see it."

Initially, the band also included Midge Ure. Ure and Egan began working with Strange during their last days with band The Rich Kids, Strange himself just leaving the new wave band The Photons. The trio recorded a demo which included a cover of the Zager and Evans hit "In the Year 2525". Visage signed to Radar Records and released their first single, "Tar", in September 1979. The single failed to chart, but the band managed to secure a deal with a larger record company (Polydor) the following year.

1980 saw the release of their second single, "Fade to Grey". The single became a huge hit (making the top ten in the UK and topping the chart in several other countries) and was quickly followed by the release of their self-titled debut album which was also a chart success.

This is my own creation the "could have been" single fom Visage...

The Anvil (Night Club School)
Frequency 7
Frequency 7 (Dance Mix)
The Anvil (Dance Mix)


* The Anvil (Dance Mix)/Frequency 7 - Visage

Visage - The Anvil

Feb 6, 2009

Shake It Up and I'm Hot Tonight - EG Daily

Elizabeth (E.G.) Daily signed with A&M Records in 1985, (Working with John "Jellybean" Benitez and Stephen Bray) it was in 1986 that she released the single "Say It, Say It". The song only made it to #70 on Billboard Hot 100, but claimed the #1 spot on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. Her songs "Shake It Up" and "I'm Hot Tonight" (included below) were included on the Giorgio Moroder produced soundtrack Scarface and were later included in the lineup of fictional radio station Flashback 95.6 in the Grand Theft Auto III video game. These same songs were also included in the Scarface: The World Is Yours video game, which is based on the 1983 film.

She also had a top 10 hit in 1987 with the song "Mind Over Matter" which is featured in the movie Summer School. Daily is a musician as well as a singer; she plays guitar, harmonica, keyboards, and percussion. She also has a track on The Breakfast Club soundtrack called "Waiting".

Daily has most recently released a single titled "Beautiful" that was made available through iTunes on April 29, 2008.

Shake It Up and I'm Hot Tonight


* EG Daily trax

EG was in Valley Girl

Jan 25, 2009

Tonight live - Tina Turner

In honor of the Timeless Tina I saw recently in concert
I present to you a few tracks from Tina Live in Europe.
This was released as a live single in 1988 with David Bowie.

Lets Stay Together
River Deep, Mountain High


* Tonight Live - Tina Turner & David Bowie

Tina Live in Europe