Shocking Revelation – Tim Westwood

WestwoodI have only just discovered that 58 year old DJ Tim Westwood is a real person and not an actor parodying a 58 year old middle class fellow who thinks he’s straight outta Compton.*

That he is not a Keith Lemon/Borat type character is a shocking revelation, to me at least.

“man, let’s make it happen. Yo, that is a number one hit across the world. That’s the real. It is what it is though. It’s real. That’s the way it’s going down, with the Radio One rap show. Never seen ‘Meth’ as good as that. Right that’s the way it’s going. It’s going to be up there. Yeh man, and also, yeh man. People is really feeling that, so that should be real flavour.”

*ok, so I haven’t just discovered this, but just heard him speaking again and it annoys me greatly

Infinite Playlist – New Tracks Added

This is a collaborative playlist, via Spotify, that anybody can add to.

New Tracks added to The Infinite Playlist

Venetian Snares -Öngyilkos Vasárnap
Telex – Moskow Diskow
Giorgio Moroder – Chase
Fischerspooner – Emerge
cLOUDEAD – Dead Dogs Two (BOC mix)
Bent – Comin’ Back
Kid Loco – A grand love theme
Nintin Sawhney – Sunset
Tosca – Suzuki
Lamb – Gabriel
Thievery Corporation – Shadows of Ourselves
Groove Armanda – Edge Hill
Nightmare on Wax – You Wish
Kruder & Dorfmeister – Sleazy Rider
Aim – Good Disease
Boozo Bajou – Night over Manaus

All added by me, because I said I would if nobody else does.

Full List: The Infinite Playlist

MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 2 – TRACK 3

Side 2, Track 3:

Total Run Time: 8:41

The Stone Roses: Sally Cinnamon: 2 Minutes 55 Seconds: 1987

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The band hated the video that accompanies this track, they thought it cheap and, I believe, trashed the record company offices having seen it. This was early on in the life of The Stone Roses, 1987, and it was they’re second single.

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What’s in the bag? (87, 88, 89, 90)

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I have usually considered myself to be more of a Lennon fellow than a McCartney Chap, but I’ve softened on that over the years and I think I can say that I am somewhere in the middle nowadays, although I do sometimes find McCartney to be a bit of a dick sometimes (and that’s not to say that Lennon wasn’t, he just isn’t around to continue to be so). With the re-release of ‘Pipes of Peace’ just passed on October 2nd I thought I’d buy a copy, a used one, for £3.00, just because.

I do have some pre-conceived prejudices about this record, namely the opening two tracks, these being ‘Pipes of Peace’ and Say, Say, Say’ with Michael Jackson. I’ve never really liked either of them, which I appreciate to some will be heresy, but I just don’t, so my hopes rested on the rest of the album, which I’ve never heard and comes to me as fresh material, admittedly 32 year old fresh material though.

I do well remember the video for ‘Pipes of Peace’, which at the time was considered to be pretty good, with McCartney appearing as both German and British soldier, with the whole Christmas day ceasefire theme of 1914. I had thought this was a Christmas number one, but apparently it wasn’t, that was The Flying Pickets with a cover of ‘Only You’ by Yazoo. ‘Pipes of Peace’ hit number one in January and stayed there for 2 weeks, which I’m guessing was not the intention as it seemed to be geared for the Christmas Number 1 spot.

35884bSo, the rest of the album. It’s not bad, it’s not particularly great either. The second collaboration with Michael Jackson, ‘The Man’ is better than ‘Say, Say’ Say’ I think but it sounds like a Michael Jackson track rather than a McCartney track. I quite liked ‘The Other Me’, which sounds as though it was from an earlier period, ‘Hey Hey’ is almost instrumental and could be anybody, ‘Tug of Peace’ seems entirely pointless but ‘Through Our Love’ is OK.

Oh dear, I was trying to find something super positive to wind up on, but I really can’t. The album as a whole seems somewhat half-arsed, a mish mash of ideas and styles and far from McCartney’s best song writing.

Speaking of half-arsed, you just have to look at the cover, and particularly be back of it where it just looks like McCartney has wandered in for 60 seconds and then buggered off having posed 3 or four times and they’ve used the one that’s most interesting, which isn’t at all.

I hate the above video so very much.

5/10

WingsLondonTownI Actually bought a job lot of McCartney/Wings albums, and because I feel the need to always try and be at least a little bit positive I shall talk about another one now, and that’s ‘London Town’, which is a decent album, not without its problems but this 1978 release had a consistency of writing and production even if, during the recording, Wings were reduced to a three piece with the return of drummer  Joe English to America as he had become homesick and, and lead guitarist Jimmy McCulloch leaving to join the Small Faces.

Wings and McCartney were, at this point, about as big as they had ever been, with the commercially huge ‘Wings at the Speed of Sound’ and the unexpected success of ‘Mull of Kintyre’ in the UK much was expected of them with this next, their sixth, studio album. I’d say it was largely a success, though the public were probably expecting another ‘Mull of Kintyre’ and perhaps for the track itself to be on the album, instead they were presented with a set of well-crafted songs, with a reasonably coherent theme and just one hit single. This being ‘With a little luck’, number 1 in the U.S and 5 in the U.K. There were two other singles from the album, ‘I’ve Had Enough’ and the title track, neither of which fared very well. The track, Girlfriend’ was covered on ‘Off The Wall’ by Michael Jackson, and it’s probably a better version.

It was at this point in the career of McCartney and Wings that they’re flame really began to wane, though it would continue to flicker back to life occasionally. Punk was happening and did change many people’s opinions and what they were prepared to spend their money on. McCartney was very much part of the old guard, who would, of course, continue to receive plenty of support, but fewer and fewer new, younger, fans.

I was caught in-between, being 11 years old in 1977 I wasn’t really sure what I liked, I had all sorts around this time. Black Sabbath, Ted Nugent, Genesis, David Bowie, Beatles, ELO and Wings albums, 7” singles by Sad Café and the Clash, The Tubes and Sparks. I remember wanting a copy of ‘London Town’ but in ’77 I didn’t really have any money for that sort of thing and it was usually my Dad or Brother who bought records, I would occasionally get some of my own as gifts, but rarely. I think that had I bought it, I probably would have been quite happy with it at the time.

6.9/10

Disco Back to the eggAnd then there’s the next release, right after ‘London Town’, ‘Back To The Egg’. The measure of success in the seventies was still singles based, with the majority of albums selling off the back of the success of the 7”. “Old Siam, Sir”, “Getting Closer” and “Arrow Through Me” were the singles and only ‘Getting Closer’ touched the top twenty in both the U.S and UK.

Rolling Stone magazine described the album as “the sorriest grab bag of dreck in recent memory”. Which I think a bit harsh. There are some decent enough tracks on there and I would probably give it more turntable time than ‘Pipes of Peace’, though in fairness that didn’t’ get a good Rolling Stone review either, 2 stars I think, out of 5.

There are very few musicians who can consistently put out really high quality material on every album. They may well realise this of course, but music is a business and sometimes there are contractual obligations that require a release, even if everybody knows it isn’t going to be up to scratch. I don’t think ‘Back to the Egg’ is one of these as there appears to be an attempt at concept and the songs are not all as terrible as Rolling Stone might have you think. If you give them a chance then they are quite listenable.


5.7/10

Paul+McCartney+and+Wings+-+At+The+Speed+Of+Sound+++Wings+Fun+Club+Lyric+Booklet+-+LP+RECORD-558637And the McCartney vinyl lot continues, this time with the aforementioned, ‘Wings at the speed of sound’. I do recollect having this, not me, but an album that was in the house at some point, and I do remember rather liking it. Sometimes having a memory of something, a familiarity, can cloud ones judgement and there’s every possibility that this isn’t as good an album as I think it is. Does that matter? It probably doesn’t and it’s all subjective.

There were two hit singles taken from the album, ‘Silly Love songs’, a number 2 in the UK and 1 in the U.S, and ‘Let ‘em in’ a number 2 in the U.K and 3 in the U.S. It was the tour after this album that resulted in the triple live album, ‘Wings Over America’, which I’ll get to another time.

For me, this album has a consistency that some of the other albums lack, even ‘Cook of the House’ is OK, within the context of the rest of the album, which some have suggested is a day in the life of the McCartney’s, which it may well be, resulting in something both comfortable and familiar. It does remind me, in feel, of Gerry Rafferty, City to City, though this could be time frame related and there isn’t a track that reaches the heights of ‘Baker Street’ here. There also isn’t anything as bad as ‘The Frog Chorus’ either, so that’s a blessing.

7.4/10

I have several more that I’ll get to at some point, but for the time being I have McCartney fatigue and need to listen to something else!I probably should have done these in the correct order as well.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Warwick Arts Centre 22/10/2015

Last Thursday night I went to Warwick Arts Centre to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor on the first leg of their UK/European tour at the Butterworth Hall, which apparently holds 1780 people, but I would have a guess at there being maybe 900 there last night, it certainly wasn’t full. I was fine with this as I was in the balcony and had almost a whole row to myself.

The support band was Dead Rat Orchestra who were really very interesting and I may well seek out some more of their music. The two members there last night performed for around 25 minutes and it was a mixture of 16th and 17th century folk songs played on a number of acoustic instruments (banjo, a thumb piano, harmonium, a bell on a string in a bucket?) but with a laptop adding sounds and textures. I honestly didn’t think I was going to like it at first as it does sound quite awful as a concept, but after a while it draws you in and it was much more interesting to listen to and experience than initial impressions suggested.

I had a listen to their album, ‘The Guga Hunters of Ness’, which bears only a passing resemblance to what I heard last night, though this is understandable as it was recorded as the soundtrack to Mike Day’s film for the BBC which documented the endangered tradition of the Gannet Hunt in the Outer Hebrides. I like it. Here it is:

And this is a one of several videos available, though there were only two members playing on Thursday:

GYBE wandered on to stage to a deep hum and slowly picked up instruments, initially a double bass and violin, joined by percussion and then guitars and other bits and pieces. I can’t claim to be any kind of expert on GYBE, so I have no idea who the personnel were but it was probably something like this:

• Thierry Amar – bass guitar, double bass, cello.
• David Bryant – electric guitar, dulcimer, Portasound, kemençe.
• Bruce Cawdron – drums, vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel
• Aidan Girt – drums
• Karl Lemieux – 16mm frames artwork, photography
• Efrim Menuck – electric guitar, hurdy-gurdy
• Mike Moya – electric guitar
• Mauro Pezzente – bass guitar
• Sophie Trudeau – violin, Casio SK-5

There were 2 drummers, 3 guitarists, 2 bass players and a violinist, so that seems about right.

I can’t provide a set list either as they played for an hour and three minutes before there was a noticeable pause for crowd appreciation and though I recognised the music from previous listening, I don’t really know the track names. I do think they did ‘Piss Crowns Are Trebled’ from latest release, ‘Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress’ but am not entirely sure. What I can tell you is that I fully understand why the majority of people don’t get GYBE, it can sound like meaningless noise, if you are not paying attention, but in amongst the repetitive barrage of sound there are rather intricate little melodies that rise to the top and then disappear back down into the depths of the ocean that they create within the hall.

The 16mm movie loops worked really well as, quite often, there wasn’t very much to watch. Apart from several people standing on the stage playing instruments, which makes the experience a little like listening to an album, but really loudly, so the movie loops seem quite necessary.

I took a little video, which is not great quality but gives a good idea of how the gig went as it was all along the same lines.

12046789_10153264552751884_1156072937762162060_nI thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although I will be a grumpy git about it further on, but I enjoyed it partly because it was what I was expecting and hearing the music recreated right in front of me was quite wonderful. Also, I bought a T-shirt, which is something I haven’t done, that I can recall, since Rush in 1981! I like it as a T-shirt though, not because it was band related. To be honest, there won’t be anybody around when I wear it who would ever make the connection anyway. Unless they read this of course, and most people don’t.

I’d like to make a brief mention of Apple maps, it is appalling. Perhaps partly my own fault for not paying attention, but I really didn’t want to go down single track roads and through tiny villages when I know there are A roads that would take the there. A google maps download means I will hopefully mean I never have to use it again.

Also, when did it become a thing to use the torch on your phone to find your seat? They were lighting up all over the place, which would be ok if the band hadn’t started, but they had and it was bloody distracting, as was all the people using their phones to take pictures, turn the bloody flash off! it will not help when you are in the dark and 50 yards away from your subject. There, grumpy gitness over.

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MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 2 – TRACK 2

Side 2, Track 2:

Total Run Time: 5:46

Primal Scream: Ivy Ivy Ivy: 3 Minutes 03 Seconds: 1989

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It’s only just the 80’s but so what. I saw Primal Scream at the Assembly in Leamington Spa a couple of years ago when they performed the whole of Screamadelica and it was amazing. So they are in, had to be really.

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1. The Smiths – This Charming Man

The first time I saw the Smiths was on regional TV, it was a feature on them but was somehow rather tongue in cheek, as in, ‘look at this bunch of weirdos’. With Morrisey and his NHS hearing aid and glasses, waving daffodils around, I can see why, but I liked them straight away. They were different, and I like different.

MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 2 – TRACK 1

Side 2, Track 1:

Total Run Time: 2:43

The Smiths: This Charming Man: 2 Minutes 43 Seconds: 1983

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The first time I saw the Smiths was on regional TV, it was a feature on them but was somehow rather tongue in cheek, as in, ‘look at this bunch of weirdos’. With Morrisey and his NHS hearing aid and glasses, waving daffodils around, I can see why, but I liked them straight away. They were different, and I like different.

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What’s in the bag? (86)

I was in a record shop today and there was a 30th anniversary edition of ‘Soul Mining’ by THE THE, which was fortuitious as I’d been listening to it after adding the track ‘This Is The Day’ to Volume 1 – Side 1 of the current (and first, which is why it’s Volume 1) Mix Tape.

The_The_-_Soul_MiningI had this on cassette when it was first released and played it to death. It caused quite a stir with folks round our way when it was released, which was quite surprising as these were Prog and Rock fans, Zeppelin, Floyd, AC/DC, Sabbath and so on. ‘Soul Mining’ wasn’t a good fit but it seemed to slowly spread until everybody knew about it. I seem to remember that there was an accompanying story that it was just one guy, Matt Johnson, who made the whole thing in his bedroom, which would have resonated with a lot of people as they were trying to do exactly the same thing, except it wasn’t true. It was studio recorded and they had a record deal, it wasn’t ever a DIY affair, how could it have been with a Jools Holland piano solo on it?

As an album it is a strange listen as your own mood can discern exactly how it makes you feel, it can be an uplifting listen, or it can be rather heart wrenching, full of self-doubt, but it is always a good listen regardless of which mode you are in as there are enough pop elements in there to make it listenable. It talks about destruction but in a good way, a positive way, “you can’t destroy your problems by destroying yourself” but has many moments that search for answers, “How can anyone know me, when I don’t even know myself”.

My anniversary edition has two discs, here’s the product description:

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This lavish boxset celebrates the 30th anniversary of The The’s major label debut album, Soul Mining, originally released in October, 1983. The re-packed and expanded version contains an authentic reproduction of the album, with newly remastered audio from the original master tapes (overseen at Abbey Road by Matt Johnson), as well as an extra 12” gatefold vinyl of alternative versions and remixes..

The remastered audio has also been dubbed from new vinyl test pressings recorded from Matt Johnson’s original 1982 Thorens TD-147 gramophone player using patent ‘Dubbed-From-Disc’ technology, obtainable via a download code contained within the boxset. The boxset also includes a unique ‘news-poster’ containing extensive notes written by Matt Johnson that detail the making of the album.

Disc: 1
1. I’ve Been Waitin’ For Tomorrow (All Of My Life)
2. This Is The Day
3. The Sinking Feeling
4. Uncertain Smile
Disc: 2
1. The Twilight Hour
2. Soul Mining
3. Giant
Disc: 3
1. Uncertain Smile
2. Perfect
Disc: 4
1. This Is The Day
2. Fruit of the Heart
3. Perfect
4. I’ve Been Waitin’ For Tomorrow (All Of My Life)

Below is the original 7 track release, except for the US where an extra track was added against Matt Johnson’s wishes:

Here are some videos from the whole of Matt Johnson’s/The The career, begining with a couple from ‘Soul Mining’.

MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 1 – TRACK 14

Side 1, Track 14:

Total Run Time: 59:00

The The: This Is The Day: 4 Minutes 57 Seconds: 1983

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The Album from which this track was taken, ‘Soul Mining’, caused quite a stir round our way when it was first released, and rightly so. I had a cassette of it and wore it out, but never replaced it, so I shall be on the lookout for a decent vinyl copy now. If you do happen to watch the videos that accompany this post, I urge you to seek out the video for this one (14th in the video playlist), it is one of the worst promotional music videos ever made.

And so ends Side 1 of this virtual mix tape. Onwards to side 2!

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1. Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter

I used to have a bit of a downer on Echo and the Bunnymen (for those that don’t know, Echo was the drum machine), mostly due to a feud they had with The Teardrop Explodes, although I only ever read The Teardrops side of the story, well, the Julian Cope side of the story actually. I’d always liked this track, and ‘The Killing Moon’, but never explored their catalogue much further until a few years ago. I missed out. I should have not been such a bloody fool and let the music do the talking.

2. The Psychedelic Firs – Sister Europe

My first introduction to the Psychedelic furs was with the release of ‘Forever Now’ back in 1982, which caused quite the stir amongst the circles I used to be a part of. I went backwards through ‘Talk Talk Talk’ and the eponymous debut album. There are a number of tracks that I could have chosen from these three albums, which is the best of their output in my opinion though I stopped listening to anything new by them in about 1987, such as ‘Dumb Waiters’, ‘Into You Like A Train’, ‘Pretty in Pink’ of course and almost anything from their debut. I decided not to choose anything from ‘Forever Now’, but instead plumped for ‘Sister Europe’ from ‘Talk Talk Talk’, then I changed my mind to ‘Imitation of Christ’ and then back to ‘’Sister Europe’!

3. Julian Cope – The Greatness & Perfection

Taken from what is probably my favourite Cope album, ‘World Shut Your Mouth’, which doesn’t contain the song of the same name. This was the first release by Cope after the break up of The Teardrop Explodes and it could easily have been a Teardrops song.

4. XTC – Senses Working Overtime

Back in the days when I used to buy 7″ vinyl, I had this, along with a couple of their other singles. I also had the album ‘English Settlement’, which I think was a double. I’ve never been a massive XTC fan as I found that I couldn’t get along with a lot of their tracks, but when they were on it, they were really on it and this was a great single.

5. Squeeze – Up The Junction

I would think that ‘Cool for Cats’ is probably their best known song from this era but I just think the writing is better on ‘Up The Junction’ and really very British, which I like. I think I may have had ‘Cool for Cats’ on 7″ vinyl at one point. Looking at their back catalogue now, perhaps they should have been much bigger than they were as the writing is just brilliant at times.

6. UB40 – Food For Thought

I was pondering where to go next with song choice and decided to go somewhere that would, perhaps, be unexpected. I like early UB40, from back when they had something to say, before they became a covers band. I’ve said here before that ‘Signing Off’ is a really good album, certainly their best in my opinion, so this is off that. Now what next?

7. Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It

Having given a great deal of thought to what to choose next I gave up and chose this, because I like it, and although I never had the 7″ I do have a vinyl copy of the album, ‘The Colour of Spring’. Oddly enough I think I just thought of the next track, well that’s a surprise.

8. The Waterboys – A Girl Called Johnny

I had the first and third Waterboys when they were released, I don’t recall why I never bought the second, and this track was probably my favourite of what I’ve heard (it’s on the first album). ‘Whole of the Moon’ is the bigger hit and better known but I really like the lyrics in this one. A girl called Johnny/ Who changed her name when she/ Discovered her choice was/ To change or to be changed/ I remember a girl called Johnny/ Black as hell, white as a ghost/ “Don’t talk about life and death”/ She said, “I’ve had enough of both”

9. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Lost Weekend

‘Lost Weekend’ from the album ‘Easy Pieces’ is probably my favourite track of theirs. As a single it only reached 17 in the UK charts, I thought it deserved better. I discovered today that I had two copies of the album and might give one away free soon. Might as well really. ‘Perfect Skin’ is a good track too but I really like the lyrics of ‘Lost Weekend’, I was a king bee with a head full of attitude/ An ashtray heart on my sleeve, wounded knees/ And my one love song was a tattoo upon my palm/You wrote upon me when you took my hand.

and, of course: It took a lost weekend in a hotel in Amsterdam/ And double pneumonia in a single room/ And the sickest joke was the price of the medicine/ Are you laughing at me now?

10. New Order – Temptation

I never had the original release of this track, but did have it on the double vinyl best of, ‘Substance’, although it was a re-recording specifically for that release. As it was originally released in 1982 there was still a sense of Joy Division about the music, as they transitioned into their New Order guise. The accompanying video seems to have been made quite a while after 1982, or at least it appears that way from the quality of it.

11. Kraftwerk – Das Model

I recently bought a used vinyl copy of The Man-Machine but never owned this single at the time. As I understand it the track started off as a B-Side, having originally been recorded in 1978, and was re-released as an A-Side in 1981, against the bands wishes. It was number 1 in the UK and I remember it well, it was so different to everything else that was around at the time.

12. Japan – Ghosts

I had a copy of tin Drum, which this single was taken from, back when it was released, and I still have a copy now although I think I originally had a cassette rather than vinyl. Japan were not everybody’s thing, but ‘Tin Drum’ was a very good album and quite different to much of the ‘New Wave’ music that was a round at the time. For me it is the sparseness of this track that sets it apart and it’s total unsuitability as a single release, which still managed a No.5 placing in the UK charts. It isn’t the cheeriest song but it does have a haunting beauty.

Just when I think I’m winning/ When I’ve broken every door/ The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before/ Just when I thought I could not be stopped/ When my chance came to be king/ The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind

14: The Associates – Waiting For The Love Boat

I never really took much notice of The Associates back in the early 80’s, having only really listened to ‘Party Fears Two’, but have listened retrospectively and I really should have paid a bit more notice. I do remember thinking at the time that it was all a little odd and not my thing but singer Billy Mackenzie did have a fabulous voice. Sadly, he committed suicide in 1997 at age 39, shortly after the death of his mother. He had been suffering from clinical depression. I chose this track because I like it, which is a damn fine reason.

MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 1 – TRACK 13

Side 1, Track 13:

Total Run Time: 54:00

The Associates: Waiting For The Love Boat: 4 Minutes 27 Seconds: 1984

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I never really took much notice of The Associates back in the early 80’s, having only really listened to ‘Party Fears Two’, but have listened retrospectively and I really should have paid a bit more notice. I do remember thinking at the time that it was all a little odd and not my thing but singer Billy Mackenzie did have a fabulous voice. Sadly, he committed suicide in 1997 at age 39, shortly after the death of his mother. He had been suffering from clinical depression. I chose this track because I like it, which is a damn fine reason.

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MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 1 – TRACK 12

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Total Run Time: 50:00

Japan: Ghosts: 4 Minutes 37 Seconds: 1982

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I had a copy of tin Drum, which this single was taken from, back when it was released, and I still have a copy now although I think I originally had a cassette rather than vinyl. Japan were not everybody’s thing, but ‘Tin Drum’ was a very good album and quite different to much of the ‘New Wave’ music that was a round at the time. For me it is the sparseness of this track that sets it apart and it’s total unsuitability as a single release, which still managed a No.5 placing in the UK charts. It isn’t the cheeriest song but it does have a haunting beauty.

Just when I think I’m winning/ When I’ve broken every door/ The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before/ Just when I thought I could not be stopped/ When my chance came to be king/ The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind

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MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 1 – TRACK 11

Side 1, Track 11:

Total Run Time: 44:40

Kraftwerk: Das Model: 3 Minutes 40 Seconds: 1981 (Re-Issue)

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I recently bought a used vinyl copy of The Man-Machine but never owned this single at the time. As I understand it the track started off as a B-Side, having originally been recorded in 1978, and was re-released as an A-Side in 1981, against the bands wishes. It was number 1 in the UK and I remember it well, it was so different to everything else that was around at the time.

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MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 1 – TRACK 10

Side 1, Track 10:

Total Run Time: 41:00

New Order: Temptation: 5 Minutes 23 Seconds: 1982

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I never had the original release of this track, but did have it on the double vinyl best of, ‘Substance’, although it was a re-recording specifically for that release. As it was originally released in 1982 there was still a sense of Joy Division about the music, as they transitioned into their New Order guise. The accompanying video seems to have been made quite a while after 1982, or at least it appears that way from the quality of it.

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MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 1 – TRACK 9

Side 1, Track 9:

Total Run Time: 36:00

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions: Lost Weekend: 3 Minutes 14 Seconds: 1985

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‘Lost Weekend’ from the album ‘Easy Pieces’ is probably my favourite track of theirs. As a single it only reached 17 in the UK charts, I thought it deserved better. I discovered today that I had two copies of the album and might give one away free soon. Might as well really. ‘Perfect Skin’ is a good track too but I really like the lyrics of ‘Lost Weekend’, I was a king bee with a head full of attitude/ An ashtray heart on my sleeve, wounded knees/ And my one love song was a tattoo upon my palm/You wrote upon me when you took my hand.

and, of course: It took a lost weekend in a hotel in Amsterdam/ And double pneumonia in a single room/ And the sickest joke was the price of the medicine/
Are you laughing at me now?

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