Archive for the ‘Born in the 80s’ Category

My Favourite Band

Friday, October 28th, 2011

“What’s your favourite band?” asked someone the other day.  A surprisingly easy question – it’s The Art of Noise.  “Who?” or perhaps “Why?” you quiz keenly.  Because they made stuff like this.  25 years ago.

The Art of Noise – Back Beat


Let’s All Chant

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

This rather shocking piece of history is mainly notable for Pat Sharp’s quite stellar hair.  I bought a cassette tape compilation from a Northants car boot sale around 20 years ago, the highlight of which this charidee cover of the Michael Zager band which rose to Number 5 in the charts.  (Well, it was the 80s.)  Didn’t realise it was actually a PWL production until I looked it up just now, but even so I still maintain that the synthy ‘Everybody move your body’ refrain is still pretty damn memorable even today.

Pat & Mick – Let’s All Chant

Everybody Have Fun Tonight

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Psychemagik have a habit of tracking down my fave 80s tracks and making face-boggling re-edits of them.  This makes me simultaneously pleased, jealous and worried that they’re stalking my questionable taste.  Lo!  Mere (lengthy) moments before a recent AOR Disco-themed cheese & wine party at Chez Rik, up turned the digital news that they’d released a re-rub of another of my most-played neon classics.

Having ticked off perennial fave Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac last year, the mysterious editors-at-large have now scored number two  with Wang Chung’s fret-tastic Dance Hall Days. Taking the 7″ and 12″ versions, plus some reverb and a hammer, with some sound effects that I can only assume come from one of the mixes I don’t have, they produce a jiggly edit that orbits the central riff just far enough away to make you re-hum it uncontrollably every time it thwangs back in with a vengeance.

The only minor downside comes when a rent-a-rap temporarily, yet inadvisedly barges in at about 5 minutes, but that’s nothing that couldn’t be sorted with a re-edited edit, if you were so inclined.

Overall though, top stuff.  (The cheese & wine party approved.)

Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days [Psychemagik’s Leg Warmer Edit]

No Regrets

Monday, February 7th, 2011

I occasionally go through spates of listening to The Walker Brothers, usually after they pop up on the Radio 2 playlist and are quickly promoted to my stereo on rotation.

However, one thing I didn’t know until moments ago was that Midge Ure covered No Regrets.  It sounds exactly how you’d expect it to:

Midge Ure – No Regrets

The Walker Brothers – No Regrets

Just For Money

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

If I said to you “Paul Hardcastle”, then you’d probably reply “Who?” or “N-n-n-n-nineteen” and look quite pleased with yourself.  If you were to be feeling particularly smug, you might mention the shocking cricket-based cover version of 19 by Rory Bremner.

It’s a bit of a shame that that’s all people seem to remember of Paul Hardcastle.  Many years ago I possessed a second-hand Smash Hits tape which had been half taped-over by its previous owner, obliterating Big Fun in favour of various mixes of Hardcastle’s latest singles.  Alongside 19 was Just For Money, this excellent synth track which my naive mind assumed contained samples of Del Boy & Rodney.   After IDing and tracking it down on 12″ many years later, I was surprised to find that the actual samples are (in order of incredulity) Hardcastle himself, Bob Hoskins, and Laurence Olivier.

Worth a listen.

Paul Hardcastle (feat. Bob Hoskins & Laurence Olivier) – Just For Money