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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby JJ » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:14 pm

SubHuman wrote:Just received the deluxe version of Propaganda's a secret wish.


Love that album. Duel is one of my favourite tracks ever, and the remix Jewel is also fantastic - as you say, sounds amazing on a proper amplifier. Takes me right back to 1985-86.
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby SubHuman » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:04 am

So I was walking thru my local Sainsburys when their cd rack caught my attention. There among the usual crop of Elvis, Cliff Richard and Carpenters compilations was a TOTP New Wave cd. I picked it up out of curiosity and found it contained three disks with a whole raft of artists from approx 1978 to 1980. At £ 5-00 it seemed a snitch, so I bought one.

There are far to many tracks to list them all so I'll give a sample: Denis by Blondie, The Eton Rifles by The Jam, Public Image by PIL, Automatic Lover by The Vibrators, Dog Eat Dog by Adam & The Ants, My Sharona by The Knack, Dance Hall Days by Wang Chung, I'm In Love With A German Film Star by The Passions, Mad World by Tears for Fears, It's Different For Girls by Joe Jackson, Money by The Flying Lizards and many more. Quite pleased with it although the compilers don't seem to know the difference between late punk rock and new wave but some music journos think punk rock morphed seamlessly into new wave anyway. There are some noticeable absentees: Joy Division, UltraVox and the Human League so the album is by no means comprehensive.

Just noticed that there is also a TOTP New Romantics, must find out what it contains.
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby SubHuman » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:21 am

Well jut checked out the TOTPs New Romantics compilation album, I have most of the tracks so I'll give it a miss. Bizarrely it has a track by ABBA on it.
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby sarah t » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:06 pm

SubHuman wrote:So I was walking thru my local Sainsburys when their cd rack caught my attention. There among the usual crop of Elvis, Cliff Richard and Carpenters compilations was a TOTP New Wave cd. I picked it up out of curiosity and found it contained three disks with a whole raft of artists from approx 1978 to 1980. At £ 5-00 it seemed a snitch, so I bought one.

There are far to many tracks to list them all so I'll give a sample: Denis by Blondie, The Eton Rifles by The Jam, Public Image by PIL, Automatic Lover by The Vibrators, Dog Eat Dog by Adam & The Ants, My Sharona by The Knack, Dance Hall Days by Wang Chung, I'm In Love With A German Film Star by The Passions, Mad World by Tears for Fears, It's Different For Girls by Joe Jackson, Money by The Flying Lizards and many more. Quite pleased with it although the compilers don't seem to know the difference between late punk rock and new wave but some music journos think punk rock morphed seamlessly into new wave anyway. There are some noticeable absentees: Joy Division, UltraVox and the Human League so the album is by no means comprehensive.

Just noticed that there is also a TOTP New Romantics, must find out what it contains.


Yes I also have noticed this CD release in my Sainsburys, over at Portswood the other day... I've probably got most of the songs, and the ones I haven't no doubt regularly crop up on Absolute 80s, still nice packaging though! ;)
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby sarah t » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:23 pm

Here I go teasing you again and reaching back into your collective musical memories...

Just about to come, 'off line' when something surprising caught my eye on Amazon. A fairly outrageous band, especially in their 'Top of The Pops' appearances but definitely a 'best of...' CD that will certainly make me smile quite a lot when it eventually drops through my letter box in the near future. Well how could I resist with 25 songs (circa 1980-83) for £4.06!!! =D
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby sarah t » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:31 am

sarah t wrote:Here I go teasing you again and reaching back into your collective musical memories...

Just about to come, 'off line' when something surprising caught my eye on Amazon. A fairly outrageous band, especially in their 'Top of The Pops' appearances but definitely a 'best of...' CD that will certainly make me smile quite a lot when it eventually drops through my letter box in the near future. Well how could I resist with 25 songs (circa 1980-83) for £4.06!!! =D


Well then did you guess who I'm talking about??? Well it https://www.amazon.co.uk/Very-Best-Bad-Manners/dp/B00ZJIH8OY/ref=pd_sim_15_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=A42X1QRFXVSQPFTM3WDN just dropped through my letterbox. I believe, and I could possibly be wrong about this, you don't hear too much of them on the radio nowadays but to my ears their sound is very much 'let's get this party started' type of music although a lot of what's on this CD seems fairly similar. However for only £4 you get 74 mins of early 80s content... can't be bad! =D
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby SubHuman » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:01 am

Bad Manners, what happened to them? =|
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby JJ » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:17 am

Special Brew is a FANTASTIC song.
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby sarah t » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:57 pm

IMO I really loved their last new album 'Big Music' and I've just found out that there is a new release coming out early next year from Simple Minds. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Between-Worlds-Deluxe-Simple-Minds/dp/B077GSCV8D/ref=pd_sim_15_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=T63A3AQQ1FF90PZ6CRTZ

This is definitely one CD that I want to hear/add to my music collection and it is great to learn about something new to look forward to in 2018! =D
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby SubHuman » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:27 am

Having extolled the excellence of Nils Lofgren's music I thought I ought to convince you all, so here goes:-

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ni ... &FORM=VIRE

This is a selection of songs from his Night After Night album, recorded live in the UK during 1977. I bought this double vinyl straight after hearing his band on the Old Grey Whistle Test. Lofgren is a virtuoso guitar and keyboard player who can also sing. He was very much ignored by mainstream radio music channels, probably because of his uncompromising lyrics which were too out there for rock/pop culture at that time.
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby sarah t » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:16 am

sarah t wrote:IMO I really loved their last new album 'Big Music' and I've just found out that there is a new release coming out early next year from Simple Minds. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Between-Worlds-Deluxe-Simple-Minds/dp/B077GSCV8D/ref=pd_sim_15_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=T63A3AQQ1FF90PZ6CRTZ

This is definitely one CD that I want to hear/add to my music collection and it is great to learn about something new to look forward to in 2018! =D


Yeah somewhat late to the party and two weeks on from its original release I’ve finally got my hands on a copy of Simple Minds’ new album ‘Walk Between Worlds’. Dipping beyond the Bowie-like cover I was surprised to see that despite the band photos the credits list the group now consisting of the duo of [Jim] Kerr and [Charlie] Burchill supplemented by session musicians. It seems a bit unexpected as I had always considered them to at least be a trio with drummer [Mel] Gaynor a long term permanent fixture dating back to least ‘Alive and Kicking’ on which he features in the video.

But enough of this as it has been a long wait for a sequel to last new album ‘Big Music’ with the intervening time filled by the truly wonderful ‘New Gold Dream’ box set and the, in my opinion, questionably jarring misfire that was ‘Acoustic’. On first listen, a mere two hours after it had dropped through my letter box I made a few notes as the contents wafted out through my ear plugs on my Sony CD Walkman of 2018’s offering.

Whist possibly not as memorable as some of the cuts offered on ‘Big Music’ with nothing immediately leaping out for me to sing along I do find that overall this new album is a fine follow up release. I was initially somewhat disappointed with opener ‘Magic’ that felt fairly forgettable and relatively unmoved by stadium rocking anthem ‘Barrowland Star’ but elsewhere there are some truly stunning delights to be found. There is a fantastic guitar riff running throughout ‘Summer’ and I love the soothingly seductive ‘Sense of Discovery’ but there is one song on offer that totally blew me away!

I truly think that Phil should get a listen to this as, in my opinion, ‘The Signal and the Noise’ is precisely how The Human League should sound as if you peel away Kerr’s trademark vocals it had the familiar feel of what you’d associate with Sheffield’s finest. This song just felt so totally awesome and had me punching the air with delight!

It is great to keep tabs on one of the 80s old guard/synth pioneers and how they adapt and survive on the climate of the present day music scene and on the evidence of what is offered on ‘Walk Between Worlds’ (definitely best to go for the Deluxe edition swelling out the running time to 55 mins!) I find a band in excellent health pushing forward their unique style in a fresh and highly appealing way. Long may they continue!!!
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Re: General Recommendations (not worth a whole thread)

Postby SubHuman » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:47 am

Just got a copy of Walk Between Worlds myself, haven't listen yet and I probably won't until tomorrow as I've also just got an imported copy of the Nils Lofgren album Night After Night, straight from Japan. It's a funny old world in the 21st century. Plus I'm also listening to all of the League's studio albums in order at the moment, just on Secrets and one to go.
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