CD A Week Project: #11

REVO | CD-R | 2011 | PM011

Various: REVO Premaster 11 CD-R [2011]

  1. Pete Shelley: On Your Own [NY 12]
  2. Pete Shelley: On Your Own [NY dub]
  3. Pete Shelley: Please Forgive Me, But I Cannot Endure It Any Longer [12]
  4. Martha + The Muffins: 22 In Cincinnati
  5. EBN-OZN: AEIOU [sometimes Y] [12]
  6. EBN-OZN: AEIOU [sometimes Y] [dub]
  7. EBN-OZN: Bag Lady [late nite ver.]
  8. EBN-OZN: Bag Lady [inst. ver.]
  9. Transvision Vamp: Bad Valentine [live]
  10. Transvision Vamp: A Message
  11. Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Welcome To The Pleasuredome [urban mix]
  12. Fuzzbox: Walking On Thin Ice [fuzzdub]
  13. Ian Dury + The Blockheads: Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick [disco mix]
  14. Ian Dury + The Blockheads: Reasons To Be Cheerful [part 3]

Mercury | USP | 12" | 1986 | 884 751-1

Pete Shelley: On Your Own US 12″ [1986]

  1. Pete Shelley: On Your Own [NY 12]
  2. Pete Shelley: On Your Own [NY dub]
  3. Pete Shelley: Please Forgive Me, But I Cannot Endure It Any Longer [12]

Pete Shelley caught my ear in a big way in 1981 after The Buzzcocks broke up and he went techno with the Martin Rushent-produced “Homosapien” album. His third album was produced by the unavoidable Stephen Hague who produced everybody by this time, the dreaded mid-eighties. To put it in perspective, this track isn’t as good as “True Faith,” but it’s better than “So In Love.” These Thompson and Barbiero mixes are pretty hot and delightfully brief for the time period. The A-side mixes are each quite shy of six minutes! The non-LP B-side is a ponderous instrumental greater length.

Dindisc | UK | 7" | 1981 | DIN 34

Martha + The Muffins: Women Around The World At Work UK 7″ [1981]

  1. Women Around The World At Work
  2. 22 In Cincinnati

This was one of the very best singles from Toronto’s Martha + The Muffins. The A-side is a classic and the B-side is an understated instrumental. I bought this before knowing that the B-side was included as a bonus track on the RM of their “This Is The Ice Age” album for its debut on CD.

Elektra | US | 12" | 1983 | 0-67915

EBN-OZN: AEIOU [Sometimes Y] US 12″ [1983]

  1. AEIOU [sometimes Y] [12]
  2. AEIOU [sometimes Y] [dub]

This NY duo managed to ambush me on MTV, since the video channel jumped all over this debut single as soon as it was released. This was one of the first tracks completely produced on a Fairlight, if what I read was correct, so this must have been after they introduced “Page R” to the Fairlight OS. No matter how it was produced, this was a pretty entertaining song that juuust managed to skirt novelty status quite deftly. I don’t think anyone else could have hit the balance of wit and humor as skillfully. OZN’s vocals told a story filled with character and EBN’s programming was absolutely wicked. No wonder he found himself programming the Fairlight for Scritti Politti’s breakthrough album two years hence. The 12″ mix is about 30 seconds longer than the LP version, but I put it here anyway to round up the non-LP EBN-OZN singles discography [both of them] on this volume.

Elektra | USP | 12" | 1984 | EAOR 4952

EBN-OZN: Bag Lady [I Wonder] USP 12″ [1984]

  1. Bag Lady [late nite ver.]
  2. Bag Lady [inst. ver.]

EBN-OZN’s second single didn’t perform as well, and the group called it quits soon afterward. Ah, reckless youth. If Ned Lieben hadn’t died years ago, they would probably be re-forming right about now for a nostalgia tour, I suspect. But the single is not bad. It’s just not as witty as the earlier single. But this earnest take on the homeless problem of the 1980s [now solved, right?] rightfully showed a different side to the artistes. The “Late Nite Version” is a drastically edited single length remix with the instrumental version on the flipside getting, again, a 30 second extension on the length of the LP cut.

MCA Records | UK | 7" | 1990 | BV1

Transvision Vamp: Bad Valentine UK 7″ [1990]

  1. Bad Valentine [live]
  2. A Message

I collect Transvision Vamp… against my better judgement. I thought that I had it all, until venturing down the rabbit hole that is Discogs.com. As it transpires, I sure didn’t have this live, fan-club-only 7″ with a nice foil stamped sleeve. When I finally hit the Doscogs.com inbox, I took the bait. Lord knows why, though. By the time of their second album, it was all over but for the shouting for Transvision Vamp. Second rate material given third rate production is bad enough in the studio. Live, it’s diabolical! Wendy James sounds like your worst nightmare; and the band aren’t much better by this point. The B-side is a “personal” message from Wendy to her fans.  All twelve of them by this point in their career.

Island Records | USP | 12" | 1985 | DMD 830

Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Welcome To The Pleasuredome USP 12″ [1985]

  1. Welcome To The Pleasuredome [Trevor Horn Remix]
  2. Welcome To The Pleasuredome [urban mix]
  3. Relax International [live]

There were a number of unique, US-only FGTH remixes that snuck out of SARM studios and this was a strange one. The “urban mix” of  the title cut to FGTH’s sprawling debut album was something that had not ever appeared on any UK editions, so I was motivated to buy it just to see what it entailed. With a title like that, I was imagining proto New Jack Swing [whatever the hell that was], but that reveals my Stateside bias where the term “urban” was an 80s euphemism for “black.” What I got was tablas and drones for an extended intro before the 7″ mix of the more familiar versions of the tune manifested itself! So yeah, it was “urban” in sound, if you’re talking about New Delhi! Alas, this copy is full of crackle, which my talents are limited at careful removal. So I need another copy of this for the archives. The JPN-only “Bang!” LP/CD was the only place that this was released commercially, but these pressings are costly. Still, being Japanese, they will not be trashed like this record.

WEA | UK | 12" | 1989 | YZ435T

Fuzzbox: Walking On Thin Ice UK 12″ [1989]

 

  1. Walking On Thin Ice [X-Static Fuzzmix]
  2. Walking On Thin Ice [Fuzzdub]
  3. Rules & Regulations

I collected We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It from the moment I heard their name. The debut album [actually played by the band] is great teenaged punk rock with miles of attitude. As the young ladies matured, WEA put their foot down they became a much more “professional” unit, with “serious” attitudes and studio hands manufacturing the entire product. This was their next to last WEA single and their cover of the Yoko Ono tune was purchased by me at the time on CD3. But the 12″ had a dub mix that wasn’t on the racks. The eventual WGAFAWGUI BSOG would need this dub mix, so here it is. The Bruce Forest dub mix is typical of what was plastered with the word “dub” back in the day. Groucho Smykle need not worry. You or I would call this an instrumental version.

Stiff/Epic | US | 12" | 1979 | 48 50799

Ian Dury + The Blockheads: Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick US 12″ [1979]

  1. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick [disco version]
  2. Reasons To Be Cheerful [part 3]

Finally, this Ian Dury classic rounds out this volume. The disco version of the A-side seems to be still AWOL on CD as far as I can see. And to be frank, it is a disco version in all of its 1979-apogee-of-disco glory; except that it’s sung by Ian Dury, whom no one could ever mistake for a Gibb brother! The extended mix is more of a good thing and I’m great with that. The Blockheads never sounded better than with Chas Jankel on the helm. The B-side is available on CD, but since this is my only Ian Dury record, I threw it on anyway.

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1 Response to CD A Week Project: #11

  1. Echorich says:

    Ahh memories… Pete Shelley solo had much potential, but by the time On Your Own had come out I had dismissed him. On Your Own is basically the best reason to own that album – no the only one really… Is 22 in Cincinnati a track about the dead at that infamous The Who concert? Timing certainly seems right-ish… AEIOU reminds me of how much of a cool and enjoyable sort Ned Liebin was. He was a Limelight NYC club regular back in those days and a chatty chap. When he was working on Scritti’s Cupid and Psyche ’85, he would bring Green and David Gamson into the club on the regular. I remember cracking him and Green up telling them what I thought the words to Skank Bloc Bologna were when I first starting listening to it. All I can say about Wendy James is that I have a real soft spot for trashy blond pop sirens… FGTH…blech…well I will admit a biased as I have a well documented distaste for Mr. Horn based on ABC’s treatment at the hands of Horns preference to working with Yes and FGTH. I know I need to get over it and love Beauty Stab, but I can’t let it go. Think I have the first Fuzzboxx release and jumped further into the Grebo movement for a few minutes…Finally hearing Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick reminds me of dancing with my friends at a local Queens club using fake ID’s and doctored copies of birth certificates to get in. Clubs in NYC had a hard time switching from disco to new wave back in 79 – 81. Once they realized that people were gonna drink regardless what was playing, dj’s were given free reign and you would hear Talking Heads, Blondie, even Gang of Four on a weekend night.

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