CD A Week Project: #12

REVO | CD-R | 2011 | PM012

Various: REVO Premaster 12 CD-R [2011]

  1. Affairs Of The Heart: Waterloo Sunset 12
  2. Affairs Of The Heart: Waterloo Sunset 12
  3. Affairs Of The Heart: Waterloo Sunset [dub]
  4. The Fleshtones: Roman Gods 12
  5. Sigue Sigue Sputnik: 21st Century Boy 12
  6. Sigue Sigue Sputnik: Buy EMI [4,000,000 mix]
  7. Venika: In The Fun
  8. Venika: Major Predator [in the fun]
  9. Intro: Lost Without Your Love 12
  10. Intro: Lost Mix [muzak superior]
  11. Intro: Epic
  12. Intro: Haunted Cocktails 12
  13. Intro: Haunted Cocktails [haunted mix]
  14. Intro: Departures 2
Well, the infamous CD A Week Project hangs around my neck like a ripe albatross growing fetid in the sun! This volume was actually recorded last August, just before my year got impossibly busy. And my life stayed at a level of activity that didn’t allow for incidental pleasures and that didn’t abate until last month, actually. So with this entry I am beginning to claw my way forward with yet another overview of records recorded from my archives for the pleasure of listening to and not merely owning! Let’s begin with an old familiar disc that long time readers of this blog might actually remember.

Heartbeat Records | UK | 12" | 1983 | PULSE 100T

Affairs of the Heart: Waterloo Sunset UK 12″ [1983]

  1. Waterloo Sunset [dance mix]
  2. Waterloo Sunset
  3. Waterloo Sunset [dub mix]

Affairs of the Heart clock in with a great synthpop cover of the Kink’s classic [which I’ve never heard, by the way]. The full monty on this record can be read here.

IRS Records | US | 12" | 1981 | SP-70958

The Fleshtones: Roman Gods US 12″ [1981]

  1. Roman Gods [ext. ver.]
  2. Ride Your Pony
  3. Chinese Kitchen

The Fleshtones with a [gasp!] 12″ remix of their megaboss “Roman Gods” single. Killer horns on this near-instro share the soundstage with awesome call & response “Sha-La-La” vocals. This expansive little puppy was mixed by the band themselves and the outro features neat dubby effects used in a tantalizingly spare fashion. Just a few years later and The Fleshtones would not be seen dead with a remixed 12″ single, but in 1981, it was all up in the air!

Parlophone | UK | 12" | 1986 | 12 SSS 2

Sigue Sigue Sputnik: 21st Century Boy UK 12″ [1986]

  1. 21st Century Boy [tv mix]
  2. Buy EMI [£4,000,000 mix]

SSS with the second single from their prescient “Flaunt It” album. Sadly marred by the dreaded surface noise. I need another copy of this. I swear that’s Phil Hartman of Groundlings/SNL fame doing the voice overs on the A-side mix. Ironically, I recorded this single no more than a week from the date of the “futuristic” weather report on the remix! The B-side is a potentially fun little romp that wasn’t meant to ever be 7:33 long.

E'G Records | UK | 12" | 1985 | EGOX 25

Venika: In The Fun UK 12″ [1985]

  1. In The Fun
  2. Major Predator [in the fun]

Vanika you’ve never heard of. It’s a record that I’ve only ever heard courtesy of my good friend Tom, who on finding it that fateful day, and took the leap. What an amazing record. Read all about it here.

MCA Records | UK | 12" | 1983 | MCAT 794

Intro: Haunted Cocktails UK 12″ [1983]

  1. Haunted Cocktails 12
  2. Haunted Cocktails [haunted mix]
  3. Departures [ver. 2]

MCA Records | UK | 12" | 1983 | MCAT 819

Intro: Lost Without Your Love UK 12″ [1983]

  1. Lost Without Your Love 12
  2. Lost Mix [muzak superior]
  3. Epic

And having recorded Vanika’s sole recording, I next immediately had to hear more electro-torch songs; this time by masters at the top of their form! Intro was Jimme O’Neill and Jacqui Brooks in the UK. Stateside, they went under Jacqui’s name only. Her  album “Sob Stories” was a lost classic that only got released in The States and one day I must REVO is with all due reverence. I actually own every copy I’ve ever found in order to make the best sounding master!

The 12″ singles of “Lost Without Your Love” and “Haunted Cocktails” are amazing productions! New Wave electro-chanson of the extremely Continental variety. The singles got released in the UK under the Intro name. Jacqui Brooks had a varied career being in Shok and Siam before her last stab at the big time with Intro. Alas, these devastating electric torch songs fell on deaf ears amid a UK pop scene insanely besotted with boring blue-eyed soul by 1983! To think that pallid Culture Club and Wham records sold all of the numbers that these holy records were clearly deserving of is maddening!

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2 Responses to CD A Week Project: #12

  1. Tim says:

    Affairs of the Heart clock in with a great synthpop cover of the Kink’s classic [which I’ve never heard, by the way].

    Every time I read that I blank out for a minute. I am admittedly late to the Kinks game so on a level I can relate. Anyhow, a couple years ago Ray Davies did a “Khoral Kinks Kollection” which for me was the first time hearing this in any version. The OCD kicked in and I tracked down a lot of versions of this but for me the KKK version is the one to hear if you’ve never heard a Kinks family version of it.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Tim – I’m quite familiar with many Kinks classics, just not that one. Trust me. I’ve been reading about this song for 30+ years, but that and $5.00 will get you a cup of coffee. The more Ray Davies I hear, the more I suspect that he’s the British Invasion songwriter who has the career songbook that I’d prefer. Lennon-McCartley bore me. Jagger-Richards should have hung it up 30 years ago. Townshend? Maybe 25 years ago. My wife bought “Other Peoples Lives” [2006] when it came out and Davies can still cut it on record with smart, insightful songs.

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