CD A Week Project: #16

REVO | CD-R | 2012 | PM016

Various: REVO Premaster 16 CD-R [2012]

  1. The Imposter: Pills + Soap
  2. The Imposter: Pills + Soap [Ext.]
  3. Age Of Chance: Kiss
  4. Age Of Chance: Crash Conscious
  5. Age Of Chance: Kiss [Collision Cut]
  6. Captain Sensible: Wot [Ext.]
  7. Captain Sensible: Happy Talk
  8. The Coconuts: If I Only Had A Brain [Ext.]
  9. The Coconuts: Indiscreet [Ext.]
  10. Blaine L. Reininger: Mystery + Confusion [LP Ver.]
  11. Gina X: Drive My Car [Drive On Film]
  12. Gina X: No G.D.M. [Dub Mix]
  13. Clare Grogan: Love Bomb [Ext.]
  14. Clare Grogan: Love Bomb [Dub]
  15. Clare Grogan: I Love The Way You Beg:
  16. The Headboys: The Shape Of Theings To Come
  17. The Headboys: The Mood I’m In
  18. Level 42: Weave Your Spell [US 12” Remix]
  19. Depeche Mode: Sometimes Wish I Was Dead [Flexipop Ver.]

Well, the CD A Week Project is getting down to about every two months. Pathetic of me, really. Nevertheless, let’s press on.

Imp Records | UK | 7″ | 1983 | IMP 001

The Imposter: Pills + Soap UK 7″ [1983]

  1. Pills + Soap [original mix]
  2. Pills + Soap [ext. ver.]

This was a pseudonymous Elvis Costello solo single cranked out in a hurried fashion in time for the 1983 General Election to vent his considerable spleen regarding the Falklands War. A change in his label’s distribution at the time meant that he formed his own label just to make sure it got out in a timely fashion! The lyrics are as scathing as one would imagine. Funnily enough, EC had heard Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” and got inspired to use a similarly sparse beatbox to form the rhythms of the song, though he doesn’t approach rapping [thankfully]. The record was quickly deleted but later appeared [in a remixed version] on his “Punch The Clock” album. The B-side is the extended version, which is all of 30 seconds longer. I’ve yet to perceive the differences that account for the different timing.

Virgin America | US | 12 | 1986 | PR 2007

Age Of Chance: Kiss US Promo 12″ [1986]

  1. Kiss
  2. Kiss [collision cut]
  3. Crash Consciousness

Written about earlier here.

A+M Records | USP | 12″ | 1982 | SP-12052

Captain Sensible: Wot? US Promo 12″ [1982]

  1. Wot? [ext. ver.]
  2. Happy Talk

Sadly, this is the only Captain Sensible record in my collection, but if you have to have only one, this is the one to have. Actually, it’s the only Captain Sensible record I’ve ever come across, now that I think about it. The extended version of the incredible “Wot?” is still vinyl only. Cherry Red released the “Women + Captains First” album on CD for the first time only a few years ago, and while it had bonus tracks, this is not one of them. After seeing the brilliant video for this on MTV I was all set up to buy the album. But I have never seen a copy of it for sale, ever! I’m less enamored of the saccharine cover of the already saccharine “Happy Talk” from “South Pacific!”

EMI America | US | 12″ | 1983 | 7810-1

The Coconuts: If I Only Had A Brain US 12″ [1983]

  1. If I Only Had A Brain [ext. ver.]
  2. Indiscreet [ext. ver.]

Written about earlier here.

Another Side | BEN | LP | 1984 | SIDE 8406

Blaine L. Reininger: Night Air BEN LP [1984]

  1. Night Air
  2. Birthday Song
  3. Beak People
  4. Mystery + Confusion [LP mix]
  5. Intermission
  6. Ash And Bone
  7. L’Entree De L’Hierophant
  8. A Café Au Lait For Mr. Mxyzptlk
  9. Miraculous Absence
  10. El Mensajero Divino

This was the first Blaine L. Reininger solo record that I bought and it’s a wonderful introduction to the former Tuxedomoon vocalist/multi-instrumentalist. “Mystery + Confusion” was remixed for 7″ single, and the “Night Air” CD of the late 80s substitutes this version in the running order instead. Both versions are killer, so I had to digitize this one for listening pleasure. If you ever loved Bill Nelson, do yourself a favor and buy some Blaine L. Reininger records tout suite!

Statik | UK | 2xLP | 1984 | STAT LP 21

Gina X: Yinglish UK 2xLP [1984]

Disc 1

  1. Drive My Car
  2. Die Kunst Des Liebens (The Art Of Loving)
  3. Harley Davidson
  4. Thanatos Tanzt
  5. French Lift
  6. Kanal Banal
  7. Londra
  8. Waiting
  9. En Vogue
  10. BB 50
  11. Martyr To Music

Disc 2

  1. Drive My Car (Dance The Car)
  2. Drive My Car (Drive On Film)
  3. Kanal Banal (Basic Move)
  4. Londra II
  5. Die Kunst Des Liebens (X-Tra Long)
  6. Waiting (V-Speed)

The final Gina X album was released in 1984 in a 2xLP version with a bonus album of remixes by partner Zeus B. Held. In 2005, LTM finally released this album on CD, but not everything could fit, so this dub mix of her cover of The Beatles “Drive My Car” given a very Art Of Noise treatment, was lopped off to resurface digitally here.

Statik | UK | 12″ | 1985 | TAK 33/12

Gina X: No G.D.M. UK 12″ [1985]

  1. No G.D.M. (Extended)
  2. No G.D.M. (Seven Inch)
  3. No G.D.M. (Dub Ver.)
  4. Be A Boy

Written about earlier here. All I can add is that this 1979 song was reissued in later years by two different labels over a span of seven years. That’s how ahead of its time it was. The dub version I’d actually called an extended remix since all of the vocals are present and the seminal track has been very tastefully remixed with some admittedly dub energy.

London Records | UK | 12″ | 1987 | LONX 134

Clare Grogan: Love Bomb UK 12″ [1987]

  1. Love Bomb [ext.]
  2. Love Bomb [dub]
  3. I Love The Way You Beg

Written about earlier here.

RSO | UKP | 1979 | RSO 40

The Headboys: The Shape Of Things To Come UK [1979]

  1. The Shape of Things To Come
  2. The Mood I’m In

Written about earlier here.

Polydor | USP | 12″ | 1981 | PD D 525

Level 42 : Weave Your Spell USP 12″ [1981]

  1. Weave Your Spell [ext. remix]
  2. Weave Your Spell [7″ mix]

This was an fairly early Level 42 12″ that got a US release in a promo and commercial version. I found the promo version at Wuxtry in Athens a couple of years ago. The remix is by Larry Alexander of The Power Station, so it’s nice and hot, like all US mixes were early in the game back in 1981. Level 42’s accomplished jazzfunk was a taste that it didn’t take long to acquire. Sure, it was a bit more M.O.R. than Cabaret Voltaire, but you can’t argue with a groove.

Flexipop | UK | Flexi | 1981 | FLEXIPOP 011

Various Artists: Flexipop #11 UK Flexidisc [1981]

  1. Depeche Mode: Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead [ver. 2]
  2. Fad Gadget: King Of The Flies [remix]

Written about earlier here.

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