I first heard the Birmingham New Wave group Fashiøn while still at my high school. My high school had a radio station and of course I was drawn to that. The station manager for our 10 watt station dutifully wrote to the reps of all of the labels and the only label that responded with actual promos was good ‘ol IRS Records! We got their releases from the dawn of the label in 1979! Among them was the debut album by fashion, “Product Perfect.” I liked that album, and played “Hanoi Annoys Me” from it but the group seemed to vanish into thin air by the next year. Back in that simpler time, you could reasonably expect at least an album a year from an artist. If you didn’t see at least that, something was awry.
An incredible three years later I saw the long-gestated second Fashion album, “Fabrique.” I saw a video for “Love Shadow” once or twice on MTV in 1982 and noted that the group had dramatically changed its course and lead vocalist, from the look of it. No longer quirky New Wave with a ska chaser, they were now au courant synth funk. Eventually, I got their album and was rewarded with a stellar program of peak whitefunk as devastatingly produced by hero Zeus B. Held.
I waited years to finally get the “Fabrique” album on CD. I missed the 1990 first pressing but got the Cherry Red repressing of it. It managed to fit most of the double play cassette version of “Fabrique” onto a single CD. But by the 90s the hooks of this album ripped deep into me. I embarked upon a program of purchasing all singles from this album period, since singer De Harris was gone from the third and final Fashiøn album. I have the third album on LP, “Twilight Of Idols” and I haven’t gotten around to listening to it yet. My suspicion is that it was De Harris’s songs that hit me in the right spot, though the playing and production on “Fabrique” was also working like a fiend for me. The whole effect is rather like a 4/4 version of “Tin Drum” by JAPAN where the group was slumming in funk instead of YMO’s secret laboratory.
By about a decade ago, I finally had all of the singles from “Fabrique” in both their 7″ and 12″ forms. I even managed to find a DISCONET EP with a megamix from “Fabrique” on it at a Goodwill somewhere! Just now, I’ve looked at their stronger competitor and discovered that there was a Razormaid mix of “Streetplayer Mechanik” so I will try my utmost to obtain this, though RM product is notoriously costly. I feel that I’ve sat on these records for too long now and after I finish up my ABC project described earlier, I will be moving onto Fashiøn. Just what will that entail?
Fashiøn: Move On UK 7″ 
- Move On
- Mutant Move
I need to listen to both sides of this when I record the vinyl to hard drive. I need to see if the 7″ A-side differs from the LP mix. The “Height Of Fashiøn” CD I have is “Fabrique” in all but name, and it contains a tracks called “Mutant Move” so I need to A/B compare the two.
Fashiøn: Move On UK 12″ 
- Move On (audio extra)
- Mutant Dance Move
I do not have the 12″ of this single for reasons that will be made clear later.
Fashiøn: Streetplayer [Mechanik] UK 7″ 
- Streetplayer [Mechanik]
- Mutant Mechanik
Fashiøn: Streetplayer [Mechanik] UK 12″ 
- Streetplayer – Mechanik (Audio Extra)
- Streetplayer – Mechanik [Mutant Mix Mechanik]
- Streetplayer – Mechanik [Dressed To Kill Mix]
Fashiøn: Something In Your Picture UK 7″ 
- Something In Your Picture
- Alternative Playback [Half Frame]
Fashiøn: Something In Your Picture UK 12″ 
- Something In Your Picture [Motor Drive]
- Alternative Playback [Full Frame]
Fashiøn: Love Shadow UK 7″ 
- Love Shadow
- Let’s Play Dirty
Fashiøn: Love Shadow UK 2×12″ 
- Love Shadow [Smokey Dialogue]
- Let’s Play Dirty [Centrefold]
- Move On [Audio Extra]
- Mutant Dance Move
This 2×12″ was the first Fashiøn record I’d bought and it has the “Move On” 12″ single added to the package. Additionally, I have Disconet Volume 5 program 5, with the “Fashionable Dubs” megamix, but I still need Razormaid Class-X 4 for their “Streetplayer – Mechanik” DJ mix. More on this later, I’m sure.
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