Among the 30 releases that arrived in the mail on Monday, was a record that was pretty significant to me. The Fingerprintz “Shadowed” 12″ single. I bought what was the new Fingerprintz album, “Beat Noir” when it was released in America in 1981, and really enjoyed it a lot. I’d been first exposed to Fingerprintz on Virgin’s “Cash Cows” compilation a year earlier with the ebullient power pop [non]hit “Yes Eyes” and was ready for their new funk direction. I cashed in the Stiff Records US pressing of “Beat Noir” in the Great Vinyl Purge since I fully expected the band’s three albums to eventually get a CD release. Over three decades earlier, that is clearly not the case!
It’s not as if I haven’t been doing my duty. I have emailed Cherry Red beseeching them to work that Fingerprintz action to a chorus of yawns. So in the end, it will have to come down to me. In the last 20 years I have obtained copies of all three Fingerprintz albums, and I could surely remaster CDs from them, but what fun is that? No, that’s not how we roll at REVO. Surely every potential bonus track should be appended to the albums, yes? How would that play out?
Fingerprintz: The Very Dab 
- Close Circuit Connection
- Wet Job
- Punchy Judy
- 2 A T
- Hey Mr. Smith
- Tough Luck
- Invisible Seams
- On The Hop
- Beam Me Up Scotty
The debut album got a release on Virgin Atlantic, and that’s the US pressing that I have of that album. There were three singles released in 1979 and only one of them was from the LP!
Fingerprintz: Dancing With Myself UK green vinyl 12″ 
- Dancing With Myself
- Sync Unit
- Sean’s New Shoes
Being that they’re Irish, I guess Virgin thought that green vinyl would make an impression. Here are three songs that need to be on any CD I make. One imagines that Billy Idol and Tony James must have heard this single. Their attempt with the same title came the next year.
Fingerprintz: Who’s Your Friend? UK blue vinyl 7″ 
- Who’s Your Friend?
- Do You Want To Know A Secret?
- Night Nurse
Their next single was a full-fledged EP of four non-LP tunes! Remember, at this time, Jimme O’Neill was a busy lad churning out hits for many others like Lene Lovich [“Say When”], Rachel Sweet [“Spellbound”] and even Manfred Mann’s Earth Band! Obviously, his pen overfloweth [though track two is a Beatles cover]. What else do we need?
Fingerprintz: Tough Luck UK 7″ 
- Tough Luck
It was only their third single that deigned to pull an album cut as the A-side. There’s one more non-LP B-side, “Detonator,” though it remains to be seen until I actually get the single to see if the A-side is an alternate take, which was so common during the 70s. Remember kids: play those records and some times you will be rewarded with a previously unheard take on an A-side that’s pulled from an album! Altogether that’s at least eight bonus tracks for “The Very Dab.”
Fingerprintz: Distinguishing Marks US LP 
- Yes Eyes
- Houdini Love
- Criminal Mind
- Bullet Proof Heart
- Remorse Code
- Ringing Tone
- Hide And Seek
Ten more songs on this Peter Saville-designed pop platter. Keep in mind I’ve not heard “The Very Dab” at all in the dozen or more years I’ve owned the LP! At least I’m familiar with the chiming power pop perfection of “Yes Eyes” from “Cash Cows.” The production here was by Nick Garvey of The Motors and it hits close to the mark of their mid period as well. What do we still need to buy?
Fingerprintz: Bulletproof Heart UK 7″ 
- Bulletproof Heart
- Hide + Seek
Hmmmm. After the luxurious complement of non-LP material for their debut album, their sophomore effort has the ignominy of two tracks pulled from the LP! But…could it be that any of these tracks are a different take than the LP versions? Right now, it’s impossible to tell. That’s why it is always best to buy every release by groups that you intend to remaster. There’s nothing worse than finding out that the A/B side of a single you thought you didn’t need was a different production years later! Can any readers shed some light here?
Fingerprintz: Houdini Love UK 7″ 
- Houdini Love
- All About You
At least this time, we know that the record must be bought for “All About You.” That much is definite.
Fingerprintz: Bohemian Dance UK 7″ 
- Bohemian Dance
- Coffee and Screams
Then, outta nowhere comes this obscure [just added to the Discogs database recently] non-LP single between albums two and three! Since bonus tracks for “Distinguishing Marks” are so thin on the ground, I’m inclined to add these tracks [once I find/buy them] to disc two in the Fingerprintz series. That will yield at least three bonus tracks if none of the other two A-sides are different from the LP cuts.
- The Beat Escape
- The Chase
- Get Civilised
- Touch Sense
- Going Going Gone
- Famous Last Words
I had bought the Stiff American LP of this in 1981, and I re-bought a copy years ago but eventually I got the preferred UK edition with two tracks [“Echohead,” “Famous Last Words”] excised from the US copy! Here’s what need to join it on CD.
Fingerprintz: Shadowed UK 12″ 
- Madame X
- Tickled To Death
This is the only Fingerprintz single currently sitting in the Record Cell. One down, eight to go.
Fingerprintz: The Beat Escape UK 7″ 
- The Beat Escape
- Disorient Express
Their last single has a 7″ with a different B-side than 12″ version so both must be purchased.
Fingerprintz: The Beat Escape UK 12″ 
- The Beat Escape [ext. ver.]
- Catwalk [ext. ver.]
The 12″ of the über-dynamic dancefloor bomb “The Beat Escape” comes with extended A/B sides for maximum joy, so I’m very eager to hear this, the only remixed Fingerprintz single. Given that it’s taken me over a dozen years to buy the albums and one 12″ single, I hope that I can find a cache of Fingerprintz singles from a single vendor one day since I’d hate to pay the postage for all of these records separately! And soon. I’m not getting any younger.
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