Scribble were another band I encountered first on MTV’s International Hour. The video for “Kaze” from this EP has haunted me for 30 years. I managed to get the full length “Pop Art” album soon afterward when I had started buying directly from Australia in the seriously pre-internet era. That album is on a CD from 2007, courtesy of Almacantar Records [which I don’t have] but the original point of infection with Scribble remains outside of my Record Cell.
Siam were the early band of fave Jacqui Brookes, and for years I thought there were only three A+M singles to be had by the group, but a few years ago, I ran across evidence of a live, post-breakup cash-in album on an obscure indie label. This one features mostly songs not on their three A+M singles so I need this one!
I finally bit on the idiosyncratic New Wave bait that Jim Skafish had dangled under my nose for almost 30 years courtesy of his two releases on I.R.S. Records a few years back. I could digitize this vinyl at any time, but according to Mr. Skafish, he’s already on the case himself and an official CD release will happen soon.
I also have the second album of Skafish, the halfway-to-conventional “Conversation.” What he lost in willful eccentricity, he made up for in sheer bludgeoning hooks. “Wild Night Tonight” is the all-time best riff-rocker from a guy once known for wearing tube tops onstage.
Slow Children [hat trick!] were an L.A. New Wave band with snappy Jules Shear/Stephen Hague production and a briefcase full of angular, pop tunes. I bought their debut album after becoming smitten when hearing the RCA “Blitz” compilation in 1981. Decades later, I found the earlier UK version of the album pictured here with a Brian Cooke cover. The US edition features remixes/song substitutions, and a boring Robert Mapplethorpe cover! I still need an early UK 7” to make my REVO edition.
The second Slow Children album is also packed with great New Wave tuneage. I have the USP 12″ remix single from this album, so technically, I can make my DLX RM at any time. After a 33 year layoff, Slow Children just released their third album, “Cottoncloud9!” It looks as if the CD sold there, is a CD-R, so I might as well opt for the DL, if it is in a lossless format. I’m not a CD Baby buyer, being more of Bandcamp guy.
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