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Record Review: The Passions – Sanctuary DLX RM US CD [part 2]

[…continued from last post] The prerelease single let us know from the start that The Passions were moving on from their patented echoplexed New Wave guitar sound as typified by the hit “I’m In Love With A German Film Star.” … Continue reading

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Record Review: The Passions – Sanctuary DLX RM US CD [part 1]

The Passions: Sanctuary DLX RM US CD [2019] Jump For Joy The Letter Into Night Small Talk White Lies Cars Driven Fast Love Is Essential Your Friend Hold On Don’t Go Sanctuary Africa Mine I Feel Cheap The Story Tempting … Continue reading

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A Young Person’s Guide To: Thompson Twins – In The Name Of Love US LP/CD

I first heard Thompson Twins like most “hip” Americans. In the summer of 1982 I was hearing “In The Name Of Love” a lot on college radio. The single would go on to be the Billboard “dance single” of the … Continue reading

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Record Review: Head Noise – Uber-Fantastique UK CD/DL

Head Noise have followed in the footsteps of Der Plan, who are the only other band who’d perform live with microwave oven headgear! Last spring, Mitchell Tennant, the vocalist of the Welsh New Wave Art/Punk band Head Noise sent me … Continue reading

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Core Collection Twofer: OMD and Simple Minds To Tour OZ + NZ in 2020

Yesterday, I was poking around simpleminds.com to [finally] purchase the 4xCD version of “Live In The City of Angels” when I saw good news on the home page. Simple Minds were once again teaming up with OMD for a tour … Continue reading

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Record Review: The Cars – Candy-O US DLX RM [part 3]

[;continued from last post] That organ sound was also at the forefront of the driving “Got A Lot On My Head” and this time it was joined by squelchy, squirting DEVO-esque synths that lurched throughout the song. In 1979 could … Continue reading

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Record Review: The Cars – Candy-O US DLX RM [part 2]

[…continued from last post] After the last 90 seconds of “Double Life” chugged away in a static fashion, there was a violent crossfade to a song with a much more frantic tempo. “Shoo Be Doo” was an homage to Suicide; … Continue reading

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