Tag Archives: 1981

Moroder Week: Day 5 – Blondie – Call Me Spanish 12″

Yesterday we considered a band once compared to Moroder and Blondie. Today it’s the real thing, but with a twist. In 1980 the biggest song of the year in America was “Call Me,” the collaboration between Giorgio Moroder, then making … Continue reading

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Moroder Week: Day 2 – JAPAN – Life In Tokyo 12″

After the bombshell of “I Feel Love” hit with a thunderclap in 1977, lots of acts wanted to work with the Italian producer. Sparks were among the first, but so were JAPAN, the cult [with a lower case “c”] glam … Continue reading

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Record Review: Soft Cell – Memorabilia UK 12″

Soft Cell: Memorabilia UK 12″ [1981] Memorabilia [long version] Persuasion [long version] Back in 1982, I can recall first encountering the Soft Cell track “Memorabilia” on the “Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing” remix album that followed in the wake of “Tainted Love’s” … Continue reading

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A Young Person’s Guide To: The Human League – Fascination! US EP

The Human League: Fascination! US EP [1983] [Keep Feeling] Fascination [extended] 4:56 Mirror Man 3:48 Hard Times 4:54 I Love You Too Much [version 1] 3:18 You Remind Me Of Gold 3:35 [Keep Feeling] Fascination [improvisation] 6:12 I realized by … 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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REDUX: Labor Day Special – Bow Wow Wow – W.O.R.K.

September 1, 2014 Bow Wow Wow: W.O.R.K. UK 12″ [1981] W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah No! No! My Daddy Don’t) [12″ remix] C-30, C-60, C-90 Anda! I remember where I first heard Bow Wow Wow; on RCA’s “Blitz” compilation. I later received … Continue reading

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Record Review: That First Taste Of Soft Cell Courtesy Of Flexipop

Soft Cell/B. Movie: Metro Mr. X/Remembrance Day UK FLEXI [1981] Metro Mr. X [Soft Cell] Remembrance Day [B. Movie] When I was a college freshman, I spent a lot of time in the library, soaking up exotic periodicals like Billboard … Continue reading

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