Tag Archives: 1985

REDUX: A Thousand Number One Albums In The UK

November 25, 2013 Today on the BBC was a feature examining the thousand albums that have topped the British charts since their point of origin in July 1956. I wondered how many of those best sellers would fall  under the … Continue reading

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Record Review: S.W.A.L.K. – The Way We Were…

S.W.A.L.K.: The Way We Were… UK EP [1985] No Shame What The Lady Wants Turn It Down Stomp Stomp International Playboy No Shame [dub] I could not believe my luck in March when I found a US dealer selling a … Continue reading

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Record Review: The Explorers [part 2]

[…continued from last post] The playful “Venus De Milo” was superficially a stab at the same vibe of an early Roxy Music classic like “Virginia Plain,” but where the Roxy debut single was by turns playful and witty, it also … Continue reading

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Record Review: The Explorers [part 1]

The Explorers: The Explorers UK CD [1985] Ship Of Fools Lorelei Breath Of Life Venus De Milo Soul Fantasy Crack The Whip Prussian Blue Two Worlds Apart Robert Louis Stevenson You Go Up In Smoke Falling For Nightlife [Midnight Mix] … Continue reading

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Raiding The “Ice Box” – Planning An Icehouse BSOG [part 4]

1985 brought a new drive to Icehouse since the previous album, “Sidewalk” saw a marked shift downward from the growth curve that had moved from “Icehouse” to “Primitive Man.” The pressure was on, but the band had now gelled around … Continue reading

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Raiding The “Ice Box” – Planning An Icehouse BSOG [part 3]

1983 brought a new Icehouse album made with the same band that had toured the previous album, which had been made without them, deep in Keith Forsey’s laboratory. After an album of glossy, synthesizer atmospherics, this one took a half … Continue reading

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Not DEVO…But An Incredible Simulation! [conclusion]

When it came to two guys [“Martini Ranch”] wanting some of that DEVO action, they did the obvious and enlisted half of that band in crafting “How Can The Labouring Man Find Time For Self-Culture.” Fair enough, but two years prior … Continue reading

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