Thursday, July 29, 2010

Instant Hit: Cristina- Ticket to the Tropics

"Ticket to the Tropics" was the last song by Cristina which she released during the 80's era. The song appeared on her second album 'Sleep it off' released in 1984. The single was released through Mercury Records with "What's A Girl To Do" as a b-side.

Cristina- Ticket to the Tropics

Sunday, July 25, 2010

30 Seconds of New Duran Duran

There is exclusive new material preview by Duran Duran. Mark Ronson was the first to debut 30 seconds of Duran Duran’s “Blame the Machine” on his East Village Radio show. Listen to the clip here !

Friday, July 23, 2010

Propaganda's 'A Secret Wish' Reissued

The highly influential debut album from German synthpop outfit Propaganda 1985’s 'A Secret Wish' has been reissued again, this time appearing in a 25th anniversary 2CD edition featuring six previously unreleased tracks plus the rare 20-minute cassette mix of “Duel.” The deluxe edition of 'A Secret Wish' features the original nine-track album plus six cassette- and vinyl-only mixes on one disc, and a second disc with 11 more tracks, including previously unreleased mixes of “Dr. Mabuse” and “Sorry for Laughing” by label chiefs Trevor Horn and Paul Morley, respectively.

Read more about it plus the track listing:

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Monday, July 19, 2010

WAW: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Bright Lit Blue Skies

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Top 20 Album- Readers' List-1980

The year 1980 was quite a colorful year in music being still very influenced by the 70's, as some of the artist from that era still ruled the charts including Blondie, Talking Heads and Abba. It was a great year for The Jam and The Police and Adam and The Ants  have had their big breakthrough as all three singles from their second album 'King of the Wild Frontier' reached Top Ten in the UK charts. David Bowie scored his second number one hit this year while Kate Bush became the first British female artist to have a No.1 album. It was also a sad year in music as the music world lost two very influential musical artist and iconic figures. Ian Curtis of Joy Division hanged himself just days before the US Tour start and John Lennon was shot dead outside his apartment building in New York City, both leaving their families and thousands of fans in mourning and sorrow. The year ended with John Lennon's song "{Just Like) Starting Over" reaching number one in the UK charts announcing the new decade.

1. Joy Division- Closer 
‘Closer’ is the second and final studio album released by Joy Division. It was released on 18 July 1980 on Factory Records, following the May 1980 suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. The album was produced by Martin Hannett and contains a much more layered and austere sound than its predecessor Unknown Pleasures, with synthesizers and studio effects taking a leading role. No singles were released from the album. The songs mostly create a desperate or funereal atmosphere, reflected in Peter Saville's cover art. Today the album is widely recogonized as a seminal post-punk release. An album which, it must be said, is hard to separate from that mythology and the tragedy of Ian's story when you're listening to it. Hard because it's leaking out of every bleak lyric, every angular riff and every mournful synth line.

 2. The Cure- Seventeen Seconds 
‘Seventeen Seconds’ is the second studio album by the Cure, recorded at Morgan Studio and released on 22 April 1980 by Fiction Records. Seventeen Seconds established the group's gothic rock sound that would continue until 1982's Pornography. Robert Smith wrote the lyrics and music for it and due to budgetary restraints, the record was recorded and mixed in seven days. Despite the mixed reception, the album was relatively successful when released, reaching number 20 in the UK. The album was reissued in 2005 and the band re-recorded the tracks "Seventeen Seconds", along with other title tracks "Three Imaginary Boys", "Faith" and "Pornography", for the album 4play. In 2000, Q magazine placed ‘Seventeen Seconds’ at number 65 in its list of the one-hundred greatest British albums ever. The album was also featured in the book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’. 

3. The Human League- Travelogue 
‘Travelogue’ is the second full-length studio album released by The Human League, released in May 1980. Although a vast improvement on their debut album, 'Reproduction', which had failed to chart at all the year before, the lack of high success precipitated the departure of founding band members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh, who went on to form Heaven 17. Their departure led to remaining members Phil Oakey and Adrian Wright moving The Human League in a new musical direction with a new line-up. ‘Virgin Records’ remastered and re-issued Travelogue on CD in 1988, with an expanded track listing which included the Holiday '80 EP, the disco single "I Don't Depend on You" (originally released under the moniker "The Men"), and the single "Boys and Girls", which had been produced by Oakey and Wright after the line-up split. 

4. Ultravox- Vienna 
‘Vienna’ is the fourth studio album by Ultravox released on 11 July 1980. The album was the first made by Ultravox with their best-known line-up, after Midge Ure had taken over as lead vocalist and guitarist following the departures of John Foxx and Robin Simon, and it was also the group's first release for Chrysalis. Ultravox effectively changed pace, style and audience with the arrival of Ure, who had already participated in the formation of Visage with Currie. Vienna was remastered and re-issued on CD in 2000 on the EMI Gold label while the definitive edition of Vienna was released in 2008. The album featured Vienna the most memorable and outstanding hit in the career of Ultravox. 

5. Visage- Visage 
‘Visage’ is the eponymous debut studio album by Visage released on 10 November 1980. It was recorded at Genetic Sound Studios in Reading, Berkshire and released by Polydor Records. It reached No. 13 in the UK and was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry in March 1981."Fade to Grey" was released as a single and became a hit, reaching No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart and Top 10 positions in Europe, including No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland and even today still covered and remixed. The lead force behind the Visage Steve Strange passed away in February 2015 suffering from heart attack.

6. Talking Heads- Remain in Light 
‘Remain in Light’ is the fourth studio album by Talking Heads, released on October 8, 1980, on Sire Records. It was produced by the quartet's long-time collaborator Brian Eno and peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200 in the US and at number 21 on the UK Albums Chart. 'Remain in Light' was widely acclaimed by critics. Praise centred on its cohesive merging of disparate genres and sonic experimentation. The record has been featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of the 1980s and the best albums of all time, and it is often considered Talking Heads' magnum opus. In 2006, it was remastered and reissued with the addition of four unfinished outtakes. 

7. Echo & The Bunnymen- Crocodiles 
‘Crocodiles’ is the debut album by Echo & the Bunnymen. It was released on 18 July 1980 in the United Kingdom. The album reached number 17 on the UK Albums Chart. "Pictures on My Wall" and "Rescue" had previously been released as singles. The album was remastered and reissued on CD in 2003 containing ten bonus tracks on the UK version and eight on the US—these releases were marketed as 25th anniversary editions. The album has since sold over 100,000 copies and the band was awarded with a gold disc for the album on 5 December 1984 by the British Phonographic Industry. In 1993, the NME listed Crocodiles at number 28 in its list of the 50 greatest albums of the 1980s. 

8. Japan- Gentlemen Take Polaroids 
‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ is the fourth studio album by Japan, released on 24 October 1980 by Virgin. It was the first album on Virgin and it continued in the vein of their previous album ‘Quiet Life’, utilizing a combination of electronic elements coupled with more traditional instruments. The album was preceded by the release of the title track as a single in October 1980, which peaked at number 60 in the UK Top 100, the group's first single to chart. In 2003, ‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ was reissued with slightly different cover art. 

 9. Adam and the Ants- King Of The Wild Frontier 
‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ is the second album by Adam and the Ants. It was released in November 1980 by record label CBS. This album introduced the "Burundi beat" sound to popular music. It reached No. 1 in the UK Album Chart,and spawned three hit singles: "Kings of the Wild Frontier", “Antmusic” and “Dog eat Dog”, all reaching the Top Ten of the UK charts. The album was remastered and reissued in 2004 with several bonus tracks and the cover art for it was featured in the book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’ 

10. OMD- Organisation 
‘Organisation’ was the second album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), released in 1980. With "Enola Gay" being the only single taken from album. The album is notable for its melancholy tone. The band said that at the time they had been heavily influenced by Joy Division; this can be traced through Organisation’s use of jarring drum sounds and moody songs. The New Musical Express named ‘Organisation’ as one of the 50 best albums of 1980.[10] The record was listed in Slicing Up Eyeballs' "Best of the '80s" in March 2013, being ranked as one of the top 35 albums of 1980 based on 3,360 reader votes. The album was remastered in 2003.

11.Bauhaus- In Flat Field
12.John Foxx- Metamatic
13.Orchestral Manouvers in the Dark- Orchestral Manouvers in the Dark
14.David Bowie- Scary Monsters
15.Devo- Freedom of Choice
16.Gary Numan- Telekon
17.Killing Joke- Killing Joke
18.Roxy Music- Flesh and Blood
19.The Teardrop Explodes- Kilimanjaro
20.The Jam- Sound Affects

Note: The information about the albums is mostly taken from Wikipedia

Monday, July 5, 2010

Kim Wilde- New Single and Album

Kim Wilde will release her 11th album this Summer on August 13, 2010. The album is entitled 'Come Out and Play' and it will be preceded by a new single "Lights Down Low" which is currently promoted on various radio stations.
Stay tuned for more info!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Kim Wilde Reissues

Cherry Red continues to release albums from Kim Wilde catalog. After the release of the first three albums, they will relase 'Teases and Dares' from 1984 and 'Another Step', originally released in 1986.
'Teases and Dares' comes complete with an incredible 16 bonus tracks including many ultra rare 12 and Extended mixes. Alongside the original LP artwork this release includes lyrics to all the songs. 'Another Step' gets the deluxe 2CD treatment and comes with 17 bonus tracks including many hard to find 12 , 7 , Club and Extended versions, all re-mastered by Tim Turan.

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