1. Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Brothers in Rhythm Rollercoaster Mix) - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2. Kiss You (When it's Dangerous) (Extended Mix) - Eight Seconds
3. High (Higher Mix) - The Cure
4. The Perfect Kiss - T42
5. Situation (U.S. 12" Mix) - Yaz
6. Tired of Getting Pushed Around (The Mayhem Rhythm Mix) - Fine Young Cannibals
7. Keep On (Razormaid! Mix) - Cabaret Voltaire
8. Strangelove (Bomb the Bass Mix) - Depeche Mode
9. Chains of Love (Unfettered Mix) - Erasure
10. The Great Commandment (Extended Dance Mix) - Camouflage
11. In a Big Country - Big Country
12. My Bag (Dancing Remix) - Lloyd Cole
13. Desire (Come and Get It) - Gene Loves Jezebel
14. Send Me an Angel (S.O.S. Mix) - Real Life
15. The Damned Don't Cry (Dance Mix) - Visage
Notes and other random things: Happy belated Thanksgiving to all my listeners in the U.S. and hello again to everyone. It's been a few weeks since my last episode, but the holidays have a way of occupying any free time I might normally have. I know, I know, but we all have to come to grips with the realization that, as untenable as it may seem, at least a couple things in life are more important than retro dance music.
This particular episode is notable for two major reasons. First, it has a couple songs that have appeared on CRC before. Second, it's quite fun. To regular listeners of the show and readers of these silly write-ups, I have mentioned in prior episodes how I don't like repeating songs. Because musicians, for whatever reason, stopped writing retro music years ago, there is a finite number of tunes produced in this era, so you all knew this eventuality would come to pass at some point. Don't worry! There are LOTS more songs to be unearthed here. Remember: this is kind of a whatever-strikes-my-fancy at the moment sort of endeavor. It just so happens I wanted to hear a couple of those already-played songs once again. They are: Kiss You by Eight Seconds and Situation by Yaz.
Now, if you're a stickler for accuracy, then only the Eight Seconds is truly a repeat. It was included in my very first episode, which you might notice is not archived on the site. I had to remove a couple episodes early on to make room for new ones, before I upgraded my account. So, in a way, it's kind of like a new tune for any new listeners. And in episode 7, I used the album version of Situation, whereas here it is the U.S. 12" Mix. That makes it sort of new as well.
Eight Seconds is a band I admit I've only been familiar with for a couple of years. I found this extended version of Kiss You on a compilation and I instantly fell in love with the track. If it reminds you of The Fixx as it did me, then you have a keen ear. The album Almantacar, from which this song originally appeared was produced by the great Rupert Hine, who produced The Fixx albums Shuttered Room, Reach the Beach, Phantoms and Walkabout. His production always uses hauntingly beautiful guitar work and you'll find some of that here. Yaz, of course, was a collaboration between Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke, who was originally with Depeche Mode, but left after the Speak and Spell album. Vince later went on to form Erasure with Andy Bell.
This episode marks the first appearances of a couple of bands: Frankie Goes to Hollywood and T42. FGTH made huge waves on both sides of the pond with their track Relax, not just for its infectious beats and ridiculously memorable hook, but its subject matter, which quickly irritated parents and watchdog groups leading to wholesale boycotts of the band. Nonetheless, it is still a staple of 80s radio stations and retro-oriented dance establishments. This particular track is the 14-minute version of the title track from their first album (not found in it's entirety for obvious reasons!) In all, FGTH did only two albums before contract disputes arising from lead singer Holly Johnson's desire for solo fame collapsed the group.
T42 were a duo from Texas that included Will Loconto and Jay Gillian. I happened to be in college in Texas when these guys were on the verge of making it to the big time. Texas had a great music scene in those days and major label executives were hovering over the area like vultures looking for their next big signing. Interscope Records in particular swooped in and signed bands like Brutal Juice, The Toadies and Deep Blue Something. T42 were part of the electronic dance scene that included other bands like Channel 69, of whom you will get a taste at some point. The Perfect Kiss, not to be confused with New Order's Perfect Kiss, was produced by Fred Maher, though their biggest hit, a song called Desire, was produced by Paul Robb, whose name you might recognize from the band Information Society.
Gotta run for now, but more to come...
Note as of 12-24-10: No more to come after all. It's just one big tease. I've moved on to a newer podcast (see above).