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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Information Society - Repitition

Released : 1989
Genre : Synthpop, Electronica
Label : Tommy Boy Records
Producer : Fred Maher

"Repetition" is a 1989 ballad by Information Society. The song peaked at #76 in the Billboard Hot 100.
The music video, shot in black and white, shows the band between building ruins and old things, that complete the sad line of the lyrics.

Tracks

1. Repetition
2. Something in the Air (Extended Club Edit)
3. Something in the Air (Dub)


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Information Society – Running 12"

Released : 1986
Genre : Techno, Synthpop, Freestyle
Label : Wide Angle Records
Producer : Paul Robb

Running is a single by the band InSoc (Information Society) originally released on the Creatures Of Influence album in 1985. The single for Running was distributed to club DJs, and became a favorite all over clubs, particularly in the Latin clubs of New York City. The single was later remixed by Tommy Boy Records and the remix single was released and became even more of a club hit, eventually reaching #2 on the Dance/Club Airplay charts and becoming an enduring classic of the Freestyle genre. Tommy Boy Records signed Information Society in 1986 and their self-titled album soon followed, featuring a mix of the single. In 1988 Information Society's self titled album was released and went platinum.
Unlike other singles in the catalogue, "Running" does not feature Kurt Harland on lead vocals, as the song was written and recorded by short-lived band member Murat Konar, who left the band in 1985 and would later be an integral part of the development of both SoundEdit (a Mac hosted sound editing application) and Adobe Flash applications. For a very long period of time, the band would not perform "Running" live, requesting not to be asked to play it and generally refusing all questions pertaining to their dislike of the song. It is generally believed this is due to the song being very difficult to play live, and because the song was written at a particularly fractious period in the band's life.
At a recent Information Society concert, Konar was seen on stage singing this song with the rest of the band.
Running also appears on the UK Streetsounds compilation album Electro 13.

Tracks

1. Vocal Remix
2. Percappella
3. "The Nest" Remix
4. Instrumental


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Information Society – Insoc E.P.

Released : 1983
Recorded : March 1983
Genre : Synthpop, New Wave
Label : Information Records

The InSoc EP (also called The Information Society) is an EP by synthpop band Information Society. It was their first record.

Tracks

1. Bacchanale
2. Fall In Line
3. Growing Up With Shiva
4. Get Up (Away From That Thing)
5. Can You Live As Fast As Me?


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Information Society – Information Society

Released : June 21, 1988
Recorded : Recorded at Platinum Island, New York, and Nicollet Studios, Minneapolis.
Genre : Freestyle, Synthpop, New Wave
Length : 43:42
Label : Tommy Boy / Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
Producer : Fred Maher, Paul Robb

An infectious update of the classic synth-pop most famous earlier in the decade, Information Society's self-titled debut sounds most similar to British groups like ABC and Pet Shop Boys, though hits like "What's on Your Mind," "Walking Away," and the cover of "Lay All Your Love on Me" manage to inject the affair with elements of industrial dance and hip-hop. All in all, it's a much better album than expected from the group many dismissed as mere one-hit wonders.

Tracks

1. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)
2. Tomorrow
3. Lay All Your Love On Me
4. Repetition
5. Walking Away
6. Over The Sea
7. Attitude
8. Something In The Air
9. Running
10.Make It Funky


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Information Society - What's On Your Mind

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Call - Reconciled

Released : 1986
Recorded at the Power Station, NYC, '85. Mastered at Sterling Sound, NYC
Genre : Alternative Rock, New Wave
Label : Elektra
Producer : The Call

Though none of the singles from The Call's Reconciled made a dent on the pop charts, the anthemic march "I Still Believe" and the galloping "Everywhere I Go" (with backup vocals by Jim Kerr and Peter Gabriel) both received significant AOR and college radio airplay. It significantly raised the profile of the quartet and their earnest, U2-like brand of rock. It is easy to apply spiritual overtones to the socially conscious lyrics, but the words are malleable enough to be mainstream and only on occasion become heavy handed ("Blood Red (America)"). Robbie Robertson plays guitar on the thundering stomp "The Morning" and the song itself has the same vibe as the band's later hit "Let the Day Begin." Some of the keyboards sound a bit dated, but, overall, Reconciled is enjoyable and established the band as one of the better purveyors of '80s "big music."

Tracks

1. Everywhere I Go
2. I Still Believe (Great Design)
3. Blood Red (America)
4. The Morning
5. Oklahoma
6. With Or Without Reason
7. Sanctuary
8. Tore The Old Place Down
9. Even Now


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The Call - Modern Romans

Released : 1983
Recorded at Indigo Studio, July-August, 1982
Genre : Alternative Rock, New Wave
Label : Mercury
Producer : The Call, Michael Been


I don't think a lot really needs to be said about The Call. They were a band on the brink that never seemed to get there. Which is unfortunate because they made some of the most passionate music of the 80s and early 90s. It's a crime that their first three albums are long out of print and have never appeared on cd. 'Modern Romans' is their second album and includes 'The Walls Came Down' which was a modest hit on college radio (was it called that yet?).

Tracks

1. The Walls Came Down
2. Turn A Blind Eye
3. Time Of Your Life
4. Modern Romans
5. Back From The Front
6. Destination
7. Violent Times
8. Face To Face
9. All About You


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The Call, 10,000 Maniacs, X - Elektra Caravan '87

Released : 1987
Genre : Alternative Rock, New Wave, Punk Rock
Format : Vinyl, 7", Promo
Label : Elektra

Tracks

1. What's The Matter Here - 10,000 Maniacs
2. See How We Are - X
3. In The River - The Call


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The Call - Everywhere I Go

Circle Jerks - Wild In The Streets

Released : 1982
Recorded : 1982, A & M Studio D Hollywood, California, U.S.
Genre : Hardcore punk
Length : 25:37
Producer : David Anderle, Gary Hirstius

Relentless onslaught of awesome punk rock. Lyrics that you'll have stuck in your head for days, making people think you're a raving lunatic. Consider, if you will, what people think when they overhear you singing wild in the streets downtown, or for that matter, any of these songs.

Tracks

1. Wild in the Streets
2. Leave Me Alone
3. Stars and Stripes
4. 86'd (Good as Gone)
5. Meet the Press
6. Trapped
7. Murder the Disturbed
8. Letter Bomb
9. Question Authority
10.Defamation Innuendo
11.Moral Majority
12.Forced Labor
13.Political Stu
14.Just Like Me / Put a Little Love in Your Heart


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Circle Jerks - Group Sex

Released : 1980
Recorded : 1980, Byrdcliffe Studios, Culver City, California, USA
Genre : Hardcore punk
Length : 15:40
Label : Frontier
Producer : Circle Jerks, Cary Markoff

14 tracks clocking in at just under 16 minutes. How is this not an EP? Anyway, this is some fine, fine hardcore, check this one out for sure if you're a fan.

Tracks

1. Deny Everything
2. I Just Want Some Skank
3. Beverly Hills
4. Operation
5. Back Against the Wall
6. Wasted
7. Behind the Door
8. World Up My Ass
9. Paid Vacation
10.Don't Care
11.Live Fast Die Young
12.What's Your Problem
13.Group Sex
14.Red Tape


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Circle Jerks - Gig

Released :1992
Recorded : 1985
Genre : Hardcore punk
Length : 39:23
Label : Combat
Producer : Paul du Gré

The Circle Jerks burst onto the explosive early-'80s L.A. punk scene with vocalist Keith Morris fresh from a short-lived stint in the legendary Black Flag, who were notorious for their raucous, riot-police-infested live shows. The Circle Jerks earned their credibility and reputation in much the same way; with energy-packed, near-riot-status live performances. While Gig was recorded about a dozen years after their inception, the Circle Jerks live shows still proved to be edgy and exciting, although a little less riot-police prone than their early days. Through a handful of shows in Southern California and Mexico, they manage to document their ear-splitting, sarcasm-laced legacy with sustained energy and a tightly coiled attack. Guitarist Greg Hetson, now serving in the still surviving Bad Religion, plays with the speed of his early days and the skill that results from years spent honing his craft. Keith Morris' sandpaper yowl and sarcastic wit survived their hard-lived years as well, with his legendary storytelling and midsong improvisations setting the Circle Jerks apart from the tough-guy mentality that often pervades the punk scene. Rhythm section Keith Clark and Zander Schloss provide a thundering backdrop for some of the heaviest and most scathing punk rock to come out of the '80s. Punk purists might cringe at the slightly metal influence that they adopted in the mid-'80s, but these years also contributed to the development of their sonically brutal live spectacle, and all the bases are thoroughly covered on Gig. Early favorites like "High Price on Our Heads" and "When the Shit Hits the Fan" embrace the incendiary past and offer listeners the chance to hear them the way they were meant to be: live, loud, and thoroughly obnoxious. Many songs from their mid- to late-'80s heyday make the live cut as well. The ironic "I Don't" and mainstream media critical "Casualty Vampires" take on even more visceral energy than their studio-recorded versions. This recording roars to a close on an old-school note with the anthemic "Wild in the Streets" and the last-second touch of Morris breaking up a fight between some overzealous fans with his razor-sharp tongue. Gig proves yet again that punk rock is meant to be experienced live, and if you missed the Jerks in their heyday, this is the next best thing.

Tracks

1. Beat Me Senseless
2. High Price on Our Heads
3. Letter Bomb
4. In Your Eyes
5. Making the Bombs
6. All Wound Up
7. Coup d'Etat
8. Mrs. Jones
9. Back Against the Wall
10.Casualty Vampires
11.I Don't
12.Making Time
13.Junk Mail
14.I, I & I
15.World Up My Ass
16.I Just Want Some Skank
17.Beverly Hills
18.The Crowd
19.When the Shit Hits the Fan
20.Deny Everything
21.Wonderful
22.Wild in the Streets


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Circle Jerks - Wild In the Streets

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Siouxsie And The Banshees - The Scream

Released : 13 November 1978
Recorded : 1978
Genre : Post-Punk
Length : 39:04
Label : Polydor, Geffen
Producer : Steve Lillywhite

After building up an intense live reputation and a rabid fan base, Siouxsie and the Banshees almost had to debut with a stunner -- which they did, "Hong Kong Garden" taking care of things on the singles front and The Scream on the full-length. Matched with a downright creepy cover and a fair enough early producing effort from Steve Lillywhite -- well before he found gated drum sounds -- it's a fine balance of the early band's talents. Siouxsie Sioux herself shows the distinct, commanding voice and lyrical meditations on fractured lives and situations that would win her well-deserved attention over the years. Compared to the unfocused general subject matter of most of the band's peers, songs like "Jigsaw Feeling," "Suburban Relapse," and especially the barbed contempt of "Mirage" are perfect miniature portraits. John McKay's metallic (but not metal) guitar parts, riffs that never quite resolve into conventional melodies, and the throbbing Steven Severin/Kenny Morris rhythm section distill the Velvet Underground's early propulsion into a crisper punch with more than a hint of glam's tribal rumble. The sheer variety on the album alone is impressive -- "Overground" and its slow-rising build, carefully emphasizing space in between McKay's notes as much as the notes themselves, the death-march Teutonic stomp of "Metal Postcard," the sudden near-sunniness of the music (down to the handclaps!) toward the end of "Carcass." The cover of "Helter Skelter" makes for an unexpected nod to the past -- if it's not as completely overdriven as the original, Siouxsie puts her own definite stamp on it and its sudden conclusion is a great moment of drama. It's the concluding "Switch" that fully demonstrates just how solid the band was then, with McKay's saxophone adding just enough of a droning wild card to the multi-part theatricality of the piece, Siouxsie in particularly fine voice on top of it all.

Tracks

1. Pure
2. Jigsaw Feeling
3. Overground
4. Carcass
5. Helter Skelter
6. Mirage
7. Metal Postcard (Mittageisen)
8. Nicotine Stain
9. Suburban Relapse
10. Switch


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Siouxsie And The Banshees - Juju

Released : 6 June 1981
Recorded : 1981
Genre : Post-Punk, Gothic Rock
Length : 41:06
Label : Polydor
Producer : Nigel Gray, Siouxsie & the Banshees

One of the band's masterworks, Juju sees Siouxsie and the Banshees operating in a squalid wall of sound dominated by tribal drums, swirling and piercing guitars, and Siouxsie Sioux's fractured art-attack vocals. If not for John McGeoch's marvelous high-pitched guitars, here as reminiscent of Joy Division as his own work in Magazine, the album would rank as the band's most gothic release. Siouxsie and company took things to an entirely new level of darkness on Juju, with the singer taking delight in sinister wordplay on the disturbing "Head Cut," creeping out listeners in the somewhat tongue-in-cheek "Halloween," and inspiring her bandmates to push their rhythmic witches brew to poisonous levels of toxicity. Album opener "Spellbound," one of the band's classics, ranks among their finest moments and bristles with storming energy. Siouxsie's mysterious voice emerges from dense guitar picking, Budgie lays into his drums as if calling soldiers to war, and things get more tense from there. "Into the Light" is perhaps the only track where a listener gets a breath of oxygen, as the remainder of the album screams claustrophobia, whether by creepy carnival waterfalls of guitar notes or Siouxsie's unsettling lyrics. "Arabian Nights" at least offers a gorgeously melodic chorus, but after that the band performs a symphony of bizarre wailings and freaky imagery. As ominous as the cacophony is on its own, close attention to Siouxsie's nearly subliminal chants paints a scarier picture. A passage such as "I saw you...a huge smiling central face with eyes and lips cut out but smiling and eating lots of other lips" doesn't exactly brighten one's day. Siouxsie is full of such quips throughout the album's running time, but her delivery packs as much punk as her message. Her attack-the-world dynamic range on "Voodoo Dolly" predates and out-weirds Björk's similar styling years later. McGeoch, Budgie, and bassist Steven Severin deserve just as much credit for crafting an original sound that would inspire a diverse group of future bands from Ministry to Placebo. All the while, producer Nigel Gray maintains the sense that the album is an immediate, edgy performance unfolding right in front of the listener. The upfront intensity of Juju probably isn't matched anywhere else in the catalog of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Thanks to its killer singles, unrelenting force, and invigorating dynamics, Juju is a post-punk classic.

Tracks

1. Spellbound
2. Into The Light
3. Arabian Knights
4. Halloween
5. Monitor
6. Night Shift
7. Sin In My Heart
8. Head Cut
9. Voodoo Dolly


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Siouxsie And The Banshees - Peepshow

Released : 5 September 1988
Recorded : 1988
Genre : Alternative Rock
Length : 42:41
Label : Polydor (UK), Geffen, Warner Bros. (USA)
Producer : Siouxsie and the Banshees, Mike Hedges

As good as it is in places, Peepshow is the sound of a once-terrific band treading water. Some of the songs are fine, but they're too layered in self-referential mystique to actually win over listeners. The single ("Peek-a-Boo") is one exception -- a seductive glimpse of the sleek lines and pouty truculence of old. But other songs, including two singles -- "Killing Jar" and "Last Beat of My Heart" -- fail to convince. The obituary writers started sharpening their pencils.

Tracks

1. Peek-A-Boo
2. The Killing Jar
3. Scarecrow
4. Carousel
5. Burn Up
6. Ornaments Of Gold
7. Turn To Stone
8. Rawhead And Bloodybones
9. The Last Beat Of My Heart
10.Rhapsody


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Siouxsie And The Banshees - The Thorn EP

Released : 19 October 1984
Genre : Post-Punk
Label : Polydor Records
Producer : Siouxsie and the Banshees, Mike Hedges

This EP again shows that Siouxsie and the Banshees were very talented, but definitly had some difficulties with keeping the pace. "Red Over White" sadly gets a little boring towards the end, and "Voices" sounds quite dull and uninspired from the start.
On the other side, the musical power of "Overground" and first and foremost "Placebo Effect" is definitly worth hearing. The latter song being one of my all-time goth & dark wave classics.

Tracks

1. Overground
2. Voices
3. Placebo Effect
4. Red Over White


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Friday, November 4, 2011

April Showers - Abandon Ship 7"

Released : 1984
Genre : Indie Pop, New Wave
Label : Chrysalis
Producer : Anne Dudley

This is probably one of the best of the obscure/unknown pop singles of the '80s; a string-filled, lush number with a bassline to kill for, and an (Scottish?) accented cutie who orders her objet du desir at the end to 'come on in/the world is lovely.' The flipside "Everytime We Say Goodbye" is not as good, but a bit more upbeat, and a more danceable bassline. Why this single is not more well-known is a travesty.

Tracks

1. Abandon Ship
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye


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April Showers - Abandon Ship

The March Violets - Deep 7''

Released : 1985
Genre : Gothic Rock
Label : Rebirth
Producer : March Violets, Tim Parry

The March Violets are an English goth rock band of the 1980s, incorporating singers of both sexes, drum machine rhythms and echo laden electric guitar, much in the way of scene mates The Sisters of Mercy, who also originated from the city of Leeds. Seven March Violets' singles have made it into the UK Indie Chart; Natural History LP also was an indie hit (#3, 1984).
"Deep" is the 6th single of the band which releaed in 1985.

Tracks

1. Deep
2. El Dorado


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The March Violets - Deep

The Mighty Lemon Drops - World Without End

Released : 1988
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales except "Breaking Down" Recorded at Amazon Studios, Liverpool.
Genre : Jangle Pop, Indie Rock, New Wave, C86, College Rock
Lenght : 40:58
Label : Sire
Producer : Tim Palmer

A year after Echo & the Bunnymen released their final album of the '80s, the Mighty Lemon Drops recorded World Without End, an LP that actually sounds closer to the Echo & the Bunnymen's earlier stabs at late-'60s psychedelia. Recalling Echo & the Bunnymen albums such as Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here, World Without End is almost like a missing piece in the Bunnymen's discography. Dave Newton's ringing, swirling guitars reflect -- or should that be echo? Will Sergeant's distinct Bunnymen riffs, and Paul Marsh's moody, hollow voice mirrors the woeful baritone of Ian McCulloch. However, the band deserves praise for transcending, and not merely imitating, the work of their influences. The opening track, "Inside Out," is a minefield of sparkling pop hooks -- finger-snapping percussion, toe-tapping guitars, and a chorus so catchy that one listen to the song can turn into an addiction. Many of the tracks are propelled by Keith Rowley's forceful drumming; producer Tim Palmer wisely thrusts the percussion prominently into the mix, allowing every song, even the slower pieces, to have a sense of motion. Tony Linehan's stimulating basslines drive "In Everything You Do" and "Fall Down (Like the Rain)." The lyrics are often unhappy, and while they lack Echo & the Bunnymen's poetic narratives, there is real feeling in the vocals. World Without End is one of the finest British post-punk albums of the '80s. Its parts may be borrowed, but it runs like a well-oiled machine.

Tracks

1. Inside Out
2. One By One
3. In Every Thing Yo Do
4. Hear Me Call
5. No Bounds
6. Fall Down (Like The Rain)
7. Crystal Clear
8. Hollow Inside
9. Closer To You
10.Breaking Down
11.Shine


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The Mighty Lemon Drops - Happy Head

Released : 1986
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales
Genre : College Rock, Indie Rock, Jangle Pop, C-86
Label : Sire
Producer : Stephen Street

The Mighty Lemon Drops were one of the prominent bands of the C86 scene. Their music consisted in fast, aggressive jangle-pop songs, a mellow and more 60s-sounding version of "Heaven Up Here" by Echo & The Bunnymen.
Despite being quite raw, this record is a good psychedelic-rock album, with some of the band's fastest and more aggressive songs, and most of all, a great Byrds/early Beatles inspired guitar tone.

Tracks

1. The Other Side of You
2. My Biggest Thrill
3. All The Way
4. Hypnotised
5. Like an Angel
6. Behind Your Back
7. Happy Head
8. Pass You By
9. Take Me Up
10.On My Mind
11.Something Happens
12.Turn Me Round


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The Mighty Lemon Drops - Out Of Hand

Released : 1987
Genre : C86, Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
Label : Sire
Producer : The Mighty Lemon Drops

A fine little EP. "Out of Hand" is one of the best songs the MLD did. A few other good songs, but the rest is fairly boring live versions of songs from Happy Head. Now included on the Happy Head CD.

Tracks

1. Out of Hand
2. Going Under
3. Count Me Out
4. My Biggest Thrill (Live)
5. Splash #One (Now I'm Home)
6. Rollercoaster
7. Hypnotised (Live)
8. The Other Side of You (Live)


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The Mighty Lemon Drops - Fall Down (Like The Rain) 12"

Released : 1988
Genre : Indie Rock, Jangle Pop
Label : Blue Guitar Records

Tracks

1. Fall Down (Like The Rain)
2. Inside Out (Extended Version)
3. Paint It Black
4. Laughter



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The Mighty Lemon Drops - Inside Out