Wednesday, April 15, 2009

SS-Say - Fusion (1985)

SS-Say - Fusion (1985)

SS-Say made their live debut at the William Burroughs visit "Last Chance" in Copenhagen in the autumn of 1983, at the time featuring Lena Walsh on vocals. Being replaced by Inge Shannon in 1984, the group recorded the 'Fusion' 12" single later that year. The record was originally planned to be an album, but two unfinished recordings were left out during the process (one untitled track and the later MH recording "Deep Inside Me" featured on his 1986 double-album 'Cutting Through').

Inge Shannon had worked with MH in the cult project Pesteg Dred back in 1981 (the third member of this band being Per Hendrichsen of Under For). During this period the group recorded 'Years Of Struggle Against The Lies, The Stupidity And The Cowardice', an album that never got released as an LP, but became available as an MC many years later with Atlas Magazine no. 1 (1985).

Credits: Bass - Henrik Möll
Vocals - Inge Shannon
Vocals, Drums, Keyboards, Composed By, Producer - Martin Hall


Transaction (7:37)
Care (4:46)
Fanfare (4:19)

SS-Say - Fusion (1985)


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I've reuploaded two things today:

Dom Mody (thanks to Ziggy)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Games - Dance This Way

Games - Dance This Way/Love Canal

One of my favourite records ever. A perfect marriage of the late 70's and early 80's sounds. The song "Love Canal" beats everything.

Games were a synthpop band from Wirral, Merseyside, formed in 1980 by Brendan Coyle (synthesizer), Colin Hughes and Steve Knott (vocals, guitar). The group were influenced by electronic bands of the time, like Roxy Music, Japan and Human League[1]

"Their first disc was a single, First Law of Games, released in 1980. During 1981, their later material appeared in two compilations, Street To Street - Volume Two, which featured the songs "Unrest In The Real World" and "The Song", both recorded that year; and The Bogus Compendium, released only in cassette, in March 1981[2].

In early 1982, Chris "Teepee" Shaw (synthesizer), formerly of Dalek I Love You, joined as fourth member, and, alongside him, the band recorded and released their last single Dance This Way, in February 1982, before disbanding the end of the year.

Knott reunited the band in 1983, but for one only gig at Pickwick's. That time, the band comprised also then Dead Or Alive guitarist Wayne Hussey (later The Mission singer) on guitar, Bran Jones on drums and David Hughes (formerly in Dalek I Love You and Godot) on synthesizer.


1. dance this way
2. love canal

Games - Dance This Way 7''

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Chandra - Transportation - 1980

Chandra - Transportation

Go Go Records 1980

"Chandra Oppenheim is a young female vocalist (12 years old when this was recorded) and is backed by The Dance with production from Euginie Diserio on this 4 track EP released on Go Go records in 1980."

The Chandra EP has been reissued and the package includes 4 unreleased tracks recorded with the Chandra Dimension as well as a 32-page booklet. Purchase it here

"In honor of the memory of the New York City MTA Strike of '05. Chandra's 1980 EP Transportation (On/Gogo) featured 10-year old lead singer Chandra Oppenheim, daughter of sculptor/visual artist Dennis Oppenheim. In '79 via her dad she met the band Model Citizens, and upon their breakup they decided to back her up and call the group Chandra. They met with fairly good response: Warhol interviewed them for his mag, they got good paying gigs at all the NYC hotspots, and apparently appeared performing on Captain Kangaroo. Fred Maher, drummer of many Lou Reed sessions, was in this band as well."


Opposite (3:50)
Concentration (2:50)
Subways (2:44)

Organ [Dissonant] - Chandra (4)
Kate (5:42)

Melodica - Chandra (4)

Chandra - Transportation - 1980

Monday, April 6, 2009

Laughing Academy - Suspicion - 1985

The Laughing Academy - Suspicion

Some time ago my friend recommended me this band as he owned their album in the 80s and used to play it all the time. So I bought it and I wasn't disappointed. Laughing Academy sounds pretty nice, especially tracks like Suspicion, Belonging (great synth line) or Brief Encounter that sounds a like very soft version of All That I Wanted by Belfegore...

The Laughing Academy are: Paul Blyth, John Ayr, Doug McMillan

B.R.A.W. Records/UK 1985


Side 1


The Laughing Academy - Suspicion

Sunday, April 5, 2009

November Group - Work That Dream

November Group - Work That Dream

November Group is a new-wave rock/pop band from Boston founded in the early 1980s by Kearney Kirby and Ann Prim.
"November group was one of the most interesting of the synth-based, dance-oriented bands. Unlike most of their peers in the early '80s, November Group was austere and harsh, bereft of joy, more influenced by some of the early "dark dance" groups like A Certain Ratio or New Order. They maintained a militant sound, and the vocals (provided by two women, who headed the band) moved from harsh monotone to emotive cries."


Volker (0:25)
Work That Dream (3:50)
Put Your Back To It (3:40)
The Promise (5:00)
Arrows Up To Heaven (4:15)
Careful (A Life Is A Fragile Thing) (3:48)

November Group - Work That Dream