Monday, November 29, 2010

DEPECHE MODE - speak & spell

Hello again , welcome back.... I was running thru my parents house aged 11 playing tip with my brother when in the background my dad had the stereo system on Triple M ( FM in stereo... wow ), when I stopped to hear this great synth sound and the lyrics of "I just cant get enough" singing over and over... meanwhile my brother had caught up to me yelling "tiiiip" and slaming me into a wall which then made a picture fall off and hit me on the head. 5 stiches later and sitting in the doctors surgery I still had that song in my head along with a huge headache.
Speak & spell was let loose on the general population in 1981 and was the only album to have "Vince Clarke" as a member of the band before heading off and starting "Yazoo" and then "Erasure".
It has often been said that the album was named after a kids toy popular at that time ( rumor only ).
My favorite song would have to be "Photographic" with it pulsating synths and driving beat, Its recommended to be played loud.
Album tracks are =
1 = NEW LIFE


2 = I SOMETIMES WISH I WAS DEAD


3 = PUPPETS


4 = BOYS SAY GO


5 = NO DISCO


6 = WHATS YOUR NAME


7 = PHOTOGRAPHIC


8 = TORA TORA TORA


9 = BIG MUFF


10  = JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH


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Simply brilliant album...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

KOO DE TAH - koo de tah

Hello and welcome back... If there was a perfect Electronic album from the 80s it would have to be this one.I borrowed this album from my local library at the time.
I put the cassette into my trusty AIWA walkman and walked the one hour home and instantly fell in love with its sound.
Even to this day it still sounds so fresh and alive with its moody synths and vibrant electric drums.
This album was released in 1986 and the lead song "Too young for Promises" went to number 6 in the Australian music charts and was soon followed by the song "Body talk".
For me this album rates 10/10 as the perfect album for the 80s. Tracks listings are =

1 =  TOO YOUNG FOR PROMISES (

2 = THINK OF ME


3 = MISSED YOU ALL ALONG


4 = OVER TO YOU


 5 = BODY TALK


6 = CHANGE MY WAYS


7 = MEANT TO BE


8 = FUN GIRL


9 = DRIFT AWAY



10 = INTO THE FUTURE



Massive thank you to "Superioreighties Youtube Channel" for the videos, without them this post would not be possible.

CLICK HERE to Download "Too Young for Promises" and more from my Mixtape series...... Enjoy

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

THE HUMAN LEAGUE - the best of

Hello and welcome back. I often don't like compilation albums, maybe they lack character that a original album has got ( just my way of thinking, please don't yell at me ) but this one changed my mind.
The Human League is fronted by "Phil Oakey" who in the synthesizer world is a legend, take "Electric Dreams" for example, Oakey states that it is ironic that a track that took literally ten minutes to record would become a worldwide hit, while some of his Human League material that took over a year to record didn't get anywhere.
The best of album I have chosen was released in 1997 and included the track "seconds", I just love its smooth flowing synths and I also like "the Lebanon" with its punchy bass lines.
Sadly this compilation has forgotten "Electric Dreams" and "Don't you want me", two of their biggest songs, so the record producer that put this album together needs to be slapped...Hard.
Track list is =

1 = LOVE ACTION


2 = MIRROR MAN


3 = OPEN YOUR HEART


4 = THE SOUND OF THE CROWD


5 = DON'T YOU KNOW I WANT YOU


6 = LIFE ON YOUR OWN


7 = SECONDS


8 = HARD TIMES


9 = DO OR DIE


10 = HEART LIKE A WHEEL


11 = THE LEBANON


12 = GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME


13 = LOUISE


14 = KISS THE FUTURE


15 = HUMAN


16 = LETS GET TOGETHER AGAIN



ELECTRIC DREAMS   ( missing songs )



DON'T YOU WANT ME    ( missing songs )



Click CLICK HERE to Download "Don't you Want Me" and more from my Mixtape series.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Duran Duran - rio

Hello and welcome back.. I remember finding "Duran Duran - Rio" album while on holiday, I was in Forster NSW and was in a Go Lo ( discount ) shop ( I love those places ) and I almost choked when stumbling across this album for $9.95... Best $10 ever spent and I even got change.
 As I continued up the north coast on a toasty 32deg day with a cool coastal breeze and "Duran Duran" playing  loud in the background...aaaahhhh bliss.
 Rio was let loose in May 1982 and was an instant hit reaching no1 in Australia music charts.
My favorite song has to be "Hold Back The Rain" with its electric sounding synths and the crack of  electric drums.. Simply brilliant.
Track listings are =

1 = Rio


2 = My Own Way


3 = Lonely in your Nightmare


4 = Hungry Like The Wolf


5 = Hold Back The Rain


6 = New Religion


7 = Last Chance on the Stairway


8 = Save A Prayer


9 = The Chauffeur



CLICK HERE to Download "Duran Duran" and more from my Mixtape series........ Enjoy

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DEAR ENEMY - RANSOM NOTE

Greetings once again... I remember back around 1984 when 2SM ( radio station in Sydney back in the 80s ) used to crank out the loudspeakers at school, I was playing a mean game of dodge ball when suddenly this amazing song was playing.
This song was turned out to be "Dear Enemy  - Computer One ".
I stopped dead in my tracks to savour the sweeping syths and catchy guitar riffs only to end suddenly, as a ball throw quite hard, hit me in the back of the head... OUCH.., But I was hooked, and the album "Ransom Note" has been a big favorite of mine since.
Track listings are =

1 = COMPUTER ONE  (Thanks to  Luigi Bastardo for the video)


2 = THE GOOD LIFE             (Thanks to Aussiebattlervideos2 for the video)

 3 = Talking To You

4 = All Through The Night



5 = Kids On The Street


6 = On The Line

7 = Restless


8 = Bit Of You Heart


9 = Day To Day


Excellent .......CLICK HERE to Download or Listen to "Computer One" & other songs from my Mixtape series... Cheers.

    
                                                
                                                
                                              
                                
                                           
                                           
                                               
                               

Monday, November 22, 2010

a-ha - hunting high and low

Hello again and welcome...Staying in Europe, the Norwegian band "A-ha" is a love of mine.The voice of Morten Harket is simply golden backed up with punchy synths, this band back in the 80s was huge.
In 1985 the band released "Hunting High and Low" their first album and the video clip of "Take On Me" was ahead of its time.The comic strip comes to life in a love tale like no other and i often get chills as morten slams himself into the wall at the end.. Powerful stuff and a classic of the 80s... Track listings are  =


1 = take on me


2 = train of thought


3 = hunting high and low


4 = blue sky ( live )


5 = living a boys adventure tale


6 = sun always shines on tv


7 = and you tell me ( live )


8 = love is reason ( live )


9 = dream myself alive


10 = here i stand and face the rain



Excellent album ....  CLICK HERE  to Download awesome music from my Mixtape series...... Enjoy

Sunday, November 21, 2010

fancy - flames of love

Hello and welcome... Another of my favorite albums is by a German artist called Fancy ( aka - Manfred Alois Perilano ). I found his music by mistake on a "Bolero" mix album and liked instantly the song Flames of Love.
 Golden vocals and moody synths made this song a huge hit not so in Australia but in Europe.
The album "Flames of Love" was released in 1988. There are only 9 tracks on the album but every song is excellent. .Track list is =

1 = flames of love ( live )



2 = moscow is calling


3 = i can't live without you


4 = whats your name

5 = bodyguard


6 = spy in the night 


7 = tonight the devil wins my soul

8 = blue eyes lady


9 = china blue



Oh so 80s italo dance.. how i miss those days.. CLICK HERE to Download "Ladyo" and more from my Mixtape series........ cheers

yazoo - upstairs at erics

Hello and welcome back.. another of my favorite albums is Yazoo - upstairs at erics ( yaz in the u.s )...The band was fronted by the amazing voice of Alyson Moyet and backed by the multi-talented Vince Clarke ( Depeche mode, Erasure ).
Released in 1982 the album "Upstairs at Erics"  made it to position 2 in the UK music charts.
Track listings are =



1 = don't go


2 = too pieces ( live 2008 )


3 = bad connection


4 = midnight ( live ) 1982


5 = in my room


6 = only you


7 = goodbye 70s ( rare bbc live recording ) 1982


8 = Tuesday ( live ) 1982


9 = winter kills


10 = bring your love down


11 = other side of love



In 2008 the band did a reunion tour ( live clips ) called "reconnected live tour" and a magical moment happened... after 25 years alyson finaly got a kiss from Vince


 Awwww... CLICK HERE to download album ....cheers

Saturday, November 20, 2010

my first blog - Icehouse

Greetings to my first blog, my name is Michael and I live in Springwood in the blue mountains west of Sydney... I was lucky enough to have experienced the 80s as this was my teen years
I love 80s music, mainly 80s electronic music.
The many sounds that come out of a synthesizer is amazing... Icehouse has to be one of my favorite bands.
The band Icehouse started their career as "Flowers" in 1978 with Iva Davies ( Ivor Davies ) as lead vocals. First album was Icehouse and was let of the leash in 1980.
Icehouse was one of the first bands to use the "Fairlight" synthesizer which you can hear in most of their songs. A classic example of 80s electronic music.

Track listing is =


1 = icehouse


2 = we can get together


3 = fatman


4 = sister


5 = walls


6 = can't help myself


7 = skin


8 = sons

9 = boulevarde


10 = nothing to do

11 = not my kind


 Love this band...... CLICK HERE to Download Icehouse and other songs from my Mixtape series

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