Wednesday, October 28, 2015

RENE & YVETTE (Allo Allo) - JE T'AIME...MOI NON PLUS

Hello and welcome back....

Being a huge fan of the 80s British sitcom 'Allo Allo', I was surprised that i didn't know about this track from 1986 called 'Je T'Aime.. Moi Non Plus'.

Gordon Kaye (Rene) and Vicky Michelle (Yvette) sing their love for each other in this, sometimes painful, rendition of a 1969 love song, originally sang by Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg.

Released on Vinyl thru Sedition records in the U.K (Accord records in France), the B side was a rap song called 'Rene D.M.C. (Devastating Macho Charisma).... no words needed, it was pretty bad.


RENE & YVETTE - JE T'AIME... MOI NON PLUS  (1986)



(B-SIDE) RENE DMC



LINKS

http://www.discogs.com/Ren%C3%A9-Yvette-Je-TAime-Allo-Allo-Rene-DMC-Devastating-Macho-Charisma/release/2922758


#AlloAllo
#electronic80s



Friday, October 23, 2015

ELECTRONIC80'S AT THE MOVIES - FAR FROM HOME (1989)

Hello and welcome back.... Something for the weekend.

1989 movie 'Far From Home' with Drew Barrymore in this Crime Drama Mystery Thriller.

Its not bad, worth watching... Enjoy


FAR FROM HOME  (1989)



Thanks to THECHILLZNTHRILLZ247 for the video.

#electronic80s
#farfromhome
#Far From Home





Saturday, October 17, 2015

WALKMANS THAT IVE OWNED

Hello and welcome back.... My love of the Walkman (Personal Cassette Player).

I miss the Walkman.

Throughout the middle 80s till early 90s i was madly in love with my Walkman. I had several through the years. The best one was a Anniversary model from AIWA and was made in Japan.

It cost me a small fortune (around $800), for someone who pumped petrol for a living, it took a while to save up (about 6 months).

You could buy a gold model or a black model. I chose black because as i didn't want to get mugged (gold looked too flashy)
This thing was the ducks nuts of Walkmans, auto reverse, record from radio or built in mic (or plug in), all metal construction, amorphous head and leather case.
You could tell some serious work went into the design and build of these units from Japan.



As you can see from the pics above, they were a real work of art. This little walkman went everywhere with me.... Until, I was hit by a car going 80kmph early one morning on my way to work.
Sadly, i never seen it again. While i was laying on the road, dying (i died twice), bleeding internally, pelvis broken in 4 places.... Some shithead (excuse the french) stole my most prized possession. It was gone.

I had several since but none was the same as this model. I preferred AIWA over Sony units, the sound quality seemed better.
I owned several Sony, Phillips, Panasonic models but always went back to the AIWA models.

Their was something about Walkmans, they sounded amazing and looked amazing. The good ones played Normal, Chrome (my fav) and Metal tapes with a selection of 60, 90 or 120 mins to listen to. I usually used 60 min tapes because i found that the 90 or 120 min tapes would put too much stress on the motors / rubber bands.
You had to listen to the whole tape. Sure you could FF (Fast Forward) but you never really knew where you would end up, but you didn't mind because it sounded so good.
The auto-reverse was wicked. Finished one side and like magic would turn to the other side.

You could interact with your Walkman....  You could...
listen to the radio, preset channels for later use.
Change bias from Normal, Chrome and Metal / Dolby to hear the difference.
Add extra bass at the push of a button.
Fall asleep using the timer function to the sounds of Milli Vanilli,
Wake to the sounds of Milli Vanilli using the alarm function.

It was like your best friend.

I will put a few pics below of some of the various Walkmans i owned (that i can remember)

Lets hope in the near future, someone will bring back the Walkman... And hopefully will put some effort into it.
You can get a Walkman style tape player for around $49 dollars at the moment but its very basic. No auto reverse, no bias settings just a USB out for its claim to fame. Still its a start.

Vinyl Records are making a comeback so fingers (and legs) crossed.

Some Walkman's Ive owned and loved over the years.....









P.S Massive thanks to website Walkman-Archive.com for the memories / pics of these amazing units.
Visit them here = http://www.walkman-archive.com/gadgets/index.html

#Sony
#AIWA
#Walkman
#Tape
#Electronic80s

Friday, October 16, 2015

CANADIAN 80S - PART 1

Hello and welcome back.... Canada, famous for Maple Syrup, Ice Hockey and Beavers.

The music that was coming out of Canada in the 80s was awesome, they really know how to make a decent sound and its why I've decided to showcase some of Canada's finest electronic bands.

Its not a full list (see wikipedia for that one) but its one's that i like and particular songs that come under the electronic / new wave banner.


________ FM - JUST LIKE YOU _____________________________________________________

From 1985 came this track from the 'Con-Test' album and featured 'Nash the Slash' on vocals.
'Just like You' made it to No 38 on the Canadian charts.
Wicked sound... Check out that hair, wow

FM - JUST LIKE YOU




_____ MARTHA AND THE MUFFINS - ECHO BEACH __________________________________

Released to the world in 1980, this track was awesome, from the sultry sax inserts to a lead singer who plays synth, this song had a sound that stays in your mind for hours to come... and left you  wondering.. "Where is Echo Beach and how do i get there"

Made it to No5 in the Canadian Music charts (No6 in Australia / No10 in the U.K)

MARTHA AND THE MUFFINS - ECHO BEACH




_____ ROUGH TRADE - ALL TOUCH ________________________________________________

Holy shit, this song is wicked.... Fronted by a slightly scary front singer (Carole Pope), Canadian's Rough Trade had this smash hit back in 1981. The hard edge lyrics mixed with Carole's energetic vocal style made this track one of my Favs.
Made it to No 12 in the Canadian music charts.

ROUGH TRADE - ALL TOUCH
 



______ MEN WITHOUT HATS - SAFETY DANCE ______________________________________

Yes, its true... Canada is to blame for this one. Actually, its pretty good, if not slightly disturbing (watch the video) and begs the question, What the hell is the girl on?.. (because i want some).

Released to a unsuspecting world back in 1983, soon everyone was doing the 'Safety Dance' and if your friends didn't dance, well, they were no friends of mine... or, so the song goes.

Made it to No3 in the U.S music charts, No 11 in Canada and everyone was doing the Safety Dance in South Africa because it made it to No1 in their music charts.


MEN WITHOUT HATS - SAFETY DANCE




_____ STRANGE ADVANCE - WE RUN ______________________________________________

 Having the same bass line as 'Wham - Last Christmas" (sounds like it to me), Strange Advance had this awesome hit back in 1985 and was from the album titled '2WO'

Heavy use of classic 80s synths including the Fairlight, Yamaha DX7, and Jupiter 8 meant that this band was going places, and they did... Straight to No28 on the Canadian music charts.

If you get the chance to get your hands on this album, its well worth it. Some seriously wicked tracks await you.

STRANGE ADVANCE - WE RUN




STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 NEXT WEEK (Hopefully) :)


#Canada
#Canadian80s
#Canadian
#electronic80s



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

REBEL MC - STREET TUFF

Hello and welcome back... From 1989 came this track from U.K music producer 'Rebel MC' (Michael Alec Anthony West) called 'Street Tuff'. This song also featured rapper?  'Double Trouble'.

Street Tuff made it to No3 in the U.K and Netherlands music charts and was from the album 'Rebel Music' (Desire Records)

Is he a Yankee?, No, He's a Londoner...


REBEL MC - STREET TUFF  (1989)



OH, in case you were wondering about that Bassline, its from a track called "54-46 That's My Number" by The Maytals.

LINKS

http://www.discogs.com/Rebel-MC-Double-Trouble-Street-Tuff/release/49654

http://retrodisco-hi-nrg.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/the-right-stuff-2-nothin-but-house.html



#RebelMC
#electronic80s