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Brundle-Fly

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« Reply #1260 on: April 08, 2021, 01:40:26 PM »
The Willow Song - The Mock Turtles. Released on Imaginary Records in 1989.





Fair fucks, to Coogan & Co. They were one of the first folk to namecheck The Wicker Man (1973) well before it was cool to do so. This is an affecting cover version of a folk song taken from the 'Britt Ekland in the nip, but it's not her arse, that was a local stripper's arse' scene from the film.

The Mock Turtles were formed in Manchester, circa 1985. The band consisted of Martin Coogan (vocals, guitar), Martin Glyn Murray (guitar), Andrew Stewardson (bass, viola, guitar), Joanne Gent (keyboards, cello) & Steve Cowen (drums) amongst others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebc-N5BsSGM

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« Reply #1261 on: April 08, 2021, 01:41:25 PM »
Model 500-The Chase
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRVb47WtINI


Juan Atkins, one of the famous "Belville Three" innovators from Detroit, had been making techno music since 1985 as Model 500, and techno/rock hybrid stuff as Cybotron. This 1989 tune is quite a lot dreamier and more layered compared to his earlier stuff.

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« Reply #1262 on: April 08, 2021, 01:45:05 PM »
I saw a copy of the Mock Turtles' 'Turtle Soup' going for about £4 in Vinyl Exchange a while back, and bought it pretty much totally on the back of their ace 'And Then She Smiles' single. Imagine my surprise that the album featured an inferior earlier version/remix.

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« Reply #1263 on: April 08, 2021, 01:54:09 PM »
Depth Charge - Bounty Killers
Single released on Vinyl Solution
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDZahyDl9VQ
I thought the battle effects at the end was never going to finish! It was like the 100 Years War!

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« Reply #1264 on: April 08, 2021, 02:27:39 PM »
I thought the battle effects at the end was never going to finish! It was like the 100 Years War!

Ha, I think it's from 'High Plains Drifter'. I love the fact the last thing you hear is Eastwood muttering a weary 'Shit...' under his breath.

Ballad of Ballard Berkley

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« Reply #1265 on: April 08, 2021, 02:37:46 PM »
The Lemonheads - Luka



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_oVgtZj9sg

A cover of the 1987 hit by Suzanne Vega, this was Dando and co's debut single.

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The Lemonheads are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986 by Evan Dando, Ben Deily, and Jesse Peretz. Dando has remained the band's only constant member.

After their initial punk-influenced releases and tours as an independent college rock band in the late 1980s, the Lemonheads' popularity with a mass audience grew in 1992 with the major label album It's a Shame about Ray. This was followed by a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson, which eventually became one of the band's most successful singles.

The Lemonheads were active until 1997 before going on hiatus, but reformed with a new line-up in 2005 and released The Lemonheads the following year. The band released its latest album, Varshons 2, in 2019.


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« Reply #1266 on: April 08, 2021, 05:18:39 PM »
The Cure - Untitled

https://youtu.be/L2IC6kaV8-M



Closing track from their eighth album, Disintegration, a return to darker, more atmospheric moods.

Brundle-Fly

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« Reply #1267 on: April 08, 2021, 07:13:54 PM »
The Good Things (Home Demo) - XTC Released on Virgin in 1989. Extra track on the Mayor Of Simpleton Maxi & Mini CD singles.





A lo-fi demo of a Colin Moulding composition that was a contender for their 1989 magnum opus, Oranges & Lemons, which we will no doubt hear more from in this thread. The song was Colin's response to the rampant consumerism and materialism of the eighties. It was eventually recorded properly by the band for an XTC tribute album but for me, along the way it somehow had lost that cheap 'n' cheerful charm of the demo.

XTC were formed in Swind....blah blah blah...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqJRCmkPqpI

daf

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« Reply #1268 on: April 08, 2021, 07:56:05 PM »
The Shamen – Resistance (Once Again)



Featured only on the cassette version of the album 'In Gorbachev We Trust' - released in January 1989

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Over the summer of 1988, Colin Angus and Will Sinnott met Mr. C and Evil Eddie Richards, and had become hooked on the acid house movement taking place in London.



The music and clubs were to exert an influence on the pair, but Keith McKenzie and Peter Stephenson were less impressed by these new developments, and left the group the following summer after the release of the In Gorbachev We Trust album.

No idea why this cracker wasn't also on the CD. Come on lads - box set, please!

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« Reply #1269 on: April 08, 2021, 08:04:32 PM »
Bob Mould - Sinners and Their Repentances

https://youtu.be/32f_PssUJpw



Taken from his solo debut, "Workbook", recorded in late 88 just after the demise of Hüsker Dü. It's a real change of pace, being far more folk-orientated, with intricate finger picking guitar almost like Bert Jansch or Davey Graham in places.

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« Reply #1270 on: April 09, 2021, 03:28:20 AM »
Lowlife - Moved to Tears

https://youtu.be/N87FOkugOoc



Taken from the "The Black Album" released in January and consisting of demos recorded in 1988.

Brundle-Fly

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Re: An Alternative History of "Pop" Music: Part 2, 1982 -
« Reply #1271 on: April 09, 2021, 08:02:55 AM »
Armageddon Days Are Here (Again) - The The.  Released on Epic in 1989.






We've covered this band twice before in the early eighties section. Now. After a few years gap, The The return with a gun for hire guitarist in the form of Johnny Marr. They gave us a UK hit single with The Beat(en) Generation, telling Generation X that we wuz robbed. Turns out it was a bloody picnic compared to a young person's life today. Anyway, old misery guts also added WW3 to our woes. Thanks for that, Matt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lel0PzhU6Pk&t=4s

daf

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« Reply #1272 on: April 09, 2021, 07:37:57 PM »
Robyn Hitchcock 'N' The Egyptians ‎– Veins of the Queen



Featured on the album 'Queen Elvis' - released in February 1989
 


Ballad of Ballard Berkley

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« Reply #1273 on: April 09, 2021, 07:58:15 PM »
The Sundays - Can't Be Sure



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBvR-n3-a8U

Their gorgeous debut single, it almost touched the hem of the top 40 but hit number one in that year's Festive Fifty.

Straight outta London, England, The Sundays formed in the late 1980s and released three albums in the 1990s. They ceased to be in 1997.

Brundle-Fly

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« Reply #1274 on: April 09, 2021, 11:31:26 PM »
This Is Ska - Longsy D. Released on Big One in 1989.



No info, but ...

Lager house!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH_OPyXeb4E

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« Reply #1275 on: April 09, 2021, 11:36:20 PM »
The obvious companion to the above...
Beatmasters- Ska Train
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_BqcBRv6yM

Brundle-Fly

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« Reply #1276 on: April 09, 2021, 11:38:10 PM »
The Sundays - Can't Be Sure



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBvR-n3-a8U

Their gorgeous debut single, it almost touched the hem of the top 40 but hit number one in that year's Festive Fifty.

Straight outta London, England, The Sundays formed in the late 1980s and released three albums in the 1990s. They ceased to be in 1997.

Not heard this in yonks, you cheeky indie coroner .

Brundle-Fly

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« Reply #1277 on: April 09, 2021, 11:48:52 PM »
The obvious companion to the above...
Beatmasters- Ska Train
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_BqcBRv6yM


I'll raise ya?




We Play Ska - Children Of The Night  Released on Jive in 1989.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=473Sft8zgtM&t=4s



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« Reply #1278 on: April 10, 2021, 12:23:22 AM »
Goddammit I'm out!
Anyone else on the panel got a 1989 ska-house ace up their sleeve?

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« Reply #1279 on: April 10, 2021, 03:25:45 AM »
The House Of Love - Safe

https://youtu.be/fvp0HNtwdoI



Recorded in mid-88 and planned as the follow up single to "Destroy The Heart", it was shelved due to a disagreement with the record company over their commercial direction. A major contributor to the departure of guitarist Terry Bickers in late 89.

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« Reply #1280 on: April 10, 2021, 06:33:31 AM »
Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven

https://youtu.be/EHC9HE7vazI



Released in march as their second single. it reached number 60 in the UK charts and number 5 in The Festive Fifty.

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« Reply #1281 on: April 10, 2021, 10:54:06 AM »
Ring - Chaeroplanes






From Nervous Recreations cassette, 1989

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Ring were an English psychedelic rock band active during the 1980's. The band is notable for having helped to launch the subsequent musical careers of Robert White (Levitation, The Milk And Honey Band), Michael Tubb (also of The Milk And Honey Band) and Christian Hayes (Cardiacs, Levitation, Dark Star, Mikrokosmos).

Ring evolved out of the south London experimental rock scene of the 1980's and played frequently at London free festivals of the time. The band released three cassette albums and had a shifting line-up in which members used a variety of pseudonyms.

The two consistent core members were Ian "Zag" Faichne (guitar, synthesizer, vocals, percussion) and Robert White (bass, synthesizer, vocals and guitar). Other key members included Bronwen Greaves (synthesizer and vocals) and Mick Oynugulos (drums), both of whom played on the first two cassette albums. Michael Tubb contributed to the middle period of Ring activity, playing guitar on the second cassette album (O De Dun Dun). Greaves and Oynuglos left the band before the third cassette album Nervous Recreations, for which White and Zag were joined by a new line-up including Christian "Bic" Hayes (guitar, synthesizer, vocals), Adrian (percussion) and Stompy and Jonny Karma (vocals).

It is not precisely recorded when Ring came to an end, but it seems likely that the band petered out in 1990 following White and Hayes' recruitment into Levitation - a band with much more music industry interest (and consequently larger demands regarding time and commitment) than their other projects).

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« Reply #1282 on: April 10, 2021, 11:23:39 AM »
Terminal Cheesecake - Tiny Forehead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6PoMtPPrtY



God I loved this band. I was so starstruck when I went in a record shop in Camden, the name of which I forget (it sold mainly garage and psyche. Massive Medway section to make me feel at home) and the singer was working there.

Saw their reformed version a few years back and it was great fun but not the same as I wasn't young and I wasn't with the girlfriend I saw them with back in the day. She cried once listening to Johnny Townmouse because it was "so good". Wonder if she still does.....

Brundle-Fly

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« Reply #1283 on: April 10, 2021, 11:46:08 AM »
Goddammit I'm out!
Anyone else on the panel got a 1989 ska-house ace up their sleeve?

A few more to choose from this '89 comp. Fill your monkey boots!


Brundle-Fly

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« Reply #1284 on: April 10, 2021, 11:50:56 AM »
Terminal Cheesecake - Tiny Forehead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6PoMtPPrtY



God I loved this band. I was so starstruck when I went in a record shop in Camden, the name of which I forget (it sold mainly garage and psyche. Massive Medway section to make me feel at home) and the singer was working there.

Saw their reformed version a few years back and it was great fun but not the same as I wasn't young and I wasn't with the girlfriend I saw them with back in the day. She cried once listening to Johnny Townmouse because it was "so good". Wonder if she still does.....

They used to do a mean version of Hello Skinny by The Residents. I bet CaB newcomer sutin likes them. The Camden record shop you might be referring to is either the long gone Rock On by tube station, Out On The Floor on Inverness St (still there) or Sounds That Swing that moved to Chalk Farm. Or maybe All Ages down Pratt St?

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« Reply #1285 on: April 10, 2021, 11:56:58 AM »
Yeah, would have been Rock On. Cheers. Good shop!

http://www.rockonrecords.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14

Brundle-Fly

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« Reply #1286 on: April 10, 2021, 12:28:49 PM »
Flower Child - Lenny Kravitz. Released on Virgin in 1989.





I would argue this was one of the first albums to brazenly wear its love of heritage rock on its sleeve.  It's defiantly retro and probably held the door open for bands to come. I'm looking at you Kula Shaker, Primal Scream (Rocks era),

I bought two tickets for me and a mate to see him play at the Top Rank in Brighton. On the night, said mate was initially a bit disappointed because he was expecting to see a Scottish, top hatted, foul-mouthed comedian with a big hooter take the stage.

Lenny Kravitz or Leonard Albert Louis Jean Etienne Monfort Kravitz is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor, photographer and arranger, born May 26, 1964 in New York City, New York.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNG5aAbAweI&t=27s

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« Reply #1287 on: April 10, 2021, 12:36:04 PM »
A few more to choose from this '89 comp. Fill your monkey boots!


Checked out some of these bands last night, and was taken with the dreamy sounding band-name Jamaica Meantime. I wasn't disappointed: this track by them is a nice combination of breakbeat drums and drifty mellow sounds. Maxi Jazz, later of Faithless, was a member of this band.

Jamaica Meantime: I'm not doing it again (Bombay Mix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjJThE-pI7I

Brundle-Fly

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« Reply #1288 on: April 10, 2021, 12:38:01 PM »
Ring - Chaeroplanes






From Nervous Recreations cassette, 1989

That's great fun. Very Cardiacs! Although, it did evoke an imaginary theme tune to an early evening eighties regional TV magazine programme hosted by Alan Partridge.

Brundle-Fly

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« Reply #1289 on: April 10, 2021, 12:40:56 PM »
Checked out some of these bands last night, and was taken with the dreamy sounding band-name Jamaica Meantime. I wasn't disappointed: this track by them is a nice combination of breakbeat drums and drifty mellow sounds. Maxi Jazz, later of Faithless, was a member of this band.

Jamaica Meantime: I'm not doing it again (Bombay Mix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjJThE-pI7I

It was a shortlived genre but very enjoyable. Revived in the late nineties by Lionrock.

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