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Saturday, December 31, 2016

On the Beat B,B & Q Band

Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens band were one of the many incarnations of italo disco master Jacque Fred Petrus.  

It was huge on the New York City disco radio in 1981.  The only hit using this moniker.  It's a classic.

Though originally from Guadalope.  Jacques Fred made his mark as a D.J. in Milan and collaborating with another italo disco genius Marco Malavisi.  His work with the Peter Jacques Band, Change and Revanche were some of the best early italo disco classics coming towards the end of the disco era.


ENDGAMES were formed in 1980 in Glasgow, Scotland and put out a few synth pop records.  Several of these have become quite collectible and sound great even today.  In my zip I'm going to give you a couple of my favorites both from 1983, Love Cares and Ecstasy.  I can't stop listening to Ecstasy.  It has just about all the elements I love in a dance song.

Waiting for Another Chance from their 1983 l.p. Building Beauty was a big hit in Germany breaking the Top 30 while Miracle in my Heart the b side of the delicious Ecstasy was later sampled by Heavy D.

If you haven't heard them I suggest you get their two album Building Beauty and Natural.  You should find plenty to enjoy.
First, Last for Everything from 1982 is probably their biggest classic and a real seminal electronic dance song that went on to be a WBMX classic spun by greats like Frankie Knuckles.

What I would give to be there tonight!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Our Darkness and Heaven by Anne Clark gets under your skin

Anne Clark came up out of the new wave scene.  She had a very particular way of singing.  You could almost call it talking.  In fact she was a poetess who transitioned into music.  From 1982 up until even recently she has quite an extensive amount of releases.

I have refreshed this blog post from a few years back because I've added some mixes and a few live performances of my favorite Anne Clark songs inclined Our Darkness and Sleeper in Metropolis.  The older links below still work too.

Anne Live and More

The razormaid mix of Our Darkness is astonishing.  It was a huge WBMX alterna dance smash.  A truly influential record with the synth pop sound on steroids.  A personal favorite of mine.  It has long been one of the most played tunes in my home.  HEAVEN RAZORMAID REMIX
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Plastic Love Mariya Takeuchi

In case you thought I was a one trick pony he's a lovely piece of Japanese modern soul funk.

If this wasn't a morning music classic it sure should have been,  Mariya Takeuchi's Plastic Love.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Bow Wow Wow's Annabella Lwin

In honor of John Robie's birthday today I'd like to feature one of his prime glories.  Annabella Lwin's War Boys from 1986 off her Fever album.

Annabella has a claim to fame only a few elite artists have.  She was discovered by the music svengali Malcolm McLaren.  Furthermore she was an immigrant from Burma transplanted to the U.K. and had her initial fame at the ripe young age of 13!  As the lead singer of Bow Wow Wow she made an amazing splash and was part of one of the most loved post punk bands in history.

A lot of money was later spent on launching her solo career in 1986 but it didn't quite happen.  Though as a member of Bow Wow Wow from 1980 to 1983 she had a string of hits two of which made it to the U.K. Top 10.
War Boys had all the magic in it's corner.  It was produced and mixed by John Robie featured keyboards by Man Parrish and additional work by Paul A. Rodriguez one of the hottest names in mid 80's dance.  It's got that hot electro feel that was synonymous with many of the classic tracks of the era, such as releases by New Order.  But it flopped, but to me it certainly was not forgotten.  Believe it not or not after this 1986 album release she lost her record contract and didn't surface again until a new album Super Boom!! which came out in 2012.

Thursday, December 8, 2016


My two favorite Atlantic Starr songs are the mushy ballad Always and Circles. Circles is one of those songs that for me define pure perfection. When I hear it I feel rushes and ripples of pleasure. I would not change one thing about it from the beginning to the end. I love the vocals. The lyrics turn me and I can relate to them and it's very danceable even though originally there was no hyped extended remix of it.  The album version is great just the way it was made.

1982 holds a special place in my heart because it signifies the year that I got out from under my parent's clutches. I became a club monster in no time!


Circles, goin round in circles

Circles, goin round in circles

You're taking too much time

To make up your mind

Either you love me or you don't

And all the other girls

In your crazy mixed up world

You said you'd drop them

But you know you won't

sometimes I think about forgetting you

But it's so, so hard to make that choice

Cuz boy with you

I go to to seventh heaven

Just by the sound of your voice

Circles, goin' round in circles

Circles, goin' round in circles

Out a my head

That's where I'm going

Tryin so hard to deal with you

It's not so easy try'n to bare these changes

That you're puttin' me thru

In my head there's a ball of confusion

And I can't figure out just what to do

I guess my life will keep on going round and round

Until I get away from you

This is a blog post from six years.  I've simply refreshed the link.  Thanks to my readers for keeping this blog alive.