Showing posts with label Blancmange. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blancmange. Show all posts

Friday, 1 January 2010

Don't tell me - Blancmange

1984 was a successful year for the duo Blancmange. Their album 'Mange tout' reached the top 10 in the UK albums chart, while the singles 'Waves', 'Blind vision' and 'That's love that it is' all reached the UK top 40.

The biggest hit that year, however, was the dynamic 'Don't tell me'. It reached number 8 in the UK singles chart and also reached number 25 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 583
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, 1985
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Don't tell me' / 'Get out of that'

Friday, 27 November 2009

The day before you came - Blancmange

Just two years after the release of 'The day before you came' by Abba, the British duo Blancmange recorded and released a cover version of the song. While the original only reached number 32 in the UK singles chart, the Blancmange version managed to reach number 22. However, where the Abba version managed to chart all over Europe, the Blancmange single only charted in the UK.

It was their last significant hit, as subsequent Blancmange singles peaked at number 40 or lower in the UK singles chart. I didn't like this cover version in 1984, when it came out, but now I think it's a pretty decent version.

My collection: 7" single no. 4285
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 21, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'The day before you came' / 'All things are nice (version)'

Monday, 16 November 2009

Waves - Blancmange

When I heard Blancmange's 'Waves' for the first time, I thought it was a fascinating track. With an intro lasting for 40 seconds and an instrumental backing that was nothing short of overwhelming, it was one of those singles I simply had to own.

'Waves' was released in February 1983 and reached number 19 in the UK singles chart. In the Netherlands, the single failed to chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 214
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, 1983
Cost: 3,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Waves' / 'The game above my head'

Saturday, 9 May 2009

That's love, that it is - Blancmange

'That's love, that it is' was released in November 1983 and peaked at number 33 in the UK singles chart. It was the second single taken from Blancmange's second album 'Mange tout (Dancing around our handbags)', which was released in January 1984.

The single was released as a limited edition picture disc, and even though it's not very beautiful, I couldn't resist buying this one.

My collection: 7" single no. 3182
Found: Record fair, 2001
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'That's love, that it is' / 'Vishnu'

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Blind vision - Blancmange

Blancmange released 'Blind vision' in 1983, after their single 'Waves' hit number 19 in the UK and almost made it into the Dutch Top 40. This single did better in the UK, peaking at number 10, but worse in the Netherlands, not charting at all.

The song is similar to Blancmange's other singles: radiofriendly pop with a good rhythm and a strong melody.

My collection: 7" single no. 3654
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 18, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Blind vision' / 'Heaven knows where heaven is'

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Don't tell me - Blancmange

Blancmange is a jelly or pudding dessert made of milk, sugar, gelatin and flavouring. It is also the name of the band formed by Neil Arthur and instrumentalist Stephen Luscombe in Harrow, London in 1979. Their single 'Don't tell me' made it to no. 8 in the UK singles chart in May 1984. It is one of the most energetic pop songs of that era.

I expected much from the 12" single of this track, hoping to get an extended version of this. Frankly, I was disappointed: the remix breaks the tension built up in the original version and adds chaotic sound effects. No wonder I didn't buy another 12" by Blancmange after this...

My collection: 12" single no. 257
Found: Record Exchange, London, 1995
Cost: 50p
Tracks: 'Don't tell me [extended]' / 'Get out of that'
Download: here
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