Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Every time I see you - Fra Lippo Lippi

I bought the Fra Lippo Lippi LP 'Songs' some time after it was released at discount price. I discovered that not only their most famous single 'Shouldn't have to be like that' and its B-side were very good, but also the eight other tracks on the album. And so I spent years trying to find the other singles released from this album.

'Every time I see you' is probably the most interesting of them all, with a re-recorded version on the A-side and the instrumental track 'The heather on the hills' on the B-side. Norwegian pop at its very best.

My collection: 7" single no. 2020
Found: House of Rhythm, London, October 19, 1993
Cost: 60p
Tracks: 'Every time I see you' / 'The heather on the hills'

Love like blood - Killing Joke

Having been at it for seven years, the English post-punk rock band Killing Joke achieved mainstream success with their 1985 single 'Love like blood'. It peaked at number 18 in the UK and number 6 in the Netherlands.

Killing Joke consisted of Paul Ferguson, Jeremy Coleman, Kevin Walker and Paul Raven at the time. Two years prior to that, Martin Glover, a.k.a. 'Youth' had left the band. He went on, of course, to become a famous producer.

My collection: 7" single no. 762
Found: March 6, 1989
Cost: unknown
Tracks: 'Love like blood' / 'Blue feather (version)'


Too many walls - Cathy Dennis

When I heard this song and saw Cathy Dennis for the first time, I thought she was just another bimbo with a nice popsong. Almost two decades later I have to admit she's more than just a pretty face: she co-wrote Kylie's 'Can't get you out of my head', one of this decade's most wellknown popsongs.

Anyway, 'Too many walls' was not Cathy Dennis's debut single either. It was released as the fourth single from her debut album 'Move to this', reaching number 17 in the UK and number 8 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Cathy Dennis has stated that she thinks the ballad is 'the best song on the album, especially in terms of lyrics. The other songs are fun, but they can be quite vacant.' The song is apparently 'about when you want to be together with someone, but other people's opinions and prejudices get in the way.'

My collection: 7" single no. 1570
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, January 11, 1992
Cost: 3,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Too many walls' / 'Too many walls (acapella)'

Monday, 13 April 2009

Love is all - Roger Glover

I have vague memories of being absolutely hooked on this video. I was four years old when this song hit number one in the Netherlands, but my older brother and sister were watching Toppop every week - and I saw it with them.

Roger Glover was bassist and songwriter with the rock band Deep Purple. After spending four years with Deep Purple, Glover was dismissed by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and became a record producer for bands like Judas Priest, Nazareth and Elf. His first solo album 'Butterfly ball' was released in 1974, spawning 'Love is all', a number one hit in the Netherlands - but not in other countries.

My collection: 7" single no. 2943
Found: Record fair, Leiden, January 31, 1998
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Love is all' / 'Old blind mole/Magician Moth'

He's a liar - Bee Gees

Just to show that I read the comments on this blog occasionally, here's a disc with an instrumental version on the B-side. I think this is actually a rare 12" single, since it features a slightly extended version of the 1981 Bee Gees track 'He's a liar'. I always think that 12" singles from the late Seventies and early Eighties are rare, since the format hadn't become mainstream yet. (I could be wrong of course...)

'He's A Liar' was the first single from The Bee Gees album 'Living Eyes' (1981). Even though the single sounded very different from their late Eighties disco tracks, the interest from the media for new Bee Gees work was minimal. Even though the single made number 12 in the Netherlands, it didn't do as well in other territories.

My collection: 12" single no. 299
Found: Plaatboef, Rotterdam, 1998
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'He's a liar' / 'He's a liar (instrumental)'

Hangin' on a string (Frankie Knuckles remix) - Loose Ends

Within a couple of weeks, I spotted this remix version of 'Hangin' on a string' on television, and then bought the single during a holiday in London. The remix by Frankie Knuckles was released in 1992, seven years after the original version made its mark in the singles charts in the UK and the Netherlands.

This remix version didn't trouble the charts in the Netherlands, but still made a very respectable no. 25 in the UK.

My collection: 7" single no. 2688
Found: Beanos, East Croydon, London, July 3, 1996
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'Hangin' on a string (Frankie Knuckles remix)' / 'Hangin' on a string (Original 7" mix)'

Cathedral song - Tanita Tikaram

I already owned the regular single of 'Cathedral song' when I found this boxset. I am a sucker for limited editions and boxsets, and so I didn't leave this one on the shelf. This limited edition boxset contains an EP instead of the regular single, meaning that it contains not two, but four tracks. The two extra tracks are live versions of songs that weren't on Tanita Tikaram's debut album 'Ancient heart' at all. The three art prints were the icing on the cake.

My collection: 7" single no. 2157
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, September 3, 1994
Cost: 10 guilders
Tracks: 'Cathedral song', 'Sighing innocents' / 'Let's make everybody smile today (live)', 'Over you all (live)'

Loud music in cars - Billy Bremner

William "Billy" Bremner (born in 1947 in Scotland) is best known for his work as guitar player in the band Rockpile. Rockpile played on the bulk of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds' albums throughout the late Seventies, but only released one album under their own name. After Rockpile split in 1981, Billy released two solo singles on Stiff Records: 'Loud music in cars' and 'Laughter turns to tears'. Neither charted.

I don't like cars and I don't like loud music, still I bought 'Loud music in cars' as I remembered it from when it came out. My sister bought it already in 1982, I did 16 years later.

My collection: 7" single no. 2944
Found: Record fair, Leiden, January 31, 1998
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Loud music in cars' / 'The price is right'

I am an astronaut - Ricky Wilde

Before Kim Wilde hit it big in 1981 with 'Kids in America', starting a very successful career that still goes on to this day, father Marty Wilde tried to launch his son Ricky in the early Seventies as a child-star. The first single - as far as I know - was 1972's 'I am an astronaut', recorded when Ricky was just eleven years old. It is an extraordinary piece of work, because for all the childhood innocence in the vocals, the musical backing is quite impressive, almost psychedelic. Rumour has it that 12-year-old Kim is performing backing vocals on this track.

The single was not a big hit, although I understand Ricky had some hits in Scandinavia with this and/or other singles. This song was covered recently by Snow Patrol for a charity compilation album - and several Scandinavian covers by equally young singers do exist!

My collection: 7" single no. 3222
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, October 12, 2000
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'I am an astronaut' / 'The Hertfordshire rock'

One step further - Bardo

Bardo represented the United Kingdom during the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest. The duo consisted of Children's TV presenter Sally Ann Triplett and singer/actor Stephen Fischer. Their song 'One step further' finished seventh in the Contest, which was below the expectations. Two subsequent singles, 'Talking out of line' and 'Hang on to your heart' failed to chart, which led to album plans being shelved and Bardo finally dissolving in 1983.

Triplett and Fischer had by this time become romantically linked and continued to stay together. In 1990, Triplett gave birth to their son. Some years after this, the two split.

My collection: 7" single no. 3157
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 27, 1999
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'One step further' / 'Lady of the night'


Don't stand so close to me '86 - The Police

When the Police released the compilation 'Every breath you take' in 1986, I got the cassette and played it a lot. I liked the '86 version of 'Don't stand so close to me' and even preferred it to the less polished original, but didn't buy the single until I found it as a bargain in 1990. In the mean time, the cassette was enough for me.

The Police recorded 'Don't stand so close to me '86' during a rather tense session in the studio. Because drummer Stewart Copeland broke his collarbone, he was unable to play the drums. He used his Fairlight CMI to program the drum track for this track, while lead singer Sting pushed to utilize the drums on his Synclavier instead. Copeland was later quoted as saying that the argument over Synclavier versus Fairlight drums was 'the straw that broke the camel's back', and led to the group's unraveling.

My collection: 7" single no. 1245
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, June 14, 1990
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Don't stand so close to me '86' / 'Don't stand so close to me (live)'


Seven wonders - Fleetwood Mac

I know that Fleetwood Mac is famous especially for their albums 'Rumours' and 'Tusk', but my personal favourite remains the 'comeback album' 'Tango in the night', released in 1987. It has been slammed for being 'too commercial sounding', but I wonder what could be wrong with that. The compositions have stood the test of time, and best of all: most of the singles have been released on 12" single with an extended remix. Now this is a part of my collection that I'm still working on...

I recently found the 12" single of 'Seven wonders', and quite cheaply too. Released as the second single from the million-selling album, it couldn't match the success of previous single 'Big love'. It was a top 20 hit in America and South-Africa only.
My collection: 12" single no. 495
Found: Record fair, Rijswijk, March 14, 2009
Cost: 2 euro
Tracks: 'Seven wonders (extended remix)' / 'Book of miracles (instrumental)', 'Seven wonders (dub)'

Sweetest child - Maria McKee

The sleeve of 'Sweetest child' states 'featuring Maria McKee', but since no other artist is mentioned, I always take this simply as a song by her. And indeed, it was written by McKee with Brody and Glover, so my assumption should be correct.

The other assumption I made when this single came out, was that it would be a hit. I wasn't right in that respect: the single flopped in the territories I know about. Still, it is a nice song and there is no real explanation for its lack of success.

My collection: 7" single no. 1690
Found: Melody Maker, Den Haag, August 1, 1992
Cost: 6,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Sweetest child (7" version)' / 'Acapella sweetest child'

Red tape - The Nits

The Nits released their fourth album 'Work' in 1981. It didn't reach the album chart in the Netherlands, but the album did spawn one hit: the single 'Red tape', released in January 1982, got to number 24 in the Dutch Top 40.

The song is a beautiful slice of synthpop with a slightly mysterious lyric. I always liked this track, and was really glad when I found the single seven years later.

My collection: 7" single no. 737
Found: All that music, Leiden, February 9, 1989
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Red tape' / 'Goodbye, mr. Chips!'

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Walking on air - Frazier Chorus

To strengthen their image as a dance-oriented band, Frazier Chorus released two different 12" singles of the track, of which this was the second. It contains three remixes of the track: a 12" version, the 'Maharishi Yogi mix' and an instrumental remix called '18 hole doc marten mix'.

This second 12" single contains a calendar poster for the year 1991. Judging from the state of the poster, the one I bought as a second hand copy was actually used by someone.

My collection: 12" single no. 179
Found: Record Exchange, London, October 1993
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Walking on air', 'Walking on air (Marahishi Yogi mix)' / 'Walking on air (18 hole doc marten mix)'

Walking on air - Frazier Chorus

To strengthen their image as a dance-oriented band, Frazier Chorus released two different 12" singles of the track, of which this was the first. It contained the extended mix of 'Walking on air' (which also appeared on the cd-single format), plus an exclusive dub instrumental. Both tracks were remixed by Youth.

My collection: 12" single no. 178
Found: Record exchange, London, October 1993
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Walking on air (extended mix)' / 'Walking on air (dub instrumental)'

Walking on air - Frazier Chorus

Continuing the Easter theme, this is the sleeve of the last single by Frazier Chorus, released in 1990. The single version of 'Walking on air' was remixed by Youth and continued Frazier Chorus's move towards more dance-oriented music.

Sounding a lot like other bands around at the time, Frazier Chorus lost the thing that made them 'different', their identity. And so this was their last release.

My collection: 7" single no. 2525
Found: Beanos, East Croydon, London, November 1, 1995
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'Walking on air' / 'Walking on air (album version)'

Heaven - Frazier Chorus

I saw the Pope today, speaking about life after death and all that malarkey. To use the words of Frazier Chorus' 1990 single: 'It seems our eternal reward / is to hang out in heaven, eternally bored'. Since it's Easter today, I thought this sleeve was a fitting tribute: after all, Easter is not about religion but about eggs. As we all know.

My collection: 7" single no. 2760
Found: House of Rhythm, London, October 29, 1996
Cost: 50p
Tracks: 'Heaven' / 'Heaven (God like edit)'

Lovefool - The Cardigans

The Swedish band The Cardigans formed in Jönköping in 1992. Heavy metal musicians Peter Svensson and Magnus Sveningsson formed the band together with singer Nina Persson plus Bengt Lagerberg and Lars-Olof Johansson. Their debut album 'Emmerdale' was released in 1994, followed by the second album 'Life' in 1996. Signing to Mercury Records in 1996, their first international release 'First band on the moon' featured the hit 'Lovefool'.

The single peaked at number 2 in the UK singles chart and topped the chart in New Zealand. I found this limited edition white vinyl 7" single while on holiday in London. The band had some further international hits but unfortunately they weren't released on 7" vinyl. What a shame!

My collection: 7"single no. 3262
Found: Record exchange, London, October 20, 2000
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'Lovefool' / 'Nasty sunny beam'

Big bubbles, no troubles - Ellis, Beggs and Howard

The debut single of Ellis, Beggs & Howard, 'Big bubbles, no troubles' was released in the summer of 1988. It was a hit in the Netherlands (peaking at number 16) and several other European countries, though it only made number 41 in the UK singles chart.

Briefly after its release, I found the cd-single at discount price. The picture disc included two mixes of the song. It was only after some time that I realised I didn't have the single version of this song. And so, when I found the single in 1995 I was pretty happy.

Nick Beggs performed this song live as part of his set as a 'support act' during the November 2007 European tour of Kim Wilde. He performed it armed only with a backing track and a Chapman stick. The song still sounded as fresh as ever!

My collection: 7" single no. 2587
Found: Grammofoonwinkel, Utrecht, December 30, 1995
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Big bubbles, no troubles' / 'Rock me'

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Je ogen hebben geen geheimen / Främling - Carola

Swedish singer Carola was born on September 8, 1966. She represented Sweden in the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest with 'Främling', which ended up in third place. Carola proceeded to record three versions in other languages: 'Love isn't love' (English), 'Fremder' (German) and 'Je ogen hebben geen geheimen', the Dutch version which helped the single get to number 7 in the Dutch Top 40.

The album of the same name sold over one million copies in Sweden, making it the biggest-selling album in Swedish music history.

My collection: 7" single no. 2971
Found: February 21, 1998
Cost: 4 guilders
Tracks: 'Je ogen hebben geen geheimen' / 'Främling'


That's what they say about love - Flip

Flip formed in the mid-Eighties. Singer/songwriters Anthony Duke and Frank Walsh recruited Gary Duke, Andy Kinch and Tristian Batory. In 1984 the band were signed to Arista Records, recording an album 'Flip' on 'Private I' records. It was recorded at Abbey Road, Wessex, Sarm and Air Studios and produced by Peter Collins, Colin Thurston and Eric Stewart (10cc). Stewart played on 'Love incognito', he also added a solo on the track 'Demand'.

The single 'That's what they say about love' was released in Spring 1986, and managed to squeeze into the Dutch Top 40, peaking at number 37.

My collection: 7" single no. 417
Found: V&D, Den Haag, June 21, 1986
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'That's what they say about love' / 'Love incognito'

French kiss - Lil Louis

A novelty record. Chicago house music producer Louis Burns produced a dance track in 1989 with female house-music singer Shawn Christopher performing some moaning and groaning on the, ahem, climax of the song.

The single went number one in the Netherlands, and peaked at number 2 in the UK, Switzerland and Germany.

My collection: 7" single no. 2142
Found: White noise, Utrecht, August 2, 1994
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'French kiss' / 'New York'

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Be my number two - Joe Jackson

Taken from his 1984 album 'Body and soul', 'Be my number two was single number three, and unfortunately the least successful of them. While 'You can't get what you want ('til you know what you want)' and 'Happy ending' made the charts in the UK, Australia, and America, 'Be my number two' was only a minor hit in the UK, peaking at number 70.

I discovered the song years after it was released, and was immediately impressed by the arrangement. The rather aggressive instrumental at the end of the song is a beautiful contrast with the rather vulnerable lyric and first half of the song. After discovering the song, I spent years finding the single. I was relieved when I finally found it.

My collection: 7" single no. 1903
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, May 2, 1993
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Be my number two' / 'Heart of ice'

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Going home (Theme of the Local Hero) - Mark Knopfler

Local Hero is a Scottish film starring Peter Riegert, Denis Lawson, Peter Capaldi and Burt Lancaster. The film is set in the fictional fishing village of Ferness on the west coast of Scotland. A young representative of an American oil company is sent to the village on a mission.

The film's soundtrack, which got more sales than the film itself, was written by Mark Knopfler, who at the time was still a member of Dire Straits. The theme song 'Going home' was released as a single and peaked at number 20 in the Dutch Top 40. While I didn't buy many instrumental singles, I did like this one so much that I bought it while it was still in the charts.

My collection: 7" single no. 188
Found: Wouters, Den Haag, 1983
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'Going home (Theme of the Local Hero)' / 'Smooching'

Monday, 6 April 2009

Somebody - Junior

Junior Giscombe was born June 6, 1960 in London. In 1982 he made his debut with 'Mama used to say', which peaked at number 7 in the UK. Further big hits eluded him, with the exception of 'Another step', the duet he recorded with Kim Wilde, which was released as a single in 1987.
Before that, though, I found out about him because of the single 'Somebody', which released in 1984. The video featured regularly on music television stations. I finally found the single fifteen years later...

My collection: 7" single no. 3171
Found: Beanos, East Croydon, London, January 18, 2000
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Somebody' / 'Somebody (Extreme mix)'

Kiss and tell - Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry wrote the song 'Kiss and tell' as a response to his former girlfriend Jerry Hall's autobiography, which included some less than complimentary remarks about Ferry. The track became famous not so much for itself, but for the video which included several models, including the then-controversial Mandy Smith, who was in a relationship with Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, who was 44 years older than she was.

The song ended up peaking at number 41 in the UK singles chart. This limited edition box set edition included a fold-out lyric sheet, two postcards and, of course, the single.

My collection: 7" single no. 2280
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, May 6, 1995
Cost: 5 guilders
Tracks: 'Kiss and tell' / 'Zamba'

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Don't rush me - Taylor Dayne

The fourth and last single from her debut album 'Tell it to my heart' was, amazingly, the most successful one in America, peaking at number 2. In the UK it stalled at number 76 and in the Netherlands the single didn't chart at all.

While I was collecting Taylor Dayne singles at the time, I waited a long time before I bought this one. I felt the song wasn't that interesting and the B-side was an album track as well, making it a less desirable item. In the end I found it very cheap, and added it to my collection to be complete. I never played this single much, though.

My collection: 7" single no. 794
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, April 15, 1989
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Don't rush me' / 'In the darkness'

I just want to be your everything - Andy Gibb

Andy Gibb was born on March 5, 1958 as the youngest brother of Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, also known as the Bee Gees. Gibb began playing at tourist clubs around Ibiza, and later back in his homeland of the Isle of Man, as a young teenager. The idea of his joining the Bee Gees was often suggested, but he never did this because of the fact that he was eight years younger than Robin and Maurice, who in turn were three years younger than Barry.

After returning to Australia in 1975, Andy began recording a series of his own compositions. One of them, 'Words and music' would eventually reach Top 5 on the Sydney music charts in 1976. This led to Andy being invited by Robert Stigwood to launch his international career. Gibb released 'Flowing rivers', including this single, 'I just want to be your everything'. It was released in the summer of 1977, and peaked at number 26 in the UK singles chart. It initially flopped in the Netherlands, but then got a re-release in September and still reached number 24 in the Dutch Top 40.
My collection: 7" single no. 864
Found: All that music, Leiden, June 2, 1989
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'I just want to be your everything' / 'In the end'

We could be together - Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson was born on August 31, 1970. Aged just sixteen, she debuted with the single 'Only in my dreams' and the album 'Out of the blue'. In America, she was presented as the 'good girl' as opposed to 'bad girl' Tiffany, who was of the same age.

I was not attracted to Debbie Gibson's bubblegum pop music at all. I didn't buy any of her singles. But in 1989, I heard 'We could be together' and thought it was a nice track. I was a bit surprised when it wasn't released in the Netherlands, but I bought a copy of the single that October, since I was in London anyway. Twenty years later it sounds like a bland song after all...

My collection: 7" single no. 998
Found: Tower Records, London, October 16, 1989
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'We could be together' / 'Over the wall (dub version)'

At Seventeen - Janis Ian

Janis Ian was born on April 7, 1951. She released 'At Seventeen' on her seventh album 'Between the lines', released in 1975. The lyric of the song is a commentary on adolescent cruelty and teenage angst, as reflected upon from the maturity of adulthood. The song was inspired by a newspaper article about a former teenage debutante who learned the hard way that being popular did not solve all her problems. The track won a Grammy award for 'best female pop vocal performance' in 1976.

I bought the single when it was re-released in 1991 in promotion for the compilation album 'Up 'til now'.

My collection: 7" single no. 1551
Found: Melody Maker, Den Haag, December 7, 1991
Cost: 6,5 guilders
Tracks: 'At Seventeen' / 'Applause'

Somebody (Hey girl) - Video

In an earlier entry on this blog, I already wrote about the 12" version of 'Somebody (Hey girl)' by Video. Though I bought the 12" single this year, I bought the 7" single in 1993. It features, of course, the single version of the track, and a different instrumental version than the one on the 12" single. And so, here it is...

My collection: 7" single no. 2065
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, December 29, 1993
Cost: 1 guilders
Tracks: 'Somebody (Hey girl)' / 'Somebody (Hey girl) (instrumental)'


Saturday, 4 April 2009

Victims - Culture club

After many uptempo and midtempo singles, 'Victims' was Culture Club's first proper ballad, released as a single in late 1983. The single reached number 3 in the UK singles chart, and only number 16 in the Dutch Top 40.

I first bought the single during the 1985 edition of Parkpop, which was the regular German pressing. 15 years later I found myself confronted with a posterbag edition, sightly worn but still in good condition. It was a steal! So I bought this one too.

My collection: 7" single no. 309 / no. 3266
Found: Parkpop, Den Haag, June 1985 / Record Exchange, London, October 20, 2000
Cost: 3 guilders / 50p
Tracks: 'Victims' / 'Colour by numbers'


Nacida para amar - Nina

Nina was born as Ana Maria Agusti Flores in Barcelona on October 1, 1966. Her music career started in the Eighties in bands like Costa Brava and Xavier Cugat. In 1989 she represented her country Spain with this song, 'Nacida para amar' ('Born to love'), a beautiful ballad composed by Juan Carlos Calderón. That same year, she released her debut solo album 'Una mujer como yo'.

The song finished sixth in the contest, but the beautiful Nina always stuck in my mind. I bought a compilation cd of the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest in Switzerland that year, and this single appeared in my collection in 1998.

My collection: 7" single no. 2976
Found: Record fair, March 1, 1998
Cost: 5 guilders
Tracks: 'Nacida para amar' / 'Nacida para amar (version instrumental)'

De man van het journaal (Goeienavond) - Dingetje

Dingetje is the alias of Frank Paardekoper. His career in music started in 1977 with a parody of 'Cokane in my brain' (Dillinger), entitled 'Ik ga weg Leen' ('I'm going away Leen'). Four years later he recorded 'Houtochdiekop', a parody of Joe Dolce's 'Shaddap your face'.

Contrary to a lot of his material, 'De man van het journaal' ('The man of the news') is an original track. It features funny paragraphs performed like a news bulletin on music that resembles the tune of the TV news in the Netherlands at the time. Released in 1985, the single didn't chart. Backing vocals on this track were performed by Esther Tuely.

My collection: 7" single no. 355
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, 1985
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'De man van het journaal (Goeienavond)' / '2 saté'


Cold as ice (remix) - Foreigner

After Foreigner had a lot of success in 1984 and 1985 with their album 'Agent Provocateur' and the singles 'I want to know what love is' and 'That was yesterday', record company Atlantic released a remixed version of their earlier song 'Cold as ice' in the UK. It seemed like a great move: the original version had become a classic and a remix would probably do just as well almost a decade after the song's original release. There was even a double single release, with a second disc including two live tracks.

Unfortunately, the single only reached number 64 in the UK singles chart and disappeared after only two weeks. I still thought it was a nice item, so I snapped it up when I saw the discounted item.

My collection: 7" single no. 2900
Found: Record Exchange, London, October 30, 1997
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Cold as ice (remix)' / 'Reaction to action' // 'Head games (live version)' / 'Hot blooded (live version)'

Thursday, 2 April 2009

More mistakes - Gruppo Sportivo

The Dutch band Gruppo Sportivo formed in 1976. The original line-up consited of Hans Vandenburg, Peter Calicher, Max Mollinger, Eric Wehrmeyer, José van Iersel and Meike Touw. According to frontman Vandenburg: 'We picked our name because we saw it on a poster and liked the sound... and we are a sort of team. We write in English because no one else outside Holland speaks Dutch and we want our songs to be heard and listened to everywhere.'

The band came to popularity just after the height of punk rock. Their biggest hit was 1979's 'Disco really made it', which is featured on the ep, according to the track listing. Unfortunately when I bought this ep I found out that the track is mislabeled. I don't know the real title of that track. It's a good thing that 'Bernadette' is actually a good song as well, otherwise I would have felt totally cheated.

My collection: 7" single no. 3238
Found: London, 2000
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Bernadette', 'Disco really made it'(?), 'Are you ready?' / 'Girls never know', 'Tokyo', 'Rubber gun'

I can't help myself - Icehouse

'I can't help myself' is the debut single of the Australian synthpop/rock band Flowers. It was released in May 1980. The debut album was called 'Icehouse', which later became the band name. In the UK, the single was released in October 1981 under that new band name. The single did not chart outside of Australia.

I picked up the single at an open air market during the free one day festival Parkpop, which is held annually on the last Sunday of June in Den Haag.

My collection: 7" single no. 1475
Found: Parkpop, Den Haag, June 30, 1991
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'I can't help myself' / 'Fatman'


I love the sound of breaking glass - Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe reached number 7 in the UK singles chart with 'I love the sound of breaking glass'. It was his first solo hit single, after having been a member of bands like Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile.

His debut solo single was 1976's 'So it goes', followed by three further singles that didn't chart. 'I love the sound of breaking glass' (1978) was a radio hit even in the Eighties, which is how I got to hear it. The B-side, an old track by Lowe with his band Rockpile, has a pretty funny lyric by the way.

My collection: 7" single no. 2497
Found: House of Rhythm, London, October 30, 1995
Cost: 50p
Tracks: 'I love the sound of breaking glass' / 'They called it rock'


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