Friday, February 29, 2008

D-d-d-do your dance.

"Word Up! (Extended Mix)" - Cameo

Sucker DJ's rocked this song in 1986 right to #6 and the nation went Cameo cah-razy. Also a huge hit on the R&B and Dance charts. Cameo had been around a while but this album of the same name turned them into megastars. Cameo guru Larry Blackmon says this song was born from a fan who yelled, "Word up!", in the crowd at a show in the UK. You couldn't watch MTV without seeing this video seemingly every 15 minutes (ah, when MTV really was Music Television) and Coca-Cola made a commercial out of it. Runs: 5:56.

"Missing You (Extended Version)" - John Waite

1984 brought John Waite this #1 single for one week. It was a love-letter to his wife in England while he was in America doing the things musicians do like getting wasted and taking the groupies for a test-drive. I kid. Tina Turner and Rod Stewart are just a couple of artists that have covered this song but I don't care much for either of those versions. 2 years ago he re-recorded this track with Alison Krauss but it wasn't met with much success on the country charts. 1989 saw the formation of the band Bad English with former Journey guitarist Neal Schon after Waite's solo career stalled. They also hit #1 with, "When I See You Smile". Wasn't long after Bad English released their 2nd disc that they broke up though. Waite still records and tours on his own and is living in Santa Monica, California today. The mix runs 7:00.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

I've been kidnapped by K-Mart!

"Serious (Extended Remix + Delirious Mix)" - Donna Allen

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer cheerleader reached #21 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the R&B Singles with this song in 1986. Allen was also a backup singer for Gloria Estefan for 9 years. The album, "Perfect Timing", was produced by Lou Pace. Pace also produced the "Ruthless People" soundtrack and Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine's '84 LP, "Eyes Of Innocence". Catchy little tune that lasts 5:31 and 7:42 each.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

"It's like taking nose candy off a baby."

"Miami Vice Theme (Extended Remix)" and
"Crockett's Theme (Extended Mix)" - Jan Hammer

As you can tell from my previous posts, I'm a Viceaholic. The cars. The clothes (yes, there was a time they were in fashion). The sunglasses. The music. Everything about the show screamed cool. The scripts weren't always the greatest but Jan Hammer always kept the mood going and you felt every minute of it. Hammer composed the series' score for the first 4 seasons but declined to do the 5th and final one. Tim Truman stepped into some big shoes that year and opinions on his work in the series vary. I enjoyed it but we're not here to talk about Truman ( ) today. The "Miami Vice Theme" hit the Billboard Charts in 1985 going all the way to #1. The soundtrack did the same on the LP charts and held the record for the most successful TV soundtrack in history until it was dethroned last year by "High School Musical". The theme was extended to almost 3 minutes for the 45/radio version and this obviously is the longer mix of that running 6:54. "Crockett's Theme" debuted on the show during the episode, "Calderone's Return" and has since been covered many, many times by various artists but nobody does it like Jan. It's mix runs 5:52.

"Miami Vice Theme (Extended Remix)":

"Crockett's Theme (Extended Mix)": (Thanks to cispas for this high-quality version of "Crockett's")

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Chimes Of Freedom.

"Freedom Overspill (Liberty Remix)" - Steve Winwood

A top 20 hit for Winwood in 1986 and the 2nd single from his fourth solo LP, "Back In the High Life". Steve has been a member of the following bands: The Spencer Davis Group (at age 15), Traffic (I love Traffic), Go and Blind Faith. It's on his own that Winwood has had the most commercial success though, especially in '86. He had his first #1 single and won Grammys for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Record Of the Year with "Higher Love". However, this is my favorite track from that disc in it's remixed state running 7 minutes and 20 seconds. Look for Winwood to open for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers this summer at an arena near you.

"Working On It (Extended Mix)" - Chris Rea

Here's a classic track by the genius Mr. Rea. Prominently featured in the Miami Vice episode, "Miami Squeeze", this song was released in 1989. It wasn't a big hit here in the States (peaking at #73) or the UK (peaked at #53) but I think time has been very kind to it and it should have performed a lot better. I'll probably say that a lot throughout my time on this blog. This remix version runs 5:55. P.S.: Crank it at 1:19.

"Big Love (Extended Remix)" - Fleetwood Mac

By request, another Mac long version. I thought it was interesting to learn that the above painting used as the cover to the LP, "Tango In The Night", is by an Australian artist named Brett- Livingston Strong and used to hang in Lindsey Buckingham's home. Damn...that was a long sentence huh? Total time: 6:40. Here's the link already:

Monday, February 25, 2008

The rainbow's end.

"Seven Wonders (Extended Version)" - Fleetwood Mac

Even though she spent most of the recording sessions for "Tango In The Night" in rehab, Stevie Nicks still managed to contribute this track (and two more along with her backing vocals added into others) to the 1987 LP. The band's long history of troubles continued with Lindsey Buckingham's refusal to tour for this record and departure from the group soon after recording was finished. They've since reunited more than once and their future is very uncertain depending on who you hear it from. This song reached the top 20 here in the USA in '87 and this is the John "Jellybean" Benitez remix. Runs:6:36.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

More EW&F solo.

"Stand By Me (Extended Dance Remix)" - Maurice White

Another side project by an Earth, Wind & Fire member during their break in the early 80's. White was the driving force behind EW&F but called the album this track came from, "a new beginning which I am now discovering." When asked if EW&F were no more he replied, "I haven’t disbanded the group. Philip Bailey hasn’t left the band. We are just in a state of mind now where we want to do solo projects. It’s just evolution." The song peaked at number 50 on the Hot 100 but was a Top 10 single on Billboard's Hot Black Singles in late 1985. Originally recorded by Ben E. King, "Stand By Me" has been remade by everyone from John Lennon to Mickey Gilley but I like this version the best. White says he recorded it to help keep classic soul songs fresh and in the spotlight. Earth, Wind & Fire reunited 2 years later and their legacy still continues today. Running time: 5:05.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


"Major Tom [Coming Home] (Special Extended Version) - Peter Schilling

A sequel to a sequel by David Bowie, this song continued the saga of Bowie's fictional astronaut. Bowie's accounts of Tom were chronicled in the songs, "Space Oddity", and, "Ashes To Ashes". Some say Tom's story is nothing more than an LSD trip Bowie had, so who really knows? Peter Schilling was born in Germany and this song was huge all over Europe. Here in the US it peaked at number 14 and remains one of my favorite 80's tracks today. Running time: 8:06.

"Easy Lover (Extended Remix Version)" - Philip Bailey & Phil Collins

Earth, Wind & Fire member and Genesis frontman Phils - Bailey and Collins - teamed up for this duet in 1984 from Bailey's 2nd solo effort, "Chinese Wall". If you've never heard that disc I'd highly recommend it. Collins once told an interviewer (that had no idea who Bailey was) he discovered Bailey while he was pumping gas at a station. That story was picked up by major news outlets. Ha. The song reached number 2 here in the US. Running time: 6:22.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lover. Lover.

"Loverboy (Extended Club Remix)" - Billy Ocean

Leslie Sebastian Charles - born in Trinidad and taking his new name from the Ocean Estate where he lived in London, Billy Ocean took the music world by storm in the mid-80's. The first track from the album, "Suddenly", was a #1 USA blockbuster called, "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)". This song is my favorite cut though and it peaked one place shy of the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1985. Later that same year Ocean performed at Live-Aid and won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. He's planning to tour the UK next year and there's also work being done on a new LP. Not bad for a gardener who lives in Berkshire now. Runs: 8:06.

"Shame (Red Mix)" - The Motels

This was requested by a reader who alerted me to it's existence and I thought it was definitely worth tracking down. It's more of a dub mix but after listening to it I dig it enough to share it here. A big thanks go out to cispas at the Born Again 80's Forum for giving me this. Runs: 5:22.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

We are but pilgrims...

"Rappin' Duke (Long Version)" - Rappin' Duke

No, John Wayne didn't rise from the grave in 1985. A rapper named Shawn Brown assumed his alias and recorded this insanity that has now resurfaced here. Play this tune and if the "Da-haa, Da Haaaaaaaa" isn't embedded in your brain until you scream for more Britney gossip, call Professor Charles Xavier. You might be a mutant. Running time: 6:05.
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"Heart And Soul (Dance Mix)" - T'Pau

From the LP, "Bridge Of Spies", ("T'Pau" here in the USA) circa 1987. Vocalist Carol Decker led this band to a number 4 smash that year with this track. T'Pau: high-priestess on Star Trek and namesake of the band. The group split up in 1991 and reformed 7 years later featuring Decker and a new line-up. They continue to perform and record to this day. Noteworthy: The 45-single of "Heart And Soul" was an edit of the album, cutting to the chorus after the line, "when I lost your love, heart and soul", in the first verse. Running Time: 5:51.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Shock and Awe.

"Shame (Dance Mix)" - The Motels

A top-20 1985 hit for the band led by singer Martha Davis. This was also from the album, "Shock". Davis disbanded the group not long after this to try a solo career. It didn't work out quite the way she wanted it to though. She had a top-10 hit in Australia with, "Don't Tell Me The Time", but the song peaked at #80 here in the US in 1987. Flash-forward 20 years and The Motels are reunited with a new acoustic album of old hits and a new disc promised this year too.

(Back tomorrow with at least 2 more goodies, promise. Sorry there hasn't been more the last few days.)


Sunday, February 17, 2008


"Rag Doll (Extended Vacation)" - Aerosmith

Originally titled, "Rag Time", this was the third single off the LP, "Permanent Vacation", in 1988. This album was the first time the band reached outside itself for material and it paid off for them commercially. The band's previous record was intended to be their big comeback but this one performed much better. In all it's sold over 5 million copies to date. Obviously (unless you were kidnapped by E.B.E.'s) you know that they are still rocking today and I heard that the next installment of "Guitar Hero" will be focused entirely on Aerosmith. This mix runs 7:17. That's all for today.

Friday, February 15, 2008

There is the sun and moon.

"Moonlighting (Extended Remix)" - Al Jarreau

Ah! The Blue Moon Detective Agency. The first 3 seasons are some of the finest television you'll ever see. Groundbreaking, witty, and a fantastic spoof of the detective genre. In all, it ran for 5 season on ABC from 1985-89 producing only 66 episodes. Production problems affected this show and many reruns were shown when shows weren't completed on time. That problem was addressed with humor in many episodes. There were also the conflicts between stars Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. Producer Jay Daniel: "Well, I was the guy that more often than not would be the one that would go into the lions den when they were having disagreements. I'd sort of be the referee, try to resolve it so that we could get back to work. So there was that side of it. Everybody knows there was friction between the two of them on the stage. In the beginning, Bruce was just a guy’s guy. Let's just say he evolved. Over the years, he went from being the crew's best friend and just being grateful for the work and all of that to realizing that he was going to be a movie star and wanting to move on. Part of that was because of his strained relationship with Cybill. That sometimes made the set a very unpleasant place to be. Cybill -- I got along with her very well at times, other times I’d have to be the one who said you have to come out of the trailer and go to work. In fairness to her, she was in the makeup chair at six thirty in the morning with pages of dialogue she hadn’t seen before, she'd work very long hours, and then be back in the makeup chair at six thirty the next morning".

The show's theme song is presented here in it's maxi-single form and was written by Jarreau, produced by Nile Rogers and recorded and mixed by James Farber. Al Jarreau is a 7 time Grammy award winner known for the scat singing which is displayed prominently at the end of this remix. I bought this an import and I don't believe it ever had a US release. Running time is 4:17.

Do bees be?

"Heat Of the Night (Extended Remix)" - Bryan Adams

This is from Adams' 5th studio album "Into The Fire", from 1987. The song peaked at number 6 on the Hot 100 the same year. That's Adams playing lead guitar on this track, not the usual suspect Keith Scott. Longtime collaborator Jim Vallance on the song's origins: "Heat Of The Night" was partly inspired by the film noir classic "The Third Man", starring the brilliant actor-director Orson Welles. The darkness of the lyric was further influenced by a trip Bryan and I took to Berlin in March 1986, before the wall came down." Trivia: This track was the first cassette single released in the US. Running time: 6:27.
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"We'll Be Together (Extended Mix)" - Sting

This song was originally written to be in a commercial for a Japanese beer called Kirin. It reached number 7 in 1987 from the album, "...Nothing Like The Sun". Warawa douyou biiru. Temae nou nan warawa anou? Dyureishon kokugen: 5:45.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy V-Day.

"Cherish (Remix)" - Kool & the Gang

Here's the extended mix of the third Top-10 single from the 1984-85 LP, "Emergency". The first 2 were, "Misled" and "Fresh". It's another one of those songs that was remixed and edited for the radio/45 with a longer 12-inch mix. Runs 5:43. Sappy and sweet and perfect for your Valentine's Day sweet-thing. Hope you and yours have a great one.

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"C'est La Vie (Extended Mix)" - Robbie Nevil

Early '87 #2 hit for Nevil from his self-titled debut album. After releasing 2 more less successful albums following this, he's now a producer and songwriter only. Ever heard of Hannah Montana? Yeah. He co-wrote the theme song. He turned 47 last year. And he's probably very rich. The mix runs 6:54.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Wabbit found.

"Finish What Ya Started (Extended Remix)" - Van Halen

After quite a long search I finally was able to obtain this. Not like the Ark of the Covenant, sure. But something I've been looking to get for quite some time. I heard this remix in it's single edited form once on a local radio station when the song was charting in 1988. I think that mix is available on a cd-3 release but as of this writing I don't have confirmation. Not only did I get the remix, I got the extended one. I stumbled upon a Van Halen bootleg site and this song was on disc 3 of a boxed set called, "Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies: The Unreleased". Here's a track listing and more info on the set: . If you check the liner notes on this mix it says: "This extended remix of the OU812 classic is rumored to have been released to one California-based radio station back in 1988 to test the reception of "pop-oriented" Van Halen music by rock radio listeners." This sounds like it was recorded off that California station also, but beggars can't be choosers. It's not terrible but I'll keep looking for a better quality version. For the record let me state that I don't hate Sammy's time with Van Halen. I just prefer the Roth era. Enough jibba jabba. Enjoy the track. Runs 6:47.


Monday, February 11, 2008

(Uncle) Mike + Today. Yeah. It's corny.

"All I Need Is A Miracle (Remix)" - Mike + The Mechanics

...or what Genesis' Mike Rutherford did on his day off. Paul Carrack (of bands Squeeze and Ace fame), and Paul Young shared vocals for The Mechanics. Not that Paul Young. The other one from the group Sad Cafe. He died in 2000 of a heart attack. A great singer in his own right and a loss to the recording world. The rest of the band consisted of Adrian Lee on keyboards and drummer Peter Van Hooke. Lee previously had worked for Cliff Richard and has more recently composed the scores for Antoine Fuqua's, "Training Day", and Jackie Chan's, "The Medallion". Van Hooke played for another of my favorite artists and fellow Van, Van Morrison. Truly a star-studded band and this song reached number 5 on the Hot 100 in 1986. The remix runs 6:33.

"Sweetest Taboo (Extended Version)" - Sade

Mike Pela, engineer and producer, on this song: "In all, we worked on 'Taboo' for six or seven days, and then we went back and poked it a bit more towards the end of the project because there had to be a 12-inch and a seven-inch edit. I had a lot of fun with the mix because it was a good-sounding track. It was straightforward but with a lot of detail, and I do remember finishing it off just as the sun came up over Willesden. A lovely sight!". Here's the 12-inch good-sounding track for you. Runs 5:27.


Friday, February 8, 2008

Dig the french bikini.

"California Girls (Remix)" - David Lee Roth

Van Halen and Roth reunited last year, but this was the beginning of the end for that version of the band back in 1985. He said, he did...whatever. Who knows what really happened besides the fact that Van Halen went on without David Lee Roth. Some say the EP that featured this song, "Crazy From The Heat", was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back as far as Eddie Van Halen was concerned. I'm really excited they have reunited but how long will it last? At any rate, this version appeared as the b-side to the 7" version of this song. Runs 3:09.

"I Want To Know What Love Is (Long Version)" - Foreigner

This version plays like the original version that was edited down for the LP, "Agent Provocateur". Not that there's anything wrong with that. Not positive about that either. It features The Thompson Twins and The New Jersey Mass Choir on backing vocals. The Choir appeared in the music video as well. The song spent 2 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100. Running time is 6:23.


"Axel F (Extended Mix)" - Harold Faltermeyer

Faltermeyer originally titled this, "The Banana Theme", since it was composed for the scene from "Beverly Hills Cop" in which Eddie Murphy's character of Axel Foley stuffed bananas up Taggert and Rosewood's (John Ashton and Judge Reinhold's) tailpipe to prevent them following him in their car. Subtle innuendo follows, must be something inside. Anyways, the movie was a smash. The soundtrack was a smash. This song, with a name change to reflect Murphy's Foley, was a smash. Tally Me Banana: This mix runs 7:14.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Here's a little bonus for tonight:

"Running Up That Hill" - Kate Bush with David Gilmour

From "The Secret Policeman's Third Ball (The Music)", as promised a while back. Pink Floyd's Gilmour plays guitar and provides backing vocals on this live track. Not the usual maxi-single bliss but worth a listen.

All of these things I can't keep inside.

"I Need You Tonight (Extended Mix)" - Peter Wolf

J. Giels Band co-leader Seth Justman said no-go to the material Wolf had written for a new LP so Wolf departed from the group and recorded, "Lights Out", his first solo LP. This was the second single from the album. It didn't do very well on the charts but it did a lot better than J. Giels Band's next album without Wolf. Running time is 5:48.

"Why Me (Extended Version)" - Irene Cara

This song was sung by Irene on an episode of the TV version of "Fame" so I guess it counts as another soundtrack tune from the "Flashdance/Fame" queen of the 80's. Hey You Guyssssss: Cara was a cast member of "The Electric Company" for it's first season. The show's alumni include Gene Wilder, Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers and Mel Brooks. Here Comes Mongo: This mix clocks in at 6:47.
"Undercover Of The Night (Extended Cheeky Mix)" - The Rolling Stones

Sex, corruption and suicide all rolled up in a remixed 6 minutes and 29 seconds. ""I think it's really good but it wasn't particularly successful at the time because songs that deal overtly with politics never are that successful, for some reason." - Mick Jagger. He wrote this song mainly about the political corruption in South and Central America . The video portrays Jagger as a kidnap victim to Keith Richards' gang who eventually gets shot. Given all the troubles the band reportedly had at this time, I bet ol' Keith enjoyed that quite a bit. Seems he had just kind of awakened from a drug-induced walking coma of sorts and began pushing for more control of the band. Apocolypse Whenever Survivors: Keith Richards and cockroaches. It ain't pretty, but it's the facts. Real Deal: I love The Stones and you should too.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Yah Mo Wah Bo.

"Yah Mo B There (Jellybean Mix)" - James Ingram & Michael McDonald

Produced by Quincy Jones, this song reached #19 in 1984. Been up to me it would have been number one with a bullet. This song is quintessential 80's. The song earned McDonald (a former Doobie Brother) and Ingram (a former session vocalist) a Grammy award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group. McDonald says the track's original title and chorus was, "Yahweh be there", but they changed it after deciding it was too religious and might affect it's popularity. First line: "Heavenly Father, watching us all". Very clever. No one ever knew. Shh.

"Self Control (Extended Version)" - Laura Branigan

Ms. Branigan gets all sultry on this track and it still sounds as good today as it did back in 1984 when it reached #4 here in America. Not much changes on this version, it just does what it's supposed to: make a great song better. Sadly, Laura Branigan died in 2004 from a brain aneurysm.

"We Are The Young (Extended Remix)" - Dan Hartman

Dan Hartman (1950-1994). He died from a brain tumor caused by AIDS. Rest in peace. No...that is not him in the movie, "Streets Of Fire", singing, "I Can Dream About You". That was an actor named Stoney Jackson. For a while after I saw that flick I had no clue otherwise. Such was life before the Internet. This song only hit #25 on the Hot 100, but it went all the way to #1 on the U.S. Dance charts. Hartman also produced for several names you might have heard like Tina Turner, Paul Young, James Brown and Steve Winwood.

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Saturday, February 2, 2008


Just a quick update this morning to share something I thought was really cool. It's an archive of the entire Hot 100 Billboard Charts from 1955(!) to 2004. I got this via p2p. It was evidently compiled by a "Jerry Young" and if anyone out there has more like this (especially Dance/Maxi-singles charts), please send it my way. I honestly haven't had time to look at all these. That's a lot of charts but the file itself is only 7 mb. Enjoy!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Pickin' up the pieces.

"Sex As A Weapon (Extended Mix)" - Pat Benatar

In 1985, this song barely cracked the top 30 and the album it's from, "Seven The Hard Way", did the same. I still like it a lot and this is a solid mix (Read: Crank it up loudly). Pat continues to tour to this day with her husband, Neil Giraldo. I don't know who that is either but it's good to know she's still doing what she does best. This will rock your ever-loving socks off for 6:13.


"If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free (Jellybean Remix)" - Sting

From, "The Dream Of The Blue Turtles", Sting's first solo album that went triple platinum within a year. He was formerly in The Police, but you knew that didn't you? This is John "Jellybean" Benitez's mix of the top 5 song. Hands down, Jellybean was my favorite remixer of the 80's. The guy knew how to spice a song up and make it even better without blurring it so much there was no trace of the original version. If his name was on the vinyl sleeve I never thought twice about buying it. Running time: 7:58
"Every Time You Go Away (Extended Remix Version)" - Paul Young

Originally written and performed by Daryl Hall, of Hall & Oates fame, this song was Young's #1 smash in the summer of 1985 here in the US. It should have happened for him earlier with "Come Back And Stay" (my favorite Young tune). The single version was an edit of the LP version and this version is an extension of the LP version. Got that? Brilliant. Running time: 7:30
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