Thursday, October 29, 2009

I don't remember.

"Sussudio (Extended Version)" - Phil Collins

2 songs from a fantastic 80's album:
Born from an improvised lyric he thought up while diddling with his drum machine, "Sussudio" exploded on the charts the winter of 1985. '85 was a huge year for Collins due mostly to the success of the album this track is from, No Jacket Required. He also turned in a killer performance as a conman on the Miami Vice episode, "Phil The Shill" mostly opposite wannabe never-got-it-quite-right shiller, Izzie, played by Martin Ferrero. Collins also recorded  the number one song, "Separate Lives", with Marilyn Martin for the soundtrack to the movie "White Nights" starring Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov.



 "Take Me Home (Extended Mix)" - Phil Collins

 This song is about a man in a mental institution so Collins says and was inspired by the movie "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest". Artists contributing background vocals on this track: Sting and Peter Gabriel. Sting also sang on the track "Long Way To Go" for the No Jacket Required disc and it along with this song were both featured on Miami Vice. I do remember this song being edited for radio to shorten it from its original LP version and this was the third version that was available to consumers in early 1986. Now go diddle a drum machine.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cream Of Nowhere

Back from the world wide web graveyard at last! I have returned! Is anyone still here? So I couldn't resist the urge to come back here and post a few frightening cuts from some scary 80's artists (Robert Smith, I'm looking at you).

First up: The Cure - A Forest (Tree Mix)

The Cure's first and only single from 1980's Seventeen Seconds. Also the creepiest of all of their catalog as as far as I'm concerned. I'm also cheating a little bit because this mix was released by The Cure on 1990's Mixed Up (an album of galdanged ol' remixes) as opposed to being a 'fugee from the Eighties. Did I just type galdanged? This mix paints a dark, dreary landscape for me each time I listen to it probably due to the mood of being swept up in David Lynch's Twin Peaks on ABC at the time. Wow Bob Wow.
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The Cramps - Surfin' Dead

Ah, my favorite brain soup. Recorded for the soundtrack to The Return Of The Living Dead in 1985 by the horror-punk band The Cramps. Not much to say except love the movie, the song and the band. Send more paramedics!
"Now life is short and it's filled with stuff
So let me know baby when you've had enough
Oh do the dead, turn blue
Yeah the surfin' dead, as dead as you
There's nothing on the radio when you're dead
There's nothing at the movie show when you're dead
There's nowhere left for you to go when you're dead
Do the dead, yeah do the dead"
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Thanks to everyone who continued to visit this blog long after it looked like it was dead. I'm still here and hopefully we can get back on track. Have a fantastic (and by fantastic I mean dark and gloomy) Halloween!
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