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Sunday, July 15, 2018

O.S.T : Various : URGH ! A MUSIC WAR - The Album : A 2-Record Set Featuring Previously Unrealed Live Performancies 1981



"Urgh! A Music War" is a British film released in 1982 featuring performances by punk rock, new wave, and post-punk acts, filmed in 1980.
Among the artists featured in the movie are Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), Magazine, The Go-Go's, Toyah Willcox, The Fleshtones, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, X, XTC, Devo, The Cramps, Oingo Boingo, Dead Kennedys, Gary Numan, Klaus Nomi, Wall of Voodoo, Pere Ubu, Steel Pulse, Surf Punks, 999, UB40, Echo & the Bunnymen and The Police. These were many of the most popular groups on the New Wave scene .
Ιn keeping with the spirit of the scene, the film also features several less famous acts, and one completely obscure group, Invisible Sex, in what appears to be their only public performance.

In 1981, a year before release of the film, A&M Records released a double-album soundtrack. The selection of songs was almost the same as the film, but there were a few minor changes and several acts featured in the film did not make it to the album (Dead Kennedys, John Cooper Clarke, Chelsea, Surf Punks, Invisible Sex, Splodgenessabounds).

TRACXS

Side A

A.1 The Police – "Driven to Tears"
A.2 Wall of Voodoo – "Back in Flesh"
A.3 Toyah Wilcox – "Dance"
A.4 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – "Enola Gay"
A.5 Oingo Boingo – "Ain't This the Life"
A.6 XTC – "Respectable Street"

Side B

B.1 The Members – "Offshore Banking Business"
B.2 Go-Go's – "We Got the Beat"
B.3 Klaus Nomi – "Total Eclipse"
B.4 Althletico Spizz '80 – "Where's Captain Kirk"
B.5 Alley Cats – "Nothing Means Nothing Anymore"
B.6 Jools Holland – "Foolish I Know"
B.7 Steel Pulse – "Ku Klux Klan"

Side C

C.1 Devo – "Uncontrollable Urge"
C.2 Echo and the Bunnymen – "The Puppet"
C.3 The Au Pairs – "Come Again"
C.4 The Cramps – "Tear It Up"
C.5 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – "Bad Reputation"
C.6 Pere Ubu – "Birdies"
C.7 Gary Numan – "Down in the Park"

Side D


D.1 Fleshtones
– "Shadow Line"
D.2 Gang of Four – "He'd Send in the Army"
D.3 John Otway – "Cheryl's Going Home"
D.4 999 – "Homicide"
D.5 X – "Beyond and Back"
D.6 Magazine – "Model Worker"
D.7 Skafish – "Sign of the Cross"

SIDE A


A.1 The Police – "Driven to Tears"


The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar, primary songwriter), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s and are generally regarded as one of the first new-wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the United States. They disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour that ended in August 2008.

A.2  Wall of Voodoo – "Back in Flesh"



Wall of Voodoo had its roots in Acme Soundtracks, a film score business started by Stan Ridgway, later the vocalist and harmonica player for Wall of Voodoo. Acme Soundtracks' office was across the street from the Hollywood punk club The Masque and Ridgway was soon drawn into the emerging punk/new wave scene. Marc Moreland, guitarist for The Skulls, began jamming with Ridgway at the Acme Soundtracks office and the soundtrack company morphed into a new wave band. In 1977, with the addition of Skulls members Bruce Moreland (Marc Moreland's brother) as bassist and Chas T. Gray as keyboardist, along with Joe Nanini, who had been the drummer for Black Randy and the Metrosquad, the first lineup of Wall of Voodoo was born.

A.3 Toyah Wilcox – "Dance"


At the launch of her autobiography in 2000, the singer said: "We had a very violent relationship together. I was the violent person. And I didn't want her to kind of suffer by the book and I hope I represented her very well. Coz she really was a wonderful woman with a child from 'hell'." In another interview of the time, Willcox said: "My mother taught me how to walk, she was one that was trained to give me the physiotherapy to straighten my own spine so twice a day we would go through this routine. So she was disciplinarian in my life from a very – well right from when I can remember. So it was natural she was the first person I should rebel against. And I regret that our relationship was very often violent. And [now] I feel very strongly towards my mum that she sacrificed everything to give me the freedom I have today."

A.4 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – "Enola Gay"



Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are an English electronic music band formed in Wirral, Merseyside in 1978. Spawned by earlier group The Id, the outfit is composed of co-founders Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), along with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Stuart Kershaw (drums); McCluskey is the only constant member. OMD released their debut single, "Electricity", in 1979, and gained popularity throughout Europe with the 1980 anti-war song "Enola Gay". The band achieved broader recognition via their album Architecture & Morality (1981) and its three singles, all of which were international hits.

A.5 Oingo Boingo – "Ain't This the Life


Was an American new wave band, formed by songwriter Danny Elfman in 1979. They were known for their high energy live concerts and experimental musical influences, which can be described as mixing rock, ska, pop and world music. This eclectic mix of styles would eventually influence bands as varied as Fishbone, Nirvana and Mr. Bungle. The band's body of work spanned 17 years, with various genre and line-up changes, though their best-known hits include "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science". Elfman later achieved international recognition as a composer for film and television, with the band's former lead guitarist orchestrating.

A.6 XTC – "Respectable Street"



XTC were an English rock band formed in Swindon in 1972 and active until 2006. Led by songwriters Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, the band gained popularity during the rise of punk and new wave in the 1970s, later playing in a variety of styles that ranged from angular guitar riffs to elaborately arranged pop. Partly because the group did not fit into contemporary trends and refused touring for most of their career, they only achieved sporadic commercial success in the UK and US, but attracted a considerable cult following. They have since been recognised for their influence on Britpop and later power pop acts.

SIDE B


B.1 The Members

The Members were formed by lyricist Nicky Tesco (Nick Lightowlers) in 1976, through an invited audition at a recording studio at Tooley Street, London.[1] The original personnel, with Tesco (vocals), was GaryBaker (guitar), and Steve Morley (bass guitar), initially with Steve Maycock then Clive Parker (drums). Morley and Parker were later replaced by Chris Payne and Adrian Lillywhite.

In 1976, the band performed for its first engagements at The Red Cow (London W6), The Windsor Castle (London W9) and The Nashville Rooms (London W14). In that year composer Jean Marie Carroll (aka JC Carroll) joined the band to complement Tesco's lyrics. The Members had recorded a number of songs, but the first released recording was "Fear on the Streets", produced by Lillywhite's brother Steve Lillywhite. This song was included on the first record released by the Beggars Banquet label, the punk compilation Streets (1977).

B.2 Go-Go's

The Go-Go's are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1978. The Go-Go's rose to fame during the early 1980s as an all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments, rising to the top of the Billboard album charts.
Their 1981 debut album, Beauty and the Beat, is considered one of the "cornerstone albums of US new wave" (AllMusic), breaking barriers and paving the way for a host of other new American acts. When the album was released, it steadily climbed the Billboard 200 chart, ultimately reaching No. 1, where it remained for six consecutive weeks. The album sold over 2 million copies and went double platinum, making it one of the most successful debut albums of all time. The Go-Go's have sold over 7 million records worldwide.
The Go-Go's broke up in 1985, but reconvened several times through the 1990s and beyond, recording new material and touring. Though their 2016 performances were billed as a farewell tour, the band remains active on a sporadic ad hoc basis, most recently appearing as guests on a March 2017 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

B.3 Klaus Nomi

Klaus Sperber (January 24, 1944 – August 6, 1983), better known as Klaus Nomi, was a German countertenor noted for his wide vocal range and an unusual, otherworldly stage persona.


Nomi was known for his bizarrely visionary theatrical live performances, heavy make-up, unusual costumes, and a highly stylized signature hairdo that flaunted a receding hairline. His songs were equally unusual, ranging from synthesizer-laden interpretations of classical opera to covers of 1960s pop standards like Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Lou Christie's "Lightnin' Strikes". He is remembered in the United States as one of David Bowie's backup singers for a 1979 performance on Saturday Night Live.
Nomi died in 1983 at the age of 39 as a result of complications from AIDS.

B.4 Althletico Spizz '80

Spizz attended Arden School, Knowle, near Solihull, a comprehensive school in the West Midlands, and was inspired by the burgeoning punk rock movement. After a Siouxsie and the Banshees gig at Birmingham's Barbarellas club  he jumped on stage and sang into the microphones on the back of which was given a recording deal. He was already performing (solo) by 1977. Spizz soon got together with like-minded guitarist Pete Petrol (real name Pete O'Dowd) with whom he released a few singles during the height of the punk's popularity. In 1978 Palmolive, drummer with The Slits, joined the band, then named Spizzoil, for a few gigs.
The band supported Siouxsie and the Banshees among others and later toured as a headline act in many countries of Europe.

B.5 Alley Cats

The Alley Cats are a Los Angeles, California-based punk rock trio featuring Randy Stodola (guitar and vocals). Along with Dianne Chai (bass and vocals) and drummer John McCarthy, they were members of the early L.A. punk rock scene. X's John Doe described the band as having "made some of the toughest, most nihilistic music on the scene."
Originally signed to Dangerhouse Records alongside other seminal California-based punk bands including the Bags, Black Randy and the Metro Squad, and X, they released their first single "Nothing Means Nothing Anymore" backed with "Give Me a Little Pain" on March 30, 1978. At Dangerous they released the album, Nightmare City (1981), while major label MCA released Escape From The Planet Earth (1982). They are among the six bands featured on the 1979 compilation album Yes L.A. and appear in the 1982 film Urgh! A Music War.

B.6 Jools Holland – "Foolish I Know"


Julian Miles "Jools" Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958) is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and television presenter. He was an original member of the band Squeeze and his work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine, The The and Bono.
Since 1992, he has hosted Later... with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, on which his annual show Hootenanny is based.[1] Holland is a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows. In 2004, he collaborated with Tom Jones on an album of traditional R&B music.
Holland also regularly hosts the weekly programme Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, which is a mix of live and recorded music and general chat and features studio guests, along with members of his orchestra.

B.7 Steel Pulse – "Ku Klux Klan"

Steel Pulse is a roots reggae musical band from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England, which has a large number of Afro-Caribbean, Indian and other Asian migrants. They originally formed at Handsworth Wood Boys School - composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass); along with Basil's brother Colin briefly on drums and Michael Riley (vocals, percussion). Steel Pulse were the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

THE KU KLUX KLAN  LYRICS



Walking along just kicking stones
Minding my own business
I come face to face, with my foe
Disguised In violence from head to toe
I holla and I bawl (Ku Klux Klan)

But dem naw let me go now
To let me go was not dem intention
Dem seh one nigga the less
The better for the show
Stand strong black skin and take your blow
It's the Ku, the Ku Klux Klan

Here to stamp out blackman yah
The Ku, the Ku Klux Klan heh!
To be taught a lesson not to walk alone
I was waiting for the Good Samaritan
But waiting was hopeless
It was all in vain
The Ku Klux Klan back again

I holla and I bawl (Ku Klux Klan)
Dem naw let me go now
Dem seh one nigga the less
The better the show
Stand strong blackskin and take your blow
The Ku, Ku Klux Klan

Rape, lynch, kill and maim
Things can't…
Blackman do unto the Klan
AS they would do to you
In this case hate they neighbour
Those cowards only kill who they fear
That's why they hide behind
The hoods and cloaks they wear
I holla and I bawl, Ku Klux Klan
Dem naw let me go no, Ku Klux Klan
Oh no, oh no


Here to stamp out black man yah
Rape, lynch, kill and maim
Things can't remain the same yah
No, no, no, no

SIDE C


C.1 Devo – "Uncontrollable Urge"


Devo (/?di?vo?/, originally /di??vo?/) is an American rock band from Akron, Ohio formed in 1973. Their classic lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single
"Whip It" and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence.
Devo is known for their music and stage shows mingling kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor and mordantly satirical social commentary. Their often discordant pop songs feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures that have proven influential on subsequent popular music, particularly new wave, industrial, and alternative rock artists. Devo was also a pioneer of the music video, creating clips for the LaserDisc format, with "Whip It" getting heavy airplay in the early days of MTV.

C.2 Echo and the Bunnymen – "The Puppet"


Echo & the Bunnymen are an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band's drummer.

Their 1980 debut album, Crocodiles, went into the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart. After releasing their second album, Heaven Up Here, in 1981, the band's cult status was followed by mainstream success in 1983, when they scored a UK Top 10 hit with "The Cutter", and the album which the song came from, Porcupine, hit number 2 in the UK. Ocean Rain (1984), continued the band's UK chart success, and has since been regarded as one of the landmark releases of the post-punk movement, with the single "The Killing Moon".

C.3 The Au Pairs – "Come Again"


The Au Pairs were a British post-punk band that formed in Birmingham in 1978 and continued until 1983.
They produced two studio albums and three singles. Their songs were said to have "contempt for the cliches of contemporary sexual politics" and their music has been compared to the Gang of Four and the Young Marble Giants.The band was led by Lesley Woods, who was once described as "one of the most striking women in British rock".

C.4 The Cramps – "Tear It Up"


The Cramps were an American punk rock band formed in 1976 and active until 2009. The band split after the death of lead singer Lux Interior.[1] Their line-up rotated much over their existence, with the husband-and-wife duo of Interior and lead guitarist and
occasional bass guitarist Poison Ivy comprising the only permanent members. The addition of guitarist Bryan Gregory and drummer Pam Balam resulted in the first complete lineup in April 1976.
They were part of the early CBGB punk rock movement that had emerged in New York. The Cramps were one of the first punk bands, and also widely recognized as one of the prime innovators of psychobilly.

C.5 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – "Bad Reputation"


Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958) is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress.
Jett is best known for her work as the frontwoman of her band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and for earlier founding and performing with the Runaways, which recorded and released the hit song "Cherry
Bomb". The Blackhearts' version of the song "I Love Rock 'n Roll" was number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks in 1982. Jett's other notable hit songs include "Bad Reputation", "Crimson and Clover", "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)", "Light of Day", "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and "Dirty Deeds".
Jett has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has three albums that have been certified Platinum or Gold, and has been a feminist icon throughout her career. She has been described as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll and the Godmother of Punk. In 2015, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

C.6 Pere Ubu – "Birdies"


Pere Ubu is an American rock group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. Despite a variety of long-term
band members, singer David Thomas is the only constant. Describing their sound as "avant-garage," Pere Ubu's work drew inspiration from sources such as musique concrete, 60s rock, performance art, and the industrial environments of the American midwest. While the band achieved little commercial success, they have exerted a wide influence on subsequent underground music.

C.7 Gary Numan – "Down in the Park"


Gary Anthony James Webb (born 8 March 1958), known professionally as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter, composer, musician and record producer. Born in Hammersmith, West London, he first entered the music industry as lead singer of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two albums with the band, Numan released his debut solo album The Pleasure Principle in 1979.
With number-one singles "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and "Cars", Numan achieved his peak of mainstream popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but maintains a cult following. His signature sound consists of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals, and he is considered a pioneer of commercial electronic music. Numan is also known for his distinctive voice and androgynous "android" persona. In 2017 he received an Ivor Novello Award, the Inspiration Award, from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.

SIDE 4 

D.1 Fleshtones – "Shadow Line"

The Fleshtones were formed in 1976 in Whitestone, New York by Keith Streng (born September 18, 1955, New York, New York) and Jan Marek Pakulski (b. August 23, 1956, Lewiston, Maine), two roommates who discovered that a previous tenant had left behind some instruments in the basement of the house they were renting. Streng, on guitar, and Pakulski, on bass, were soon joined by neighborhood friends Peter Zaremba (b. September 16, 1954), Queens, New York) on harmonica, keyboards, and vocals, and Lenny Calderon (b. 1958), New York City) on drums.
The Fleshtones debuted at CBGB on May 19, 1976. Starting in 1978, the group was often joined onstage, as well as on record, by Action Combo, brothers Gordon (alto sax and harmonica) and Brian (tenor sax) Spaeth. Gordon Spaeth (b. September 21, 1951—d. March 8, 2005) became an official band member in 1983.
In the late 1970s, The Fleshtones earned a local following and played often in Manhattan at CBGB and Max's Kansas City. Later, they found a favorite venue at Club 57 on St. Mark's Place. The Fleshtones were the first band to be booked or to play at several famous venues, including Irving Plaza and Danceteria in Manhattan, Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the original 9:30 Club in Washington D.C..

D.2 Gang of Four – "He'd Send in the Army"


Gang of Four are an English post-punk group, formed in 1977 in Leeds. The original members were singer
Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. There have been many different line-ups including, among other notable musicians, Sara Lee, Mark Heaney and Gail Ann Dorsey. After a brief lull in the 1980s, different constellations of the band recorded two studio albums in the 1990s. Between 2004 and 2006 the original line-up was reunited; as of 2013, Gill is the sole original member.

D.3 John Otway – "Cheryl's Going Home"

John Otway (born 2 October 1952 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England) is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring. Although his first single, "Gypsy"/"Misty Mountain" was released in 1972, Otway shot to fame on the back of punk rock and a gymnastic
performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. His sixth single, the half-spoken love song "Really Free" reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart in 1977. It would be his greatest success for some time. The song earned him a five-album deal with Polydor Records, who viewed him as a punk rather than merely an eccentric. His first album, recorded with Wild Willy Barrett, was produced by Pete Townshend but sold only fitfully. The follow-up singles fared no better despite some imaginative promotion, which included an offer for Otway to come to a buyer's house and perform the 1979 single, "Frightened And Scared", if their copy was one of only three copies from which the vocal had been omitted. Otway's and Barrett's only other UK chart success came in July 1980 with "DK 50/80", a modest No. 45 hit.

D.4 999 – "Homicide"

999 are an English punk rock band, formed in London in December, 1976. From the period of 1976 to 1985, the line-up of 999 consisted of Nick Cash (vocals, guitar), Guy Days (lead guitar), Jon Watson (bass guitar) and Pablo LaBrittain (drums). (As a result of injuries sustained in a motor accident, LaBrittain was
temporarily replaced by drummer Ed Case aka Paul Edwards in 1980.) Jon Watson left the band in 1985; being replaced by Danny Palmer, who remained with the band until 1991. Palmer was replaced by Arturo Bassick, who remains the bass guitarist with 999 to this date.
Between 1978 and 2007, 999 released fourteen singles and twelve studio albums. Five of the singles released by 999 between 1978 and 1981 charted within the Top 75 in the UK Singles Chart, with one further single released by 999 in 1978, Homicide, charting within the Top 40. In addition, as a result of extensive touring in the United States in the early 1980s, the band's third and fourth studio albums: The Biggest Prize in Sport and Concrete, each charted on the U.S. Billboard 200.

D.5 X – "Beyond and Back"

X is an American punk rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1977, among the first wave of American punk.[1] The original members are vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake. The band released seven studio albums from 1980 to 1993. After a period of inactivity during the mid to late 1990s, X reunited in the early 2000s, and currently tours.
X achieved limited mainstream success but influenced various genres of music, including punk rock and folk rock. In 2003, X's first two studio albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift, were ranked by Rolling Stone as being among the 500 greatest albums of all time. Los Angeles was ranked 91st on Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. The band received an Official Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles in acknowledgment of its contribution to Los Angeles music and culture.

D.6 Magazine – "Model Worker"


Magazine were an English post-punk band active from 1977 to 1981, then again from 2009 to 2011. The band was formed by Howard Devoto after leaving punk band Buzzcocks in early 1977. Devoto had decided to create a more progressive and less "traditional" rock band.
Magazine reunited in 2009 for a UK tour, with almost all the remaining members of the "classic" lineup, with the exception of guitarist John McGeoch, who died in 2004. He was replaced by Noko, who had played with Devoto in Luxuria. Magazine released an album of new material, No Thyself, in October 2011, followed by a short UK tour.

D.7 Skafish – "Sign of the Cross"

Skafish /?ske?f??/ is a Chicago punk band, fronted by Jim Skafish, cousin of Chicago area DJ Bobby Skafish. The band was formed in 1976 and had their first performance that November.
In 1977, Billboard magazine printed a review of the band's performance as the opening act for Sha Na Na at Chicago's Arie Crown Theater. Finding Skafish to be a "peculiar appetizer for the straight, conservative
crowd" that Sha Na Na attracted, the reviewer stated that "arge numbers retreated to the lobby halfway through Skafish's set, while others approached the stage, threatening with missiles, gestures and denunciations." Jim Skafish himself was described as "a 20-year-old musician from Gary, Ind., who appears to be in transition between man and woman ... dressed androgynously, hair in a pageboy," who at one point in the show "strips down to a woman's bathing suit and nervously applies lipstick to the face." While describing the band's music as "strange, inward-directed lyrics [set] to a repetitious and often dissonant accompaniment", the reviewer noted that Skafish "gave the impression that he had something to tell the audience about itself. ... Yet it remains to be seen whether Skafish has something to say and to whom."

Various : O.S.T :
URGH! A Music War
Label : A&M Records
Format : 2 Vinyl LP , Album Compilation
Country : Greece
Released : 1981
Genre : Electronic, Rock, Reggae
Style : New Wave, Psychobilly, Punk, Synth-pop, Reggae

MP3 .Disc 1  Size : 110 MB
MP3  Disc 2  Size : 118 MB
FLAC Disc 1 Size : 312 MB
FLAC Disc 2 Size : 333 MB



Friday, July 06, 2018

Shocking Blue : At Home 1969



Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band formed in The Hague in 1967. The band spawned a number of psychedelic rock hits throughout the counterculture movements era during the 1960s and early 1970s, including "Never Marry a Railroad Man", "Mighty Joe", "Love Buzz", "Blossom Lady", "Inkpot" and "Venus".


The latter became their biggest hit and went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and many other countries during 1969 and 1970.


The band had sold 13.5 million records by 1973, but the group disbanded in 1974, during the final years of the hippie, flower power and other counterculture movements around the world.

This is the group's first record with singer, Mariska Veres. Robbie van Leeuwen acquired Veres in the attempt to assimilate to the form Jefferson Airplane did by adding a female singer. With Veres's notable vocal performance and stunning looks, the band finally had someone to front them.


The band's second album was a mixture of influences ranging from pop rock to psychedelic rock. There is also early evidence of their interest in Americana with tracks like "California Here I Come" and "Harley Davidson".

Overall, it is best known for its hit single "Venus" which reached number one on the American national charts. Never again did the band achieve such success in the US.


Shocking Blue was founded in 1967 by Robbie van Leeuwen. Other members of the group at this time were Fred de Wilde, Klaasje van der Wal, and Cor van der Beek. The group had a minor hit in 1968 with "Lucy Brown is Back in Town".

After de Wilde left in 1968, Mariska Veres took over the vocals and the group charted a world-wide hit with the song "Venus", which peaked at No. 3 in the Netherlands in the autumn of 1969. The song was released in America and Great Britain at the end of the year, and it reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970.



Shocking Blue – At Home
Year : 1969
Label : Red Bullet – RB 66.195
Format : CD, Album, Reissue
Country : Netherlands,Holland
Released : 02 Nov 2002
Genre : Rock
Style :  Psychedelic Rock



Tracklist

01. Boll Weevil 2:38
02. I'll Write Your Name Through The Fire 2:55
03. Acka Raga  Written-By – J. Mayer 3:05
04. Love Machine     3:17
05. I'm A Woman     2:58
06. Venus     3:04
07. California Here I Come     3:14
08. Poor Boy     4:48
09. Long And Lonesome Road     2:46
10. Love Buzz     3:42
11. The Butterfly And I     4:01

    Bonus Tracks

12. Harley Davidson 2:37
13. Fireball Of Love     2:58
14. Hot Sand     2:35
15. Wild Wind     2:11


Ποιοι δε θυμόμαστε το VENUS ; Το χορεύαμε στα παιδικά μας πάρτι πίνοντας  Βερμούτ  και διώχναμε τούς γονείς μας από το σπίτι γιά να κλείσουμε τα φώτα και να χορέψουμε ΜΠΛΟΥΖ . Ο Πασχάλης το διασκεύασε στο Τραγούδι "Το Κορίτσι Του Μάη" και το έκανε επιτυχία στην Ελλάδα . Γιεγέδες όλου του κόσμου ενωθείτε !!!

Το δισκάκι αυτό δε βρίσκεται εύκολα , και εάν το βρείτε κάπου, θα σας πάρει ώρες για να το κατεβάσετε .

Οι Shocking Blue ήταν ο αντίποδας των Jefferson Airplane στην Ευρώπη . Εκπληκτική μπαντάρα ! Γνωρίστε τους ! Acid Rock στην άλλη άκρη του ωκεανού μακριά από την Αμερική . Το Σιτάρ είναι ένα από τα όργανα που τόλμησαν να προσθέσουν στον ήχο τους ανοίγοντας νέους ήχους στην ψυχεδελική εποχή .

Flac  : Size ; 311 MB
MP3 : Size :  119 MB 





Sunday, July 01, 2018

The Sound : All Fall Down 1982

All Fall Down is the third studio album by English Dark Wave band the Sound, recorded from March to August 1982 and released in November 1982 on record label WEA.

After being pressured by their record label to release a more commercially successful album, since their previous records failed to attract the attention of the public, the Sound rebelled and recorded All Fall Down, which has been called "distinctly uncommercial".


The album was poorly received by critics and led to the termination of the Sound's contract with WEA. No singles were released from the album.
This is is a great Dark Wave album full of desperate lyrics , deep pain and great songs .

"All Fall Down" is one of those maligned records where some fans bailed but a select few would be inclined to attempt through demonstrative hand gestures and longwinded, shouty, pouty explanations of the circumstances surrounding it why it's the band's greatest achievement. All this despite the fact that the majority of the other people who have heard it will tell you it should be avoided at all costs.
"It's hopelessly 'down,' it's got no 'tunes,' it doesn't go anywhere," etc. Truthfully, it falls somewhere between those two views. This is one of those records where patience pays off, because it will gradually become more apparent that the songs all fit together and pretzel themselves in a sense that each one's effect is optimized with the context of those surrounding it. 


It's not a sprawl of songs but an album. Nothing comes by and smacks you in the face; its progression unfolds slowly. They play around with song structures, avoid choruses, drop down unexpected portals, use rhythmic drives for extended stretches, and employ chanted refrains, tape effects, and mechanized handclaps. Some songs build and build and build on a slight gradient and fade out or disappear with no resolution, no catharsis. 

None of these developments emaciate the band's power. However difficult the record is to crawl into, it shows a band that had reached another level of mastery. Renascent reissued All Fall Down in 2002 with superb sound and added three previously unreleased songs. The vocal tracks seem to be slowed down significantly, making Adrian Borland sound very intimidating.

ΤRAXS

01.
All Fall Down      2:28
02. Party of the Mind     3:57
03. Monument              5:08
04. In Suspense             4:05
05. Where the Love Is      4:09
06. Song and Dance      3:55
07. Calling the New Tune 3:30
08. Red Paint             3:15
09. Glass and Smoke      6:54
10. We Could Go Far     4:04


Bonus Tracks

11. The One And A Half Minute Song     1:32
12. Sorry     3:47
13. As Feeling Dies     4:38
14. We could Go Far  3.31
15. Plenty  4.49
16. Neath Dancing Waves 2.46
17. Amber  3.57
18. Scapegoat In A Country Churchyard  2.52

Personnel

Adrian Borland – vocals, guitar, production


Adrian Kelvin Borland (6 December 1957 – 26 April 1999) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer, best known as the frontman of post-punk band The Sound.
Another Dark Prince is gone . He cut his life lost in Glass and Smoke .

Graham Green – bass guitar, sound effects, drum machine programming, percussion, production

Max Mayers – keyboards, production

Mike Dudley – drums, percussion, production

Additional personnel

Manor Choir – backing vocals on "All Fall Down"
Craig Milliner – engineering
Flood – engineering
Steve Prestage – engineering
Bill Smith – sleeve artwork design
Andrew Douglas – sleeve photography
Nick Robbins – production

All Fall Down  LYRICS


The simple notions
Of this damned nation
There's words on the page still
But where's all the rage gone?
All fall down, all fall down

Dance in the streets
Sing ring-a-ring-a-roses
Their disease is complete
With a pocket full of poses
All fall down, all fall down


Pack of cards, den of thieves
Safe as houses until the breeze
Just watch it all fall down
Just watch it all fall down

Don't turn the clock back
Break its hands off
Two minutes to midnight
Are you ready to collapse?
Ready to all fall down


GLASS AND SMOKE LYRICS

The world is turning
The world is turning
Full speed, full moon
It'll be the right time
To get right out soon


We have killed our days
With boredom
Drank the hours
Left them undone


When glass and smoke call
It's a farewell, a sad farewell


We are lost in glass and smoke
Cut by glass, choked by smoke

I'm not stupid
I know i'm guilty
Going on a journey
You can't come with me


 Adrian Borland
Following a substantial musical career spanning numerous groups, as well as a solo career, he succumbed to symptoms of what is known as schizoaffective disorder, and committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on 26 April 1999.

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