Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ cassette and CD version craziness

November 21st, 2020

A fine example of the mid-‘80s trend to load up the cassette version – and increasingly the CD too, with its rise to format dominance – of albums with extra tracks and/or extended mixes. Win’s wonderful high-tech pop debut, ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’, got the treatment good and proper.

Win 'Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)' cassette box front

^ Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ cassette box front

Win 'Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)' cassette box rear

^ Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ cassette box rear

Win 'Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)' cassette inlay front

^ Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ cassette inlay front

Win 'Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)' cassette inlay rear

^ Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ cassette inlay rear

So, what’s the difference, you may wonder? In comparison to the standard LP version, there is a longer, extended mix of the re-recorded ‘Un-American Broadcasting’ and two extra bonus 12” remixes from single releases by way of;

  • Shampoo Tears (Remix) – this is the 12” remix by Michael Brauer.
  • You’ve Got The Power (Remix) – this is the Mark Berry extended remix from the re-issue 12” single.

This latter remix was made famous in Scotland by way of its use in much edited form as the soundtrack to the McEwans lager ‘Escher’ advert (YouTube link). Sadly, not popular enough to launch the single high enough into the charts though to give it the recognition and success it deserved.

Win 'Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)' CD front

^ Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ CD front

Win 'Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)' CD rear

^ Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ CD rear

Win 'Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)' CD insert tracklisting

^ Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ CD insert tracklisting

Win 'Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)' CD disc label

^ Win ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’ CD disc label

The album has never been re-issued, which is mind-boggling really, especially as their follow-up, ‘Freaky Trigger’ was re-issued on CD format back in 2010 now.

Button badge goodness: Assorted record company logo pins

November 14th, 2020

For no reason other than on my travels over the years I have come across these and I do love a nice little enamel lapel pin, here are a few record company logo badges. The most unusual is probably the Genetic Records badge – Martin Rushent’s label back in the day. The Capitol and Parlophone ones came via an early Record Store Day goodie bag courtesy of London’s fine Sister Ray records on Berwick Street.

Various record company logo badges

^ Various record company logo badges

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John Foxx ‘The Quiet Man’ book (2020) / Ultravox ‘Past, Present and Future’ fanzine (1980)

November 7th, 2020

Newly published, the long journey of John Foxx and his story of ‘The Quiet Man’ has eventually surfaced in book form, with this hardback edition. ‘The Quiet Man – Short Stories by John Foxx’. Along the way, there have been many side paths and distant echoes of the quiet man’s footsteps heard, most notably the ‘Quiet Man’ CD release from 2009 and of couse, ’London Overgrown’, alongside the new book, I thought I would focus on the first time I recall one of those excerpts, published way back in 1980 as part of the ‘In The City’ fanzine’s Ultravox special, ‘Past Present and Future’ (and with reference to ‘Church’ and ‘Cathedral Oceans’ along the way too, which have also featured excerpts of the story that find their way into the new book).

John Foxx and Ultravox book covers

^ John Foxx and Ultravox book covers

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) – ‘History of Modern’ limited edition CD/DVD boxed set (2010, Greece, Undo / Blue Noise / EMI CDUN25B)

October 28th, 2020

VersionCrazy has previously covered the full limited edition LP/2xCD/DVD boxed set edition of ‘History of Modern’ in some detail (well, visually anyway) – but did you know that there was a smaller scale boxed edition of the album released in Greece as well?

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) - 'History of Modern' limited edition CD/DVD boxed set - front case

^ Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) – ‘History of Modern’ limited edition CD/DVD boxed set – front case.

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Scritti Politti – ‘Lover To Fall’ (Remix Version) French 7” single (Virgin 90233, 1985)

October 21st, 2020

Released in France only as a single, ‘Lover To Fall’ was remixed by John “Tokes” Potoker for good measure on this release. As well as this 7″ copy there is also a promo-only 12″ (and promo-only 7″ available) – all of these feature the same remix version though.

Scritti Politti - ‘Lover To Fall’ (Remix Version) French 7” single front cover

^ Scritti Politti – ‘Lover To Fall’ (Remix Version) French 7” single front cover

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