Archive for the ‘Missing in action’ Category

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

Saturday, 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.

The Cure – ‘Concert and Curiosities’ UK cassette (Fiction, FIXHC10, 1984)

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

The Cure were no strangers to giving fans a bonus side of music to their cassette releases, with 1981’s ‘Faith’ cassette coming with the long form ‘Carnage Visors’ soundtrack piece as a cassette-only exclusive. By 1984 and their renaissance as a more pop-oriented act (on the surface at least as the Sturm und Drang outings from ‘The Top’ such as ‘Shake Dog Shake’ and ‘Give Me It’ would attest), time was ripe for their first live album in the shape of the faux bootleg look and feel of ‘Concert’ (The Cure Live)’. Limited to a single album rather than the more traditional sprawling double, it was a fair trawl through various highlights, heavy on the singles and a side order of more recent album tracks. Fair enough. But of more interest, certainly for longer term fans, was the cassette-only ‘Concert and Curiosities’.

The Cure ‘Concert and Curiosities’ UK cassette

^ The Cure ‘Concert and Curiosities’ UK cassette

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The Human Condition – Live At The Collegiate Theatre 13 September 1981, UK cassette (The Human Condition, THC 1, 1981)

Friday, August 28th, 2020

The Human Condition was a short-lived band featuring reunited PiL band-mates Jah Wobble on bass and Jim Walker on drums, the line-up rounded out with Animal (aka Dave Maltby) on guitar and also occasionally augmented by Annie Whitehead on saxophone. This ‘rush release’ is one of two live recordings released on limited run cassettes that were issued back in the day and document their fine instrumental workouts. The packaging was stripped down and minimal on both, having the air of bootleg issues, perhaps, despite being official output. As far as I am aware they have never been re-issued in any form. One of the tracks on here would appear in studio form on 1983’s ‘Snakecharmer’ release by Wobble, Czukay and The Edge. I’ve selected my favourite track from the cassette to sample via a YouTube upload, ‘Neon’ – see what you reckon for yourself… if you like it, plenty more from the same account to check out.

The Human Condition - Live At The Collegiate Theatre 13 September 1981 UK cassette front cover

^ The Human Condition – Live At The Collegiate Theatre 13 September 1981 UK cassette front cover

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Side by side: Hard Corps – ‘Metal and Flesh’ album versions

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

This post will look at the various releases of the Hard Corps compilation album, ‘Metal and Flesh’ and its multiple mixes and selections across a small but surprisingly varied releases. I have posted about Hard Corps before, they remain, even after all these years, a favourite. At a time when bands were increasingly content to rely on the clean gleam of the new digital instrumentation wave, Hard Corps were synthesising their own sounds from a variety of elements. In the rhythm department in particular, none of the obvious go-to sources of the era, save for a Roland  TR-808 to provide a basic chassis in early stages of a track’s development, swapped out as they progressed for their urgent, hard, insistent pure electronic beats driving the music. Whether in the more in your face and up tempo signature pieces as ‘Metal and Flesh’, ‘Dirty’ or ‘Desolation Land’, or on the slower, more melancholic works such as ‘The Bell’ or ‘Respirer’. My goodness, how well did Regine Fetete’s abstractions describe in fragments such bittersweet worlds to marry with the music produced by Hugh Ashton, Robert Doran and Clive Pierce.


Hard Corps ‘Metal and Flesh’ 1990 CD

The CD was the first version of the album to appear, I received my copy by mail order on 19th September 1990 (having ordered it from an advert for Beat Route mail order back in August). The Discogs.com entry gives an earlier release date of 18th June 1990 though. I don’t know the background to the album and how it came to be. Seems to gather together earlier, harder and more melancholic tracks along with later period ones where the sound has softened a little over time. I have no idea if it is really as clear cut as that, but a I wonder if there was some kind of change, perhaps related to the period where the band’s period with Polydor must have soured and led to be a barren period of activity. 1986 in particular saw, for example, little if any live activity.

Hard Corps 'Metal and Flesh' 1990 CD - front cover design

^ Hard Corps ‘Metal and Flesh’ 1990 CD – front cover design

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Matthew Seligman, 1955-2020

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

Very sad news indeed today to read of the death of Matthew Seligman. Bass player par excellence, so many great records in my collection that he plays on – Thomas Dolby, Peter Murphy, Snail and many more – and of course, The Soft Boys. Sadly, a victim of COVID-19, the disease that the current sham of a UK government seem incapable of managing without putting so many in harms way.

If you are not familiar with Matthew there is fine obituary on Slicing Up Eyeballs.

The photo below is one I took back in 2005 on a hot August night in a cramped rehearsal studio for his then band Snail (Matthew, Jon Klein, Chris Bell)during a video shoot.

Such a sad loss, RIP Matthew.

Matthew Seligman and Snail, Shepherds Bush Rehearsal Studio, August 2005

^ Matthew Seligman and Snail, Shepherds Bush Rehearsal Studio, August 2005.