Archive for the ‘Missing in action’ Category

Steve Strange, 1959-2015

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

For some reason, I’ve never posted anything about Visage on this blog, despite having a fair few of their records. The return of the band in recent years has been a most welcome surprise, with a strong album that tapped into the original style of the band and a string of fine singles (and accompanying remixes, the latter something of a rarity). This on top of their classic era material, particularly the first two albums. So, it is with sadness that I have just read about the passing of Steve Strange. RIP, Steve.

Remake, remodel: Wire ‘Change Becomes Us’ and Karl Bartos ‘Off The Record’

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Arriving within a short period of one another, two releases which both delve back into the history books in order to refashion roughs into polished new shapes. Wire have taken a selection of material that previously saw release only as live versions (on 1981’s ‘Document and Eyewitness’ live set and, later, the ‘Turns and Strokes’ compilation gathering together remaining waifs and strays of the period) – so, mostly familiar to long-time Wire fans. Bartos meanwhile has looked back to private musical sketches to bring something new to the world.

Wire 'Changes Becomes Us' limited edition and and Karl Bartos 'Off The Record' CDs

^ Wire 'Changes Becomes Us' limited edition and and Karl Bartos 'Off The Record' CDs

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Hard Corps ‘To Breathe’ West German 12″ (Polydor/Metronome, 883-413-1)

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Hard Corps ‘To Breathe’ West German 12″ front sleeve design

To this day I still don’t know what the story is behind this single and why it was never properly released, seemingly withdrawn at the last minute back in late 1985 – no doubt why it is extremely difficult to come by.

This particular copy is the West German 12″ edition. The tracks on this 12″ are;

To Breathe (Extended Version) (5.46)
Metal And Flesh (5.30)
To Breathe (Instrumental) (3.50)

Hard Corps ‘To Breathe’ West German 12″ rear sleeve design

The label design is different to those on the UK copies, being a fairly plain black and silver ink thing (the UK copies have picture label designs).

Label design and rear cover design

There is also a 7″ of this West German edition too (Polydor/Metronome, 883-413-7) which comes with a 3.38 edit of the A side and the same version of ‘Metal and Flesh’ on the B side. Sleeve design is almost identical with only minor differences, while the label is a pink injection-moulded thing.

The UK editions will be covered another time…

The good news is that Hard Corps now have a presence on MySpace – check it out: http://www.myspace.com/hardcorps84