Archive for the ‘Obscurios’ Category

Tiger Lily ‘Monkey Jive’ UK 7″ single (Dead Good Records, DEAD11, 1980)

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

As I pen this piece, Ultravox! have enjoyed a moment in the sun once more, with the issue of the ‘Island Years’ CD box set gathering their three Island-era LPs (and rarities) and coloured vinyl reissues of their first three long players. So, it is as good a time as any to look back on the proto-Ultravox! single recorded by Tigerlily, namely ‘Monkey Jive’ / ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, the particular version featured here dating from October 1980. (A small piece about it in Smash Hits of the era can be viewed here.

Tiger Lily 'Monkey Jive' UK 7 inch single front cover

^ Tiger Lily ‘Monkey Jive’ UK 7 inch single front cover

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Japan ‘Visions of China’ UK 7″ and 12″ singles (Virgin VS436 and VS436-12, 1981)

Friday, July 31st, 2015

This was actually a relatively straightforward release in fact, but I highlight it here via this post for the curiosity of what might have been…

Japan 'Visions of China' 7 and 12 inch singles - front sleeves

^ Japan ‘Visions of China’ 7 and 12 inch singles – front sleeves

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Wire ‘Exploded Views’ Italian Book / ‘Live – May 1990’ CD (Stampa Alternativa, SCONC.25, 1994)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Never been entirely sure where this fits into the grand Wire scheme of things, whether it is official, semi-official, unofficial – does it count as one of those ‘objects’ that numbered up to 47 at one point? I’m unsure, since it clearly has input from the band somehow or other, whether that be via the separate interviews or the exclusive live recordings – this is no mere cut and paste history in cuttings type affair. But neither is it an ‘Everybody Loves a History’ nor a ‘Read and Burn’. It shares a series with similar tomes on many other alternative favourites, more likely appearing due to quirks in Italian copyright law than official sanction, I’d wager.

Wire - 'Exploded Views' book, front cover

^ Wire – ‘Exploded Views’ book, front cover

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John Foxx ‘My Face’ UK yellow plastic ‘Smash Hits flexi-disc, 1980

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Something of an indulgence in this post – ‘My Face’ was a previously unreleased track that John Foxx gave away to Smash Hits magazine in late 1980, issued via the medium of a one-sided, crackly bright yellow plastic flexidisc – and what you see here is it wrapped in my home made cover design of the time. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t alone in putting together my own cover design – I was obviously trying to channel the spirit of the preceding ‘Burning Car’ sleeve design in typeface and coloured line elements.

John Foxxx 'My Face' flexidisc housed in home-made sleeve

^ John Foxxx 'My Face' flexidisc housed in home-made sleeve

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Siouxsie and the Banshees ‘The Peel Sessions 1977-1978’ 7″ coloured vinyl EP (Strange Fruit, 677002)

Friday, April 4th, 2014

An odd little curio, two tracks apiece from the bands first two Peel sessions jumbled up on this 7″ EP that sells itself on the packaging to the max, with a mish-mash of Banshees eras; early, pre-Polydor recordings with a Kaleidoscope/JuJu era? Siouxsie pic and typeface logo from the ‘Kiss In The Dreamhouse’ era – topped off with light blue marbled vinyl for the disc itself. Both sessions from which the tracks were culled had already been out before on 12″, cassette and CD some years earlier, with the plainer, more interchangeable, generic style sleeve designs and subsequently various outings for Banshees BBC material. A rougher and rawer Banshees sound before Steve Lillywhite’s production touch and ‘space’…

Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Peel Sessions 1977-78 7 inch EP front cover

^ Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Peel Sessions 1977-78 7 inch EP front cover


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