Archive for the ‘Small objects of desire’ Category

Fast Forward 008/009: Annual Report (Australian 2 × Cassette Magazine Compilation, December 1981)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

This snappily packaged little item was attached to the wall of the wonderful 1-UP Records back in the days of their shop on Rosemount Viaduct for a long, long while. I would hardly dare guess quite how long it was sellotaped up on the wall (which hasn’t done the soft vinyl pack too much good), but it seemed to be up there forever. I can’t recall how it came to be that I decided to investigate it further, but at some point I think I became aware of the presence of Kraftwerk and The Cure in particular on it. And when it became clear that these were exclusive items, well, it was time to buy.

Fast Forward 008/009: Annual Report cassette magazine - pack front

^ Fast Forward 008/009: Annual Report cassette magazine – pack front


John Foxx – ‘Burning Car’ UK 7” single (Metal Beat/Virgin VS360, 1980)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Near enough to the day (11th July 1980), forty years have passed since the impeccably eerie synthetic ‘less is more’ dynamic of ‘Burning Car’ appeared. As Spring moved into Summer of 1980 it was exciting times for music for me. Spring had brought Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark with ‘Messages’ and The Human League with ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ to my ears and Gary Numan had released the exciting ‘We Are Glass’ single. New Musik and The Cure had also kept my cassette recorder busy, taped from the top 40 show. I had read about the forthcoming release of this latest Foxx single mid June in ‘Smash Hits’. It had competition from former band mates Ultravox, who had reactivated and were releasing the first notes with Midge Ure in the shape of ‘Sleepwalk’ – and would be an earlier release than Foxx’s latest. Nonetheless, I wasn’t wasting time in getting ‘Burning Car’. There had already been the two singles from ‘Metamatic’, in the way of ‘Underpass’ and a completely re-recorded ‘No One Driving’ – and now, just barely seven months into 1980, a whole new non-album single. Which also happened to sound amazing. Just over three minutes long, it was unlike anything else. Whole segments of little more than steely Roland CR78 rhythm machine and vocal with eerie synth washes rolling in like some mysterious mist, Foxx’s precise lyric like some telegraphic telling of a yet unrealised film projected by alternative means. It felt like best thing he’d released yet.

John Foxx - ‘Burning Car’ UK 7” single picture sleeve front

^ John Foxx – ‘Burning Car’ UK 7” single picture sleeve front


New Order – ‘The Perfect Kiss’ UK 7” (Factory, FAC123, 1985)

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Rounding out May’s posts is the standard UK 7” issue of New Order’s first single release of 1985, ‘The Perfect Kiss’.

On first sight, and in comparison to many other New Order singles of the ‘80s in particular, it looks quite uninspiring and bland, taking minimalism all the way by being packaged in a high gloss plain black card sleeve, with minimal silver print typography on plain black labels. In the grooves though we find two edits that are unique to only this 7” single and which have never found there way on to any later CD releases.

New Order - The Perfect Kiss UK 7" front sleeve and label design.

^ New Order – The Perfect Kiss UK 7″ front sleeve and label design.


Button badge goodness: Yet more Siouxsie and the Banshees

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

A final selection for now of some period Siouxsie and the Banshees button badges.

Two of these were magazine giveaways, the ‘Smash Hits’ one was always a particular favourite of mine. ‘The File’ badge is of course from the fan club, not the most obvious connection, I suppose, unless you knew that was the name for it, but there we go.

Siouxsie and the Banshees 'Smash Hits' magazine giveaway badge.

^ Siouxsie and the Banshees ‘Smash Hits’ magazine giveaway badge.


Side by side: Wire – ‘Silk Skin Paws’ UK 7″, 12″ and CD singles [Mute, MUTE 84, 12 MUTE 84, CD MUTE 84, 1988]

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Lifted as the second single to promote the band’s 1988 ‘A Bell Is A Cup (Until It Is Struck)’ album, the opening track ‘Silk Skin Paws’ was remixed for 12” and 7”, with a ‘Filofax’ format 3” CD single along for the ride for added ‘80s gimmickry.*

Wire - Silk Skin Paws - UK CD, 7" and 12" singles front covers

Wire – Silk Skin Paws – UK CD, 7″ and 12″ singles front covers