|7" + 12" singles
/ Digital Dance
|Prehistoric Records, 1983, PR-2
||45 rpm single. Octavio Lavemour (vocals, synth) and Greg Skol
(drum programme). the b/w picture sleeve of early '80s new wavy chick
led me to expect female vocalist, but no. the b side is the gem here. Lavemour's
vocals are completely unaffected and underproduced--which is a very good
thing, especially when contrasted the messy cheese goo of "infatuation."
takeaway lyric: "everything is all preset..."
/ Alien Girl
Survival, 1982, Sur 006
|Sounds like an electronic version of "Let My Love Open the Door"
but with a long trail-out that is so old school futuristic that it predicts
the sound that is making a comeback with today's analog synth-enhanced
Djs. Alien Girl tries to kick ass like Devo but falls short except when
Bone goes off on long instrumental tangents he makes his own. Plus the stylish
packaging you'd expect form Survival.
|Everything and More / You and Me on the Sea Shore
||Respond Records, 1982, RESP4
||The title track has the verve, jangle, and energy of early '90s
american indy rock--somewhat in the Tsunami or Heavenly vein. Female trio
Rachel, Debsey and Hester rock like a thrown beercup. With bells even! B
side is thoughtful instrumental. This record is far better than the insipid
pink picturesleeve would lead you to believe. Produced by Captain Sensible
under the Polydor Ltd UK umbrella. "Everything..." is a hit!
/ Random Particles
|45 rpm "Double A Side" single. Wishful thinking, tho either one
of these could've been a hit in some parallel universe. Lots of digital keyboards
punctuated by slashes of guitar, female vocalist sings in machinelike way.
Subliminal is the better cut, I see the smoke and strobes of my suburban
new york teen clubbing days. If you want to rock your '80s nostalgia party,
whip this one out. Hot yellow picturesleeve.
/ Poor People
|Foam Records, 1982
||45 rpm of another Devo wannabe band. Still, this is old enough
to sound authentic now. Truly bad cover art, b/w picturesleeve reflects the
seedy underside of this band's hometown, Miami, USA. Despite their US
origins, they sometimes sing "aluminium," either aping or mocking Brits--it's
hard to tell which.
|Hawaiin [sic] Pups
||AV - 2
Manufactured by CBS Inc.
51 West 52 Street, New York, N.Y.
|am i playing this at the right speed? what hyper drums. "here
comes the wolfman - watch out! / in the subways / and the delis / they'll
eat your feet / and your eyeballs / the spooks are coming..." this is a white
label demo with no markings on the label. my guess is someone in the legal
department raised the touchy subject that "spooks" might be interpreted as
a derogation and thus kept this from ever seeing the light of day. the sleeve
is generic white paper with big round "window", Hawaiin Pups - "Spook
Opera" stamped on in light red. certainly a rarity fit for a halloween
christmas party. same on both sides, a second listening and i realize
they are also singing about zombies! the price just went up...
/ Teekon Warriors
|2 guys, 2 gals look thoughtful gazing out a window streaked with
rain, reflecting trees. Very arty 45 rpm single, shiny picturesleeve with
trippy linedrawing cover, kinda Dr. Seuss meets MC Escher. The grooves are
actually quite listenable. Teekon Warrior has a sweet bassline begging to
be sampled. The first 10 seconds of each side is sublime. Early '80s British
new wave pressing. Same label that first put out Television Personalities!
Whaam made quite a splash--as things often do before they go under.
||Shock Waves / OK GO
||Survival, 1981, SUR 002
||Is this record skipping or is it supposed to sound like that?
Any song which raises that question can't be all bad. The title track is
kind of muddy and overproduced--my guess is they didn't like the female lead
vocals but I suspect they would have sounded better with a rawer sound. As
usual, the B side is purer; "OK GO" makes me wonder if these weren't the
first kids on their block to get into ecstasy.
||Life on a Cool Curve
/ Other Side of Science
|Detour 5604, 1983
||The look is 4 AD, the sound is Devo--who would believe this band
was from Cleveland, Ohio? Our global telecommunications age was blurring
boundaries even way back in 1983. Amazing. 45 single.