The 80’s

Happy birthday Alfred Hitchcock (1899)!

 

Starting in 1976, I worked at a record store. I went from store to store, following my manager, usually. It never occurred to me to look for work in any other record store, actually. Having the job, I had access to other jobs within that company. I sometimes drove the truck that delivered the records, so I got to see all of the stores in the chain (30 in all), to see which ones had punks; hippies; straights!

 

It didn’t take long until I landed a gig at the record distributor that owned the Licorice Pizza chain, Superior Music, Glendale, CA. I worked with many neat people and some folks I can’t even be arsed to name, real creeps. My friends: Steven Wolloch! Steve “Mott” Hernandez! Dana Madore! (Of Moby Disc fame).

 

At Superior Music, there was a real problem with drugs – there simply wasn’t enough around to keep the whole building fueled and burning! I remember hearing crap like “He’s going on a special assignment for a few weeks” = “He’s going into rehab for cocaine addiction” or thereabouts. Guys high up in the company! Hey, I don’t do (or condone) any of that crap – I remember guys bragging about how their friends wouldn’t let me croak if they ‘did too much’ – they wouldn’t be your friends otherwise! Really, it probably meant that they didn’t want to have to explain a dead body in their house to the cops – who were probably more interested in busting them for having drugs!

 

I first met Tony Harrington about 1977 or so; he came into the Licorice Pizza store I worked at in Bellflower, to put a display for whichever LP he was releasing first. Took a few years, but he eventually offered me a job. Which I took, as the record distributor / importer I was working at was “shonky”, to paraphrase Norman Gunston.

 

Ever buy an LP with a red / white sticker on it that said “United States Sales & Marketing”? That was Tony & I. I got the catalogues and decided what to import, to sell to the Americans. We tended to shy away from rock music, as there seemed to be many people doing that. So, we stuck to easy listening music, new age music (which wasn’t call that yet), soundtracks…

 

The run with Tony was from approx. 1981 to 1987; I had a wife, a newer car; I got to travel quite a bit. It was a great time in my life! But – as we all know – when stuff goes well, there will always be some skunk waiting to trip you, just to see how far you will fall. Which did happen. I don’t even want to name the guys who I worked with who put Tony under; they never appreciated his kindness (he gave them all jobs!) or intelligence. You creeps know who you are – the scumbags who stole client lists, or product (which I watched you sell to Platterpuss in Santa Monica). “You know who you are!” You are not part of the happiness I have been describing.

 

Thank you, Tony Harrington!

Rupert Hine 45’s

Happy birthday Geezer (Terry) Butler of Black Sabbath (1949, Birmingham, England); UK glam rock guy Mick Tucker (of The Sweet) (1948)!

Tomorrow, 7/18 happy birthday Brian Auger (1939)! Famous for working with Julie Driscoll, the Trinity etc. Also tomorrow, Happy Birthday to Dion (DiMucci) (1939).

On 7/19 Happy birthday to Brian May (guitarist of Queen) (1947)!

On 7/20 Happy birthday to guitarist Carlos Santana (1947)!

Rupert Hine on 45! I’ve really enjoyed Rupert Hine’s solo work for decades now. Anxious to hear every note he recorded, I eagerly got his UK 45’s and some variants…

IMMUNITY / ANOTHER STRANGER                                       A&M AUS   K-8545

Australian variant, with the track “Immunity” making it’s 7” debut.

 

MISPLACED LOVE / PSYCHO-SURRENDER (PS) (NL)           A&M NL      AMS 9119

MISPLACED LOVE / PSYCHO-SURRENDER (PS) (UK)           A&M UK     AMS 8106

MISPLACED LOVE / PSYCHO-SURRENDER (PS) (UK) promoA&M UK     AMS 8106

With Marianne Faithfull!

 

SURFACE TENSION (PS) promo                                            A&M UK     AMS 8126

SURFACE TENSION / HOUSE ARREST (PS)                          A&M NL      AMS 9153

Different numbers between the UK & Holland!

 

CURIOUS KIND, THE / SCRATCHING AT SUCCESS (PS)        A&M UK     AMS 8225

CURIOUS KIND, THE / SCRATCHING AT SUCCESS (PS) promo                A&M UK        AMS 8225

 

SET UP, THE / KWOK’S QUEASE (PS)                                  A&M UK     AMS 8206

SET UP, THE / KWOK’S QUEASE (PS) promo                        A&M UK     AMS 8206

With a memorable video clip!

 

LIVING IN SIN (PS) promo                                                      A&M UK     AM 111

There’s a 12” of this, too!

 

VICTIM OF WANDERLUST, THE (PS) promo                           A&M UK     AM 126

A favorite of mine; why wasn’t this huge?

 

BLUE FLAME / YELLOW FLAME                                           ISLAND DE107.24

The Nits 45’s

7-16-14          The Nits on 45

 

Happy birthday Desmond Dekker (“Israelites”) (1942, Jamaica).

Been a fan of The Nits ever since “New Flat” came out! Did my darndest to get all of their 45’s, and for while there – I succeeded! Couldn’t keep up, and my list today ends in 1984, with the departure of Michiel Peters.

YES OR NO / RONALD RAZORBLADE (NL) (PS)                     SCRAMBLE NL   DBS 100.005-H

YES OR NO / RONALD RAZORBLADE (BE) (PS)                     BURDORF BE  26.523 Y

LOOKING FOR A FRIEND / TELL ME BABY (PS)                     SCRAMBLE NL   DBS 10.022

Their wonderful indie 45’s; Michiel Peters gave me these. The Belgian variant was both unexpected and amusing.

TUTTI RAGAZZI / HARROW ACCIDENT (PS)                            CBS NL           CBS 8049

 

UMBRELLA / SOME OTHER NIGHT (PS)                                 CBS NL           CBS 7037

 

HOLIDAY ON ICE / DIFFERENT KITCHEN (PS)                        CBS DE           CBS 9542

A German 45!

 

NEW FLAT / HER SECOND ZEBRA (PS)                                 CBS NL           CBS 9085

 

YOUNG REPORTER / A TO B; C TO D / TENT (PS)                 CBS NL           CBS 8596

 

BOBBY SOLO / TABLES AND CHAIRS (PS)                            CBS NL           CBS 9529

 

RED TAPE / GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS! (PS)                              CBS NL           CBSA 1844

 

SLIP OF THE TONGUE / ORIENTAL SKIES (PS)                      CBS NL           CBSA 2093

 

NESCIO / MAN OF STRAW (PS)                                             CBS NL           CBSA 3201

 

SKETCHES OF SPAIN / BILD AM SONNTAG (AS USUAL) (PS)                       CBS NL   CBSA 3885

 

VERMILLION PENCIL / CLEAN SHIRT IN PARIS (PS)               CBS NL           CBSA 3404

 

ADIEU SWEET BAHNHOF / MASK (LIVE) (PS)                        CBS NL           CBSA 6005

 

BILD AM SONNTAG (AS USUAL) / NICKLE AND WOOD (PS)   CBS NL           CBSA 4095

 

MASK / MOUNTAINS IN MINUTES (PS)                                   CBS NL           CBSA 4778

 

VAH HOLLANDA SENI SENI / FANFARE (PS)                         CBS NL           CBSA 4846

Michael Nyman

Happy birthday Linda Ronstadt (1946, Tucson, AZ)!

Looking at all of my stuff, re-entering it into an Excel list. Only a few types of items could be salvaged from the previous list.

Michael Nyman has interested me for ages. I first heard him around 1980 or so. In roughly chronological order:

MICHAEL NYMAN                                                         MN UK                 MNRCD 123

Originally issued on the Piano label, in England.

 

DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT, THE (O.S.T.)                 CHARISMA UK     CASCD 1158

One of the films I haven’t seen, yet I have an O.S.T. for!

 

COLD ROOM, THE (O.S.T.)                                           SILVA US             SSD 1043

 

KISS, THE                                                                    VIRGIN UK           EEGCD 40

 

CARRINGTON (O.S.T.)                                                  ARGO US             444873.2

 

DROWNING BY NUMBERS (O.S.T.)                              VIRGIN US           CAROL 1646.2

 

MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT, THE          CBS US               MK 44669

 

COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER, THE (O.S.T.)                       VIRGIN US   CAROLCD

1603

 

PIANO, THE (O.S.T.) (SA-CD)                                        VIRGIN EU           11266.2

 

ANOHITO NO WALTZ                                                    CON-SIPIO JPN    COCDS-9304

 

LIVE                                                                             VIRGIN VE UK      CDVE 924

 

PIANO CONCERTO, THE – MGV                                   ARGO US             443382.2

 

AFTER EXTRA TIME                                                     VIRGIN VE UK      CDVE 929

 

ENEMY ZERO – PIANO SKETCHES                              KITTY JPN            KTCR-1403

 

GATTACA (O.S.T.)                                                        VIRGIN US           845018.2

 

RAVENOUS (O.S.T.)                                                     VIRGIN US           847126.2

 

WONDERLAND (O.S.T.)                                                VIRGIN US           848207.2

 

CLAIM, THE (O.S.T.)                                                     VIRGIN US           45472.2

 

VERY BEST OF – FILM MUSIC 1980 – 2001 (2CD)         VIRGIN JPN          VJCP-68388/89

 

SANGAM – MEETS INDIAN MASTERS                          WARNER UK        49551.2

 

8 LUST SONGS: I SONETTI LUSSURIOSI                       MN UK                 MNRCD 114

XTC 45’s

Yesterday 7/13 happy birthday Roger / Jim McGuinn of The Byrds (1942, Chicago, IL). Woody Guthrie is said to have been born in 1912, on this date.

I got on the XTC bandwagon quite a while ago. I missed a few essential items, but got tons of everything else. I’m not quite done, either. At some point, I tried to get stuff as 12” singles, with less emphasis on 7” singles. Silly me!

1978 brings us:

ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? / INSTANT TUNES (PS)                  VIRGIN NL     100.232

ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? / INSTANT TUNES (PS)                  VIRGIN UK     VS 231

Great A-Side and non-LP B-Side

 

STATUE OF LIBERTY / HANG ON TO THE NIGHT (PS)              VIRGIN JPN   VIP-2599

STATUE OF LIBERTY / HANG ON TO THE NIGHT (PS)              VIRGIN UK     VS 201

THIS IS POP? / HEATWAVE (PS)                                             VIRGIN UK     VS 209

Two Great A-Sides and 2 more non-LP B-Sides

 

1979 gets us:

CHAIN OF COMMAND / LIMELIGHT promo                                VIRGIN UK     VDJ 30

Included free with early copies of “Drums & Wires”

 

LIFE BEGINS AT THE HOP / HOMO SAFARI (PS)                     VIRGIN JPN   VIP-2760

LIFE BEGINS AT THE HOP / HOMO SAFARI (PS) clear             VIRGIN UK     VS 259

I wasn’t sure if the clear vinyl sounded OK, so I got a Japanese 45 of this, XTC’s first in Japan?

 

LOOKING FOR FOOTPRINTS flexi                                             FLEXIPOP UK   16

A classic track, seemingly un-loved. Barry Andrews in fine form, too.

 

MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL / ARE YOU RECEIVING ME?        VIRGIN AUS   K 7668

MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL / BUSHMAN PRESIDENT (PS)      VIRGIN UK     VS 282

MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL / LIFE BEGINS AT THE HOP (PS)VIRGIN FR     2097 823

MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL / THIS IS POP (PS)                       VIRGIN JPN   VIP-2792

MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL / THIS IS POP (PS)                       VIRGIN US     VA 67009

Let the variants begin! The UK copy came with a game; The Aussie issue paired this track with a previous album single; The French consolidated “Drums & Wires” material; both the US & Japan went for a snappy “This Is Pop” B-Side

 

1980 finds:

GENERALS AND MAJORS (7″ x 2) (PS)                                    VIRGIN UK     VS 365

GENERALS AND MAJORS (mono) / (stereo) (PS) promo            RSO US         VR 300

UK gets a double pack!

 

SGT. ROCK / LIVING THROUGH ANOTHER CUBA (PS)             VIRGIN UK     VS 384

Live B-Sides showing up…

 

TAKE THIS TOWN / BABYLON’S BURNING (The Ruts) (PS)       RSO UK         RSO 71

From the O.S.T. OF “Times Square” and on RSO no less!

 

TEN FEET TALL / HELICOPTER / SONAMBULIST (PS)              VIRGIN US     VA 67004

TEN FEET TALL / OLYMPIAN (The Skids)                                  SMASH HITSHIT 002

A US only 45? And a Flexipop flexidisc?

 

TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN (PS) (Colin Moulding solo)                     VIRGIN UK           VS 380

The solo records had to start sooner or later…

 

TOWERS OF LONDON (7″ x 2) (PS)                                          VIRGIN UK     VS 372

TOWERS OF LONDON (PS)                                                     VIRGIN NL     102.407

Another double pack for the UK! Not so the Dutch.

 

WAIT TILL YOUR BOAT GOES DOWN / TEN FEET TALL (NL) (PS)                  VIRGIN NL           101.553

WAIT TILL YOUR BOAT GOES DOWN / TEN FEET TALL (NZ) (PS)                  VIRGIN NZ           VS 322

WAIT TILL YOUR BOAT GOES DOWN / TEN FEET TALL (PS)    VIRGIN UK     VS 322

Wonderful non-LP A-Side and a re-recording of “Ten Feet Tall”

 

1981 / 1982

RESPECTABLE STREET (PS)                                                  VIRGIN UK     VS 407

They had to change the lyrics on this, didn’t they?

 

BALL AND CHAIN (PS)                                                             VIRGIN UK     VS 482

Also available as a 12” single; one of the first music videos I saw at the time.

 

NO THUGS IN OUR HOUSE (PS)                                              VIRGIN UK     VS 490

With a die-cut cover, too!

 

SENSES WORKING OVERTIME (PS alt.)                                  VIRGIN UK     VS 462

SENSES WORKING OVERTIME (PS)                                       VIRGIN DE     103.998

SENSES WORKING OVERTIME (PS)                                       VIRGIN UK     VS 462

SENSES WORKING OVERTIME / ENGLISH ROUNDABOUT      EPIC US        14-02875

SENSES WORKING OVERTIME promo                                     EPIC US        14-02875

They did mess about with the sleeves, eh?

 

1983 / 1984

GREAT FIRE / GOLD (PS)                                                        VIRGIN UK     VS 553

Fabulous B-Side!

 

LOVE ON A FARMBOY’S WAGES (7″ x 2) (PS)                         VIRGIN UK     VS 613

Yet another double pack!

 

THANKS FOR CHRISTMAS (PS) (as Three Wise Men)                VIRGIN UK     VS 642

And an Xmas 45!

 

WONDERLAND / JUMP (PS)                                                    VIRGIN UK     VS 606

No 12” of this one…

 

ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS / WASHAWAY (PS)                           VIRGIN JPN   07VA-1006

ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS / WASHAWAY (PS)                           VIRGIN UK     VS 709

Another Japanese 45, and a UK 45 with postcards…

 

THIS WORLD OVER / BLUE OVERALL (PS)                              VIRGIN UK     VS 721

Not their most popular 45…

 

1985 – 1989

MOLE FROM THE MINISTRY (as Dukes of the Stratosphear)       VIRGIN UK     VS 763

No sleeve on this one.

 

WAKE UP / TAKE THIS TOWN (PS)                                          VIRGIN UK     VS 746

Another airing for “Take This Town”

 

DEAR GOD promo                                                                    GEFFEN US  7-28394

A US promo 45!

 

GRASS / DEAR GOD (PS)                                                        VIRGIN UK     VS 882

“Dear God”’s debut?

 

MEETING PLACE, THE (PS)                                                     VIRGIN UK     VSY 912

In clear vinyl

 

DEAR GOD / BIG DAY (PS)                                                      VIRGIN UK     VS 960

“Dear God” gets it’s own issue!

 

KING FOR A DAY / (Same) (PS) promo                                     GEFFEN US  7-22953

The CD single of this was a shaped cover, and a bugger to store…

 

LOVING, THE / CYNICAL DAYS (PS)                                        VIRGIN UK     VS 1201

XTC is still making singles?

 

MAYOR OF SIMPLETON / (same) (PS) promo                           GEFFEN US  7-27552

Their last U.S. 45?

Island Records Boxed Set (1988)

Island Records Boxed Set

I recently bought the 25th anniversary boxed set of Island Records (UK). It’s a 1988 7LP boxed set! I absolutely never knew it existed! Island UK IBX 25.

I remember getting these wonderful 40th anniversary CD’s:

CD                Vol. 1 – SKA’S THE LIMIT ’59-’64                     ISLAND US       524393      1997 20 TRK Compilation

CD                Vol. 2 – RHYTHM & BLUES ’64-’69                 ISLAND US       524394      1997 20 TRK Compilation

CD                Vol. 3 – ACOUSTIC WAVES ’68-’75                 ISLAND US       524376      1998 16 TRK Compilation

CD                Vol. 4 – ELECTRIC CURRENTS ’66 -’75       ISLAND US       524427      1998 14 TRK Compilation

And, of course, the CD boxed set re-issue:

CDx3           STRANGELY STRANGE, BUT ODDLY NORMAL 1967 – 1972           ISLAND UK            UMC 8472

2009 46 TRKS booklet, 1967 – 1972 recordings

But back to my 25th anniversary boxed set, “Island Life” – 67 tracks, and still includes all of the EG Records and Chrysalis Records material (Roxy Music, King Crimson, Jethro Tull etc.) This is what lets the later editions down a bit, not having these groups. The 1988 LP mastering sounds great, nice & crisp, lots of bass etc.

Spencer Davis Group, Free, Spooky Tooth, Mott The Hoople, Traffic, Jim Capaldi, Art (pre-Spooky Tooth), Jethro Tull, Heavy Jelly, Heads Hands & Feet, Bryan Ferry6, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, King Crimson, Bad Company, John Cale, Paul Kossof (Free), Robert Palmer, Kevin Ayers…and then the folk stuff! Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Fotheringay, John Martyn (and John & Beverly Martyn), Nick Drake, Albion Country Band, The Bunch, Renaissance, Sutherland Brothers, Cat Stevens, Incredible TSring Band, Murray Head, Sandy Denny, Mike Heron (ISB). Then up-to-80’s-date stuff with Steve Winwood, Bob Marley, John Martyn, Tom Petty, Ultravox (with John Foxx), The B-52’s, Marianne Faithfull, Was (Not Was), Grace Jones. Reggae represented, too – Linton Kwesi Johnson, Black Uhuru, Aswad, Steel Pulse, Third World, Sly & Robbie – but I did note that they say there’s also a reggae LP boxed set “to be released later”, and I don’t have specifics about that LP boxed set. We finish off with Trouble Funk, Courtney Pine, Julian Cope, The Triffids, Tom Waits, The Waterboys, U2, Art of Noise, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Tom Tom Club etc.

So, for me, the beginning of the boxed set is more interesting than the end of the boxed set, but I can see where it would interest other people in a reverse situation.

I used to write letters to this label, in the early 70’s and they graciously sent me several catalogues. My young self couldn’t fully understand that it was leading to wanting to “collect labels”, but I did duly buy all of the Island Records UK LP’s & 45’s that I could reasonably lay my hands on.

Yes, there are Island Records’ titles I have never seen. No, I don’t already have them all. I wish I did! For in 2014, Island are just a part of Universal Records, England – and not of as much interest, to me.