The Hacienda etc.

Happy birthday Carl Wayne of The Move (1944)!

I have been reading the book by Peter Hook “The Hacienda – How To Not Run A Club”; here’s a sample month of bookings:

July 1982

Saturday 3rd        FUNKAPOLITAN

Wednesday 7th  LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

Friday 9th             A CERTAIN RATIO

Weds. 14th           ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN

Saturday 17th      SIMPLE MINDS

Monday 19th       BLANCMANGE

Thursday 22nd    THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Weds 28th            BUZZZ (never heard of ‘em, perhaps a Manchester band?)

Friday 30th           J. WALTER NEGRO & THE LOOSE JOINTZ (never heard of ‘em, perhaps a Manchester band?)

The book is fairly straightforward about how they (New Order) did not know how to run a nightclub.

Of the above bands, I saw A Certain Ratio (about 1984/5 “Club Lingerie”), Simple Minds (at the time of “Sons and Fascination”, “Whisky A Go Go”) and The Birthday Party (at “The Roxy”, within a year of them playing at The Hacienda).  All 3 of those bands were ‘to my taste’, the first two British, The Birthday Party being Australian (a BIG difference!).

Vinyl

Island 50th Annv.

4-22-67 The Who release the 45 “Pictures Of Lily” b/w “Doctor Doctor” (a John Entwistle song).      Happy birthday Glenn Campbell (1938, Delight, AR).  Happy birthday jazz bassist Charles Mingus (1922).

For many years, I tried to stay away from re-issue LP’s. In fact, I had very few until somewhat recently. Last year in Portland, I found Grace Jones “Nightclubbing” as an Island Records 50th pressing was quiet and “deep”, much better than my US Island via Warner Brothers issue on LP.

So, I started picking up these re-issue LP’s, whenever I found them for a good price.

I found a few more Island 50th (Second Hand “Reality”!) out of England; some Record Store Day issues etc. Seems to me that newer pressings tend to be rather quiet – no rumble etc. And not every label takes great care re-creating the cover packaging.

Anyway, I now have a crate full of this type of LP pressings! That’s not as many LP’s as would usually fit into a crate, as some of the covers tend to be rather ‘fat’ (over-sized?) – and, generally speaking, the new covers tend to be just only slightly larger than most original covers.

I remember when I got excited (again) about vinyl towards the end of the 90’s, there seemed to be very few titles that never made it to vinyl – one of the 90’s A Certain Ratio LP’s comes to mind, as does “Psychoderelict” by Pete Townshend; the re-formed Traffic LP “Far From Home”, never saw an LP of that!

And some newer stuff that initially started out as CD-only that mercifully got a vinyl issue (or re-issue), notably the Syd Barrett “An Introduction To Syd Barrett” 2LP set on Capitol; and some more A Certain Ratio titles, such as “The Graveyard & The Ballroom” – initially only released as a Factory Records cassette, eventually got a CD re-issue – and finally – a vinyl LP re-issue!

As long ago as ’97, I was searching out vinyl issues of newer titles by Japanese artists, such as Cornelius, Pizzicato Five and Kahimi Karie. I even got a vinyl LP of a title that I was asked to write liner notes for, the re-formed Watermelon LP on Major Force, “Out Of Body Experience”!

Some catalogues would intrigue me, if they saw re-issue, others not so much. And the usual great expense of new vinyl re-issues generally keeps me from buying many of them when “new”. I mean, “$30 for a new single LP?” – if it’s a double LP, maybe $30 isn’t so steep…

I know not everybody makes the leap from DVD to Blu-ray, but the leap to vinyl from CD certainly didn’t eliminate “bad mastering”, as so many 80’s CD’s had – low levels, unclear high-end or muddy bass etc. Good thing I kept buying 12” singles well into the 90’s, eh?

1977 – 1982

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Guitarist Link Wrap born 1929, Singer / Songwriter Leslie Gore born 1946; Rumble.

A while back, I ran into someone who virtually sat out 1977 – 1982; doesn’t matter why, but this person didn’t hear much of anything during these years.   I only wanted to pick one album by an artist, too.  The sole exception to this rule today is for The Damned, as both the debut and 3rd album were real favorites of mine.  The idea was to suggest a set of records that would get you up to speed in my universe.  These artists are all conditionally recommended – start with these records!

A CERTAIN RATIO – The Graveyard & The Ballroom (1979)

ATHLETICO SPIZZ 80 – Do A Runner (1980) not on CD

BEAT, THE – I Just Can’t Stop It (1980) aka The English Beat

BIRTHDAY PARTY – Prayers on Fire (1981)

BLACK RANDY / ELITE METROSQUAD – Pass The Dust, I Think I’m Bowie (1979)

BOWIE, DAVID – Low (1977)

BUGGLES – The Age Of Plastic (1980)

BUZZCOCKS – Time’s Up (1977)

CALE, JOHN – Sabotage (1979)

COOPERCLARKE, JOHN – Disguise In Love (1978)

CURE, THE – 17 Seconds (1980)

CZUKAY, HOLGER – Movies (1979)

DAMNED – Damned (1st) (1977)

DAMNED – Machine Gun Etiquette (1979)

DEVO – Are We Not Men? (1978)

DURY, IAN / BLOCKHEADS – New Boots and Panties (1977)

ENO, BRIAN – Before and After Science (1977)

FLYING LIZARDS – self-titled debut LP (1979)

FOXX, JOHN – Metamatic (1980)

GANG OF FOUR – Entertainment (1979)

GLASS, PHILIP – Einstein On The Beach (1978)

GOBLIN – Suspiria O.S.T. (1977)

GODLEY & CRÈME – L (1978)

GRIFF, ZAINE – Figures (1982) not on CD

GRUPPO SPORTIVO – 10 Mistakes (1977)

HAWKWIND – Quark, Strangeness & Charm (1978)

HINE, RUPERT – Immunity (1981)

HOPPER, HUGH – Hoppertunity Box (1977)

JAPAN – Quiet Life (1979)

JONES, GRACE – Nightclubbing (1981)

KRAFTWERK – Computerwelt (1981)

LARD FREE – Lard Free Vol. 3 (1977)

LEWIE, JONA – On The Other Hand, There’s A Fist (1978)

LIO – debut album (1980)

LOUNGE LIZARDS – debut album (1980)

LOVICH, LENE – Stateless (1979)

LOVSKY, FAY – Confetti (1981)

LOWE, NICK – The Jesus of Cool (1978)

M (Robin Scott) – London Paris etc. (“Pop Musik”) (1979)

MADNESS – One Step Beyond (1979)

MAGAZINE – Real Life (1978)

MANZANERA, PHIL / 801 – Listen Now (1977)

MELON – Do You Like Japan? (1982)

METHOD ACTORS – Rhythms Of You (1979?) on CD as “This Is Still It”

MODELS – Local and / Or General (1981)

MONOCHROME SET – Strange Boutique (1980)

MOTORS, THE – 1 (1977)

NELSON, BILL / RED NOISE – Sound On Sound (1979)

NITS, THE – New Flat (1981)

NUMAN, GARY / TUBEWAY ARMY – Replicas (1979)

PASSIONS, THE – Michael & Miranda (1980) not on CD

PEACOCK, ANNETTE – X Dreams (1978)

POP, IGGY – The Idiot (1977)

PSYCHEDELIC FURS – self titled debut (1980)

PYLON – Gyrate (1980)

RADIO BIRDMAN – Radios Appear (1977)

REVILLOS, THE – Rev Up (1980)

ROTHER, MICHAEL – Flammende Herzen (1977)

SCRITTI POLITTI – Songs To Remember (1982)

SIMPLE MINDS – Empires and Dance (1980)

SLITS, THE – Cut (1979)

SPECIALS, THE – debut album (1980)

SPEDDING, CHRIS – Hurt (1977)

STRANGLERS, THE – The Raven (1979)

SWEET, RACHEL – Fool Around (1979)

SWINGERS, THE – Practical Jokers (1981)

TACHIBANA, HAJIME – H (1981)

TAKAHASHI, YUKIHIRO – What Me Worry? (1982)

TALKING HEADS – More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978)

TAYLOR, TOT – Playtime (1981)

THIS HEAT – Health and Efficiency E.P. (1980)

TIN HUEY – Contents Dislodged During Shipment (1979)

TOWNSHEND, PETE – Empty Glass (1980)

TOY LOVE – self titled debut (1980) on CD as “Cuts”

ULTRAVOX – Systems Of Romance (1978)

WIRE – 154 (1979)

WYATT, ROBERT – Nothing Can Stop Us (1982)

XTC – White Music (1978)

Y.M.O. – Technodelic (1981)

YELLO – Solid Pleasure (1980)

A Certain Ratio

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A Certain Ratio

Are they still together? Yes.  ACR MCR.

Did you ever see them play live?  Yes, once.  Long ago.  Club Lingerie, Hollywood.  They never smiled.

Anything you want / need by them?  Some promo-only 7” singles.  Audiophile editions of their albums – where’s my multi-channel SA-CD of “Force”?

You really should own / hear:

  1. I’d Like To See You Again (1983)
  2. Force (1986)
  3. Good Together (1989)

And there’s a ton of good 12” singles – some of which aren’t even on CD as yet, notably “Brazilia”!  The cassette-only (at the time) release of “The Graveyard & The Ballroom” was what got me started on ACR.  I distinctly remember driving around Los Angeles with my cassette of “I’d Like To See You Again” on my car stereo, circa the mid-80’s.  I would leave work early, drive to Beverly Hills (from Studio City) and buy an international money order to mail off to a European / Antipodean supplier – with ACR as my soundtrack (likely the flip side of this cassette was Wally Badarou “Echoes”, readers!).

So nice that their good albums get re-issued with bonus tracks on CD!  No, I haven’t found all of the Japanese kami sleeve editions yet.  The female vocalist of Swing Out sister is on “Force”, too.  Did you see “24 Hour Party People”?  I laughed out loud in the theatre, when I saw it.

Drat! And I missed their L.A. show when they came to play recently for the “Part Time Punks” series @ The Echo – I don’t now remember why – but I did.  Their newest album “Mind Made Up “ (2009 / 2010) is very good, too.  The single from it, “Starlight” – is from 2002.  Apparently they do not work so quickly these days.

It’s really rather amazing that they’re still active in 2011 – an awful long way from the fall of 1979.  And, no – I did not know (at the time) that they took their name from a Brian Eno song.  If I would’ve known that, I might never have investigated them.  But “The Graveyard & The Ballroom” cassette snuck it’s way into my traveling Walkman, and another fan was created.

1980 – (Ron is 22)

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1980 – (Ron is 22)

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In the summer of 1980, I turned 22 years old.  I was working full-time, and I was busy with my band.  I believe I went to Europe in July, 1980 – and I was headed to New Zealand for the first time, shortly thereafter.  It was quite a time.  You were there, too – what are you favorites from 1980?  Starting from a list of over 1,100 titles, mine were:

I was buying singles by A Certain Ratio – some from England, some from Belgium.  Speaking of Belgium, the 2nd Aksak Maboul album turned up, I liked the first one better.  I still bought ‘space rock’ – “Belle Alliance” by Ash Ra from Germany.  I remember getting an album & Single from Wild Willy Barrett (“Krazy Kong Album”).  I remember liking the dub album by Basement 5 better than their proper album.  I still fancied Lucio Battisti, the Italian singer-songwriter (“Una Giornata Uggiosa”).  I liked the debut album by The Beat, known in the US as The English Beat – and I liked their singles, especially “Mirror In The Bathroom”.  The debut album from The Birthday Party came along, and their single “Happy Birthday” really drove me nuts – a great record.  I loved the debut Buggles album – and I got loads of variant singles when I got to Europe that summer.  We were all still listening to Kate Bush, but I confess that the “Breathing” single broke the spell for me.  I was mightily amused by the album “Wasp” by Shaun Cassidy.  I was right into John Cooper Clarke.  I was starting to hear stuff from New Zealand a lot – it was being sent to me via Air Mail (like the “AK 79” sampler LP with The Swingers).  I was very amused with the Cristina single, a cover version of “Is That All There Is?” – I found my copy in London.  I really liked NZ band The Crocodiles – the 45 “Teenarama” made a big impression on me.  I really liked The Cure, and I liked their 2nd album “17 Seconds” even better than their debut album.  I liked the album and singles from Dalek I Love You.  The soundtrack from the film “McVicar” by Roger Daltrey was actually a pretty good album by The Who.  I loved “The Black Album” by The Damned – and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a European-only 45 of ”White Rabbit”.  I loved Department S from the word go – finding “Is Vic There” in 2 different versions on 45.  I liked Dave Dobbyn better than his band Th’ Dudes – especially his “Lipstick Power” 45.  The golden age of Ian Dury & The Blockheads may have been over, but I still liked his “I Want To Be Straight” single.  John Foxx “Metamatic” cannot be over-estimated – I had seen him on stage with Ultravox in 1978 (“Touch & Go”).  Freeez “Southern Freeez” was and is one of my favorite albums.  I was aware of Fred Frith “Gravity”, but I like it better now than I did then.  Gang Of Four “Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time” was a really important British single for me.  I think I got The Gordons “Future Shock” in the mail – wow!  Gruppo Sportivo “Copy Copy” didn’t have the same magic as the previous 3 x Sportivo albums – but I still liked it.  I got to work with Human Hands in 1980, but I wasn’t involved in their “Sensible Guy” single.  Flowers “Icehouse” was on display in Chelsea Records in Manners St. in Wellington – that’s all it took.  The Igloos cover a Syd Barrett song (“Octopus”).  Japan “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” had Ryuichi Sakamoto from Y.M.O. on it – I had been with Japan since the “Quiet Life” album.  I was sent the debut Kewi A Go Go Party album in the mail (“Life Is Like A Penguin”) by Eric from Boudisque.  I liked the NZ band The Knobz “Culture” 45 on the Bunk label.  Knox cover a Syd Barrett song (“Gigolo Aunt”).  Krisma “Cathode Mama” LP from Italy was amusing.   Lavvi Ebbel 45 “Out Of The Blue” from Belgium really made me happy (again, thanks to Eric).  I found the debut Lio album by myself, in a FNAC store in Paris – which one?  Montparnasse?)  Eric @ Boudisque again – the debut 10” from Fay Lovsky, then known as Fay Lovesick (“Sound On Sound”).  Lots of Madness records in 1980 – I liked the “Work Rest & Play” EP probably the best.  Magazine were one of my favorite bands – lots of singles released in 1980 – “Sweetheart Contract” probably my favorite – I had seen them live in ’79 and would see their San Francisco “Urgh” show in 1980.  Martha & The Muffins – Canadian band, British records – “Trance & Dance” had some great stuff; good live band, too.  I had cotton’d on to Mi-Sex in ’79 – but I also liked their 2nd LP “Space Race”, another good live band.  The Mockers seemed to attract a lot of attention in Wellington NZ, having a B-Side called “Murder in Manners St.” – which I had bought on Manners St.  I was buying records by The Monochrome Set, but my fandom would take almost 20 years to germinate.  One of the best 45’s I was ever sent from Holland was The Monomen “Come In Handies” b/w “S.O.B.S.” in a plastic sleeve (Thanks, Eric!) – I even got to see them live in Amsterdam!  The Mothmen “Pay Attention” LP, I just love “Not Moving” from that debut album.  New Musik “From A To B” was great, best single from them at that time was “This World Of Water”.  Harry Nilsson “Flash Harry’ – what a weird album!  Eric sent me the 3rd album from The Nits “New Flat” – and I had a new favorite band – I absolutely loved the 45 “Holiday On Ice” (a German 45 for a Dutch band).  1980 was all about 45’s for Gary Numan “I Die, You die” and “We Are Glass” – his best work.  Orchestral Manoeuvres’ debut album is pretty good, I like the “Red Frame, White Light” single better (& the “Messages” 10”).  John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett had a lot of 45’s – “DK 50/80” made the biggest impression.  Interesting live act, Mr. John Otway.  The Andy Partridge “Take Away” solo LP is a bit confounding – I think I like his work with XTC better.  The Passions “Michael & Miranda” LP is really good; I also go for their subsequent singles.  Jacques Plafond “Hark!” LP is sent to me by Eric from Holland, and we are all amused.  Plastics “Top Secret Man” is amusing, seems as lot like Devo; I like it better now than I did then.  2nd LP by P-Model “Landsale” is real good, I guess I liked the 1st album (“In A Model Room”) better.  “Now” by Pop Mechanix is one of the best singles I was sent from New Zealand – where’s the LP? (Uh, there was never a Pop Mx LP).  Psychedelic Furs – they seem to be a good band, loved the “Sister Europe” and “Mr. Jones” singles.  Pylon “Gyrate”!  Random Hold “The View From Here” LP is amazing – we will have to wait a few years to hear “Avalanche”.  Revillos “Rev Up!” LP has to wait until I see the videos for “Where’s The Boy For Me” and “Scuba Scuba”.  The Rolling Stones “Emotional Rescue” LP continues in the trend of “Some Girls”, so they’re still listenable.  Ryuichi Sakamoto “B-2 Unit” album reminds me of the Andy Partridge LP – only it was a lot more expensive.  The Selecter album “Too Much Pressure” is fine – I never got to see them live (at least, I don’t think I saw them live).  Simple Minds “Empires & Dance” resonates, but I will like their next LP even better.  Soft Boys cover a Syd Barrett song (“Vegetable Man”).  The Sound “Heyday” single is great.  Spandau Ballet’s debut single “To Cut A Long Story Short” is my favorite record by them.  The Specials “More Specials”…er, M.O.R. Specials?  Uh, I liked Side One really well.  Spizz! Athletico Spizz 80 “Do A Runner” – great, great LP – still not on CD in 2010?  Spliff “The Spliff Radio Show” – my favorite English-language German record of 1980.  Really liked “Passion” by Rod Stewart (and the album “Foolish Behavior”).  Continued my Stranglers fandom – two great singles in 1980 “Bear Cage” & “Who Wants The World”.  Surf Punks (saw ‘em live at The Roxy) and was amused by the “My Beach” LP on Epic.  This Heat “Health & Efficiency” 12” – I like this better than either of their albums!  Pete Townshend “Empty Glass” – an album that you could sit down with the lyrics sheet!  Toy Love LP & singles were great in ’80 (eventually got to meet Chris Knox in NZ).  Waitresses “I Know What Boys Like” single!  Even Tom Waits’ “Heart-attack & Vine” LP!  Steve Winwood “Arc Of A Diver” (with Vivian Stanshall lyrics!).  Robert Wyatt had a bunch of singles in 1980 – but no LP?  “At Last I Am Free” was my favorite of those.  XTC “Black Sea”!  I didn’t go for Yello in 1980 – that had to wait approx. 20 years.  Y.M.O. “X Infinity Multiplies” 10” was and is amazing!  Snakeman Show!  I suppose one could get to Yes “Drama” via The Buggles…Frank Zappa “I Don’t Want To Get Drafted” single!  Hector Zazou “La Perversita” LP on Invisible from France – still not on CD in 2010?

Sure there was more than this going on in 1980 – but these are what stuck out for me.