Holger Czukay “Music Is A Miracle” LP

I learn new things about record collecting all the time.  I do not always know when something is a bootleg or not.  I found an LP in Portland, OR that could be a bootleg, but perhaps it isn’t.

HOLGER CZUKAY “Music Is A Mracle” (2011) is the LP in question today.  The cover says it’s limited to 777 copies (of which I found copy #720).  The label says it’s Claremont 56 Records.  It has a very nice inner-sleeve, too.  “At the age of 43 Holger Czukay was working on a message for his fans.  He kept it unreleased for 30 years.” – it sounds like a side-long LP made for the “On The Way To The Peak Of Normal” LP, telling you exactly what is on this LP.

I went to Germany around this time, and I knew nothing about this!  But is it a bootleg?  Or did Mr. Czukay license it to Claremont 56 Records all these years later?  No matter – it is an amusing LP!  And it would be like Mr. Czukay to make such an LP.  Perhaps EMI Germany did not want to press this LP at the time?

The B-Side of this LP is “Ode To Perfume Part 2”.  I listened to it – and it’s definitely not what is on “On The Way To The Peak Of Normal”!  It’s after “Ode To Perfume”, and it definitely sounds ‘made from tapes’.

As with most of Mr. Czukay’s stuff, I wish there was more information, but that’s about it.

Cowboys International / Ken Lockie

Yesterday, happy birthday to Robbie Robertson (of The Band) (1943). Today, happy birthday to Bill Haley (1925).


Recently, while writing about Virgin Records UK, I remembered the band Cowboys International, lead by Ken Lockie, apparently from Newcastle. “The Original Sin” (1980) was their sole LP, and the US cover and UK cover are vastly different. I played that LP last week, and it sounded rather good. Side 1 really had a groove going, and Lockie & Co. really seemed to be able to nail down what they were trying to do. The LP was produced by Dennis MacKay, a name I don’t instantly recognize.


I do believe I have a video of them live on the Old Grey Whistle test, playing “Today Today” and possibly one other track. They ‘looked’ right, sounded ‘right’.


I also played Lockie’s only solo album, “The Impossible” (1981), which contained a flyer asking “What is impossible and who do want it to happen to?” I was also briefly baffled by the designation on “The Impossible” K. L. – until I read the Lockie’s Wikipedia entry, it must be Keith Levene, of Public Image Ltd.!


I definitely bought these albums when they were released, approx. ’79 – ’81. I used songs from these albums in my monthly cassettes, and really enjoyed “Thrash”, the single. At the time, it was almost impossible to tell who was going to blast off and have a stellar career – and who would sink like a stone into obscurity. These guys made a really decent LP, with “The Original Sin” – and it – at times – seemed like they would be the next Duran Duran.


So, I have some variants on the “Thrash” 45, I believe a French copy on clear vinyl? And their “Aftermath” 45 came with a flexidisc that had a song worth remembering. Yet, they remained 2nd division. I guess Virgin UK didn’t have the same ‘muscle’ as Mercury Records or EMI. No ability to push this band towards a greater tomorrow.


Probably, it’s still possible to find a US copy of this LP for under $5. Not familiar with it? Then pick-up the next Atlantic / Virgin copy you see cheap – you won’t be disappointed! (I doubt you’ll see a UK copy of the LP with it’s mylar sleeve and carefully chosen colours. But you never know!).


I understand Mr. Lockie has self-released the Cowboys International on CD, gee, I’d love to find one of those in a bargain bin somewhere! But unlikely in Los Angeles, and he probably minimally released it somewhere near where he lives in England.

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!

1981 (Jim Donato’s List)

6-5-14                         Jim Donato’s 1981 List

Jim Donato: 1981 is my favorite musical year, and I’m probably forgetting some albums, but here goes:

John Foxx – The Garden (Here! Here! Great album!)
Ultravox – Rage In Eden (I liked them better with John Foxx)
Simple Minds – Sons Fascination / Sister Feelings Call (Another great album!)
Gary Numan – Dance (Probably the last Numan LP with any currency!)
Japan – Tin Drum (Another great album!)
OMD – Architecture & Morality (I prefer the first album to anything that followed)
Human League – Dare (Not my idea of a good HL album, I prefer the first two)
Pete Shelley – Homosapien (Liked the single, never heard the LP – but I do own it!)
Jerry Harrison – The Red & The Black (I am no-go on T Heads solo LP’s, generally speaking)
Eno / Byrne – My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Except for this one; sanitized for the 21st5 century!)
Icehouse (the debut Flowers LP, I presume)
Was (Not Was) (I never understood this at all)
Heaven 17 – Penthouse & Pavement (Another great album!)
Altered Images – Happy Birthday (I only keep Best of LP’s / CD’s for this band)
Associates – 4th Drawer Down (I’ve only heard the singer on Yello LP’s)
Duran Duran (the debut Duran x 2 LP, I presume)
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Juju (Never really got them; better once John from Magazine arrived)
Gogo’s – Beauty & the Beat (More a local phenomena than a real interest of mine)
DEVO – New Traditionalists (Were they past their sell-by date yet?)
Bow Wow Wow – See Jungle (Always will be a singles band, as far as I am concerned)
Eurythmics – In the Garden (This album should be better than it is, what with Holger Czukay being on it!)
Grace Jones – Nightclubbing (Best album on this list!)
Tom Tom Club (I am no-go on T Heads solo LP’s, generally speaking; but I do own this)
Kraftwerk – Computerworld / Computerwelt (End of the line for K’werk!)
P.I.L. – Flowers Of Romance (No interest then or now, for me)
The Stranglers – La Folie (Not one of the better Stranglers albums with Hugh Cornwell, but still a solid effort!)
Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (Great album, nice DVD too!)
Depeche Mode – Speak & Spell (DM in 5.1! The sole DM album I own!)
Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk (Great P Furs album, liked the next one better!)
Yello – Clari Que Sí (Didn’t care in 1981, but like it fine now!)
Landscape – From The Tearooms Of Mars (Must listen to this again!)
King Crimson – Discipline (No comment.)
Suburban Lawns (Don’t remember their album – maybe a single?)
Yukihiro Takahashi – Neuromantic (Great album! More of this stuff!)
The Cramps – Psychedelic Jungle (Pass! Not my cup of rotting flesh!)
Magazine – Magic, Murder & The Weather (The least of the Magazine albums, but still great!)
Girls At Our Best – Pleasure! (I worked with a creep who loved this band, this album – I don’t care for it one bit)
Gang of Four – Solid Gold (Another great album!)
Toyah Wilcox – Anthem (Not on my radar, Bob’s wife)
Victorian Parents – Silence Follows (I’ve owned this for decades, but it didn’t register)
Fay Lovsky – Confetti (One of her better albums!)
Comateens (Always amused by the Etienne Daho connection)
Fingerprintz – Beat Noir (I have 2 or 3 albums by them, OK stuff, but not greatness)
Eyeless In Gaza – Photographs As Memories (What?)
Waitresses – Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? (Decent US pop music)
Holly & The Italians – The Right To Be Italian (I remember their 45, not their LP)
Ian Hunter – Short Back & Sides (Which one is this? I don’t remember anything after the 70’s)
Iggy Pop – Party (I like 1 or 2 before this one)
Martha & The Muffins – This Is The Ice Age (Final Dindisc album for this venerable Canadian participant)
New Musik – Anywhere (Another hot one! Tony Mansfield all ‘round!)
Slow Children (Did I keep anything but a 45? Doubt it)




Ron’s replies are after Jim’s entries…


6-3-14                         1981

1981 was an amusing year for me. I believe I went to New Zealand during 1981. I also met my ex-wife, who was nice / amusing, then. Maybe I even went to Europe in 1981? Today’s alpha list comes from a Japanese magazine, Rockin’ On.

AC / DC – For Those About To Rock… (Pass! Off of my radar; somebody else’s problem!)


BAUHAUS – Mask (Pass! Never any interest in these guys; fake music, AFAIAC)


DURAN DURAN – s/t (debut) (Liked it when new, esp. “Planet Earth”!)


GOGO’s – Beauty & The Beast (Used to see them around town, no interest in the music; I once dressed up as Belinda Carlisle!)


HALL, DARYL / JOHN OATES – Private Eyes (Pass! Puh-leeez! No interest ever!)


JAPAN – Tin Drum (Likely a candidate for my favorite album listed here today! Wonderful band, great LP!)


JETT, JOAN / BLACKHEARTS – I Love Rock & Roll (Pass! Ex-Runaways’ no interest from me)


KING CRIMSON – Discipline (Pass! Bob, why did you call this travesty K.C.?)


KRAFTWERK – Computerwelt (They’d done better, but I still really enjoyed this LP!)


OSBOURNE, OZZY – Diary of a Madman (Not as good as the debut solo album by Black Sabbath’s best frontman, but still OK!)


PENGUIN CAFÉ ORCHESTRA – s/t (Great album, I enjoy this one more than the Obscure Records debut LP!)


POLICE – Ghost In The Machine (Pass! No interest ever in this band, though I will admist to getting the 5.1 SA-CD of their G.H.)


PRINCE – Controversy (Pass! I didn’t mind “1999”, but never owned any of this junk)


PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. – The Flowers of Romance (Pass! No interest.)


ROLLING STONES – Tattoo You (‘Left over’ songs? Not my favorite 80’s Stones LP!)


SOFT CELL – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (Much better than I remember it; and I still enjoy their DVD, “Non-Stop Exotic Video Show”!)


THROBBING GRISTLE – Greatest Hits (Pass! Noisy noise for noisy people.)


VAN HALEN – Fair Warning (Pass! Loud, dumb…from Whittier!)

Grace Jones “Nightclubbing”

Grace Jones Nightclubbing  label

On 7/21/61 the John Leyton 45 “Johnny Remember Me” (produced by Joe Meek) charts at No. 1 in England.  On 7/21/62 the Bernard Cribbins 45 “Right Said Fred” charts at No. 10 in England.  On 7/18/64 The Beatles 45 “A Hard Day’s Night” charts at No. 1 in England.  On 7/19/69 the John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band 45 “Give Peace A Chance” charts at No. 2 in England.  On 7/21/79, the LP “Replicas” by Tubeway Army was No. 1 in England.

It will be no surprise that I am a huge Grace Jones fan, especially of her 1981 album “Nightclubbing”; an album where genre and gender collide.  I like the albums that came both before and after it, but “Nightclubbing” is the one.  Here’s a decent cross-section of Island Records works from the 80’s by Grace Jones:

  • 12″               HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME                                      ISLAND UK                     12WIP 6645           1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 7″                 HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME (PS)                             ISLAND UK                     WIP 6645               1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 12″               PRIVATE LIFE / SHE’S LOST CONTROL                                             ISLAND UK                     12WIP 6629           1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 7″                 PRIVATE LIFE / SHE’S LOST CONTROL (PS)                                    ISLAND DE                     102.261                  1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 12″               BREAKDOWN promo-only                                                                     ISLAND US                     PRO-A-920            1980 3 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo
  • CD                WARM LEATHERETTE                                                                            ISLAND US                     842611.2                1980 8 TRKS
  • LP                WARM LEATHERETTE (1st cover)                                                        ISLAND JPN                   20S-72                    1980 8 TRKS 1st cover, insert
  • LP                WARM LEATHERETTE (2nd cover)                                                      ISLAND US                     90064.1                  1980 8 TRKS 2nd cover


  • 7″                 PULL UP TO THE BUMPER / BREAKDOWN                                      ISLAND US                     IS 49697                 1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
  • 7″                 FEEL UP (mono) / (stereo) promo-only                                               ISLAND US                     IS 49828                 1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo
  • 7″                 DEMOLITION MAN / WARM LEATHERETTE (PS)                              ISLAND UK                     WIP 6673               1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 7″                 I’VE SEEN THAT FACE BEFORE (PS)                                                  ISLAND UK                     WIP 6700               1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 12″               PULL UP TO THE BUMPER                                                                   ISLAND UK                     12WIP 6696           1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 7″                 PULL UP TO THE BUMPER / FEEL UP (PS)                                      ISLAND UK                     WIP 6696               1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 7″                 WALKING IN THE RAIN / PEANUT BUTTER (PS)                              ISLAND UK                     WIP 6739               1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 12″               WALKING IN THE RAIN / PULL UP TO THE BUMPER (Remix)      ISLAND UK                     12WIP 6739           1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • CD                NIGHTCLUBBING                                                                                    ISLAND UK                     CID 9624                1981 9 TRKS
  • LP                NIGHTCLUBBING                                                                                    ISLAND US                     ILPS 9624              1981 9 TRKS
  • LP                NIGHTCLUBBING                                                                                    ISLAND DE                     203.481                  1981 9 TRKS German orig. pressing
  • LP                NIGHTCLUBBING re-issue                                                                    ISLAND EU                     422-842368.1       1981 9 TRKS Island 50th Annv. Issue (’09?)


  • 12″               APPLE STRETCHING, THE                                                                   ISLAND UK                     12WIP 6779           1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
  • 12″               JA GUYS / NIPPLE TO THE BOTTLE                                                    ISLAND US                     0-99964                  1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
  • 12″               APPLE STRETCHING, THE                                                                   ISLAND BEL                   600.687                  1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 7″                 APPLE STRETCHING, THE (PS)                                                          ISLAND JPN                   7S-72                      1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 7″                 MY JAMAICAN GUY / EVERYBODY HOLD STILL (PS)                      ISLAND JPN                   7S-83                      1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • CD                LIVING MY LIFE                                                                                         ISLAND US                     90018.2                  1982 7 TRKS
  • LP                LIVING MY LIFE                                                                                         ISLAND US                     90018.1                  1982 7 TRKS


  • 7″                 MY JAMAICAN GUY / CRY NOW, LAUGH LATER pic disc                ISLAND UK                     ISP 103                   1983 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, pic disc
  • 12″               CRY NOW, LAUGH LATER                                                                     ISLAND US                     0-99916                  1983 3 TRKS no pic sleeve


  • CD                ISLAND LIFE (Collection)                                                                       ISLAND US                     842453.2                1985 10 TRK Collection
  • LP                ISLAND LIFE (Collection)                                                                       ISLAND US                     90491.1                  1985 10 TRK Collection
  • 12″               LOVE IS THE DRUG                                                                                ISLAND UK                     12IS 266                 1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 12″               PULL UP TO THE BUMPER (Remix)                                                   ISLAND UK                     12IS 240                 1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve
  • 12″               SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM (12″)                                                              ISLAND UK                     12IS 206                 1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve


  • 12″               PULL UP TO THE BUMPER (Remix)                                                   ISLAND CAN                   IS 1089                   1986 3 TRKS with pic sleeve, ‘Megamix’


  • CD                SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM                                                                        ISLAND US                     90640.2                  1987 8 TRKS ‘DDD’


After the fact:

  • CDx2           PRIVATE LIFE: COMPASS POINT (Collection)                                   ISLAND US                     I2 24501                 1998 26 TRK Collection
  • LP                PRIVATE LIFE: 5 TRACK SAMPLER promo-only                               ISLAND US                     PR12 7842.1         1998 5 TRK promo-only sampler, no PS

I do like her initial works for Manhattan Records, “Inside Story” and “Bulletproof Heart” – but her Island Records releases are the main course.  It’s through these records that I got onto the Wally Badarou bandwagon!

And definitely do not miss her 2008 album “Hurricane” (and it’s US 2CD version from 2011) – I saw her tour for this album – she was and is wonderful!

1977 – 1982

5-2-12             1977 1982

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)


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)

The Flying Lizards


The Flying Lizards

Finally found an LP for the 2nd Virgin Records Flying Lizards album, “Fourth Wall”!

LP                FLYING LIZARDS, THE (1979)                                    VIRGIN CAN     V 2150

1979 10 TRKS Canadian vers. (cover variant, songs are the same)

LP                FLYING LIZARDS, THE (1979)                                    VIRGIN US        VA 13137

1979 10 TRKS

CDx2           FLYING LIZARDS, THE (1979) / FOURTH WALL     RPM UK            RETRO D883

1979/81 31 TRKS (’10 issue)

LP                FOURTH WALL                                                              VIRGIN JPN      VIP-6979

1981 12 TRKS with insert, promo

7″                 HANDS 2 TAKE (PS)                                                     VIRGIN UK        VS 392

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 MONEY (PS)                                                                    VIRGIN UK        VS 276

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


1995 11 TRKS (’03 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)

7″                 SUMMERTIME BLUES (PS)                                         VIRGIN UK        VS 230

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD                TOP TEN                                                                          STATIK UK        CDST 20

1985 11 TRKS David Cunningham

7″                 TV / TUBE                                                                        VIRGIN US        VA 67006

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

I remember some people being really excited by the prospect of an LP from The Flying Lizards, but I was never particularly impressed with their alterna-hit “Money”.  There were definitely things on their debut LP that were more interesting to me.

Probably the oddest aspect to The Flying Lizards was that David Cunningham’s friend Michael Nyman appears!  Trainspotters take note:  Robert Fripp is on “Fourth Wall”!

In 2010, RPM Records in England took care of the majority of Flying Lizards fans by issuing a 2CD set that was both of their Virgin albums and a bunch of non-LP singles.  Of course, I had a Japanese CD of the Flying Lizards debut album already.

And before the advent of the 2CD set, Caroline Distribution in the US was offering up both Virgin albums for downloading!  Ah, ha!  I found ‘test pressing’ CD-R’s of both albums for sale in a used CD store in L.A.!  No cover art, but – nice, clean transfers.

…and my memory leads me to “Top Ten”, where Mr. Cunningham returns to the kooky-kover-version formula.  I only found out about the final Flying Lizards effort by reading about it on-line (so it’s gotta be true!).  A used copy turned up in San Francisco.  No, it’s not really a new Flying Lizards album, but…it’s mono dub reggae tracks remixed by David Cunningham – into stereo.

There’s also a few music videos clips by The Flying Lizards in my digital collection – “Money”, “TV” (both 1979) and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” (1985).  But it took finding an actual physical original copy of the 2nd album for me to begin to feel good about my own Flying Lizards collection.

Rough Trade C-81


Got your Sony Walkman?

Rough Trade “C-81”

NME / ROUGH TRADE – C-81 (COPY 001) 1981

“This is the first release (catalogue number Copy 001) of ROUGH TRADE TAPES, the new Rough Trade tape cassette catalogue.  The special care with which these cassettes are manufactured is your guarantee of optimum sound quality and of musical reproduction close to the master tape.  All our cassette mastering and volume productions was handled by ALAN of TAPE TO TAPE DUPLICATING, phone No. 01-388-5392”

SCRITTI POLITTI – The Sweetest Girl

THE BEAT – Twist and Crawl Dub

PERE UBU – Misery Goats

WAH! HEAT – 7,000 Names Of Wah!


CABARET VOLTAIRE – Raising The Count

D.A.F. – Kebab Traume (Live)


PANTHER BURNS – Bourgeois Blues **


ESSENTIAL LOGIC – Fanfare In The Garden

ROBERT WYATT – Born Again Cretin

= = =

THE RAINCOATS – Shouting Out Loud

JOSEF K – Endless Soul

BLUE ORCHIDS – Low Profile


AZTEC CAMERA – We Could Send Letters

RED CRAYOLA – Milkmaid



JAMES BLOOD ULMER – Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The preacher

IAN DURY – Close To Home

GIST – Greener Grass

SUBWAY SECT – Parallel Lines

“This cassette began as a mail order only offer through the NME.  Two tracks (marked **) are new, due to contractual obligations.  Many thanks to the NME for their efforts”

(Sorry, the cover to this cassette went AWOL)