Number 46 in an occasional series of reviews of my favourite 80s 12″ records.
1980 – The early days of the Blitz club, the birthplace of the New Romantics. Steve Strange’s seminal looks, totally out of kilter with the accepted look of the time, a direct reaction to the death of the punk movement. The instrumental parts for the song were mainly constructed by Billy Currie and Chris Payne, together with Cedric Sharpley who were all part of Gary Numan’s backing band whilst touring in 1979. Lyrics were mostly written by Midge Ure.
The video was, again, an early production from the huge team of Kevin Godley & Lol Creme.
Beautifully layered tracks, it was an early production job for Midge Ure, before moving on to Ultravox. I think my first real memory of the track was the school disco, where in the middle of the dance-floor a local Steve Strange lookalike would “robot dance” to the track.
When it was re-released by the band in it’s “orchestral” version in 2014, they also released the stems for the track so you could do your own remix of it.
Top 50 12″s of the 80s – What’s that all about?
Inspired by all the lists you see on FaceBook saying “Post your favourite albums, but don’t say anything about them…” I thought, hell I’m gonna say a bit about them and why they’re special. As a general rule I have chosen particular extended vinyl versions of the tracks for various reasons, amongst them they extend the length I can listen to them, and they often add extra ambience to the Radio Friendly 7″ version.
12 Inches 19 80s 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1987 Alison Moyet Alphaville Barry Leng david ball David Bowie Deiter Meyer disco Fairlight Frankie Goes to Hollywood Jim Steinman Jolley Kim Wilde marc almond Marty Wilde Midge Ure Mixes New Romantics Nile Rodgers Paul Hardcastle Pet Shop Boys Phil Harding Power Station Studios Sisters of Mercy soft cell Some Bizarre Stephen Hague Steve Strange Stevie Ray Vaughan Swain Top 50 Vinyl Visage Yello