Number 42 in an occasional series of reviews of my favourite 80s 12″ records.

The fourth single from the Soft Cell boys, and a love letter from Marc Almond to all those songstresses in seedy bars from the 50s and 60s. The extended version takes the single mix and adds on a superb, seemingly touching rap exchange with the guy’s dealer in New York, a certain Cindy Ecstacy. The track reached number 2 in the UK singles charts. Originally intended to a double-A side single with Insecure Me

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