I love Thomas Dolby.  I have all his albums on vinyl, cassette tapes and CD’s.  However, I do not own all of Dolby’s maxi-singles on 12″ or CD’s.  But I am a proud to have in my collection a rare 12″ vinyl record of Dissidents, Part-1 and Part-2.  To this day, I have yet to find the full-length dub-version (Part-1) of  the track on any Thomas Dolby CD out there so far.

Thomas Dolby became one of the most recognizable figures of the synth-pop movement of early-’80s new wave.  Dolby successfully harnessed the power of synthesizers and samplers, to make catchy pop and light electro-funk.  Dissidents revisits Dolby’s love of cold-war espionage.  The track’s funky, cold-war theme shows Dolby’s take and collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto on a variety of intelligent subjects with ease.  Definitely a solid marriage of substance and style — a combination which often went unrecognized in the synth laden landscape of the 80s.

Thomas Dolby – “Dissidents: The Search For Truth, Part-1″ (Dub, 12″ Mix)…

Artist: Thomas Dolby
Title: Dissidents: The Search For Truth, Part-1 (Dub, 12″ Mix)
Year: 1984
Label: Capital Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Thomas Dolby – “Dissidents: The Search For Truth, Part-1″ (Dub, 12″ Mix) (mp3)

 

Thomas Dolby – “Dissidents: The Search For Truth, Part-2″ (Vocal)…

Artist: Thomas Dolby
Title: Dissidents: The Search For Truth, Part-2 (Vocal)
Year: 1984
Label: Capital Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Thomas Dolby – “Dissidents: The Search For Truth, Part-2″ (Vocal) (mp3)

 

Simple Minds – Selected 12″ Tracks

I have selected my favorite Simple Minds singles to post on here.  These particular tracks are very hard to find these days, as most of them were available only as maxi-singles on 12″ records and audio-CD (only one in particular: Don’t You Forget About Me which was re-issued on CD-single in the late 80′s) back in the days when they were originally released.  Almost all of the instrumental versions below were on the B-sides of the 12″ records.  I’ve added slight reverb to give them more ambience.  It is very hard to find any of them on current CD releases or from legit digital-download services (iTunes, etc.) today.  Now, the very last track on the bottom below is Open Your Mind by Usura (Euro dance genre) and NOT by Simple Minds.  The reason why I’ve made it available here is because it borrowed (and possibly sampled) heavily from Simple Minds’ New Gold Dream track (also posted below, second-bottom).

Simple Minds – “Theme For Great Cities” (12″ Instrumental)…

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: Theme For Great Cities (12″ Instrumental)
Year: 1982
Label: Virgin Records; Polygram
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Simple Minds – “Theme For Great Cities” (12″ Instrumental) (mp3)

 

Simple Minds – “Seeing Out The Angel” (12″ Instrumental)…

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: Seeing Out The Angel (12″ Instrumental)
Year: 1981
Label: Virgin Records; Polygram
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Simple Minds – “Seeing Out The Angel” (12″ Instrumental) (mp3)

 

Simple Minds – “Promised You A Miracle” (12″)…

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: Promised You A Miracle (12″)
Year: 1982
Label: Virgin Records; Polygram
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Simple Minds – “Promised You A Miracle” (12″) (mp3)

 

Simple Minds – “Every Heaven” (12″ Instrumental)…

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: Every Heaven (12″ Instrumental)
Year: 1982
Label: Virgin Records; EMI Music
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Simple Minds – “Every Heaven” (12″ Instrumental) (mp3)

 

Simple Minds – “Don’t You Forget About Me” (Extended Version)…

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: Don’t You Forget About Me (Extended Version)
Year: 1984
Label: Virgin Records

Simple Minds – “Don’t You Forget About Me” (Extended Version) (mp3)

 

Simple Minds – “Ghostdancing” (Extended 12″ Remix)…

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: Ghostdancing (Extended 12″Remix)
Year: 1986
Label: Virgin Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Simple Minds – “Ghostdancing” (Extended 12″ Remix) (mp3)

 

Simple Minds – “Ghostdancing” (Instrumental)…

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: Ghost Dancing (Instrumental)
Year: 1986
Label: Virgin Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Simple Minds – “Ghostdancing” (Instrumental) (mp3)

 

Simple Minds – “New Gold Dream” (81-82-83-84)…

Artist: Simple Minds
Title: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Year: 1982
Label: Virgin Records

Simple Minds – “New Gold Dream” (81-82-83-84) (mp3)

 

Usura – “Open Your Mind” (Chart Mix)…

Artist: Usura
Title: Open Your Mind (Chart Mix)
Year: 1993
Label: Time S.p.A.

Usura – “Open Your Mind” (Chart Mix) (mp3)

 

I bought this record in December 1985 at an obscure, shoddy used books-and-records store in Toronto. All the used records were inside dusty banker-file boxes. All the genre-labels were written in magic-marker ink on torn pieces of cardboard which were taped onto the front sides of the boxes. Going through the “12 Inch Singles” boxes, I found this gem. Of course I had no idea on who the artist was, but judging from the record’s graphic design, typography and contextual print on the label, it was pretty obvious to me that I had an electro-beat rap record in my hand. At that time, rap records were RARE and EXTREMELY HARD to find in record stores anywhere in Canada. Being only 14 years-old in 1985, the only way for me to get them was by traveling (with my parents of course) to London or New York. So finding this record was really like a gift from God, since I had been eager to get my hands on any rap music, whether on cassette tape, vinyl LP or 12-inch single. Once I got home and played this track, I was very impressed with it. Good drum-machine programming, synth hooks and rolling bassline. Great delivery on the rap vocals. Breakloose leans more towards the lighter side of pop breakdance sound, shies away from getting all too serious, plays it safe within the production methods and keeps its groove tight.

And there’s something abstract and hidden about Breakloose ……. it has some kind of good-spirited ability to connect with on a deep, personal level, which is probably the why I still play this track today.

—– UPDATE – February 17, 2010 —–

I had just received a personal email from Chris Larock who is the writer and performer of Breakloose. It is also an honor to have him post a comment on this very blog/article (read below in the comments section):

Hay dude i am so touch by you for keeping my name alive. yes I am C- waLarock from the younger generation 1984 its been almost 30 something years breakloose was number two on billboard overseas, we didnt made a penny. group broke up and went our own ways. i am back now and ready check out my web site www.c-larockrecords.com keep my name alive lov u man peace

Younger Generation – “Breakloose” (Breakdancin’ Mix)…

Artist: Younger Generation
Title: Breakloose (Breakdancin’ Mix)
Year: 1984
Label: Master Mix Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Younger Generation – “Breakloose” (Breakdancin’ Mix) (mp3)

 

Younger Generation – “Breakloose” (Dub)…

Artist: Younger Generation
Title: Breakloose (Dub)
Year: 1984
Label: Master Mix Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Younger Generation – “Breakloose” (Dub) (mp3)

 

Click here to watch short video of the recording session of this 12-inch single at my home-studio.

Although Hey DJ was released in 1984, but the first time I’ve heard and bought it was in Christmas time 1986 in England. Lots of good tracks with similar sound and feel, like this one, were released at that time. Stellar production on this 12-inch single. As mentioned in the blog/post previous to this one,  Doug Wimbish on the bass and bass-synthesizers; Keith LeBlank on the drums; and synth & drum machine programming by Jack Waldman, Clifton Chase and Craig Peyton. Although Stephen Hague produced this track, Malcolm McLaren was somehow involved heavily in Hey DJ (check out the music video below).

World’s Famous Supreme Team – “Hey DJ” (Extended)…

Artist: World’s Famous Supreme Team
Title: Hey DJ (Extended)
Year: 1984
Label: Charisma Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

World’s Famous Supreme Team – “Hey DJ” (Extended) (mp3)

 

World’s Famous Supreme Team – “Hey DJ” (Extended Instrumental)…

Artist: World’s Famous Supreme Team
Title: Hey DJ (Extended Instrumental)
Year: 1984
Label: Charisma Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

World’s Famous Supreme Team – “Hey DJ” (Extended Instrumental) (mp3)

 

Video: World’s Class Supreme – “Hey DJ” (produced by Malcolm McLaren)…

Worlds Famous Supreme Team

The production on this LP is stellar. Doug Wimbish on the bass and bass-synthesizers; Keith LeBlank on the drums; synth & drum machine programming by Jack Waldman, Clifton Chase and Craig Peyton; background vocals by Divine; there’s even a five-member horn section; and the list goes on. One of the tracks is even produced by Malcolm McLaren (“Hey DJ“).

I decided to post Misery because of how it sounds. Nice keyboard layers. It’s an emotional track produced by Bradshaw Leigh. Even though the title of this track may seem like a downer, but in fact the track is very powerful, uplifting and inspirational in the positive direction.

I used to walk around Toronto and London a lot back in the day while listening to Misery on my walkman. The track’s powerful note and chord progressions served as the driving soundtrack to the vivid visuals which I’ve imagined/created in my head, going through my own kind of transcendental and meditational real-life montage. If I remember correctly, there were few images of beautiful faces from pretty women going through my mind, like a music video in slow motion. Heh, I was only 15 years old!

World’s Famous Supreme Team – “Misery”…

Artist: World’s Famous Supreme Team
Title: Misery
Year: 1986
Label: Charisma Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

World’s Famous Supreme Team – “Misery” (mp3)

 

Doug Wimbish (featuring Fats Comet)…

Previously blogged about Doug Wimbish on September 18, 2009 (click here to read)

Title: Don’t Forget That Beat
Year: 1985
Genre: Electronic Funk Drumbeat Industrial
Comment: Doug Wimbish is one bad-ass bassist. He collaborated with Fats Comet on this track. Both are from the UK. Their sound is like Art Of Noise meets Africa Bambaattaa meets Ministry (of 1985 sound).

Doug Wimbish [featuring Fats Comet] – Don’t Forget That Beat (mp3)

 

Chaka Khan - I Feel For You

One of my all time fav tracks. Best time of my life when I Feel For You came out: December 1984 ….. 13 years old ….. white Christmas in England (my fav time and place to be in the world) ….. my whole family at our happiest times ….. and this track was my soundtrack theme! If I could only turn back the clock, I would travel to that exact time and scene when all I did was buy records, make compilation music tapes, go out shopping with my older brother, walk around London at nights, window-shopping along the beautifully and seasonally  lit-up streets and parks. Harrods; Sloan Street; King Street; Picadilly Circus; Tower Records; movies; restaurants; friends; flat in London; Spanish house in the countryside; snow; great comedies on BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel-4. Band Aid‘s Do They Know It’s Christmas Time (Feed The World) benefit-song was just released for the first and all over the airwaves. England in Christmas was vibrant. New Years Eve with the parents at a ballroom party and then walk the streets of London afterhours …. Oxford Street, Regent Street, Marble Arche, Park Lane, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, etc. Crowds of people on the streets with champagne bottles and beer in their hands; everyone hugging each other; confetti in the air; cars honking; IT’S A CELEBRATION, BITCH!

And Chaka Khan‘s I Feel For You takes me there whenever I play the track around this time of year.

Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You” (12″ Extended)…

Artist: Chaka Khan
Title: I Feel For You (12″ Extended)
Year: 1984
Label: Warner Bros.
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.
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Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You” (12″ Extended) (mp3)

 

Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You” (1989 Remix)…

Artist: Chaka Khan
Title: I Feel For You (1989 Remix)
Year: 1989
Label: Warner Bros.
Media Source: Extracted directly from Audio-CD.

Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You” (1989 Remix) (mp3)

 

Today, Grandmaster D.ST is now known as DXT. But let’s go back in time. Grandmaster D.ST is the DJ who scratched the famous record sounds on Herbie Hancock’s Rockit (check out videos below). I’m presenting you with three of my favorite D.ST tracks here: Home Of Hip Hop, Megamix II: Why Is It Fresh, and Mean Machine.  I travelled to New York city looking for these records back in Summer 1985 with no luck. Then I went to London in December 1986 (already two years late after their initial release dates) and happened to find all three 12-inch records at HMV megastore on Oxford Street. Top notch tracks of their time; stellar production for electro hip hop; serious stuff.

DST 02

DST 03

Grandmaster D.ST – “(The Bronx) Home Of Hip Hop”…

Artist: Grandmaster D.ST
Title: (The Bronx) Home Of Hip Hop
Year: 1984
Label: Celluloid
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Grandsmaster D.ST – “(The Bronx) Home Of Hip Hop” (mp3)

 

Grandmaster D.ST – “Megamix II: Why Is It Fresh?”…

Artist: Grandmaster D.ST
Title: Megamix II: Why Is It Fresh?
Year: 1984
Label: Celluloid
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Grandsmaster D.ST – “Megamix II:  Why Is It Fresh?” (mp3)

 

Grandmaster D.ST – “Mean Machine”…

Artist: Grandmaster D.ST
Title: Mean Machine
Year: 1984
Label: Celluloid
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Grandsmaster D.ST – “Mean Machine” (mp3)

 

D.ST & Herbie Hancock – Rockit — two live performances and music video…

The live performance below is the ultimate. Imagine being a turntablelist  scratching on stage with Herbie Hancock performing THE most legendary electronic/electro-beat track of all time Rockit, surrounded by electronic synths, drums and instruments, robotic props and breakdancers! OH MY GOD!! Turntablelism’s first giant leap (from underground to sharing the big stage with the big leagues) started right here, ladies & gentlemen!!!

http://youtu.be/pERrVMbsCfg

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