Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Now THAT'S What I Call Music!

We did rather well out car boot sale on Sunday. We sold loads of old junk and raked in the cash. The only downside was the heat - Mrs F-C almost had a stroke.

As we too it in turns to trawl the stalls for interesting things we might want to take home, I got the thinking about compilation CDs. I'm on the hunt for old comp CDs that may contain tracks that are impossible to find on CD, itunes, Amazon, etc. There are loads of things I've got or had on vinyl, songs I really like but can't find, like I Will Survive by Arrival or The Lightning Tree by the Settlers. I have them on vinyl that's now MP3, but they're crackly and faint. So isn't it time these lost gems were gathered together?

Well, if no one else is going to do it, then it's going to have to be me. So on Spindles Records & Tapes, here's the first release.

It's a selection of extremely minor Hits and misses From the Eighties, gathered together for the first time on CD. Some you may know, some you may not, but you'll want them. Bear in mind none of them - unless I'm very much mistaken exist on CD.

Best Kept Secrets: The Hits That Should Have Been Vol.1

1. Parade/White & Torch
2. Living In A World (Turned Upside Down)/Private Lives
3. Where's Romeo/CaVa CaVa
4. Scatterlings Of Africa/Juluka
5. Keep Lyin' I Love It/Bob & Vi
6. Muck It Out/The Farmer's Boys
7. Don't Stop/The Mood
8. Passion Killer/One The Juggler
9. Flaming Sword/Care
10. So Tired/Haircut 100
11. Tantalise/Jimmy The Hoover
12. So High/Matt Fretton
13. Working On The Ground/Shriekback
14. Bring Him Back Home/Hugh Masekela
15. Hope (I Wish You'd Believe Me)/Wah!
16. Love Lies Lost/Helen Terry
17. Warrior Woman/Carol Kenyon
18. Temporary Beauty/Graham Parker
19. Get Out Of London/Interferon
20. Me & Mr Sanchez/Blue Rondo A La Turk
21. Tuesday Sunshine/The Questions
22. Pale Blue Eyes/Paul Quinn & Edwyn Collins

And my subsequent release:

Not Wearing Off: The Novelty Songs Everyone's Forgotten - Except You!

1. The Oldest Swinger In Town/Fred Wedlock
2. It's 'Orrible Being In Love When You're Eight-and-a-half/Claire & Friends
3. The Sparrow Song/The Ramblers
4. A Taste Of Aggro/The Barron Knights
5. 'Ullo John Got A New Motor/Alexei Sayle
6. John Kettley Is A Weatherman/A Tribe Of Toffs
7. I Wanna Be A Winner/Brown Sauce
8. I Like Electro People/Fox
9. Hole In My Shoe/neil
10. Back Home/England World Cup Squad
11. Luton Airport/Cats UK
12. And The Birds Were Singing/Sweet People
13. Naughty Naughty Naughty/Joy Sarney
14. Halfway Down The Stairs/Robin
15. Captain Beaky/Keith Michell
16. The Floral Dance/Terry Wogan
17. Superman/Black Lace
18. Arthur Daley (E's Alright)/The Firm
19. Milly Molly Mandy/Glyn Poole
20. Hello This Is Joanie (The Telephone Answering Machine Song)/Paul Evans
21. Daytrip To Bangor/Fiddlers' Dram

And my final release in this first wave is:

The Hits That Died: Impossible To Find Chart Hits of The Eighties

1. Last Film/Kissing The Pink
2. Starmaker/The Kids From "Fame"
3. Street Dance/Break Machine
4. Excitable/Amazulu
5. Zambesi/The Piranhas
6. I Eat Cannibals/Toto Coelo
7. Knocked It Off/BA Robertson
8. Give It Some Emotion/Tracie
9. The Closest Thing To Heaven/The Kane Gang
10. This House/Big Sound Authority
11. Garden Party/Mezzoforte
12. Time After Time/Barbara Dickson
13. One Dance Won't Do/Audrey Hall
14. Uniforms/Pete Townsend
16. Blue Skies/John Dummer & Helen April
17. Dirty Laundry/Don Henley
18. Theme From Bergerac/George Fenton
19. Live It Up/Mental As Anything
20. Hit The Ground/The Darling Buds

To come:
Early Eighties Jazz Funk Chartbusters
The Pop Hits That Don't Exist
Eighties Funk Fun
The Instrumentals You Thought You'd Forgotten


Thumper Plowman said...

"I once had a boyfriend called Bertie"

That's probably going to stay with me all afternoon. Thanks a lot!

Simon said...

I've got I Eat Cannibals on a t least 2 80s CDs but as for the rest, I'm with you on the search.

Kissing The Pink, by 'eck there's one I'd give good money for.

Ishouldbeworking said...

Something has gone on with Don Henley - I've been trying to find 'The Boys of Summer' for ages without success. Also 'The Lone Ranger' by Quantum Jump.

You've opened up a whole avenue of things I didn't realise I haven't got but now suddenly need. That's the thing with boot fairs - you go along hoping to offload all your junk, and come back with bits of everyone else's.

Planet Mondo said...

Great, great list..

A couple of 'lost in the eighties' nuggets I'd been after for ages, but finally tracked down (thanks to Google Blogsearch) were..

Get Out Of London - Interferon
Move On - Fashion
I Like Lectric Motors - Patrick D Martin
Ash In Drag - The Mystery Girls
High Rise - The Trainspotters

All are MP3 though, not hard copies

I'm still searching for the Flexipop disc of Haircut 100 - Nobody's Fool - it's a demo, but a fab version

Matthew Rudd said...

That's a spectacular list. As someone who has Kissing The Pink on CD, permit me a moment of uncharacteristic smugness.

A Kitten in a Brandy Glass said...

I'm very intrigued by The Pop Hits That Don't Exist. What sort of thing is that, then? "The Floral Dance 2: Where Have All the Flowers Gone"? "No Lyrics" by 2Unlimited? "Brandy-Glass Kitten (You'll Be A Psychotic Spinster Soon)"?

Speaking of Toto Coelo, whither Dracula's Tango?

Five-Centres said...

I'd forgotten about Dracula's Tango. I'm not sure I've ever even heard it.
The hits that don't exist will be hits that have been completely and utterly forgotten. I do hope someone from Trunk Records is reading this...

I've got Move On off an ancient LP, Mondo. I liked Streetplayer/Mechanick too.

The Lone Ranger I got off one of those awful Vintage Cheese albums, ISBW. But Don Henley you won't find anywhere for some reason.

A Kitten in a Brandy Glass said...

I see from Amazon that The Very Best of Don Henley is out in a few weeks time. This may explain his recent unavailability.

For your delectation: Dracula's Tango.

FeedbackReport said...

Lightning Tree and Bergerac were both included on different volumes of the nineties compilation series The A-Z Of British TV Themes (on the Play It Again label). All of them well worth picking up!

Five-Centres said...

Thanks FR, let me track those down!