Soft Cell - Memorabilia (1981, UK, electronic/new wave) 
Friday, November 24, 2006, 06:41 PM - Music, - UK, English
Not the first single from Soft Cell as I thought, but the third as you can read on the Marc Almond site. Anyway the first 12" and a good one. About the neurotic side of travelling and a consumer nightmare. Musically well expressed. A 7 on the White Noise Scale.



Produced by Daniel Miller of the Normal and owner of Mute records.

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The Scientific Americans - Beyond Fiscal Distress (1980, US, new wave/dub) 
Thursday, November 23, 2006, 06:05 PM - Music, - US, English
A 'Killing Joke - Nervous System' like concept. A 9" flexi-disk in a kind of envelope with a lot of artwork. All included in this post.
The music has a dub like Jah Wobble and a hysteria voice like Devo.
Here is a web page about the band. Made by one of its members.

And here you can find another ep 'Beyond Rational Thought' of them.



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Killing Joke - Nervous System (1979, UK, new wave/gothic) 
Wednesday, November 22, 2006, 06:29 PM - Music, - UK, English
The first, double B-sided, 10" of Killing Joke. Less 'heavy' than their later work, more dub-like.
It was not packed in a proper sleeve, just the front on a sheet of paper and some cards where included.



1 Nervous System [4:19]
2 Turn to Red [4:02]
3 Are you receiving? [4:55]

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Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's dead (1979, UK, new wave/gothic) 
Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 06:38 PM - Music, - UK, English
First 12" from Bauhaus where the echo machine defines the sound.



1 Bela Lugosi's Dead [9:31]
2 Boys [3:07]
3 Dark Entries demo [1:21] (not mentioned on the label)

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The Human League - The Dignity of Labour (1979, UK, electronic) 
Monday, November 20, 2006, 06:16 PM - Music, - UK, English
Second release: a 12".
Instrumental, minimalistic synthesizer work.
They didn't carry on in this direction.



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BZN - 14 Gouwe ouwe (1968-1976, NL, rock/pop) 
Sunday, November 19, 2006, 06:26 PM - Music, - NL, English
I can imagine that some people frown their eyebrows when they see this. But this is different from what BZN produces nowadays. It's a kind of rock in Status Quo / Susie Quatro style (no offence).
I bought this album mainly for Barber's Rock, a rock version of The Barber of Seville (Figaro) and also Wilhelmus (national anthem of the Netherlands) is nice. The older work is pop, the later rock and Djadja from 1976 shows the direction where the band is going.
Love me like a lion can be compared with Little green bag of George Baker.
The bastard is more like the early Who or Golden Earring.



BZN is short for Band Zonder Naam (Band Without a Name).
The Band still exists, June 16th 2007 is the Final Concert (sold out).

Side one
1 Rolling around the band (1972) [3:23]
2 Goodbye Sue (1975) [3:22]
3 Rock 'n Roll woman (1971) [2:40]
4 Mother can you see me (1969) [3:37]
5 Sweet silver Anny (1973) [3:20]
6 Maybe someday (1968) [2:09]
7 I can't see (1972) [2:51]

Side two
1 Love me like a lion (1974) [2:53]
2 Bad bad woman (1971) [2:31]
3 Barber's rock (1974) [3:50]
4 Waiting for you (1968) [2:15]
5 The bastard (1974) [5:16]
6 Djadja (1976) [2:36]
7 Wilhelmus (1973) [0:55]

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Group 1850 - Mother Nohead (1967, NL, psychedelic) 
Saturday, November 18, 2006, 06:32 PM - Music, - NL, English
This is a copy of 1975 with a different b-side: Fire, a kind of Jimi Hendrix hard rock. You can see a television appearance in another post.



The title is a dim joke on the Dutch name of the song Brother John: Vader Jacob. Vader means Father. And if you split Jacob in Ja Kop, the English translation of that would be Yes Head.
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