Boy George ‎– Live My Life (1987)

Boy George (born George Alan O’Dowd; 14 June 1961) is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

During the 1980s, Boy George was the lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award winning pop band Culture Club where he became known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance. He also founded and was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. Being involved in many activities (among them songwriting, DJing, writing books, designing clothes and photography), he has released fewer music recordings in the last decade.

After the dissolution of Culture Club in 1986, Boy George entered treatment for his addiction. He was prescribed narcotics to treat his addiction to heroin. In kicking his heroin addiction, he then became addicted to the prescription narcotics that were used during his treatment.

In 1987, he released his first solo album, Sold, which garnered mild success in Europe. It spawned the UK singles “Everything I Own” (UK No. 1), “Keep Me in Mind” (UK No. 29), “To Be Reborn” (UK No. 13), and the title song, “Sold” (UK No. 24).  The singles were also hits in various other European countries. The album’s success, however, was not duplicated in America.  This may be due in part to the fact that George was prohibited by US authorities from travelling to the United States for several years because of his British drug charges. He was therefore unable to be in America to help promote the album.

George did score his first solo US Top 40 hit with the single “Live My Life” (US No. 40) from the soundtrack to the movie Hiding Out.

Michael Moore provided the remixes while Mark S. Berry & Paul Fox contributed the Klub mixes.

Live My Life (12″ Soul Remix)                                 7:25

Live My Life (The Quake Dub)                                 6:25

Live My Life (12″ Klub Mix)                                     7:35

Live My Life (Klub Dub)                                          6:25

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Colonel Abrams ‎– Music Is The Answer (1984)

Colonel Abrams (his real name) moved with his family to New York City when he was ten years old due to his father (a construction worker) getting a job there. The family moved to the East Village in Manhattan on East 13 Street. From an early age, he began playing the guitar and piano. He was in several early bands. Among them was Heavy Impact in which he played both guitar and keyboards alongside Joe Webb (guitar), Lemar Washington (guitar), Marston Freeman (bass guitar), Ronald Simmons (drums), Harry Jones (trumpet) and Barbara Mills (saxophone). In the mid-1970s he formed Conservative Manor, 94 East (the band featuring Prince on lead guitar) and the New Jersey band Surprise Package.

Hits in the mid-1980s including “Leave the Message Behind the Door” and “Music Is the Answer” established him as a solo artist, initially in Europe and later in the US.

“Music Is The Answer” reached #84 in the UK and #11 on the US Dance Charts.

Music Is The Answer                                                  6:40

Music Is The Answer (Dub Mix)                                   6:24

Leave The Message Behind The Door                          5:47

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Kevin Paige ‎– Don’t Shut Me Out (1989)

Kevin Paige (born October 10, 1966, Memphis, Tennessee) was a recording artist on Chrysalis in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His eponymously titled solo album sported a pair of top 40 dance-pop singles, “Don’t Shut Me Out” and “Anything I Want”. This success won him a spot as the opening act on bubblegum pop chanteuse Debbie Gibson’s world tour.

Paige went on to become a songwriter for Zomba Music Group and he is a music-minister at Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis. He also released a Christmas CD with his wife, Bethany Paige, entitled A W.O.W. Christmas in 2004, as well as a contemporary Christian disc entitled Faith, Hope, Love, Passion that same year. Kevin and Bethany released the CD This Much Love in 2006, which includes secular and non secular songs written by Kevin.

“Don’t Shut Me Out” was remixed by Bruce Forest and Frank Heller for the 12″ single.

Don’t Shut Me Out (Dance Mix)                                     8:10

Don’t Shut Me Out (Dance Mix Edit)                              4:14

Don’t Shut Me Out (Alternate Vocal Mix)                        4:06

Don’t Shut Me Out (LP Mix)                                          3:47

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Ignatius Jones ‎– Like A Ghost (1982)

Ignatius Jones (born Juan Ignacio Trápaga in 1957, Singalong, Manila, Philippines) is an Australian events director, journalist, actor and previously fronted the shock rock band Jimmy and the Boys. From 1976 to 1982 the group pioneered the use of shock theatrics in Australia. By the end of the 1970s they were “one of the most popular live acts on the Australian scene” with Jones performing as lead vocalist and contortionist alongside Joylene Thornbird Hairmouth (born William O’Riordan) on keyboards and vocals as a kitsch transvestite.

In 1981 they scored their only top 10 single with “They Won’t Let My Girlfriend Talk to Me”, written by Split Enz leader, Tim Finn. After issuing two studio albums and a live set, the group disbanded in 1982 with Jones set to pursue a solo career. In April 1982, Ignatius Jones issued his debut solo single, “Like a Ghost”, which was written by The Church’s frontman Steve Kilbey.

For the US release, “Like A Ghost” became the only single by an Australian artist to receive a remix by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai.

Like A Ghost (An M & M Mix)                                  6:15

Seductive Ways                                                     3:09

Like A Ghost (Original Version)                                6:38

It’s No Reason                                                        5:31

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The System – This Is For You (1985)

“This Is for You” is an electro-boogie song recorded by American “emotio-electro” band The System. The song, written by Mic Murphy and David Frank, was released in 1985 by Mirage Records. The song is also included in their 1985 album Pleasure Seekers. The song was mixed by Tom Lord-Alge.

“This Is for You” reached #43 on the Club Play Singles and #8 on the Black Singles charts. In the United Kingdom, the song reached #73 on UK Singles Chart.

This Is For You (Vocal/Long Version)                       6:02

This Is For You (Dub Version)                                 6:00

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Commodores ‎– Animal Instinct (1985)

Nightshift was the Commodores’ second album without Lionel Richie, who left the band in 1982, and their last album with their original bass guitarist Ronald LaPread. Their previous album Commodores 13 (1983) had featured interim lead vocalist Harold Hudson of Mean Machine.For Nightshift the Commodores permanently replaced Richie with British-born J.D. Nicholas, formerly of Heatwave. Dennis Lambert was chosen as producer, the Commodores hoping to find the same magic created by producer–arranger James Anthony Carmichael, with whom they had worked since 1974 and who was a major impetus in their earlier success.

Despite the album’s middling reviews, it remained in the top of the R&B charts in the US for a month, and it peaked at #3 on the pop chart.By and large, the album’s popularity was due to its hit title track, “Nightshift”. Written by Walter Orange, Dennis Lambert and Franne Golde, “Nightshift” was the band’s biggest post-Lionel Richie hit, reaching #3 on The Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on Billboard’s chart for top R&B/hip-hop singles.

Though not as successful as the “Nightshift” single, “Animal Instinct” was released as the follow-up single. Regarded as an out-of-the-ordinary track for the Commodores, “Animal Instinct”, with Orange on lead vocals, was released almost six months after “Nightshift”, and reached #23 on the R&B charts, and only #43 on the pop charts.

“Animal Instinct” was remixed by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai.

Animal Instinct (Club Mix / Dub Mix)                   9:46

Lightin’ Up The Night                                         4:02

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Dan Hartman ‎– We Are The Young (1984)

Following the success of Dan Hartman’s two disco-oriented albums Instant Replay and Relight My Fire, from 1978 and 1979 respectively, as well as their singles, Hartman had moved away from the disco scene with a more melodic pop-rock sound with the 1981 album It Hurts to Be in Love. However the album was not a commercial success, and its three singles only became minor chart hits. I Can Dream About You was Hartman’s debut album for the MCA Records label, and marked the first album to feature Hartman’s longtime songwriting partner Charlie Midnight, who he would continue to write with throughout the rest of the decade.

I Can Dream About You peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200, where it lasted 28 weeks within the chart in total.It peaked at #91 in Canada, lasting within the Top 100 for six weeks.The album spawned four singles in total. The title track became Hartman’s biggest hit, also appearing on the soundtrack to the 1984 film Streets of Fire.The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“We Are the Young” followed as the second single and peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, whilst also topping the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.

The legendary Larry Levan provided the remixes for the 12″ single release.

We Are The Young (Club Version)                                6:52

We Are The Young (Instrumental Version)                     6:52

We Are The Young (LP Version)                                   4:19

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Loose Ends – Mr. Bachelor (1988)

The Real Chuckeeboo was the fourth album by British R&B group Loose Ends. It is the last album to feature all three original members; Carl McIntosh, Jane Eugene and Steve Nichol. Mainly written and produced by Loose Ends and co-produced by longtime collaborator Nick Martinelli, it also features contributions from Leon Ware and Caron Wheeler.

At this point in their career, the band were not only performing but writing and producing tracks for Juliet Roberts, Phyllis Hyman, Five Star, Peter Royer, Cheryl Lynn, and Lavine Hudson.

The Real Chuckeeboo reached #52 in the United Kingdom. In the USA it peaked at #16 on the R&B chart and #80 on the Billboard albums chart.

The first single to be released from “The Real Chuckeeboo” was “Mr.Bachelor” which reached #50 on the UK Charts and #11 on the US R&B charts.

The US 12″ featured additional production by Jeff Lorber and remixes by Louil Silas Jr.

Mr. Bachelor (Def Club Version)                                    7:34

Mr. Bachelor (Def Dub Version)                                     8:47

Mr. Bachelor (Def Radio Version)                                  5:14

Mr. Bachelor (Club Hype Version)                                 9:18

Mr. Bachelor (Instrumental Hype Version)                      7:32

Mr. Bachelor (Radio Hype Version)                                5:11

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Eleanor Grant ‎– (I Am Ready) Sexual Healing (1982)

Eleanor Grant released her first single “You Oughta’ Be Here With Me” on Columbia Records in 1975 at the age of 14, a second single for the label “This Time We’re Really Through” was recorded at Muscle Shoals, produced by Jimmy Johnson and  Roger Hawkins and released in 1976.

At the age of 22, Eleanor recorded “(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing” for the Catawaba Records label where her father, Richard Mack was president.

A reply record to the Marvin Gaye classic, “(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing” answers the call from a woman’s point of view. As Eleanor told Billboard in 1982, “I don’t think it’s passive for a woman to say “I am ready” to someone that she cares for”.

“(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing” received remixes by Sergio Munzibai And John Morales (An M&M Mix) for the US 12″ single release.

(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing                                                7:04

(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing (Breakdown Mix)                       5:42

(I Am Ready) Sexual Healing (Chimental Mix)                        7:57

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Billy Ocean ‎– Hold On Brother (1986)

Billy Ocean (born January 21, 1950) is a British recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s.After scoring his first four UK top 20 successes, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three U.S. number ones.

Ocean was born as Leslie Charles in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago, to Grenadian parents, and moved to Romford, Essex, England, with his family at the age of eight.Ocean’s musical influence came at an early age of his life as his father was a musician, and Ocean realised he was in line to follow those ambitions as he was growing up. During his teenage years, he sang regularly in London clubswhile also working as a tailor in London’s Savile Row. He released his first single in 1972 on Spark Records as Les Charles.

Ocean’s period of greatest success began with the releases, during 1984, of the album Suddenly and its main single, “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run).”

His 1986 album Love Zone also sold well. It included the successful singles “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going,” the theme from the film The Jewel of the Nile; this was a number one success in the UK and a number two in the U.S.; and “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” (a U.S. number one, and also a major UK success).

“Hold On Brother” was a 1986 single from the album “Emotions In Motion”, an album that paired new arrangements with vintage vocals by Bully Ocean, in the case of “Hold On Brother” the vocals had been recorded at one of Billy’s first recording sessions in 1974.

The 12″ single mixes were by John Morales and Sergio Munzibai.

Hold On Brother (Club Mix)                 6:32

Hold On Brother (Dub Mix)                  4:58

Hold On Brother (Radio Mix)               3:58

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