Johann (Hans) Hölzel (19 February 1957 – 6 February 1998), better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian pop and rock musician and rapper. He had several international hits: “Der Kommissar”, “Rock Me Amadeus”, “Vienna Calling”, “Jeanny”, “The Sound of Musik”, “Coming Home (Jeanny Part 2)” and posthumously, “Out of the Dark”. He is the first and only artist to date whose principal language was German to score a number-one hit in the United States with “Rock Me Amadeus”. His estate claims he has sold 40 million albums and 20 million singles to date, which makes him the best selling Austrian singer of all time.
“Wiener Blut” was the 1988 fifth album by Falco. It was dedicated to Falco’s “daughter”, Bianca, recorded in 1987 and should be the last album produced by Dutch hitmakers Bolland & Bolland. This album was much less successful than Emotional, but in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, it peaked Top 3 and Top 20 in the charts.
The fourth single released from “Weiner Blut” was a cover of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again”, remixed by Shep Pettibone for the US Sire 12″ single release.
“Obsession” was originally written and recorded as a duet by songwriter Holly Knight and musician Michael Des Barres in 1983, although the recording did not perform well. This version was prominently featured in the 1983 film A Night in Heaven, most notably in a scene in which Christopher Atkins bumps and grinds in Lesley Ann Warren’s face in sync with the rhythm of the song. The song was featured on the film’s soundtrack, but did not receive enough attention to warrant much radio play or a place on any Billboard charts. That version was also featured in the theatrical trailer to the 1986 film 9 1/2 Weeks, starring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger.
The track was covered in 1984 by the Synthpop-New Wave group Animotion. The song hit number six in the United States, and number five in the United Kingdom in early 1985, helped by a distinctive video that received heavy rotation on MTV.
The follow up single to “K.I.S.S.I.N.G.” from Siedah Garrett’s only solo album “Kiss Of Life” was this fantastic track produced by Rod Temperton and written by the superstar team of LA & Babyface who were having possibly their best year in 1988 working with Karyn White, The Whispers, Paula Abdul,Sheena Easton and Bobby Brown to name just a few.
The US 12″ single would feature an LA & Babyface remix on the A side but it’s on the B side where the action is, an extended remix and dub by Francois Kevorkian.
Diana Ernestine Earle Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, record producer, and actress. Ross was lead singer of the Motown group The Supremes during the 1960s. After leaving the group in 1970, Ross began a solo career that included successful ventures into film and Broadway.
In 1987, Diana released the album “Red Hot Rhythm & Blues”on the RCA label. The album was the last contractual album the singer released on RCA before heading back to Motown Records the end of the following year. The album yielded the top 20 R&B and UK top 50 hit, “Dirty Looks,” written by Richard Scher & Lotti Golden and the lush and atmospheric Luther Vandross-produced ballad “It’s Hard for Me to Say”.
For the 12″ single release of “Dirty Looks”, Diana returned to Francois Kevorkian who had remixed the single “Eaten Alive” from Diana’s previous album.
Five Star (also styled as 5 Star) are a British pop / R&B group, formed in 1983. Comprising siblings Stedman, Lorraine, Denise, Doris and Delroy Pearson, they were known for their flamboyant image, matching costumes and heavily choreographed dance routines. Five Star achieved a string of Top 40 singles and albums in the UK between 1985 and 1988.
Five Star released their debut album “Luxury Of Life” in 1985, though not a great success when it was first released in the summer of 1985, the album eventually peaked at no.12 in early 1986, and spent a total of 70 weeks on the album chart.It was certified Platinum in October 1986 for sales of over 300,000 copies in the UK.
The first single released from the album was “Hide And Seek” which was remixed by Francois Kevorkian for the 12″ single.
The album “Luxury Of Life” was re-released in 2010 by Cherry Red with some 12″ remix bonus tracks but unfortunately “Hide And Seek” was not included.
Peter Wolf is an American Rhythm and Blues, Soul and Rock and Roll musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from 1967 to 1983;and for a successful musical solo career to date with writing partner Will Jennings.
After Peter Wolf ditched the J. Geils Band in 1983 because co-leader Seth Justman turned down a batch of new songs Wolf had written with Don Covay and Michael Jonzun, he made the most of it and released the great Lights Out album.
The album was produced by Michael Jonzun of the Jonzun Crew and featured Adrian Belew. The eponymous single became a hit single the same year, peaking at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The first single released from the album would be “Oo-Ee-Diddley-Bop!”, produced and arranged by Peter Wolf and Michael Jonzun, remixed by Arthur Baker and edited by The Latin Rascals.
The follow up singles “Lights Out” and “I Need You Tonight” both received Francois Kevorkian remixes so watch out for those to be posted soon.
Bad Manners are an English 2 Tone ska band. They quickly became the novelty favourites of the UK pop scene through their bald outsized frontman’s on-stage antics, earning early exposure through their Top of The Pops exploits and an appearance in the live film documentary, Dance Craze.
They were at their most popular during the early 1980s, during a period when other ska revival bands such as Madness, The Specials and The Selecter filled the charts. Bad Manners spent 111 weeks in the UK Singles Chart between 1980 and 1983,and they also achieved chart success with their first four studio albums with Gosh It’s… Bad Manners, Loonee Tunes! and Ska ‘n’ B being their biggest hits.
In 1985, Bad Manners released their fifth studio album “Mental Notes”, their first for the Portrait label and had success with the singles “Blue Summer”, “What The Papers Say” and a cover of Todd Rundgren’s “Bang The Drum All Day”
“Mental Notes’ would be released on CD for the first time in 1999 containing the 12” remixes of Blue Summer and What The Papers Say.
“Bang The Drum All Day” was remixed by Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero for the US Portrait 12″ single release.
Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and children’s author. She rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records, and has since been the recipient of two Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for her work. Throughout her career, she has amassed a total of 13 Top 40 Hits including “You’re So Vain”, “Nobody Does It Better” and “Coming Around Again”.
In 1985, she signed with Epic Records and made one album for them, Spoiled Girl. This was her 12th studio album and was recorded with a variety of producers in New York. It was Simon’s only album for Epic Records, and peaked at #88 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 200 album chart.
The first single from the album “Tired Of Being Blonde” peaked at #70 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was followed up with “My New Boyfriend” which was produced by Paul Samwell-Smith (The Yardbirds) and remixed by Arthur Baker for the 12″ release.
Wide Boy Awake were a UK alternative band formed in 1982 by Kevin Mooney (Adam and the Ants) with partner John Keogh and collaborator and fantasist Harley Price. Wide Boy Awake released two EPs in the UK, including songs “Chicken Outlaw”, “Bona Venture” and “Slang Teacher”, some of which appear on 1980s various-artists compilations. “Chicken Outlaw” was accompanied by a music video directed by Derek Jarman. Wide Boy Awake disbanded soon after without releasing a full album of music.
The band’s final EP “Billy Hyena” released in 1984 was written by Kevin Mooney and produced by Francois Kevorkian.