The Lover Speaks ‎– Every Lover’s Sign (1986)

The Lover Speaks was the new wave duo of David Freeman (vocals), and Joseph Hughes (arranger, composer) and Keyboard player Barry Gilbert. They sang the original version of the song “No More “I Love You’s””, covered by Annie Lennox in 1995 on her Medusa album, which she took to No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Freeman and Hughes formed The Lover Speaks (deriving the name from Roland Barthes’ book A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments) in 1985, after working together in the punk outfit the Flys. They met keyboard player Barry Gilbert and began writing an album which included the song “No More “I Love You’s””.  Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics got the band a recording contract with A&M Records and their self-titled debut including contributions from among others Stewart, June Miles-Kingston, Nils Lofgren and production by Jimmy Iovine was released the following year. Freeman’s vocals received praise, but the album never took off. “No More “I Love You’s””, the first single, fell off the UK chart after rising to No. 58. The band opened for the Eurythmics during the 1986 Revenge world tour and the following year Freeman and Hughes and Gilbert wrote and produced the duet “Sleep Like Breathing” with Alison Moyet, included on her album Raindancing and ‘I Fall In Love Too Easily’ for Kiki Dee.

They returned to the studio in 1987 and recorded another album, The Big Lie with Iovine, Stewart and Daniel Lanois sharing production – only to face A&M Records who declined to release it. The duo then split; Freeman went on to release a few solo albums in the 2000’s.

The “Every Lover’s Sign” 12″ was edited by The Latin Rascals and remixed by Andy Wallace and Bruce Forest.

Every Lover’s Sign (New York Mix)            5:57

Every Lover’s Sign (Dub Mix)                    6:37

Listen !

Rapidshare Upgrade & Download Issues

As many of you may be aware Rapidshare made some major changes to their processes yesterday, limiting daily downloads to 1gb for regular users or 30gb for Rapid Pro users.

As 1gb only represents about 25 downloads a day based on an average file size of 40mb then this is severely limiting to the avid eighties music fans who visit this site daily.

Therefore I have upgraded my account to Rapid Pro which should allow about 750 downloads daily which should cover you all quite nicely. I have taken up this option for 150 days and can review it again when it expires.

If you are still having any difficulty accessing files, please let me know and I can take this up with Rapidshare.

Unfortunately, this means no new post today but normal service will resume in the morning.

As we close in on 100,000 hits for the blog, I thank you all for your continued support and please take the time to throw a comment my way, it really does help keep up morale and the enthusiasm to keep the site going.

Richard Marx ‎– Don’t Mean Nothing (1987)

Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He had a stream of hit singles in the late 1980s and 1990s, including “Endless Summer Nights”, “Right Here Waiting”, “Now and Forever”, and “Hazard”. Although most of his major hit songs were slow ballads, many of his songs had a classic rock style, such as “Don’t Mean Nothing”, “Should’ve Known Better,” “Satisfied,” and “Too Late To Say Goodbye”. Marx placed himself in the record books by being the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (3, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 4). His record sales worldwide exceed 30 million. Aside from songs that he’s written and recorded for himself, he has written, co-written, and produced successful tracks for other artists such as “This I Promise You” by NSYNC and “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross. The latter song won several Grammy Awards. His 14th and latest chart topper, “Long Hot Summer,” performed by Keith Urban, gave Marx the distinction of having a song he wrote or co-write top the charts in four different decades.

“Don’t Mean Nothing” is the debut single by Richard Marx from his 1987 eponymous album. With the chart success of this and subsequent singles from his debut album, Marx became the first male artist to reach the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart with four singles from a debut album.

In 1988, Marx was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Vocal Performance – Solo” for this song. David Cole supplied the remix for the 12″ single release.

Don’t Mean Nothing (Extended Rock Mix)              6:15

Don’t Mean Nothing                                             4:40

The Flame Of Love                                               3:36

Listen !

Good Question ‎– Got A New Love (1988)

Good Question was an R&B and dance music vocal duo from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, consisting of brothers Sean and Marc Douglas. Their only chart hit came in 1988 when they hit number one on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with “Got a New Love”. The song also reached the R&B and pop charts in the U.S., where it peaked at numbers fifty-one and eighty-six, respectively. Another single, “Listen to Your Heart”, and their self-titled album were released the same year on Prince’s record label Paisley Park Records.

The 12″ Extended Remix was by Femi Jiya while all other remixes of “Got A New Love”  are by Robert Clivilles and David Cole.

Got A New Love (12″ Club Mix)                             6:54

Got A New Love (Dub)                                          6:13

Got A New Love (12″ Extended Remix)                  6:49

Got A New Love (12″ Power Mix)                           7:17

Got A New Love (Power Dub)                                5:15

One More Time (LP Version)                                 3:57

Listen !

Dolly Dots ‎– What A Night (1987)

Dolly Dots were a popular Dutch girl band in the 1980s. With their style of upbeat dance/pop, they scored many hits throughout Europe. The sextet consisted of Angela Groothuizen, Angéla Kramers, Anita Heilker, Esther Oosterbeek, Patty Zomer and Ria Brieffies.

The Dolly Dots had many hits between 1979 and 1988. They were most successful in the Netherlands, but they also scored hits in the rest of Europe. Their single “Radio” was a big hit in Japan. “P.S.” was a Top 50 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play hit in 1981. They also enjoyed hits in Turkey, Lebanon, Iceland, and toured through Egypt.

At the peak of their success in 1984 the Dolly Dots had their own TV series, Barbie dolls, wallpaper and a number one hit, “Love Me Just a Little Bit More (Totally Hooked On You)”. At the end of the following year, Anita Heilker left the group to have a daughter. She later became the Dutch voice of Donald Duck. The rest of the band continued as a five-piece.

Since the success of the TV series in 1984, there had been plans to record a Hollywood movie. In the summer of 1986 the five remaining Dolly Dots finally went to the US to work with an unfinished script and made a movie called Dutch Treat, which was released later that same year. The movie as well as the soundtrack were a modest success in The Netherlands but were not released in the USA due to poor reviews. The group broke up in 1988. Their last single was an attempt to break into the UK market. The Dolly Dots teamed up with hit producers Stock Aitken Waterman and released the song “What a Night”. It reached number 18 in the Dutch charts, but was not successful in the UK.

What A Night (12″ Remix)                8:18

What A Night (Single Mix)                4:05

What A Night (Instrumental)             4:05

Listen !

Thrashing Doves ‎– Reprobate’s Hymn (1988)

Thrashing Doves (1986–1992) were a London based rock band. Their line up consisted of Ken Foreman (vocals/guitar) with Brian Foreman (keyboards), Ian Button (guitar) and Kevin Sargent (drums). The original bass player was Hari Sajan. Subsequent bass players were James Eller, Claire Kenny and Gail Ann Dorsey. Gail went on to work with David Bowie and released her own album, ‘The Corporate World’.

In 1989, Thrashing Doves released the follow-up to the successful LP “Bedrock Vice” titled “Trouble in the Home”, the first single to be released from this album was “Reprobate’s Hymn”.

The single didn’t achieve any success but on the flipside of the UK 12″, the hit single from the previous album “Jesus on the Payroll” was included in remixed form. These mixes had only previously been available on a 1988 UK Promo 12″.

In it’s initial release “Jesus on the Payroll” went to the Top 20 in the US Dance Charts.

Reprobate’s Hymn (Full Version)                       4:28

Jesus On The Payroll #2 (Instrumental)              4:15

Jesus On The Payroll #2 (Vocal)                       4:15

Listen !

Erasure ‎– Chains Of Love (1988)

“Chains of Love” is a song by British synthpop duo Erasure, released in May 1988 as their ninth single overall.

The song was released by Mute Records as the second single from Erasure’s third studio album The Innocents. In the United States, Sire Records released it as the first single. The album version was produced by Stephen Hague and was slightly remixed for its single release (most notably the album version starts cold, while the radio version contains a short synthesizer pattern as an intro).

“Chains of Love” became Erasure’s sixth consecutive Top 20 hit on the UK singles chart, just missing the Top 10 by peaking at number eleven. In the United States, it became Erasure’s mainstream breakthrough by climbing to number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming the group’s first entry on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also hit number four on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. “Chains of Love” remains as Erasure’s highest-charting U.S. pop hit.

The song, written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, is an uptempo dance-oriented synthpop track with Clarke’s signature analogue sound and Bell’s lyrics about breaking through any restrictions or stereotypes of what love should be. The lyrics allude subtly to Bell’s desire for wider acceptance of homosexual couples, his pain evident from the opening lines “How can I explain when there are few words I can choose/How can I explain when words get broken”. The chorus is memorable for Bell’s use of falsetto. The music video featured Clarke and Bell performing the song while being hoisted through the air by thick, metal chains.

Shep Pettibone provided five mixes for the US Promo 12″, two of which were made available on a rare US Promo CD. The Unfettered Mix made an appearance on the 21st Anniversary edition of “The Innocents” 2CD in 2009.

Chains Of Love (The Unfettered Mix)                                        8:22

Chains Of Love (Fetter Dub Dub)                                              5:10

Chains Of Love (Remix Radio Edit Without Intro)                      3:40

Chains Of Love (Truly In Love With The Marks Bros. Mix)          7:20

Chains Of Love (Instrumental Dub)                                          3:50

Chains Of Love (Remix Radio Edit With Intro)                           3:56

Listen !

By eightiesvinyl Posted in Erasure

INXS ‎– Original Sin (1983)

“Original Sin” is a hit single by Australian rock group INXS released in 1984 on their fourth album The Swing. It was written by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss, and produced by Nile Rodgers.

It was released as a single in the U.S. in December 1983,where it reached No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. In Australia, it reached No. 1 in 1984,and became an international hit during that year.

Singer Daryl Hall sings the chorus along with Hutchence. According to an interview done in Australia, Hall says Nile Rodgers called him up and asked him to sing on the song.Rodgers had produced the song “Adult Education” for Hall and Oates the previous year.

The music video was set in Japan and features INXS singing the song arriving on motorbikes, as a fairground is set up and taken down around them, all brought in and removed with large trucks.

In 2010, INXS teamed up with American vocalist Rob Thomas and Cuban female rapper DJ Yalediys to rerecord “Original Sin”, this time as a dance single. The single is featured in the 2010 INXS tribute album Original Sin.

Original Sin (Long Version)             6:24

Original Sin (Dance Dub)                6:00

Listen !

By eightiesvinyl Posted in INXS

Vixen ‎– Edge Of A Broken Heart (1988)

Vixen is an all-female American hard rock band. Hailed as “the female Bon Jovi”,the band achieved commercial success during the late 1980s and early 1990s as part of the Los Angeles, California glam metal scene.

In 1988 the band was signed to EMI, and they began recording their debut album Vixen, which was released in September 1988. Singer-songwriter Richard Marx co-wrote (with Fee Waybill of The Tubes) and arranged their signature hit, “Edge of a Broken Heart”, as well as performing keyboards and producing the song. Rumor was he was asked to assist the all-female band by EMI to produce their first major hit, to compete with the all-female band the Bangles. Richard Marx had nothing to do with their follow-up CD, since he was becoming more of a mainline singer than songwriter. Vixen spent the next year touring the world, supporting acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi, as well as headlining their own shows.

Edge Of A Broken Heart (Extended Mix)        6:35

Charmed Life                                               4:04

Edge Of A Broken Heart                               4:22

Listen !

By eightiesvinyl Posted in Vixen

Thereza Bazar ‎– The Big Kiss (1985)

Thereza Bazar (born 23 May 1955) is a British-Canadian singer, best known as one half of the pop duo, Dollar.

Bazar first found fame in her teens as a member of 1970s group Guys ‘n’ Dolls, who scored a 1975 hit with There’s A Whole Lot Of Lovin’ and went on to have a short hit career, which also included Here I Go Again, a composition by the 17-year-old Bazar. Disillusioned with the direction of the band, she and then-boyfriend and fellow band mate David Van Day broke away to form Dollar in 1977. Their hits started with Shooting Star in 1978, and continued, on and off, until “Oh L’amour” hit the Top Ten across Europe in the late 1980s.

Bazar released one solo album in 1985 called The Big Kiss, which she co-wrote. It was produced by Arif Mardin and featured the singles “The Big Kiss” and “Too Much in Love”. The album reportedly cost half a million pounds to produce and generated media attention, but according to Bazar, the album’s circulation was poor due to a mix-up at the record company, with the album unavailable at the time of its advertised release. Today Bazar mentions the incident as the most upsetting of her career, but she has high regard for the album, saying it had “a strong pedigree”.

The 12″ version of the “The Big Kiss” was remixed by Stock/Aitken/Waterman.

The Big Kiss (Extended Version)                   5:50

Give Yourself Up                                          4:18

Listen !