Robert Hazard ‎– Change Reaction (1982)

Robert Hazard (born Robert Rimato, (August 21, 1948 – August 5, 2008), was a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, musician, probably best known for composing and recording the song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, which Cyndi Lauper covered, turning the song into a best-selling hit. He also composed the 1980s New Wave and MTV hits, “Escalator of Life” and “Change Reaction”, which he performed with his band, Robert Hazard and the Heroes, who were popular in the Philadelphia club scene during the 1980s. These songs appeared on the five song EP Robert Hazard, released in 1982. Hazard’s first major label album, Wing of Fire, was released by RCA Records in January 1984.

Change Reaction was remixed by Nick Martinelli & David Todd for the US 12″ release.

Change Reaction (Remixed Version)         5:17

Change Reaction (Instrumental)                4:08

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Supertramp ‎– I’m Beggin’ You (1987)

Free as a Bird was the tenth album by progressive rock band Supertramp, released in 1987.

The album was a turn of direction of sorts, with most of the songs stepping back from their progressive rock sound, employing synthesised dance beats and rhythms. Chief songwriter Rick Davies later recalled “Free As A Bird was an experiment to try and be modern and build it up with computers and drum machines and have people come in one by one, which makes you lose the band spirit a little bit.”

The album featured the single  “I’m Beggin’ You” which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play for one week, early in 1988. The stylistic change was generally not well-received, however, and the album itself reached only no. 93 in the UK and 101 in the USA, breaking a streak of seven consecutive top 100 efforts on the American charts.

The 12″ mixes were by Phil Harding & Ian Curnow.

I’m Beggin’ You (Straight Pass)                    5:04

I’m Beggin’ You (Mad House Mix)                 8:28

I’m Beggin’ You (Dub)                                  5:49

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John Waite ‎– Missing You (1984)

John Waite  first came to attention as the lead singer and bassist of The Babys, a British group which had moderate chart success, including two pop hits that both coincidentally peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Isn’t It Time” (1977) and “Everytime I Think Of You” (1979),and a solid following for their concert tours.

Waite subsequently launched his solo career with his 1982 debut album Ignition, which produced the hit single “Change”. The Chrysalis 45 failed to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100 during its initial release but was a top track on AOR radio stations as well as a very popular music video on MTV as the ‘new’ cable channel celebrated its first full year of operation.

His next album, No Brakes, resulted in international attention – and was a Top 10 Billboard album in the US – due to the smash hit “Missing You” which went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

The 12″ single was remixed by John Luongo.

Missing You (Extended Version)                          6:59

For Your Love                                                    3:36

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Siouxsie And The Banshees ‎– The Killing Jar (1988)

“The Killing Jar” is a song written, produced and recorded by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released in 1988 as the second single from the band’s ninth studio album Peepshow.

The song is an uptempo number which reflects the pop music direction Siouxsie and the Banshees were recording at the time. Still, the track contains alternative elements and Sioux’s trademark cryptic lyrical content. According to Siouxsie, the song was inspired by a technique used by butterfly collectors to keep the beauty of the animal. “The Killing Jar” was remixed slightly for its radio version, most notably in the song’s introduction and percussion throughout. The single version of “The Killing Jar” is featured on the Banshees’ 1992 compilation Twice Upon a Time: The Singles.

Following the number-one success of their previous single “Peek-a-Boo” on American modern rock radio, “The Killing Jar” nearly matched the feat, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The single hit number forty-one on the UK singles chart.

The Killing Jar (Lepidopteristic Mix)             8:07

The Killing Jar (7″ Remix)                           4:00

Something Wicked (This Way Comes)        4:21

Are You Still Dying Darling?                       4:42

The Killing Jar (LP Version)                        4:04

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Don Henley ‎– All She Wants To Do Is Dance (1985)

“All She Wants to Do Is Dance” is a 1984 song recorded by Don Henley and became a Billboard Top 10 hit in March 1985, peaking at number 9, and also became his second song to top the Top Rock Tracks chart.The song was originally released from Henley’s Building the Perfect Beast album.

The lyrics are a personal commentary, critical of then-modern American culture for being more concerned with self-gratification and hedonistic behaviors (e.g., dancing, partying, promiscuity, recreational drug use, etc.) than with serious issues such as domestic and foreign policies of their government.Ironically, it became a popular dance song, reaching #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.

John Leland from Spin magazine wrote about the 12-inch single version of the song saying “…this mother whomps from the git with punchy electronic drums and a mix that keeps one foot off the ground for a full seven-and-a-half minutes. Henley’s vision of post-hedonist vision of apocalypse is twisted”.

The 12″ single was remixed by John Luongo.

All She Wants To Do Is Dance (Extended Dance Mix)               7:38

All She Wants To Do Is Dance (Dubb Mix)                               5:17

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Princess ‎– I’ll Keep On Loving You (Remix) (1986)

“I’ll Keep On Loving You” was the third single to be released from Princess’ self-titled debut album. The single went Top 20 in the UK, New Zealand and Switzerland.

The track was again written and produced by Stock/Aitken/Waterman and like the previous singles was released in a range of formats with a number of different mixes.

This particular 12″ was released in the UK and Germany and included remixes by The Funky Sisters (Phil Harding & Pete Waterman), DJ Cheese and Chad Jackson. None of the remixes would appear on the Cherry Pop 2009 reissue of the album.

I’ll Keep On Loving You (Funky Sisters Mix “Say Dub It”)                        8:46

I’ll Keep On Loving You (Cheese’s “Keep On Scratching It” Mix)              8:06

I’ll Keep On Loving You (Chad’s “Scratch, Mix And Dub Mix”)                  6:09

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Seduction ‎– Two To Make It Right (1989)

Seduction was a female dance-pop, urban contemporary, house, and freestyle trio from New York assembled and produced by Robert Clivillés and David Cole (later of C+C Music Factory), consisting of members April Harris (born March 25, 1967), Michelle Visage (September 20, 1968), and Idalis DeLeon (born June 15, 1966).

Originally intended as a studio project, and prior to any assemblage of the aforementioned trio, the first track produced, “Seduction” (later renamed “Seduction’s Theme”), featured vocals by Carol Cooper, and was released to dance clubs. Against its producers’ expectations, it ended up becoming a hit. Envisioning a potential hit phenomenon, Cole and Clivillés set to the task of assembling a group of girls who displayed talent, sex appeal, and multiformat potential. Visage, DeLeon and Harris were chosen and assembled for the recording of the album Nothing Matters Without Love and subsequent singles. Their biggest hit came in early 1990 with “Two to Make It Right”, a No. 2 pop hit.

“Two to Make It Right” contains a sample of the song “Kiss” as performed by The Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones.It also contains a sample of “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, which happens to contain a sample of Lyn Collins’s “Think (About It)”. That song is known for the section with James Brown’s famous and often sampled “Yeah! Woo!” drum break.

Two To Make It Right (Cole / Clivilles Club Mix)           6:20

Two To Make It Right (Cole / Clivilles Dub Mix)            5:02

Two To Make It Right (7″ Remix)                                4:11

Two To Make It Right (Hip House Vocal Mix)               6:18

Two To Make It Right (Cole / Clivilles House Dub)        5:12

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Tommy Page ‎– A Zillion Kisses (1988)

Tommy Page (born Thomas Alden Page, May 24, 1970, Glen Ridge, New Jersey) is an American singer, best known for his 1990 hit single, “I’ll Be Your Everything.”

Page was sixteen when he was a cloakroom attendant in a popular New York nightclub called Nell’s, taking the coats of stars such as Whitney Houston, Rob Lowe, and the Beastie Boys. The job gave Page a chance to play his demo tape to the house DJ, who then used the demos as part of his club mixes. The unknown sounds were so impressive that soon Page was introduced to Sire Records founder Seymour Stein, who had previously launched the careers of Madonna and the Ramones.

When Page turned eighteen, he was asked to write the theme tune of the film Shag and later released it as his first single. Page’s self-titled debut album was released by Sire/Warner Bros. Records in November 1988 and contained hits such as “A Zillion Kisses,” “Turning Me On,” and “A Shoulder to Cry On”.

Tommy’s first single from his debut album was  “A Zillion Kisses” , the single went to No.45 on the US Dance Chart and was remixed by Phil Harding and Ian Curnow for the 12″ single.

A Zillion Kisses (Big Beat Mix)                                               7:39

A Zillion Kisses (Endless Kiss Mix)                                        5:30

A Zillion Kisses (12″ Dub)                                                      5:00

A Shoulder To Cry On (Instrumental Movie Mix)                       3:20

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Alan Vega ‎– Outlaw / Magdalena 84 (1982)

In 1981, Alan Vega released his second solo album “Collision Drive”, the album continued the trend started on the first Alan Vega album of incorporating Vega’s love of ’50s rock and R&B.

The final single from “Collision Drive” was two tracks remixed by August Darnell (Kid Creole and The Coconuts).

The remix of “Outlaw” would later appear on the Ze Records “Mutant Disco” compilation LP.

Outlaw                              5:20

Magdalena 84                   4:15

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Hey! Elastica ‎– Eat Your Heart Out (1982)

Hey! Elastica were an Edinburgh 4 piece band from the early 80’s signed to Virgin Records.

Working with some big name talent like producers Tony Visconti & Martin Rushent, Hey! Elastica released 4 singles & 1 album between 1982-1984 during a period when Scottish bands such as Orange Juice, Altered Images and Big Country were making major impacts on the UK charts.

In 1982, the band released their debut single “Eat Your Heart Out” which was produced Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex), in the same year, two members of the band, Giles and Samantha Swanson, appeared on the Paul Haig 12″ single “Blue For You”.

Eat Your Heart Out                              4:48

Clay Hips (1st Movement)                    4:41

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