Flesh For Lulu ‎– I Go Crazy (1986)

Flesh for Lulu was a rock band formed in Brixton, London, UK, and was active between 1982 and 1992. Their music was a mix of the New York Dolls and Rolling Stones with gothic rock’s gloomy atmosphere and aesthetics.

Nick Marsh (vocals and guitar) and James Mitchell (drums) formed the band and soon recruited Rocco (originally from Wasted Youth, guitar and vocals), and Glen Bishop (bass),taking their name from an American cult movie.They signed to Polydor Records in 1983, and soon thereafter, bassist Glen Bishop left to join Under Two Flags, and was replaced by Kevin Mills (formerly of Specimen).

In 1986, the band signed to Beggars Banquet Records, and their song “I Go Crazy” was featured in Some Kind of Wonderful and saw some airplay on American college rock radio stations. This allowed Flesh for Lulu to sustain a successful tour of the US.

“I Go Crazy” was produced by Stephen Hague and remixed by Tom Lord-Alge.

I Go Crazy (Dynamix)                     6:38

I Go Crazy (LP Version)                  3:50

I Go Crazy (Instrumental)                4:30

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Alyson Williams Featuring Nikki D ‎– My Love Is So Raw (1989)

Alyson Williams (born May 11, 1962 in New York City, NY) is an R&B singer.

The daughter of bandleader / trumpeter Bobby Booker, she began her career by singing background vocals for various artists including, Curtis Hairston, Melba Moore (“Love’s Coming At Ya”), B. B. & Q. Band, Cashflow, Unlimited Touch, Bobby Brown and Barbara Mitchell before joining the group High Fashion, which also featured Meli’sa Morgan. After they disbanded, Alyson sang with the group The Affair before moving onto a solo career.

Her first single, “Yes We Can Can”, was first released on Profile Records in 1986; a release on the Def Jam label followed in 1987. At the label, she established herself as an in demand vocalist, duetting with many of her label mates including Chuck Stanley (“Make You Mine Tonight”) and Oran “Juice” Jones (“How To Love Again”).

Her first album release and the first R&B female singer signed to Def Jam, she released the album Raw in 1989. The album produced the singles “My Love is So Raw”, featuring female rapper Nikki D, and “Sleep Talk”.

The remixes for “My Love Is So Raw” were credited to C.J.Mackintosh and David Dorrell in the UK but on this US 12″ Promo, a sticker on the sleeve proclaims new remixes by M.A.R.R.S. (Pump Up The Volume) of which Mackintosh and Dorrell were members.

My Love Is So Raw                                             5:09

My Love Is So Raw (Raw U.K. Edit)                     4:10

My Love Is So Raw (Extended Club Mix)              7:00

My Love Is So Raw (Percapella Mix)                    5:54

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Diana Ross ‎– Love Hangover ’89 (1989)

“Love Hangover” was the fourth number one single for Motown singer Diana Ross. Ross recorded “Love Hangover’ in 1975. It was released in March 1976, and rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Soul Singles and Hot Dance Club Play charts simultaneously.

The song was written by Pamela Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod as a disco number. Producer Hal Davis recorded the track in 1975 thinking it ideal for Marvin Gaye or Diana Ross. They were his two favorite vocalists to work with and thought Diana would be sexier on it, so he cut it on her. The Motown staff believed that it would be perfect for Ross to record too. Ross, like her soul contemporaries Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, initially resented the new musical movement but eventually agreed to record the song.

Motown released versions of Ross’s version in 1988 (remixed by the British team PWL).

The US Promo 12” of these remixes included four mixes by Phil Harding, Ian Curnow & Tony King and the “Urban Dub” by Tony King.

Love Hangover ’89 (Urban Remix)                                   6:51

Love Hangover ’89 (Urban Dub)                                      7:17

Love Hangover ’89 (Dance Mix)                                      7:16

Love Hangover ’89 (12″ Version)                                     7:59

Love Hangover ’89 (Extended Single Version)                  3:56

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Lovebug Starski ‎– House Rocker (1986)

Lovebug Starski (born Kevin Smith, May 16, 1960, Bronx, New York) is an American MC, musician, and record producer. He began his career as a record boy in 1971 as hip-hop first appeared in the Bronx, and he eventually became a DJ at the Disco Fever club in 1978.

Starski recorded his first single, “Positive Life,” on the Tayster record label in 1981. Later, he recorded a song for the soundtrack of the 1986 film Rappin’, which was released on Atlantic Records, before recording his first album, House Rocker, on Epic/CBS Records.

The title track from the “House Rocker” album was released as a single, written and produced by D.St (Derek Showard)

House Rocker (Vocal)                    5:18

House Rocker (Dub Mix)                5:18

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Pseudo Echo ‎– Funky Town (1987)

Unless I do manage to track down the US Mark S. Berry remixes of “Listening” (Dancing Koala & Dancing Berry Mixes), this post brings us to the end of the Pseudo Echo US remixes and re-recordings. “Funky Town” is a single which I personally did not care for but it did become the band’s biggest hit and hopefully brought to you today in mixes you have never heard before.

In October 1986, Pseudo Echo released a rockier version of the Lipps, Inc. disco song “Funky Town”, which spent twelve weeks at number-one from December.The album, Love an Adventure, was re-released the following year to include their remake of “Funky Town” which brought the group their biggest international success, the single reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1987.

“Funky Town” was released on 12″ with a Dance Mix running 6:36 but in the US a number of house/dance mixes were commissioned which saw release on Promo only.

The “Funky House Mix” was credited to Larry Sturm & Steve “Silk” Hurley, the “Funky Club Mix” to Freddy Bastone & Steve “Silk” Hurley and on the flip side, the “Funky Vocal Mix” and “Funky Dub Mix” were both remixed by Freddy Bastone.

Funkytown (Funky House Mix)              5:25

Funkytown (Funky Club Mix)                6:05

Funkytown (Funky Vocal Mix)              6:10

Funkytown (Funky Dub Mix)                 6:42

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Diana Ross ‎– Workin’ Overtime (1989)

“Workin’ Overtime” is an out of print 1989 album by American singer Diana Ross, released on the Motown label.  It was Ross’ first Motown album since 1980’s “diana” after Ross left the label for a then record breaking $20 million deal with RCA.

Upon Diana’s return to the label, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. had sold the label to MCA Records and had positioned Jheryl Busby to the head of Motown. Ross was at first reluctant to return to her old label but Gordy promised her a lot in her return: not only would Ross return to Motown as a recording act, but she would be the label’s part-owner. Ross reunited with collaborator Nile Rodgers to make this album – which was an attempt to gear her to a much younger audience bringing in new jack swing productions and house music.

The project was trashed by critics and failed despite the title track reaching #3 at R&B radio. (The single never made the Hot 100.)

The US Promo 12″ single for “Workin’ Overtime’ featured remixes by Timmy Regisford with additional overdubs by Blaze.

Workin’ Overtime (Radio Edit)                               5:15

Workin’ Overtime (Extended Version)                    7:31

Workin’ Overtime (7” Version)                               4:17

Workin’ Overtime (House Mix)                              7:00

Workin’ Overtime (Club Dub)                                 6:20

Workin’ Overtime (Instrumental)                             6:25

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The Kane Gang – Respect Yourself (1984)

Kane Gang were a Blues rock trio from North East England that had a few UK hits and two U.S. hits in the 1980s. Named after the movie, Citizen Kane, the trio recorded for the indie record label, Kitchenware, that was also home to Prefab Sprout.

Vocalists Martin Brammer (born 13 May 1957,Seaham, County Durham) and Paul Woods, plus multi-instrumentalist Dave Brewis formed the trio in 1982, after meeting in small local bands, and signed to a small record label, which led to a deal with London Records in 1984.

Their debut album, Bad and Lowdown World of the Kane Gang (released in the United States as Lowdown), was released the next year, and spawned two United Kingdom hit singles. These were “Closest Thing To Heaven” (#12) and a cover of The Staples Singers’ “Respect Yourself”(#21). The latter was also a hit in Australia, reaching #19. The album had a decent pedigree, being produced by Pete Wingfield, and having both P. P. Arnold and Sam Brown as backing vocalists.

Respect Yourself                                         5:43

Amusement Park                                        5:03

Respect Yourself (Dutch Mix)                       5:04

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Mental As Anything ‎– Apocalypso (Wiping The Smile Off Santas Face) (1984)

In December 1984, Mental As Anything released the blackly humorous Christmas release, “Apocalypso (Wiping the Smile off Santa’s Face)”, written by Martin Plaza and Reg Mombassa, it was one of the first Australian recordings to be remixed as a 12″ ‘disco’ version. The innovative stop-motion video by B Sharp Productions to promote “Apocalypso” later shared the “Best Promotional Video” award—with INXS’ “Burn for You” by Richard Lowenstein—at the 1984 Countdown Awards held in 1985.

Apocalypso (Wiping The Smile Off Santa’s Face) (Extended Mix)       6:55

Apocalypso (Wiping The Smile Off Santa’s Face)                              3:49

Wouldn’t Try To Explain                                                                  3:15

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Thrashing Doves ‎– Je$u$ On The Payroll (1987)

In 1987, Thrashing Doves released the fourth single from their debut album “Bedrock Vice”.

“Je$u$ On The Payroll” would prove to be both the band’s first exposure in the US, hitting No.20 on the US dance charts but also it’s most enduring single, becoming a Balearic classic, a favorite of Argentinian DJ Alfredo and Danny Rampling and a mainstay on the Ibiza club circuit.

The 12″ single was released in the UK and the US with Bruce Forest providing the remixes.

Je$u$ On The Payroll (12″ Vocal)                    5:16

Je$u$ On The Payroll (Bonus Beats)               3:37

Je$u$ On The Payroll (Dub Version)                5:45

Je$u$ On The Payroll (Street Groove)              3:30

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Ryuichi Sakamoto ‎– Risky (1987)

Ryuichi Sakamoto (born January 17, 1952) is a Japanese musician, activist, composer, record producer, writer, singer, pianist, and actor, based in Tokyo and New York. He began his career in 1978 as a member of the pioneering electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO),where he played keyboards and was an occasional vocalist. The band was an international success, with worldwide hits such as “Computer Game / Firecracker” (1978) and “Behind the Mask” (1978),the latter written and sung by Sakamoto. He concurrently began pursuing a solo career, debuting with the experimental electronic fusion album The Thousand Knives of Ryūichi Sakamoto (1978), and later released the pioneering album B-2 Unit (1980), which included the electro classic “Riot in Lagos”. After YMO disbanded in 1983, he produced more solo records, including collaborations with various international artists, through to the 1990s.

In 1987,  Sakamoto released the album “Neo Geo”, it included contributions by Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Sly Dunbar and vocals by Iggy Pop on the single “Risky”.

The US Promo 12″ of “Risky” included the Julian Mendelsohn remix and the Ultimix Edit.

Risky (Ultimix Edit)                        7:29

Risky (Remix)                               6:55

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