Drum Theatre ‎– Eldorado (1985)

Drum Theatre comprised Kent B. (drums, keyboards), Gari Tarn (drums, vocals), Paul Snook (drums, bass guitar). Originally a very exciting visual act, they boasted six members, all of whom played the drums at some point. By the time the band were signed to a recording contract they had been slimmed down to a trio. They received attention when their first single of 1986, ‘Living In The Past’, made a minor impact on the UK charts, while they were supporting the Human League on a European tour. The reissue of their 1985 single ‘Eldorado’, in 1987, received plenty of radio airplay and just missed the Top 40, and their debut album was released to mixed reaction and poor sales.

“Eldorado” was produced by Gary Langan who co-founded the ZTT Records label with Trevor Horn, Paul Morley and Jill Sinclair. He was also a founding member of the musical group Art of Noise, but departed in 1986 after touring in support of the group’s In Visible Silence album.

Eldorado (Dance Mix)                                   6:30

Eldorado (7″ Re-Mix)                                    4:25

Jungle Of People (Extended Mix)                  6:40

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Peter Wolf ‎– Come As You Are (1987)

The title track from Peter Wolf’s second solo album released in 1987 . “Come As You Are” was a major hit for Wolf, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for one week. The single would be Peter Wolf’s last Top 40 hit.

The music video for “Come As You Are” is based on Bobby Van’s memorable “street dance” from “Small Town Girl (1953).” In the video, Peter Wolf hops around a 1950s small town similar to the one in the movie, and he passes a poster for Small Town Girl as a direct reference to the inspiration for the video.

The US Promo 12″ contained exclusive remixes by Paul Sabu and Rusty Garner.

Come As You Are (Masquerade Mix)                         6:32

Come As You Are (Duke Of Dilemma Dub)                 6:34

Come As You Are (Vocal Dub Mix)                            5:06

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Vanessa Williams ‎– (He’s Got) The Look (1988)

Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963), known professionally as Vanessa L. Williams or Vanessa Williams, is an American singer, actress, producer and former fashion model. In 1983, she became the first African-American woman crowned Miss America, but a scandal arose when Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of her. She relinquished her title early and was succeeded by the first runner-up, Suzette Charles of New Jersey. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations. She is arguably the most successful Miss America winner in the field of entertainment.

“(He’s Got) The Look” is the second single from Vanessa L. Williams’ 1988 debut album. The single peaked at No. 10 on Billboards Hot Black Singles chart. The song was written and produced by Amir Bayyan who had written and produced the majority of La Toya Jackson’s 1984 album Heart Don’t Lie.

(He’s Got) The Look (Radio Version)                   4:20

(He’s Got) The Look (Dance Version)                  6:38

(He’s Got) The Look (Dub Version)                     5:26

(He’s Got) The Look (Album Version)                  5:07

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Was (Not Was) ‎– Walk The Dinosaur (1988)

“Walk the Dinosaur” is a hit single recorded and released by the band Was (Not Was) in 1987, later featured on their hit 1988 album, What Up, Dog?.

The song features a tight, funky sound, punctuated by horns and cowbell, along with what sounds like cavepeople chanting in the background, while the lyrics relate to nuclear Armageddon.

According to an interview with co-writer Randy Jacobs: it “was an infectious sing-along with a Flintstonesque video that probably got played on MTV way too much. But even that seemingly good-time anthem had a dark side.

The song’s about nuclear Armageddon, Jacobs says. “It became a dance because of the video. They connected it with the girls in the little Pebbles and Bam-Bam outfits. All the sudden it became, like, ‘do the mashed potato’ or ‘the twist.’”

When released in the UK in 1987, the song reached #10 on the charts, becoming the group’s first Top 10 hit there. After the music video—which featured four scantily clad cavewomen dancing to the song, a Flintstones-style TV playing clips from Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur, and then modern people dancing to the song in the “Everybody kill the dinosaur” part—received heavy rotation on MTV, the song reached #7 on the U.S. chart in 1989, two years after its UK success. The song is the biggest hit single for the band in their home country.

Bruce Forest provided the remixes on the US 12″single.

Walk The Dinosaur (The New York Dangerous Version)              6:58

Walk The Dinosaur (Bruce’s Prehistoric Dub)                            6:43

Walk The Dinosaur (The Debunking Of Uri Geller Mix)                4:30

Walk The Dinosaur (7″ Version)                                               3:38

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The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another (1983)

“One Thing Leads to Another” is a song by New Wave rock group The Fixx, from their album Reach the Beach. “One Thing Leads to Another” is the group’s best known song, and their most successful single, peaking at No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1983. It entered the charts on August 27, 1983 at #65 and peaking at No. 2 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It also went to #1 in Canada in late October 1983. It is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the fictional radio station Flash FM. It was also featured in an episode of Everybody Hates Chris and in the movie The House of the Devil.

One Thing Leads To Another              8:00

Reach The Beach (Dub)                     4:06

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Wally Badarou ‎– Chief Inspector / Novela Das Nove (1985)

A synthesizer specialist, Wally Badarou was the long-time associate of the British band Level 42, known for its blend of funk, pop, soul and rock. He has co-written and performed on a number of the band’s tracks since their recording début in 1980, later co-producing them.

All the while close to Island Records’s founder Chris Blackwell, he was one of the Compass Point All Stars (with Sly and Robbie, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung and Uziah “Sticky” Thompson), the in-house recording team of Compass Point Studios responsible for a long series of albums of the 1980s recorded by Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Black Uhuru, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Cliff and Gregory Isaacs.

Badarou’s keyboard playing could also be heard on albums by Robert Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, Herbie Hancock, M (Pop Muzik), Talking Heads, Foreigner, Power Station, Melissa Etheridge, Manu Dibango and Miriam Makeba.

His solo instrumental work includes two albums: Echoes (1983) and Words Of A Mountain (1988). The former included “Chief Inspector”, “Mambo” (sampled for Massive Attack’s “Daydreaming” (Blue Lines album)), and “Hi-Life”. “Chief Inspector” peaked at #46 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1985.

Chief Inspector (Instrumental)                5:58

Novela Das Nove (Instrumental)             5:17

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Loverboy ‎– Passion Pit (1983)

Loverboy is a Canadian rock group formed in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta. Throughout the 1980s, the band accumulated numerous hit songs in Canada and the United States, earning four multi-platinum albums and selling millions of records. After being rejected by many American record labels, they signed with Columbia/CBS Records Canada and began recording their first album March 20, 1980.

It’s been reported their name was chosen while browsing through a magazine, where they saw a Cover Girl ad. Cover Girl became Cover Boy, and then became Loverboy. The group, with Jim Clench (ex-April Wine and BTO) on bass, made its live debut opening for Kiss at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C. on November 19, 1979.

“Passion Pit”, from the band’s third album “Keep It Up” , was released on US Promo 12″ single only and remixed by Francois Kevorkian.

Passion Pit (Extended Club Version)             5:45

Passion Pit (Instrumental)                            4:35

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