Max Q was an Australian band formed in 1989. Playing electronic music, the band was a collaboration between Michael Hutchence of INXS and Ollie Olsen (Whirlywirld, Dogs in Space soundtrack).
Max Q consisted of Hutchence (vocals and songwriting) and Olsen (songwriting and production), who were accompanied by key members of the post-punk scene in Melbourne, Australia; most of whom had previously collaborated with Olsen. The project followed on from Hutchence and Olsen’s work on the film, Dogs in Space, where they had first met.
Max Q released its sole self-titled album in 1989 and had minor hits with the songs “Sometimes” (originally recorded by Olsen with Orchestra Of Skin And Bone) and “Way of the World”. The album was more critically acclaimed than commercially successful, and has gone out of print and never been re-issued. The band never performed any live shows.
Koo De Tah (also Koo Dé Tah or Koo Dee Tah) was a New Zealand/Australian pop music band of the 1980s. The core band members were Tina Cross (a native of New Zealand) and Leon Berger (Australian), who met in Sydney.
They scored a hit in 1985 with their first single “Too Young for Promises”, which reached number 6 in the Australian charts and number 48 in New Zealand.
Their self-titled debut album was released in 1986 with the follow up single being “Body Talk”.
Jeffrey Linton Osborne (born March 9, 1948) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist and lead singer of the band, L.T.D.
In 1982, Osborne released his self-titled debut album, which featured two hit singles, “On the Wings of Love” and “I Really Don’t Need No Light”, peaking at #29 & #39 on the pop chart respectively. This was followed up the next year by Stay with Me Tonight, his first gold album (later reaching platinum album status). The album reached #25 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and #3 on the R&B album chart. The title track, “Stay With Me Tonight” charted at #4 on the R&B Singles Chart in 1983. The other three singles, “Don’t You Get So Mad”, “We’re Going All The Way” and “Plane Love”, also reached #3, #16, and #10 on the R&B chart respectively.
“Plane Love” was written by David “Hawk” Wolinski ans remixed by Larry Levan.
The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson.
The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synthesizer-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which would flourish in the early 1980s. Robert Palmer, music critic for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, described the Cars’ musical style by saying: “they have taken some important but disparate contemporary trends—punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the ’50s rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop—and mixed them into a personal and appealing blend.”
“Hello Again” was released as the fourth single from the album Heartbeat City. It was the fourth Top 20 hit from the album, reaching number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it also reached number 8 on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart and number 22 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
Written by Ric Ocasek, produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange”, with remixes by Arthur Baker.
Vince Clarke (born Vincent John Martin; 3 July 1960) is an English synthpop musician and songwriter. Clarke has been the main composer and musician of the band Erasure since 1985, and was previously a member of several groups, including Depeche Mode, Yazoo and The Assembly.
In 1983, after the Yazoo split, Clarke teamed up with Eric Radcliffe and it was their idea to collaborate as one-off associations with different artists on each new single, under the name The Assembly; notably with singer Feargal Sharkey they scored the Top 5 hit “Never Never”. Meanwhile, he founded the label Reset Records with Eric Radcliffe. During 1983 and further on in 1984, he produced four singles “The Face of Dorian Gray”, “I Just Want to Dance”, “Claudette” and “Calling All Destroyers” for his friend Robert Marlow, which were released on this label. They also produced an album, which was shelved but was released much later in 1999 under the name The Peter Pan Effect. In 1985, another collaboration took place with Paul Quinn of Bourgie Bourgie, the result was the single “One Day” by Vince Clarke & Paul Quinn. However, the project never took off, and Clarke moved on to other projects.
Jamaica Girls were Brenda Hilliard, Deborah McGriff, and Rita Saunders. The trio released three singles, the first was “Rock The Beat” on Becket Records in 1982, the second was “Need Somebody New” on Sleeping Bag Records in 1983 and finally “On The Move” on Sire Records in 1986.
Brenda Hilliard had been part of the duo “Brenda & Albert” who released a single in 1974 and of soul-disco band Faith, Hope & Charity (1970-1978), she also released a hard-to-find solo single in 1983.
Deborah McGriff was a member of the Casablanca label’s eurodisco outfit “Ultimate” (1978-1980).
Rita Saunders was also a member of the band “Ultimate” (1978-1980) and after the band split, she would continue to provide backing vocals alongside her bandmate Deborah to such artists as Gwen McRae, Natasha Wilson and Ruffin & Kendrick.
The single “Need Somebody New” was written by Bert Reid (Crown Heights Affair) and Fred Zarr (Madonna/Eartha Kitt/Tina Turner).
Bert Reid also produced the single while Larry Levan & Ron St. Germain mixed the track.
Simphonia was an alias for top US producer Paul Simpson who would release records under many monikers as well as help propel others up the charts.
Paul’s first releases were as the Paul Simpson Connection releasing the garage house classic “Use Me Lose Me” in 1982 which would be followed by writing and producing credits by acts such as Pushe, Subject and Serious Intention.
My favourite Paul Simpson records are the two released under the name Simphonia in 1986-1987, the first 12″ being “You And Me” which was massive in the clubs, and then “It Ain’t Right (Whatcha Do)” which featured an extended Club Mix of “You And Me” which was missing from the earlier release.
It Ain’t Right (Whatcha Do) (Vocal/Club Mix) 8:42
It Ain’t Right (Whatcha Do) (Vocal/Extended Mix) 5:25
It Ain’t Right (Whatcha Do) (Accadrumdubella Mix) 3:50
Devo is an American rock band formed in 1972 consisting of members from Kent and Akron, Ohio. The classic line-up of the band included two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single “Whip It”, and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence.
In 1988, Devo released their seventh studio album. It was the first Devo album that was recorded without drummer Alan Myers, who was replaced by former Sparks drummer David Kendrick. This was the first Devo album to use the then-new Roland S-50 and Roland D-50 synthesizers. This was also the last album to use the Fairlight CMI synth computer, which was mostly used for pre-sequencing the album, as well as for sampling in the choruses of “Some Things Never Change” and “Agitated.”
The first single to be released from the album was “Baby Doll” which was remixed by Ivan Ivan.
Maze are an American soul / quiet storm band, also known alternately as Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and Maze & Frankie Beverly, was established in San Francisco, California in the early 1970s.
Maze signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1976, and released their debut album, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, in 1977. From that album, the hit singles included “Happy Feelin’s”, “While I’m Alone”, and “Lady of Magic”, ultimately giving them their first gold record and earning Maze a devoted following. They also had success with the albums Golden Time of Day (1978), Inspiration (1979) and Joy and Pain (1980).
Their next recording was Live in New Orleans, three quarters of which was recorded at the Saenger Theatre, on November 14–15, 1980. Three of those songs got into the US R&B chart, including “Running Away”, “Before I Let Go”, and “We Need Love To Live”. By that time, the band had both a reputation in America and also enjoyed a following in the United Kingdom with promotional support from the British DJ Robbie Vincent. In May 1985, Maze sold out eight nights at the Hammersmith Odeon.
The group released their next album, Can’t Stop the Love in March 1985, which featured the group’s first number one R&B hit “Back In Stride.”
Fine Young Cannibals were a British band formed in Birmingham, England in 1984, by bassist David Steele, guitarist Andy Cox (both formerly of The Beat), and singer Roland Gift (formerly of the Akrylykz). Their self-titled 1985 debut album contained “Johnny Come Home” and a cover of “Suspicious Minds”, two songs that were top 40 hits in the UK, Canada, Australia and many European countries. Their 1989 album, The Raw & the Cooked, topped the UK and US Album charts, and contained their two Billboard Hot 100 number ones: “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing”.
“I’m Not the Man I Used to Be” was the fourth single from the album The Raw & the Cooked. The song entered the UK Singles Chart in November 1989 and spent eight weeks on the chart, peaking at number 20. The song also peaked at number 29 in Austria and the Netherlands, number 35 in Canada, and number 54 in the United States. Dave Thompson of Allmusic praised Gift for “[h]is introspective lyrics and almost wistful performance”. The song was featured in a 2009 episode of the American television series Nip/Tuck on FX.
The UK Promo 12″ featured the “Solo Piano Intro” remixed by Norman Cook which segues into the “12” Remix” by Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper, the “Mellow Mix” by Smith & Mighty as well as exclusive mixes by Dancin’ Danny D and Matt Dike which did not make the recent deluxe re-release of “The Raw And The Cooked”.
I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Solo Piano Intro/12″ Remix) 6:41
I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Mellow Mix) 4:46
I’m Not The Man I Used To Be (Dancin’ Danny D Mix) 7:25