Tag Archive for '1980'

“Subways” by Urban Verbs

urban.jpgUrban Verbs reunited recently. My friend Haley told me in advance. I was meaning to post this a while before Haley, outta nowhere, asked me about them. NPR has a recording of the show. A good band that you can learn about here. The fact everyone will tell you bout them is that this is Chris Frantz’ (Talking Head/Tom Tom Club/Producer of less-popular Happy Mondays albums)’s little brother Roddy’s band. I bet they hate hearing that all the time. The baggies of water on this cover freak me out a bit; don’t like thinking about wet photos.

Urban Verbs, “Subways” from their self-titled LP on Warner Brothers (1980)

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“Rainbow” by Jerry Adams

adams.jpgSmooth reggae groove with some nice synthy effects. Honestly, though, I just think this one is a great song.

This one is also produced by T.T., who I noted in drnrn!’s first real post. I’ve managed to track down several other cuts produced by this guy, and I’ll post some more soon. This, I think, is the most traditional one I’ve got.

Jerry Adams, “Rainbow” from the Tuff Beat 12″(1980)

“Nadine” by Kevin Dunn

independents.jpgStrange, fuzz-rock cover of the Chuck Berry Classic from the guy who produced Pylon’s “Cool” and co-produced the B52s’ “Rock Lobster.”

 

The backing vocals on this sound different to me every time I hear them. Some great out-of-control noises on this one as well. Based on this recording, I bought a copy of Kevin Dunn’s C’est toujours la meme guitare LP, but it was shattered when it arrived in the post.  If anyone has this album, I’d LOVE a rip of it.

 

Kevin Dunn, “Nadine” from the A Declaration of Independents compilation LP on Ambition records (1981)

“Baby O Baby” by Martin Rev

rev.jpgMartin Rev is better known as the noisier half of the incredible NYC group Suicide. Though Suicide put out a few additional albums over the years (the latest in 1988), both Rev and partner Alan Vega put out some top-notch (and not-so-top-notch) solo records. The earlier ones are best, I’ve found.

This record is very reminiscent of was Suicide was doing– minimal, droney washes over speady beats– but you can tell Rev is using his freedom to really experiment with the additional synth tools he had at his disposal. It’s really good stuff, I think.

I’d say that the best thing the two ever did was the live Suicide album Zero Hour, which is comprised of two concerts from the late 70s in New York and Berlin.

Martin Rev, “Baby O Baby” from the Martin Rev LP on Infidelity records (1980)

Suicide, “Dream Baby Dream”:
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Relatedly, here’s a great video of Alan Vega’s “Jukebox Babe” from French TV.

“State Assembly” by The New Age Steppers

newage.jpgGreat freaky dub from one of the best acts on Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sounds. The New Age Steppers were comprised of former Slits and Pop Group members, members of Aswad, and even Neneh Cherry.

Their earlier albums are a bit on the more experimental side, but they eventually became a pretty serious dub outfit. Frequently collaborating with heavies like Creation Rebel. If you like the sound of that and enjoy this track, I recommend you track down the Massive Hits Vol. 1. CD that was released several years back.

Back in the pre-MP3 player days, I lost my copy of that disc when I set my bag down to tie my shoe one night on Vanderbilt Ave in Brooklyn and forgot to pick it up. I’m sure someone’s enjoying it right now.

The New Age Steppers, “State Assembly” from the New Age Steppers LP on On-U Sounds (1980)

“Telephon” and “Hundsgemein” by Ideal

ideal.jpgAnother European two-fer, this time from Klaus- Schulze- of- Tangerine- Dream- produced Ideal.

These tracks are from the aggressive new wave band’s 1980 debut. They went on to put out a couple of albums that I’ve not heard, but I love where this LP is going.

I think about this album most mornings when I tie my tie. Yes, I have to wear a tie to my job. Seventeen-year-old Patrick would kick my ass. I’d hate to see what he’d do when he saw the tights I do my winter running in.

Ideal, “Telephon” from the self-titled LP (1980)

Ideal, “Hundsgemein” from the self-titled LP (1980)

“Sound Alarm,” by Polyrock

poly.jpgGreat new wave from NYC. I really love the use of warm, light keys in all of this band’s music. This album was produced in part by Phillip Glass, which may be why it sounds so fresh still.

I just found out that this album, as well as their album Changing Hearts were re-released by Wounded Bird this year. I think I’ve picked up all of their discs in the dollar bin, but I urge you to get the cds. That way you don’t have to deal with any surface noise. & check out Wounded Bird’s tons of other great 60s, 70s, and 80s re-releases while you’re at it.

One of the things I love about this record sleeve beyond the awesome colors and typography, is the portraits on the back… it seriously looks like 5 of the 6 are the same person in different clothes and poses:

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Now that’s a look. Find more tracks on their myspace page.

Polyrock, “Sound Alarm,” from the Polyrock LP (1980)