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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dead Or Alive: I'm Falling

Pete Burns first band was an outfit he formed
with friends Julian Cope, Pete Wylie, and Phil
Hurst. Dubbing themselves The Mystery Girls, they
played only one gig in Liverpool in November 1977,
before disintegrating.

In 1979, Pete Burns formed Gothic rock band
Nightmares in Wax. Their 7" EP titled "Birth of a
Nation" was released in 1980 by Inevitable Records.





In 1980, after several line-up changes since the
start of the year, Burns changed
the name of the band to the more marketable
Dead Or Alive.

"I'm Falling" was released in 1980 on the Inevitable
Music label with the b-side "Flowers".

Bass - Sue
Drums - Joe Musker
Keyboards - Martin
Vocals - Pete

Thanks to my friend Carlos for supplying the sources for these songs.

More info on Dead Or Alive recordings can be found over at Discogs.com.

Dead Or Alive: BBC John Peel Session




After releasing the first single in 1980
"I’m Falling", the same line-up of:

Joe Musker - Drums
Sue Bagton-James - Bass
Marty/Mandingo Healy - Keyboards
Adrian Mitchley - Guitar
Pete Burns - Vocals

recorded their first BBC ONE Peel Session
(recorded 04/02/1981, broadcast 17/02/1981).

The tracklist for that session was:
"Nowhere To Nowhere"
"Running Wild"
"Flowers"
"Number 11"

Dead Or Alive: Number Eleven






The band went through several different lineup
changes over the next three years while recording
a series of independent singles.

Their next single, was released only a few months
later, in May, 1981. "Number Eleven" was released
on the Inevitable Music label.

Dead Or Alive: It's Been Hours Now





With future Mission U.K. guitarist Wayne Hussey and
bassist Mike Percy; the band released the "It's Been
Hours Now" EP on Black Eyes Records in 1982.

Wayne Hussey was an early member of the band who
wrote most songs in 1982-1983.

Pete Burns
Martin Healy
Wayne Hussey
Mike Percy
Joe Musker

"It's Been Hours Now"

"Nowhere To Nowhere"

Dead Or Alive: The Stranger





At this point, the band was a five-piece consisting
of Burns, Mike Percy (bass), Tim Lever (keyboards/sax),
Steve Coy (drums), and Wayne Hussey (guitar).

The follow-up single to their EP was "The Stranger,"
released in 1982 on Black Eyes Records. Dead Or Alive's
singles started placing high in the UK Indie Chart, with
"The Stranger" reaching number 7.

A series of singles on their new label Epic, appeared
over the course of 1983."Misty Circles", appeared at
number 100 in the Gallup charts of June, 1983.





Two more singles, "What I Want" and "I'd Do
Anything", were club hits, but mainstream success
continued to elude the band. Their debut album,
"Sophisticated Boom Boom", was released in 1984 and
featured "That's the Way (I Like It)".





Hussey departed Dead Or Alive just before the album's
release, despite writing much of the material that
appears on it, plus the singles "Misty Circles" and
"What I Want".





Hussey left in early 1984 to join The Sisters of
Mercy
for one year, and then formed The Mission in
late 1985.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Michael Jackson: The Remixes



The world mourns with the passing of Michael Jackson,
one the most successful and influential artists
of the '80s - and even today after his sudden death
with his CD sales skyrocketing up the charts again.

I was never a big fan, but I have an appreciation
for his musical talent and career. I actually had his
1982 album "Thriller" on vinyl and gave it to my lil
sister. I had several requests to play Michael Jackson
on my radio show at KZSC.org and came across the song
"Dirty Diana" from his 1987 album "BAD." Never heard
it before, but found quite catchy after a spin.

I found some cool MJ mixes over at imeem.com:
"Dirty Diana Cure & Cause Remix"
"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Ben Cook Remix)"
"Rock With You (Remix)"
"Rock With You (Frankie Knuckles Remix)"

Other bloggers contributed these links:

DJ dreamtime decided to create a DreamTime Mix of
"Dirty Diana" as a tribute to Michael.

DJ dreamtime used the Album Version, the Single
Version, the Instrumental Version and a small snippet
from the DMC Mix.

LostTurntable posted this track that originally
appeared as the B-side to the American version of
the "Who Is It" single, but it later popped up on the
soundtrack to Zoolander. With many of the "Dangerous"
singles it seemed that MJ was taking his back
catalog and giving some prominent electronic
artists of the time a go. Moby got "Beat It,"
the Brothers in Rhythm got "Wanna Be Startin'
Something" and Masters at Work got to mix
"Rock With You."

I think I'm the only person in the world who
likes this remix of "Beat It." It's definitely odd
and not for everyone, but give it a chance, Moby
deconstructs the shit out it, shifting the guitar
solo to the front, chopping up the synth opening
of the original and making the verses very sparse,
cutting out everything but a simple beat and
Michael's voice.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hole: Do It Clean (live)




I just love dirty girls with guitars. Courtney Love portrayed Sid Vicious' girlfriend in the movie "Sid & Nancy." Here's a video of a young Courtney Love interview (Fifteen Minutes Show, 1987) talking about Hipsway and The Ramones.

"Miss World" is the first single by her band Hole from their album Live Through This, released in April 1994. This adulterated live cover version of Echo & the Bunnymen's "Do It Clean" is one of the bonus tracks from the CD single. I'm sure it's Out-Of-Print!

Friday, February 27, 2009

The Smiths: What She Said (live)




From a rare NME 7" included with the magazine, is a live version of a song from the Meat Is Murder album. You can find more of this show on the flip side of the 12" single for "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore." Recorded Live at Oxford on the 18th of March, 1985, "What She Said."