Tag: 1982

Ike Yard

Ike Yard: Night After Night/Ike Yard (Superior Viaduct)

In the early 1980s New York’s Ike Yard released two Factory Records-associated releases, each one radically different from the other, yet both offer delightful sounds of the future as seen from 1982.

Kenny Rogers

Song Of The Day: Kenny Rogers, “Love Will Turn You Around”

We remember the late, great Kenny Rogers, who passed away quietly at his home this weekend at the age of 81, by revisiting one of his most beloved singles.

Modern English: Mesh & Lace/After The Snow (Blixa Sounds)

British New Wave band Modern English will forever be remembered for their sole hit, the superb “I Melt With You.” But there was more to the band than that hit, and the reissue of the band’s first two albums highlight a band much better than the “one-hit wonder” tag might lead you to believe.

Friends Again

Friends Again: In The Beginning/Trapped & Unwrapped

Scottish indie-pop group Friends Again burned brightly in the early 1980s, leaving behind a legacy of one fantastic, promising debut album before imploding. Two recent releases document their brief existence; one offers a glimpse of the band’s early years, while the other presents their sole album in expanded form. Both highlight a young band that could have been a contender.

Song Of The Day: Prince, “Don’t Let Him Fool Ya”

Taken from the Rhino release, 1999: Super Deluxe Edition.

4/45: The Monochrome Set, “The Mating Game” c/w “J.D.H.A.N.E.Y.”

A silly, absurdist little ditty found on an import seven inch single in 1987 would become an ally and a friend to a hormone–driven hard up teenage autistic redneck from Texas.

Felt: Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty (Cherry Red)

British indie band Felt introduced itself to the world in 1982 with Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty , a brief but impressive album that, although flawed in some ways, proved to be a quite promising debut.

Warrior: Warrior Featuring Vinnie Vincent (HNE Recordings)

Warrior was a brief-lived hard rock band that never really got past the formation stage. Its members would go on to greater things; this collection rounds up their complete studio recordings, instrumental demos, and a rehearsal tape; in these rough recordings, one senses a promising band–one whose members would soon go on to greater things.

Deodato: Night Cruiser/Happy Hour (Robinsongs)

Brazilian jazz pianist Eumir Deodato’s career was in full force by 1980; a respected jazz musician and producer responsible for the international success of Kool & The Gang. The pair of albums featured on this twofer would prove to be some of his last regularly-released solo albums before a lengthly retirement, but they’re high quality records that definitely show Deodato’s superb arrangement and compositional skills.

Song Of The Day: Colin Newman, “Alone”/”Fish 4″/”Don’t Bring Reminders”

Taken from the forthcoming Sentient Sonic reissues A-Z, provisionally entitled the singing fish, and Not To.