Friday, March 4, 2011
12 x 12: I don't need this pressure Ron
To round off our run of 80s retromania - I'm pitching in two tricky-to-track down 12"ers, both of which I believe are still unavailable in a digital format..
Until they started punting out a run of soapy soul from True onwards - Schpandau Ballet (as Tommy Vance inisted on calling them) were achingly hip and always several beats ahead of the trend-pretenders: kilts, black leather, checks and corduroy - literally new looks for every release..without the assisted swish of a stylist...
So two curiosities from the catalogue then..
Spandau Ballet - Chant No 1(Remix) *offline temporarily*
A Richard James Burgess remix (that'll be him from Landscape) found only on the flipside of the Instinction 12" or the Diamond box set, more on that in a mo' - one of the few alt-versions I remember hearing in a club and sounding impossibly now-wave (see also ABC's white label, the Human League's Love and Dancing mix of Love Action and most Soft Cell 12"-ers)
Spandau Ballet - Paint Me Down (Remix)*offline temporarily*
Again heard in the same club (Zero 6) and almost impossible to find until getting a limited release on the Diamond Album box set - where all 8 album tracks were given the extended remix treatment and pressed on 4 x 12" singles
Finally a spin of the under-played poppet that is...