Thursday, October 2, 2008

Forgive me for this shameless bit of self promotion

One of you faithful readers asked me to re-post "THE GAME OF LIES". and since I wrote it I know I can legally post it...I think......perhaps I should sue myself.

But since I already posted that particular song 'bout a year ago I'll post the Unedited goes on WAY too long, but it's got a good beat and you can dance to.

While we're at it, a lot of you seemed to like my video for "LULLABY" so I will post the MP3 for anyone that wants it. This dreamy bit of Coldplay meets John Lennon meets Dead Can Dance is one of my proudest moments. about a day I had an hour or so to kill, so I recorded a cover of PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS "LET ME ROLL IT" a reggae kinda works........sorta...

OK, back to posting real music by real artists.

And here's my liitle stab at Techno. Recorded around 1993, this one's called INSECT DANCE.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Classic Underated Albums: ABC - "Beauty Stab"

Like almost everything I post on this blog, ABC's "Beauty Stab" album was released in November of 1983. It was never going to live up to their classic Trevor Horn produced album " The Lexicon Of Love" but no one could have predicted the cold reception this album received. I think time has been a bit kinder to this misunderstood classic. For one thing, it includes one of the greatest lyrics in a pop song I can think of:
"She's Vegetarian Except When It Comes To sex." I great is that line. It comes from the non-hit "Unzipped", a great little vicious slice of post-punk that would have been celebrated if it had come from any band of that time OTHER than the gold suit-wearing Martin Frey and Co.
I think this album deserves a reassessment. It didn't have the super production that Lexicon lovers were accustomed to but I think the raw-like edge gives these songs a kick that Trevor would never attempt.
The closest thing to a hit came from the single " That Was Then But This Is Now", but it too was rejected. Especially in the US. WLIR played a great deal of this record when it came out, but I think by 1983 the kiddies were already over ABC and starting to go ga-ga over Duran Duran, Adam Ant and.....uh...Huey Lewis & The News (Blechh!!!)


Of coarse by 1985 ABC would re-emerge as cartoon characters with HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE. Dig this UK 12-inch of the title track. "Pounds Dollar Milliona-a-a-a-a-a-a-ire.
They did a lot of that back in 1985. I don't care how annoying it is...I still love it.