Friday, 18 May 2012

Orange Juice - Rip it up

Another one of my favourite's from my school days back in the 80's is this one. Rip it up by Orange Juice.
Orange Juice were a Scottish post-punk band founded in the middle class Glasgow suburb of Bearsden as the Nu-Sonics in 1976. Edwyn Collins formed the Nu-Sonics (named after a cheap brand of guitar) with his school-mate Alan Duncan and was subsequently joined by James Kirk and Steven Daly, who left a band called The Machetes.The band became Orange Juice in 1979. Their only song to break the Top 40 was "Rip It Up", which reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1983.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Human League - The Sound of the Crowd

Continuing my 80's theme with, "The Sound Of The Crowd" by the British Human League which became the band's commercial breakthrough, reaching #12 on the UK singles chart in May 1981.

Written jointly by lead singer Phil Oakey and keyboard player Ian Burden, the song was recorded at Genetic Sound Studios, Reading, in March 1981. Originally released as a stand-alone single in April 1981, it was subsequently re-recorded and incorporated into the studio album Dare, later in the year.

"The Sound Of The Crowd" was the first Human League song to feature female vocals, from new band members Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall, which was one of the main reason's I liked the song!!
This was one of the first records I bought, can't possibly tell you what the first one was, its just too embarrassing??

Friday, 4 May 2012

Beastie Boys - Fight for your Right

Fight for your right was in my top ten 80's tracks that I'd planned to post, but with the sad death of Adam Yauch, I posted this earlier than expected. I've never been a fan of Rap music, but now and again you just get a great song, which this is one. I first heard this on my brothers stereo, back in 1987, I didn't like it at first but it soon won me over and I bought the album, Licence to Ill.
Fight for your right reached UK No 11 and US No 7.