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Friday, August 17, 2007

Snatch - Another Brick In The Wall

Yes, another Pink Floyd remake. This time it's by the group Snatch. A funny detail about this record, the vocoder answers "Yes, you need an education". I don't know if it's meant as dark sarcasm or as a serious comment.

The only information I could find on this record is that it was produced by Geoffrey Chung. He was also the person who produced Maxi Priest's Close To You.

Even though it didn't have a big impact on the dance floor, I feel it is a great cover version. It's the first and last time they appeared on any of the Billboard charts. Enjoy.

Taken from the original 12" single on Millennium 11793
Another Brick In The Wall (Original 12" Version)
Song charted on September 27, 1980. Spent 7 weeks on the chart and reached #77

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hipsway - Honeythief

The pop group from Scotland, Hipsway, consisted of Graham Skinner (vocals), Pim Jones (guitar), John McElhone (bass) and Harry Travers (drums). Johnny who was formerly with Altered Images formed the band in 1984, and quicly their music was characterised by deep vocals and tight guitar playing. In 1985, they were signed with Mercury, in the UK, and Columbia, in the US, and released their self-titled debut. After the sucess of this LP, McElhone left to form the band Texas (remember I Don't Want A Lover). They finally released their second LP in 1989. Shortly after, the band went their seperate ways.

Today's post was the third single off their debut. The first two, Broken Years and Ask The Lord, failed to crack the US chart. This song, however, was a top 20 pop hit in both the UK and US. With their first appearance on the dance chart, it broke the top 10.

Taken from the original 12" single on Columbia 05988
Honeythief (Extended Version) 4:36
Song charted on February 21, 1987. Spent 10 weeks on the chart and reached #9

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Rosebud - have A Cigar

Rock goes Disco!!! That's the slogan for the day with today's post.

Remember Pink Floyd's "Have A Cigar"? Of course you do!!!! Well did you know a disco group called Rosebud covered this tune in 1979. This is the only time they charted on any of Billboard's charts.

I don't know anything about this group except that it's a fun song to listen to.

Taken from the original 12" single on Warner 8784

Have A Cigar 6:27
Song charted on April 14, 1979. Spent 19 weeks on the chart and reached #4

Monday, August 13, 2007

Dead Or Alive - Youthquake (All Cuts)

In the early days of the Dance Disco chart, Billboard magazine would not only list 12" singles but also 7" singles and Full LP's. Todays post is one of the few times that Billboard listed the entire LP.

Released in 1985 "Youthquake" was one of the best selling albums of that year. Every song on this LP is a must have for the dance floor.

Three songs from this LP charted seperately as a 12" single (You Spin Me Round, Lover Come Back To Me & My Heart Goes Bang), but, in August of 1985, clubs played the entire LP so often the whole LP charted. As a result....here is todays post.

A1. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
A2. I Wanna Be A Toy
A3. DJ Hit That Button
A4. In Too Deep
A5. Big Daddy Of The Rhythm
B1. Cake And Eat It
B2. Lover Come Back To Me
B3. My Heart Goes Bang
B4. It's Been A Long Time

LP Charted on August 17, 1985. Spent 5 weeks on the chart and reached #30