23 November 2014



Show 211

Fade to Gray by Visage.  The second single by the British pop group Visage, released on Polydor Records in November 1980…also on their self-titled debut album.  The song was the band’s most successful single. It became a huge dance floor hit and entered the singles charts in early 1981, peaking at #8 in the UK and reaching #1 in both Germany and Switzerland…#6 here in Oz.

Oh Sherrie by Steve Perry. 1984 solo single from this guy who is best known as the lead vocalist from Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and 1995 to 1998. Who knew they peaked again in the nineties??

The Damned Don’t Cry by Visage.  Request.

Fashion by David Bowie.

I like ‘em Big and Stupid by Julie Brown.  The original was from 1984’s EP Goddess in Progress, this though is the 12 inch, extended version with the added Tarzan-like calls in the background, amongst other minor changes.

If I had a Million Dollars (live) by Barenaked Ladies.  Canadian band, released 2 versions of this song – 1991 indie release The Yellow Tape and 1995’s Shoe Box EP.

Daddy Cool by Boney M.  The second single released from their debut album Take The Heat Off Me from May 1976.  It didn’t get much airplay at first but after they appeared on a German tv show, Musicladen, it catapulted onto most European charts and then the UK, the US and here.

Hold On by Sarah McLachlan.  1994 single from her 1993 album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.  The album did well internationally but this track only charted in Canada and the US.

Handle with Care by The Traveling Wilburys.  The first track from the Traveling Wilburys 1988 album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, and the group’s biggest hit.

Touch and Go by Emerson, Lake & Powell.  sometimes abbreviated as ELPowell, were an English rock band, an offshoot or variant lineup of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, that released one official, self-titled studio album in 1986, including this track.  Keith Emerson and Greg Lake had planned to re-form the original ELP in 1985 but drummer Carl Palmer was unavailable because of contractual obligations to Asia. After auditioning a series of drummers unwilling to commit to the band, they approached Cozy Powell, a longtime friend of Emerson’s, to replace him.

Now You’re In Heaven by Julian Lennon.  Though his career had stalled in the US, he hit number five here in Australia with this 1989 single from his third album, Mr Jordan…in reference to the 1941 film Here Comes Mr Jordan, the original film on which Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Down to Earth (2001) are based.

Into the Heart of Love by The Mighty Lemon Drops.  Who started life as Sherbet Monsters…not a good name!  This is from the 1989 album Laughter, their 4th I believe.

Understanding Jane by Icicle Works.  1986 single, the first, from If You Want to Defeat Your Enemy, Sing His Song.  The band was named after the 1960 short story “The Day the Icicle Works Closed” by science fiction author Frederik Pohl.  Icicle Works joined Liverpool’s early 1980s ‘neo-psychedelia’ wave, which also featured Echo & the Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes.

Never Wanna Leave You by Pat Benatar.  From her second album, Crimes of Passion, from 1980.

Only for Love by Limahl. 1983, his first solo single after leaving Kajagoogoo.

Imagination by Cee Farrow. The third and final single from this German singer, released in August 1991 as a non-album single. The song was an attempt at a comeback, cuz he had not released any material since his 1983 debut album Red and Blue.

Dance After Curfew by Nash the Slash. AKA Jeff Plewman is a Canadian musician. Though a multi-instrumentalist, he is known primarily for playing electric violin and mandolin, as well as harmonica, keyboards, glockenspiel, and others. This is from the 1982 album, And You Thought You Were Normal. The single became a surprise club and radio hit in Poland, which was then still behind the iron curtain, where curfews and restrictions on western culture were imposed by the government.