I’ve had “Sunkissed” by Friends Again stuck in my head… again. It’s easily one of my favorite 80s pop singles and tends to get lodged in my brain for lengths at a time (“You’ll be calling for ACTION STATIONS”). For the completist side in you, I’ve posted every version I have in my collection.
“Sunkissed” from the “Sunkissed” 7″ (Moon 2)
“Sunkissed (Extended Version)” from the “Sunkissed” 12″ (Moon 212)
“Sunkissed (New Version)” from “The Friends Again EP” 7″ (FAEP 1)
And in the chambers (oh yeh my my)
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The Slaves released their “Save Me From Yesterday” album in 2006 and while I thought most of those songs were just okay, the title track has really stuck with me. They didn’t really break out of Sweden at the time the album was released, so I figure it’s worth mentioning here.
Listen to The Slaves – Save Me From Yesterday
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I recently purchased a new cassette deck (Tascam 122 mkIII – yes, Merry Christmas to me!). My old Denon deck was busted and worn and played everything at helium speed. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with tapes — at one point I just wanted to dump them all and be done trying to find places to store them. Luckily that didn’t happen and now I’m enjoying mixtapes I made back in the 90s. I also found some crazy Autocollants demos, some rare indiepop comps, and a tape simply titled “Dope Rap” (probably from my junior high days – ha!). Long story short, I’m going to start digitizing and posting the stand-out stuff here.
For this post, I thought I’d start off with something good… a song from the “Everlasting” tape compilation by A Riot of Colour called “Put To Sleep,” which I believe is exclusive to this release. I was hoping we’d see their retrospective cd on Egg Records released this year, but for now, have a listen to this song here. More cassette tape posts to come…
Listen to A Riot of Colour – Put To Sleep
Here’s a flyer that was included with the tape:
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A little Christmas present from Champagne Riot. Download the mp3 single of “December Slopes” for free! The song was originally issued on the Cloudberry Records compilation “Last Train To Christmas.” A demo from 2004 “Wrong Turn Right” is included as the “B-side.” Happy holidays!
Listen to Champagne Riot – December Slopes
“Secret Eyes” by Cloetta Paris on Skywriting Records gets my Number 1 for 2008. I can’t tell you the countless times I’ve played this album since it was released back in April. I wouldn’t say I’m a big Italo disco fan (okay, I do love Sally Shapiro as well, so maybe that automatically qualifies me?). I’d be more apt to say I’m a Roger Gunnarsson fan (aka Clive Reynolds, Free Loan Investments, Nixon, etc). I can hear his influence all over this record. Genius!
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Listen to The Autumn Apples – Christmas in Mono
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Swimteam is the latest project by Brian Young, Chris Chez, and Bill Miller. They’ve played together in a few bands prior including The Ideal Husbands (who covered “Statues” for the Shelflife OMD comp) and The Promise (at one time were the best guitar pop band in the Inland Empire). Brian also recorded some songs under the name Sometimes I Wonder (he covered Laura Watling’s “My Fondest Wish” on Shelflife 50). We were hoping to do a release together a few years back, but that never came to be.
Listen to Swimteam – Like You Always Do (demo)
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