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Archive for 80sism

ROBERT SCHROEDER “The Turn of a Dream” (1987)

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Late ’80s synth washes from a guy who built electronics for Klaus Schulze in the ’70s, ideal for isolation tank or Carl Sagan soundtrack.

I had this on the earphones a couple of weekends ago as I was sloshing through the sleet on my way to the incredible Burtynsky Oil show at the Corcoran and it was perfect inside and outside.

GHETTO BLASTER “Ghetto Blaster” (1985)

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Thanks to Jane Kramer for the tip about Ghetto Blaster.

Europeans, a collection of Kramer’s old New Yorker pieces, includes a fine essay about these Lagos scenesters who went to Paris and rode the mid-80s African music craze for a while but never quite made it to the Youssou N’Dour big time.

There is also a 12″ on Island I’d quite like to get my hands on…

From the Archives [sic]: TABU LEY ROCHEREAU “Haffi Deo” (1985)

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One of my absolute favorite African jams ever, a real killer, posted at the old place back in June of ’08.

Shamelessly leeched (without attribution!) from the wizards at Dream Chimney, so let me now correct that discourtesy.

UPDATE: Uh, something happened between this morning and this evening, because when you go to Dream Chimney’s Track of the Day it says

Track of the Day was a site for promoting music (2000-2009)

Hopefully this is not for good. Those guys turned me on to a ton of great music…

BILL WYMAN “(Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star” (1982)

Je sui un rock star

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Oh hey, where the fuck has this Classic been hiding my whole life?!??

Asrestlessasweare just posted the video, which I urge you not to miss, particularly for Wyman’s pricelessly sheepish smirk when he sings we could go on the hovercraft/across the water/they’ll think I’m your dad/and you’re my daughter.


TIMMY THOMAS “Love is Never Too Late” (1984)


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I’m always a little hesitant about the records ’70s soul guys cut in the ’80s, especially in the case of a guy like Thomas, since my knowledge of his discography basically begins and ends with “Why Can’t We Live Together”, but despite a few dated moments, this really delivers.

PRINCESS BUMY OLAJUBU “Tell Me You’ve Come to Stay” (1983)

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I was cruising through the archives of With Comb & Razor, and I came upon this little cut of lighter-than-air Afropop, a total prize. I understand her majesty’s Nigerian, and I’ve never heard music like this from there before. Definitely on the hunt for more….

Lately I’m either reposting content from myself or others, but I promise to be less lazy sometime, maybe soon.

From the Archives [sic]: LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM “I Want You” (1984)

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It’s come to this, I’m lazily reposting songs from the old place.

This is one of my favorite solo LB tracks. Certain Stephin Merritt side projects loot this jam shamelessly.


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80s ELO is the shit. Jeff Lynne was pretty much on fire (“Free Fallin’, “Runnin’ Down a Dream, and “I Won’t Back Down”?!?!) for the entire decade.

Secret Messages is no classic end to end but “Loser Gone Wild” has one of the catchiest chorus ever.

UPDATE: Re-upped to Divshare.

TAKANAKA MASAYOSHI “Just Chuckle” (1981)

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One of my favorite blogs is My Jazz World, which features a cut-and-come-again pudding of crazy late ’70s/early ’80s Japanese jazz records. A recent gem out of that shop is this truly bizarre concept album by Takanaka Masayoshi, about some goblins who plot to steal the colors of the rainbow in order to eat them (!).

I love the narration, straight out of some BBC children’s show, and Takanaka’s enthusiastic overuse of the talkbox. Such a winner.

CAETANO VELOSO “Nega Maluca/Billie Jean/Eleanor Rigby” (1986)

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Obligatory Michael Jackson-related pageview bait memorial post.

Actually, Caetano’s segue from “Billie Jean” into the look at all the lonely people line from “Eleanor Rigby” is pretty brilliant and perceptive.