Monday, January 19, 2004

SOME ARE RARE BECAUSE THEY'RE PRECIOUS; OTHERS ARE RARE BECAUSE THEY WENT TO LANDFILL: At the end of the month, Hush Music are sticking out an 80s compilation with a difference from most of the current slew we're getting. Firstly, it's not got Girls On Film on it. Second, it's not been crudely designed and titled in a bid to try and link it to Friends Reunited in the popular mind (something like 'Back To School' or 'Classes Reunited;). Third, it's actually a collection of rare and special and long-lost extra mixes - which might be a interesting approach for future labels looking to stick out something a bit more interesting than the usual decade-defining snapshot (we'd like to see a compilation of CD2, track threes ourselves).

Anyway, according to remember the eighties, Retroactive offers: A-ha 'Take On Me' Extended Version, Camouflage 'The Great Commandment' (Ext. Dance Remix), Erasure 'Blue Savannah' (Out Of The Blue Mix), Vis-A-Vis 'Shadowplay' (Shadow Mix), The Screaming Blue Messiahs 'I Wanna Be A Flintstone' (Ext. Mix), The Spoons 'Symmetry' (Extended Mix), INXS 'Burn For You' (12" Extended Mix), The Dream Academy 'Life In A Northern Town' (Extended Version), The Other Two 'Tasty Fish' (Pascal Mix 12"), Echo & The Bunnymen 'Bring On The Dancing Horses' (Extended Version), The Cure 'Boys Dont Cry' (Resung and Club Mix 86), The Beloved 'Your Love Takes Me Higher' (The Pod Went Pop Mix), Book Of Love 'I Touch Roses' (Full Bloom Version)

Apart from scatching our heads at a couple of these - Book of Love? The Spoons? (Our American Pet says 'huge songs in US clubs') and Vis-a-vis (Drawing blanks from both sides of the Atlantic) - we're hugely delighted and surprised to see The Other Two in there.

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