The BIG 80’s playlist for July 4th!

Back again with another 80’s playlist for the forth of July.  Happy 4th!

New Order –  Blue Monday

Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance

B52’s –  Rock Lobster

ABC – The Look Of Love

Alphaville – Big in Japan

Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

B Movie – Nowhere Girl (12” version)

Camouflage – The Great Commandment

Gary Numan – Cars

Duran Duran – The Reflex

Kajagoogoo – Too Shy

Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy

The Cure –  The Walk

David Bowie & Queen – Under Pressure

Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie

Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes

Love and Rockets – Ball of Confusion (USA Mix)

Yello – Oh Yeah

The Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination

Big Country – In a Big Country

OMD – Electricity

Depeche Mode – New Life

Soft Cell –  Insecure Me

Yaz –  Situation

Previous 4th of July post here and another 80’s playlist is here had these tracks:

Laid Back – White Horse

Herbie Hancock – Rockit

Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue

M – Pop Musik

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax, Don’t Do It

Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf

Depeche Mode – (Set Me Free) Remotivate Me

Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love

Naked Eyes – Promises Promises

Tin Tin – Kiss Me

OMD – Electricity

Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls

Soft Cell – Bedsitter

Yazoo – Don’t Go


The Grid (aka Dave Ball of Soft Cell & Richard Norris) – Closer

All ways nice to hear new material from one of my early inspirations, in this case it’s Dave Ball of Soft Cell with his co-writer Richard Norris (aka The Grid). They have just released their fifth studio album this year called, “Doppelganger”. This particular track has hints of Dave Balls early work with Soft Cell. The entire album sees the duo returning to true form of their early 90’s “Grid” sound. bio:

The Grid is an English group/production group for electronic music, that consists of Richard Norris and David Ball (mostly Dave Ball as a solo artist and formerly of Soft Cell).

Their 1994 single “Swamp Thing”, which featured elaborate banjo lines (played by Roger Dinsdale) over house beats was widely popular in the UK and Australia, reaching number forty-four on the 1994 Triple J Hottest 100. The Grid’s 1994 album Evolver, which contained the “Swamp Thing” single, reached number fourteen in the UK charts. “Swamp Thing” was also released in 1995 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 Volume 2 compilation. Other songs by The Grid include Texas Cowboys, Rollercoaster and Flotation.

After splitting up to pursue individual music interests in 1996, the duo re-formed in 2003. By 2006 the pair were reportedly to have been recording new studio tracks. In early 2006 the band began touring under the name GDM with female singer Misty Woods.

Dave Ball reunited with Marc Almond for a new Soft Cell album and tour in 2002-3.
Richard Norris is currently working with Erol Alkan under the moniker Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve, under which they released an album of acid rock re-edits called “Spring” in the summer of 2006.

The Grid – Closer

George Demure – Sorrow (Dave Ball (of Soft Cell) Nightwreckers Radio Mix)

Listed below is both the original and the Dave Ball (of Soft Cell and The Grid fame) remix — more on Dave Ball tomorrow.

From George Demure’s site:

Scottish electro crooner George Demure is back with the latest single from his successful debut album “Boomtown Medallion”. This one is a cover of the Bowie classic “Sorrow”.

With a helping hand from talented producer Aidan Love (Maps & Goldfrapp) Demure weaves an 80’s inspired tapestry which blends the classic song with a accessible sound. As one half of Soft Cell, Dave Ball was one of those producers who laid down the blueprints for an entire category of synthesizer based music.


Introducing George Demure…

…a suave and debonair gentleman hailing from Scotland, now living and working in London.

George Demure spent 10 years at the forefront of Scotland’s electronic music scene before moving to London in 2002. This move prompted a rediscovery of his love for guitars as well as discovering his sensational yet elegant singing voice.

Equally adept behind a bank of drum machines as he is with acoustic guitars and tambourines, George’s songs demonstrate an obsessive love of music, from Charlie Feathers to Lee Perry, Throbbing Gristle to Otis Redding – and his ability to weave a particular lyrical slant in his music owes much to his love of literature.

Since his live debut supporting Colder at London’s Bush Hall in 2005, he attracts growing numbers of devotees with his live performances. A host of gigs include Glastonbury (2005 and 2008’s The Guardian Lounge), performances throughout London, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Tank Magazine party at the ICA in 2006, Koko (Camden Palace), a show stopping performance at Output’s 2006 Sonar Party in Barcelona, not forgetting Batofar and Le Baron in Paris earlier this year.

George Demure was first featured on Output Recordings Channel 4 Compilation with the classic “New Confrontation”. A single, “The Main Attraction” was released in September 2006, one of the last ever releases on Output. Then, with Tirk, he released the New Confrontation EP, a critically acclaimed 5 tracker in December 2006. Now signed to Tirk Records offshoot August Day, his debut LP “Boomtown Medallion”, released in October 2007 to great applause, continues to win admirers. With three tracks produced with Maps producer Aidan Love and two produced with The Strokes producer Gordon Raphael, the seeds of collaboration had firmly taken root. The single “My Baby’s Gone”, was released with as superb and quirky video, this years’ follow up single, a cover of David Bowies ‘Sorrow’ sports a remix from Soft Cell’s Dave Ball. With his growing interest in multimedia performances and collaborations with new musicians, producers and directors alike, his monthly podcasts/videocasts are already the social insiders must see……. the world of George Demure just gets bigger and bigger.

“…borderline genius… possibly the best leftfield pop album of 2007” — iDJ

“..quite brilliant…” – One Week To Live

“…George Demure is ace!” – NME

“…is a delight…by turns darkly threatening and flooded with warm light..” – Time Out

“..moody, cool electro indie..” Mixmag

George Demure – Sorrow

George Demure – Sorrow (Dave Ball (of Soft Cell) Nightwreckers Radio Mix)