We’re settling into our the mid-eighties groove, trying to decide whether to buy on vinyl, cassette or a new super-shiny disc that’s compact. Here’s your selection of toppermost stories fro the NME – one in particular included as a night out at the Hacienda saw me spend most of it with my mouth open as Einsturzende Neubauten try to drill into the walls of the building. By way of complete contrast I saw Rush again at the NEC – the original concert at the Deeside Leisure Centre (if memory serves me right an ice rink otherwise) being postponed.
Usual rules apply, anything and everything from the year in question.
A. Compact future
Hot on the heels of their video disc, Phillips are about to follow up with something just as exciting – the compact disc. The player costs between £400 and £500 = don’t panic, it will plug into your existing hi-if – thankfully the discs should cost little more than a plastic album.
First commercial development of the CD was by Sony in Japan, where 2000 were snapped up in a matter of days. In spite of such sales figures, the largest British record company, EMI, has decided to stay on the sideline for a few years, leaving it to Welsh Independent ~Nimbus Records to start building the first British factory.
Typically adventurous, Virgin Records are quickly into the fray, offering five of their biggest selling albums – ‘Tubular Bells’ ‘Dare’ ‘ Kissing To Be Clever’ Face Value and ‘Architecture and Morality. Virgin expect to sell them for less than £10 each.
What’s That Sound?
Meet Einsturzende Neubaute. Their names mean Collasping New Buidlings, and that gives some idea of the Grerman Quintets’s obsession with destruction. They use road drills, sledgehammers and axes in their shows to create sounds like you’ve never heard before.
Recently, Neubauten leader Blixa Bargeld recorded their 12″ single ‘Thirsty Animals’ with the Birthday Party’s Rowland Howard and American anarocho-punk Lydia Lunch. Barged miked up his chest to pick up the eerie sound of another group member crushing his bones….and if you think that’s off the wall, they had intended to include the recording of a side of meat being sewn up!
Cops Say Yes To League
The Anti-Nowehere League’s album Live In Yugoslavia finally reappears three months after the original pressing was seized by the police. Only 1500 copies had reached distributors at that time, and several thousand more were impounded at a police warehouse because of audience obscenities.
The Re-cut released album has five offending words bleeped out, although dedicated fans can obtain the record in Europe without the bleeps.
Blue Is The Colour
New Orders’ Blue Monday (no relation to the Fats Dpmino song of the same name) first appeared in the UK indie charts in March. It took a week to reach No 1 there, and remained so for nine weeks.
It reached No 12 in the major singles chart, surviving a challenge from follow-up Confusion, produced by Arthur Baker, and selling over 400,000 copies to become the highest-selling 12 inch single of all time.
In answer to U2’s new album ‘War’, US soul group War have recorded a three-part track called U2.
Over 40,000 turned up to see Paul Weller’s new Style Council play a Nuclear Disarmament benefit in London’s Brockwell Park. They played just two numbers: Speak Like A Child and Money Go Round.