Monday, March 31, 2008
One of my favourite bands of all time, and one of the most original. Considered one hit wonders apart from their homeland of Germany, Da Da Da was great, but Trio put out some really great albums and singles. The North American b-side, Sunday You Need Love is one of their best. If you're really lucky I'll post some live stuff I have at a later date, but for now, The extended of their most popular tune and some of it's various b-sides.
Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me (Long Version)
Sunday You Need Love, Monday Be Alone
Ja Ja Ja
Sabine Sabine Sabine
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
A break from the eighties in order to introduce you to a great new band from England, The Ting Tings. Don't know much about this duo yet as they've only released a few singles. It's almost like Gwen fronting Lucious Jackson with Peaches attitude, but I could be wrong. Let me know what you think. That's Not My Name is already contender in my books for one of the songs of 2008 so far.
That's Not My Name
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Wow! Mick Jones and Leo Williams from BAD are in town tonight! Leo plays in Mick's new band, Carbon/Silicon along with Tony James from Gen X and SSS.I'm really hoping to go. I have to work 2 shifts tonight and might be able to fit it in in between. I saw BAD when they toured with The Farm and it was quite a memorable show. Of course I never saw The Clash but saw Joe Strummer live and he was awesome as well. Wish me luck, and if I don't get to go, we can listen to Contact over and over instead!
Contact (12" Remix)
Contact (Club Mix)
In Full Effect
Monday, March 17, 2008
Another great single taken from BAD's third album, Tighten Up Vol. 88. The line "I don't care what key it's in, where it's from or where it's been, just play music" pretty much sums it up for this one. Jones was a little more specific in the later single, Looking For A Song in which he requested, "Looking for a song, about 3:30 long, a song that I can sing, it don't need no complicated thing." Precisely!
Just Play Music (Extended Mix)
Much Worse (Extended Mix)
Just Play Music (Extended Remix)
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Possibly my favourite BAD song ever, though there are so many good ones my opinion could change by tonight! From the debut album, This Is Big Audio Dynamite, there were many different versions of this single, today of which I've included most of the various mixes and b-sides that go with the various formats.
Medicine Show (UK Remix)
Medicine Show (US Remix)
A Party (Remix)
E=MC2 (70mm) wide screen mix
Albert Einstein Meets The Human Beatbox
Friday, March 14, 2008
One of their last and best singles ever. The F-Punk album was a return to Mick's punk rock style. Real drums, more guitar. The result was pretty lo-fi but absolutly wonderful. You need to check out this highly underated album. Here's the afformentioned single to give you a taste of F-Punk.
I Turned Out A Punk (US Mix)
What About Love (Extended Alternative Mix)
I Turned Out A Punk (Live Fast Live Fast Mix)
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Record Mirror was a pretty cool magazine. Especially when they'd tack on a free 7 inch with rare and exclusive stuff on it. This Is Big Audio Dynamite (Super 8 Mix) appeared on one such record, and I don't believe it has ever been re-issued again.
It's funny that this ep is called Free 3. Mick Jones' new band, Carbon/Silicon have a song called MPFree. O.K...not that funny...
This Is Big Audio Dynamite (Super 8 Mix)
Monday, March 10, 2008
Gotta take a short break from the Big Country posts or my girlfriend is going to kill me. Thee Seer 12 inches coming soon. In the meantime.....here is the single for the wonderful Forbidden Fruit by The Blow Monkeys. I saw them live on a bill with Simply Red and The Psychedelic Furs back in 1987. Really great show. This early cut I still believe was their best single.
Forbidden Fruit (Extended Version)
Friday, March 7, 2008
Final single from Steeltown. The drums and bass pasrt near the begining of the extended version I could loop and hear over and over. Just A Shadow is also one of my top 10 Big Country songs ever. I met the band in 1986 and told Stuart I loved Winter Sky (the b-side) and he was so shocked and happy. He didn't think anyone knew that song at all, of course we did.
Just A Shadow (Extended Version)
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Second single from Steeltown. In my top 5 all time Big Country favourites for sure. Amazing guitar work from Adamson and Watson. Lots of Cha's and so on and so on. A stone cold classic. Nice instrumental Bass Dance which goes into the other extra track, Belief In The Small Man quite nicely.
Where The Rose Is Sown (Extended Version)
Belief In The Small Man
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I just moved house yesterday so I'm pretty busy settling in and unpacking but still wanted to do a post today so here it is. Short and sweet. East Of Eden was the first single from Big Country's second album Steeltown which is my favourite BC LP. It debued at numero uno and rightly so. The extended version is awesome and is backed by an awesome cover of Roxy Music's Prairie Rose. Love how near the end of it Stuart sings a line from their own song, Tall Ships Go.
East Of Eden (Extended Version)