This week we have two indie one hit wonders from 1981. The songs were both in the chart in April of that year. They have little in common but strangely both feature snippets of telephone conversations!
Firstly we have British band Landscape. Strictly, I suppose they weren’t a one hit wonder as their second song “Norman Bates” made number 40 but it is this song they are remembered for. The weird, wacky and irritatingly catchy “Einstein a Go-Go”!
“Einstein a Go-Go” (extended) by Landscape reached number 5
(Uploaded to YouTube by Steve Chase)
Next is British punk/new wave band “Department S” who took their name from the 1969/1970 TV series.
“Is Vic there?” by Department S reached number 22
(Uploaded to YouTube by Adi Karić)
This week’s first choice is being used as trailer music for a channel 4 satirical TV programme on the EU referendum! I’d not heard this song in ages and it reminded me just what a great track it is! The Fun Boy Three were a break away group from The Specials who had a massive number one hit with Ghost Town in 1981.
“The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum” by The Fun Boy Three from Nov 1981
(Uploaded to Youtube by tes74)
Continuing with the theme, many songs have had the word “crazy” in them, but this is my favourite “crazy” song from Glam rock act Mud. I love a tango rhythm and this uses it to great effect.
“Crazy” by Mud, reached no 12 in March 1973
(Uploaded to Youtube by The Sweet)
This week we have two iconic songs from two iconic bands from the “Madchester scene” . This was a name coined for music from bands from Manchester who emerged in the late 80s early 90s whose music crossed between alternative rock and electronic dance music. The singing style was generally laid back with some great memorable riffs and dance beats.
So here is some music from my home city!
Stone Roses – Fools Gold (Full Version) 1989
(Uploaded to Youtube by Dougie Dewdney)
Happy Mondays – Loose Fix (Loose Fit Remixed by Paul Oakenfold, Steve Osborne and The Grid) 1991
(Uploaded to Youtube by explor9806)