Finally picked up a bunch of old mags that were at my parent’s place, so more content to come soon. This is the rather lowkey way in which Record Mirror announced it’s demise in 1991. Juxtapositioned against the subscription offer it’s a weirdly sad death of the paper which had lasted for years. Sounds folded in the same week when the parent organisation was sold off and they quickly got out of this sector of the music press. My Wednesday morning reading material was suddenly halved.
Been meaning to post this for a while, only available on the I Called U / Blackout promo.
Record Mirror, 1988 April 30th.
I thought this post was in a more advanced state, seem to have lost a revision somewhere. Probably due to Windows 10 updating itself when I didn’t want it to. Will maybe add other images later but for now there’s just a mix. Only a couple of tracks, but variations of them contained within. Goes on a bit, but I’m happy with the Raze / Turntable Orchestra section round about the middle.
Raze – Break 4 Love
Turntable Orchestra – Gonna Miss Me
Royal House – Can You Party?
New Order – Blue Monday 88
Rhythim Is Rhythim – Strings
Although he wasn’t at the time of this issue going to print. Title is a reference to a slew of bad techno / happy hardcore / novelty technopop records from the early 90s which usually sampled JB’s trademark grunts (or something else repetitively, like the smurfs.) into something stupid, see James Brown is Dead, James Brown is Still Alive, James Brown Has Sex, Michael Jackson is in Heaven now, Jackin’ James, Who The Fuck Is James Brown? etc.
(A list of really terrible things can be found here here, and just maybe I’ll have mixed a load of them all together at the end of this post. Let’s find out!)
Record Mirror April 23rd, 1988.
Prefab Sprout on the cover, but maybe more interesting is the James Brown article, which has a kind of uncomfortable looking picture with him and Coldcut.
Note the mention of James’ troubles with the courts, I think this is the incident which inspired Pop Will Eat Itself – Not Now James, We’re Busy.
Towards the end of the piece is a mention of a collaboration with Full Force. This track was followed by Static, which was to be James Brown’s last top 10 hit in the US.
Elsewhere, further coverage of the Prestatyn Soul Weekender in the Dance section.
Magazine is here.
Actually, no mix this week, did start but screwed it up somewhere (and no, it wasn’t that Father Abraham is Dead track) so am posting Julian Jonah – Jealousy & Lies (Acid Lies mix) which I’ve just put up on youtube instead.
Record Mirror, April 16th 1988.
On the cover, the Folk Gothy musings of Julianne Regan & All About Eve. I found them kind of dull though, so no real commentary on the band from me.
So, I‘ve been trying to fill my collection of Record Mirrors from 1988-1991 when it stopped publishing. Recently found someone on ebay with a decent collection for a great price and got them sent to my parents place.
The courier delivered them into a recycling bin (with signature, somehow) that was recycled on the same day. I‘m not even sure how to feel about it, who puts stuff in your bin while you‘re out?
Record Mirror : April 9th, 1988.