Record Mirror, March 26th 1988.
I’ve been trying to figure out a workflow for the mixes that involves batch processing them and normalising in parts to try and equalise the volume so the output might actually sound terrible by the time it gets to mixcloud but I’m reluctant to spend too much time on the mix so if it is awful, I can only try to do better next time. And anyway, it all goes a bit Pete Tong towards the end.
Mantronix – Sample Simon (You Dubba Regard)
Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere (Dub)
So, uh, Fleetwood Mac. This dub mix was remixed by Jellybean someone who is probably an early example of the era’s superstar producer/DJ (and it is arguably a Balearic classic, not to mention that Mick Fleetwood has the eternal look of someone that was caning it well hard in the late 80s and never really came back from Ibiza).
See also Shep Pettibone (albeit someone at the time better known for the Disco era that transitioned smoothly into house), Arthur Baker and Clivillés and Cole (C & C Music Factory & 2 Puerto Ricans, a Blackman, and a Dominican). All represented in the mix to some extent.
Chic – Good Times (Extended Version ’88)
Remixed by production triumvirate with the name of a lawfirm, Jolley Harris & Jolley, who would be better known of later as Circuit (Shelter) and Innocence (Natural Thing). Curiously I can’t find a lot of information on the team and what there is available is drowned out with tales of a Georgia Sheriff with questionable actions.
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky (The Bicentennial Remix)
PWL/SAW still pumping out the hits. And arguably with the same beats and speed.
Cappella – Push The Beat (Bauhaus)
A early example of Italo House which kind of came from Eurodance roots crossing into pop territory, there are a couple of versions of this available but it had been lurking in Europe since 87. A year Helyom Halib would be pretty much everywhere.
New Order – True Faith (Shep Pettibone Remix)
Julian Jonah – Jealousy & Lies
Soulful, slightly menacing and still sort of mellow. Described on discogs as jazzdance whatever that is. There are supposedly Bam Bam – Where’s Your Child sampling acid mixes but I’ve been unable to track those down so far.
I have found the B side, and pretty much every other mix but not that one.
Hazell Dean – Who’s Leaving Who (Bob’s Tambourine Instrumental)
Not sure who Bob is, this was mixed by Pete Hammond, unsurprisingly.
Pet Shop Boys – Heart (Dub Mix)
See below for an extended musing on this track, but notable is that the remix is credited to Shep Pettibone and the editing to Junior Vasquez so I’m not sure exactly who did what.
Pet Shop Boys – Heart (Disco Mix)
Click – Freq. Jam (Straight To The Phreek)
Reese & Santonio – The Sound (Exclusive Motor City remix)
As much as I was enjoying the sampledelic noisy cut and pastes from the UK, some stuff from the US was something else. Cold, pure sounding, well, things that weren’t at all like the sort of things I knew as music. I grew up in a household with parents who had slipped into countryish things such as Charley Pride and I only had the charts to go on as an alternative. Sure, Acid House was fun, raucous, sometimes a bit rude but Detroit’s techno was art to my ears.
Sheik Fawaz – Mohamed’s House (Fawaz’s Groove)
Eh, I should probably have removed this but it’s not alone in it’s use of Arabic prayer and singing in this era. Just quite difficult to mix with though.
Natalie Cole – Pink Cadillac (Pink Dub)
Natalie Cole – Pink Cadillac (FX Dub)
A kind of post-disco, pre-house Hi-NRG banger of the sort that made Clivillés and Cole remixes a big deal.
The Art of Noise – Dragnet ’88 (Arthur Baker House Mix)
From a big screen remake of a 60s TV show released the prior year with AoN on the theme tune. For some reason it resurfaced in 1988 so I wonder if it was released to tie with a home video release.
New Order – True Faith (True Dub)
Again, Shep Pettibone on the console for this one. In general the remixes were some of my favourite New Order tracks. Kind of similar with the Pet Shop Boys as their genius was for me when they just went for it and did what they liked. And on that note…
I was quite taken with the simplicity of this ad for the Pet Shop Boys’ – Heart, although not so much with the bleedthrough of the gum from the sellotape but you know, 30 years on and at least the thing is readable and wasn’t pulped years ago. Was a little confused at the fact there are 6 variations here, as iirc the charts at this time only take into account sales from 4 different formats, but there are 2 different sleeves for the 7″ (although I believe this is a single format), 2 sleeves for the standard 12″, a cassette and a CD single. However, there was also a remix 12″ (not pictured). So that makes 5 formats, but maybe at this time the CD single sales weren’t included as it was kind of a novelty format as CD singles weren’t really a thing and maybe a pricier item only for bands that could dictate premium sales. Compare to these days where half the world’s landfill is probably made up of CDs and vinyl goes for silly prices.
(Discogs is no use in trying to figure out the formats fwiw, it’s got 54 version of Heart listed. Some of which only seem to be different in spacing in their catalogue number. A more patient man would work on fixing these, but that’s not me.)
The official chart rules are here, but they’re reflective of modern times and not historical so I can’t really say for sure what was and wasn’t chart eligible. Interested to see there is still language referring to the database insert card which inevitably had to be sent to Leamington Spa for updates on the band.
Anyway, as I was making my way through the charts and listings I began to notice some odd looking titles that just didn’t seem right. Realised eventually this is the copy of the magazine that would have been on shelves during the week of April 1st, and RM did have the odd joke so there might be a few April Fools in here. For instance I wasn’t convinced that Bob Sleigh – Ski Sunday theme was a real thing but 45cat has data although if I can’t find any other trace of said band. There is a version on the Alan Partridge movie soundtrack which is credited to the composer Sam Fonteyn, but the performance seems to have been by the New Dance Orchestra, house band of Boosey and Hawkes. So, anyway, to conclude I’m assuming someone licensed the track and stuck a fake band name on it as a quick cash-in due to the Winter Olympics in Calgary as the label seems to indicate the recording originates from around 1970. Mind you, at least there aren’t any dance mixes of it. That trend of remixing everything is still to come.
(See also Mixmag’s listing of Direckt – I Got Ya a few years later.)
The jokes thing would also explain why I can’t seem to find any photos of Dieter Meier’s art installation listed which supposedly involved putting a bra on a couple of mountains in Geneva. Also, I thought he lived closer to Zürich.
BTW, I’m low on images this week as it looks like someone has uploaded the entire magazine here so you can see it yourself. (~120 Mb download.)
I was trying to figure out the ownership of the Record Mirror brand and content only to find this guy seems to own it for now. As I’m using the content for promotional and informational purposes I am hopeful he doesn’t object. From his jail cell.