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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Music For Pleasure - The Human Factor [7'']

Single released in 1980, cat. no. RAGE1.

Label: Rage Records
Catalogue #: RAGE 1
Format: Vinyl, 7"
Country: UK
Released: 1980
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop, Minimal

A The Human Factor
B Madness At The Mission

Bass, Vocals - Martin King
Drums - Christopher Oldroyd
Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals - David Whitaker
Lead Vocals - Mark Copson

Written by - Lewis, Copson
Photography - Andrew Douglas
Producer - John Brierley , Music For Pleasure

From Wikipedia
Music for Pleasure was founded in 1979 by Martin King (Bass), Alan Peace (Lead vocal), Sean Wheatley (Drums) and David Whitaker (Keyboards). The band were originally signed to Rockburgh Records and contributed the song “The Human Factor” to Rockburgh's seminal northern bands compilation Hicks from the Sticks (1980).

In 1980, Peace and Wheatley were replaced by Mark Copson (Lead vocal) and Christopher Oldroyd (Drums - formally a member of fellow Leeds band Girls at Our Best!). This line-up released a couple of singles on indie label Rage Records - a re-recorded version of "The Human Factor" (1980) and the John Leckie produced "Fuel To the Fire" (1981).

King was replaced by Ivor Roberts (Bass) in 1982, and Music for Pleasure then signed to Polydor Records. Their first Polydor release was the single "Switchback" (1982) produced by Mike Hedges, followed by the bands debut album Into the Rain (1982) which was co-produced by Hedges and the band. The band released two more singles from the album, "Light" (1982) and a re-recorded version of "Time" (1983), followed by the Hedges produced single "Dark Crash" (1983), before being dropped by Polydor.

Now without a record deal, Music for Pleasure continued to release records on their own Whirlpool label, the Colin Richardson co-produced single "Disconnection" (1984), the John Porter produced EP "Chrome Hit Corrosion" (1984) and the album Blacklands (1985). However, following the release of Blacklands the band disbanded.

Keyboardist Whitaker went on to join the The Danse Society (1985-1986), while drummer Oldroyd appeared on Red Lorry Yellow Lorry's second album Paint Your Wagon (1987).

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Berlin Blondes - Science [7'' single]

Released in 1980 [cat. no. EMI5031]. Third track from their only lp.

From Robert Farrell's MySpace:

About Robert Farrell
Guitar player, Singer, Songwriter, Engineer.
I started as an original member of Berlin Blondes, a Glasgow New Romantic band, around late 1979.
Signed to EMI in 1980. One album: 'Berlin Blondes' produced by Mike Thorne (Wire, Soft Cell).
One single: A. Science  B. Mannequin, also produced by Mike Thorne.

Band Line up:
Steven Bonomi : Vocals
Robert Farrell : Guitar, Synth
Jim Spender : Keys, Synth
David Rudden : Bass Guitar

Label:EMI Records
Catalogue #:EMC 3346
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:New Wave, Synth-pop

A1 Framework
A2 Astro
A3 Science
A4 Romance
A5 Trail To Istanbul
B1 Secret Days
B2 Mannequin
B3 Neon Probe
B4 Zero Song

Berlin Blondes, with changes to the band line up, then signed to an Indie Label Scratch Records.
One single: Double A side A1. Marseille A2. The Poet [cat. no. SCR005] released in 1981.

Band Line up:
Steven Bonomi : Vocals
Robert Farrell : Guitar, B.V.s
Steve (Stevo) Jones : Keyboards
Alasdair Gowans : Bass
Brian Miller : Drums

Note: Framework was also released as a single in 1980 with a rare instrumental mix of Zero Song on the b side of the 7'' single
[cat. no. EMI5147]. The album version of Zero Song appeared on the 12'' version [12EMI5147].

Monday, 22 March 2010

The Books - Expertise [7'' single]

      Single release. Taken from the album Expertise [VOLUME 1].


1. Broadcast 2. Hirohito (short version) (7" Logo - BOOK1 - 1980)
1. Take Us To Your Leader 2. Photomaton (7" Logo - BOOK2 - 1980)
1. Expertise 2. Fowey Church Clock (7" Logo - BOOK3 - 1980)

The Books - Expertise
Label:Logo Records
Catalogue #:VOLUME 1 (lp) + KVOLUME 1 (cassette)
Format:Vinyl LP + Cassette
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:New Wave, Synth-pop

A1 Spillane
A2 Metaphysic
A3 Hirohito
A4 Osterreich
A5 Rain
B1 Expertise
B2 Ballroom Debut
B3 Dusters
B4 I'll Be Your Friend

Bass - Robert Kelly
Drums - Paul Moon
Effects, Synthesizer, Vocals - Stephen F. X. Betts
Engineer - Colin Thurston
Guitar - Chris Pyzer Pye
Piano, Synthesizer - Lynda Berger
Producer - Colin Thurston
Written By - Stephen F. X. Betts
Recorded at The Townhouse and Red Bus Studios, June 1980.