Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Midas Touch

Date: 19th September 2010
Found: Battersea Carboot Sale
Price: 50p

Midnight Star - Midas Touch
MCA records, 1986

1. Midas Touch (Extended Dance Mix)

1. Midas Touch (Instrumental Mix)
2. Midas Touch (Acapella Mix)

We finally made it down to the Battersea Carboot Sale, it was really busy and there was a lot of stuff, a lot of crap... I was quite disappointed that there weren't many people selling records, what with it being touted as one of the few proper carboot sales in london. I was also disappointed at the size, quite pokey really. Anyway I got a few records including this one and an awesome (but expensive) 90s shirt covered in a crocodile and heart pattern.

The first time I heard this song, I was in the Science Museum in London eating flying saucers. I have loved it ever since.

Recently I have discovered two versions I hadn't heard before, which show how versatile this song is and prove it's power to endure the test of time. The first is the version featured on this record, the Extended Dance Mix, and the second (not featured on this record) is the Hell Interface Remix, which is kind of a mash-up (not in the shit Kiss FM way) with Boards of Canada.

See below for the Official Video and Hell Interface Remix version.

Small Town Boy

Date: 1st September 2010
Found: The Cat's Protection League Charity Shop, Ealing, London] 
Price: £1 

Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
London Records, 1984 

1. Smalltown Boy

1. Infatuation
2. Memories

Pac told me that he used to listen to this on his way to school and Pac went to school in a small village in Somerset... So this being a song about the struggle of a homosexual youth growing up in a small town, I should probably be a little worried...

I feel like I use the word "classic" too much on this blog, but this is an absolute Synth Pop classic. My favourite thing about this song, though, is that when you hear it in a club and the DJ plays the long drawn out intro*,  rather than people getting bored and walking away, everyone seems to start doing this weird slow-motion ballet/voguing dance and then when it drops everyone loses their fucking minds. That's why this song is so good, I can't really think of any other songs that have this effect of the dancefloor.

Also Jimmy Somerville has the voice of an angel.

B sides on this one are okay, bit meh in comparison, can't really be bothered to go into it.

* This is must, dropping it  later on in the track is a sin and ruins that amazing burst of excitement when it finally drops.

See below for the video sans epic intro and further down is the 12" Version.

Monday, 27 September 2010

This Time, Baby

Date: 1st September 2010
Found: Cat's Protection League Charity Shop, Ealing, London
Price: £1 

Jackie Moore - This Time, Baby 
CBS, 1984 

1. This Time, Baby

1. This Time, Baby (Instrumental)
2. Let's Go Somewhere and Make Love

I had this record in my shopping cart on Discogs for months, debating whether or not I wanted to part with £15 for it, so I was pretty lucky to find this near mint copy for only £1, just a 3 minute walk from my house!!

This Time Baby is a proper good disco song; smooth, soulful vocals, classic disco strings and a nice groove.  Originally released in 1979, it is a cover of the O'Jays 1978 version which wasn't massively successful. On the B side is the instrumental and Let's Go Somewhere and Make Lovewhich is a slightly cheesy pop ballad.

Unfortunately most people know of this song because it was sampled in the horrific 2005 clubland hit Love On My Mind by The Freemasons (and if you need reminding of the horror...)However, if you can block that out of your mind then you should be able to appreciate how beautiful this song is.

See below for the youtube video:

Tuesday, 7 September 2010


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Charity Shoppe at Dalston Superstore this Friday 10th September!
9-2am - FREE ENTRY

Bring a record, bring your dancing shoes. Me and Pac are billed as playing an Abandoned Acid & Hand-me-down House set but we'll probably just be playing whatever that takes our fancy. Including this:

Nearest Tube/Train : Dalston Junction / Dalston Kingsland - 149 Bus stops literally outside!