Living In Oblivion Volume 5

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01 Peter Schilling – Major Tom (Coming Home)
02 Thomas Dolby – Hyperactive
03 Naked Eyes – Promises Promises
04 When In Rome – The Promise
05 Ultravox – Vienna
06 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay
07 China Crisis – King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up)
08 Jules Shear – Steady
09 Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
10 Divinyls – Pleasure And Pain
11 The Icicle Works – Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)
12 Hipsway – The Honeythief
13 Rubber Rodeo – Souvenir
14 Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be A Cowboy
15 Double – The Captain Of Her Heart
16 Cock Robin – When Your Heart Is Weak
17 Climie Fisher – Love Changes (Everything)
18 Bananarama – More Than Physical
19 ABC – Vanity Kills
20 Go West – We Close Our Eyes

Living In Oblivion Volume 4

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01 Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days
02 The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
03 Spandau Ballet – True
04 Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
05 The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
06 Thompson Twins – Sister Of Mercy
07 The Church – Under The Milky Way
08 Red Box – Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)
09 Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
10 Scarlett & Black – You Don’t Know
11 Belouis Some – Some People
12 The Motels – Shock
13 Burning Sensations – Belly Of The Whale
14 General Public – Tenderness
15 Intaferon – Get Out Of London
16 Tones On Tail – Go!
17 Wide Boy Awake – Slang Teacher
18 Our Daughter’s Wedding – Lawnchairs
19 Wall Of Voodoo – Mexican Radio

Living In Oblivion Volume 3

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01 Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination
02 Scritti Politti – Perfect Way
03 Bananarama – Cruel Summer
04 The Dream Academy – Life In A Northern Town
05 Arcadia – Election Day
06 Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams
07 Corey Hart – Sunglasses At Night
08 Timbuk 3 – The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
09 The Polecats – Make A Circuit With Me
10 Stray Cats – Rock This Town
11 Jellybean – Sidewalk Talk
12 Talk Talk – It’s My Life
13 Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died In Your Arms
14 Device – Hanging On A Heart Attack
15 ABC – Poison Arrow
16 Ēbn-Ōzn – AEIOU Sometimes Y
17 So – Are You Sure
18 Tears For Fears – The Way You Are
19 The Monroes – What Do All The People Know

Living In Oblivion Volume 2

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01 Toni Basil – Mickey
02 The Power Station – Get It On (Bang A Gong)
03 Thompson Twins – Lay Your Hands On Me
04 Heaven 17 – Let Me Go
05 Haircut One Hundred – Love Plus One
06 T’Pau – Heart And Soul
07 JoBoxers – Just Got Lucky
08 Fun Boy Three With Bananarama – It Ain’t What You Do…
09 Deborah Harry – The Jam Was Moving
10 Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11
11 The Nails – 88 Lines About 44 Women
12 The Motels – Only The Lonely
13 Living In A Box – Living In A Box
14 Katrina And The Waves – Walking On Sunshine
15 Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
16 Culture Club – Church Of The Poison Mind
17 Missing Persons – Destination Unknown
18 Limahl – Never Ending Story
19 Toni Basil – Mickey (Spanish Version)

Living In Oblivion Volume 1

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01 Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
02 Naked Eyes – Always Something There To Remind Me
03 Talk Talk – Talk Talk
04 Kim Wilde – Kids In America
05 The Vapors – Turning Japanese
06 Re-Flex – The Politics Of Dancing
07 Paul Hardcastle – 19
08 999 – Homicide
09 Combo Audio – Romanticide
10 Classix Nouveax – Guilty
11 The Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
12 Tom Robinson Band – 2-4-6-8 Motorway
13 Bow Wow Wow – C30, C60, C90, Go
14 Stray Cats – (She’s) Sexy + 17
15 Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
16 Spandau Ballet – Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)
17 Toto Coelo – I Eat Cannibals (Part One)
18 Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny

“808”

Coming in 2015: a must-see documentary celebrating the iconic Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, dubbed by the film’s producers as ‘The Heart of the Beat that Changed Music.’

As would be expected, a soundtrack will accompany the release.

Official Website

Roland Corporation

When Do I Get To Sing “My Way”

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PART 1: RADIO EDITS (1994)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Sparks Radio Edit)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid Radio Edit)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid Instrumental)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers 7″ Mix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Pro-Gress Mix)
06 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Remix Edit)
07 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers 7″ – Cold End)*
08 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Edit – Cold End)*

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PART 2: REMIXES (1994)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Frank & Kitty Mix)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Frank & Nancy Mix)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Ron & Nancy Mix)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers Sola Mix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Pro-Gress Mix V.10.3)
06 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Remix)
07 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Men Behind Club Mix)
08 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Microbots Club Mix)
09 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Plutone Club Mix)

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PART 3: US PROMO (1995)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Color Blind Club)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Tone Deaf Dub)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Mereus Vocal)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Sticks & Stones Remix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Total Fog Dub 1)

INFO > Brothers Ron Mael and Russell Mael formed the band Halfnelson in 1968; Todd Rundgren produced the group’s debut LP. Shortly after the album’s 1971 release, the brothers Mael rechristened themselves as Sparks and began a long and illustrious career: experimenting in various musical styles, dabbling in other media, and creating an international cult following in the process.

Sparks’ 1994 album, the cleverly titled “Gratuitous Sax And Senseless Violins”, includes the single “When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way'”, which was released 20 years ago this month. All of the various versions from UK, German, and US CD singles are compiled in Parts 1 and 2 of this post, while Part 3 presents additional remixes commissioned the following year.

*As he and I both prefer a proper ending as opposed to a lazy fade out, Andrei has created custom edits of the Rapino Brothers and Vince Clarke radio mixes. Please enjoy his fine efforts.

The promo video is a wonderful homage to classic film trailers:

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1.01 John ’00’ Fleming – Free (John´s Twisted Dub)
1.02 Vincent De Moor – Fly Away (Instrumental)
1.03 Andy Ling – Fixation (Airwave Mix)
1.04 Christopher Lawrence – Cruise Control
1.05 Nordlander – The Prayer (Fatwah Mix)
1.06 Earthbound – Phuturistic Journey (D&A Remix)
1.07 Push – Till We Meet Again
1.08 Cliff Tangredi – Shimmer
1.09 Knochenbrecher – Nasenbluten (Zone X Remix)
1.10 Marc Michaels – Hyper Intelligence

2.01 Meridian – Reach For The Stars
2.02 Airwave – Above The Sky (Antartica Remix)
2.03 Antartica – Adrift [Cast Your Mind] (Polarise Mix)
2.04 Contact – Signs Of Life (Lee Coombs Remix)
2.05 Blue Alphabet – Musical Crime Killers
2.06 The Green Martian – Industry
2.07 Nick Sentience – Digital Dialogue
2.08 Tyrell Corp. – Running 2.0 (Mauro Picotto Mix)
2.09 Nautica – Tomorrow (DJ Alici’s Remix)
2.10 Flutlicht – Ahmea

Forgotten Town

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01 Forgotten Town (Faded Version)
02 Forgotten Town (Midtown Mix)
03 Forgotten Town (Uptown Mix)

INFO > Brothers Gary, Russell, and Roger Christian, along with Henry Priestman, formed The Christians in 1985. The Liverpudlian ensemble debuted in 1987 with the Laurie Latham produced “Forgotten Town”, which reached 22 on the UK Singles Chart. For its US release, “Forgotten Town” was remixed by Justin Strauss and Murray Elias. As part of the band’s stateside marketing campaign, Island Records pressed promo CDs with sleeve covers personalized for modern rock radio stations in large markets; I recently found a copy branded with the logo of Boston’s now-defunct WFNX.

Looking For The Perfect Beat

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01 Looking For The Perfect Beat (Vocal)
02 Looking For The Perfect Beat (Bonus Beats II)
03 Looking For The Perfect Beat (Instrumental)

INFO > ‘Looking For The Perfect Beat’ would be a great name for a dance music blog (somebody please use it). It certainly worked as a catchy title for Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force’s second single, the 1983 follow-up to their groundbreaking debut, “Planet Rock.”