NEWS: Gary Crowley Lost 80s 2 CD box set & vinyl

NEWS: Gary Crowley Lost 80s 2 CD box set & vinyl

On 25th June, Demon Music Group will release the second installment in BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley’s Lost 80s series.

Gary continues the musical odyssey he began in 2019, this time digging even deeper to bring the listener a truly wide, wild and eclectic selection of Lost 80s wonders.

Gary cut his teeth as a 19-year-old Capital Radio DJ and running the influential Tuesday Club Night at Bogarts nightclub in Harrow C which was a mecca for London’s club kids, and was frequented by many of whom would go on to become successful recording artists. This put him in the perfect place to absorb and know what was at the cutting edge of the youth culture of the time.

As with Volume One, each disc is themed and takes the listener on a truly revelatory journey through some under the radar classics and forgotten gems of the early 1980s, as well as some lesser-known songs by artists who went on to become some of the biggest artists of the decade, and not necessarily with the groups they appear with on the collection. It’s a testament to one man’s love of ‘pop’ in the widest, most challenging and joyous sense of the word, in the era after punk had torn up the rule book.

Disc one, ‘A Beat Confection’, kicks off proceedings with The Style Council’s ‘Mick’s Up’ (originally the b-side to ‘Money-Go-Round’), a joyous, soulful Hammond-driven boogie featuring keyboard maestro Mick Talbot weaving his magic. This disc then works its way through one of Gary’s stand-out tunes of 1984 the seven-inch version ofWorking Week’s ‘Venceremos (We Will Win)’, Tracey Thorn’s pre-EBTG band Marine Girls’ ‘On My Mind’, Dolly Mixture’s ‘Everything And More’ (released on Paul Weller’s Respond label), one of the ‘80s most successful singles bands, Madness’ ‘Keep Moving’, as well as the Jerry Dammers-produced, Northern Soul-influenced ‘Window Shopping’ by The Friday Club. Other gems include Dee C. Lee’s lead vocal version of The Style Council’s ‘The Paris Match’, Fine Young Cannibals’ soulful nugget, ‘Blue’, and closing this set as we began, with an instrumental C this time from Nick Heyward, with the melancholic ‘Café Canada’.

Titled ‘A Rock And A Dance Place’, disc two shifts proceedings up a gear, beginning with The Higsons’ post-punk-funk classic, ‘I Don’t Want To Live With Monkeys!’ Thereafter, this set rollicks its way through the likes of north London’s punked up rockabillies, The Polecats’ with their final single ‘Make A Circuit With Me’, Bannarama’s cover of Sex Pistols’ ‘No Feelings’ (produced by Paul Cook), The Clash’s Joe Strummer and Mick Jones’ written and produced Ellen Foley track ‘Torchlight’ (which also featured The Clash on backing band duties). Another Mick Jones production here is Theatre Of Hate’s ‘The Hop’, which features Morricone-influenced guitar wizardry from future Cult guitarist, Billy Duffy.

Disc two also features some quirky and interesting pop: Heaven 17’s magnificent ‘Play To Win’, Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy’s effortlessly glorious ‘Icing On The Cake’, This Island Earth’s pop delight ‘Take Me To The Fire’, which segues into a funkier direction with The Kane Gang’s sonic soulful cover of The Staple Singer’s ‘Respect Yourself’ (who themselves appear on disc three with their take on Talking Heads’ ‘Life During Wartime’) with legendary vocalist P.P. Arnold on backing vocals, American band The Untouchables’ Mod/Ska grooves of ‘Free Yourself’ and, closing this set, legendary and hugely influential trombonist Rico (Rodriguez) and The Special AKA’s ‘Jungle Music’.

Encompassing jazz-tinged disco, major Brit-funk and electro pop, disc three’s ‘Ear And Foot Refreshment’ collection will get you aurally hooked and on to the dancefloor. Bringing a touch of 1940’s glamour to the proceedings, Kid Creole And The Coconuts start the disc with their song ‘Latin Music’, which is followed by Brit-soul-funksters Linx’s ‘Throw Away The Key’; one of the first band’s in the UK to pick-up on and utilise the emerging Rap/Hip Hop sounds from NYC, the eight-piece Funkapolitan’s timeless ‘As Time Goes By’; the funk-fueled ear-friendly sound of The Members’ JC Carroll’s The Children Of 7’s ‘Solidarity’; Steve Walsh’s slab of prime-time blue-eyed funk ‘Letters Of Love’; legendary songwriter and producer Dennis Bovell’s technicolor interpretation of Animal Nightlife’s ‘Native Boy’, and the winning fusion of Latin, Jazz, R&B, Cuban, Funk and Soul of Blue Rondo A La Turk’s ‘Coco’.

This disc also features some key exponents of the Electro scene, including Heaven 17’s B.E.F. collaboration with the inimitable and remarkable vocals of the late Billy MacKenzie on a cover of Bowie’s ‘Secret Life Of Arabia’, Blancmange’s extended 12” version of their infectious ‘Feel Me’, and The B-52’s synth and drum machine-driven‘Legal Tender’.

As with Volume One, disc four, ‘The Vinyl Curtain’, comprises some more of Gary’s favourite 12-inchers of the period. Beginning with The Human League’s pop perfection on ‘Hard Times’ (b-side to ‘Love Action’), this disc features exceptional dancefloor fillers, including: Kurtis Blow’s all-time classic ‘The Breaks’, the Rap pioneers Spoonie Gee and early female rappers The Sequence’s ‘Monster Jam’, the bubbling riddims of reggae deejay duo Clint Eastwood and General Saint’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, The Valentine Brother’s socially conscious ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’, John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez’s Special Dance Mix of General Public’s ‘Tenderness’, and closing the collection, the groundbreaking Big Audio Dynamite’s widescreen and cinematic ‘Medicine Show’.

Gary Crowley’s Lost 80s, Vol. 2 is a must-have collection for serious music fans of the period and, for the uninitiated, an introduction to a rich, exciting and incredibly varied selection of lost classics.

Lost 80s Vol. 2 is a 4CD box set, packaged in a media book. It includes a 32-page book, with extensive, informative and passionate track-by-track sleevenotes written by Gary (available on request) and photos from his personal collection, plus memories of the era from the likes of Style Councillor Mick Talbot, Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Corrine Drewery (Swing Out Sister), Dr. Robert (Blow Monkeys), Andy Polaris (Animal Nightlife) and Dan Donovan (B.A.D.).

Tracklistings:

DISC ONE A Beat Confection

  1. The Style Council Mick’s Up
  2. Working Week Venceremos (We Will Win) [7” version]
  3. Weekend Summerdays
  4. Marine Girls On My Mind
  5. Dolly Mixture Everything And More
  6. Tracie (I Love You) When You Sleep
  7. Altered Images Thinking About You
  8. Madness Keep Moving
  9. Swing Out Sister Blue Mood
  10. The Blow Monkeys Forbidden Fruit
  11. Screen 3 Come Into My Jungle
  12. The Monochrome Set Jacob’s Ladder
  13. The Friday Club Window Shopping
  14. Elvis Costello And The Attractions From A Whisper To A Scream
  15. The Undertones Save Me
  16. Fine Young Cannibals Blue
  17. Pressure Point Mellow Moods
  18. Dee C. Lee The Paris Match
  19. Nick Heyward Café Canada

DISC TWO A Rock And A Dance Place           

  1. The Higsons I Don’t Want To Live With Monkeys
  2. The Waitresses I Know What Boys Like
  3. The Polecats Make A Circuit With Me
  4. APB Shoot You Down
  5. Bananarama No Feelings
  6. Ellen Foley Torchlight
  7. Theatre Of Hate The Hop
  8. Heaven 17 Play to Win
  9. Leisure Process Love Cascade [12” version]
  10. Barry Reynolds I Scare Myself
  11. Shake Shake! Shake Shake!
  12. Nick Heyward When It Started To Begin
  13. In Embrace Your Heaven Scent (Plays Hell With Me)
  14. Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy Icing On The Cake
  15. This Island Earth Take Me To The Fire
  16. The Kane Gang Respect Yourself
  17. Klaxon 5 Hothouse
  18. The Untouchables Free Yourself
  19. Rico and The Special AKA Jungle Music

DISC THREE Ear And Foot Refreshment

  1. Kid Creole and The Coconuts Latin Music
  2. Linx Throw Away The Key
  3. Funkapolitan As The Time Goes By
  4. B.E.F. featuring Billy MacKenzie The Secret Life Of Arabia
  5. Blancmange Feel Me [Extended 12” Version]
  6. The B-52’s Legal Tender
  7. Wide Boy Awake Slang Teacher
  8. The Children Of 7 Solidarity
  9. Blue Rondo A La Turk Coco
  10. Steve Walsh Letters Of Love
  11. Animal Nightlife Native Boy [’83 Dennis Bovell Remix]
  12. World’s Famous Supreme Team Hey! DJ [7” version]
  13. Paul Blake and The Blood Fire Posse Rub-A-Dub Soldier
  14. The Staple Singers Life During Wartime
  15. Sade Why Can’t We Live Together

DISC FOUR The Vinyl Curtain          

  1. The Human League Hard Times
  2. Medium Medium Hungry, So Angry
  3. Spoonie Gee With The Sequence Monster Jam
  4. Thompson Twins In The Name Of Love [12” Dance Extension]
  5. General Saint and Clint Eastwood Another One Bites The Dust [12” Version]
  6. Kurtis Blow The Breaks
  7. The Valentine Brothers Money’s Too Tight To Mention [12” version]
  8. Treacherous Three Yes We Can-Can
  9. General Public – Tenderness [Special Dance Mix]
  10. Win You’ve Got The Power [Extended Version]
  11. Colourbox featuring Lorita Grahame Baby I Love You So [12” Version]
  12. Big Audio Dynamite Medicine Show [12” Remix]

It will also be available as a 21-track, 2 LP clear vinyl set:

LP ONE

Side 1: A Beat Confection

  1. The Style Council Mick’s Up
  2. Working Week Venceremos (We Will Win) [7” version]
  3. Pressure Point Mellow Moods
  4. Altered Images Thinking About You
  5. The Friday Club Window Shopping
  6. Fine Young Cannibals Blue

Side 2:  A Rock And A Dance Place  

  1. The Higsons I Don’t Want To Live With Monkeys
  2. The Waitresses I Know What Boys Like
  3. Bananarama No Feelings
  4. Ellen Foley Torchlight
  5. Nick Heyward When It Started To Begin
  6. Rico and The Special AKA Jungle Music

LP TWO

Side 1: Ear And Foot Refreshment

  1. Kid Creole and The Coconuts Latin Music
  2. Funkapolitan As The Time Goes By
  3. B.E.F. featuring Billy MacKenzie The Secret Life Of Arabia
  4. The B-52’s Legal Tender
  5. Wide Boy Awake Slang Teacher
  6. World’s Famous Supreme Team Hey! DJ [7” version]

Side 2: The Vinyl Curtain    

  1. General Public – Tenderness [Special Dance Mix]
  2. Colourbox featuring Lorita Grahame Baby I Love You So [12” Version]
  3. Big Audio Dynamite Medicine Show [12” Remix]

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