Monday, 19 March 2018

Day 19 - White Lion Radio's Favourite Vinyl 12 Inch Singles From The 80s

Day 19

Howard Jones - Hide & Seek (Long Version)

All 4 of the singles released off the album “Human’s Lib” by Howard Jones were excellent, although “What Is Love?” and “Hide And Seek” are my personal favourites. Indeed, it was a difficult decision  which of these tracks would feature in my selection. I decided on “Hide And Seek” as I think it is one of the greatest electronic ballads ever released in the 1980s.

The track was released in February 1984 and was the 3rd single released off Howard’s debut album. The 12 Inch Vinyl version is just wonderful, achingly beautiful and haunting, the pads and strings are devine, making it almost sound ambient, a brilliant song. The 12 inch version is 8 ½ minutes long and it holds your attention throughout. I was disappointed with both the B Sides, “"Tao Te Ching"” and “China Dance”, both very weak tracks by Howards standards, I have probably only ever played those one or twice!

“Hide And Seek” reached Number 12 in the UK Singles Chart, I’m sure with better B Sides it would definitely have made the Top 10.


A1 Hide And Seek (Long Version) 8:30
B1 Tao Te Ching 3:52
B2 China Dance 3:50

You will find the Long Version of “Hide And Seek” on the Remastered Edition of the album “Action Replay”, which is available from Amazon here:

The Electronic Music Hour #33

Welcome to edition #33 of our series "The Electronic Music Hour", which features some of the best electronic and synthpop music from the last 40 years.

These shows not only include well known artists from the last 4 decades but new and emerging bands on the electronic music scene from around the world, a lot of which are either unsigned, or on a small independent label, or self release their material.

So the shows will feature old and new tracks that fit in the electronic/synthpop genre.

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Electronic - The Patience Of A Saint
Rational Youth - Western man
Bimbo Boy - Drama Queen (Champagne Synth Remix)
Thompson Twins - Love On Your Side
Vanguard - I Want To Live
John Foxx - Cinemascope
Daily Planet - Set Me Free
Blancmange - Waves (Original Album Version)
Vision Talk - Come With Me
Book Of Love - Something Good
OMD - Speed Of Light
The Silicon Teens - Oh Boy
Assemblage 23 - December
Carved Souls - In A Blink
Pet Shop Boys - Twenty Something

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Day 18 - White Lion Radio's Favourite Vinyl 12 Inch Singles From The 80s

Day 18.....

Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin (Disco Mix)

I have more vinyl,CD’s & Singles of the Pet Shop Boys than any other band, when they burst on to the scene in 1985 with the Number 1 hit “West End Girls”, I have pretty much bought everything they have released, except for the album “Electric”, which is their worst album by a country mile.

The boys came back with a bang after the disappointing chart positions for “Love Comes Quickly” (Number 19) and “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money) (Number 11), although the fourth single off “Please”, “Suburbia” did fair better reaching number 6 in the UK Singles Chart. When they released “It’s A Sin”, it was a track they had already written when they made their first album “Please” and was the lead single off the follow-up album “Actually”. A fantastic sequence driven 12 inch version is one of their best 12 inch cuts, certainly one of my favourite 12 Inch Singles by the band.

The Disco Mix has a running time of just under 8 minutes and sees the song, in a way, split in half, with the first half mainly instrumental and the latter being the main element of the song. It was released in June 1987 and reached Number 1 for 3 weeks in the UK Singles Chart and enjoyed massive success across Europe.

The Vinyl 12 Inch Single also features the non album track “You Know Where You Went Wrong”, the same as the version on the B side of the 7 Inch Single, as well as the single version of “It’s A Sin”.


A1 It’s A Sin (Disco Mix) 7:39
B1 You Know Where You Went Wrong 5:51
B2 It’s A Sin (7 Inch Version)

All the tracks featured on the Vinyl 12 Inch are available in the new 2CD Edition of “Actually”, that has just been re-released, as is available for Amazon here:

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Day 17 - White Lion Radio's Favourite Vinyl 12 Inch Singles From The 80s

Day 17.....

When In Rome - Promise (Coliseum Mix)

This is another one of those singles that should have done a lot better than it did, after the success of “The Promise” the band disappeared into the ether! They did release another very good track “Heaven Knows” but that didn’t dent the charts at all.

The Coliseum Mix of “The Promise” is an outstanding mix, superbly produced and sounds very powerful, especially the drums and rhythm section, it wasn’t the “A” side of the 12 Inch it was track 1 on the B Side. The “A” side featured the O.N Mix, which was also an extended version, the other track on the flipside was a Dub Version of “The Promise”.

The single was released in 1987 and only made Number 58, in the states it did much better, reaching Number 11 in the Billboard Hot 100.

I was lucky enough to do an interview with Clive Farrington, the lead singer of When In Rome for a Radio Podcast and what a top fella he is and he is still doing concerts as part of the UK version of When In Rome.


A1 The Promise (O.N. Mix) 6:30
B1 The Promise (Coliseum Club Mix) 6:28
B2 The Promise (Dub) 3:45

This is not the easiest of remixes to track down, however, you can get it from Amazon as a Digital Download for 99p here:

Friday, 16 March 2018

Day 16 - White Lion Radio's Favourite Vinyl 12 Inch Singles From The 80s

Day 16.....

Erasure - Victim Of Love (Extended Mix)

I have followed the career of Vince Clarke since his early days in Depeche Mode and bought pretty much every record he has put out, including the criminally ignored Erasure debut album “Wonderland”, which I think is miles better than their breakthrough album “The Circus”. Of course “The Circus” does have a few top class tracks, the singles “Sometimes” and “It Doesn’t Have To Be Like That” as well as “Hideaway” but the best track in my opinion is “Victime Of Love”, Vince manages to make the acoustic guitar sound perfect alongside the more electronic sounds and drums on the record.

The 12 Inch vinyl is an essential part of my vinyl collection, the extended Mix has a running time of 7 minutes and is a blast of pure pop, on the flip side of the 12 inch is the track “The Soldier's Return (The Return Of The Radical Radcliffe Mix)” and a Dub version of “Victim Of Love”.

Erasure have always made such exceptional 12 inch versions of their singles, it’s about time they put out a proper compilation of them.

The single was released in May 1987 and reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart.


A1 Victim Of Love (Extended Mix) 6:59
B1 The Soldier's Return (The Return Of The Radical Radcliffe Mix) 5:00
B2 Victim Of Love (Dub Mix) 3:29

You can still grab yourself a copy of the Vinyl 12 Inch for around £10 off Amazon here:

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Day 15 - White Lion Radio's Favourite Vinyl 12 Inch Singles From The 80s

Day 15.....

Blancmange - Living On The Ceiling (Extended Mix)

What a track this is, and in the extended format it sounds even better. It is rightly regarded as a classic 80s track, its fun, unusual and such an upbeat track. One thing about Blancmange, is they definitely had a unique sound in those days that no one has captured since, the rhythm section in the track is one of the best I have heard and who would have thought a sitar would produce the main melody hook in the song......brilliant!

The single is taken from their equally impressive debut album “Happy Families”. Before Blancmange hit the big time I was already a fan after hearing the beautiful and melancholic track “Sad Day”, which was featured on the Some Bizarre Album Compilation, that also featured other unknown bands at the time, including Depeche Mode, The The, and Soft Cell, who all went on to bigger and better things.

The 12 Inch Vinyl of “Living On The Ceiling” featured the customary extended version, on the A side, which had a running time of 5.37, whilst the B Side featured 2 BBC Radio session tracks,  “I Would” and “Running Thin”, the latter being a gem of a track.

It was released in October 1982 and reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart.

When Blancmange performed the single on Top Of The Pops they had to change the line “Up The Bloody Tree” to “Up The Cuckoo Tree”, even back then the Beeb were very PC!!

Some years ago I actually recorded my own version of “Living On The Ceiling”!


A1 Living On The Ceiling (Extended Mix) 5:37
B1 I Would 4:02
B2 Running Thin 2:19

You will find the Extended Mix of “Living On The Ceiling” and both the B Sides on the recently issued deluxe 3 CD set of “Happy Families” that is available from Amazon here:

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Day 14 - White Lion Radio's Favourite Vinyl 12 Inch Singles From The 80s

Day 14.....

Talk Talk - It's My Life (12 Inch Remix)

If there was one band in the 80s that didn’t get the recognition they deserved, it is Talk Talk, their first 2 album’s “The Party’s Over” and “It’s My Life” are stunning, after that, they did lose their way and pretty much ditched their synthpop roots.

The track “It’s My Life” is without doubt my favourite Talk Talk track, although, “It’s So Serious” runs it close.

The single was released in January 1984 and this was another one that didn’t do well in the charts, it only reached number 46 in the UK charts. It fared better in America where it reached number 31 in the singles chart there and also reached number 1 in the U.S Hot Dance Club Play chart.

The 12 Inch Remix of “It’s My Life”, is again a classic 80s remix, the 7 inch expanded and it has a running time of just over 6 minutes. The B Side of the 12 inch featured the album track “Does Carloline Know?” and the 7 inch version of “It’s My Life”.

The single was re-released in 1990 to promote a new compilation “Natural History – The Very Best Of Talk Talk”, though no vinyl 12 Inch was released at that time, and deservedly reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart.


A1 It's My Life (12" Remix) 6:16
B1 Does Caroline Know? 4:33
B2 It's My Life (7" Version) 3:50

The Extended Version of “It’s My Life” can be found on the Talk Talk compilation “Asides Besides”, which has pretty much every 12 inch single on it as well as associated B Sides. You will find it on Amazon here: