Saturday, January 31, 2015

Best of 1985- The Album List

It's that time of the year when we pay tribute to a certain year in our favorite decade. Counting the years, this will be the year 1985. Musically not so strong, but still a very important year in music history when Bob Geldof and Midge Ure launched the Live Aid. Certainly the biggest event and the first of such kind whose purpose was to raise awareness of poverty and famine in some African countries. "Do They Know It's Christmas Time" was the official anthem for it.
The year 1985 brought a huge milestone for the music industry,  as the first album was officially released on CD. It was a debut album of Dire Strait's 'Brother in Arms', which also remained one of the best selling albums to date. 
New Wave Gold dream slowly vanished into decadence and the world was waiting for the new genres and new kids. 

1.New Order -Low Life
'Low-Life' is the third studio album by New Order released in May 1985 by Factory Records. The album is considered to be among New Order's strongest work, displaying the moment in which the band completed its transformation from post-punk hold-overs to dance rock. The album shows New Order's increased incorporation of synthesizers and samplers, while still preserving the rock aspects of their earlier work. The album included the hit singles "The Perfect Kiss" and "Sub-culture". In 2000, Q magazine placed Low-Life at number 97 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.[15] Low-Life, alongside New Order's 1989 album Technique, was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was re-released and remastered in 2015.

2.Jesus and Mary Chain- Psychocandy
Psychocandy is the debut studio album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. It was released in November 1985 on Blanco y Negro Records. The album is considered a landmark recording: its combination of guitar feedback with traditional pop song structures proved influential on the forthcoming shoegazing genre and alternative rock in general. The album includes the singles "Never Understand", "You Trip Me Up" and "Just Like Honey". The album has frequently appeared in "best ever" album lists, such as Q magazine's "100 Greatest British Albums Ever", where it placed at number 88. In 2006, the album was remastered and released in DualDisc format without "Some Candy Talking" to conform with the original playlist. In 2011, it was re-released (along with the other five studio albums) by Edsel in collaboration with Rhino as a two-CD set with extra tracks

3. The Smiths- Meat is Murder
'Meat Is Murder' is the second studio album by the Smiths. It was released on 11 February 1985 by Rough Trade Records. This is band's only album that reached number one in the UK charts and stayed on the charts for thirteen weeks. 'Meat Is Murder' was more strident and political than its predecessor. Morrissey also brought a political stance to many of his interviews, courting further controversy. Among his targets were the Thatcher administration, the monarchy, and his musical contemporaries. In 2003, Meat Is Murder was ranked number 296 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.The album was also included in the book '1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die'.

4.Propaganda- A Secret Wish
'A Secret Wish' was the 1985 debut album of  Propaganda, released by ZTT Records and produced by Stephen Lipson under the supervision of label boss Trevor Horn. The album featured band's biggest hits "Dr Mabuse", "Duel" and "P-Machinery". The album was followed up quickly in November 1985 by the 'Wishful Thinking' companion remix album. 'A Secret Wish' has been reissued a number of times through the years – including as a deluxe 20th anniversary edition and as a multi-channel SACD. The most recent re-release is the 2010 double CD deluxe edition which marks the album's 25th anniversary.

5.The Cure- The Head on the Door
'The Head on the Door' is the sixth studio album by The Cure, released in August 1985 on record label Polydor. With its variety of styles, it allowed the group to reach a wider audience in both Europe and North America. In the United Kingdom, it quickly became their most successful album to date. It featured the hit singles "Close to Me" and "In Between Days". This is the first Cure album where all the songs are composed by singer and guitarist Robert Smith only. In 2006, the album was re-released by Universal on their Fiction Records/Polydor Records labels, digitally remastered with various demos and live tracks from the era.

6.Prefab Sprout- Steve McQueen
'Steve McQueen' was the second studio album by Prefab Sprout, released in June 1985. The album was released in the United States as 'Two Wheels Good' due to a legal conflict with the estate of American actor Steve McQueen. The album peaked at number 21 on the UK Albums Chart and number 180 on the US Billboard 200. The album was produced by Thomas Dolby and released on Kitchenware label. Steve McQueen has subsequently featured in a number of all-time lists of greatest albums, including The Times, Mojo and The Guardian.

7.Kate Bush- Hounds of Love
'Hounds of Love' is the fifth studio album by the English singer-songwriter and musician Kate Bush, released by EMI Records on 16 September 1985. It was Bush's second album to top the UK Albums Chart and her best-selling studio album which included the  singles "Running Up That Hill", "Cloudbusting", "Hounds of Love", and "The Big Sky". 'Hounds of Love' received critical acclaim and it is considered by many fans and music critics to be Bush's best album, and has been regularly voted one of the greatest albums of all time. It was nominated at the 1986 BRIT Awards for Best Album, where Bush was also nominated for the awards for Best Producer, Best Female Artist, and for Best Single ("Running Up That Hill").

8. a-ha- Hunting High and Low
'Hunting High and Low' is the debut studio album by Norwegian new wave band A-ha, released on 1 June 1985 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was a huge commercial success selling more than 7.8 million units worldwide and featured the hit singles "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.", "Train of Thought" and "Hunting High and Low" and of course their biggest selling single "Take on Me".The group was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1986, making A-ha the first Norwegian band to be nominated for a Grammy. As part of a re-release of their first two albums, Hunting High and Low was expanded and remastered in 2010.

9.Arcadia- So Red the Rose
So Red the Rose is the platinum-selling album by the Duran Duran-spinoff group Arcadia, which was released in 1985. It was also the only album they released under this moniker. The album included the singles "Election Day", "Goodbye is Forever" and "The Flame" and many musical guests on the album, including David Gilmour, Herbie Hancock, Grace Jones, and Sting. As part of EMI's massive Duran Duran reissue plans, a jewel case 3 disc (2CD, 1 DVD) boxset of So Red the Rose was released 12 April 2010. It included the entire album, single mixes, the b-sides.

10. Clan of Xymox- Clan of Xymox
'Clan of Xymox' is Clan of Xymox's first album, released in 1985 on the 4AD label. The album was produced by the 4AD co-founder Ivo Watts-Russell and recorded at Palladium Studios in Edinburgh.The album drew comparisons to Joy Division and The Cure and created a buzz in clubs. Reviewers in subsequent years have derided the album as dated and derivative, but accurately reflecting the emerging goth sound of the time. In the same year, Sounds called the album "a strange and wonderful debut from 4AD's first signing since Dead Can Dance. Particular favourite is 'A Day' which suggests so many places, colours feelings and despairs that it is totally awe inspiring".

11. Bryan Ferry- Boys and Girls
12. The Pale Fountains -…from across the Kitchen Table
13. Scritti Pollitti- Cupid & Psyche 85
14. Dead or Alive- Youthquake
15. Dead Can Dance-Spleen and Ideal
16. Fine Young Cannibals- Fine Young Cannibals
17.Tears for Fears- Songs from The Big Chair
18. Cabaret Voltaire- The Covenant, the Sword, and the Arm of Lord
19. Grace Jones- Slave to the Rhythm
20. Howard Jones- Dream into Action

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Twin Shdow's Third Album 'Eclipse' Announced for March

Twin Shadow is back with a brand new album this year. It was announced through his webpage that the new album will be entitled 'Eclipse' and that it will feature eleven brand new tracks. The first official single to be taken from the album will be "Turn me Up" which was recently premiered on his official page. Album's release date is set for March 17th.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Primavera Sound Festival Announced / Trailer to OMD's Enola Gay

The Primavera Sound Festival announced its full line-up yesterday. The line up will include OMD and many other interesting names like, Interpol, Einstürzende Neubauten, The KVB, Twin Shadow, Perfume Genius, Belle and Sebastien. Check out the trailer for this great festival to the sounds of great OMD's classic "Enola Gay" to see the rest of the line up. The festival will be held between 28-30th in Barcelona.

Giorgio Moroder Announces New Album with Possible Collaborations

News have spread about the new Giorgio Moroder album which is to be released this year. The album will be entitled '74 is the new 25' and it will be his first studio release in more than 20 years. This album will include collaborations with Sia, Charli XCX,  Kylie Minogue and others. Still waiting for the official release dates to be confirmed. Meanwhile check out the latest single "Right Here, Right Now" in collaboration with Kylie Minogue which is out this week.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Retrovision: Humpe & Humpe- Ya-Ma-Ha

The duo Humpe & Humpe already had a prominent music history in Germany before forming Humpe & Humpe in 1985. Humpe & Humpe were Annette and Inga Humpe who wrote and produced most of the songs released on two albums in two years time. This is a thirty years anniversary of their second single "Ya-ma-ha" which was a an imitation of Japanese song with some Asian-style and Lyrics composed of a variety of Japanese brand names.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Boys Say Go- Easy to Move Compilation

Dead Wax Records have released "Easy to Move" a compilation of previously unreleased material by Boys Say Go. During the 80's deaced the band recorded a whole array of new wave songs of which only two were released as singles. This new compliation will include ten songs including a great cover of Sylverster's "Do You Wanna Funk?". 

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Next Wave: Cult Club

Every year brings new excitement, great music, new bands and interesting collaborations. Here is a perfect kick off; a brand new project by Sally Dige Jørgensen whose music/videos we already featured on our blog. Sally has teamed up with Laslo Antal who has been the driving force behind the music of Sixth June since 2010. Both  multi-disciplinary artists and performersshare their passion for music, art and visual aesthetics. They have revealed several music videos up to know and 2015 looks promising for them. Stick around for more.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dimension Gondry: Stina Nordenstam- Little Star

Changing the course a little bit on DG with this video feature. It was quite normal and unusual for Gondry compared to other videos he directed. But we decided to feature this because we love the song. It was taken from her second album and the song gained wider popularity after it was featured in a Romeo and Juliet movie.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Kim Wilde and Talk Talk Triple Album Reissues

Parlophone Label Group (Plg) has announced a series of triple album collection reiusses for this month. Most interesting for us are the Kim Wilde and Talk Talk reissies. The label will release the first three studio albums by both artists. The Kim Wilde Reissue collection will include the albums 'Kim Wilde', 'Select' and 'Catch as Catch Can' released between 1981-1983 and as of for Talk Talk, their reissue collection will feature their synth-pop era albums 'The Party's Over', 'It's My life' as well as their more organic orientated third album 'The Colour of Spring' from 1986. More info about the The triple album releases through Amazon, out January 9th.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's like, It's 1985

Happy New Year everyone. We are back on the track and hope that 2015 will be another great year in music. We will continue with the Dimension Gondry and are looking forward to new artists, great videos and exciting interviews. As you are already know every year we celebrate a 30 years anniversary from a particular year in our favorite decade. This year we will go back to 1985. Stick around for the album list poll coming soon. Meanwhile, a par excellence art pop from 1985.