SMASH HITS Singles - September 1982

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Patrick Cowley and Sylvester - Do Ya Wanna Funk 10
Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie 5
The Jam - The Bitterest Pill 4
Telex - L'Amour Toujours 3
Adam Ant - Friend or Foe 2
Zapp - Dance Floor 2
Farmers Boys - Whatever Is He Like? 1
Cynthia Scott - The X-Boy 1
Joy - State of Independence 1
The French Impressionists - A Selection of Songs From... EP 1
Wendy O Williams and Lemmy Kilmister - Stand by Your Man 1
Peter Straker - Zoo 0
Rick James - Hard to Get 0
Jack Lee - Hanging on the Telephone 0
Elvis Costello - From Head to Toe 0
Cimarons - Big Girls Don't Cry 0
The Mobiles - Partners in Fiction 0
Diana Ross - Funky Old Rolls 0
Minny Pops - Secret Story 0
Light of the World - Famous Faces 0
The Beat - Jeanette 0


Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Monday, 12 July 2021 20:13 (three weeks ago) link

Hard to vote against any version of "State of Independence" out there, but the review of "Do Ya Wanna Funk" pissed me off enough to tip my vote.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Monday, 12 July 2021 20:22 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah... and this is pretty easily "Do Ya Wanna Funk" for me. Didn't realize there were versions of "State of Independence" before Donna Summer's.

Josefa, Monday, 12 July 2021 20:38 (three weeks ago) link

Somehow I had never heard the original of 'Stand By Your Man' before hearing the Wendy & Lemmy version. It's a keeper for the version of 'No Class' on the b-side.

I used to have The French Impressionists and Minny Pops singles. I may still do somewhere! I can't recall the first at all, I still dig Minny Pops.

I'm not sure if the Jack Lee 'Hanging On The Telephone' is any different from his version as The Nerves. It is great but Blondie's is better.

Musical Youth has one of thee all time best intros.

Gonna go 'Do Ya Wanna Funk' too. I hope Dave Rimmer has lived a life of regret for the last 40 years over that review!

stirmonster, Monday, 12 July 2021 20:48 (three weeks ago) link

Goddamn, this state of independence is great
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2luKDm2ZjJM

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Monday, 12 July 2021 20:48 (three weeks ago) link

"The X-Boy" is an interesting oddity. It reminds me of Carmel. I guess there was a little bouncy jazz mini-craze in the UK at that time that the US didn't really get

Josefa, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:07 (three weeks ago) link

I had no idea that Blondie song was a cover, just listened to the original and like it a lot. There's only one winner here though.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:10 (three weeks ago) link

the X-Boy is good, but the b-side is even better, maybe my favourite Compact Organization track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK95a7BGgOo

soref, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:14 (three weeks ago) link

Zapp's "Dancefloor" is very good, but I don't think I will have any other choice than to add to the landslide.
"Do You Wanna Funk" is so hot and horny, but it's also a very sad song, with all its built-in rejection and heartbreak.

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:24 (three weeks ago) link

All of this about the Compact label is new to me... looking into it, it seems as if they fashioned themselves as sort of a Popist indie label (before that term came in)

Josefa, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:29 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.ltmrecordings.com/compact_organisation.html

Virna Lindt was tipped for stardom. Mari Wilsom nearly got there.

stirmonster, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:38 (three weeks ago) link

Wilson

stirmonster, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:38 (three weeks ago) link

Everybody look at this photo of Sylvester:

https://i.imgur.com/gh4cagY.jpg

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

i didn't know Cynthia Scott, but the Virna Lindt stuff on Compact Organisation is definitely worth hearing. i bought the album Shiver blind a few years back and it's tremendous

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucDLFv8TNOY

xps!

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:41 (three weeks ago) link

Hideously wrong about "Jeanette."

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:44 (three weeks ago) link

Brilliant track. I love Underwater Boy as well.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:45 (three weeks ago) link

Mari Wilson is actually on the cover of this issue

https://www.flickr.com/photos/51106326@N00/sets/72157630376264702/

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:48 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OcYQRDPks8

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:49 (three weeks ago) link

yes that one's great too! weird swoony low-rent lounge music, really reminds me of something else but can't think what

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:03 (three weeks ago) link

same, actually.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:04 (three weeks ago) link

this is another compact organisation thing i love - shake skake! who were jo and duncan who went on to form i-level. kind of b52-ish?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhlCFcJPPqU

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:09 (three weeks ago) link

“Pass The Dutchie” topped my personal chart, “Friend Or Foe” must have briefly grazed it, “Do You Wanna Funk” was obviously a favourite as I was just becoming aware of gay disco as a genre, and was on the brink of going to gay discos myself, and I liked “Whatever Is He Like” (my sister was an actual member of the actual Farmers Boys fan club!)

mike t-diva, Monday, 12 July 2021 22:12 (three weeks ago) link

Brilliant track, Nick.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:15 (three weeks ago) link

anyhow that telex song is fantastic and obviously the miharu koshi version is basically god:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MNv3KpQh3M

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:15 (three weeks ago) link

The only Farmers Boys track I remember, which I liked a lot, was "In the Country" - didn't know till years later it was an old Cliff Richard hit

Josefa, Monday, 12 July 2021 22:18 (three weeks ago) link

This is the arcane knowledge I am here for. xpost

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:20 (three weeks ago) link

always get the farmers boys mixed up with the higsons xp

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:21 (three weeks ago) link

oh yes, i forgot it was also used by Miharu Koshi. i adore that album and that track is its peak moment.

I saw the Farmers Boys on a triple bill with The Higsons and either The Cravats or The Very Things. Easy to mix The Higsons and The Farmers Boys up!!

stirmonster, Monday, 12 July 2021 22:31 (three weeks ago) link

That album cover is something else as well.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:51 (three weeks ago) link

it is indeed. it is about to get reissued with a slightly expanded version of the original cover.

https://lightintheattic.net/releases/7840-tutu

stirmonster, Monday, 12 July 2021 23:11 (three weeks ago) link

yeah the miharu koshi version is desert island ymo-adjacent stuff in my book!!! Absolute perfection!

brimstead, Monday, 12 July 2021 23:36 (three weeks ago) link

forks: the French Impressionists track that you've picked for your playlists is "Santa Baby", but this isn't on the EP. The lead track is actually "Pick Up The Rhythm".

https://www.discogs.com/The-French-Impressionists-A-Selection-Of-Songs/release/296559
https://open.spotify.com/track/1bbiYdyxCM0EPWdOpa39mZ?si=12baa80391bf4f54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s59FbizUuPE

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 08:44 (three weeks ago) link

the version of L'Amour Toujours by Telex on the playlist is the 1984 version from the Wonderful World album, this is the 1982 version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3htrHi_ZSQI

soref, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 10:20 (three weeks ago) link

I definitely prefer the Cynthia Scott B-side posted above.

The American Remix of Light Of The World is pretty decent Britfunk, if nothing out of the ordinary.

Oh how we laughed at "a dutchie is actually a kind of earthenware cooking pot", a fig leaf justification that's right up there with "Ebenezer Goode is a typical character that you might find in the music industry".

The Jam single fell into the "just about worth taping off the radio" category, and I still have no strong feelings about it either way.

Gary Glitter's cover of "Be My Baby" is quite astonishingly inept. Self-produced, you say? Without Mike Leander, he's nothing.

The hokey Diana Ross single is also a shocker. What was she thinking of, etc.

"Dance Floor" is Zapp/Troutman at their best, while "Hard To Get" is Rick James at his worst: it not only rips off "Super Freak" from the previous year, but the lyrics betray more about him that I would rather forget, at least when I'm listening to his good stuff.

Baffled at Rimmer's slagging of Sylvester, as I thought he had an ear for this sort of thing. Worst percussion break ever? REALLY? But then he proceeds to claim that the Farmers Boys single has "completely inaudible bass", when it's actually mixed high in the track, so God knows what was up with him that week. Big Edwyn Collins influence in those Farmers Boys vocals, which is no bad thing really.

"Do You Wanna Funk" is so streets ahead of the pack, that I can't vote otherwise.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 11:04 (three weeks ago) link

revamped playlists.

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 15:23 (three weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 15 July 2021 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 16 July 2021 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

i can’t stop listening to this McGruff the Crime Dog song about the dangers of inhalants that sounds like New Order pic.twitter.com/zPs9hEfojK

— Berry 🍓🍰🖤 (@bloodberry_tart) July 14, 2021

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Friday, 16 July 2021 04:31 (two weeks ago) link

thank you for opening my heart to Miharu Koshi, folks, this is deranged magic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWRV3iurSmI

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 16 July 2021 06:39 (two weeks ago) link


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