I couldn't find a thread on them on ILM (except for a Dollar/Animotion pic thread) and it's clearly timely.
I find it very hard to square up the David Van Day we've seen and laughed at in recent years with the one who played a key, if unknowing, role in the birth of New Pop.
I still think the tetralogy of singles they did with Trevor stands as one of the greatest achievements in pop.
But maybe it's the equivalent of Mike Love flicking his pants in the locker room and having to remember that in the end he DID sing "over and over the crow cries uncover the cornfield."
― Brother Belcher (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 5 December 2008 11:25 (eleven years ago) link
Album oriented as I am, I would have liked to be able to get "The Dollar Album", which I believe has never been available on CD at all. Some of their singles were definitely ace. Even pre-Trevor Horn ones such as "Shooting Star".
― Geir Hongro, Friday, 5 December 2008 11:30 (eleven years ago) link
The Horn singles didn't come out on CD until a couple of years ago on the budget Platinum Collection compilation. Some non-single tracks from The Dollar Album included but the album itself has yet to debut on CD.
― Brother Belcher (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 5 December 2008 11:32 (eleven years ago) link
Therese Bazaar was the brains of the outfit.
― Mark G, Friday, 5 December 2008 11:35 (eleven years ago) link
Not that brainy when it came to managers - Trevor wanted her to be the original singer in Art of Noise but her manager asked for too much money and she went off and cut a flop/possibly never released album for Atlantic.
― Brother Belcher (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 5 December 2008 11:40 (eleven years ago) link
true, but when they split, she went into advertising jingles, and he went into fashion modelling.
Remember being surprised it wasn't the other way around at the time.
(Lead sing AON wouldn't have ebeen much of a career either, tbf)
― Mark G, Friday, 5 December 2008 11:44 (eleven years ago) link
xpost In fairness to her it was Arif Mardin who was the producer, who was hot at the time with the Scritti and Chaka Khan productions.
― Billy Dods, Friday, 5 December 2008 11:45 (eleven years ago) link
I'd quite like to hear that actually - she was interviewed about it in Blitz but I never actually saw the record in the shops.
Total classic to pick up next time you're in the charity shop - "Young Americans Talking," DVD's only solo single from 1983, gloriously OTT production by Andy Hill.
― Brother Belcher (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 5 December 2008 11:47 (eleven years ago) link
unusual details in wikipedia articles
During the early 2000s Van Day operated a burger van in Brighton earning him the nickname "Burger Van Day" Capitalizing on the attendant publicity, he released a download-only version of Throbbing Gristle's "Hamburger Lady", dedicated to Bazar.
― new noise, Saturday, 28 November 2015 19:21 (four years ago) link
Forthcoming 8 disc boxset (on Cherry Red!) is kinda insane but also awesome. There's also a more sensible 2-disc option.
• Personally overseen by Thereza Bazar, with introduction comments from Thereza and David.• Exhaustive 6-disc collection of audio containing expanded versions of the albums “Shooting Stars”, “The Paris Collection” and “The Dollar Album”, re-mastered from the original master tapes.• DVD featuring every promo video made and a selection of Top of The Pops appearances from original masters.• Newly commissioned vintage style 12” mixes of ‘Mirror Mirror’, ‘Give Me Back My Heart’, ‘Hand Held In Black And White’, ‘Videotheque’, ‘Give Me Some Kinda Magic’ and ‘Love’s Gotta Hold On Me’ from the original multi track tapes.• Previously unreleased PWL mixes.• ‘We Walked In Love’ and ‘Haven’t We Said Goodbye Before’ 7” and 12” mixes making their CD debut.• Previously unreleased instrumentals, backing tracks, demos and alternative versions.• Newly discovered vault track ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ from 1988.• Huge booklet containing track-by-track commentary by Thereza Bazar , comments from David Van Day and others involved in the releases.• Booklet contains The Dollar Songbook – complete lyrics to the box set material, liner notes and many rare photos.
― everything, Friday, 4 October 2019 17:06 (seven months ago) link