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DAVID ESSEX – Be-Bop The Future – (Mercury) – 1981

Essex was in a musical slump at the time of this album. Only six years earlier he had been in the #1 spot in the UK, had been a film star and had been courting America. But six years is … Continue reading

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ALBERT HAMMOND – Your World and My World – (Columbia) – 1981

I do have soft spot for Albert Hammond. I'm not sure how that sits with the other stuff I like but every music collection should have  a couple of acts that stand out stylistically from the rest. I have more … Continue reading

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THE A’s – A Woman’s Got The Power – (Arista) – 1981

I've had the The A's self titled debut album (not this one) from 1979 for many years. I'm pretty sure I found it in an op shop in the mid-80s for $1. I tried selling it a number of record fairs … Continue reading

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RACHEL SWEET – … And Then He Kissed Me – (CBS) – 1981

Rachel Sweet was born in Akron in 1962 ! 1962! The exclamation mark is there is because this is Rachel's third album and it's from 1981. Teen stars aren't unusual but Rachel's voice is full and forceful and certainly sounds … Continue reading

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KARLA DEVITO – Is this a Cool World or What? – (Epic) – 1981

What do you do if you have been slogging it out for many years as a backing vocalist for all sorts of acts and then you finally get your big break yo record an album but the sounds you have … Continue reading

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THE CRETONES – Snap! Snap! – (Planet) – 1981

This is another record that has been hanging around for about twenty-five years and I think I haven't listened to it in about that time. I recall thinking it was good enough to keep but then subsequently it had a … Continue reading

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PAYOLA$ – In a Place Like This – (IRS) – 1981

Power pop. Sometimes I find it difficult to comment on power pop. I love power pop but the genre is fairly rigid (and possibly formulaic) in structure. So, inevitably, what I love about it I have already said before. Check … Continue reading

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FINGERPRINTZ – Beat Noir – (Virgin) – 1981

This is Scottish new wave apparently.   I haven’t heard their earlier albums but this, their third and last album, is new wave but taking the genre as far as it can go without leaving it, and not in a … Continue reading

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SILVER CONDOR – Silver Condor – (CBS) – 1981

  A band I had never heard of and, without being condescending, no doubt you haven’t either.   I love musical archaeology – looking at the links between bands, members, scenes and genres. Too much rock music is consumed with … Continue reading

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JOHN HARTFORD – You and Me at Home – (Flying Fish) – 1981

Yes, I know. Some people are saying, "not another John Hartford". What can I say except I have a large pile of records with quite a few Hartford's in there. Oh, and I like him.   It’s funny that as … Continue reading

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