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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Some Bizarre
  • ASIN: B00180OTL2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Illustration (Tidal Flow)
  2. Depeche Mode (Photographic)
  3. The The
  4. B Movie (Moles)
  5. Jell (I Dare Say This Will Hurt A Little)
  6. Blah Blah Blah (Central Park)
  7. Blancmange (Sad Day)
  8. Soft Cell (The Girl With The Patient Leather Face)
  9. Neu Electrikk (Lust Of Berlin)
  10. Naked Lunch (La Femme)
  11. The Fast Set (King Of Rumbling Spires)
  12. The Loved One (Observations)
  13. Warm Leatherette - The Normal
  14. Back to Nature - Fad Gadget
  15. The Act Of Being Polite - The Residents

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I've still got this album on vinyl and it's quite remarkable, not least for the fact that it contains versions of songs by bands that went onto become very successful, most notably Soft Cell, Blancmange and Depeche Mode. Indeed, Soft Cell's superb Girl With The Patent Leather Face is a rarity and it's here in its glory: "Two-faced baa-aaaa-by/Shiny-y-y baby!" Marc Almond sings. Blancmange contribute an early version of Sad Day which ended up on their debut album Happy Families and the version of Photographic Depeche recorded here is a lot better (and faster) than the version on Speak & Spell (in my opinion). The The's quirky untitled piece is classic pre-Uncertain Smile era Johnson and slots in nicely between Burning Blue Soul, Cold Spell Ahead and Soul Mining two years later.

You've also a few oddities like B-Movie's Moles and that "bright red surreal lipstick" whose title I can't remember. There's also a heavy Bowie influence on the lead track by Illustration as well as some quite arty stuff but it's a very good album and gives anyone new to early 80s British electronica an idea of what was going on away from the charts by bands that would soon hit them.

It's great to see this out on CD at last too.
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I bought "Some bizarre" album in 1981.
Punk was ending and a new sound was starting : synthetizers.
You will find on this album the very first songs of the "new" wave - electronic side. A complete surprise at that time.

To be Noted - Photographic, the first song of Depeche Mode on a record - a much better version than the one on their first album. Soft cell - remember tainted love... and many more artists that will became a few years later "hype". Also included on the album Warm leatherette, the first mute records single -no classic instruments only electronic- and the first Fad Gadget single "Back to nature" a complete must-hear record with the electronic jungle sounds.

This record is the first milestone of electronic culture. A piece of history.
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Yep, it was so obvious back in 1980, when this first came out, the art school crowd were behind it, producers and artistes.

I mean, it didn't have an A or B side, like any normal vinyl album, it had a fish and an artefact side.

For God's sake!

And, didn't you just LOVE it then, eh?

So did I!

And, if you've got it back on your CD player now, don't you STILL just love it?

Join the club!

And if you haven't, get after it, or, at the present price, find a friend to loan it from & get ripping!

Still as ingenious, amusing and fresh as a daisy a mere 31 and a bit years on, and with bonus tracks into the bargain.

It's just got to be done. There were plenty of mistakes and horrors from that era, but you'll be pushed to find too many on this one, from the famous(Soft Cell,Blancmange,The The) through the cult artists(B-Movie) into the who-the-Hell-WERE-that-lot-anyway(several).

Marvellous!
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In its day this album was a seminal collection of New Wave and electronica - it contains some very early performances by subsequently quite famous bands. For example, to my knowledge, its the only place that Soft Cell's 'Girl with the patent leather face' was ever really released. Until this version its only been available on vinyl and quite hard to find in reasonable condition at that - so for all of you who are interested in the early years of New Wave and electronic music I'd suggest that this slice of nostalgia is a 'must have'.
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