“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s Albums” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album from the ’80s in its entirety. Some will be from CD, but most will have been lovingly transferred from pristine vinyl culled directly from the Analog Kid’s vast collection. Whatever album I choose, it will be one that you can’t easily find a physical copy for sale on Amazon or in your local record store (if you even have one anymore). Death…by stereo!
You don’t remember Clocks? I can’t really blame you– after all, the group only made one album before drifting into an obscure music realm that only a true vinyl dork like The Analog Kid would ever choose to inhabit. That album was their self-titled 1982 debut, and Clocks turned out to be a really good slice of early ’80s new wave/rock.
There was actually one song on Clocks that received a decent amount of airplay on my local Dallas radio stations: the very Cars-like “She Looks A Lot Like You.” I also recall seeing the video on MTV a few times, but the band quickly faded away and never released a follow-up album. Perhaps the group’s disappearance had something to do with a gig in which Clocks were asked to open for Black Sabbath, and subsequently pelted with a barrage of loose change and beer. Hey, at least they made some extra coin…
Clocks was finally released on CD in 2009 by Renaissance Records, but the supposed remaster doesn’t sound anywhere near as good as my original vinyl copy. You can check out a brand-new vinyl rip of that album below– hope you enjoy it!
Boulevard Records, 1982
Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid
1. “She Looks A Lot Like You” (Steve Swaim)
2. “Here They Come” (Steve Swaim)
3. “19” (Steve Swaim/Jeffrey Sumner)
4. “Without You” (Steve Swaim)
5. “Nobody’s Fool” (Steve Swaim)
6. “When She Puts You Down” (Steve Swaim)
7. “Someone (Not Me)” (Steve Swaim)
8. “When Will I See You Again” (Steve Swaim)
9. “Summer” (Steve Swaim)
10. “Feeling This Way” (Jerry Sumner)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
The Cars: “Let’s Go” (Ric Ocasek)
From the album Candy-O
Elektra Records, 1979
Black Sabbath: “Heaven And Hell” (Black Sabbath)
From the album Heaven And Hell
Warner Bros. Records, 1980
Renaissance Records is a CRAP re-release label. They will buy only the ‘rights’ to release the music, but not buy the rights to use the original masters, so they will use very bad vinyl, or cassette rips. The only re-lease by them I have that sounds good is the two cd’s on one release of the band Balance.