EP-iphanies: The Psychedelic Furs’ “Love My Way” [U.S. 12″]

The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts! In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to 33⅓ or 45!

 

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It’s almost hard for me to comprehend this now, but it’s true: I didn’t have the ability to convert my vinyl into digital rips until about five years ago. My parents actually gave me my first USB-equipped turntable as a Christmas gift, and one of the first records I ripped was the 12″ single for The Psychedelic Furs’ “Love My Way.”

Why “Love My Way,” you ask? Because it might just be the best damn song of all time, that’s why. Throw in two rare extended dance remixes, and the Love My Way 12″ becomes a must for any ’80s music collection.

Of course, my ripping skills (and equipment) have improved exponentially over the years, so this morning I decided to re-rip this beloved piece of vinyl. You can check out the results below, as well as a few other choice Furs cuts in the bonus tracks.

In closing, I simply say this: find me a better ’80s new wave song.

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I dare ya.

 

 

The Psychedelic Furs: Love My Way [U.S. 12″]

Columbia Records, 1982

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

1. “Love My Way” (The Psychedelic Furs)

Love My Way

2. “Goodbye” [Dance Mix] (The Psychedelic Furs)

Goodbye [Dance Mix]

3. “Aeroplane” [Dance Mix] (The Psychedelic Furs)

Aeroplane [Dance Mix]

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Bonus Tracks!

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 Psychedelic Furs: “Aeroplane” (The Psychedelic Furs)

B-side of the U.K. 7″ Love My Way

CBS Records. 1982

Aeroplane

 

The Psychedelic Furs: “Goodbye” (The Psychedelic Furs)

From the album Forever Now

Columbia Records, 1982

Goodbye

 

The Psychedelic Furs: “Love My Way” [U.S. Remix] (The Psychedelic Furs)

From the U.K. 12″ single Pretty In Pink

CBS Records, 1986

Love My Way [U.S. Remix]

EP-iphanies: George Michael’s “Father Figure” [U.S. 12″]

The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts! In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to 33⅓ or 45!

 

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“Father Figure” is the song that finally forced The Analog Kid to admit something a little scary: I actually liked George Michael. I guess enough time has passed that I can confess to some private toe-tapping to “Freedom” back in high school, and maybe I did perform some pre-James Corden carpool karaoke to “Careless Whisper” (who didn’t?)– but it was the single release of “Father Figure” in early 1988 that really blew me away. And it still does– “Father Figure” is one of my favorite songs to perform with my ’80s band, although our version differs a bit from Michael’s (since he can actually, you know, sing).

“Father Figure” was the third single taken from 1987’s Faith LP, and the second from the album to reach the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 (the title track also hit #1, but “I Want Your Sex” petered out at #2). Unlike many of Michael’s other single releases, there were no extended remixes created for “Father Figure”– George did, however, release a fantastic instrumental on the U.S. 12″ single. I spent a good chunk of my morning removing all of the little pops and clicks from a new vinyl rip of that 12″, and I couldn’t wait to get it into your hands. Carpool karaoke away, my friends!

P.S. I know this post will make my baby’s green eyes shine, so this one is for her…

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George Michael: Father Figure [U.S. 12″]

Columbia Records, 1987

*vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

1. “Father Figure” (George Michael)

Father Figure

2. “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” [Live] (Stevie Wonder)

Love’s In Need Of Love Today [Live]

3. “Father Figure” [Instrumental] (George Michael) *

Father Figure [Instrumental]

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Bonus Tracks!

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.

 

Wham!: “Freedom” [Long Version] (George Michael)

From the Japanese 12″ Freedom

Epic/Sony Records, 1984

Freedom [Long Version] [Japanese 12″]

 

Wham!: “Careless Whisper” [Instrumental] (George Michael)

From the Japanese 12″ Careless Whisper

Epic/Sony Records, 1984

Careless Whisper [Instrumental]

 

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George Michael: “Faith” [Instrumental] (George Michael)

From the U.K. 12″ Faith

Columbia Records, 1987

Faith [Instrumental]

 

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George Michael: “I Want Your Sex” [Monogamy Mix] (George Michael)

From the U.S. 12″ single I Want Your Sex

Columbia Records, 1987

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

I Want Your Sex [Monogamy Mix]

 

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Stevie Wonder: “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” (Stevie Wonder)

From the album Songs In The Key Of Life

Tamla/Motown Records, 1976

Love’s In Need Of Love Today

 

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Diamondbag: “Father Figure” (George Michael)

Recorded live at The Barley House in Dallas, TX on 10/12/2012

Father Figure

I Like It Like That: “The Dave Clark Five’s Greatest Hits”

by Norman Parkinson, bromide print on card mount, 1964

by Norman Parkinson, bromide print on card mount, 1964

 

I have to admit that I didn’t know a lot about The Dave Clark Five when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in early 2008. I knew that they were British and had a bunch of hits in the ’60s, but that was just about it. I tuned into the ceremony to watch R.E.M. take their rightful place in the Hall, but there was something else that night that reminded me of just how much I love music:

Everybody loves Tom Hanks, right? Well, I had to find another word larger than “love” to describe my feelings for Tom after watching this incredibly passionate speech about The Dave Clark Five (and rock and roll in general).

After a testimony like that, how could I not immediately seek out the music of The Dave Clark Five? I was somewhat surprised to find that there were no CDs in print from the band at that time, but I eventually tracked down a comprehensive best-of and created a digital reproduction of The Dave Clark Five’s Greatest Hits in my iTunes library. I’m going to share that album with you today, because I know you’ll want to listen to it over and over and over again…especially if you just watched that amazing speech.

Note to Tom: I owe you a beer, chief. I’ll call ya next time I’m in L.A. for a Springsteen show!

P.S. “Bachelor Party” rules.

 

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The Dave Clark Five: The Dave Clark Five’s Greatest Hits

Epic Records, 1965

 

1. “Over And Over” (Bobby Day)

Over And Over

2. “Everybody Knows (I Still Love You)” (Dave Clark/Lenny Davidson)

Everybody Knows (I Still Love You)

3. “Can’t You See That She’s Mine” (Dave Clark/Mike Smith)

Can’t You See That She’s Mine

4. “Bits And Pieces” (Dave Clark/Mike Smith)

Bits And Pieces

5. “I Like It Like That” (Allen Toussaint/Chris Kenner)

I Like It Like That

6. “Catch Us If You Can” (Dave Clark/Lenny Davidson)

Catch Us If You Can

7. “Because” (Dave Clark)

Because

8. “Any Way You Want It” (Dave Clark)

Any Way You Want It

9. “Do You Love Me” (Berry Gordy Jr.)

Do You Love Me

10. “Glad All Over” (Dave Clark/Mike Smith)

Glad All Over

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Bonus Tracks!

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.

 

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The Dave Clark Five: “You Got What It Takes” (Berry Gordy Jr./Gwen Gordy Fuqua/Tyran Carlo)

From the album You Got What It Takes

Epic Records, 1967

You Got What It Takes

 

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R.E.M.: “Cuyahoga” (Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)

From the album Lifes Rich Pageant

I.R.S. Records, 1986

Cuyahoga

 

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: “One Step Up” (Bruce Springsteen)

From the album LA Sports Arena, California 1988

Download-only, 2016

One Step Up

 

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Angel & The Reruns: “Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys?” (Cutler)

From the soundtrack album Bachelor Party

I.R.S. Records, 1984

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys?

 

Groovy Tuesday: “Apollonia 6”

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for The Analog Kid Blog to go back in time and feature some of the funkin’ grooviest R&B/soul songs of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sometimes I’ll feature songs from individual artists or from a specific year, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I might go all Gino Soccio on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

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It’s been a while since my last blog entry, and I’d like to take a moment to sincerely apologize for my recent extended absence. My regular readers know how obsessed I am with music, but those who know me personally understand my second obsession: Texas Longhorns football. I go to all of the games, and by all I mean every single one of them (hell, I even went to Wyoming a few years ago. Stay off the meth, kids!). As you might imagine, that travel schedule takes up a big chunk of my time every fall. Still, that’s not really a valid excuse for a two-month posting absence, now is it? So please, allow me to make it up to you in a major way…

 

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I’ve been saving this one, my friends! Here at last is a new vinyl rip of the classic 1984 self-titled (and only) LP from Apollonia 6. Despite the songwriting credits on the labels, Prince apparently composed every single song on this long out-of-print classic. You can certainly hear his touch (and his guitar) on just about every track on Apollonia 6, yet for some reason the album has been unavailable since the early ’90s. Perhaps Warner Brothers will finally re-release it next year along with the long-rumored Purple Rain remaster, but don’t hold your breath (unless, of course,  you happen to be purifying yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka).

A few weeks ago, I sat down and meticulously ripped a new high-quality copy of Apollonia 6 from my original LP. Given the rarity of the source material, I was extra careful with this one– in fact, it took me almost three days to remove all of the microscopic pops and crackles. There are still a few little imperfections on the rip, but overall I am really happy with the result (as evidenced by this tweet from Mrs. Analog Kid, who loves to post the crazy insane things that I say about music during normal, everyday conversation):

Apollonia 6 was only officially released on CD once, and that was in Japan way back in 1990. Copies of that CD start at about $350 on Amazon, and even used vinyl copies go for a minimum of $40. And no, you can’t download the mp3s from iTunes either– the album simply isn’t for sale. You can now, however, listen to Apollonia 6 right here on the Analog Kid Blog!

Apology accepted, Captain Needa?

 

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Apollonia 6: Apollonia 6

Warner Bros. Records, 1984

320 kbps vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

1. “Happy Birthday, Mr. Christian” (Apollonia 6/The Revolution)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Christian

2. “Sex Shooter” (Apollonia 6)

Sex Shooter

3. “Blue Limousine” (Apollonia 6/Sheila E.)

Blue Limousine

4. “A Million Miles (I Love You)” (Apollonia 6/Lisa Coleman)

A Million Miles (I Love You)

5. “Oo She She Wa Wa” (Susan)

Oo She She Wa Wa

6. “Some Kind Of Lover” (Brenda Bennett)

Some Kind Of Lover

7. “In A Spanish Villa” (Apollonia Kotero/Wendy Coleman)

In A Spanish Villa

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Bonus Tracks!

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.

 

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Apollonia 6: “Sex Shooter” [Long Version] (Apollonia 6)

From the U.S. 12″ single Sex Shooter

Warner Bros. Records, 1984

Sex Shooter [Long Version]

 

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Prince & The Revolution: “Take Me With U” (Prince)

From the album Purple Rain

Warner Bros, Records, 1984

Take Me With U

 

Groovy Tuesday: Vicki Lawrence’s “Newborn Woman”

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for The Analog Kid Blog to go back in time and feature some of the funkin’ grooviest R&B/soul songs of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sometimes I’ll feature songs from individual artists or from a specific year, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I might go all Eruption on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

 

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I found a vinyl copy of Vicki Lawrence’s Newborn Woman a few months back at my local Half-Price Books. I knew Vicki had recorded before (“The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” was a #1 single back in 1973), but I had no idea that this record even existed. All it took was the year of release (1979) and one quick glance at the cover and I knew one thing was certain about this record:

Mama does disco!

I was not disappointed– and you won’t be either. I know you might be a little skeptical, but I beg you: at the very least, check out the album-opening “Don’t Stop The Music.” I must have listened to this glorious slice of late-’70s excess at least fifty times in the week after my discovery of the album.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Newborn Woman has never been released on CD. The Analog Kid Blog may be the only place in the world where you can now listen to Thelma Harper moan lustfully, and that makes the $150 I just shelled out to renew my domain more than worth it.

 

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Vicki Lawrence: Newborn Woman

Windmill Record Company, 1979

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

1. “Don’t Stop The Music” (Norman Sallitt)

Don’t Stop The Music

2. “It’s Always Been You” (Dick St. John/Mark Gibbons/Sandy St. John)

It’s Always Been You

3. “Midnight Robbery” (Bill Green/Mark Burdick)

Midnight Robbery

4. “Never Gonna Let You Go” (Norman Sallitt)

Never Gonna Let You Go

5. “Star Love” (Dick St. John/Sandy St. John/Gary Zekley/Mark Gibbons)

Star Love

6. “Your Lies” (Timothy Blixset)

Your Lies

7. “Baby When You’re Near Me” (Norman Sallitt)

Baby When You’re Near Me

8. “Just One Time” (Norman Sallitt/Ted Glasser)

Just One Time

9. “Newborn Woman” (Al Capps/Mary Dean)

Newborn Women

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Bonus Tracks!

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.

 

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Vicki Lawrence: “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” (Bobby Russell)

From the album The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia

Bell Records, 1973

The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia