Devastated.

Prince 1987

Prince: “The Cross” (Prince)

From the album Sign “☮” The Times

Paisley Park Records, 1987

The Cross

Groovy Tuesday: Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Dance Little Sister” [U.S. 12″]

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 Michael Zager Band on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

 

Terence

You remember the hype. You remember the ego (“My album is better than Sgt. Pepper.”). But do you remember the music? Almost thirty years later, the truth is still simple: Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby is one fantastic album. I still play it all of the time, and I am constantly bewildered as to how someone so talented seemed to disappear so quickly.

Maybe it was the hype and the ego that brought Terence Trent D’Arby down. Maybe it was simply the pressure (much of it self-inflicted, obviously). Whatever the cause, it’s a shame that a performer as gifted as D’Arby has been reduced to almost an afterthought when discussing ’80s and ’90s pop music. Terence did release some good stuff after his disastrous second album, but nobody seemed to care anymore.  The man who was hyped as the next Madonna or Michael Jackson turned out to not even be the next Rockwell, and that still depresses me.

Take one listen to this fantastic 12″ single, featuring three different versions of “Dance Little Sister.” Listen to the voice. Listen to the groove. Listen to the $%#@ing KILLER vinyl transfer (pats self on back in a most self-congratulatory manner, which seems somehow extra-appropriate on a post about Terence Trent D’Arby). The hype was indeed justified: this man should have been a superstar.

 

Dance Little Sister [U.S. 12_] [320 kbps]

Terence Trent D’Arby: Dance Little Sister [U.S. 12″]

Columbia Records, 1987

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

1. “Dance Little Sister” [Shep Pettibone Long Version] (Terence Trent D’Arby)

Dance Little Sister [Shep Pettibone Long Version]

2. “Dance Little Sister” (Terence Trent D’Arby)

Dance Little Sister

3. “Dance Little Sister” [Parts One And Two] (Terence Trent D’Arby)

Dance Little Sister [Parts One And Two]

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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.

 

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles: “Getting Better” (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)

From the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Capitol Records, 1967

Getting Better

 

Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby

Terence Trent D’Arby: “Seven More Days” (Terence Trent D’Arby)

From the album Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby

Columbia Records, 1987

Seven More Days

 

Somebody's Watching Me

Rockwell & Michael Jackson: “Somebody’s Watching Me” (Rockwell)

From the album Somebody’s Watching Me

Motown Records, 1984

Somebody’s Watching Me

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

True Blue [U.S. 12_]

Madonna: “True Blue” [The Color Mix] (Madonna/Stephen Bray)

From the U.S. 12″ single True Blue

Sire Records, 1986

True Blue [The Color Mix]

One Is The Loneliest Number: Get Wet’s “Just So Lonely”

The Analog Kid’s iTunes music folder contains 124,341 songs, so you may think that I own everything by everybody. Not so fast, my friends– even a collection that large is bound to have some true one-hit wonders and/or obscurities mixed in with the 1,246 Bruce Springsteen songs. In this continuing series, I will feature an artist that has exactly one song in my entire digital library…

 

Just So Lonely

I spent more than four hours at Dallas’ Josey Records on Monday afternoon, and about half of that time was spent digging through their giant selection of $1 records. I am extremely choosy about my vinyl and I usually only buy stuff that is in mint/near-mint condition, so I would normally ignore the bargain bin. I have to give Josey’s some credit, though– they had some good stuff mixed in with the usual bargain crap, and I was able to find a few items that made the treasure hunt more than worth it.

One of my finds was the 1981 debut album from Get Wet, featuring their top 40 hit “Just So Lonely.” I recognized the colorful cover immediately when I came across the LP, and the band name certainly sounded familiar. A scan of the back cover told me that the album was produced by Phil Ramone and featured Liberty Devitto (from Billy Joel’s band) on drums, and that was all I needed to see.

“Sold for $1, to the idiot that’s been browsing through our garbage for two hours!”

Once I got my prize home and cued up “Just So Lonely,” I recognized the song immediately. A little googling told me that Get Wet performed the song on American Bandstand in the late spring of 1981, and I have no doubt that I saw that performance. I was a dedicated viewer of Casey’s AT40 TV show on Saturday mornings, and American Bandstand was always on right afterwards. This was before the advent of MTV, and that musical hour was required viewing for the little Analog Kid.

“Just So Lonely” peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of May 30, 1981. The band never had another Top 40 hit– in fact, they never even made another album. A little more googling turned up a crazy tidbit of cool information about Get Wet: main songwriter and keyboardist Zecca Esquibel spent time in Cherry Vanilla’s backing band in 1977-78. Cherry was invited to perform in London by manager Miles Copeland, where Zecca met (and played with) Miles’ brother Stewart and some fellow named Gordon Sumner.

Zecca

Zecca and Gordon, circa 1977.

Hmmm…”Just So Lonely.” I wonder where Zecca happened to come up with the song title to his only Top 40 hit?

One other weird thing to ponder about Get Wet: as I mentioned earlier, the Get Wet album was produced by Phil Ramone. Ramone is perhaps best known for his work as Billy Joel’s producer. Is it merely a coincidence that Billy Joel’s 1983 album An Innocent Man— produced by Ramone, of course– contained a doo-wop sound eerily reminiscent of 1981’s Get Wet album? Another hmmm…

 

Note: if you’re saying to yourself, “Now wait a minute, Mr. Analog Kid. Why do you only have one song from Get Wet? You just told us that you bought the entire album.” Well, Timmy, that’s a great question and it shows that you’re really paying attention! The answer is actually quite simple. The record only cost $1 for a good reason– it was actually in pretty bad shape. It looked decent in the store, but one spin on my turntable revealed a tremendous amount of surface noise and pops. I was able to salvage a solid vinyl rip of “Just So Lonely,” but the rest of the record just wasn’t worth the time and effort. Perhaps someday I can find a better copy of “Get Wet”, and when I do I’ll be sure to share it with you!

 

Get Wet

Get Wet: “Just So Lonely”(Zecca)

From the album Get Wet

Boardwalk/CBS Records, 1981

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

Just So Lonely

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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.

 

An Innocent Man

Billy Joel: “Uptown Girl” (Billy Joel)

From the album An Innocent Man

Columbia Records, 1983

Uptown Girl

 

Outlandos D'Amour

The Police: “So Lonely” (Sting)

From the album Outlandos d’Amour

A&M Records, 1978

So Lonely

 

Bad Girl

Cherry Vanilla: “Liverpool” (Cherry Vanilla)

From the album Bad Girl

RCA Records, 1978

Liverpool

Lost In The Flood: Hard-To-Find ’70s Albums (“Robert John”)

The Analog Kid blog has been featuring out-of-print ’80s albums on “The Lost Boys” series for quite a while, and now it’s time for the ’70s to join the party! “Lost In The Flood: Hard-To-Find ’70s Albums” will give you the chance to listen to some great music from the ’70s that can no longer be easily acquired on-line or at your local record store (especially since many of you probably no longer even HAVE a local record store!).

 

Sad

Robert John is a bit of a mystery. His career on the pop charts spanned four decades, and he had two Top 5 hits: 1971’s “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and 1979’s “Sad Eyes” (which went all the way to #1). Even with that resume, Wikipedia doesn’t even know his birthday. He could be dead for all we know.

I do know this: I have been searching for a vinyl copy of Robert John’s self-titled 1979 album for years, and I finally hit the jackpot earlier this week. I made only my second trek to Josey Records, one of the last true record stores in Dallas. It’s a gigantic space, and I’ve always been afraid to go in because I knew I would get lost in there. And lost I was– four hours went by like that, but at least I emerged with some great stuff. Part of my haul was a mint sealed copy of Robert John– it even has the sticker proudly proclaiming the inclusion of the hit single “Sad Eyes.”

I love finding sealed vinyl– it’s like opening a vault to the past. Sure, I could keep it sealed and help maintain its value– but where’s the fun in that? Robert John has never been released on CD, and I’ve always been curious to hear the whole record. “Sad Eyes” really stood out to me whenever I heard it on the radio during the summer of 1979, and I’m happy to say that the rest of the album contains some pretty damn good pop music. John’s amazing falsetto voice was a natural for a lot of these Bee Gees-inspired tunes, and I wish I knew why John only made one more record (1980’s Back On The Street) before forever disappearing into obscurity…

I really took my time on this vinyl rip in order to create the best-sounding copy possible from what just might be the best source material left in the world for Robert John. The results are pretty damn good, although the only imperfections on this beautiful piece of vinyl just happen to occur during the beginning of the full-length version of “Sad Eyes” on side two. I did my best to clean it up, though, and I hope you enjoy this high-quality rip of a long-lost pop classic.

I’ll be sharing a few of my other finds from Josey Records over the next few weeks, so keep checking back with The Analog Kid Blog! I can’t wait to listen to this gem:

 

BMG

I paid $1 for a sealed promo copy. Was it worth it? Tune in next week to find out– same bat time, same bat channel!

Pow

 

Robert John

Robert John: Robert John

EMI America Records, 1979

320 kbps vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

1. “That’s What Keeps Us Together” (Mike Piccirillo)

That’s What Keeps Us Together

2. “Love Of A Woman” (Mike Piccirillo)

Love Of A Woman

3. “Lonely Eyes” (Mike Piccirillo)

Lonely Eyes

4. “Am I Ever Gonna Hold You Again” (Mike Piccirillo)

Am I Ever Gonna Hold You Again

5. “Dance The Night Away” (Mike Piccarillo/George Tobin)

Dance The Night Away

6. “Give A Little More” (Robert John/Mike Piccirillo/Tom Pedrick)

Give A Little More

7. “Sad Eyes” (Robert John)

Sad Eyes

8. “Takin’ My Love For Granted” (Eddie Brown/Jeff Labes)

Takin’ My Love For Granted

9. “Only Time” (Mike Piccirillo/Gary Goetzman)

Only Time

10. “Stay A Little Longer” (Robert John/Tom Pedrick)

Stay A Little Longer

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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.

 

Robert John_ Singles & B-Sides

Robert John: “Sad Eyes” [7″ Version] (Robert John)

EMI America Records, 1979

Sad Eyes [7″ Version]

 

Robert John_ Singles & B-Sides 1

Robert John: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (Stanton/Linda/Weiss/Creatore/Campbell/Peretti)

Atlantic Records, 1972

The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)

 

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

The Tokens: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (Stanton/Linda/Weiss/Creatore/Campbell/Peretti)

From the album The Lion Sleeps Tonight

RCA Records, 1961

The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)

EP-iphanies: Genesis’ “3 x 3″ [U.K. 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!

 

Genesis2

Pay attention, kids, because this gets confusing!

In 1982, Genesis released the E.P. 3 x 3. The three-track 12″ contained three songs recorded during the sessions for 1981’s Abacab (my first Genesis album purchase, although technically I bought it for my Dad as a Father’s Day gift). The catchy “Paperlate” (propelled by the Earth, Wind & Fire horns) was a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic, but the EP itself wasn’t issued in the United States. Instead, Atlantic Records placed the 3 new songs (along with 2 other earlier b-sides) on the fourth side of Three Sides Live. The title Three Sides Live made sense to Americans, but Brits were perhaps a tad confused when the fourth side of the album– still entitled Three Sides Live— also contained live music (which, obviously, did not appear on the American release at all).

Got all that? Good– but we’re not finished! In 1994, the entire Genesis catalog was remastered and Three Sides Live was once again issued on CD in America– only this time, they released the U.K. version that had all four sides of live music. The original studio tracks from side four were no longer available, making that original CD release of Three Sides Live— the one that actually only had three live sides of music– as something of a collector’s item. This rare disc is the source I used to create the version of 3 x 3 that I have shared below. I have also included the other two b-sides from that fourth side as bonus tracks, along with a non-related Beatles song that should make perfect sense once you examine the artwork.

You know what doesn’t make sense? For the last 22 years, Genesis has been selling an album entitled Three Sides Live that actually has four live sides, but really has no sides live because the songs are spread out on 2 compact discs. The digital age is truly a land of confusion…

 

3 X 3 [U.K. 12_ EP] 2

Genesis: 3 x 3 [U.K. 12″ EP]

Charisma Records, 1982

 

1. “Paperlate” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)

Paperlate

2. “You Might Recall” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)

You Might Recall

3. “Me & Virgil” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)

Me & Virgil

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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.

 

Abacab

Genesis: “Dodo/Lurker” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)

From the album Abacab

Atlantic Records, 1981

Dodo/Lurker

 

Three Sides Live [U.K.] [Disc 2]

Genesis: “It/Watcher Of The Skies” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett/Mike Rutherford)

From the album Three Sides Live [Original U.K. version]

Charisma Records, 1982

It/Watcher Of The Skies

 

Twist And Shout [U.K. 7_ EP]

The Beatles: “There’s A Place” (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)

From the U.K. 7″ EP Twist And Shout

Parlophone Records, 1963

There’s A Place

 

Raise!

Earth, Wind & Fire: “Let’s Groove” (Maurice White/Wayne Vaughn)

From the album Raise!

Columbia Records, 1981

Let’s Groove

 

Genesis_ Singles & B-Sides 2

Genesis: “Open Door” (Mike Rutherford)

B-side of the U.K. 7″ Duchess

Charisma Records, 1980

Open Door

 

Genesis_ Singles & B-Sides 3

Genesis: “Evidence Of Autumn” (Tony Banks)

B-side of the U.K. 7″ Misunderstanding

Charisma Records, 1980

Evidence Of Autumn

 

Invisible Touch

Genesis: “Land Of Confusion” (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)

From the album Invisible Touch

Atlantic Records, 1986

Land Of Confusion