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Live It Up 77: Broken Wings

Mr Mister’s first UK hit.

Mr Mister: Broken Wings

Live It Up 76: The Love Cats

A nice piece of 1983 jauntiness from The Cure.

Their first top ten hit.

The Cure: The Love Cats

Live It Up 75: I Know There’s Something Going On

I heard this on the radio a couple of weeks ago and immediately thought, “That’s Phil Collins drumming.” It’s very reminiscent of his contribution to the track Intruder from Peter Gabriel’s third solo album and is a signature drum sound which Collins seems to have created with Hugh Padgham.

I confess I didn’t remember who had performed this song and was a little surprised to hear the DJ say it was Anni-Frid Lyngstad – she from ABBA.

It was indeed Collins on the drums and he also produced the track.

The song was taken from Anni-Frid’s first solo LP, Something Going On, released in 1982. It only reached no 43 in the UK charts.

Anni-Frid Lyngstad: I Know There’s Something Going On

Live It Up 74: Man Child

I hadn’t remembered this as having rapping in it.

Ah, well. There you go. (I must have blanked it out.)

Neneh Cherry: Man Child

Live It Up 73: Da Da Da

A piece of minimalism from German band Trio. Possibly tongue in cheek.

Trio: Da Da Da

Live It Up 72: Absolute Beginners

One of Bowie’s many great songs. From 1986 and the film of the same name (itself adapted from a previous book.)

David Bowie: Absolute Beginners.

Live It Up 71: Sugar Mice

The second single from the Clutching at Straws album, which overall dealt with the effect, and strains, of continuous touring and presaged the split of Fish from the band.

This one contains one of Steve Rothery’s signature (and excellent) guitar solos.

Marillion: Sugar Mice

Live It Up 70: War Baby

I mentioned before that I saw Tom Robinson play live before he came to wider prominence. He was in a band called Café Society and they were supporting somebody or other at the Apollo in Glasgow.

This is one from Tom’s post-Tom Robinson Band output.

Here’s (a very young looking!) Tom miming to War Baby on Top of the Pops in 1983.

Tom Robinson: War Baby

Something Changed 36: Laid

James formed in the 1980s but didn’t trouble the upper reaches of the UK charts till the 1990s.

This was one of the good lady’s favourites from that time.

James: Laid

Ennio Morricone

Composer Ennie Morricone‘s death this week was well marked. He was one of the few film composers whose name was known to the wider public. All in all he composed scores of, em, scores.

Back in the day my elder brother took a liking to the music from Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” films starring Clint Eastwood (and bought the soundtracks as I recall) so I remember this, which absolutely screams Western film tune, well:-

Theme to A Fistful of Dollars

Morricone’s theme to the third film in the trilogy, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, was turned into a UK number one hit by Hugo Montenegro and his Orchestra.

Later, Morricone’s Chi Mai became the title music to the TV Series The Life and Times of David Lloyd George on the back of which it also found chart success, but only to number 2.

Chi Mai

Ennnio Morricone: 10 /11/1928 – 6/7/2020. So it goes.

Edited to add; I forgot Gabriel’s Oboe composed for the film, The Mission.

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