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Think you know all there is to know about new wave, pop, synthpop, and early electronica from the 80s and 90s? Think again. Groove to a continuous mix of some of the great retro dance club classics, forgotten gems and rarities from one of music's greatest eras. Pop your collar, strap on a Swatch or five and enjoy!

Clearance Rack Classics Retro 80s and 90s Dance Mix by DJ Tintin DJ Tintin

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Think you know all there is to know about new wave, pop, synthpop, and early electronica from the 80s and 90s? Think again. Groove to a continuous mix of some of the great retro dance club classics, forgotten gems and rarities from one of music's greatest eras. Pop your collar, strap on a Swatch or five and enjoy!

    CRC Retro Mix #52

    CRC Retro Mix #52

    1. Lust For Love - Images In Vogue
    2. Shake The Disease (Remixed Extended) - Depeche Mode
    3. Heartbreak Beat (Extended Mix) - The Psychedelic Furs
    4. Burn For You (12" Remix) - INXS
    5. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
    6. New Religion - Duran Duran
    7. Memorabilia (12" Mix) - Soft Cell
    8. We Came To Dance (12" Version) - Ultravox
    9. Goodbye Seventies - Yaz
    10. Run From Love (Razormaid! Mix) - Bronski Beat
    11. The Love Parade (12" Mix) - The Dream Academy
    12. Love Is A Shield (Extended Mix) - Camouflage
    13. Million Headed Monster (Listen) - I Start Counting
    14. Symmetry (Extended Mix) - The Spoons
    15. Sex (I'm A ...) (Extended Version) - Berlin

    Notes and other random things:

    Happy New Year to everyone! My gift to you: a NEW PODCAST! Ring in 2020 and the new decade in glorious retro style, but please play responsibly. That goes for everything else tonight as well! I'll be back with some tidbits about the bands when I get a chance. In the meantime, Happy Listening!

    Much the same as other "almosts" like B-Movie and The Danse Society, bands whose promising beginnings were marred by disappointing recording sessions at crucial developmental stages, Images In Vogue's trajectory seemed poised to deliver better overall results. After forming in 1981, moderate success found them early with the 1982 release of two EPs: the 3-song "Pre-Release" and 5-song "Educated Man", plus an opening gig for Depeche Mode. Supported by relentless touring and and opening slot for Duran Duran in 1984 the band signed with Warner Canada. Setting to work on their first full-length album, the label execs suggested "Dream Weaver" singer Gary Wright to oversee production. The resulting sessions produced dismal results for the band who decided to shelve the project. The album would eventually be released by the label on the strength of the single "Call It Love" which was getting regular rotation on college radio throughout North America. Touring demands in Toronto prompted a move across country from their home in Vancouver. Ironically, the rigors of travel caused friction among band members. Simultaneously, band member Kevin Crompton (later known professionally as cEvin Key) remained in Vancouver to focus on his bourgeoning side project, Skinny Puppy. Further fracturing caused the band to slowly lose their momentum and Images In Vogue went on official hiatus in 1991. Renewed interest in retro music and fan demand has reunited members for various tours and appearances including a 2012 appearance with the next band I'd like to mention: The Spoons.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    CRC Retro Mix #51

    CRC Retro Mix #51

    1. Regina - The Sugarcubes
    2. Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Club Mix) - U2
    3. Tom's Diner (DNA Mix) - Suzanne Vega
    4. Hippie Chick (Flower Power Mix) - Soho
    5. Space (Funny Mix) - Candyflip
    6. Perpetual Dawn - The Orb
    7. X,Y & Zee (The Intergalactic Mix) - Pop Will Eat Itself
    8. I Want Your (Hands On Me) (Razormaid! Mix) - Sinead O'Connor
    9. Cloud 8 (Future Mix) - Frazier Chorus
    10. King For A Day (Extended Mix) - Thompson Twins
    11. Secret (Original 12" Mix) - OMD
    12. Thieves Like Us - New Order
    13. Nothing (Zip Hop Mix) - Depeche Mode
    14. I Touch Roses (Full Bloom Mix) - Book Of Love
    15. Universal Daddy (Aquarian Dance Mix) - Alphaville

    • 1 hr 6 min
    CRC Retro Mix #50

    CRC Retro Mix #50

    1. Bag Lady (I Wonder) - Ebn-Ozn
    2. Electric Barbarella (Tee's Club Mix) - Duran Duran
    3. Sub-culture (Razormaid! Mix) - New Order
    4. (Set Me Free) Remotivate Me (Release Mix) - Depeche Mode
    5. Music That You Can Dance To (Razormaid! Mix) - Sparks
    6. Love Glove (Full Version) - Visage
    7. Clear Trails - Shriekback
    8. European Son (12" Version) - Japan
    9. Let's Go To Bed (Extended Version) - The Cure
    10. When Smokey Sings (Detroit Mix) - ABC
    11. No Stars (Unreleased Original Remix) - Figures On A Beach
    12. Blue Savannah (Razormaid! Mix) - Erasure
    13. Disenchanted (12" Version) - Communards
    14. No Gift Refused (Extended Version) - Until December
    15. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Simple Minds

    Notes and other random things:

    50 episodes! Kind of a nice accomplishment, if I may say so. Not sure why 50 is any more important than, say, 47 or 5 or 19. I certainly don't want to be numerically discriminatory or anything like that, but maybe if those other numbers were divisible by something other than themselves and 1 they might get more publicity. So, I'll celebrate reaching the 50-episode milestone because not only is 50 equal to half a hundred, but it is divisible by lots of other cool numbers. On to the bands ...

    The first band I'd like to mention here is the first band in this podcast: Ebn-Ozn. Many of you are probably aware of the excellent "AEIOU Sometimes Y", which also appeared on CRC #28, but most of you may not be aware of their tune "Bag Lady", which was a Top 40 Club hit and minor radio hit. Both songs appeared on the group's only full-length album called "Feeling Cavalier", which is notable for being the first album to be recorded entirely on a Fairlight CMI sampling keyboard. That makes Ebn-Ozn one of the true pioneers of the sampling culture which was just starting to take hold in the early 80s. If you haven't seen the video to "Bag Lady", it featured one Imogene Coca, better known as Aunt Edna in National Lampoon's Vacation movie. Go take a look. I'll wait ...

    Okay, we're back live.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    CRC Retro Mix #49

    CRC Retro Mix #49

    1. Heartbeat City - The Cars
    2. All Roads Lead To Rome - The Stranglers
    3. I Die: You Die - Gary Numan
    4. Auto Music (Razormaid! Mix) - Our Daughter's Wedding
    5. To Cut A Long Story Short (12" Version) - Spandau Ballet
    6. Fun City (12" Mix) - Soft Cell
    7. 8:15 To Nowhere - Vicious Pink
    8. Telecommunication - A Flock Of Seagulls
    9. New Life (Remix) - Depeche Mode
    10. Devil Inside (12" Remix) - INXS
    11. Still Angry - Book Of Love
    12. Today (Extended Version) - Talk Talk
    13. A Forest (Tree Mix) - The Cure
    14. The Metro (Extended Version) - Berlin
    15. Take On Me (Tony Mansfield 12" Version) - A-ha

    Notes and other random things:

    So, hello again! Nice to make your acquaintance. Good to finally carve out an evening to record another podcast. I swear, these days I blink and three or four months go by. I suppose, relatively speaking, the same could be said for this episode as it is officially the shortest podcast in CRC history, clocking in at just under one hour. "So, Mr. DJ Tintin," I'm sure you're saying to yourself, "for all my patience waiting for you to give me some new tunes you reward me with LESS music???" It seems that way. You still get the requisite 15 songs, but many of these were single or album versions as opposed to remixes. That's the only defense I have. BUT, look at this artist and track list! Those of you looking for some stuff you haven't heard before may have just hit the mother lode. The Stranglers? Our Daughter's Wedding? Not exactly household names. "Fun City", "Heartbeat City", "Still Angry"? Not exactly the songs anyone would recall off the top of their heads by Soft Cell, The Cars or Book Of Love, respectively. But enough justification. On to the bands ...

    So, why were the 80s so great? A loaded question to be sure. But ask yourself how many bands in recent memory could have a member, who owned a hair salon, rent out a space above said hair salon, form a band, get discovered by Bill Nelson of Be Bop Deluxe fame, decide upon wearing women's clothes for a video shot in three days on a shoestring budget and become superstars thanks in some part to a fledgling music network called MTV and a now-famous hairstyle? Such was the fate of A Flock of Seagulls, a band that certainly helped alter my musical trajectory and, with the song I Ran (So Far Away), created one of the most iconic and lasting songs of the decade. THAT is the greatness of the 80s - the fact that music was not yet paint-by-number. There was room for experimentation. Sure, you had to be marketable, but the definition of marketable was fluid. And the rules were fluid. As long as someone in the know heard something they liked or saw a creative spark it was sometimes enough for a label to take a chance on you. Spoken like someone who thinks the music they grew up with is the best, I know. But I ask again: could that backstory exist today? Perhaps, but I just don't see it. As for the song in this podcast, "Telecommunication", it is sort of a cult hit at this point and probably an accidental one at that. "(It's Not Me) Talking" was the first single release by AFOS in 1981, but it was the futuristic lyrics and "wall of sound" energy, later praised by uber-producer Phil Spector, that propelled "Telecommunication" into the clubs and into hearts of new wavers. The tune still sounds cool and futuristic even today and reminds me of a moment in time when musical possibilities were still limitless.

    "No sequencers were used" reads the liner notes of Our Daughters Wedding's first EP, "Digital Cowboy". Layne Rico (electronic percussion / synth), Keith Silva (vocals / synth) and Scott Simon (synth / saxophone) wanted everyone to know that their electronic wizardry and sleight of hand was due entirely to coordination and skill and not programming and triggers like many of their contemporaries such as Depeche Mode and OMD, two groups to which ODW was often compa

    • 59 min
    CRC Retro Mix #48

    CRC Retro Mix #48

    1. Close (To The Edit) - The Art Of Noise
    2. Wood Beez (Version) - Scritti Politti
    3. Junge Roemer (Specially Remixed Version) - Falco
    4. Promised You A Miracle (US Remix) - Simple Minds
    5. What You Need (Extended Mix) - INXS
    6. Strangelove (Blind Mix) - Depeche Mode
    7. The Great Commandment (Strauss Remix) - Camouflage
    8. Animal Magic (Dance Vocal) - Belouis Some
    9. Chains Of Love (Truly In Love With The Marks Bros. Mix) - Erasure
    10. True Faith (Shep Pettibone Remix) - New Order
    11. Have In Mind (Kalimba Mix) - Cetu Javu
    12. Brand New Lover (Dust Monkey's Love Bubble Mix) - Dead Or Alive
    13. Relax (Ollie J Mix) - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    14. It's My Life (Happy 90's Mix) - Talk Talk
    15. Is There Something I Should Know? (DJ Tintin Mix) - Duran Duran

    • 1 hr 10 min
    CRC Retro Mix #47

    CRC Retro Mix #47

    1. Love Is All That Matters - The Human League
    2. In The Name Of Love - Naked Eyes
    3. What He Say - Ministry
    4. Too Shy (Midnight Mix) - Kajagoogoo
    5. (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena (Extended Version) - Sandra
    6. Jet Set (Jellybean Mix) - Alphaville
    7. Some People (Special Club Mix) - Belouis Some
    8. World In My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix) - Depeche Mode
    9. Vanishing Point - New Order
    10. Boy (Original 12" Version) - Book Of Love
    11. Probably A Robbery (12 Gauge Turbo) - Renegade Soundwave
    12. Count To Three (House Mix) - Red Flag
    13. Loved It (The Other Track) - The Other Two
    14. Different Story (World Of Lust And Crime) (Long Version) - Peter Schilling
    15. This Occupation (Extended Mix) - China Crisis

    Notes and other random things:

    So, how often does a band release a non-hit to promote an upcoming Greatest Hits compilation? I don't know the answer exactly, but it can't be very often. Still, The Human League did just that with the first track in this episode. Truth be told, "Love Is All That Matters" did reach #41 in the UK, but this particular song was aimed at US audiences specifically due to the fact the that "Human", the first single from the album Crash, went to #1 in the States. Sadly, the track failed to chart in America. Oddly enough, the song, which was the third single off the album, was released almost two years after the album itself, which made it more of a promotion for the upcoming Greatest Hits package. Accompanying the song's release was a cheaply-made clips video, perpetuating the notion that the group's label was not willing to invest much more in the band, with their having reached a low point creatively. It's why the band was flown to Minneapolis in the first place to work with renowned producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, mega-producers responsible for the meteoric rise of Janet Jackson and others. While the parties got along personally, professionally the sessions were a total power struggle. Lead singer Phil Oakey said of the pairing, "We like to be in control in the studio. We don't like giving that up to a producer. That's why we had a big, final argument, and we just decided to go home and leave them to finish it off. It just got to the point of who had the power, and in that instance...They were the men behind the mixing console, so they had ultimate control." Jam and Lewis had notoriously rejected much of the band's material in favor of their own, even replacing keyboardists Philip Adrian Wright and Ian Burden. Wright was so humiliated, he quit the band upon their return to the UK and Burden shortly thereafter. Still, despite the power struggle, Oakey now admits that this record saved their careers, despite feeling as if its not truly their album. Whatever the case, "Love Is All That Matters" is a terrific song, which is why I chose to feature it here.

    Naked Eyes has not often shown up in these podcasts, mostly because I do not own any remixes by the group. (Insert audible gasp here). While their music is fantastic, it seems there was always something there to remind me that other releases took precedence over filling gaps in the Naked Eyes portion of my music collection. (You see what I did there!) Thank goodness for looping then, right? At least it gives me a chance to feature SOMETHING by these guys. In this instance, I chose "(What) In the Name of Love" from 1984's Fuel for the Fire album. It was the second full-length release from the group that was origially conceived as a duo featuring Pete Byrne on vocals and counterpart Rob Fisher on keyboards. Originally in a band called Neon with future Tears For Fears progenitors, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, that collaboration was short-lived, but it gave fans of 80s music two great bands at the expense of one, which is not a bad thing at all. And though you may hear lots of wacky stories from those who lived through the decade of excess, one thing yo

    • 1 hr 3 min

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