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The Unknown Beauty Of The 80's

Volume 15

The last volume of the year.

01. Blue Nile - I Love This Life
02. Human Sexual Response - Land Of The Glass Pinecones
03. League Of Nations - Fade
04. CCCP - American - Soviets
05. Howard Jones - Angels & Lovers (single mix)
06. Gleaming Spires - A Christian Girl's Problem
07. Profil - Berühren
08. Kim Wilde - Shane
09. Other Ones - All The Love
10. Flue - Fancy Free
11. New Math - They Walk Among You
12. Immaculate Fools - Immaculate Fools
13. Cook Da Book - Your Eyes
14. Simon LeBon - Grey Lady Of The Sea
15. Neon - The Same ritual
16. The Listening Pool - Where Do We Go From Here
17. Jon Astley - Jane's Getting Serious
18. Lax - Ronnie's Song
19. Den Harrow - Future Brain
20. Esquire - To The Rescue

the final 15 of 2009

The last day of the year brings me to the final list of the best albums for me over the year 2009. I have to say it was a good year. I discovered some nice new bands which turned out to become live favourites soon afterwards. Also this final list contains a nice mixture of new releases and re-releases. Because 2009 turned out to be a great year of re-releases.

01. (01) Editors - In This Light And On This Evening (2009)
02. (02) White Lies - To Lose My Life... (2009)
03. (--) No-Man - Mixtaped (2009)
04. (09) Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age Of Wireless (collector's edition) (2009)
05. (03) Muse - The Resistance (2009)
06. (--) Keane - Hopes And Fears (deluxe edition) (2009)
07. (10) Florence And The Machine - Lungs (2009)
08. (05) H2O - Faith (remastered) (2009)
09. (11) Ultravox - Lament (remastered definitive edition)(2009)
10. (--) A-Ha - Foot Of The Mountain (2009)
11. (04) Depeche Mode - Tour Of The Universe (Werchter) (2009)
12. (07) Porcupine Tree - The Incident (2009)
13. (--) Simple Mind…

The Unknown Beauty Of The 80's

Volume 14

01. Two People - Mouth Of An Angel
02. The Wild Swans - Bible Dreams
03. Rhythm Of Life - Soon
04. 39 Lyon Street - Kites
05. Robert Lloyd - Nothing Matters
06. Fiat Lux - Solitary Lovers
07. Pookah Makes 3 - Lucky Lucky Lucky
08. The Dolphin Brothers - Shining
09. Academy - Stand Up!
10. Our Daughters Wedding - Automusic
11. Boom Boom Room - Take Your Time
12. Win - Shampoo Tears
13. Alan Rankine - The Sandman
14. Private Lives - Break The Chains
15. English Evenings - Touch
16. Nik Kershaw - When I Grow Up
17. Buzzcocks - I Believe
18. Psychic TV - Godstar
19. Bill Pritchard - Tommy & Co
20. Camouflage - Love Is A Shield (extended)
21. The Big Dish - Faith Healer

Graffiti Soul Tour 2009

Simple Minds & Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Heineken Music Hall, 26 November 2009

An evening of music of two bands I follow since the early eigthies. I became interested in the Simple Minds with the release of New Gold Dream in 1982, and already knew Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark with their great album Architectury And Morality, which are both albums that I count in my list of top albums if the eigthies.

So it wasn't hard for me to get some tickets, when I learned during the Lokeren Festival, where Simple Minds performed with Ultravox, another great eigthies band, that Simple Minds would return to mainland Europe with OMD as their secial guests.

At half past seven OMD took of with a setlist mainly filled with singles. It was nice to see the band again after a two hiatus, at least for me. They are working hard on a new album for a release in late 2010, but meanwhile it was a nice surprise to see them on stage again although only for an hour.

At nine Simple Minds took off wi…

The Unknown Beauty Of The 80's

Volume 13

01. Academy One - Forever And Ever
02. Shack - Ali's Vacation
03. Random Hold - Walking On The Edge
04. Robert Lloyd - Funeral Stomp
05. The Light - Pride Of Winning
06. The Swinging Laurels - Peace Of Mind
07. Martin Gore - In A Manner Of Speaking
08. Pookah Makes 3 - Take It Back
09. Paul Haig - Something Good
10. Way Of The West - Drum
11. 21 Strangers - More Cain Than Abel
12. Martin Ansell - Shine
13. Shock - Angel Face
14. De Film - Here We Are
15. Alan Rankine - Last Bullet
16. Andy Pawlak - Mermaids
17. The Big Supreme - Let's Turn Our Love Around
18. Boys From The East - Brilliant
19. Black - Everything's Coming Up Roses
20. Boom Boom Room - Here Comes The Man
21. Empire - Talk Free
22. Men Without Hats - Living In China
23. Bourgie Bourgie - Careless

The present tour

Yes at the Waerdse Tempel, Heerhugowaard on 14 November 2009


Benoit David - Vocals
Steve Howe - Guitar
Chris Squire - Bas
Oliver Wakeman - Keyboards
Alan White - Drums

A nice evening of Yes music I have to say. The band returned to an early eigthies way of line-up, Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White, accompanied by two new members, Benoit David and Oliver Wakeman, which gave the band a change to perform tracks that hadn't been performed since Jon Anderson returned in 1982. It was great to hear them perform Tempus Fugit and Machine Messiah.

The setlist wasn't well balanced, but it gave a good idea of what the band has been capable of writing over the fourty years of existance. Benoit David sounds a lot like Jon Anderson but he is able of creating a complete different atmosphere on stage. And well what is it with the Wakeman family, it seems they're all capable of playing like pater familias Rick Wakeman. Oliver Wakeman played like he was in Yes for years, as if a young c…

Top 15 of recent released albums

It's been a couple of months since I first started this item. Since then a couple of very strong albums were released and yes this has had an impact on me listening to music. This meant a lot of great albums were dropped in favourite of new albums, which even produced a new number one.

01. (--) Editors - In This Light And On This Evening (2009)
02. (01) White Lies - To Lose My Life... (2009)
03. (--) Muse - The Resistance (2009)
04. (--) Depeche Mode - Tour Of The Universe (Werchter) (2009)
05. (08) H2O - Faith (remastered) (2009)
06. (07) Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid (live at Abbey Road) (2009)

07. (--) Porcupine Tree - The Incident (2009)
08. (02) Keane - Perfect Symmetry (2008)
09. (--) Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age Of Wireless (collector's edition) (2009)

10. (--) Florence And The Machine - Lungs (2009)
11. (--) Ultravox - Lament (remastered definitive edition)(2009)
12. (04) Simple Minds - Graffiti Souls (2009)
13. (10) Echo And The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain Live 2008 (2009)
14. (06) Coldpl…

The Unknown Beauty Of the 80's

Volume 12

01. Scary Thieves - Tell Me Girl
02. Vitamin Z - Burning Flame
03. Microdisney - Town To Town
04. The Adult Net - Waking Up In The Sun
05. Terry Blair & Anouchka - Ultra Modern Nursery Rhyme
06. Secession - Fire Island
07. The Comsat Angels - Will You Stay Tonight
08. The Painted Word - Independence Day
09. The Quick - Hip Shake Jerk
10. Yello - I Love You (7" version)
11. Virgin Dance - Are You Ready For That Feeling
12. The Caretaker Race - Somewhere On Sea
13. Millions Like Us - In Love With Yourself
14. The Mock Turtles - Strings & Flowers
15. Dollar - Give Me Back My Heart
16. Swans Way - When The Wild Calls
17. The Adventures - Another Silent Day
18. Power - Work Hard
19. Giant Steps - (the world don't need) Another Lover
20. B-Movie - Remembrance Day (extended)
21. Clark Datchler - I Don't Want You!
22. China Crisis - Scream Down At Me

The more you hear, the more you love

Paradiso, Amsterdam 09 September 2009

It was 25 years ago that A Flock of Seagulls played in the Netherlands. Then at the Noorderligt in Tilburg, this time it was at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. In all those years a lot has changed. The 'new romantics' was at its highlights, and A Flock of Seagulls had scored a small hit with The More You Live the More You Love, and Mike Score was a fashion icon with his hairstyle.

Nowadays it is a band living on the fame of their early eigthies hit I Ran, which became a hugh top ten hit in the US, but hardly did anything in the Netherlands. It were the singles Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You), and The More You Live the More You Love which gave the band some success overhere.

It also is a band that consists of a founder member accompanied by new members. Of the original band only Mike Score is present, accompanied by Joe Rodriguez on guitar, Pando on bass and Micheal Brahm on drums. The sound of the band was heavy but very well balanced, and …

The Unknown Beauty Of The 80's

Volume 11

01. Sons Of Heroes - Strange Eyes
02. Empire - My Imagination
03. Associates - Those First Impressions
04. Fiat Lux - Secrets
05. English Evenings - What's The Matter With Helen
06. Cava Cava - Brother Bright
07. The Pale Fountains - ... From Across The Kitchen Tabel
08. Electric Guitars - Language Problems
09. B-Movie - Scare Some Life Into Me
10. The Time Dance - Picture
11. Gangway - My Girl And Me
12. Perfect Day - Jane
13. Waterfront - Nature Of Love
14. Dalek I Love You - Ambition
15. The Passion Puppets - Voices
16. Haircut 100 - Too Up Two Down
17. The Light - Contrasting Strangers
18. H2O - You Take My Breath Away
19. Bonk - I'm Not Unusual
20. The Painted Word - Frances
21. Clark Datchler - Broken Spirit

Exposure 88

After the release of Double Exposure, Steven Wilson decided to focus on his own projects. No-Man had had a good start from both Exposure albums, and soon afterwards his new progressive band Porcupine Tree would be formed which is still active and will release a new album The Incident soon followed by a hugh European tour.

But from the now turned prog lowlands, The Netherlands, came some new volunteers to carry the flag. Main man was Peter Lindenbergh, also responsible for a magazine in English on progressive rock called Freia. In later years the editorial staff would change the name to Background Magazine.

Since it wasn't an English project anymore, this album features only main land European bands, with the Netherlands delivering three out of eight contributors.

In the years to follow this release The Last Detail, Asgard, Isildurs Bane and Odyssice would become names in the prog scene. The most important thing of this compilation was the fact that the musical atmosphere of the progr…

10cc - Greatest Hits and more Tour

10cc did a theatre tour through the Netherlands during February and March. I recently found the time to write a late review about it.

It sounds strange but it turned out to be a great succes. 10cc nowadays is mainly Graham Gouldman, the only founder member left of the four who started 10cc in 1972. Besides Graham Gouldman Rick Fenn and Paul Burgess are involved with the band since 1977. Mick Wilson joined in 2000 and Keith Hayman is the musical director of Cliff Richard and working with 10cc since 2006.

Still the subtitle for the tour is "Featuring Graham Gouldman and Friends". But it's nice to see such respected artists perform in a theatre creating an intimate atmosphere. Although I've never seen the legendary line-up or the two plus line-up in later years, this re-incarnation of 10cc delivers a good evening of great songs performed with a lot of fun and enthusiasm. It was just a walk along memory lane with a pack of great seventies hit singles, some sixties tracks w…

Double Exposure

A year after the release of Exposure, Double Exposure was released. This time more bands wanted to anticipate in the concept. So in the end it turned out to be a double vynil album with contributions from England, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and Italy. Again the concept was to give bands a change, which just had released an album or were in the progress making one. But this time it turned out to be that bigger names were involved.

Ishtar - M'Allegro Molto Vivace
The Bond - Seriously Sibling
Mazlyn Jones - First Light
Heimdal - Somnis
No Man Is An Island Except For The Isle Of Man - Faith's Last Doubt
Anthony Philips - Promenade
Rousseau - Breakfast At Tiffany's
Airspeed - Far Away Screams
Haze - In The End
Plenty - Forest Almost Burning / Sacrifice
Rog Patterson - Party Piece
Galadriel - Summit
Abel Ganz - Dangers Of Strangers
Weirdstone (the old trip) - Circles
Egdon Heath - In The City
Notturno Concertante - Nocturne

Anthony Philips is the best known participant on the album. Guitari…


I think it was somewhere around 1984 when I listened to the radio on a frequent base. Every Thursday we had a two hour program running on the Dutch radiostation Hilversum 3 in which they played tracks from new albums. It was a great program called LP Show. A couple of years later they changed the name to the CD Show.

It was a well known program where they played every style of music, normally without talking through the intro and outtro of the music, and on several occations they broadcasted live shows. Through this show I discovered new music. Became interested in bands like Marillion, Pallas, IQ and Pendragon, and so into progressive rock, or the neo-prog as it was called, since all these bands were from the eighties.

It was also around this time that a small Dutch magazine called Sym-Info was starting, and this magazine brought more names to my attention. It was basicly an A5 magazine at the start filled with reviews, but later on with interviews. Since they knew the music they were …

The Unknown Beauty Of The 80's

Volume 10

01 Flynn - The Only One
02 Thomas Leer - Number One
03 B-Movie - Forever Running
04 It's Immaterial - Heaven Knows
05 Wild Swans - Revolutary spirit
06 Two People - Rescue Me
07 Turquoise Blue - We Are Lost
08 Vitamin Z - Dancers Of Eve
09 Endgames - First Last For Everything
10 Box Of Toys - Precious Is The Pearl
11 Mick Karn - Buoy
12 Pete Shelley - Waiting For Love
13 Peter Godwin - Images Of Heaven
14 The Big Dish - Prospect Street 85
15 Cava Cava - Where's Romeo
16 Foreign Press - The Great Divide
17 Care - Flaming Sword
18 Academy - On The Beach
19 Matt Fretton - It's So High
20 Bill Pritchard - Romance Sans Paroles

No-Man - Mixtaped Launch Event

August 22nd, The Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington, London

20 years after performing its debut concert at the venue, No-Man returns to The Rosemary Branch for the launch of the band's forthcoming double DVD, Mixtaped.

The presentation will consist of a special 70 minute preview of last year's Bush Hall performance (in widescreen and 5.1 surround sound), a 20 minute excerpt from the No-Man documentary Returning, and a 5.1 showing of the videos for Back When You Were Beautiful (especially commissioned for Mixtaped) and Wherever There Is Light.

There will be two screenings at 2pm and 7pm.

No-Man merchandise will be on sale and Tim Bowness, Steven Wilson and Mixtaped/Returning director Richard Smith will be in attendance at both showings.

Please note that tickets are extremely limited due to the size of the venue and no refunds can be given.

Venue location: Rosemary Branch

Chech out at: No-Man website

Repost No-Man

Several people have asked me to repost the eigthies material of No-Man. So here it is again.

No-Man is the band of Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness and dates back to the late eighties. After playing in Karma and Pride Of Passion Steve Wilson decided to start his own band. The first release, From A Toyshop Window, of this band, called No Man Is An Island Except For The Isle Of Man was released on the compilation album Exposure (1986). On this track Wilson plays all the instruments. It's a very progressive rock orientated song. On the Double Exposure album from 1987 the name is cut to No Man Is An Island, and ex plenty vocalist Tim Bowness and Stuart Blagdan on guitar have joined the band. Faith's Last Doubt is the track featured on this compilation.

In 1989 The Girl From Missouri 12" is released which shows a hugh step forward towards the music No-Man is known for these days. Violin player Ben Coleman has joined the band and Blagdan has left. Later that year they change the nam…

An evening without silence

TW Classic, Werchter 20 June 2009

Recently I visited the latest edition on TW Classic in Werchter. It wasn't really a classic line-up but it turned out to be unforgettable.

The first artist I saw that afternoon was Tom Helsen. He's a Belgium singer, who I got to know through his collaborations with Milow. His music is a cross between Milow and a Dutch band called City To City, which had their moment of fame in 1999 when they scored a number one hit in the Netherlands with The Road Ahead. So not a very special sound a bit like middle of the road music but a nice opener. I missed Motor so I can't tell how they were.

Setlist Tom Helsen:

Sun In Her Eyes
Bring It Home
Change Yourself
Numbers & Figures
Night And Day
Out Of Something
Every Little Thing
When Marvin Calls

Next in the program was Duffy. She became known to the public through her singles Stepping Stone and Mercy. Her first album Rockferry refers to the sixies, a period Amy Whinehouse like to refer…

Top 15 of recent released albums

At the moment i'm enjoying my holiday and listen to a lot of (mostly) new music. In my present top 15 there are some great new bands, to me, with very good releases.

01. White Lies - To Lose My Life... (2009)
02. Keane - Perfect Symmetry (2008)
03. The Script - The Script (2008)
04. Simple Minds - Graffiti Souls (2009)
05. 10CC - Windows In The Jungle (japanese re-release + bonustracks) (2006)

06. Coldplay - Left Right Left Right Left (2009)
07. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid (live at Abbey Road) (2009)
08. H2O - Faith (remastered) (2009)
09. It Bites - The Tall Ships (2008)
10. Echo And The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain Live 2008 (2009)

11. IQ - Frequency (2009)
12. Ultravox - The Very Best Of (2009)
13. Steven Wilson - Insurgentes (2009)
14. Depeche Mode - Sounds Of The Universe (2009)
15. No-Man - Schoolyard Ghosts (2008)

Other albums that need to be mentioned and get a recent re-play, but are not in my top 15 at the moment, are:

Propaganda - A Secret Wish (special edition) (1984)
Marillion - Seasons End (…

Wouldn't It Be Good

Nik Kershaw played with band at Zeche in Bochum, Germany on Saturday 16 May 2009. We drove up to Bochum in the early afternoon, arriving in our hotel around half past three. The hotel Schmidt-Mönnikes was nicely situated, about a five minute drive from the venue. Also the hotel is in a nice suburb with a beautiful park full of rhododendrons. We had a nice walk through the park and afterwards, after returning back at the hotel, had dinner at Vitrine, the restaurant which is in the same building as the hotel.

We arrived at the venue at a quarter to eight and had to wait for half an hour before the band and of course Nik Kershaw came on stage. They opened with Wide Boy.

Close to the stage the voice of Nik was drowing out. Furtherup in the venue his voice was better, but sounded more shrill and sharp. Also I had the idea that he looked tired and the sound was way too loud. I don't know if this was to mask the mistakes which were made during the first twenty minutes of the concert or tha…

Return To Eden

It took me some time to come up with a review for this concert. It was great to go to London after more than ten years. And during your stay get a change to see one of your favorite bands makes it more special. We arrived in time to have a quick dinner down the road at Fogg. A nice restaurant with a card referring to the travel Phileus Fogg undertook according to Jules Verne’s book Around The World In 80 Days. They’ve got meals from all the continents Philieus Fogg crossed during his trip. You can choose your own courses or decide to take a complete meal.

When I entered the Roundhouse I was able to get a last soundbit of the support, Anne-Marie Helder, who sounded dreadful. I was glad I had spent the duration of her performance to some quality time in a nice restaurant.

At a quarter after eight the lights dimmed and Ultravox stepped on stage and took off with Astradyne. From that moment the atmosphere was great. Both band and audience were enjoying the gig. Billy Currie was met with gr…

A Flock Of Seagulls

Being a fan for many many years I was really surprised the band decided finally, after 25 years, to do an European tour again. I am aware of the fact that it's only Mike Score nowadays who's left of the old line-up. Still I like to see them, because back in 1984 I was unable to visit the famous Noorderligt at Tilburg. On 09-09-09 A Flock Of Seagulls will play the well known Paradiso theatre in Amsterdam.

I became an instant fan of the four when I heard I Ran on the radio. But it was Wishing (if I had a photograph of you) which really turned me into AFOS. Through the years I was able to track down most of their vynil releases. And of course the CD's followed as well. I even became a member of the Airborne Division. With the internet things changed and in 1996 I was able to get a CDR copy of most of the b-sides and rare recordings of AFOS ripped from vynil, which I like to share with you. The recordings are from the period 1982 - 1985 when they had the line-up of:

Mike Score -…

The Unknown Beauty Of The 80's

Volume 9

01 Alan Rankine - The World Begins To Look Her Age
02 Duran Duran - The Chauffeur
03 Gene Loves Jezebel - Desire
04 Human League - Seconds
05 Eight Point Five - Mary
06 The Cry - Laughing & Crying
07 A Drop In The Gray - Heartache Feeds Heartache
08 Dial - Modern Day Love
09 Empire - This Is My Word
10 King - Won't You Hold My Hand Now
11 Data - Fallout
12 B-Movie - Ship Of Dreams
13 H2O - Who'll Stop The Rain
14 EBN-OZN - AEIOU Sometimes Y
15 Dukes Of The Stratosphere - Vanishing Girl
16 Box Of Toys - I'm Thinking Of You Now
17 David & David - Welcome To The Boomtown (album version)
18 Hidden track

The Unknown Beauty Of The 80's

Volume 8

01 The Thought - There's A Boy (remix)
02 Boom Boom Mancini - Red Skies
03 Shop Assistants - I Don't Want To Be Friends With You
04 Rain Parade - Mystic Green
05 Toyah - Rebel Run
06 Henry Badowski - My Face
07 The Allies - Emma Peel
08 Stephen Duffy - I Love You
09 Robert Marlow - The Face Of Dorian Gray
10 Pseudo Echo - His Eyes
11 Altered Images - Don't Talk To Me About love
12 Hazel O'Conner - Eighth Day
13 Tones Or Tail - Go
14 Bodeans - It's Only Love
15 Reward - It Must Be Love
16 Playing By Numbers - Automatic Introductions
17 This Other Eden - Angels Tell Lies
18 Pop Will Eat Itself - There Is No Love Between Us Anymore
19 The Fools - World Dance Part (remix)
20 Camera Obscura - Destitution
21 Industry - State Of The Nation
22 The Reels - Comedy
23 After The Fire - 1980-F

The Unknown Beauty Of The 80's

Volume 7

01 The Police - Synchronicity I
02 Theatre Of Hate - Do You Believe In The Westworld
03 Dial M - House Of Joy
04 Kids In The Kitchen - Current Stand
05 Our Daugther's Wedding - Lawnchairs
06 Dekkan Danse - I Can't Believe It
07 The Boomtown Rats - Talking In Code
08 The Thought - The Rise And The Fall
09 One The Juggler - Everyday
10 The Jericho - Muscle Deep (single version)
11 Blue Train - Wheels Go Round
12 Ministry - I'm Falling
13 Icehouse - Walls
14 The Tempest - Bluebelle
15 Roaring Boys - House Of Stone
16 It's Immaterial - Ed's Funky Diner
17 Fashion - Love Shadow
18 Re-Flex - How Much Longer
19 H2O - Turn Back In Anger
20 Romeo Void - Say No
21 The Act - Too Late At 20


No-Man - Mixtaped

'Mixtaped' concert DVD/CD, documentary and new No-Man material

The live recordings from the No-Man mini-tour of autumn 2008 are now complete in terms of audio soundtrack and visuals.

The band are planning a double DVD release in spring/summer 2009, which will be called 'Mixtaped'.

The DVD will feature a second disc comprising a detailed documentary on No-Man's history, written and produced by Richard Smith and featuring interviews with Tim and Steven, as well as several extras.

An audio CD of the best of the Bush Hall performances, also called 'Mixtaped', is likely to be released at a later date.

No-Man - Wherever There Is Light

No-Man will be releasing a new EP in summer 2009 (most probably in early May).

The EP will be called 'Wherever There Is Light' and will feature one previously released track plus new recordings and live audio/visual content (serving as a taster for the forthcoming live DVD).

The full tracklisting for the EP is:

Wherever There Is Light
Death Was California
Carolina Skeletons (live)
All The Blue Changes (live)
Wherever There Is Light (video)
All The Blue Changes (live video)

'Wherever There Is Light' is taken from last year's 'Schoolyard Ghosts' album (as is the accompanying video for the track) and features frequent band ally Theo Travis on flute and ex-American Music Club pedal steel guitarist Bruce Kaphan. All of the live tracks were taken from No-Man's concert at Bush Hall, London on 29th August 2008 and feature the full live band.

The new studio tracks were recorded at No-Man's Land during 2008 and 2009 and feature a guest performance by th…

The Icicle Works

In 1985 "The Small Price Of A Bicycle" was the second album of The Icicle Works after the critical acclaimed self tittled debut album of 1984, which featured the hit single Birds Fly (whisper to a scream).

The band consisted of:

Robert Ian McNabb - Vocals; Guitar; Keyboards.
Chris Layhe - Bass; Keyboards; Violin; Backing Vocals.
Chris Sharrock - Drums and Percussion

Jacques Loussier on Rapids
Lip Service - Brass on All The Daughters (of her father's house)

The album was produced by Wally Brill, engineered by Richard Manwaring with assistance of Jacques de Jacques. Hollow Horse produced by Hugh Jones. All The Daughters (of her father's house) produced by Geoff Muir and The Icicle Works, remix engineer, Gary Thomas.


Hollow Horse
Seven Horses
Assumed Sundown
Saint Sojourn
All The Daughters (of her father's house)
Book Of Reason
Conscience Of Kings

The Ward Brothers

On a recent CD hunt in Alkmaar I was able to collect some nice eighties albums again, which I will share over the next couple of weeks. The first album to share is of the band The Ward Brothers from Barnsley who made one album "Madness Of It All" for Siren Records in 1986. The band consisted of:

Dave Ward - Lead and backing vocals, percussion and drums
Derek Ward - Keyboards and programming
Graham Ward - Guitars and backing vocals

Guests on the album are:

Martin Bullard - Synth bass and keyboards (joined Smokie in 1988)
Wesley Magoogan - Saxophone on "Why Do You Run"
Louis Restro - Bass and additional keyboards on "Madness Of It All"

The album was produced by Mike Howlett and engineered by Steve Power.

"Madness Of It All" produced by Don Was with Frank Fillipetti. Engineered by Frank 'Sushi' Filipetti.
"Cross That Bridge" produced by Don Was. engineered by Phil Brown.

"Madness Of It All" recorded at Soundtracks and Righttracks,…

Vynil expansion

Last week I decided to check at a recycle shop in the village. I checked one about a month ago at Beverwijk, a nearby city, but that turned out negative. Coming home from work I decided to pop in. And I was suprised to find 11 12 inches, nearly all bands that weren't that known in the Netherlands during the eighties. And for just 75 cents each it was a bargain, considering the good condition most of them are in.

Have been playing some of them a lot these days. Blossom Child was the first one that became an instant favourite. I Pray is a great song with a nice bass line. The song was a hit in France. Also Roy White turned out very nice. The Sandman of Alan Rankine, known from The Associates, I already knew, as ABC of course.

Here you find some of the songs I was able to track down.


It's been awhile since I went over to England to interview this band. The trip was nice. I spent some time with friends in Grimsby, and was able to make the trip to Appleby to have an interview with the band and their manager in a local pub. The interview was published in iO Pages 29 (December 2000).

Over the years I always kept appreciating the music of Castanarc. Mark Holiday and David Powell confronted the listener with a mixture of ambient progressive rock and uptempo high-energy rocksongs, in which the band didn’t bogged down in copying their own work, or work of others. But it turned out that in 1999 Castanarc released their final album Little Gods, a beautiful diamond, which continued to follow the atmospheric and musical direction the band undertook in earlier releases like Burnt Offerings and Rude Politics. After the release of Little Gods Mark and David told me they had great plans with their label. Neil Duty had returned and they were setting out a course concerning gig…