Monday, July 27, 2009

Talk Talk - It's My Life ( 12" Extended )


....A bit perplexed by this one, without an argument Talk Talks most commercially successful single and a rare 12 inch. I acquired this recently and it's nothing like the one I owned twenty years ago which had only the one extended single with four different versions of the same song. This EP contains not only It's My life 12" Mix, but also 12" Mixes of Dum Dum Girl, Such A Shame, Talk Talk, My Foolish Friend and Why So Hard, each of these songs is excellent on there own, it's almost like a mini greatest hits package (early stuff only), except they're all extended versions. The sleeve leads me to believe it was created for the North American market, with packaging designed in Italy and remixed in 1984 by Steve Thompson. This copy above belongs to me and was pressed right here in Canada in the bustling metropolis of Mississauga. A great set list and well worth picking up if you can find a copy in decent condition. Each and every track was eventually re-released on CD, after all Talk Talk aint exactly obscure or unknown. But the reason I pick these up has nothing to do with weather they've been re-released or remastered I don't much care about that. I pick them up because they are rare, and rarer still in perfect condition, also because I dig the photography and cover art which is so interesting.
Track List
1. Why Is It So Hard?... 12" U.S.Remix - Extended
2. Talk Talk... 12" Mix - Extended
3. My Foolish Friend... 12" Mix - Extended
4. It's My Life... 12" Mix - Extended
5. Dum Dum Girl... 12" Remix - Extended
6. Such A Shame... 12" U.S. Remix - Extended
Tracks 1, 5, 6 : Remixed by Steve Thompson
1984 EMI Records
Front Cover Photo by Sheila Rock

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Glastonbury Festival 2009 Pictures


....These are some really spectacular images and I thought I'd share them. What I wouldn't give to attend this festival just once, ahhh well perhaps one day it'll happen. Just have to add it to a long list of things I need to do before I die. The last week of June, approximately 190,000 people made their way to Worthy Farm in western England to attend the 2009 Glastonbury Festival. Attendees came to see performances at what is billed as "Europe's largest open-air music festival" on many stages over four days - headliners included Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and a reunited Blur. Rainy weather did little to dampen the mood, as attendees enjoyed themselves in tent cities, concert performances, dance tents, and the surrounding countryside of Somerset, England. Collected here are a handful of images from this year's festival...

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Ministry - Everyday ( Is Halloween ) & All Day

It's Industrial, err... I mean New Wave, no it's Industrial, no it'''s Ministry. From my collection another piece of plastic that got heavy rotation during my time in the booth, one of Ministry's early singles and still my favorite. Far removed from the industrial metal sound they are known for today, Ministry originally started as a New Wave band with a distinctive electronic sound, although one might say they were teetering on the precipice of an Industrial revolution. Al Jourgensen has reportedly expressed disappointment with Ministry's music during these early years, not really sure why. I think it had something to do with creative control, a problem that I'm sure most artist encounter with their record company occasionally. Ahh well screw it, whatever the reason I know I speak for many when I say that "WE" the fans were not disappointed. This was their signature single "Everyday is Halloween" with "All Day" on the flip side was essential vinyl for any music collector and fan of this genre. Ministry released a total of 4 singles under the Wax Trax Records label, I believe this was the most successful but don't quote me on that, sometimes I don't know what the ___ I'm talkin about...
this side
Everyday ( Is Holloween ) 6:35
other side
All Day 5:51
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The New YorK Dolls

.....On Tuesday night I went to Lee's Palace in Toronto and saw the New York Dolls put on one helluva kick-ass show. They played an amazing, two hour set that had the crowed hoppin. Above are some of the shots I took during the evening. I was using a little Canon Powershot, not the most professional camera in the world, but they actually turned out OK.
..... The Dolls originally formed in 1971 so the line up that we saw play tonight has changed somewhat from the what it was originally. In 2004 the band reformed with three of their original members, two of whom, David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, continue on today and have released two new records. The original bassist, Arthur Kane died shortly after their first reunion concert. The new members are Steve Conte, Sami Yaffa, Brian Delaney and Brian Koonin. The link to my entire photo album of shots from the show is below...