Saturday, December 29, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Another DIY UK compilation featuring two tracks by three different bands in the post-punk, new wave, indie vein. Michael's Toy is my favorite band of the three.
VA: Dog Rock MLP (1982, Dog Rock)
01. The Dalmatians - Supermarche
02. Michael's Toy - Cry Now It's Over
03. Capitel Rosé - Runaway
04. Capitel Rosé - Tomorrow
05. Michael's Toy - Situation In Tension
06. The Dalmatians - It's No Fun Anymor
Saturday, December 15, 2012
The Last Cry were yet another UK goth/wave band that formed in 1986 and existed into the early 90s. The majority of the tracks on these two releases contain a Mission-esque sound, but the debut 12" certainly contains some stronger guitar wave influences and is clearly the better of the two in my opinion. You could possibly lump them in with groups such as Flowers For Agatha, Brothers of Craig, Burning Skies of Elysium... though the second 12" has a purely conventional goth rock sound that you might expect from this time period.
An archive site still exists that contains information on the original lifespan of the band as well as some unreleased tracks you can download from this period. Some years back, the band reformed and have been quite active lately (a new CD just came out). If you're interested in checking that out, you can view their Facebook page.
The Last Cry - The Last Cry 12" (1987, A Day Like Today)
01. Going Away
02. Nowhere To Be Seen
03. Big Wheel
04. Sugar Tears
The Last Cry - Downpour 12" (1989, A Day Like Today)
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Here are the only two vinyl releases by Lynn Bau, a French cold wave band. I believe the first 12" was shared once in the past on some other blog, but you can grab both below.
Lynn Bau - Frigo 12" (1985, Bouling Edition)
02. Depuis Qu'hier
04. Un Poisson Blanc
Lynn Bau - De Bon Matin 12" (1988, Bouling Edition)
01. De Bon Matin
03. En Afrique
Saturday, December 1, 2012
First release by The Caves, who later put out two cds on Dark Star in the mid 90s. Highly Cure-influenced German guitar wave / indie-goth.
The Caves - Don't Need Anyone 7" (1991, Self-Released)
01. Falling Apart
02. Love Is Dead
03. Two Different Dreams
04. Fields of Sorrow
DIY UK compilation from the early 80's featuring a lot of obscurities. Possibly the best known band is likely to be Yesterdays Parties who also appear on the "In Colour / Music By Numbers" LP compilation from the same year along with bands like Sea of Wires and Phil Brammer that you can find over at Mutant Sounds. The majority of the bands on this one would fall under the generic tags of post-punk, indie / alternative rock, power pop, etc... but check out the sound sample to hear the tracks I thought were the highlights.
VA: No Cause For Alarm LP (1981, Plectrum Records)
01. Toulouse - Breakaway
02. Beatpump - King Canut
03. Dead Souls - Pouring Rain
04. The Prize Guys - Don't U Mess Around
05. No Exit Brighton - Deadlier Than The Male
06. Beatpump - Nero Curtsies
07. The Shrouds - Manifesto No: 1
08. Phaedrus - Ric Racoon
09. Yesterdays Parties - Defoliation
10. 7th Enemy - Panic
11. No Exit - David's Song
12. Pencils - Night & Day.mp3
13. What Judy Said - Moth
14. Mayfair Leisure - Silver Screen.mp3
15. Eyes In The Dark - Sex
16. Yesterdays Parties - Tokyo
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Rare demo CDR from French coldwave/goth band Tales. If you've heard Tales before, it was probably from the "Extérieur Nuit" K7 compilation where they appeared amongst bands like Lucie Cries, Bunkerstrasse, Neutral Project, Mémoires d'Automne, etc. The singer here is actually Hervé Costuas from the band Wallenberg, and they even remade the song "Why" for their 2004 CD "Sea of Sins" when they reformed... (though I live this version much better).
Tales - From The Land of The Sun CDR (2001, Anger Zone)
01. The Land of The Sun
Saturday, November 10, 2012
This is a re-post of a cassette rip I posted back in the summer (link is now dead)... but I have acquired the CD version of this release since then (thus better quality). For some info on this rare Australian band, please check the old post here.
The Rain - Love, Lies & Anxiety Attacks CD (1991, Deception Records)
01. Rememberance Day
02. High Handed
07. Love, Lies & Anxiety Attacks
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Very rare cassette compilation put out by the UK zine Dreams From Within that covered a lot of obscure dark bands throughout the late 80's. This tape features mainly goth bands from the UK with a couple exceptions such as Garden of Pleasures, Casual Sanity, Pro Memoria (and possibly a few others I've never seen or heard about elsewhere) active during this time. One warning I will give, if you are listening to this one on headphones, you might want to turn down the volume once the ENDG track is about to come on (or skip) since they produced this one to be 10x louder than every other song on the tape.
VA: Dreams From Within K7 (1989, Dreams From Within)
01. Sakura - Wake The Tempest (Demo)
02. Boysdream - Miss Adventure (Demo)
03. The Embrace - Atlantis (Demo)
04. Every New Dead Ghost - Sacrifice (Demo)
05. Of Flames & Angels - Snowfall (Demo)
06. Joy S - Just Like Love (And Over Again) (Demo)
07. Eyespeech - Mass Strategies
08. Broken Faith - Sanity Cracks (Demo)
09. Somewhere In Europe - Blood of Martyrs (Apocalypse Mix)
10. Die Laughing - Forever (Demo)
11. Dance Naked - Legion
12. Momento Mori - Different Heaven
13. The Exiles - Lizards & Dreams
14. Garden of Pleasures - Pandora's Box
15. Saffron Dreamshadow - All That Glisters...
16. Before I Hang - Promise.mp3
17. Casual Sanity - Face To Face
18. Sarl's Charisma - Abraham
19. Pro Memoria - The Scream
20. Passion & The Pure - Blistered!
21. Nacht Shatten - Turn To Clay
22. XX Nemesis - Banshee
23. Sonic Violence - Blasphemer
Thursday, September 27, 2012
With my mediafire links down, don't expect those files back anytime soon since I don't have the time or desire to re-compile and upload them all. I might do some here and now...
Here is a very rare cassette by a French cold favorite that predates their highly regarded 7", and the only other release by them that I know of. I don't believe anyone will find these tracks as fantastic as the 7" (that would be tough to top), but still good quality French cold wave music.
Coldreams - A Crazy Night K7 (1985, Rock Hardi)
01. Don't Cry
02. Crazy Night / Burning Passion
03. Bulbs & Bubbles
04. Turn The Button
05. Don't Cry (Reprise)
Saturday, September 15, 2012
In case you haven't noticed (which you probably haven't unless you've been trying to grab a bunch of links), mediafire decided to delete all of my files over a week ago without any notice/warning. Of the three or four files I have received complaints about in the past from mediafire, the notices they have bothered sending me (some they did not mail me) that contained the title of the work I was allegedly sharing were never once correct (I believe they all were actually books). The titles of the compressed files simply had similar keywords that their search bots located when crawling the web. Not to argue what I do here is totally ethical, it's not since it would be nearly impossible to track down members of each of these 20-30+ year old bands to ask their permission first (some I have asked). However, I have only received positive responses from past band members and/or people involved who I have communicated with or those who have left comments. For now, I'm just gonna take a break... don't know what the future of this blog will become (if anything). Maybe I'll go buy a microscope and post enlarged close-up images of my pubic hairs from time-to-time. Who knows... I'll be ignoring "will you please re-up" comments. If anyone else wants to re-up anything, feel free and leave a comment... but certainly no pressure.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Not a long lost release by the popular German gothic rock/Carl McCoy circle jerk band/Sumerian larpers sharing the same name (thank GOD?)... but a little-known 80's goth/new wave band from Norway. They also issued another 7" in 1984 and an LP in 1987. If you search youtube, you can find some more tracks including some early demos. The title track is a poppy, psychedelic goth/wave tune and they get a bit more solemn/dramatic on the b-side. I can't think of any other purely obvious gothic early/mid 80s bands out of Norway other than maybe White Lord Jesus (and I've yet to hear their 80's releases besides the song off the brilliant "Maskidans" compilation that is quite minimal/synthy).
Garden of Delight - 22 Faces 7" (1984, Moonlight Productions)
01. 22 Faces
02. Lilies On A G-String
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Another obscure early 80's DIY UK compilation featuring a ton of bands that few probably ever heard unless you were in the band or fucking one of the members. When I bought this LP, the track by the Hellfire Club was the only song I had previously heard, and I suspected it would be the only song worth a shit on here... but was rather surprised to find that this one contained quite a few other nice tracks by synth, new wave, post-punk, and indie bands. Some of the highlights for me include The Hellfire Club, Violent Marriage, Marc Sebastian-Jones, Subverse, Bree Factory, Baxter & Dale, and Alister Black.
"These are some of the best tracks to have been laid down at Starforce in the last year. I hope you get as much enjoyment from listening to them as I did recording them." - M.K. Daley. Glancing at discogs, looks like Martin K. Daley also helped with the recording/production of a lot of other early 80s indie releases including Seventh Séance and Dif Juz.
VA: Compilation 1 LP (1982, Starforce Studios)
01. Martin Kerry Daley - Another Night Another Day
02. Sister Sister - Crush
03. M.D.A. - Funk Boy
04. The Hellfire Club - Phases
05. Sabiha Kara's Bombay Boom Cha Cha Bomb Band - You're Breaking My Heart
06. Somewhere A Voice - Conscience
07. Baxter & Dale - Shadows
08. Bree Factory - Turmoil of Man
09. Alister Black - Reckless Promise
10. Ron Warren Gandertons Sound Ceremony - Giggle Amidst The Tears
11. Subverse - Chance Romance
12. Marc Sebastian-Jones - Mirror Mirror
13. The Best - You Are Earthly
14. Violent Marriage - Nightmare (Fear of Sleep)
15. The Invisible Man - Doin' The Ton
Friday, August 17, 2012
Italian compilation including some common names of the dark 80s Italian scene: Weimar Gesang, D'as Hirth, 2+2=5, Le Masque, Frigidaire Tango... along with a couple surprises I had never heard before.
VA: Amnesty International P.E.A.C.E. Benefit Compilation LP (1987, P.E.A.C.E.)
01. Politrio - Psycho Killer
02. Funkwagen - Tempo Reale
03. 2+2=5 - Haiku
04. D'as Hirth - Ancora Qui
05. Frigidaire Tango - The Romantic Life-Guard
06. Franti - Voghera
07. Weimar Gesang - Mother of Nothing
08. Hakkah - Fast Food
09. Le Masque - Corpo Di Una Donna
10. Plasticost - Canzone Dada
11. Scent Merci - Secrets of Joy
Friday, August 10, 2012
Another rarely known compilation from the UK featuring a ton of obscure bands ranging from post-punk, goth, synth, new wave, indie...and naturally a couple pop/rock stinkers. My favorite track is by Bzu-zu (great post-punk tune with some synth), who existed previously under the names His Create He ("Sing As We Go" compilation LP) and Blood Fetish ("Not Waving But Drowning" compilation LP) - with some line-up changes. Dark Asylum are GOTH reminding me if an early Pete Burns fronted a band such as I'm Dead. The Papers have a decent, but quiet minimal electro track. Please Return My Dog combines punk, post-punk, and synth - they also put out a 7" that I've yet to hear. Noize Wot Noize are light-hearted synth-punk/new wave. Dance On Water have a catchy dark pop, new wave sound. Of the few remaining bands... material ranges from indie/wave to pop/rock.
VA: Pulsebeat LP (1984, Creeping Bathroom Records)
01. Noize Wot Noize - Dennis The Menace
02. Noize Wot Noize - (I'm In Love With) My 26" Colour T.V.
03. Jive Syndicate - Out of The Blue
04. Dance On Water - Horror Stories
05. The Pressure - In The Boat
06. Dark Asylum - Possession
07. The Papers - Living In The Land of The Living
08. Please Return My Dog - Tell God I've Had Enough
09. Please Return My Dog - Underdogs
10. Street Secrets - It's All Over
11. The Unknown Colours - No Reason
12. The Pearl Divers - The Glory of Love
13. Bzu-zu - The Game
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Just some reissue news to share... Dusk To Dawn's "Remains" LP is now available through Atemporal Records in a limited edition of 320 copies. The LP contains ten remastered tracks from their 1991-95 period previously only available off very rare cassettes as well as some unreleased tracks/versions. You can order and preview tracks at http://atemporalrecords.blogspot.de. If you reside in North America, Dark Entries Records has a few copies as well in their shop for only $16... Dark Entries Shop
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Enjoyable early 80's UK post-punk / new wave with a little bit of synth too... Their only release that I'm aware of. Rygel Records also put the great "Heat-House" 7" by Moskow.
Un Projet - Ki-ak 7" (1981, Rygel Records)
02. Un Projet
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Raiding Party - Nacromanic Raiding Party 12" (1986, Pastell Records) | Raiding Party - Disparate 7" (198?, Husky Records)
Raiding Party - Nacromanic Raiding Party 12" (1986, Pastell Records)
02. Guiding Me
Raiding Party - Disparate 7" (198?, Husky Records)
02. Anna (She Ask's Herself)
Bonus track from compilation: Tape Rebel 5 K7 (1988, Weed Music)
Raiding Party - Rats
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I just discovered this highly obscure band couple months ago from a friend asking about a video on youtube, and recently was lucky to find a copy of this cassette to purchase. The Rain were from Sydney, Australia and influenced by 80's post-punk/new wave bands such as The Comsat Angels, The Chameleons, The Sound, The Cure, Japan, etc., but their sound certainly contains some goth overtones too. Apparently this album was also released on CD on a different label (Shock Records) with a different track order according to the information on youtube. In the thank you credits, the Sydney-based goth band Lemon Avenue is mentioned... it would have been great if they would have released this record on their own Left As In Sinister label (probably wouldn't be quite as unknown). Believe this was their only release...
The Rain - Love, Lies & Anxiety Attacks K7 (1991, Deception Records)
01. Rememberance Day
02. High Handed
07. Love, Lies & Anxiety Attacks
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Van Lukas Orchestra - CF. 68 [Computer Female 68] 7" (1983, Phonic)
01. CF. 68
02. The Girl Doesn't Seem To Care
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Here is a demo tape by mid-late 80's UK goth/guitar wave band Chatshow that Michael from Return to the East blog sent me to borrow couple months back. I was never an overall huge fan of the couple 12" EPs they put out, but will say this tape contains some excellent tracks and is the best material I've heard by them. Makes me want to re-listen to their vinyls again for a refresher. "Impossible Dream" is my favourite here.
Chatshow - Demo K7 (1984)
01. Crown of Thorns
02. Impossible Dream
05. Bigger Than God
06. Red Skies
Chatshow - Demo K7 (1984)
01. Crown of Thorns
02. Impossible Dream
05. Bigger Than God
06. Red Skies
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Here's something I've never done on here before, but think I might start occasionally posting a random stash of records that have been shared in the past on other blogs (though these are my own rips). From the records here, some of the links have since expired and these may be a higher quality sound. Mixed styles... cold wave, synth, goth, post-punk, new wave...
Böhm - Böhm 8" single-sided flexi (1984, Line Records) | Japan
01. Fried Tail
02. Posessed Love
Leitmotiv - In Camera 7" (1984, Section 37) | France
01. Morne Libido
02. In Camera
Madame Bovary - Be My Friend 7" (1986, Studio Isis) | France
01. Be My Friend (In Spite of All)
02. I'm A Runner
Magic De Spell - Kiss The Mirror LP (1984, Music-Box) | Greece
02. Run Fast
03. A Story
04. A Fen
06. Sweatin' All Over
09. It Hurts
11. Chains of Love
Phaidia - Phaidia 7" single-sided flexi (1984, City Rocker Records) | Japan
02. Dancing Death
Rhythm of Life - Soon 7" (1981, Rational Records / Rhythm of Life Records) | UK
VA: Europe In The Year Zero 12" (1982, S/Phonograph) | UK
01. Colour Me Pop - When Sex Was Fun
02. Colour Me Pop - Bikini Trauma
03. Yazoo - Goodbye 70's
04. Sudeten Creche - Are Kisses Out of Fashion?
05. Sudeten Creche - Dance!
Monday, July 9, 2012
Super obscure tape that I'm assuming was an unofficial release including two live performances by Die Unbekannten at the famous SO 36 club in Berlin from 1982. Sound quality isn't the greatest, but includes some songs not off any of the vinyls that you've probably never heard before unless you were lucky enough to have saw them live. No song titles are provided unfortunately, but I labeled the songs I recognized from their two 12" EPs and the reissue from Vinyl-On-Demand... other tracks are unknown... so let me know if you happen to know what they are or if I tagged anything incorrectly. I suppose Die Unbekannten deserves no introduction other than... if you've never heard them, go to youtube.
Die Unbekannten - Berlin SO 36 10.2.82 + 20.4.82 K7 (198x)
10.2.82 (Side A)
01. Radio War
02. Against The Wall
20.4.82 (Side B)
09. Radio War
12. Against The Wall
Monday, July 2, 2012
Early 80's Belgium new wave / synth 7". The sleeve lists "Gamm Records" as the record company, and the labels on the vinyl lists "Piccolo Records"... so who knows... I don't care for the B-Side, but the A-side is decent dark new wave with some cold overtones. They put out another 7" called "Le Duel Rouge" that I've yet to hear.
Preview samples here:
Gris Regard - I Need A Smile 7" (198x, Piccolo Records / Gamm Records)
01. I Need A Smile
02. The Flame In You
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Third and final vinyl release from New Zealand's Naked Spots Dance. On this release, Fran Walsh is included in the band who later went on to marry famous director Peter Jackson and contributed screen writing to many of the movies he directed such as the Lord of The Rings trilogy... to even Dead Alive and Meet The Feebles! A few of the dreamier songs remind me a bit of bands like Shiny Two Shiny... though overall Naked Spots Dance certainly had a lot more artsy post-punk influence and generally faster-paced reminding me of some tracks by the Australian band Pel Mel too (off the top-of-my-head)...
Preview samples below:
Naked Spots Dance - Falling LP (1983, NSD Records)
01. The Dance
02. Jack & Box
03. The Cabaret
05. About But Not Our
07. Underwater Data
08. Through The Nights
10. That's All
Monday, June 25, 2012
Crazy Baby Doc - Blessed Are Who've Got A Poor Brain 12'' (1985, Rebel Rec.) / Crazy Baby Doc - My Religion 12'' (1987, Rebel Rec.)
Here are the only two records by German band Crazy Baby Doc that I know of... though there is an unofficial DVDr listed on discogs that is oddly quite modern and including no tracks featured here.
"Blessed Are Who've Got A Poor Brain" is the better record in my opinion, which starts off with a track roughly somewhere between Specimen's "Hex" and Luc Van Acker's "The Ship" LP, follows with the great "Geisha", then continues with three more gothy/wave tunes. The "My Religion" 12" gets rockier... it gave me the impression of a goofier, early Love Like Blood crossed with faster-paced/early Rose of Avalanche, and then throw in some grebo elements despite being German.
Crazy Baby Doc - Blessed Are Who've Got A Poor Brain 12'' (1985, Rebel Rec.)
01. Do It Darling
04. Zombie Baby
05. Blessed Are Who've Got A Poor Brain
Crazy Baby Doc - My Religion 12'' (1987, Rebel Rec.)
01. My Religion
02. Leave In Love
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Small pressing and the only release by Awol, a melancholic post-punk band featuring a young Moby on vocals... who would have thought. I've never have listened to any Moby records, so this is clearly my favorite of his creations.
Awol - Awol EP 12" (1984, Purity Music)
01. Heart Flag
02. Happy Now
03. Holy Mountain
04. One More Dance
05. More Than Ever
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Mysterious early 80's UK DIY 7" that is an Ellie Jay Records pressing based on the catalog number. At the time of me posting this on Google, the only results for this record is an old mail order catalog that has it listed (I tried ordering it some years ago off them and they no longer had it in stock... but you can give them another try incase they were lying) and an old ebay listing from someone's feedback. Don't this one ever came with a picture sleeve, but who knows... I've only seen it for sale twice over the years.
Hard to pin-point an exact genre to classify this one under since it could appeal to fans of UK DIY, postpunk, new wave, minimal, and early goth crossover... perhaps an indie version of 13th Chime (especially on "Liberty Caps")???
Recorded in Aber Recording Studio, Flint. Engineered by Dave Roberts, but highly doubt if its the same guy from Sex Gang Children fame.
Panic In The Year Zero - Liberty Caps 7" (1981, Vada)
01. Liberty Caps
02. Sometimes I Don't Know
Monday, June 4, 2012
Single-sided, one track 7" from France in the gritty cold wave vein of early Clair Obscur. They had another good track off the second "L'appel de la Muse" compilation as well that was both martial and club friendly. Know some tapes exist, would like to hear them eventually.
The Architect of European Decay - TV Brainwashing Inc. 7" (1990, Death & Decay Records)
01. TV Brainwashing Inc.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Rare compilation with two tracks each by five obscure French bands. Someone on discogs wrote, "Industrial/Wave/EBM bands from Alsace, north east of France." However, this is a very bogus statement obviously written by someone trying to sell this record for some $$$$. There are two great cold wave tracks on here by one band -> Fizzy Scalps, the rest of the material is pretty terrible pop/rock/reggae if you ask me. Since this is the case, I put two separate files to download... you can download the entire album (to hear why this one has got 4 5/5's on discogs)... or you can simply grab the Fizzy Scalps tracks (the only listenable tracks in my opinion). Check out the songs below via youtube, and there is another video you can look up on youtube of the band covering New Order's "Procession" if interested. (Looking at the credits there, one member might have been later involved in Anechoic Chamber).
VA: Fire ! Rockele LP (1984, Radio Alsace)
01. Têtes Brulées - Ma Fille N'est Pas Jolie
02. Fizzy Scalps - Quand Le Temps Passe
03. Bibo Mambo - Les Potins Du Cosmos
04. Drinks - Gone To Africa
05. Dubs - Woman
06. Dubs - Work
07. Drinks - Shallow Boy
08. Bibo Mambo - Pauvre Billy
09. Têtes Brulées - Voilà L'amour
10. Fizzy Scalps - Il Y A Longtemps
full LP > http://netkups.com/?d=8a0e767624542
Fizzy Scalps tracks only > http://netkups.com/?d=630a194e55522
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The first official release by Ex-Voto even though the band claims to have existed since 1982... certainly one of the least prolific! Throughout the 80's, they were apart of the Los Angeles goth / deathrock scene and appeared on the '88 "American Gothic" LP compilation alongside bands like Screams For Tina, H-Bomb White Noise, Death Ride 69, and Premature Ejaculation. This record has a very conventional American goth sound with some late 80's electro-industrial influences thrown in musically. Do remember being surprised several years ago hearing "97 Crosses" on one of Herve Hue's "Remember of the Past" mixes he used to post online to download.
Sometime during the 90's, the band relocated to New Orleans and released "Anno Domini" on cassette in '95 (later released on CD) that contained re-recorded versions of tracks from their '82-90 period (including some songs from this record). Other than that, they were a staple on many of the Cleopatra compilations and little else regarding recorded output... until the 2000s when they decided (or finally got the money) to start recording some albums.
Ex-Voto - Don't Look Back 12" (1990, Poor Alice Music)
01. The Devil's Work
02. If I
03. 97 Crosses
04. Never Again
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I had heard one track in the past by Chow-Chow that I really didn't like off some Belgium compilation (guessing it is from their other 12"), so felt like I was taking a gamble with this here... luckily this one is overall good quality Siouxsie style goth / new wave. According to discogs, singer Bea Van Der Maat later worked as a TV presenter and this band reformed as the much less interesting Won Ton Ton in '87.
Chow-Chow - Hide MLP (1984, Antler Records)
02. Hide & Smile
03. Heaven Knows
05. Enemy Gods
06. The Best
Friday, May 18, 2012
Cross Italo with some cold wave and you get this mysterious French (Trélazé) 12" by Aurore that I'm guessing came from the early 80's (no year listed). This is the only release I've ever seen by them, one archived ebay auction from popsike writes, "AURORE France only private locl pressing 12" angelina + instrumental version , check the great dark synth wave intro , the cold wave bass, like if touching pop meets sad italo synth , great great tune, and the instrumental is fantastic !! don't need to look for it, you won't find any information on the web or anybody having it in stock , very rare !"
Aurore - Rock' Mantique 12'' (198?, Self-Released)
01. Angelina (Chant)
02. Angelina (Musique)
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The Convent - The Endless Way 7" (1987, RMZ Records) / The Convent - Kicked Out of Time 7" (1989, Self-Released)
Here are the first two hard-to-find late 80's releases by German band The Convent (their only vinyl releases). Throughout the 90's and early 2000's they released quite a few CDs (more info at http://fuego.de/theconvent/ or discogs). Couple weeks ago I had two early 90's tracks by them posted off the "Brave Boys Keep Their Promises" cassette compilation. Very good guitar wave with what appears a great deal of influence by The Chameleons...
Preview samples below (low quality):
The Convent - The Endless Way 7" (1987, RMZ Records)
01. The Endless Way
02. Thank You
The Convent - Kicked Out of Time 7" (1989, Self-Released)
01. Take It On A Chin
02. Cold December
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Time for some rare dark post-punk, cold guitar sounds from the Netherlands. No year is provided, but I'm guessing this is from the early-mid 80s and from their own private label based on the catalog number... Check out the video below (which has the wrong song title):
Blurpz - Blurpz 12" (198x, Harmoneum Records)
02. Dr. Blurpz Goes Bezerk
04. Social Diseases
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Here's a request... the first release by Emotional Outburst. I first heard them with the track "Die Nacht" (included on this tape) from the "040 Hamburg Strikes Back!" compilation. Musically a mix of German dark wave and electro with both male/female vocals... quite dramatic and over-the-top at times... reminds me of De Vermis Mysteriis, Lore of Asmoday, Misantrophe, Relatives Menschsein, the theatrical side of early Danse Macabre Records... They released two more tapes after this and a CD in '97 that was far more mellow compared to these recordings and not very good/interesting in my opinion. Oddly, their website still exists: http://www.hhgoth.de/.
Emotional Outburst - Verloren K7 (1992, Self-Released)
01. Die Nacht
03. The Light
05. Amelias Revenge
06. Dancing Devils
07. Tote Seele
Monday, April 30, 2012
While there wasn't much lyrically or artistically deep about Phobia, they did create a few charming diy German goth/wave tunes influenced by The Cure and Bauhaus that sort of reminds me of a combination between Also, Momento Mori UK, and the lighter side of No Critics. I know of one other tape called "Holidays Were Never Better!" that was shorter in length and consisted of many of the same tracks found here. I'm guessing the bands' "biggest" moments were their contributions to the CD compilations "Behind Mysterious Gates" ('92 with a re-recorded version of "Jack is Back" shortened to just "Jack") and their cover of "Shadowplay" off 1995's "Ceremonial" Joy Division tribute that was released in the US. Couple decent tunes if you have a soft spot for this sort of sound, and a very hard to find release.
Preview samples here:
Phobia - A Piece of Fear K7 (1991, Self-Released)
01. Wake Up
02. Only One Reason
03. Jack Is Back
04. World In Ruins
05. Into The Fire
06. Lost My Mind
07. Morning Mist
08. Susanne Never Knows
09. Age of Sin
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Excellent compilation from the early 90s German underground scene with the exception of one US band (Missed In Diary)... and I was never 100% sure if The Convent were Dutch or German (or originally from the Netherlands - but living in Germany). Mix of guitar wave, goth, dark wave and a few darker indie/alternative/psychedelic bands. Couple of these bands have been posted on here before (Dusk To Dawn, Disorder, Screaming Fools)....
VA: Brave Boys Keep Their Promises K7 (1993, Beton Tapes)
01. Substance of Dream - Rachel, Sweet Rachel
02. Decay - Christian Hydrophobia
03. Missed In Diary - Wonders Why
04. The Convent - Amsterdam
05. Disorder - Trees In The Storm ('93 Mix)
06. Dusk To Dawn - Where I Came From
07. Untitled - I'm Alright
08. Competition Deadline - Strange
09. Lo ! - L.M.C.
10. Almost Human - Flowers
11. Disorder - Ride of Giants (Remix)
12. Untitled - Killing Times
13. The Convent - All Night Long (Live)
14. The Cool Curtain - Happen To You
15. All Fools Day - Sex Isolation (Remix)
16. After The Rain - Zynical Reasons
17. Age of Heaven - Behind Walls
18. Screaming Fools - A Strange As This (Live) // not a typo
19. Lo ! - Andy Warhol
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Nice melodic French coldwave/touching pop band comparable to Smirnov, Formule Tag, Little Nemo, Bad Young Think and that sort of stuff... This is the only release I've seen by them.
Bolzano Weierstrass - Vie D'Ivresse 7" (1987, Cabana Music)
01. Vie D'Ivresse
02. Venus Bitches
Sunday, April 15, 2012
New wave band from Albany, New York featuring Sara Ayers on vocals and keyboards, who is likely best known (to synth heads) for also being on the New Shiny Toys "Changing Colors" 7" in '82 that was reissued by Anna Logue Records. The A-side here is a standard new wave tune that I wouldn't consider anything special, but the b-side ("Waiting For You") is a great minimal wave track.
A.K.A./etc. - We'll Just Keep Laughing 7" (1982, Blue Lunch Records)
01. We'll Just Keep Laughing
02. Waiting For You
Monday, April 9, 2012
Rare Danish dark guitar wave band... have only ever seen them appear here. Honestly, I'm not 100% sure if they're from Denmark since I have seen sellers over-the-years also claim this release is Swedish... obviously the sleeve doesn't provide much info.. but have seen more people claim Denmark... so that wins for now.
D For Desire - D For Desire 12" (1986, Cynical)
01. Like You
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Here is a great donation from Michael from the Return To The East blog. Originally, he had posted another earlier tape by Rosegarden Funeral here couple years back. This unofficial CDR came from a band member and appears to contain most of the material from their third tape (with a few alterations).
I first read about Rosegarden Funeral as a teenager in Mick Mercer's Gothic Rock book, and by the description there... they seemed right up my alley. However, I have never ever seen any of the cassettes for sale (quite a rarity accomplishment!). Musically, gloomy early Sisters of Mercy comparisons without being a total clone... some very nice tracks besides the ones previously heard from the above mentioned post such as "These Haunted Hours" and "Brittle Glass Tears".
Like a few others who run similar blogs, have had some problems with mediafire removing files without warning. Thus, motivation has been rather low lately. Difficult to know why the files were deleted... download traffic, specific matching keywords in file names?? Believe me, most of the stuff on here isn't that easy to find... As a test, I made this file a password-protected, encrypted file and will likely continue this for now on. We'll see...
Rosegarden Funeral - These Haunted Hours CDR (1988)
01. Dead Souls (Joy Division cover)
03. These Haunted Hours
05. The Hanging Tree
06. Brittle Glass Tears
07. Strange Fruit (Billy Holiday cover)
08. Hollow Heart
09. An Acid Valentine
11. Black Orchid
12. Burial Ground
Saturday, March 17, 2012
One of my favorite 80's German goth/deathrock releases, but never have been able to find any information about them other than their name being mentioned amongst a list of others in the "Ghostriders of German Gothic Vol. 1" compilation. I'm guessing this one came out in the mid-late 80's... but the record contains absolutely no information other than some last name credits. Reminds me of a cobweb drenched Asmodi Bizarr with some Gargoyle Sox camp thrown in.
Zero Vision - Zero Vision 12" (198?, Self-Released)
02. Loss of Nerve (Chainsaw)
04. Fear of The Dark
Saturday, March 10, 2012
German compilation including all German bands from the early 90's dark electro, ebm, synthpop tape scene. Few of these bands later became established names (Trial, Infam, Fortification 55 ...), while many others are quite obscure. The label Tecdance released a number of other similar compilations.
VA: Cybernetic Illuminations K7 (1991, Tecdance)
01. Cet Ix - Intro
02. Infam - Searching For Success
03. The Trinity Mania - Black Dots In Space
04. Dying Art - My Little World
05. Trial - Falling Angel
06. Entre Deux Guerres - Let Them Perish Like Flies
07. Cyber - Nervous
08. ROR (Roß Ohne Reiter) - Shine
09. Painful Toys - He Was The Man
10. A.G.F. Foncler - Slaughter Dance
11. Beyond The Dräschtänn - No Name
12. Permanent Perfect? (aka PP?) - Uncertainty IV
13. Brain Surgery - Never Sustain The Pleasure
14. Ass'n Head Union - Butty Holly
15. Check Battery Daily - Time To Stay
16. Fortification 55 - Emptyness
17. The Drum Fondu - Mister Clinchee
18. Bionic - Get Out
19. Solace - Broken Dreams
20. Novo-Scene - Body Party
21. Juniper Hill - Eßt Eure Kinder
22. In Absentia - Toxic Kingdom
23. Cet Ix - Extro (Same As Intro)
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Rare 7" from Belgium... this band might be known to some for their appearance on the "Nuit Blanche" compilation LP in '84. The a-side ("B. Town Beauty") is somewhat conventional, catchy new wave/punk with a singer who reminds me of the French band Wallenberg in certain parts of this track. Not bad, but the highlight of the record is the great b-side ("Ghetto"), which sounds like a totally different singer to me... but certainly no indication in the credits. Anyways... this is a great depressive cold wave tune.
Someone on discogs left the note: "Nice coldwave from Oostende (Belgium), a much sought-after collector's item in vein of De Brassers and Red Zebra, recorded at Danny Lacksman Synsound Studio Brussels in May '82".
Preview sample here (64/22):
Halloween - B. Town Beauty 7" (1982, H.L.W. Records)
01. B. Town Beauty
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Rare Swedish goth obscurity with a nice Nosferatu cover that certainly isn't a household name. Pretty good stuff... reminds me more of some of the mid 80s German goth bands than what I'd usually expect out of Sweden from the time period.
Crew of Corps - Crew of Corps 12" (1986, On Record)
01. Into The Fields
02. White Feather
03. Power of Passion
04. Final Clash