Category Archives: Nostalgia

Summer Of Song (Faraway In Time) – martha and the muffins

“2017 marks the 40th year since Martha and the Muffins was founded in Toronto by Ontario College of Art students David Millar and Mark Gane, along with Martha Johnson, Carl Finkle and Tim Gane. Several months later, the band was augmented by two more members, Andy Haas and Martha Ladly. ‘Summer of Song’ is a remembrance of the early days of the band, when we were young and everything seemed possible.”

A very dreamy and thoughtful ballad, well i guess only a few miss getting calmer while travelling through the decades.

On another note Echo Beach released a second Compilation of M&M Remixes in July, called ‘Where Blue Meets Green (balearic edits)’, Martha and the Muffins tracks re-edited, re-sampled and “focused” by DJ’s Sir Billy, TC Sunshine and Martin “ez” Fekl. See and hear the promo video to get an impression of the sunny spirit here:

Andhere’s a bonus remix of their brandmark single “Echo Beach” which is semi-surprisingly not included in the above mentioned Ibiza inspired DJ mixes and only available currently as a free promo download.
Semi-surprisingly indeed if you consider Echo Beach already released a limited CD full of remixes of this one song in 2010 at the 30th anniversary of the original Single release.

Of course not only Nicolai Beverungen (the label head) was caught by this catchy melancholic danceable working class lines, “Echo Beach” was rightfully a Canadian, Australian and British Top 10 Hit and is still remembered as one of the classic New Wave / Post Punk tunes of the 1980’s.

Finally their debut Album Metro Music will receive the deluxe treatment from Universal Music Canada and be reissued as CD / 2LP with bonus tracks unknown yet.

Hard to believe but this will be just the second CD issue of this classic Album at all (…).

Fay Ray Waiting For The Heatwave…

For me this is an classic since I heard it first and with raising temperatures outside it came to mind once again.

Fay Ray came from Bangor, Wales, U.K., evolved out of Hot Water and Dick Dick & the Dicks published one Single ‘Family Affairs’ on Nigel Gray (Most famous for Production and Recording work on eaarly Police stuff) before signing to WEA.
The single and the sole Album Contact You never took off for reasons beyond my understanding. A second fully recorded Album was not even issued by WEA (and remains unreleased) due to the commercial failure.
Well perhaps it would’ve helped if the invested a little more effort in the rather pointless sleeve design. This 1982 Video to their sole Single on WEA was uploaded by Tony Travis, the original bassist.
As a bonus for the curious – Where are they today ? How do they look today ? What happened ? – here is a rare re-union take from an instore gig 2010. ‘Family Affairs’ live at Cob Records, Bangor. Recorded on Saturday 17th April at 1:45pm. The Event was part of Independent Record Store Day.

R.I.P. Steve Strange

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The face & singer of Visage died February 12th in Egypt, aged 55. He lived a colorful live like few others – from being a Punk in Wales, working with McLaren in London and starting a new futuristic scene with Rusty Egan at the famous Bliz Club. Visage started as a in hindsight post punk supergroup featuring members of Ultravox and Magazine and are still best known for their classic “Fade To Grey”. Steve Strange was never short in trying different outfits and living out his version of fashion which got him more recognizion than any of his musical projects …and overshadowed them in a way. David Bowie early saw the importance of the New Romantics and invited him to appear in his iconic 1980 Video “Ashes To Ashes”, in itself a very New Wave influenced and great Single.

In 1982 Helmut Newton photographed him for the artwork of the 2nd darker and underrated Album “The Anvil” and accompanying singles and it looked like nothing could stop Visage …..

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….but commercial success (and the members of Ultravox Ure & Currie) drifted away with the 3rd and disappointing slick “Beat Boy” – an insightful interview with Steve aobut this era can be found over at Electric Club. The remaining members called it quits soon after and a row of best of collections and Remixes was all to come until the 2000’s.
Steve Strange surfaced 1986 with a more rock-orientated but short-lived outfit Strange Cruise before turning his back on Music Production and returning to Club Business more or less succesfull. In his 2002 published Autobiography “Blitzed!” (Orion, UK) he revealed his struggle with Heroin Addiction and his long way back to a performing artist which he started slowly but surely with different line-up’s of Visage culminating finally in the rightly praised comeback Album “Hearts & Knives” in 2013 and a resurrection of his alliance with Rusty Egan in Blitz Club Records. After touring and releasing different singles from the Album in 2014 the new line-up issued another Album “Visage Orchestral” including a newly recorded take of “Fade To Grey” which now became his last single.

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It is save to say that the 80’s music world would have been different without him – The Human League’s Dare, Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet to name but a few owe him and the Blitz Club a lot. He brought back the colour into the post Punk Pop world – daring, searching and believing into different forms of expression and individuality.

2014 – A Quick Glance Backwards…..

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1. Lyndon Scarfe – Music For A Lost Film
2. John Harle & Marc Almond – The Tyburn Tree (Dark London)
3. Savage Republic – Aegean
4. Dieter Meier – Out Of Chaos
5. Blondie – Ghosts Of Download
6. Plastikman – EX
7. ClockDVA – Clock 2
8. Daniel Ash – Stripped
9. Boris Blank – Electrified
10. Gary Clail Sound System – Nail It To The Mast

R.I.P. Lou Reed, thanks for all that.

& of course but out of any competition : L. H. D. – Transitions EP


Photo by the mulit talented Robin Rimbaud “Across The Waters”

Nash The Slash “So Long and Thanks for all the Fish”

from his homepage

Canadian born Nash The Slash retired a few years ago, on May 10th, aged 66 (!) this senior of independent category crushing left completely.

For a personal sum-up of his career visit nashtheslash.com, his documented output can be found here……………..

Honour him if in need for a great evening & don’t miss out on his 1980’s “Children Of The Night” as a solid starting point.

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Multi Pop Produktion : No sleep ’til Cottbus

There’s a new blog about the hilarious Frank Weghardt, probably best known as inspiration for the Weber & Schuster EP from 1990. This was released back in the day just after they won the Scharfrichter Price for their musicial cabaret.

Ralf Schuster meanwhile is still also otherwise active solo and in various formations…

Warum ist das Akkordeon Salon Orchester so wie es ist? Vier Lieder mit Erläuterung! from ralf schuster on Vimeo.

More songs and noises can be discovered at soundcloud