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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 4 (Blah Blah Blah, Blancmange, Blondie, Blue Angel, B-Movie)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 28, 2009


Various – Tracks from the ‘1981’ Briefcase Disc, Part 4

Five more tracks constitute the 4th installment from the ‘1981’ box set’s ‘Briefcase’ disc, which housed over 250 further bands and tracks not found in the nine themed mixes in the set. You can see previous installments and keep track of new ones with this tag.

Still in the “B”s, again we have a playful grab-bag including the familiar, the not-yet-famous, and the more or less forgotten.  Blah Blah Blah and Blancmange are here from the ‘Some Bizzare Album‘ compilation, the former with an oddly entertaining spoken-word ghost story, the latter with a diminutive little organ-beat-and-guitar doodle in the instrumental Young Marble Giants/Essendon Airport mode.  Then there’s one that needs little introduction from Blondie (though the “rap” part probably needs an apology, even from the days of fairly stilted flow).  You might think the Buddy Holly-inflected music of Blue Angel sounds familiar–and you’re probably right, if you were alive in 1983-1988 or so: it’s Cyndi Lauper’s band, and it’s pretty catchy and cute.  Finally there’s B-Movie, with a track that’s for some unknown reason stuck with me more than it probably warrants; but it has an infectiously urgent feeling and a nice full-stop-restart chorus, keyboard hook, and piano accompaniment that makes it remind me a little of the Suburbs, who’re featured a couple times on the main mixes.

1000ohmBlah Blah Blah – “Central Park”

abc__tears_are_not_enoughBlancmange – “Sad Day” (Edit)

absolute-body-controlBlondie – “Rapture” (Edit)

adam-and-the-antsBlue Angel – “Can’t Blame Me”

flock-of-seagullsB-Movie – “Remembrance Day”

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