Skip navigation

Category Archives: 1980s


I think this shows that Hipinion probably has the greatest actual pool of talented and creative people out of any forum or message board on the internet. Here they are covering 25 of the best jams of the 1980s like “Would I Lie To You” by the Eurythmics, “Girls Just Wanna have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, Prince’s “When 2 R In Love” and an admittedly out of place early GBV song. Styles range from minimalist glitchy house anthem to lo-fi four track with Radioshack condenser mic.

Actually maybe that GBV cover isn’t so out of place after all.

If you have to wonder if this even interests you, then it isn’t for you.

DOWNLOAD:
Various Artists-HIPINION PRESENTS TOTALLY OR TOTALLY NOT: 80s (2010)
rs hf
VBR

Advertisements


Might seem strange to drop this in the middle of this ’60s psych frenzy, but this is probably my favorite Cure album, it has a consistent dreariness that just suits a damp, cold Sunday like this.

Anyway, this is a rip I made of my vinyl, which is an Elektra first pressing from 1980. I dunno if it’s rare or anything, I’ve had it since like 1997. Anyway, don’t bother with the 2005 remaster of this album, they accidentally destroyed the master in a washing machine during the 80s (really), and they actually used a vinyl as the source for the remaster! So, here’s an original vinyl rip. I don’t have fancy audiophile equipment I just recorded it at 24/96 and dithered it down. It sounds pretty good to me.

DOWNLOAD:
The Cure-SEVENTEEN SECONDS (1980)

Here’s the first show of the supplemental box set TG+. I’m thinking if I alternate between TG 24 and TG+ it will be more interesting than a bunch of possibly similar shows in a row. Found a little description of the show by Chris “Flatline”:

==================================
IRCD30
Oundle Public School. 16th March 1980.
Binaural Stereo.

A boarder had convinced his music teacher to book TG, who apparently sounded like John Cage. Audience consisted almost entirely of boys aged between 8 and 16. The gig was recorded by Stan Bingo and released by Industrial Videos as Throbbing Gristle Live at Oundle School. Supported by Monte Cazazza.

Track One (29’30”)

00’00” Introduction
01’28” Cornets
06’20” An Old Man Smiled
14’20” Subhumans
18’46” Heathen Earth “When’s the music?”
26’57” Something Came Over Me

Track Two (27’56”)

00’00” Something Came Over Me (cont.) “…an awful lot of toilet rolls… have you all had a shit?”
04’10” The World is a War Film
09’40” ‘Oundle Public Schoolboys- England is a Toilet’
11’00” Don’t Do What You’re Told, Do What You Think / Wall of Sound
21’51” (Performance ends) “Show us your legs!


===================================

TG playing for a crowd of rude British kids? Sign me up.

Binaural sound would explain the sound of these. I don’t know if they were all recorded that way. We’ll see.

Actually, I’m listening to it as I type and it’s pretty awesome.

More info on TG Live:
http://nonplus.desensitised.net/tg24/tg24guide.html
Wikipedia: TG Live

DOWNLOAD:
THROBBING GRISTLE: TG+: IRCD30 LIVE AT OUNDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, UK (LIVE 16 MARCH 1980)
320kbps


John Carpenter is just awesome. Even when his movies stunk, he usually wrote a score that was the creepiest imaginable. HALLOWEEN III is a great example of an icily scary score buried by a movie that is only enjoyed on an ironic level. DARK STAR is kind of hard to listen to, I admit. It’s got some great synth work, but it seems like it’s pulled straight off the film transfer (dialogue and all), or the master really had all that stuff and it was all folded together. It’s still pretty amazing for a student film from 1973. CHRISTINE is also a great score that seems pretty underrated, I never see it mentioned alongside the others.

When you’re in a record shop looking through the soundtracks section, you might see two different versions of a movie’s score. One will be a SUPER DELUXE EXTENDED ANNIVERSARY EDITION with two discs. The other is basic looking, has a fairly standard tracklisting that looks like it’s under forty minutes or so, put out in the early to mid 1980s by a company called VARÉSE SARABANDE. The Super Extended Mega version might even be cheaper, as the VS versions are mostly out of print. Grab the older version and don’t look back.

I am finding that Varèse Sarabande always does a bangup job with a film score, and get it right the first time. Avoid 20th, 30th whatever-th anniversary editions of scores, it usually means they’re bogged down with a ton of unnecessary bonus material. Not every little nugget of sound John Carpenter or Wendy Carlos left on the cutting room floor was meant to be picked up again. 75% of these leftovers end up being shorter, cue-length repetitions on the score’s main themes, or bits of dialogue inserted between tracks, which I guess is their idea of an “immersive experience”. Sorry dudes, I saw ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK already, just give me John Carpenter’s synth work from the movie. I don’t need to hear Harry Dean Stanton talking to Kurt Russell.


Another reason Varèse Sarabande got these scores right the first time? They’re all under 45 minutes. Basically the length of a vinyl LP, because that’s the master they were transferring. Forty-five minutes is just about the maximum amount of time my brain really wants to be immersed in a single film’s atmosphere, don’t you agree?

Last: the mastering. Comparing the mastering jobs between the original Varèse Sarabande rips and the remastering on those Super Extended Anniversary Editions, I find that the newer versions are JACKED UP and SHRILL. I’m imagining some cheapo AV company just brickwalling these haphazardly in between novelty records that end up on the Dr. Demento Show. Carpenter made some chilling soundtracks out of some WARM OLD SYNTHS. Cranking everything up in these masters makes it sound like you’re running an ARP 2600 through cheap distortion pedal. Actually that sounds fun to do, but I probably wouldn’t want to listen to somebody else do it.

I’d like to point out that Alan Howarth gets swept under the rug often, Carpenter’s scores became more lush, almost gothic, when Howarth stepped onboard. Check out HALLOWEEN II, which is often overshadowed by the first. I included a “suite” version of the score to II from another version because I did like its sequencing.

DOWNLOAD:
DARK STAR (1974)
ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)
HALLOWEEN (1978)
THE FOG (1980)
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
HALLOWEEN II (1981)
HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1981)
CHRISTINE (1983)
320kbps

Good article on the making of OVER THE EDGE, one of the greatest movies of all time.


Thought I’d organize these a little. They were spread out over the blog at different bitrates and stuff.

I don’t really need to sell you on these, do I? If you have never heard these, get I and IV. These are of course mindblowing, but my favorite of all Eno’s ambient stuff is APOLLO: ATMOSPHERES AND SOUNDTRACKS. Check that out, too!

DOWNLOAD:
AMBIENT I: MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS (1978)
AMBIENT II: THE PLATEAUX OF MIRROR w/ Harold Budd (1980)
AMBIENT III: DAY OF RADIANCE w/ Laraaji (1980)
AMBIENT IV: ON LAND (1982)
320kbps

Nervous Gender created what is probably the ultimate synth-punk album, when you consider that 25 years later this still sounds as fresh as it did back in the day, not to mention that it’s still hugely influential.

The root of their sound is clearly the no-wave of the late-70’s, and of course the work of The Normal, early Tuxedomoon, The Screamers etc. Nevertheless, it is Nervous Gender that are the ultimate exponents of the genre.

The songs vibrate with a hysteric edge, the synthesizers shriek like air raids, and the lyrics are spurred with a heretic ferocity (“Monsters”, “Fat Cow”, “Nothing To Hide”). The second side, supposedly done by Beelzebub Youth but actually by Nervous Gender too, is even more conceptual, abstract and cacophonous (“Christian Lovers”, “Exorcism”, “Bathroom Sluts”).

ILY, rateyourmusic.com

DOWNLOAD:
Nervous Gender-MUSIC FROM HELL (1981)
320kbps