80′s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ House Of Love

Prior to doing research for this post, the only House of Love song I was familiar with was “I Don’t Know Why I Love You” – a catchy 80′s-infused tune with more than a hint of what was coming as a signature 90′s style, a.k.a. shoegaze. A couple of weeks ago, David Marsden played “Marble,” which caught my ear, and the seed was planted to do a little more investigating.

The House of Love began life in 1986 in Camberwell, London. The initial line-up was singer/guitarist Guy Chadwick (vocals, guitar), Terry Bickers (guitar), Andrea Heukamp (vocals, guitar), Chris Groothuizen (bass), and Pete Evans (drums). Prior to releasing their untitled debut LP in 1988, they released three singles: “Shine On,””Real Animal,” and “Christine.”

One curious thing about this band was that they seemed to be at a loss for album titles. Their first three albums were simplistically titled The House Of Love. To distinguish one collection from another, the first one is referred to as the “Singles Collection,” and the third release as “Butterfly.” Got that? Good.

Tensions mounted over the first few years the band was in action, and Bickers ended up leaving in 1989 to form Levitation. He was replaced by Simon Walker. Heukamp had previously left the band in 1987, but returned in 1990 to provide backing vocals..

The group has continued to remain together in one iteration or another over the years, releasing an album as recently in 2005. I’m not all that familiar with their later work, but find their 80′s music to be vital and talent-laden, and certainly worthy of more airplay and promotion than they received. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking them now that you have a chance to go back and discover what you’ve missed.

Purchase House Of Love music here.

I Don’t Know Why I Love You” via YouTube user 23Daves:

“Marble” via YouTube user remainremain:

Shine On” via YouTube user anyonewitheyes:

“Destroy The Heart” via YouTube user apesgrapes:

Christine” via YouTube user vimequin:

1980′s Discography

The House of Love (singles collection) – 1987
The House of Love – 1988
The House of Love (Butterfly) – 1990
A Spy in the House of Love – 1990

80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 09-14-10

Ed reached deep into his bag of tricks to weave together a fantastic show of obscure music. The woven musical tapestry was expertly done and fashionably appointed. Heck, in plain English, it was a FAB show, and if you missed it, well, there’s always next week.

Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “stop me I’m going into overdrive” 80’s Retrospect show on CFRC-FM from 8 pm until 10 pm on Tuesday nights. Ed takes requests by phone: (613) 533-CFRC (2372) or email: retrospectcfrc at yahoo dot ca. Indulge yourself in some “80’s Music that doesn’t suck.” I guarantee die-hard 80’s New Wave/Post-punk fans will not be disappointed.

CFRC-FM Playlist September 14, 2010

Basement of Carruthers Hall in Queens University, Kingston, Ontario

ED-FM ~ Retrospect
80’s Music That Doesn’t Suck
If the “Listen Live” link on the CFRC Website doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your Windows Media Player: http://sunsite.queensu.ca:8000/
Join us in the Chat Room during the show – either click the link on the right menu under the Rave and Roll graphic, or here.

To listen to any shows that you may have missed, go to the CFRC website and look up the archives under the “Programming” drop-down menu. You can enjoy Ed’s previous shows in one-hour increments.

Nash The Slash – 1984
Rational Youth – Heredity
Simple Minds – Colours Fly & Catherine Wheel
Black – Blue
Rough Trade – Deca-Dance
Neon Judgement  – Don’t Wish Me Luck
Nails – Home Of The Brave (Apocalyptic Bebop)
Box – Checkmate
Gary Numan – Me, I Disconnect From You
Moral Support – Strange Days For Dancing
Alphaville – Fallen Angel
Soft Boys – Kingdom Of Love
Hush – Now Reality
Human League – Open Your Heart
Love & Rockets – Yin And Yang The Flowerpot Man
Dali’s Car – His Box
Arkitex – First World Calling
Abecedarians – Smiling Monarchs
Screaming Blue Messiahs – I Wanna Be A Flintstone
Hawaiian Pups – Baby Judy
Eva Everything – Piece Of Cake
Jaag – What Am I (dub mix)

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-12-2010

September 12, 2010

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

David put a great spin on the last day of the weekend. It really takes the edge off of knowing that Monday is on its way. If you missed out on the greatest free-form broadcasting in the business, you have a chance to redeem yourself next weekend. Be sure to join us Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 pm until midnight. Your ears deserve to smile.

This is the list until 10 pm. Still looking for a volunteer that can *transcribe* (lol David) the list from 10 pm until midnight on Sunday nights.

[Edit: Thanks to J Doaner and David for completing the list.]

 ~ MissParker ~

Alan Parsons – Raven
Arcade Fire – Ready To Start
Badfinger – Carry On Til Tomorrow
Blodwyn Pig – Dear Jill
Blue Peter – Video Verite
Boys Brigade – Into The Flow
Champion – Resistance (Skool)
Chilly Gonzales – Bittersuite
Clockwise – Drastic
Colourbox – In This Arena
Comsat Angels – On The Beach
Concrete Blonde – Someday
Counting Crows – If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)
Crash Test Dummies – Heart Of Stone
Danny Marks – Big Town Boy
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
David Gilmour - A Pocketful Of Stones
David Gray – Say Hello And Wave Goodbye
Deftones – Drive
Doors – The Crystal Ship
Dr. John – Going Back To New Orleans
Eight Seconds – Kiss You When It’s Dangerous
Fiat Lux – Photography
Greg Kihn Band – Jeopardy
Hidden Cameras – Colour Of A Man
Housemartins – People Who Grinned Themselves To Death
Japan – Rhodesia
Jimi Hendrix – Have You Ever Been To Electric Ladyland
Joe Cocker – Bird On A Wire
Kane Gang – Gun Law
Kinks – A Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy
Lene Lovich – I Think We’re Alone Now
Long John Baldry – Flying
Lou Reed – Busload of Faith
Martha & The Muffins – Rainbow Sign
Moev – Alibis
Paul Hyde – Maddest Of The Mad
Pink Floyd – Free Four
Procul Harum – Your Own Choice
Raised By Swans – How Do These Hearts Unfold
Robbie Robertson – Broken Arrow
Roger Waters – Radio Waves
Simply Red – Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)
Sisters Of Mercy – Temple Of Love
Slave To The SQUAREwave – A Love Unknown
Specials – Ghost Town
Steppenwolf – Snowblind Friend
Steve Hackett – Star of Sirius
Strawbs – Hero & Heroine
Tears For Fears – Mad World
The The – Armageddon Days Are Here (Again)
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
Toni Childs – Dead Are Dancing
Tornadoes – Telstar
Van Morrison – Someone Like You
Velvet Underground – Who Loves The Sun

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-11-2010

September 11, 2010

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Tonight was an emotional night, following on the heels of an emotion-packed day. David put on an exceptional show, paying tribute to both a colleague who put on his wings this week, Craig M. Smith, and all of the victims of September 11, 2001. That was a very tall order to fill, but David did it very well, and with care and concern.

Be sure to join us tomorrow (Sunday) night from 7 pm until midnight.

~ MissParker ~

Aaron Neville – Respect Yourself
Alice In Videoland – Going Down
Arcade Fire – Ready To Start
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Autograph – Dance All Night
Beautiful South  – Old Red Eyes Is Back
Brendan Canning – Love Is New
Brian Eno & John Cale – Spinning Away
Carole Pope – Love Strikes Hard
Clockwise – Surrender
Cure – Pictures Of You
Danny Marks – Any Other Way
Depeche Mode – Master & Servant
Depeche Mode – Set Me Free (Remotivate Me)
Don’t Tell Betsy - The Undead
Elvis Costello – Lip Service
Frank Zappa – Cheap Thrills
Gentleman Reg – When Heroes Change Professions
Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends
Happy Mondays – Hallelujah
Harlem Choir – Imagine
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One)
Jam – A Town Called Malice
John Foxx – Europe After The Rain
Jon & Vangelis – I Hear You Now
Kinks Lost & Found
Kissing The Pink – One Step
Lewis Furey – The Sky Is Falling
Living Colour – Glamour Boys
Mandala – Opportunity
Moby – One Of These Mornings
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II
New Pornographers – Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Secret
Peter Gabriel & Kate bush – Don’t Give Up
Peter Murphy – Indigo Eyes
Propellerheads & Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger
R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
Rammstein – Sehnsucht
Robbie Robertson – Fallen Angel
Roger Waters – Towers Of Faith
Roger Waters – Leaving Beirut
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Healing Hands
Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
Spoons – Old Emotions
Spoons – Ciao
Tenants – Sheriff
Tin Star Orphans – Men With Guns
Vanity Project – Wilted Rose
Visage – Damned Don’t Cry
Vital Sines – Collage

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.

80′s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Alphaville

Alphaville? Am I serious? Oh yeah. Here’s another band that had a couple of heavily rotated hits here in the U.S., making them seem like one-dimensional popsters. Many of us are more than familiar with “Big In Japan” and “Forever Young.” In fact, I heard both of those so many times over the years, I’d be fine with never hearing them again.

One of the benefits of working for a boss who is a musician is that I get to hear a different point of view about bands that I either only have limited knowledge of, or in some cases, no knowledge at all. The boss introduced me to an Alphaville song from the very same LP that produced the two aforementioned tracks. It’s called “To Germany With Love,” and let me tell you, it blew me away.

Just in case you are one of the two or three people who have never heard of Alphaville, here’s a brief history. The group formed in 1982 in Germany. The original members were Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, and Frank Mertens, all stage names. The band’s first moniker was Forever Young – sound familiar? It was also the title of the first demo the trio created. In 1984, the band renamed to Alphaville and released “Big in Japan.” Shortly after, they released their debut LP, Forever Young. Frank Mertens left the trio, and was replaced by Ricky Echolette (yes, another pseudonym). The single “Big In Japan” was a huge worldwide success, followed by “Forever Young” which charted well in Europe and the US.

Subsequent releases of LPs and featured singles failed to produce any major chart hits in the US. It’s a shame. This is a group who, like other artists such as Modern English, A-Ha, and even Gary Numan, were improperly marketed, and unfairly remembered as “one-hit wonders” or having flash-in-the-pan popularity.

This is a band that is definitely worth exploring well beyond their most notorious hits. Their solid synth-pop foundation puts them in the same league as Ultravox. Add to that some very strong vocals, and the fact that the band currently continues to record, and this is an 80′s treasure that despite two very solid hits, was criminally underrated. 

“To Germany With Love” via YouTube user mikeszkoo:

“Jet Set” via YouTube user sathoru:

“Dance With Me” via YouTube user IsSiauliu2:

“To Germany With Love” (Demo) via YouTube user Abteilung33:

Official Alphaville website.

Purchase Alphaville music here.

Discography

1984: Forever Young
1986: Afternoons in Utopia
1989: The Breathtaking Blue
1994: Prostitute
1997: Salvation
1999: Dreamscapes
2000: Stark Naked and Absolutely Live
2001: Forever Pop
2003: CrazyShow
2010: Catching Rays on Giant

80’s Music Rules ~ More from Retrospect CFRC-FM ~ 09-7-10

So glad to have Ed-FM back – and as promised, in rare form. There was lots of lights flashing and loud thunder…and that was inside the studio! Ed served up a serious mix of rare, toe-tapping, chair-dancing energy on a platter – vinyl platter, that is. No self-respecting rare 80’s music fan could resist, so give in to your desires and be sure to join us next week.

 Be sure to tune in to Ed and his “I ain’t scared of no thunder and lightning” 80’s Retrospect show on CFRC-FM from 8 pm until 10 pm on Tuesday nights. Ed takes requests by phone: (613) 533-CFRC (2372) or email: retrospectcfrc at yahoo dot ca. Indulge yourself in some “80’s Music that doesn’t suck.” I guarantee die-hard 80’s New Wave/Post-punk fans will not be disappointed.

CFRC-FM Playlist September 7, 2010

Basement of Carruthers Hall in Queens University, Kingston, Ontario

ED-FM ~ Retrospect
80’s Music That Doesn’t Suck
If the “Listen Live” link on the CFRC Website doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL into your Windows Media Player: http://sunsite.queensu.ca:8000/
Join us in the Chat Room during the show – either click the link on the right menu under the Rave and Roll graphic, or here.
To listen to any shows that you may have missed, go to the CFRC website and look up the archives under the “Programming” drop-down menu. You can enjoy Ed’s previous shows in one-hour increments.

Men Without Hats – I Know Their Name
New Musik – Changing Minds
Spoons – Nova Heart (12 inch)
Siouxsie & The Banshees – The Killing Jar (extended)
Images In Vogue – Lust For Love
Steve Hackett – A Doll Made In Japan
Glove – Perfect Murder
Stranglers – Duchess
Martha & The Muffins – Swimming
Alexei Sayle – Didn’t You Kill My Brother (12 inch)
Bongos – Tiger Night
Nash The Slash – Psychotic Reaction
Xmal Deutschland – Incubus Succubus
Sex Gang Children – Beasts
Yello – Vicious Games
Our Daughter’s Wedding  – Auto Music
New Order – Cries & Whispers (12 inch)
Transvision Vamp – I Just Want To Be With you
Benjamin Russell – Miracle

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-5-2010

September 5, 2010

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Tonight was a fabulous way to launch into the holiday. David debuted some music in the theatre that was fantastic. Tin Star Orphans, Don’t Tell Betsy, and Death Of The Author Brigade were featured prominently and exclusively in the Marsbar Theatre. There were also some great covers, as well as rarely heard masterpieces. Be sure to join us next week to add a little spice to your music life.

 ~ MissParker ~

10CC – Wall Street Shuffle
Bauhaus – She’s In Parties
Big Supreme – Don’t Walk
Box – Crying Out Loud For Love
Brian Eno – Baby’s On Fire
Broken Social Scene – Ungrateful Little Father
China Crisis – King In A Catholic Style
City Boy – The Greatest Story Ever Told
Clash – Mustapha Dance (Rock The Casbah Remix)
Crash Test Dummies – Heart Of Stone
Dave Rave – Good News
David Usher – Too Close To The Sun
Death Of The Author Brigade – Send All The Angels
Dee Long – Make Love In Zero Gravity
Dee Long – Goodnight Universe
Dominic Troiano – Eleanor Fagan
Don’t Tell Betsy – The Undead
Eight Seconds – Kiss You When It’s Dangerous
Elan Atias – Slave To Love
Everclear – Brown Eyed Girl
Gentleman Reg – We’re In A Thunderstorm
Golden Dogs – Underwater Goldmine
House Of Love – Marble
Iggy Pop – Pumpin’ For Jill
Jimmy Cliff – Reggae Night
Joe Tex – Hold On To What You’ve Got
Joel Plaskett – Rewind
Jona Lewie – Louise (We Get It Right)
King Crimson – Cat Food
Love Spit Love – How Soon Is Now?
Midge Ure – The Man Who Sold The World
New Musik – This World Of Water
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Maid Of Orleans
Parachute Club – Dancing At The Feet Of The Moon
Paul Weller – You Do Something To Me
Payola$ – Never Said I Loved You
Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party – Wish Upon A Dog Star
Pink Floyd – In The Flesh?
Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation
Placebo – Summer’s Gone
Rita Marley – One Draw
Sector 27 – One Fine Day
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Boy vs. Girl
Steve Harley – Understand
Thinkman – The Formula
Thomas Dolby – Wind Power
Tin Star Orphans – Jaw Wired Shut
Tin Star Orphans – Men With Guns
Tom Robinson Band – Listen To The Radio
Traffic – Low Spark Of High Heeled boys
Waterboys – Blues For Your Baby
Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division

For previous David Marsden lists starting from 2003, visit RalphD’s blog “Marsbar Theater.” Ralph is the creator and original caretaker of the lists.