02) Some People I Know To Lead Fantastic Lives 3:34
03) This Occupation (Extended) 4:04
04) Some People I Know...(Extended) 6:05
Firstly, I want to thank Eightiesvinyl (EV), for originally posting this about a year ago. I have used my own recordings (his recording are well and fine too) and have photo'ed all the art. Feel free to visit the eightiesvinyl site for some quick China Crisis history and chart success.
Back in 1991-1992, this was one of my favourite bands outside the 'grunge' movement of the day. It had all the shoegaze noise-pop laden hooks & melodies that you could ever want and it was concocted by 3 band members. I was able to see them live back in 1995 at a small venue (The Unicorn) where about 70 people attended! It was perfect and deafening, plus I grabbed a photo (polaroid) op after the set!
Patrick Fitzgerald went on to form a solo project titled Stephen Hero. Stepehen Hero is now in the wings and work has begun on a new Kitchens Of Distinction release. Hopefully out sometime this year of 2013!
Here's a Facebook link that will take you where you'd like to go: Stephen Hero
Bigod 20 and it's main creator, Talla 2XLC were a major force in the creation of a new wave of EBM (Electronic Body Music). The labels, New Zone, Suck Me Plasma & Zoth Ommog all had influences directly going back to Talla and his releases, orginally on ZYX Records, then followed by Techno Drome International releases. The term Techno had a completely different meaning from the earlier 80's of 'Detroit' techno based electronic music. This new 'TECHNO' was a full on German take of the idea and it had a massive effect on the music to follow.
This was one of the 1st tracks I heard from Talla @XLC & Co. I was keen to the Robotico Rejekto releases and Talla's name/involvement, but this one was the first release that made me a die hard fan! Funny, this came out right about the same time Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails - 'Down In It' release.
On a side note, the main track 'America' ends cold. I've offered up my answer to that issue by extending and fading the track for easier DJ use (DJ RAF Edit)
America Is Still The Greatest Country On Earth: Apollo 11
Another fantastic find in my recently acquired (holding) collection of music from my long time friend. This 12 inch is in mint condition! It was screaming at me to post it and all the artwork. I didn't record from the 12 inch, but in fact took all the recordings from the 2011 Remaster version of 'Darklands'. That being said, the recordings are not at full 320 as I normally prefer. These are 260 and up VBR recordings. The quality is excellent despite this oversight.
I recently picked up 3 moving boxes of 12"s and LP's from a friend of mine. I'm holding these for him (as I have plenty of space) during a transitional time and recording them to mp3 and for use in the blog. The variety and hard to find music is awesome and quite perfect for my postings! His first request was this lovely Grace Jones 12'er! Thanks again for everything Craig!
Are you coming? C'mon! I'm not waiting for you...any longer: Party Girl
The above photo is of the German 12 Inch release taken from the Discogs site. There doesn't appear to be any quality photos from the standard US release. I've included all of my photos from this Promo 12 inch and the German (re-touched) front art as well.
This was the second single taken from the 1983 LP release entitled 'Heartland' The keyboardist, George Pappas, has been making wonderful dark edged electronic music under the title 'Alien Skin' You can find all information and his back catalogue (since 2008) here Alien Skin
Part III of my ongoing China Crisis 12 inch postings. This superb release was originally on the 1982 CD/LP 'Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms : Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain'. That's a mouthful...good lord! Anyway, the CD release of this song tracked out at 3:48, so there is a noticeable 'extended' feel to this version. As is all my posts, Artwork is from the original release (photoshop) and the recordings were reworked in a variety of fine computer programs I have.
One of the earlier Statik records releases out of England in 1983. I'm not sure why I decided to pull this 12 inch out of my collection for digital transfer. I am sure I was looking for something else in the 'M' file. Nonetheless, I still enjoy the early MWOH releases. I did see them perform back in 1987, but unfortunately missed the U.S. Winter 2012 tour w/ Bow Wow Wow!