Alternative mid 80’s indie UK trio with a touch of goth and psychedelic to make things real interesting. Other than this 12”, it looks like they may have had a couple singles…not positive. There’s more songs on their MySpace page…Here’s some background info taken from their page - -
“This Virgin Deep performed extensively throughout the UK from 1985 - 1987. Their unique brand of Psychobilly rock/metal, featuring manic voodoo electric violin, afforded them much attention from the major record companies. They released an acclaimed 12" single on Purple Plum, which picked up considerable airplay in the UK, USA, Europe and Japan. “
The song “See Me Burning” is the winner here…Out of print private pressing via Purple Plum Records.
SIDE ONE who do you love (love and entropy mix)
SIDE TWO who do you love (seven inch energy mix) western world see me burning
Switching to a more indie pop sound, here is the lone extended player by United Kingdom’s Swimming To France. The core group comprised of a duo, Phil Shaw and Greg Mason, with a little extra help here and there. Bright and cheerful indie pop wave is what you find here. Make sure it's sunny out when you listen to this one... Out of print pressing via Oval Records, UK.
Side 1 you never even asked my name swimming to france
United Kingdom based indie band that delves and indulges the listener into their unique world of experimental positions, funky sax strikes, minimalism and new wave tempos…. and they perform this potpourri of ten tunes with a quirky flair….Male and female vocals coupled with some instrumental assaults…And dare I say the utilization of a xylophone, although in a restrained fashion in one song….A rather enjoyable spin….For the vinyl collectors, this comes with a snazzy glossy 4 page lyric sheet with pictures, etc…Out of print private pressing via Relentless Records, UK…
SIDE A A1 Snap It Around A2 Samouri Swords A3 Camaracadabra A4 Rhino Whip A5 Relentless
SIDE B B1 You Were Never There B2 Psycle Sluts B3 Discolero B4 Too Nice For Nigel B5 Snap It Around (version)
Bara Flokkurinn was a band out of Iceland in the early 80’s. This lively six song extended player is a desirable mix of power pop, indie rock and synth wave…Vocals are in the English language. The songs “It’s All Planned” and “Radio Prison”, which start off each respective side are very infectious power pop wave numbers …Then there is the sinister synth laden meandering “Fog” to end what is a potent musical ride from this Nordic European Island country on the Mid-Atlantic ridge. Out of print private pressing via Steinar HF.
Another Day was an indie synth wave trio formed in the early 80’s near Boston. This extended player was their only output and its five songs are brimming with top drawer passionate synth pop melodies. Out of print private pressing via Vinyl Siding Records.
SIDE ONE afraid of heights you’re leaving
SIDE TWO marianne said something in the rain will you wave goodbye
Here’s an exceptional, quirky, left of center, odd band who were led by the late and great Mark Freeland. Mark was a innovator in the underground music scenes during the 70’s and 80’s, especially in the Western New York music area. He was driven by a creative force for artful progressive music. Pegasonics came to being after the demise of the late 70’s band Pegasus. This one and only album is packed with creative tunes that range from power pop, new wave to art rock to instrumentals. For the vinyl collectors, it comes with an interesting six page booklet full of whacky pictures and comments…a very nice addition to an impressive overall musical package….Out of print private pressing via Trelaine Records, NY.
SIDE A new new York i get what I want you make me want to love you where did the girls go the laws mean nothing today
SIDE B give it to me yesterday brainbox no money nucleork new new York reprise new order prelude i think we’re ready
The album sleeve alone catches your eye from this independent EP out of New York City in the early 80’s. The big apple was a rich breeding ground for underground indie bands and there were a plethora of them in the 80’s… This alternative oriented fivesome swings back and forth with female and male vocals and provides a creatively slick four song new wave synth platter. I see this pop up from time to time at very modest prices, so if you are inclined - this is highly recommended for the obscure synth vinyl collection. Out of print private pressing via IPS Music.
Brouhaha is quite the indie obscurity find. An alternative new wave oriented band that I have no information on. After an extensive search via the web of course, I was rewarded with zilch. Maybe someone out there can fill in the gaping hole and information will materialize. Anyway, this was a pleasant surprise minutes upon flipping it up on the turntable. They play an upbeat to mid-tempo, melancholic alternative new wave vibe with engaging guitars. Sounds like a successful collegiate band in their time. Enough so to warrant an independent record deal via SWM Records.
SIDE ONE always today the boy silent weekend fifteen minutes
SIDE TWO silent weekend (alternate mix) feel day in, day out
Back to the US, here’s a new wave keyboard driven alternative band with Christian leanings. You won’t find too much preachiness here, rather some infectious up-tempo synth oriented new wave pop rock. Check out the trance infused “Paradoxical Faith”, which has a cool instrumental synth interlude smack in the middle…A Christian version of The Fixx…if you’re interested…
SIDE 1 when the deal goes down I want to walk in the light
Here we have a sought after rare minimal synth wave full length album from a French duo. Jocelya and Patrick provide ample amounts of synth induced beats and sampled sounds to fulfill the minimal palate. Half the album is done in French vocals and the other half is English. Recorded and mixed by a trio of engineers at “Thalassa” studio, France. Clair Instant had a few guest musicians assisting in vocals and bass as well. The title track, with its emphasized synth pop melodies, seems to be the standout, but this LP has other fine moments- check out the dreary tune “The Moon Falls Down Tonight”…Out of print pressing via Andre Records, France.
A1 Plus Rien
A2 Le Bleu Des Choses
A3 Les Apres Midi De Pluie
A4 A Child Again
B3 The Moon Falls Down Tonight
B4 Certains Words
B5 Demain Peut-Etre
→ This blog will focus on private and independent releases that are out of print from the 1980s alternative music scenes - new wave - minimal synth - post punk - power pop - darkwave - electro - experimental - avant garde - coldwave - gothic - indie rock - industrial wave - All records are sourced from my personal collection, unless noted otherwise.
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