Apollo Four Forty (1999) Stop The Rock UK 12″


Very Brief:
Apollo Four Forty are a group of Englishmen that formed together in Liverpool in the early 90s. They first earned notice for their talents at remixing records with over 60 remixing credits on pieces released by artists such as U2, Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page, Puretone, and Manic Street Preachers. The single “Stop The Rock” came from ‘Gettin’ High on Your Own Supply’, their third album released in 1999. The song was a Top 10 hit on the UK Pop charts and reached #11 on the US Dance chart.  It has been included in numerous video game soundtracks and used in commercials over the years. This UK 12″ release features remixes by Apollo Four Forty themselves, Mint Royale, Gigolo and T-Total.


Apollo Four Forty (1999) Stop The Rock UK 12"The Source:
Label: Stealth Sonic Recordings
Catalog#: 6675976000
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1999


Apollo Four Forty (1999) Stop The Rock UK 12"The A Side:
Stop The Rock (@440 Extended Mix) 5:04
Stop The Rock (Mint Royale Mix) 6:10

The B Side:
Stop The Rock (Gigolo ‘Stop The Jocks’ Remix) 6:42
Stop The Rock (T-Total Remix) 6:33


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot Dance/Disco 1/22/2000 11 13

Art Of Noise (1985) Legs 12″


Very Brief:
More sonic goodness from Art of Noise today.  The single “Legs” came from the 1986 album “In Visible Silence”, the second collection of quirky synth based music/noise from the English avant-gardians. “Legs” is a very dance-able tune and it reached the Top 30 of the Billboard Dance chart in 1986. There have been so, so many Art Of Noise reissues and compilations that I’m not even going to attempt to try and tell you none of the tracks on this 12″ have ever been issued on CD.  Perhaps there is an Art of Noise aficionado out there who can tell us if there are any significant tracks on this record? Either way, it’s Art of Noise, it’s a good listen, grab yourself a copy and kick up your “Legs”!


Art Of Noise (1985) Legs 12"The Source:
Label: Chrysalis Records
Catalog#: 4V9 42934
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985


Art Of Noise (1985) Legs 12"The A Side:
Legs (Inside Leg Mix) 6:02

The B Side:
Legs 3:28
Hoops And Mallets 3:40


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot Black Singles 1/25/86 60 9
Hot Dance/Disco 1/25/86 27 8

Art Of Noise (1984) Close-Up UK 12″ #4


Very Brief:
In 1984 Art of Noise released four 12″ singles with the same title, “Close-Up”, and catalog number but, each record contained different mixes and a different matrix code in the runout of the records. The fourth record in the set contains “Closely Closely (Enough’s Enough)”, “Close-Up (Hop)” and “A Time To Hear (Who’s Listening?)” The label states “nearly whatever you want but never quite…”.

“Whether you’re doing the shopping or falling madly in love — The Art Of Noise makes it all just that much more special!”


Art Of Noise (1984) Close-Up UK 12" #4The Source:
Label: ZTT Records
Catalog#: 12 Z TPS01
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1984


Art Of Noise (1984) Close-Up UK 12" #4The A Side:
Closely Closely (Enough’s Enough) 7:15

The B Side:
Close-Up (Hop) 5:10
A Time To Hear (Who’s Listening?) 3:32


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Bubbling Under Hot 100 8/18/84   102 2
Hot Black Singles 6/9/84 23 13
Hot Dance/Disco 6/16/84 4 12

Art Of Noise (1984) Close-Up UK 12″ #1


Very Brief:
In 1984 Art of Noise released four 12″ singles with the same title, “Close-Up”, and catalog number but, each record contained different mixes and a different matrix code in the runout of the records. I personally own record #1 and #4.  I am keeping an eye out for #2 and #3 but, finding near mint copies with clean records and picture covers isn’t easy (they’re mostly available from UK and European dealers, shipping costs to the US are horribly expensive) , unless you’re a wealthy person.  I am not, I am on a budget!  LOL Moving on… the first record in the set contains “Close-Up” and “Close-Up (Hop)” and the label states “nearly diversion two, nearly close (to the edit) but not really”.


Art Of Noise (1984) Close-Up UK 12" #1The Source:
Label: ZTT Records
Catalog#: 12 Z TPS01
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1984


Art Of Noise (1984) Close-Up UK 12" #1The A Side:
Close-Up 7:37

The B Side:
Close-Up (Hop) 5:10


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Bubbling Under Hot 100 8/18/84   102 2
Hot Black Singles 6/9/84 23 13
Hot Dance/Disco 6/16/84 4 12

Ta Mara & The Seen (1985) Everybody Dance GER 12″


Very Brief:
“Everybody Dance” was the first single from Ta Mara & The Seen’s debut self-titled album of 1985. It’s the only single the group placed in the Hot 100. I didn’t buy this 12″ when it was released in 1985 as it doesn’t have any special mixes or edits. All 3 tracks on this 12″ are the versions from the album.  That’s a pity, an extended mix of “Everybody Dance” would have been very nice to have. So, any way, ran across this while record shopping a few years ago, it was in good shape and it’s an import from Germany so, I added it to the stack of records I was buying that day.  There’s been a few inquiries here on the blog why I haven’t posted this 12″.  Well, here’s your answer, all of these tracks are already available on the blog here. But, for posterity’s sake, the 12″ is now available, too! Enjoy!


Ta Mara & The Seen (1985) Everybody Dance GER 12"The Source:
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: 392 053-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: GER
Released: 1985


Ta Mara & The Seen (1985) Everybody Dance GER 12"The A Side:
Everybody Dance 5:41

The B Side:
Thinking About You 5:22
Lonely Heart 3:20


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot 100 10/12/85 87 24 21
Hot Black Singles 9/21/85 3 19
Hot Dance/Disco 10/26/85 9 11

Rainy Davis (1986) Sweetheart 12″


Very Brief:
“Sweetheart” is a song written by Rainy Davis that was originally submitted for Janet Jackson to use on the ‘Control’ album.  By the time the song was received, all of the songs for ‘Control’ had been selected so, it was left out.  Undeterred, Davis recorded the song herself and released it on the independent label Supertronics Records of New York.  The song received notice on the dance floors and at R&B and pop radio prompting Columbia Records to sign Rainy to a record deal.  She would wind up releasing two albums on Columbia: ‘Sweetheart’ and ‘Ouch’. “Sweetheart” was covered by Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri in 1998 and was the first track on Mariah’s greatest hits compilation ‘#1’s’. The ‘Sweetheart’ album also contained Rainy’s cover of the Prince song “Still Waiting“. This 12” vinyl rip is from the Supertronics release and contains mixes by Tony Humphries.


Rainy Davis (1986) Sweetheart 12"The Source:
Label: Supertronics Records
Catalog#: RY 013
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986


Rainy Davis (1986) Sweetheart 12"The A Side:
Sweetheart (12″ Mix) 6:56

The B Side:
Sweetheart (Dub) 5:43
Sweetheart (Bonus Beats) :52
Sweetheart (Acapella Version) 2:55


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot Black Singles 4/19/86 24 19
Hot Dance/Disco 3/22/86 42 5

Taylor Dayne (1995) Tell It To My Heart UK 12″


Very Brief:
Taylor Dayne’s debut single was “Tell It To My Heart” and it was originally released in 1987, preceding her first album of the same name. The single hit the streets in October of 1987 and the album dropped in January of 1988. “Tell It To My Heart” would reach #7 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Dance chart. Taylor would go on to produce 9 Top 40 hits, including the #1 hit “Love Will Lead You Back”. In 1995, remixes of “Tell It To My Heart” by T’empo and Tony De Vit were released in the UK and Europe, giving the track an electronic/house vibe.


Taylor Dayne (1995) Tell It To My Heart UK 12"The Source:
Label: Arista Records
Catalog#: 74321 33596 1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1995


Taylor Dayne (1995) Tell It To My Heart UK 12"The A Side:
Tell It To My Heart (T’empo Club Mix) 8:46
Tell It To My Heart (T’emp Blue Room Dub) 7:12

The B Side:
Tell It To My Heart (Tony De Vit Club Mix) 7:54
Tell It To My Heart (Tony De Vit Trade Mix) 7:03


The Billboard Charts (1987):

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot 100 10/10/87 92 7 25
Hot Dance/Disco 9/19/87 4 11

Cathy Dennis (1991) Too Many Walls UK 12″


Very Brief:
Cathy Dennis first became known to US audiences in 1989 as a vocalist with D-Mob.  She was featured vocalist on the Top 10 single “C’mon and Get My Love”. In 1990, she released her first solo album and it was entitled ‘Move To This’.  The album produced three Top 40 hits, “Just Another Dream”, “Touch Me (All Night Long)” and, the subject of today’s post, “Too Many Walls”.  The song was written by Dennis along with Anne Dudley from Art Of Noise. It was co-produced by Dennis and Phil Bodger. This UK 12″ release provides us with the L’Autre Mix on Side A which, translated from French, means The Other Mix. The flip-side gives us the album version and an Acappella. “Too Many Walls” was a #1 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart, reaching the top spot on October 19, 1991 and holding there for 2 weeks.


Cathy Dennis (1991) Too Many Walls UK 12"The Source:
Label: Polydor Records
Catalog#: CATHX 4
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1991


Cathy Dennis (1991) Too Many Walls UK 12"The A Side:
Too Many Walls (L’Autre Mix)

The B Side:
Too Many Walls
Too Many Walls (Acappella)


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot 100 7/6/91 65 8 20

Fun With Vinyl on the Local News

When you live in Smalltown, USA… your likes and dislikes are pretty much well-known by a lot of people in your area. When the news of Prince’s sudden passing first broke, numerous friends contacted me directly by phone, text and social media. All with questions over what had just happened and to express their concern and sorrow over the loss. We commiserated and spoke of the unexpected loss and how awful it was to see such a talented man die so young. local news

The following day I was contacted by WALB News, our local NBC and ABC affiliate (yes, we are such a small market that one TV station is affiliated with 2 national networks). Full disclosure, I have a friend that works for the station and he passed along to the news department that the Fun-wife and I attended Prince’s last concert performance at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on April 14th. The news department contacted me and asked if I would be willing to do a short interview for them, to give a local flavor to the story. The station had been relying on national news stories in their coverage and were looking for a local news angle to give their viewers. With some trepidation, I agreed to do it. The reporter came to my home and set up in my media room for some shots with my Prince memorabilia in the background. He asked me several questions that I tried to answer as intelligently as I could. He took more footage of other memorabilia for background shots, etc. Most of that wound up on the cutting room floor, of course. The piece ran Friday night, April 22nd on the 11:00pm newscast. I thought I would share the news footage and the link to the article with you.

Click here to view the piece online.

And, here is the piece that was aired:

Courtesy of WALB News 10

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Prince 1958-2016

Prince 1958-2016. It seems the sad news out of Minneapolis is true. Prince has passed away. No details yet of the cause of death. Just a host of mourning fans feeling like the rug has just been jerked out from under them. In the coming days, weeks, months and years there will be tribute after tribute paid to Prince from all over the globe. I don’t have much in the way of offering solace to those feeling this loss.  Other than to say, break out the music. Listen to it. Enjoy it. And take comfort in knowing that Prince will always live on through his music. Man is not forever. Music is forever. Rest in peace Prince.

Prince 1958-2016

Prince 1958-2016

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