Two Of Us were James Herter
and Thomas Dörr from Reutlingen. They met in the early 80ies while
recording Hubert Kah tracks. They
first formed the NDW (new German wave) band Kiz and have a #3 hit in
early 1983 with "Die Sennerin Vom Königssee". From 1985 till
1988 they released songs - based on the English language - for the
international market: "Blue Night Shadow" (06/1985, #6*),
"Two Of Us" (11/1985, #15*), "Generation Swing"
(02/1986, #18*), "Love Is So Sensible" (11/1986, #23*),
"Break It Out", (06/1987, #17*), "My Inner Voices"
(05/1988, #20*). "Blue Night Shadow" was also a top 10 hit in
State Of The
Art, mainly the
brothers Stephan & Georg Koch, were from Germany. They released
three brilliant singles: "Love Remains A Rebel" (05/1987;
#10*), "Love Will Keep Us Together" (05/1988; #25*) and
"Shout And Run" (01/1989; #20*). But no LP. What a shame! - Does
someone have further facts?
This one's a brilliant track from a UK band
who only released one single (?). It was a huge airplay hit on
"radio ffn" (I think it was #1 in their rotation); and #1 in my
Single-Charts as well (entered my charts in 1989 again with a peak
at #7). If you're lucky you can spot this track on the fantastic - but
now deleted - compilation "radio ffn powerstation" (on LP/CD).
On this album the following artists are also included: Tommy De Film, Bel
Canto, Sally Timms & Marc
Almond, Der Straza, Goodbye
Mr. MacKenzie, Paul Roland, The
Mekons etc. - But back to Stepping Razor: The song was about the
Sandinist-movement in Nicaragua as a child saw it: "Please tell
me Mama / Oh won't you let me know / When is Papa / When is Papa coming
home // I remember when they came / And took him away / Oh tell me Mama,
please tell me Mama / Will we see him again // Chorus: I hear the people
talking in the town / They say Uncle Sam is coming / To shoot us down /
I hear the people talking Mama, talking in the town / They say Uncle Sam
is coming / To shoot us down // Please tell me Mama / When will the
fighting cease / Please tell me Mama / When will we know their leaves //
Guns and bullets come again / Are sent from the Promised Land / Oh and
if that's freedom Mama / If that's freedom then I don't understand //
Chorus (3x and fade)"
Toy's debut single "Just One
Kiss" was a hit on SFB, a radio station for West-Berlin, Germany.
For their second single "Life Of A Toy" Mirjam Leonard
(vocals) & Martin Jerabek (music & songwriting) engaged Ronnie
Schreinzer from The Twins to produce
it. The result was a perfect synth pop tune.
The Man You Love To Hate
Single "The Man You Love To Hate" (1988)
The full title from this single is "The
Man You Love To Hate (It's Teasing Time again, But DON'T BE
AFRAID)" and comes from the Swedish rock band Pushtwangers. I have
no clue if this name does have a deeper meaning. The song was played a
lot on Radio ffn but only made it to #20 in my
Single-Charts. - "The Man You Love To Hate / The Man You Hated
Crime Of Emotion
Single "Crime Of Emotion" (1985)
Bo Bo Zero
This band was from Germany. Bo Bo Zero had
started as a trio (see cover scan of their debut single) but for the
next two singles ("Fire And Ice" (1986) & "Stand
Up" (1987)) only Hagü Schmitz (also wrote "Kleine Seen"
for Purple Schulz) and Linus
Büttgen remained. Ariola single facts stated that a debut album
"One By One" was recorded - but I've never seen that one. The
single was #5 in my Single-Charts.
Additional information 20.08.2013: The band later called themself 2nd
Secret Affair and re-recorded this song as an album track.
Single "Beaux Papillons" (1989)
Garcons - a French band - were Francois Serre
(guitars & backing vocals), Gérard Serre (bass, lead & backing
vocals), Bruno Margreth (saxophones, flute & backing vocals) and
Franck Valois (drums, percussion & backing vocals). They released
fine pop songs in the late 80's. I'm still looking for "Besoin De
Toi". Does anyone out there have this song?
This band were from Australia and they
released a single "With Closed Eyes" (see cover scan, LP looks
similar) nearly at the same time as Real
Life with "Send Me An Angel". Both tracks have a common
sound (female shouting = angel's voice). But the chosen track was an
"Australian Melodrama" (I've got this phrase from The
Triffids' "Best Of"-album). My promo LP comes with a
"CBS Plattenpass (Record Card / Carte D'Disque)" but with no
real further information: The Expression were compared to Men
At Work, Wendy & The Rocketts and Split
This one's for Calimero alias Martin. I didn't
know anything from this quartet - whether they're from England or
Germany. Have someone infos out there? - Added information on
10.08.2002: D.I.A. was U.C. Schlitz (vocals), W.F. Schlitz (synths &
songwriting), Michael Adams (synths, sounds & effects) & Thomas
Haugh (drums & perc.). U.C. Schlitz also composed soundtracks and
did some acting. Thanks to Max from Denmark for this details.
Am I Right
Single "Am I Right" (1987)
Well, it's not - what you might think - Thomas
Anders from Modern Talking on
this cover but Hubertus von Hohenlohe, a Swiss man. The photo was shot
by the famous Anton Corbijn (photos & videos for Depeche
Mode, U 2, etc. as well). The single
was produced by Luis Jardim (excellent percussionist on a lot of tracks,
f.e. ABC) and executive producer was
Dieter Meier (one half of the Yello-masterminds).
"Am I Right" climbed only to #18 in my
Maxi-Single "Could It Be"
Maybe this was Étranger's only release. The
band were from Germany with Michael Brycz (keyboards), Andy Falke
(keyboards), Martin Bartnik (vocals), Tayfun (guitar, bass) & Erich
Ulmer (percussion). The brilliant sax solo was played by Christian
Felke. The single reached just #17 in my
Single-Charts. What a shame!
Fake were from Sweden but influenced by mid
'80's Italo Disco sound. They had a lot of brilliant singles
("Donna Rouge" (1983), "Frogs In Spain" (1984),
"Right" (1984), "Arabian Toys" (1985)) with this as
their last (?) and a fine album as well ("New Art" (1984)). In
1985 only Blanche (vocals), Rica Örn (vocals) and Jeremy Schireau
(keyboards) represented the band. "Brick" contains some German
lyrics "Kannst Du's Dir Vorstellen" which means "Can You
Imagine" and is also featured in the song.
Maxi-Single "Still After
Club E. were Sadru & Bijan from
West-Berlin (Germany). They had two minor radio hits: "Still After
You" in 1985 (#6 in my Single-Charts)
and "Magic Places" in 1987 (only #21 in my
Single-Charts). "Magic Places" was once performed live on
the radio station NDR 1 for their audience charts. The single
"Still After You" was co-produced by Hans Behrendt (Ex-Ideal,
1. Futurologischer Congress, Panama Cut
und Bamboo Industry).
From Italy came this fantastic band: Novecento.
Their debut single "Movin' On" reached the #1 spot in Italy in
1984. The single was released mid '84 in Germany but failed the charts
completely (as in other countrys and follow up records, too). In Italy
they had some other hit material on single - "The Only One"
#20 (1984), "Why Me" #20 (1985), "Excessive Love"
#25 (1986), "Dreamland Paradise" #41 (1986),
"Broadway" #39 (1988), "Falling" #14 (1991) - and on
album - "The Best" #36 (1990), "Necessary" #43
were an Italian band, very popular in France, engaged Sal
Solo from Poland for some vocals, who was successful in the UK as a
solo artist ("San Damiano (Heart & Soul)") and with his
original band Classix Nouveaux
("Guilty", "Is It A Dream?"). Everything clear? To
turn you completely upside down I took another Roketz
single's cover ("Don't Give Up" from 1986). Honestly I don't
want to confuse you but the original cover of the 12" is boring and
so I took "Don't Give Up" with Sal
Solo on the left and another JCP-logo. You can
see another picture of Sal Solo on
my main site.
LP "I'd Rather Die Young (Than
Grow Old Without You)" (1986)
Trashmuseum were the German musicians Kurt
Dahlke (key, rhythm), Thomas Schwebel (Ex-Fehlfarben)
(gtr, harp, rhythm) and Stoya (vox, rhythm). To my knowledge, they
released only this LP. I bought it a long time ago and have seen
it just twice in my life so far - in a little record shop in Oxford(!).
The song I chose was a cover version of a classic Human
League track, which had been only two years old when this record
came out. All other tracks on this LP were cover versions, too: f.e.
"Phases And Stages" & "She's Still Gone" by
Willie Nelson or "Tapetenwechsel" by German diva Hildegard
Fehlfarben were a German New Wave-group with
lead singer Thomas Schwebel. Their song "Ein Jahr (Es Geht
Voran)" was a hymn in the squatter scene and finally went to #22 in
the German single charts in mid '82. "Magnificent Obsession"
was from their second LP and was bound to be released in the UK.
Unfortunately their lable EMI withdrew this single - who knows what a
hit it could have been?