Disco Protest (And Big Country)

First some business must be attended to. I am tired of getting variations of the following comment:

“Dude, where are the songs?”

Okay, now I want you to look at the top left corner of the sidebar. See the part that says “songs are only available for a limited time”? Good. Now piss off I got shit to do.

Moving on. A few days ago a commenter asked if I could tape my “record hunts/digs” to show what I go through to find all these bitchin’ LPs. I appreciate the idea and I’m flattered that anyone would care enough about my shitty little site to care that much, but that’s a really bad idea. I’m sure many of you assume that I go on these epic adventures for Pet Shop Boys 12” singles that involve Indiana Jones-like quests into dark caverns of crates that few humans have ever laid eyes on. Sorry, that’s not the case.

Let me go over for you all a typical record-finding journey.

  • Step 1: Get out bed.
  • Step 2: Leave house
  • Step 3: Walk (or drive if I’m feeling lazy) the three or so blocks to Jerry’s Records.
  • Step 4: Ask Jerry “what’s new.”
  • Step 5: Buy the response.

That’s really about it. No bullshit, 99 percent of the albums I feature on this blog I picked up from Jerry’s Records. I’ll occasionally pick up an album from 720 Records or another local record store but that’s about it when it comes to my local record buying. When I’m in other cities I check out their record stores but Jerry’s is so amazingly amazing (and fucking cheap) that I usually don’t have to (expection: Culture Clash). Sorry to demystify it for you.

Pet Shop Boys
Go West (Mings Gone West First And Second Movement)
Go West (Farley & Heller Disco Mix)
Go West (Farley & Heller Fire Island Mix)
Go West (Kevin Saunderson Tribe Mix)
Go West (Kevin Saunderson Trance Mix)
In an act of solidarity with my fabulous brethern, I am protesting the Republican National Convention (AKA the racist sexist homophobic xenophobe douchebag idiot asshole gathering) by posting the gayest thing I could find; The Pet Shop Boys covering The Village People. These are from a CD single.

Pete Shelley
Homosapien (Special Mix)
Yesterday’s Not Here (Special Mix)
Witness The Change/I Don’t Know What It Is (Extended Combo Version)
Strike that, “Homosapien” is the gayest thing I could find. It’s a sad day when The Pet Shop Boys are out-gayed on my blog. Pete Shelley isn’t gay, he’s bi, but that didn’t stop him from writing one of the most non-subtle songs about doing it with a dude ever (“homo superior/in my interior” – I don’t think he’s talking about the X-Men hanging out in his den). I never heard this song until I saw the amazing video during VH1 Classic’s 80 Hours Of 80s and I never even knew that Pete Shelley had a solo career, not to mention a solo career that started with one of the cheeziest synth-pop albums of the decade. I would love to hear “Homosapien” and other songs from that album redone as Buzzcocks-style rockers. These strange mixes are from a 12” single.

Big Country
Look Away 12” Mix
Restless Natives: The Soundtrack Part I
These are come from the 12” single of “Look Away” and while the 12” remix of “Look Away” is totally awesome and worth downloading, the real treat here is the b-side, which is half of the soundtrack to the film “Restless Natives,” a rarely seen Scottish movie starring Ned Beatty. When researching it I found more than one person proclaiming it to be “the greatest Scottish movie ever made.” I don’t know about that since I’ve never seen it (although the fact that it stars Ned Beatty makes me doubt that claim). Anyways, Big Country did the soundtrack for it and that soundtrack has been notoriously hard to find ever since. In fact it wasn’t made available on CD until 1998, when it was included on a Big Country rarities compilation, appropriately titled Restless Natives & Rarities. Of course, nothing is ever easy and that 2 CD is now out of print, going for upwards of $100 on eBay. Now, that’s fucking nuts and at first I thought it was totally uncalled for, but then I listened to it. This is a really good soundtrack, and if you like instrumental guitar music ala Mark Knoplfer then you have to hear it. But as the “part 1” in the title suggests, this is only half of the soundtrack. If you want to track down the second half and don’t feel like coughing up $100 bucks do some searching (*cough* The Pirate Bay *cough*) and you should be able to find it. If if comes my way I’ll be sure to put up the whole thing here.

7 Responses to “Disco Protest (And Big Country)”

  1. Ctelblog says:

    Many thanks for the PSB tracks. Go West is one of my favourites.

  2. twopalmtrees says:

    Thanks for posting the Pete Shelley tracks, and do check out the rest of his stuff – you wont be disappointed

  3. the matt and dan show says:

    haha the “go west” mixes are crackin’, defintely the best thing the psb’s have done…probably?

    all the best,

    Matt and Dan

  4. Palyniam says:

    Pete Shelley, brilliant, look harder and you will find the tracks on XL1 the best.

  5. john says:

    Thanks for the reply on the record hunt/digs. From how much you go into detail about what you find and where,(From your earlier post with the Genesis 12 inch mixes) I just thought it would be a cool to see it and hear the commentary. Thanks for the new posts. Good Luck.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just from your post, I went out and bought Big Country Greatest Hits 82-88 on CD and I love it !! Thanks for the music !

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the Pete Shelley – the reason for the weirdness is the great Martin Rushent – you should check out his mixes for Altered Images and the Human League (and for that matter the Go-go’s – love that clap on “Head Over Heels”). Really great stuff, and ahead of its time – he really messed around with a track (e.g., Human League’s “Fascination”, the mix that has “improvisation” in the title.

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