(A) (Post) (With) (Excessive) (Parenthesis) Featuring Dead Or Alive and Coil (And Telex)

I’m going ahead and I’m writing The Lost Turntable Guide to Buying Vinyl. So if you have any questions or topics you want covered, let me know! I think it’s going to be a pretty cool piece. So far I’m covering the following topics:

  • What to look for when buying new/used/collectible records
  • Audiophile vinyl terms
  • Where to buy records
  • Tips for buying records online
  • The perils of download cards

Anything I’m missing? Let me know! Until then, here’s an incredibly random assortment of music.

Moskow Diskow
Is this disco? Is it synthpop? Who cares! It’s awesome! I never heard of these guys until I bought this single, and now I think I’m falling in love. I think that if Kraftwerk and YMO had a baby, and that baby was raised by Sparks (in Belgium), it would sound like Telex. Really goofy, but still incredibly well-done, dance music with a slick sense of humor. I’m loving it and want to hear more.

This version of “Moskow Diskow” is taken from a 12″ single, and is not the same version as the one that can be found on their first album.

Windowpane (Astral Paddington Mix)
I know nothing about Coil aside from the fact that most of their releases are crazy rare, weird and hard-to-find. This single to “Windowpane” is actually the first Coil release I’ve ever seen in a record store, which is why I bought it. The original version is pretty good. This incredibly bizarre remix is…something else, especially for 1990. Trent Reznor is a fan right? I could see that.

Dead Or Alive
That’s The Way (I Like It) (Dance Version)
Keep That Body Strong (That’s The Way I Like It)
I have to imagine that Dead Or Alive’s take on this KC & The Sunshine Band “classic” is one of the few synthpop covers of a disco tune. I don’t remember much of the early 80s, (as I was born in 1979), but I do recall that there was a strong disco backlash that continued pretty much until the mid-90s. Of course when your lead singer is an androgynous gay man who enjoys dressing up as a woman, I guess all bets are off.

Both of these mixes are from a 12″ single. They’re available on some versions of Dead Or Alive’s first LP, Sophisticated Boom Boom (wow, that title) but not the one that’s easily available in America, so I’m sharing them.

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5 Responses to “(A) (Post) (With) (Excessive) (Parenthesis) Featuring Dead Or Alive and Coil (And Telex)”

  1. Didier says:

    Hi, I’m in Belgium (47 y), I read your posts every days (it’s good for English learing !), I download too.
    I read that you love Telex, do you know the title “Spike Jones” ? More crazy than Moskow Diskow


  2. Kareol says:

    It’s the same Telexx that did the Telex Heaven and the Telex Hell Remix of Pet Shop Boys’ Minimal (which you might know as a PSB fan)

  3. Jp says:

    Hello James, you got a mail 😉
    – Jp –

  4. ScreamQueen says:

    There’s an even longer 12″ version of “Moskow Diskow”, sung in French and clocking in at 7:30. If you need an mp3, just drop me a line.

  5. Tim says:

    It is the same Telex who remixed PSB, yes.
    Also funny you should mention Sparks… Not sure whether that was a coincidence or whether you’ve been doing your usual research and mentioned them because of that, but Telex and Sparks have actually collaborated at some point, the Mael brothers writing lyrics for the Telex album “Sex”

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