Oct 17, 2007


Hello, had to adapt my plans for today a little but it turned out the year 1985 came to the rescue . So what happened back then a small listing :

January - The first British cell phone call is made (by Ernie Wise to Vodafone).
January 7 - Lewis Hamilton , British Formula 1 Driver was born
March - Mike Tyson makes his professional debut in Albany, New York, a match which he wins by a first round knockout.
March - Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and de facto leader of the Soviet Union.
May - Heysel Disaster: 38 spectators are killed in rioting on the terraces during the European Cup final between Liverpool F.C. and Juventus
July - The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior is bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour by French DGSE agents.
September - A joint American-French expedition locates the wreck of the RMS Titanic.
October - The Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA
October 24 - Wayne Rooney, English footballer was born.
October - Marty McFly is the first person to travel through time, to November 5, 1955, with the help of a DeLorean time machine.
November - Microsoft Corporation releases the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0.
December - American naturalist Dian Fossey is found murdered in Rwanda.

22 years ago, hmm i had a great time then and these albums were part of that.

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Matia Bazar - Melanchólia (85 ^ 106mb)

Matia Bazar was founded by Aldo Stilita in Genoa in 1975. Their first big break came with the 1978 Festival di Sanremo, where their song "E Dirsi Ciao" won an award. The festival was televised on Intervision, giving the band their first international audiences and helping to establish them in Europe, the United States, and Mexico. In 1979, they completed their first tour of Europe and South America and won an honorable mention for their song "Raggio di Luna" at the Eurovision song contest. In the early ' 80s, Piero Cassano left the group and was replaced by Sergio Cossu, who helped push the band into a new electronic phase of their career. Every aspect of their sound became electronic, with the exception of Ruggiero's vocals. Their music ranged from the electronic sounds that were gracing the discotheques of the time to the label their music, "tango-rock." The band was releasing albums and singles at a dizzying pace up through the mid-'80s: recording during the autumn and winter, releasing in the spring, and touring in the summer, every year.

1986's release Mel'o, which had been their most successful album to date, marked the end of their electronic era, and after 1988's Red Corner, Antonella Ruggiero left the band and they went on hiatus until 1991 when they changed labels and hired a new vocalist, Laura Valente. Valente had been hired as a pianist and vocalist, but she also proved to be a skilled guitarist and made a major contribution to the band's new sound. After a prolonged tour, Carlo Marrale left the group and for the first time it became a quartet. 1997 brought a successful album, Benvenuti a Sausalito, and in 1998 founding member Aldo Stilita left the group because of a long illness. Matia Bazar regrouped and in 1999 signed a new recording contract with group members Piero Cassano, Silvia Midnight, Giancarlo Golzi, and Fabio Perversi.

01 - Ti Sento (5:39)
02 - Via Col Vento (4:48)
03 - Cose (4:59)
04 - Da Qui A (4:05)
05 - Fiumi Di Parole (4:09)
06 - Amami (4:01)
07 - Angelina (4:50)
08 - Souvenir (4:35)

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Colourbox - Colourbox (85 ^ 436mb)

Formed in 1982 by brothers Martyn and Steven Young, Colourbox drew on influences as varied as blues, soul, rock, dub and funk, they combined elements from each with movie dialogue and weird and wonderful samples. Colourbox's self-titled debut EP -- a collection of dub and scratching experiments heralding their first plunge into sampling technology, edited down from three hours of studio sessions -- appeared later that same year, with the single "Say You" following in 1984. After another 12-inch, "Punch," the group issued 1985's "The Moon Is Blue," a teaser for their first full album, 'Colourbox', which garnered great reviews and topped the UK independent chart in 1985

Colourbox's idiosyncratic approach to music left journalists struggling to pin down their identity; they deliberately stayed out of the spotlight and focused on refining their sound. A string of singles followed, among them 'The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme' and a reworking of the Augustus Pablo track, 'Baby I Love You So'.

It was in 1987 that the Young brothers broke out of the indie charts as M/A/R/R/S, with the genre-defining track, 'Pump Up The Volume'. A collaboration with A.R. Kane, Chris CJ Mackintosh and Dave Dorrell, the single went from underground club anthem to UK National No.1. 'Pump Up The Volume' marked the beginning of the sampling era. Plans for a follow-up never materialized, however; stranger still, despite M/A/R/R/S' success both the Youngs and Colourbox seemed to vanish, with no future recordings forthcoming.

01 - Sleepwalker (2:15)
02 - Just Give 'Em Whiskey (4:19)
03 - Say You (3:58)
04 - The Moon Is Blue (4:37)
05 - Inside Informer (4:24)
06 - Punch (5:01)
07 - Suspicion (4:27)
08 - Manic (2:26)
09 - You Keep Me Hanging On (5:38)
10 - Arena (4:23)
11 - Edit The Dragon (2:20)
12 - Hipnition (3:29)
13 - We Walk Around The Streets (0:24)
14 - Arena II (5:03)
15 - Baby I Love You So 12inch (6:43)
16 - Looks Like We're Shy One Horse (Shoot Out) (7:58)

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1000 Mexicans - Dance Like Ammunition * (85 ^ 92mb)

1000 Mexicans (Julian Griffin, Michael Harding, Andrew Hobday)were one of the most innovative and creative independent bands of the 1980s, combining quality pop songwriting and rhythmic and harmonic richness with their unique touches of experimentalism and eccentricity.
Described by one journalist as "the musical equivalent of the 70s Dutch team with their total football", the trio of Julian Griffin, Michael Harding and Andrew Hobday exchanged vocal and instrumental duties at the drop of a sombrero, "mixing melody and mayhem in equal measure." Their first single The Art of Love provoked Melody Maker reviewer Adam Sweeting to enthuse "The way things are going it won't be long before 1000 Mexicans are the best band in the world." They went on to release 4 more singles including the classic The Last Pop Song and Under Construction, a hit in Spain and Portugal, as well as the LP Dance like Ammunition

Despite success in Europe and consistent critical acclaim, they never found favour with the UK record industry who appeared confused by their singular brand of humour and sometimes anarchic live shows. The 'hi-flying Burrito Brothers' eventually found themselves in a tangle of bad management and publishing agreements that strangled their creative momentum
and finally their will to live. * Note this is a cassette rip

01 - Something For Nothing (3:27)
02 - Teaching Fish To Swim (3:59)
03 - Amnesia (3:39)
04 - Simple Game (3:14)
05 - Dead Language (4:29)
06 - Diving For Pearls (3:32)
07 - I Hear You Whistle (3:41)
08 - Criminal! (6:01)
09 - Back To Mexico (3:46)
10 - Water Torture (1:31)

NB just noticed whilst posting that i forgot to include the artwork. I will post a link for that in comments later.
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All downloads are in * ogg-7 (224k) or ^ ogg-9(320k), artwork is included , if in need get the nifty ogg encoder/decoder here !


Jörg said...

I had planned to post Colourbox myself, :-(((
I have the Lp with the original 12" and some other 12"

fiftypercent said...

Thanks for posting 1000 Mexicans.

Nice blog, I've posted a link on mine.


Helios C said...

the colourbox lp had two versions: track 1-10 as "normal" and as a double lp ltd edition with 11-14 on side 3 and 15-17 (Manic II, Fast Dump, Sex Gun) on the last side which never made it on an cd...
10 years ago I burnt that version on my cd, so I've got 2 versions: the original _cd_ (with 1-14) and my cd with that additional tracks :)

regards, Helios C

Anonymous said...

Hello Friend,
The Colourbox is a great band of the eighties, but the file not found...
Please re-upload in other servant

Anonymous said...

i've been looking for the Matia Bazar album everywhere, but the zipped album is by another artist... would you re-upload if possible? many thanks!

Anonymous said...

It is my first post here, so I would like to say hallo to all of you! It is uncommonly amusement to meet your community!

cheap viagra said...

It has been so long since the last time I heard 1000 Mexicans, they are a cool mixture of sounds and voices, really good stuff.

Anonymous said...

I would REALLY appreciate a re-up of 1000 Mexicans' Dance Like Ammunition in one of your future RhoDeo post!