Thompson Twins – “Doctor! Doctor!” (Long Version)…

Thompson Twins - Doctor Doctor (Long Version)Artist: Thompson Twins
Title: Doctor! Doctor! (Long Version)
Year: 1984
Label: Arista

Thompson Twins – “Doctor! Doctor!” (Long Version) (mp3)

 

Thompson Twins – “In The Name Of Love” (12″ Version)…

Thompson Twins - In The Name Of Love (12-inch Version)Artist: Thompson Twins
Title: In The Name Of Love (12″ Version)
Year: 1982
Label: Arista

Thompson Twins – “In The Name Of Love” (12″ Version) (mp3)

 

Thompson Twins – “We Are Detective” (Long Version)…

Thompson Twins - We Are Detective (Long Version)Artist: Thompson Twins
Title: We Are Detective (Long Version)
Year: 1983
Label: Arista

Thompson Twins – “We Are Detective” (Long Version) (mp3)

 

YELLO – “Stella” Album & Singles

Yello, Stella Album & Singles, Dieter Meier, Boris Blank

There’s no measure as to how much I love the Stella album by YELLO. Released in 1985, Stella is still one of the most original albums ever to come out, and still standing the test of time. Oh Yeah is probably one of the most recognized tracks ever since being featured in the soundtracks of two 1985 block-buster movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Secret Of My Success ….. and subsequently later being featured in countless other movies. But Oh Yeah is not my only favorite track on Stella album. My favorite tracks are all the other ones, such as Dessert Inn, Koladi-Ola, Domingo, Sometimes — practically all the tracks on that album. Stella must be listened to from start to finish. The tracks tell a story in their consecutive order. Boris Blank’s wizardry on the synths, drum machines and the Fairlight sampler is pure sound-design bliss. Every sound and element heard on each track is sublime. Engineered beautifully. Lyrical poetry from the vocals of Dieter Meier. Those two Swiss guys –Boris Blank and Dieter Meier– are masters of their own craft. They are always (as always have been) in total control over everything they do, including producing and directing all their music videos. They simply stand on their plateau through and through.

Play YELLO “Stella” Album…

YELLO- “Vicious Games” (12″ Mix)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Vicious Games (12″ Mix)
Year: 1985
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Vicious Games” (12″ Mix) (mp3)

 

YELLO- “Desire” (12″ Mix)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Desire (12″ Mix)
Year: 1985
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Desire” (12″ Mix) (mp3)

 

YELLO- “Oh Yeah” (Dance Mix)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Oh Yeah (Dance Mix)
Year: 1985
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Oh Yeah” (Dance Mix) (mp3)

 

YELLO- “Oh Yeah” (Indian Summer Version)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Oh Yeah (Indian Summer Version)
Year: 1985
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Oh Yeah” (Indian Summer Version) (mp3)

 

YELLO- “Let Me Cry” (Extended)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Let Me Cry (Extended)
Year: 1985
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Let Me Cry” (Extended) (mp3)

 

YELLO- “Blue Nabou” (Bonus Track)…

Artist: YELLO
Title: Blue Nabou (Bonus Track)
Year: 1984
Label: Mercury Records

YELLO – “Blue Nabou” (Bonus Track) (mp3)

 

Some of my YELLO collection…

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The first time hearing this incredible remix of Billy Idol’s Flesh For Fantasy in 1984, I did not pay much attention to it for no reason at all. I’ve always loved the original LP version, but my brain failed to register Below The Belt Mix. It had all the elements which I craved in any given track in those times: drum machines, samples of stuttering vocals and guitar stabs, synthesizers, etc.  Tight programming and blending of electronic synth, pop and rock music, produced by Keith Forsey who had worked extensively with Giorgio Moroder (go figure Below The Belt Mix sounding electronic!) — the godfather of electric disco, also notoriously known for his mind-blasting The Chase theme soundtrack of Midnight Exress motion picture!

The day which Below The Belt Mix floored me and left me breathless was at an all-nude strip bar near LAX airport, early one Summer afternoon in 1993. The place wasn’t packed. I was having a few drinks and watching the dancer peel off all her clothes on stage while listening to the loud music. Below The Belt Mix came on next. And she cirque-du-soleil’ed nude to it deeply into the flesh, heart & spirit of the song, as if it was her last dance in the world.

Billy Idol – “Flesh For Fantasy” (Below The Belt Mix)…

Artist: Billy Idol
Title: Flesh For Fantasy (Below The Belt Mix)
Year: 1984
Label: Chrysalis Records.

Billy Idol – “Flesh For Fantasy” (Below The Belt Mix) (mp3)

 

Music Video: Billy Idol – “Flesh For Fantasy”…

I have nothing to say about this track other than it is great. Oh yeah, I did some little EQ adjustment, added a touch of reverb tweaked  with my own custom parameters, and slapping quick final mastering … making both tracks below to sound brighter, beefier and  clearer with more ambience & presence.

Spandau Ballet – “Lifeline” (Dub Version)…

Artist: Spandau Ballet
Title: Lifeline (Dub Version)
Year: 1983
Label: Chrysalis Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Spandau Ballet – “Lifeline” (Dub Version) (mp3)

 

Spandau Ballet – “Lifeline” (Acappella)…

Artist: Spandau Ballet
Title: Lifeline (Acappella)
Year: 1983
Label: Chrysalis Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Spandau Ballet – “Lifeline” (Acappella) (mp3)

 

The Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair is a great product. It is an enclosed plastic container with two rollers on the bottom. Rolling and sliding it side-by-side in any direction, the rollers pick up animal hair and dust off of most fabrics on furniture, blankets, pillows, clothes, etc. It works like a charm for me. However, the instructions on the back of sweeper’s box clearly states, “Simply throw the sweeper away when it is full. The sweeper is full when it picks up no more hair. …Do not try to empty or disassemble disposable sweeper.

Now I have a problem with that. Since sweeper does get full rather quickly after few regular uses, Pledge company would then want me to buy more of its pet-hair sweepers rather than have me clean the sweeper instead. Throwing away sweepers contributes more trash and is NOT eco-friendly to the environment. Therefore the only solution (and option) available is “to empty” and by disassembling sweeper without disposing it. Using razors or screw-drivers and cutting open the plastic container from the top or the sides is NOT the way to go about it-!

Easiest way to clean & re-use Pledge Fabric Sweeper…

(1) This is what the Frabric Sweeper looks like when almost full of hair.
(2) It’s very easy to pop the two rollers out from the bottom.
(3) Dispose of all the hair taken out from the inside of the plastic container.

Use a vacuum cleaner, if you must, to really suck every strand of hair and dust stuck in areas where fingers can’t reach.

(4) Take out all the hair from the other (hollow) sides of the two rollers.
(5) With your fingers/thumb, scrub off all hair from the fabric glued on the two rollers.
(6) Notice the different pin/ends on one end of the rollers. One bigger semi-circle, and one smaller semi-circle.
(7) Match the ends of the rollers to the pinholes of the plastic container when popping them back in.
(8) TA-DAAA.
(9) Like brand-new again. No need to throw away. Save money. No trashing, no polluting.
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