Breaking out the USB turntable and encoding some odds & ends – thought I’d share!

• Boomtown Rats – “Drag Me Down (U.S. Version): The Rats were the focus of this blog’s second-ever entry, so head over there to read about their convulted history when it comes to their American releases. “Drag Me Down” was a single from their ill-fated final LP, In The Long Grass, which had several songs remixed for American sensibilities. This version has different lyrics, a completely different, very Springsteen-esque bridge, even a different ending. This version did not make it onto the recent remaster, which is regrettable. I sorta prefer this one to the original…must be the American in me.

• Tina Turner – “One of the Living (Special Dance Mix)”: This Holly Knight/Mike Chapman gem was the second single from the Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome soundtrack. It never shows up on any Tina compilations and its only CD appearance to date has been confined to the soundtrack only, which is puzzling for a song that won the 1985 Grammy for Best Female Rock Performance. This 12″ version has never been issued on CD, as far as I know. Bonus: Conan the Barbarian on sax!

• Real Life – “Under the Hammer”: An album track from Heartland, the Aussie band’s debut that gave them the smash “Send Me An Angel”. I always thought this would make a killer third single after “Catch Me I’m Falling”, but alas, it was not meant to be. When David Steery sings I can’t stannnnd iiiiiit!, you can hear his little heart shatter. Posted ‘cuz I like it.

More vinyl treasures to come this week!

“Drag Me Down” did not chart.
“One of the Living” peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #6 on the Dance Music/Club Play Chart in 1985.
“Under the Hammer” was not released as a single.

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John C. Hughes began his Lost in the ’80s blog in 2005 and is now proud to be a member of the Popdose family, where he’s introduced LIT80s’s companions, the obviously named Lost in the ’70s and Lost in the ’90s, alongside the slightly more originally named Why You Should Like…

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