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Category Archives: 1989

  1. Comment Te Dire Adieu by Jimmy Somerville Feat. June Miles Kingston


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    This very very famous French song originally by Francoise Hardy has been remade so many times by countless musicians. Comment Te Dire Adieu is one of my all time favorite songs and I’m always open to new versions of it. Check out the Blank & Jones version here on DestroyRockAndRoll.com. One of my favorites is this one from former Bronski Beat singer, Jimmy Somerville which was released in 1989 from his solo CD Read My Lips. Read My Lips also had another cover called You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) the Sylvester disco classic but that’s another story. Read My Lips was Jimmy’s first solo CD and it’s a very nice one. It’s chock full of very dancey pre-house, synth pop.

    I discovered this cover on Jimmy’s greatest hits album in ’91 and later I had to obtain the Read My Lips CD that the song is from. It’s quite a fun pre-house synthy dance pop hit with guest vocalist June Miles Kingston. This is the type of hi-nrg dance pop music that was playing at all the clubs when this came out. If you haven’t heard this then it’s worth checking this out along with

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    Comment Te Dire Adieu by Françoise Hardy
    Comment Te Dire Adieu by Jimmy Somerville Feat. June Miles Kingston

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    Posted in 1989, Album.

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  2. Kon Kan Samples Nancy Sinatra-Led Zeppelin With Puss N’ Boots/These Boots (Are Made For Walking)


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    The year was 1989 and I was so into music then as I have always been. The music that I was listening to was whatever was being fed to me on Live 105 here in San Francisco. They had a pretty eclectic mix of modern rock, punk, goth and synth pop/dance with a little bit of euro dance thrown in and the beginning sounds of the electronic dance music movement like acid and some house whatever you want to call it. Kon Kan was a regular on Live 105 and their hit I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You A Rose Garden) was on the radio all the time. It was actually a fairly big hit for Kon Kan and not only it was on the modern rock stations it was on the top pop radio stations as well. Well Puss N’ Boots/These Boots (Are Made For Walking) was the second release from their self titled album and was a fairly bit hit for them. At the time I knew that it sampled Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots (Are Made For Walking) but I did not know it also sampled Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song. Ok I was not a fan of Zeppelin back then but I have learned to appreciate them since then.

    Puss N’ Boots/These Boots (Are Made For Walking) is classic original track utilizing samples from other recordings. It was such a big deal for them they won many awards in their country, Canada. The album Kon Kan is chock full of 80s synth pop classics. Barry Harris is the one man member of Kon Kan who later in the mid 90s started the band Outta Control and in the late 90s was in an act called Thunderpuss who were known for their excellent remixes of major label recording artists like Whitney Houston, Cher, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna and many many more as well as original productions on their own like the Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag single.

    Check out Nancy Sinatra, Led Zeppelin and Kon Kan below and feel free to comment about the excellent way Kon Kan has sampled those two great classic songs!

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    These Boots Are Made For Walking by Nancy Sinatra
    Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
    Puss N’ Boots/These Boots (Are Made For Walking) by Kon Kan

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    Posted in 1989, Album.

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  3. Tainted Love (Underground Mix) by Impedance


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    Soft Cell’s Tainted Love is classic and most anyone into music knows about Tainted Love by Soft Cell. Unfortunately most folks don’t know that Soft Cell’s Tainted Love is a cover itself. It’s originally a Northern Soul classic sung by Gloria Jones. But Gloria Jones didn’t make it a hit it was Soft Cell that made it a big hit. But did you know that it was also covered in 1989 by a band called Impedance? I should say a short lived act. Well you are going to find out. This is one of those rare finds that I first heard on Live 105 again and I absolutely still love it. The ‘Underground Mix’ has that deep dark acid bass sound to it and if you put your speakers up loud you can feel the bass in your bones. This is not an uplifting version but it is dark and sleazy perfect for those underground clubs where everything goes on.

    This Impedance version is basically a cover of the Soft Cell version and not the Gloria Jones version. Actually since Soft Cells version is is off of the classic Soft Cell album Non Stop Erotic Cabaret, this version by Impedance could have fit perfectly into that album You think? Perhaps right after Sex Dwarf!

    Enjoy!


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    Tainted Love by Soft Cell
    Tainted Love (Underground Mix) by Impedance

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    Posted in 1989, Single.

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  4. Supernature (William Orbit’s Mix) by Erasure


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    Erasure released Supernature as a B side to their single Blue Savannah back in 1989 just after their big successful Chains Of Love song came out a couple of years prior. So this was pretty darn big. Lots of great remixes of Blue Savannah and of course this awesome remix of Supernature by William Orbit. The Cerrone disco classic was reinvented in a whole new style. This is a pretty darn great remake and I still listen to. It has slight touches of the disco sound but also has a very synth background – more in line with the 80s synth sound that Vince Clarke was known for.

    This version is pretty darn long and again it’s pretty darn good. I love the Cerrone version of Supernature and I really do love this as well. Cerrone and along with Giorgio Moroder are my 2 favorite disco producers and this original is still one of my favorite Euro Disco tracks. Listen below and compare the two versions.

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    The video here for Supernature by Cerrone is pretty fun. A little cheesy but still fun.

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    Supernature by Cerrone
    Supernature (William Orbit Remix) by Erasure

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    Posted in 1989, Single.

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