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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

TOUCH THE RADIO DANCE


by Language


A&M RECORDS
SP 12079
1983
STEREO





SIDE A:



Touch The Radio "Dance"

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SIDE B:



Touch The Radio "Dance" (Single Version)
Retouch The Radio "Dance"

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Editor's note: I hate to post a single with dance mixes but this one looked too good to pass up and hence I chose it and left Tone Loc at the Salvation Army for some other lucky SOB. At first I thought the dude on the cover was Gavin Rossdale of Bush fame but alas it is not. Steven Hale is his name and he may/may not have gone on to do other musical ventures. This is from a MySpace account which may/may not be of his doing and also contains another song from the full LP release:
Born from the inspired mind of percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Steven Hale (originally from Glasgow), Language provided synth-funk happiness throughout the mid '80s. Its varied members were culled from prior projects involving Hale, from guitarist Maxim Rad and bassist Daniel Bontjes Van Beek to backup singer Debbie King (sister of Gang Of Four lead singer Jon King), who had been the lead singer of a pre-Language band with Hale called Flying Club. The band lasted long enough to release three singles (one on Stiff Records and two on A&M Records) and one five-song EP (on A&M) before it disbanded.

Presently Steven Hale resides in rural France along with his Norwegian architect wife and two children.

This song pretty much represents everything good and bad about the 80s: a new sound that doesn't transcend the era whatsoever. By that I mean most songs of the 80s sound very dated whether they are good or not. This isn't a bad tune but it's so entrenched in the 80s sound that it sounds more like a relic than a classic. I know this isn't his MySpace page but I wish it was!


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