Sunday, June 29, 2008

Heaven 17 - Play To Win + Proof Nandy is from New York City as predicted

Remember this?:

I'm also assuming that Nandy is from New York, because three of the records from the collection are compilations produced by New York radio stations.

Well, I was right. I took a closer inspection of Nandy's copy of Heaven 17's single "Play To Win" and found half peeled-off pricing sticker with the word "Bondy's" barely exposed at the top. So, I thought that I could finally pin down whether or not she was from New York by doing a simple Google search and sure enough, the fourth search result for "Bondy's" gave me an address in New York City. Here's the map.

I figure this would be as good a time as any to compile what I know about Nandy so far and maybe speculate about who she might be. First of all I now know that she lived in New York. I also know that she lived in NYC at least from 1982 to 1987 because I have three compilations from New York radio stations that wouldn't be available in stores for long, so they couldn't have been acquired anytime much later than that. I would speculate that she lived in NYC sometime before '82 though, because of the era these records span. I would guess from about 1976 to 1992, but that can't be proven.

Also, I have a pretty healthy stack of Spanish language records all baring Nandy's name. I have guessed that she was of Latino decent early on and I still maintain that guess. But, I am not completely sold on that notion yet.

Finally, and most importantly, I know that Nandy is a slave for extended dance mixes. If a record has an extended mix, it's circled or starred. Always. That's not to say she doesn't dig the single cut, but she loves an extended mix.

Hopefully more can be revealed about Nandy in the future. I still haven't figured out why she draws a giant capital I with black magic marker on some records. I'm guessing she is pointing out the tracks that she digs but it just seems like an odd choice of symbol.

But I digress. So without further ado, here is the record that proved without a doubt where some, if not all, of these records came from: Heaven 17's "Play To Win".



(Both tracks from Play to Win, 1981 Virgin/B.E.F; On 12" vinyl; Found at Goodwill of Orlando, Michigan location for $1.00)

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

No updates for a bit

Divshare is down right now. They have been kind of unreliable lately so I'm looking for another host that will let me embed for free.

Sorry about the wait.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Carrie Lucas - I Gotta Keep Dancin'

This weeks post is belated but I do have two good reasons for my tardiness:

1: Daily life. I'm wiped out from the grind, friends.
2: I hit the jackpot again

I didn't hit the jackpot as hard as I did when I found the Nandy collection, but I did find about 10 pretty worthy records. Most of them I will eventually feature here so I don't want to disclose what they are as of yet. But I did find two records I definitely won't post because everyone is already aware that they are awesome: Aladdin Sane and Hunky Dory by David Bowie. Hopefully those records and the one I'm posting today will translate into an idea of the quality of records I picked up on Sunday.

But there was a tragedy among all the triumph. When I was flipping through the crate I came upon Kraftwerks' Tour de France 12" single from 1983. Got really excited and put it on the growing stack of records. Then when I picked out all the records I wanted, I did my routine of sitting down with the records and making sure they were all in the sleeves. This is where shit gets real: Not only is the record inside not Tour de France, it's a brutally fucked up copy of one of the many versions of "Planet Rock" (way too pissed to peep which version). So not only did I miss out on Kraftwerk, but I also get fucked on having "Planet Rock" on vinyl because some dumb bastard can't take care of his records. Motherfucker.

But it is intresting that it worked out that way considering the Soulsonic Force samples Kraftwerk in Planet Rock. But I'm sure you all already know that.

Anyway, to matter at hand. Carrie Lucas is the first from the new batch of records to go up here. She scored a hit with this one. Unfortunately, it was one of her few hits. All the way back from 1977, here's "I Gotta Keep Dancin'":

(From Simply Carrie, 1977 Soul Train; On 12" vinyl; Found at Goodwill of Orlando, Curry Ford location for $1.00)

More Carrie Lucas:

Friday, June 20, 2008

Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio - It's Time To Party Now and Until the Morning Comes

Here's some jams to get your weekend going courtesy of Nandy, Ray Parker Jr, Raydio and myself. Party on, sirs and ma'ams, it's Friday night!

It's Time To Party Now

Until the Morning Comes

(Both tracks from Two Places at the Same Time, 1980 Arista; On 12" vinyl; Found at Goodwill of Orlando, Michigan location for $1.00)

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ana - Shy Boys


Cuban-born singer Ana moved to Orlando, FL, in 1979 at the age of five. At ten, in 1984, she signed to Parc Records. At 13, in 1987, she scored her debut chart entry, "Shy Boys" (number 94 pop).

From the alleged Orlando native, here's "Shy Boys". Enjoy.

(From the Shy Boys 45RPM Single, 1987 CBS/PARC; On 45RPM Vinyl; Found at Goodwill of Deland, 17-92 location)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Delfonics - The Best of the Delfonics

Two of the best songs from one of the greatest soul acts of all time. I honestly couldn't narrow it down to one track so I'm posting two. Enjoy.

LaLa Means I Love You

Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time

(Both tracks from The Best of the Delfonics, 1976 Arista/Kory/Philly Groove; On 12" vinyl; Found at Goodwill of Orlando, Michigan location for $1.00)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Samantha Sang - Emotion

Here's an excellent late 70's one-hit wonder produced by the Gibb brothers. It's a good one to wind down your weekend with. Cheers.

(From Emotion, 1978 Private Stock; On 12" vinyl; Found at Christian Sharing Center on 17-92 in Longwood, Florida for .50 cents)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Exposé - Point of No Return (12" Extended Mix)

In celebration of tonight's performance at the Parliament House here in Orlando, Nandy brings us the extended mix of "Point of No Return". Unfortunately, I won't be attending the show because it's $30 bucks a pop. Which is interesting because if Exposé were playing on any other weekend other than Gay Days, the show would probably be free at a city park or something. But to quote Kurtis Blow, these are the breaks, my friends.

So whether you are going or not, don your red shirt, make yourself a cocktail, press the play button and enjoy 12 inches of great 80's pop.

(From Point of No Return: All New Mixes, 1987 Arista; On 12" vinyl; Found at Goodwill of Orlando, Michigan location for $1.00)

More Exposé:

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Cut - Kindness for Weakness

Really no idea what year this is from as the record label says nothing of a year and I can't find any information about The Cut online. Cut is a pretty common verb so if AMG doesn't have any info, no one does. What makes the research even tougher is the fact that there is another song of the same title by a group called Soul Children (great song by the way). But if my wagering is any good I'd go ahead and say nineteen eighty.....three? Take your guesses to the comment section if you wish.

By any measure, the track is pretty good. I'm sure by now 'yall know I'm a slave for analog synth and soulfull lyrics and this record has them both in spades.

(From the Kindness for Weakness promo single, year unknown Supertronics; On 12" vinyl; Found at Christian Sharing Center on 17-92 in Longwood, Florida for .50 cents)

Update: I fail at Google. 1986 is the official year.