The mighty electronic funk collection, Heaven 17, are about to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut, "Penthouse And Pavement". I do believe I feel a bit faint. How could thirty years have slipped through the ether so quickly?
Next month, to mark the occasion, H17 are about to launch a tour of the UK where they will play the entire album in a live setting for the very first time ever! I would sell a testicle to attend those shows. Unfortunately, in the wake of opening a brand new business, I won't have any time in my schedule to travel across the great Atlantic. Sad face, indeed.
A few days ago, Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory appeared on "Later...With Jools Holland" for a brief bit of promotion in the run up to the soon-to-be-released, expanded edition of "Penthouse And Pavement". Check out their performance of "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" where these electro gentlement show the children how it's done!
Is there a better interviewer for musicians than Jools Holland?
During the evening, as they mentioned in their short interview, they played their signature tune, "Temptation", which, in fact, appeared on "The Luxury Gap", the follow up to "P&P".
It appears H17 have resurrected the original version of "Temptation" for their live, electro extravaganza rather than perform the Brothers In Rhythm production that saw the song revisit the UK charts in 1992.
My brain is exploding like a hamster in a microwave just thinking about how amazing the "Penthouse And Pavement" shows are gonna be.
Before I soil myself, here's the tracklisting for the forthcoming expanded edition of the groundbreaking elpee which is scheduled to hit the "shops" on November 22. The original album reached #14 on the UK album chart way back in 1981.
1. (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
2. Penthouse And Pavement
3. Play To Win
4. Soul Warfare
5. Geisha Boys And Temple Girls
6. Let's All Make A Bomb
7. The Height Of The Fighting
8. Song With No Name
9. We're Going To Live For A Very Long Time
1. Penthouse And Pavement (Original Demo)
2. (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (Original Demo)
3. Play To Win (Original Demo Instrumental)
4. Soul Warfare (Original Demo)
5. Are Everything (Original Demo)
6. BEF Ident (Alternate Version)
7. Decline Of The West (Alternate Version)
8. Rise Of The East (Alternate Version)
9. Music To Kill Your Parents By (Alternate Version)
10. Uptown Apocalypse (Alternate Version)
11. A Baby Called Billy (Alternate Version)
12. Rhythmic Experiment 1
13. Rhythmic Experiment 2
14. Boys Of Buddha Experiment
15. At The Height Of The Fighting (Original Rhythm Track)
16. Rhythmic Loop Experiment
17. Funky Experiment
18. Song Experiment
19. Heavy Drum Experiment
20. Play To Win (Original Demo with Vocals)
The first disc features the original album. The second disc includes twenty - count 'em! - previously unreleased tracks. A DVD featuring this year's BBC documentary on the band will also be included. The entire re-issue has been lovingly curated by Martyn Ware and promises to be an electro delight. Absolutely brillopads!