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Far Far Away / How Does It Feel?


11th October 1974 (Far Far Away), 7th February 1975 (How Does It Feel?)🇬🇧

Slade were stylistically lumped in with the UK ’glam’ movement, but they were streets ahead of some of the producer-led fodder like The Sweet. These two singles came out as their peak popularity was waning, but this is a pair of fine tracks from the surprisingly good Slade in Flame film.


Private Life / She’s Lost Control

Grace Jones

? 1980 (Single), 9th May 1980 (LP)🇯🇲

After a disco period, Jamaican model and singer Grace Jones brought out a dub-heavy reggae album of covers in 1980, and had a hit single with her version of The Pretenders song Private Life.

Arguably even more astonishing is her take on Joy Division’s She’s Lost Control, which formed the B-side of the single.


Wishery / Upular



South Africa-born Aussie Pogo makes tunes from edits of video, particularly from Disney films. I couldn’t decide whether to include Upular or Wishery, so consider this a “double A side” entry in the blog.