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Blancmange The UK Singles 1980-1986 NUMBER 1= REVEALED

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by simes1970, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. Oh were we meant to rate Irene & Mavis? I'll have to add that in a PM to you, @simes1970 ...
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  2. @simes1970 - just submitted my scores! Good luck with the reveal! Watch out for the Bloody Cuckoo Tree!
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  3. My scores are in! This will be a very interesting reveal with such few participants!
  4. Thanks to those that have sent votes in. I shall do the sums early next week as the weekend is a busy one and start the reveal hopefully Tuesday.
  5. Especially if you tanked some favourites again, sis.
  6. No I didn’t do that I swear. I think there were two songs I had no access to and these songs got three points from me ...

    I honour quality when I see it ...
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  7. "That's love that it is" didn't work for me - so I had to try another link!
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  8. Reveal should start tomorrow where I shall deal with the EP on one post.
  9. Were the lines all engaged? It came as no surprise; I sent a letter home.
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  10. Should be interesting to hear everyone else's comments on the EP!
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  11. It was a bit rubbish, though.
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  12. I hadn't heard it for a few years, since I bought the digital version for my Blancmange anthology project. It really isn't that good, is it. Essential listening for historic purposes, to see where they originally began, but not much more than that.
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  13. So here we go with the lowest placed track on the list at 17. For me I have to be honest the EP wasn't for me. This being the worst of them all.
    Score 13.5 Average Score 2.7 Highest Score Remorque 4.5 Lowest Score 2 (Simes1970, EricGeneric, Hairycub1969)
    Comments include
    "This is too complicated for me and some of the noises are too shrill." (Filippa)
    "Sorry too weird!" (Hairycub1969)
    "Another one I find hard to get into, but it’s fine in its genre I guess? Idk." (Remorque)
  14. Coming up next at 16 your art is not up to scratch.

    To be fair you can some influence on this track to what would become their mainstay eastern influence.
    Score 18 Average Score 3.6 Highest Score 6 (Remorque) Lowest Score 2 (EricGeneric)
    Comments Include
    "There’s a melody to be found somewhere underneath, but there’s too much going on in the background for it to be thoroughly enjoyable..." (Remorque)
    "More distorted vocals, which get annoying after a while and bin lid drumming!" (Hairycub1969)
    "This is not for me. " (Filippa)
    Leaving the rate is Overbearing Art Genius
  15. You need to be paying attention for the next one to leave the rate.

    This really does go all over the place. Starts with a slightly Jazz feel then just goes completely mad from there including the accented vocals.
    Score 21 Average Score 4.2 Highest Score 6 (Filippa) Lowest Score 3 (Simes1970, EricGeneric)
    Comments Include
    "A fun song. Yeah concentration that’s what they would have needed. I like the humour behind it." (Filippa)
    "Am I the only one not in on the joke?" (Remorque)
    "Stay focused Neil – you’re on the mic now!" (Hairycub1969)
    So finishing at 15 it's Concentration Baby
  16. Dancing time but the place is a tip.

    I really am unsure what to make of this. It is very experimental. But does it actually do anything. I am sure repeated listens would help on this one.
    Score 22.5 Average Score 4.5 Highest Score 6 (Filippa) Lowest Score 3.5 (Remorque)
    Comments Include
    "Very experimental but not very interesting." (Hairycub1969)
    "Oh, very experimental music, didn’t know the fact, but I like that. It’s not the track I would listen to everyday but I quite like it." (Filippa)
    "Wait. We’re only rating this because it was on the first EP, right? I just can’t seem to get into this one, as it’s devoid of melody and there’s literally nothing to hold onto.." (Remorque)
    So the fourth track from the EP to leave at Number 14 is Disco A Bomb-Bomb.
  17. At 13 is a ghost I have just seen?
    I don't have anything to say about this track. It's pleasant enough but for me goes nowhere. I can't make up my mind if the track has an African feel to it or not.

    Score 26.5 Average Score 5.3 Highest Score 8 (Filippa) Lowest Score 4 (Simes1970, EricGeneric)
    Comments Include
    "I know there should be something more to this, but just like the first two tracks on the EP this just plods along without really going anywhere..." (Remorque)
    "This combination of the pulsating beat and this sweet melody works! At least for me." (Filippa)
    "Average synth instrumental" (Hairycub1969)
    Leaving at 13 it's Just Another Spectre.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2018
  18. Feel like a break, it's nearly time.
    Some good synth sounds but it doesn't go anywhere.

    Score 28 Average Score 5.6 Highest Score 8 (Filippa) Lowest Score 4 (Simes1970, Remorque)
    Comments Include
    "This has something very melodious. I like it." (Filippa)
    "Was this the emybro for Depeche Mode’s “New life”?" (Hairycub1969)
    "Well, this holiday camp must be the one Michael Myers frequented. Or at least I wish... This just plods along with no excitement and doesn’t really go anywhere."
    Leaving the rate at number 12 it's Holiday Camp.
  19. Tomorrow we start the countdown with tracks that were mainly all chartbound.
  20. I have to agree with most of the comments on the Irene & Mavis tracks, and this is as a massive Blancmange fan. Holiday Camp is the only track with anything of note, a pretty tunefulness that could almost be on their debut album Happy Families. You can hear the short journey from Holiday Camp to the likes of Sad Day. Still, it's quite remarkable how they went from nondescript, arty experimentalism to God's Kitchen in a year or so. Suddenly, their sound and style is very clear and unique.
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