From “Remember the Eighties” to “Lost in the ’80s”

The slogan of the webblog Lost in the ’80s is “Rescuing Music from Day-Glo Obscurity,” and you have to admire them for doing just that. The guy who runs it is named John…just John…and he’s a self-described “alternatively funny and grumpy short man with big biceps and a nice set of brains,” but his goal in life seems to be to revisit his favorite ’80s songs and, if they’re not readily available, post MP3s of them online. Sometime he’ll go with a major name, like Rick Springfield, but recent weeks have seen discussions on the Bolshoi, Rubber Rodeo, Mari Wilson, Donnie Iris, and…wait for it, Shep Medskerbone…Book of Love. It’s updated rather sporadically – the last new entry was Nov. 27th – but it’s always worth checking in once in awhile to see what’s new.

Here’s his most recent write-up, about the Human League’s “I Love You Too Much”:

“we spoke about the time and place of our first meeting / without a word i knew you knew that i cared about you”

There was a discussion over at Silence Is a Rhythm (scroll down about half a page) about the recent Human League reissues and how EMI have done an okay job with them. One thing I hated, though, is that they were so close to being perfect by only one or two tracks.

The Hysteria remaster is more than serviceable, including all the remixes of the era, but my main beef was that by including just two missing tracks from the U.S. Fascination EP, EMI would have sewn up the entire early Human League output. EMI halfway corrected these omissions by including one of the missing tracks, “You Remind Me of Gold”, on the new Human League Remixes and Rareities CD. So, I’m going to take the initiative to post the other missing track.

Fascination EP

“I Love You Too Much” was recorded for this EP (the other songs were all previously released singles or b-sides in the U.K.) and was later re-recorded for the Hysteria album. This original version is vastly superior, in my not so humble pinion. Where the Hysteria version just sorts of drones on, this version is quite the little funky number. Check out that bassline and the incredibly tone-deaf backing “Ahhhhhs” from the girls. No comparison.

But hey, good job anyway, EMI. Don’t think we Leaugeophiles don’t appreciate the effort. See? I didn’t even bring up the “EMI stands for Every Mistake Imaginable” joke!



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