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We Run  performed by Strange Advance  1985
Recommended by Colinator [profile]

I like this songs imagery and how it leaves so much unsaid, so the listener can relate it to themselves.
Apparently, the writer, (either Daryl Kromm or Drew Arnot, of Strange Advance) wrote this song from a dream he had. He described it as 'One of those wake up sweating dreams.'
The song is from their album 2wo, and is available on both 'Over 60 Minutes With Strange Advance' and 'Worlds Away and Back'.
However, niether of their first two albums, 'Worlds Away'(1982) and '2wo'(1985) are available on CD.

Song lyrics:

We Run

You're on your own and meet a friend
Who doesn't kill but wounds for life
The sun blinds you through the trees
While watching clues fall from the skies
And she smiles


At the point of the knife
You never see anyone
How the strong will survive
At the end of their gun
We run...........

Frozen smiles for men returned
They never even left this place
She kissed me softly on the cheek
And a shadow cut across her face

Take heart the fountain of my life
Stone the victim to his knees
I've got scars for my mistakes
And now post atomic dreams
I dream...........


At the point of the knife
You never see anyone
How the strong will survive
At the end of their gun
We run...........

I walked for miles and miles to the sea
we burned, the fire from the sun
I know you never tried to deceive
who can touch us when we run

available on CD - Over 60 Minutes With Strange Advance / Worlds Away and Back

Cecil Beaton´┐Żs Scrapbook  performed by Would Be Goods  1985
Recommended by andyjl [profile]

The finest moment of a legendary 80s UK indie label which fused a post-punk spirit with the best elements of 60s pop style - bossa nova, light psychedelia, girl groups. And pre-empted the lounge/easy listening revival by about 10 years. The Would Be-Goods were two sisters, Jessica and Miranda, who couldn´┐Żt sing and did so beautifully. The ´┐Żl catalogue is being re-issued on CD by Cherry Red Records. Well worth checking out.

from The Camera Loves Me, available on CD (Cherry Red)

Human Jungle  performed by The Jazz Butcher  1985
Recommended by pmbolt [profile]

Eighties pop with minimalist percussion, quirky lyrics, and jazz-club atmosphere. The organ intro, skillful guitar breaks, spare bass-drum beat, and catchy chorus are my lasting memories of this song which was one of my first "favorite songs." More info on this band at

from Bloody Nonsense (BigTime 10014-1)
available on CD - Draining the Glass (Fire, Nectar Masters)

Palm Sunday (On Board the S.S. Within)  performed by The Go-Betweens  1985
Recommended by squidexplosion [profile]

Gorgeous organ swirl with McLennan's harmonies. Just a beautiful song.

from Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express (Beggars Banquet)

Talking Scarlet  performed by Prefab Sprout  1985
Recommended by Mike [profile]

A song as pretty and witty as any of their better-known numbers, this also has a little more propulsion than many of those. I'm also very fond of the album it's on, 1985's "Protest Songs", which was unreleased until 1989 and wasn't one of the band's biggest sellers when the record company eventually released it after "From Langley Park to Memphis".

from Protest Songs, available on CD

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