Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Hello and welcome back to Mixtape 14 - Halloween special....

With tasty songs to Sink Your Teeth into including Dead or Alive, Rockwell, Michael Jackson & Oingo Boingo.

So, Get yourself ready...

Drink some 'Decoffinated Coffee', serve up some 'Ice Scream' because on Electronic80s, we celebrate 'Halloween'


1 = Gerard McMann - Cry Little Sister (Theme - Lost Boys)
2 = The Hooters - All you Zombies
3 = Men at Work - Dr Heckyll & Mr Jive
4 = Ray Parker Jnr - Ghostbusters
5 = Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me
6 = Toto Coelo - Dracula's Tango
7 = Warren Zevon - Werewolves in London
8 = Dead or Alive - Something in my House
9 = Oingo Boingo - Dead Mans Party
10 = P.I.L. - The Order of Death
11 = The Police - Spirits in the Material World
12 = Yello - Angel No
13 = Michael Jackson - Thriller (with outro from Elvira - Mistress of the dark)

GERARD McMANN - CRY LITTLE SISTER   (Thanks to Daniela Pistone for the video)

RAY PARKER Jnr - GHOSTBUSTERS   (Thanks to marc ge for the video)

MICHAEL JACKSON - THRILLER  (Thanks to michaeljacksonVEVO for the video)


Hello and welcome back..... Stunning sounds from U.K. outfit 'Quadraphonic All Stars' with the new single 'Everything Is Ours'...

Big Oberheim anthemic brass section with massive lush layered analogue string pads. This is the latest addition to a collection of movie themes by the self-produced electronic musician The Quadraphonic All Stars. As with all tracks by this artist, this recording was produced with 70s & 80s era synthesizers.



Monday, October 28, 2013

VISAGE - DREAMER I KNOW (Sounds like the 80s)

Hello and welcome back..... Just a quick post, From the Latest album "Hearts and Knives" from 80s New Romantic band 'Visage' comes a new single called 'Dreamer I Know'..... Stunning Video.

VISAGE - DREAMER I KNOW  (Thanks to Steve Strange for the video)


Sunday, October 27, 2013

MY SCIENCE PROJECT - 1985 (Electronic 80s at the Movies)

Hello and welcome back.... A new segment on Electronic 80s..(Movie Night).

Tonight's Movie is the 1985 sci-fi movie "My Science Project"

Michael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project for Michael's class, and discover a strange glowing orb which absorbs electricity. When the orb begins to blend past, present, and future, its up to Michael and Ellie to stop the orb and save mankind.

One of my Favorite 80s movies and secretly, I had a crush on Ellie, But Shhh, don't tell anyone...


MY SCIENCE PROJECT  - 1985  (Massive thanks to MrsMovieLovesMovies for the video)

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Hello and welcome back..... Got a spare $13,000 and don't know what to buy?....

How about a piece of music history....

Up for sale is the Fairlight computer / synth CMI III owned by 'Boris Blank' from the band "Yello" (Think 'Oh Yeah')

For a mere $12,900 (Aus) it could all be yours.

They used to cost $65,000 in 1985 and it has even been signed by Boris himself, BUT you need to hurry, the selling ends in a few days...


YELLO - OH YEAH      (Thanks to philippekogler for the video)


Every Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument has a story behind it. Hugely expensive when new, their unique sounds and legendary user interface were used by music pioneers who changed the sound of music forever. 
At a cost around $65,000 in 1985 (which could have bought you a very nice house) the list of Fairlight III owners reads like a who’s who of musical innovation of the time. Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, Kate Bush, Thomas Dolby, Hans Zimmer and Pet Shop Boys were owners in the UK, with many studios catering for those who didn’t own one. For a complete list take a look at:
The particular system being offered here belongs to Boris Blank, the musical part of Swiss band Yello. One could argue that during the 1980’s Yello used the Fairlight more, and more interestingly than virtually anyone else. Every hit single they had (and there were quite a few) used the Fairlight CMI extensively..
So, if you ever lusted after one of these legendary instruments, here’s a chance to acquire one with some serious street cred!  
Yello Fairlight III. Signed front panel. There will be Boris's sounds included, as well as all the libraries listed below, in 4 x hard drives. Boris is on holiday at the moment, however his assistant has promised some more photos and goodies when he returns!
Offered for sale is a very rare, vintage classic Fairlight CMI III computer musical instrument workstation in excellent condition. The system is a late model, in three rack units which are 8U, 8U and 5U for the hard drive enclosure. It has the latest and best in technical innovations, whilst still retaining the classic legendary sound of the CMI. The system is switchable for 110, 220 or 240V so will work ANYWHERE in the world. 
The system has the latest 9.34 music software, has 16 voices, mono graphics card and monitor, and 24 output router.  Instead of the usual 14 Mbytes RAM memory fitted as standard from the factory, this unit has a brand new 32 Mbyte card, which is the maximum possible in these systems. It also has a digital sampler module and a Turbo-SCSI card: It is therefore fully optioned with the last and best revisions of both hardware and software. There is no music keyboard, however any MIDI keyboard or external computer/sequencer will work brilliantly. I can supply a colour graphics card at additional cost if desired, to enable the system to run with many flat LCD screens. If required, the original mono graphics can be re-installed in minutes..
There are four hard drives installed. Three are original, with Boris's sounds, and the forth is "My" collection of libraries I normally include with my systems for sale. These are as follows:
 Complete Fairlight library, Prosonus Strings, Brass, Percussion, Sound 
Genesis strings, plus many libraries collected over the last 25 years 
dealing with top producers and musicians. These include libraries from: Pet 
Shop Boys, Trevor Horn, Hans Zimmer, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Art of Noise and many, many others. The complete Fairlight IIX library is also included.
The floppy and WORM drive work intemittantly, however these were only used in the 1980's before more reliable and cost-effective storage emerged. Therefore there is no warranty on these parts. The only other points of note are that some of the keys on the alpha-numeric keyboard are beginning to lose their legends (see picture), and the graphics pad is worn in places. I have however adjusted the keyboard so that the worn spots on the pad doesn't cause problems. 
The system has been serviced, will have a full set of manuals on CD, all leads, latest firmware, and come with 3 months warranty (apart from the two drives mentioned above). 
Please note you’ll see other Fairlight systems advertised, and some might be less expensive. However, do some research before you buy. What may look like a bargain might not look so appealing when its obsolete parts finally give up. This applies specially to earlier systems.  This system is complete, fully functional, and will work straight out of the box. I worked as product specialist and studio manager at Fairlight in Sydney during most of the 1980s, and have been involved in re-building Fairlight CMIs for over 25 years. I have sold and supported well over 45 of these classic samplers. If you are in any doubt, please type “Peter Wielk Fairlight” into the worlds favourite search engine and see what comes out.
 You might be apprehensive about owning a big piece of technology, however the Fairlight CMIs were designed to last – no new technology comes near it for build quality. All the cards and modules of a series III are plug-in which makes servicing a breeze (and also helped push the original price up). In the unlikely event of a board failure, this can simply be swapped out for a replacement from me, to either repair or replace. I have a huge amount of spares, since I bought most of the factories old stock and spare parts. I also do repairs at board level, and re-manufacture parts when unavailable. I have been supporting these incredible systems for many years, and hope to continue this for many more…
 I have tried to describe this system as accurately as possible. However, please feel free to ask any questions, or if you’re passing through Sydney, you would be very welcome to have an extensive demonstration. Lastly, these systems were designed and built with no compromises, reflected by their US$75,000 price tag when new. The sound is completely awesome. You might buy a sample CD of the Fairlight sounds, it will sound NOTHING like the real thing.
Also, only about 200 systems were built, and they were sold to the most influental musicians and producers in the world. The sounds of the Fairlight CMI formed the soundtrack of the 1980s. So, if you’ve always lusted after one, here’s your chance to own a part of music history! 

Extra information:
This system is multi-timbral, in that it can produce 16 different sounds at any given time. It also has dynamic voice allocation, meaning that although the device is 16 channels, one could play for example, 16 voices of piano in one bar of music, 16 voices of brass in the next, 16 of vibraphone in the next, and so on. Each sound is output through it's own dedicated router output, of which there are 24. A loom will be provided to interface the first 8 "routputs" with your mixer. This differs from the earlier CMI IIIs, as they had only one monophonic output per XLR. As producer and Fairlight programmer extrordinaire Andy Richards (look him up for credentials) once said: "Having a router is like having a Fairlight and a half"

OH YEAH.....


Hello and welcome back..... This put a smile on my face :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Hello and welcome back.....Loving the sound of this song, sounds incredible. Galactic Warriors are from Croatia and goes under the banner of "Spacesynth" or 'Italodisco'.... kinda reminds me of the 80s band 'Laserdance'
All I can say is...WOW

GALACTIC WARRIORS - HUMANOID BATTLE  (Thanks to Tibi Dietrich for the video)

Galactic Warriors have a new album out called 'Under Attack' and is a 2 disc set


P.S - On a personal note, today is the 6th day of bushfires raging around me, today, my family and I had the car packed and ready to evacuate....
While extremely nervous, smoke filled air, sound of sirens and the heavy thud of helicopters all day, its nice to put on a pair of headphones and listen to some great music like this band,..oh... and keep an eye on the fire at the same time...

ELVIS is one of the Choppers fighting the fires, and saving our homes....

Photo by Michael Bailey.

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Hello and welcome back.... From the 1978 album "Parallel Lines" came this stunning song with an equally stunning singer "Debbie Harry"....

Released in 1979, 'Heart of Glass' made heavy use of the 'Roland CR-78 Drum Machine' .... New Technology back then.

There was controversy when this song came out because it pulled away from common rock roots and shifted towards Disco, and they used the word 'Ass', being squeaky clean late 70s, that was a no-no, and the BBC blanked it out..
(Original lyrics =  Once I had a love, it was a gas. Soon turned out, it was a pain in the ass)....

I love this song, such a good sound that still sounds good today...

BLONDIE - HEART OF GLASS  (Thanks to sheerfolly2 for the video)

BLONDIE - THE BEST OF  (Thanks to redbabylon for the video)


"Heart of Glass"
"Sunday Girl"
"Call Me"
"The Tide Is High"
"Hanging on the Telephone"
"(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear"
"Island of Lost Souls"
"Picture This"
"Union City Blue"
"War Child" (Harrison, Harry)
"Rip Her to Shreds"
"One Way or Another"
"I'm Gonna Love You Too"
"Fade Away and Radiate"
"Atomic '98 (Xenomania Mix)"
"Atomic '98 (Tall Paul Mix)


Friday, October 18, 2013


Hello and welcome back.... As I write this, A major bushfire has broken out about 10 min away in Winmalee NSW Australia (I live in Springwood) - (Blue Mountains)....
It started yesterday afternoon and as I went to collect my 4 children from school, I was stuck about half way out to the school and that where I stayed for 2.5 hours.
Listening to my scanner radio, I heard "code red" screamed many times as houses around me were lost and roads closed.... Luck would have it, I had my camera.
I managed to make it back home but my kids were stuck on the other side of the fire and thankfully relatives were able to collect them, 24 hours later I was able to get through and give them a hug.
Being a small community, we have been devastated, saddened and helpless as 40 houses were lost and will no doubt rise as only 30% has been assessed.
The fire was started by electricity wires fallen in strong winds.

I was planning to make a mixtape for the weekend, but sadly that wont happen as I have spent time watching, worrying, listening and photographing the fires that still are going on around me, with not much sleep to be had.
Also phone/internet/power problems have caused me grief...

All my efforts have gone into my sister site -
with photos and videos being documented.

Worrying news for the weekend as a larger fire up further in the mountains has crossed to the southern side ( I live on the southern side) and is predicted to get very bad on Sunday-monday with winds and temps 35-38 deg pushing it down the mountain towards me.

So I thought I would give you a insight to whats happening in my part of the world, fingers crossed, things settle down by early next week

I will resume programing shortly :)

Cheers and stay safe

Michael Bailey


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

VANELLO & STEVEN KIMBER - SOS FOR LOVE (Sounds like the 80s)

Hello and welcome back.... Every now and then, a song just suddenly pops up and instantly you love it, the sound, the vibe... everything.

This is one of those songs....

The song "SOS For Love" is currently No 23 in the Euro Dance top 50 and goes under the banner of Italo Disco, This song can be found on the ZYX Italo Disco New Generation Vol 2 compilation.

Vanello (Razvan-Dumitru Voicu) (pic above) is a Music producer from Romania, while Steven Kimber is from the U.K.
Steven Kimber is one half of the UK band "Kiss The Panther"

This is a stunning song, one that I cant stop listening to.... Sounds so good...

VANELLO & STEVEN KIMBER - SOS FOR LOVE  (Thanks to italoladys for the video)


Vanello (left)

Steven Kimber (right)

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Hello and welcome back..... Something for the "Modern Talking " fans out there.... 2 sets of concerts both in HD and sounding stunning... Enjoy

MODERN TALKING LIVE 1998  (Thanks to 7AccordHomeStudio for the video)

01. You're My Heart, You're My Soul
02. Heaven Will Know
03. Geronimo's Cadillac
04. In 100 Years
05. Anything Is Possible


Thanks to for the video

Friday, October 11, 2013


Hello and welcome back....Due to the moderately popular release of The Dance Sessions Vol 1,  ( Download Here )

I decided to release a Vol 2...

Here's Mixtape 13 - The Dance Sessions Vol2. for your listening pleasure.



1 . Fax Yourself - I Feel Love (Ultimate Remix)
2 . Inner City - Good Life
3 . 49ers - Touch Me
4 . Baby Ford - Children of the Revolution (12" Version)
5 . 808 State - In Yer Face
6 . HiTek 3 - Spin that Wheel
7 . FPI Project - Everybody (Dance Version)
8 . KLF - Last Train to Trancentral
9. Tragic Error - Tanzen
10 . Yazoo - State Farm (Madhouse Mix)
11 . The Beatmasters - Burn it Up
12 . Kraze - The Party (Club Mix)

 INNER CITY - GOOD LIFE   (Thanks to InnerCityVEVO for the video)

HI TEK 3 - SPIN THAT WHEEL  (Thanks to cindycsy01 for the video)

THE BEATMASTERS - BURN IT UP  (Thanks to WiggyVideos6 for the video)

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Hello and welcome back..... U.S born "Melissa Manchester" had this huge hit back in 1982 with "You  Should Hear how She Talks about You"

This single was from the album "Hey Ricky" and made it to No 5 on the Billboard top 100 and No 4 in Australia.

For me. I loved this song and I always thought that this was just a one hit wonder... Not So.
To date Melissa has released a staggering 29 albums.
Melissa is currently working on a new album and is set to be released in 2014 called "You Gotta Love the Life"

It was reported in a 1985 interview, Melissa, being a ballad singer had to be dragged "Kicking & Screaming" into the music studios to record this song. So glad she did...
So from ballad singer to Pop singer, this is one of the best songs of the 80s


Thanks to MusicVideoStudiosTas for the video.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Hello and welcome back.... I thought this was interesting, I love reading magazines, being computer mags, music, or photography, i am always on the lookout for interesting things to read.

Mag A Zone is a facebook site dedicated to 80s magazines inc "TV Tops", "Smash Hits" and even "Red Dwarf"..... check it out, its awesome.

Stay up to date with facebook page = Magazone

Website =

Mag A Zone also has Tour Programs and Poster Mags....Brilliant :)

Monday, October 7, 2013


Hello and welcome back..... Some awesome sounds to dance to with Baby Ford - Children of the Revolution remix... Enjoy


Friday, October 4, 2013


Hello and welcome back..... I have something to confess, I once owned the 12" version of this song.
Had such a good sound, using the classic Roland 303 bass synth, a huge hit back in 1989...

Its called Acid, Acid man....


JOLLY ROGER - ACID MAN   (Thanks to 6robski8 for the video)