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Katrina And The Waves – Plastic Man (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 18th, 2013


A. Front

“Plastic Man” is an early single by Katrina and the Waves released in 1984 in the UK. The single was issued before the band had international sucess with their hit “Walking on Sunshine”. “Plastic Man” failed to have any chart.

The b-side “Going Down To Liverpool” was written by Katrina And The Waves guitarist Kimberley Rew. The song was first released on the band’s 1982 EP titled Shock Horror! (with the band then simply named The Waves) and also included on their 1983 debut album Walking on Sunshine, which was only released in Canada. The version included on both releases featured Rew on lead vocals.

When the band signed with major label Capitol Records, the song was re-recorded with Katrina Leskanich on lead vocals and included on their 1985 self-titled album . Although never released as a single, it was featured as the b-side of two of the bands’ singles, Plastic Man and their breakthrough hit Walking on Sunshine.

The song was also covered by girl group The Bangles in 1985.

Plastic Man (Expanded Version) 5:31

Going Down To Liverpool 3:43

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Silvertown ‎– STST 7
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Credits: Photography – John De La Cruz
Producer – Pat Collier
Written-By – K. Rew*

Recorded at Greenhouse & Alaska, London

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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15 Responses to “Katrina And The Waves – Plastic Man (UK 12″)”

  1. omar Says:

    Great single Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Omar 🙂


  2. Kookoo Says:

    Wow. I had never heard this before. I’m pleased with the education you are giving me. All the best.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kookoo it’s a really good 12″ very 🙂


  3. Joseph Says:

    Thanks! One of my favorite bands who just got crushed under the weight of their one big hit. Shame as she’s got a great voice and Kimberly Rew was a great songwriter.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Joseph. In my opinion this track is far superior to “Walking On Sunshine” 🙂


  4. Chwee Says:

    OMG This is so rare! Do you happen to have Sun Street? ~ chwee


    DjPaulT Reply:

    nope sorry chwee I don’t.


  5. Stefano Says:

    Interesting. I am not familiar with this one. Let’s find out…


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hope you like it Stefano 🙂


  6. guss Says:

    Thank you Paul!!!


  7. Dave T Says:

    Thanks so much for this. One of the few K&TW 12′ singles I never managed to get. LOVE IT! keep up the great work!!


  8. Andrew Says:

    Done It again Paul=Brilliant Post ! I Loooved this song. I had the 7 Inch + 12 Inch of this ! They should’ve Re-recorded this for there Break Of Hearts LP when they went all RAWK n’ Leather Jacket stylee, might’ve been a nice Dance Rock hit ? ! Minus a point for no 7 inch mix -Any chance of it ? Or more Katrina stuff/ people must have forgot ‘Hurricane Katrina’ It was that THAT basically fucked their Career – A total shame as Katrina’s a gr8 Singer, also “btw” have U heard the Sleaze Sisters Remix of ‘Walking On Sunshine’ a gr8 Dance Rework + a New Vocal I think = Very Good stuff ttfn 4 Now xXx


  9. Richard the Big Bunny Says:

    Oh, I quite like this! New to me in 2016. 🙂 Thank you.


  10. Muff Diver Says:

    Thanks to your blog I get to rediscover the 80s all over again!


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