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Nightmares In Wax (Dead Or Alive) – Nightmares In Wax (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 17th, 2013


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C. Side A Label

Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on October 12, 2010. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

Nightmares in Wax released only one EP during its brief existence, but that sole release was unforgettable. Neither did the band truly die, rather it evolved into the even more memorable Dead or Alive.

Singer Pete Burns already had one failed group behind him when he formed Nightmares in Wax. The Mystery Girls also included Pete Wylie, Julian Cope, and Phil Hurst, and managed to play their first and final show on the same night. That gig, opening for Sham 69 at Liverpool’s legendary punk club Eric’s, took place on November 4, 1977. The group folded immediately after, with the members going their separate ways.

Pete Burns returned to the music scene with Nightmares in Wax, in February 1979, alongside an interminably shifting lineup that even the most devoted fan could barely keep track of, had the band actually had such loyal creatures. They didn’t, and Burns himself later claimed the group was deliberately attempting to be the worst in history. Regardless, Nightmares in Wax did slowly gain a following, mainly comprising “real loonies,” as the singer himself described them.

One of these hardy souls was Pete Fulwell, head of the local Inevitable Records label. The band’s lineup still hadn’t solidified, but Inevitable offered them a deal all the same. Burns was joined at the session by his former Mystery Girls’ compatriot, drummer Phil Hurst, keyboardist Martin Healy, bassist Walter Ogden, and guitarist Mick Reid. The ensuing EP, Birth of a Nation opened with “Black Leather,” a roaring homage to motorcyclists and musically a tribute to Iggy Pop’s “Sister Midnight.” The song also contained a hint of things to come, when halfway through, the group suddenly broke into K.C. & the Sunshine Band’s “That’s the Way” — subsequently revived by Burns for Dead or Alive’s first hit single.

The EP was released in February 1980 and sold respectably, but the lineup had already splintered. Bassist Ogden was first to go, replaced by a new member named Ambrose, who subsequently followed his predecessor into Hollycaust, an early incarnation of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Reid, too, left, and filling in the now considerable gaps were ex-Upsets Sue James, the singularly named Mitch, and music vet Joe Musker, formerly drummer with Merseybeat legends the Fourmost. Nightmares in Wax now continued to exist more as a concept than as a functioning band; still, in May 1980, the group was offered a local radio session. There, without warning and mere minutes before recording began, Burns decided to change the group’s name to Dead or Alive. This, he claimed, was because he didn’t want to be associated with the arty bands now permeating the Liverpool scene: Echo & the Bunnymen, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Dalek I Love You, and so forth. Nightmares in Wax was dead, Dead or Alive was born, and Burn’s rise to stardom was now beginning in earnest.

In 1984, the Nightmares In Wax EP was re-released on 12″ with Black Leather and Shangri-La. The 12″ was issued with a Blue sleeve and again in 1985 with a ‘melting-monster face’ sleeve. Both re-releases appeared on the KY label.

Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint

Black Leather 5;05

Shangri-La 3:32

Label: KY Records – KY 9
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Reissue
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Rock
Style: Goth Rock
Credits: Bass – Pete Lloyd
Drums – Phil Hurst
Guitar – Mick Reid
Keyboards – Martin Healy
Producer – Noddy Knowler
Vocals – Pete Burns
Written-By – Healy* , Reid* , Burns*

1st of 2 separate 1985 UK Reissues using only 2 tracks of the original 1980 “Birth Of A Nation” 7″, 3 track E.P. on Inevitable Music label.

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17 Responses to “Nightmares In Wax (Dead Or Alive) – Nightmares In Wax (UK 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Man Paul!!! You’ve made me so very, very, VERY HAPPY!!! I’ve always wanted to hear this pre-Dead Or Alive record. You’ve been such a Champ on bringing DOA’s back catalog out-of-the-vaults. Thank you and very humbled by your generosity!!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. I really love the pre Dead Or Alve material makes me wonder what direction they would have taken if not for SAW.


  2. JonEthin Says:

    I remember picking this EP up at a record store on Melrose in LA for $150. It was the most I’ve paid for a single 12″ record ever! Not only did I embrace the band from the beginning, I saught out to buy every release & just about completed the task. Domestic, imports, picture discs, you name it. DOA is and will always be my favorite 80’s band. To Hear them back then, and knowing how they came up with their “New NRG” sound that broke them through the pop charts is just plain awesome. A true evolution of a band, a sound, and an era of muisic that will never be forgotten. I can appreciate these early works as much as the “hits” that came later. Great rip for the October season. Thank you Paul!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome JonEthin I love the band too. I don’t know what it was that sparked my intrest in them I think it was Pete’s look combined with that rough vocal. I have loved them from the start too. It’s makes me happy that others have embraced them as well.


    JonEthin Reply:

    Pete’s Vocals are (and have been) truly unique and completley stand out from the corwd. Coupled with the androgynous nature and awesome song writing, it was a a recipe for success. Its a shame he put his face through all that torture. Quite the legacy nonetheless.


  3. Tyson Says:

    Excellent choice, Paul! I love early Pete Burns, and the later stuff has its moments too!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Tyson 🙂


  4. Mario Says:

    Hi, Paul 🙂 Thank you so much for this – oh, how I love early DOA. Do you happen to have The Stranger “7? I would so love to have its b-side ‘Some of That’. Let me know and again, thanks!


    Ray in Australia Reply:

    If you like early Dead or Alive, you will certainly love The Stranger/Some of That… both fabulous tracks in my opinion. Hope you track them down 🙂


  5. Mike Says:


    Can somebody please let me know where I can make a request for a re-post? I’ve tried leaving request in comments, but I don’t get a reply. Thank you.


    Kyler Reply:

    Yeah, you can message DjPaulT on his Burning the Ground Facebook page – but he is much more inclined (and rightfully so) to respond more promptly to requests if a PayPal donation is made prior to the request. Either way, he can get to it when he has the time to.


    Mike Reply:

    Thanks for the reply Kyler. I don’t do facebook, so there is not much more I can do. I always thought people who have blogs do it because they want to make music available for those who don’t have it. If Paul doesn’t want to share this older post again, it’s cool.


  6. lordofvhs Says:

    thank you so much ; have a nice weekend


  7. Jermajesty Says:

    Thanks Paul, I think I mentioned this just a few months ago.

    There’s a really cool pic in Julian Cope’s autobiography of Pete & Lynne Burns that just predates this recording, think Pete was about 17-18 here:


  8. Ray in Australia Says:

    Oh WOW!
    Black Leather is a track that I’ve never had the pleasure to hear until now! I’m so damn excited! I appreciate this so, so much Paul.
    Shangri-La has always been a fave of mine… strangely enough, years ago I thought the makers of South Park had ripped off the style of the track. lol
    Thank you – thank you – thank you!


  9. shannon Says:

    SO AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU x a million!


  10. Jonathan Says:

    Another one in my collection (I have the blue sleeve version too). I still remember the first time I saw Pete – he was serving behind the counter in Liverpool’s Probe Records in 1981. He looked great!


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