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Martini Ranch – How Can The Labouring Man Find Time For Self-Culture? (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on February 26th, 2015


A. Front

“How Can The Labouring Man Find Time For Self-Culture?”was the first single released by American new wave band Martini Ranch. The track features Andrew Todd and american actor Bill Paxton on lead vocals along with three members of DEVO.

“How Can The Labouring Man Find Time For Self-Culture?” was produced and engineered by DEVO guitarist Bob Casale and also featured drummer Alan Myers and vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh on keyboards.

A music vodeo was filmed directed by Rocky Schenck, Bill Paxton and Andrew Rosenthal, the video mimics the dystopia of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and German Expressionism.

Aside from Rosenthal and Paxton, the cast of the video features cameos by actors associated with Paxton. Anthony Michael Hall, with whom Bill Paxton starred in the 1985 film Weird Science and Rick Rossovich, who appeared with Paxton in The Lords of Discipline, Streets of Fire and The Terminator, represent intellectual class and working class men.

Other appearances include Michael Biehn (The Lords of Discipline and The Terminator) and Judge Reinhold (The Lords of Discipline).

This would be the bands final single. Martini Ranch released one album titled “Holy Cow”.

How Can The Labouring Man Find Time For Self-Culture? (Industrial Mix) 5:22
Back At The Ranch 3:25

Fallen Idols 4:32
Written-By – C. Jelley*, S. Fortuna*

How Can The Labouring Man Find Time For Self-Culture? (Single Mix) 4:22

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Sire ‎– 0-20453
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Design, Art Direction – Bill Paxton, Steve Gerdes
Illustration – Steve Gerdes
Keyboards – Andrew Todd (2), Mark Mothersbaugh
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter – Andrew Todd (2)
Mastered By [Originally] – Steven Marcussen*
Percussion – Alan Meyers
Photography By – Rocky Schenck
Producer, Engineer – Bob Casale*
Programmed By [Fairlight Programming] – Mark Mothersbaugh
Vocals – Bill Paxton

Printed in U.S.A.

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B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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10 Responses to “Martini Ranch – How Can The Labouring Man Find Time For Self-Culture? (US 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Oh My!! You once again provide us with excellent choices Paul. I just love this band. It’s because of you that I took out my old Martini Ranch CD and started playing it again. It’s awesome to have the remixes now too. A reader of yours pointed out one of their songs on the Warner Bros. compilation, “Just Say Yo” and that was one of my favorite collections. It had a remix of Martini Ranch’s “Hot Dog” with Cindy Wilson (I think) from the B-52’s singing back up. I don’t think this was ever released on vinyl, but you should try and seek it out, if you don’t have that one in your collection.

    I’m really pyched to hear this remix. I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s mix. Dance singles are like “Director’s Cuts” of artists. Full cinematic, wide-screen extravaganzas. They, when done well, give me goosebumps. Many thanks Paul for doing what you do.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. You make perfect sense they are like director’s cuts. I actually don;t have their full album but going to find a copy. Cindy Wilson does indeed sing back up on some of the tracks.


    Deeky Reply:

    I think the “Hot Dog” remix was on one of the Sire Just Say… compilations.


    Deeky Reply:

    Haha! Sorry. I see Jeff said the same thing. Whoops.


  2. ex15 Says:

    I’ve enjoyed both tracks so far, can’t recall hearing these before!

    Thanks for the rip Paul.. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Ex15. Always happy to introduce new things 🙂


  3. VanceMan Says:

    An all-time fave. Thanks for this one!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome VanceMan 🙂


  4. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul once again.


  5. woz Says:

    Cool! Love the video for this one too – it’s entertaining. Thanks!


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