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The Puppets – The Way Of Life (Canada 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 7th, 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983

Obscure New Wave Classic!

“The Way Of Life” is a new wave single by New York/Long Island based band The Puppets released in 1983 by Canadian label Quality Records. The band only released one single before falling into 80s obscurity. The record garnered massive club play but failed to chart.

SIDE A:
The Way Of Life (Dance Mix) 5:53

SIDE B:
The Way Of Life (Vocal) 4:17
The Way Of Life (Instrumental) 4:11

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Quality‎– QUS 055
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: Canada
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Richie Herby
Written-By – John Cannon, Shaun Brighton

NOTES:
Produced by Richie Herby & RPI

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

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

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

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

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Password: burningtheground

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22 Responses to “The Puppets – The Way Of Life (Canada 12″)”

  1. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul for this rarity.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  2. Jeff Says:

    Oh Paul!!! You are scaring me!! I’ve had this song on my mind all day long. Even looking for it on Amazon and in Discogs!! This was such a favorite of mine and I could never find it anywhere on any compilation. I heard it was on a “Hardest Hits” volume, but could never locate that issue. And now, with you, I finally have it, but in such stellar quality!!! Although, I haven’t even downloaded it yet, I know it is going to be……..A—MAAAAAA-ZIIIING!!! Because, with you, it is ALWAYS A GIVEN!!!! They used to play this all the time on WKTU New York when it first came out. My goodness, the memories are rushing back!! I could kick myself because I never bought the single. Oh, Paul, EXTREME GRATITUDE for this track. It is such a New Wave Classic. Your readers are going to be blown away by it, I just know. Man, you are a sweetheart for doing this.

    In a pool of shivers,

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. I do remember hearing this on an Oklahoma City station back in the day KJ103 and always loved it. Such a shame that it has gone unnoticed 🙂

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    Jeff Reply:

    But that’s the importance of you Paul, and your Burning The Ground. You give these sorts of records a second chance, a brand new incarnation so people who missed out on a song the first time around, can hear what few people already know. You’re our audio archivist. Dance Music sometimes doesn’t get the attention and/or the appreciation it surely deserves. I love how you are all about second chances for a song to get into the collective-consciousness. It’s a gentle nudge to all those who would never have had the chance to experience these slabs of vinyl. These are such great songs. The artists and the technicians who bring music to life get a chance to be celebrated once again. And you give credit where credit is due, Paul. Over the weekend, I broke out my compact disc box set of The Rolling Stones singles and the liner notes are awful. There’s a lot of names left off of the remixes that really need to be mentioned. This is how one can discover other things a remixer or mixmeister might else be involved in. You applaud these people by the credit you give them.

    Thank you, Paul, ever so much!!

    Jeff

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  3. George Says:

    Paul, you just saved me roughly a half hour of fighting an audio cable and transfering/editing time! I just got this record (and a few others,including a Silicon Teens record) a couple of weeks ago.

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    George Reply:

    Thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome George that’s very cool 🙂

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  4. Cindy Says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve been a long-time lurker but I share your posts on Twitter & FB – LOVE THIS!!! I think the last time I posted here was when you posted a song from Sharon on EastEnders, LOL!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your website!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    My pleasure Cindy it’s good to see you comment. I hope to see more 🙂

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  5. Daniel Says:

    Wow Paul! This song is just fantastic. Another discovery for me. Where do you get all these things from? You’re incredible! The Dance Mix is also great. Thank you so much Paul for sharing with us this wonderful rip. This is a real treasure.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Daniel. Really I just love all kinds of dance music so I pick things based on the sleeve or the remixer or just because it’s cool and it catches something that I like. 🙂

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  6. Song_and_Dance Says:

    Nope. Never herad of the band, never heard that song. Bit erasuresque to my eyes. Like it.

    Thank you, Paul.

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  7. mothloop Says:

    Always a favorite. Only had it on Hardest Hits 1. Great to have the full single. Thank you!

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  8. Cory Says:

    Exciting!! Big thanks for this one Paul!!

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  9. jtf Says:

    Thanks Paul!

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  10. memoryboy Says:

    Wow! This is great. Definitely reminds me a little of Erasure,… and dare I say… Duran Duran? I’ve never heard of these guys, nor ever heard this song. Thanks Paul for this. I have a little special list here to share of some obscure and little heard of songs and bands…

    1. Until December – Their song “Until December” they also had other great songs “We Are The Boys”, “Heaven”, “Secrets (I Won’t Tell)”…. (Maybe look up the song by them titled “Until December” (same name as the band, they were a San Francisco band, very much in to the scene leather, consisted of Gay men.

    2. Hillary – her song “Drop Your Pants” (1983). (Ever heard of this song? She was not well known I think. New Wave classic) Try and look it up. I have all these songs on mp3 and would be happy to share with you Paul)

    3. Plus One – their song “Nevermore”…. this was a big hit on the radio here in California, but it wasn’t a hit in other parts of the U.S. I think…

    4. File 13 – “Taste So Good”… I think others here might remember that song….

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    Jeff Reply:

    Fantastic list, memoryboy. I know all the tracks you’ve mentioned, except the Plus One song. LOVED, Hilary. Her “Kinetic” was also huge in the New Wave Clubs. And, I really dig Until December as well. “Taste So Good” became a personal favorite of mine, and I consider this one a cult classic. It even wound up on a Rhino compilation. They also had a follow-up with a song called, “Party Line” based on the fad of telephone party lines that were happening back in the 80’s and 90’s.

    Glad you like The Puppets record. This was really big on NYC radio. The Latin Rascals used to use it on their radio mix shows too.

    Have a great day, and again, wonderful selections!!

    Jeff

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    Ally Reply:

    Plus One “Nevermore” was huge on C89 in Seattle.

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  11. Richard the Big Bunny Says:

    Totally new to me! I like it. Cheers!

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  12. memoryboy Says:

    @Jeff, I only knew the one Hillary song “Drop Your Pants”. I wish that album would be reissued. Not sure I’ve heard the rest of it besides the one song. Until December is one of my faves, and it’s hard to find their stuff anywhere. Would love to see if Paul has the Plus One song. Would be happy to share it with anyone who is interested, if that’s allowed.

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  13. RetroMikey from Canada Says:

    This song was by far the best new way club song in the 80’s along with the Endgames hit “Firstl Last, Everything”!

    This vinyl song was hard to obtain in Toronto, Canada back in the day/

    Now if you have Hashim hit “Al-Nayfish”, we make it a trio! 🙂

    Great job Paul.

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