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Wide Boy Awake – Chicken Outlaw (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 15th, 2017

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1982

“Chicken Outlaw” is the first single by Adam & the Ants bassist Kevin Mooney’s band Wide Boy Awake. The single did manage to chart on the US dance chart peaking at #12.

SIDE A:
Chicken Outlaw 5:18

SIDE B:
Slang Teacher 5:25

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1982 Chicken Outlaw U.S. Billboard Dance Music/Club Play #12

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: RCA Victor ‎– PD-13503
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic
Style: Electro, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Nick Glennie-Smith, Trevor Spencer
Written-By – Kevin Mooney

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:
Epson Workforce WF-7610 Professional Printer/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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17 Responses to “Wide Boy Awake – Chicken Outlaw (US 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    This is a real trip Paul! Gosh, my first exposure to this song was on I92 Rock of the 80’s from Philadelphia back in ’82. I thought it was quite bizarre but extremely catchy. I mean, if Malcolm McClaren could do a hip hop square dance scratch record with “Buffalo Gals” then, why not an electro-funky square dance song called “Chicken Outlaw”? I found this record addictive. Then, on New York City’s 92KTU, the famous dance station, the flip-side, “Slang Teacher” got so much radio and mixshow air-play. It was a double-sided hit. Incredible. “Chicken Outlaw” was way before The Rednecks “Cotton Eyed Joe” too, so Wide Boy Awake was ahead of the game. Thanks so much Paul for this off-beat single. I love it. (It’s so great to be of an age where I don’t care what people think of my tastes in music. I think these two songs are amazing).

    Many Thanks,

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I had no idea it was Adam and the Ants related when I first heard this single around 1987 when a club I frequented played it all the time. Such a fun track both sides 🙂

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    Jeff Reply:

    I had no idea the guy behind the record was from Adam and the Ants either. Too cool. I do hope others will give the song a chance. Hey, if they don’t like the A-side, I hope they at least stay for the B-side. “Chicken Outlaw” can be an annoying earworm, but “Slang Teacher” is a nice funky little jam! Both sides are really big fun though and I would like the others to give it a chance.

    Thanks Paul!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    As of the time I am writing this reply there have already been 3,492 views of this post alone. It always amazes me how people only react to the mainstream singles. I do hope that people can broaden their minds to new things. I spend many hours on these records and it’s always nice to see that my readers are into what I have posted whether they are familiar with it or not 🙂

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    Jeff Reply:

    Hey Paul, I can’t believe how cool this 12-inch is. I’ve forgotten how brilliant “Slang Teacher” is. Except for the vocals, the background really reminds me of early Shriekback. It’s fantastic re-living this song in my head. And, again, I hope your readers will open up to this record, it’s really awesome.

    Jeff

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  2. Omar Says:

    I’ve heard of the band but never any singles by them. Thanks Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I think you will like it Omar 🙂

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  3. VanceMan Says:

    Totally forgot about Wide Boy Awake! Thanks for posting.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome VanceMan 🙂

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  4. memoryboy Says:

    I have the vinyl 45 single by Wide Boy Awake called “Come Back Friday” came out in…(1983)…. it’s one of my favorite songs ever! I think it might be a B-Side…. Check it out. Would be happy to share it…. I am also familiar and have “Chicken Outlaw” somewhere (I also have the extended version of Chicken Outlaw) and also “Slang Teacher”… good stuff! Thanks Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Memoryboy 🙂

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  5. Ian Says:

    Come Back Friday was the B-side of Bona Venture.

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  6. Ian Says:

    All the Wide Boy Awake singles could do with the DJPaul treatment. Do you have any more of theirs Paul?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I don’t have any others but I will try to get more Ian 🙂

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    Ian Reply:

    That would be great if you could. There are only 2 other singles, Billy Hyena & Bona Venture. If you get the 12″ of each of those they cover all the mixes on the 7″ releases as well…but Chicken Outlaw 7″ has unique shorter versions of both sides. There was a mini LP but it didn’t contain anything other than tracks available on the single releases.

    I have everything in digital but only in lower bit rate mp3s. To replace all with flac eventually would be awesome.

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    Dan Reply:

    I have all the vinyl they ever released, I think they are all worth owning. Billy Hyena is a great one. This is one band that has never ever had anything released on CD. I’ve been waiting.

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  7. Dirk Says:

    Again, never heared of it, so my first reaction is about the sleeve..
    Just, wow. Payboys on their weekend off, photographed by a hungover Jean Paul Goude?
    Interesting overdose on symbolism. And, a cock is a chicken, right? The guy doing acrobatics on the bath, great to see him smiling this big, the rest is on a comedown perhabs? (In a weird way I miss ashtrays and empty bottles.)

    But..does it fit the music?

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