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The Kane Gang – Motortown (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 12th, 2017


“Motortown” is a 1987 single by pop trio from North East England Kane Gang. The single was taken from the bands second album Miracle. “Motortown” debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on December 19, 1987 spending sixteen weeks on the survey peaking at #36. In the U.K. “Motortown” reached #45.

The b-side “Spend” is a non-lp track.

Motortown (Cruising Version) 6:45

Motortown (7″ Mix) 4:20
Spend 5:01

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1987 Motortown U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #36
1988 Motortown U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary #12


Label: Capitol Records – V-15329
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Downtempo, Synth-pop

Producer – Pete Wingfield, The Kane Gang

“MOTORTOWN” From the album “MIRACLE”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS


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
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Epson Workforce WF-7610 Professional Printer/Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2, ocenaudio
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: 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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23 Responses to “The Kane Gang – Motortown (US 12″)”

  1. RA Feutz Says:

    OH YES! Day two of ‘everything I’ve been wanting’! LOL! Seriously, thank you for this one Paul. I recently picked up a 2CD best of by the Kane Gang, for their short lived span of music. Specifically for the b-side of this 12’er etc. As for this 12 inch, I ripped it from one of the better ‘youtube’ versions out there, so this will be an ace replacement!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    That’s great Rob. I really hope you enjoy it 🙂


  2. Eduardo Montenegro Says:

    Hello Paul:

    This week you posted a amazing Maxi singles and songs, great Boys Club, fantastic
    Cutting Crew, and today…Wow!… What a great song of 1987!… I have the Maxi Cd single (Kitchenware records UK) that contains the video-clip (CDV).
    Many thanks for this fantastic song, in 24 bits sound, Amazing.

    Best Regards.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Eduardo 🙂


  3. Jeff Says:

    Oh Paul, you just let your light shine so strong!! This is such a Summery song and it puts me in such a happy place. Hey, all of these past singles are so exquisite. I feel like I’m transported to a wondrous place full of good vibes and all. Thanks for choosing this single to go along with the past few days of sunshine-y jams!! Life is so much better when you’re behind the mixing deck!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Jeff. I kind of call this my Adult Contemporary week lol 🙂


  4. OMAR Says:

    Thankyou Paul. This is great.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  5. Junior Says:

    I have this vinyl release too, but these pristine digital transfers are very welcome.

    Thanks Paul 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂


  6. Rafael Cova Says:

    Thanks Paul I love this song, many years without listening to this song, yesterday and today you posted 2 delicious 12″ Vinyl.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Rafael 🙂


  7. Rafael Cova Says:

    …and to continue with those delicious 12″, please publish “The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene” pleaseeeeeee Paul


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I will see what I can do 🙂


    Rafael Cova Reply:

    Thanks Paul, you’re so nice


  8. Ezequiel Says:

    Hello Paul. First of all tank you for posting exquisite music. One after another in an endless basis. Second, just to tell you that the DL links work fine for me (from one day to another). I’m happy.

    Hugs to you,



    DjPaulT Reply:

    That’s great news Ezequiel 🙂



  9. VanceMan Says:

    Thank you so much! I loved The Kane Gang and was always surprised they didn’t become a bigger deal (or, really, any sort of deal at all).


  10. Brent Says:

    Thank you Paul!, I used to have this 12″ and stupidly sold it… doh!… “The Cruising” version is the best version of this tune IMO. I don’t say “thank you” as much as I should, so thanks for keeping your site a fun treasure chest.


  11. Richard Says:

    Just gotta love the music from the 80s. This sounds so fresh and vibrant, something that seems to be lacking in so much of today’s music. Thank you.


  12. music_fan Says:

    Thanks for this track. This is an absolute classic. Belongs in that club of great songs that never charted well. Other songs in that club include:

    Love and Money – Hallelujah Man

    Paris – Another Sad Affair

    Clive Griffin – Don’t Make Me Wait

    (and many more!)


  13. Magnus Says:

    Shamefully underrated group.. The previous album had what I suspect was there closest breakthrough since Closest thing to heaven was on that one.. That did fairly good in Europe.. Of course a thank you Paul is also in place for your excellent selections…


  14. Zdood Says:

    All your rips sound harsh as fuk & very ‘boom sizzle’ with fake plasticky mids, because U sample 2 high (increases jitter) then force uneven ratio downsampling (96Khz to 44.1Khz). Get yourself a Dell OptiPlex 755 MT PC or a Sony TAE2000ESD & a toslink card 2 feed the PC, & sample everything in 48Khz 16 bit integer (not ‘float’) with NO dithering = best sound BY FAR! =)

    Going higher sample rate or ‘float’ will only make things sound WORSE, and avoiding 44 altogether helps accommodate the infinite sea of GARBAGE hardware out there that FORCES 48 regardless, & does not automatically down switch to 44 when the source calls for it. Example would B N E thing from Realtek, including all the Apple garbage that use them. That’s Y no matter what U do a Realtek & Creative brand product always sounds like a pile of fail, unless it’s native 48Khz 2 begin with.

    Save files in MP3 with a high pass of 16Hz (10Hz bandwidth) & low pass of 16k (1,000Hz bandwidth), constant bit rate, ‘set original bit’ flag on, & ‘Enable ATH: Gabriel Bouvigne, 9’, & ‘Use Temporal Masking Effect’ etc etc. Bit rate should be 128Kbps & ‘quality’ at ‘3’. More doesn’t help. Sounds THE SAME but file just gets bigger. I have a very high end setup & know.

    Your rips do not have any noise and they have good dynamics, but the TEXTURE is $HIT! It’s like jagged glass = very annoying, & much worse than just a cheap azz PC like N E thing with an AD1981b or AD1984 chip set. This is HELPFUL 2 U as U can also sell the JUNK U have been using that sounds INFINITELY WORSE 2 some fool on Fleabay =D Contace me at ‘balkanguy at live dot com’ if you want details how to set free:ac or whatever for best sound.

    I’ve compared the other codecs & none sound better. OOG lacks reverb detail, & Opus forces 48… which can B OK I guess if U use that (maybe) but I don’t bother with it as I do not rip ANALOG sources =)) Maybe try Opus out? For that, use these settings: Encoding & bandwidth modes ‘auto’, ‘enable variable bitrate encoding’, bit rate 128kbps, complexity 10, frame length 20ms, ‘options’ disabled (unchecked, & 0%). DO NOT RIP CD OR ANYTHING THAT IS NOT NATIVE 48Khz with Opus or it DESTROYS the highs (VERY harsh = even worse than AAC! & AAC is jagggy $hit no question).


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