Posted by DjPaulT on 12th October 2010
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1980
Before Dead Or Alive the band was known as “Nightmares In Wax”
Dead or Alive (DOA for short), was founded in 1980 in Liverpool by Pete Burns, who was encouraged by local music promoters to gather a band together based on his outrageous appearance alone. It was only after rehearsing in 1977 with some friends that Burns realized he really did have a powerful singing voice, and his first band was an outfit he formed with friends Julian Cope, Pete Wylie, and Phil Hurst. Dubbing themselves The Mystery Girls, they played only one gig (opening for Sham 69 at Eric’s in Liverpool in November 1977) before disintegrating. Burns returned in 1979 with a new band, Nightmares in Wax.
Nightmares In Wax debut saw this funny and rather suspect homage to leather clad bikers. A three-track EP with the song Black Leather on the A-side, described by Pete as “a one-note song for ten minutes”, is actually only half that song and midway breaks into That’s The Way (I Like It), later a hit for Dead Or Alive. The B-side features two more songs, Girl’s Song and Shangri-La, inspired by Sixties all-girl group, the Shangri-Las. Pete said at the time that he felt more of an affinity with the current punk movement and all tracks have these punk overtones. The EP, only ever released in the U.K. on the Inevitable label, never entered the chart, but made the Indie Top 30. In 1984, the EP was re-released on 12″ with Black Leather and Shangri-La with a different Blue sleeve and again in 1985 with a ‘melting-monster face’ picture sleeve with the same tracks. Both re-releases appeared on the KY label.
The b-side track Shamgri-La include several obscure and unidentified movie and television samples that were previously not on the 1980 original.
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint
Black Leather 5;04
Label: KY Records
Catalog#: KY 9
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Reissue
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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