Going to be stepping away from the blog for a week, so I plan to leave you all with not one, but TWO stellar releases of the dancier, club-oriented variety. First on the slab, I've uploaded several different issues of Nightmoves' (a.k.a. Night Moves) classic "Transdance"- a killer darkwave dance track that many should recognize. Unfortunately, this song never received the credit it was due, but is easily one of the best tracks of the '80s. I've attached several different versions of the track, one under the guise of the reissued 1984 12'' Robot Rock release (including a handful of alternate tracks) and a remixes 12'', which might just be a fan-made collection of mixes. If you're not completely sick of the song by the time you're through listening, I've also included the significantly shorter edit of the song, plucked from the 7'' and included on the None Night of Flexipop Vol. 4 comp.
The UK-based project formed in the wake of Gary Numan's chart breakthrough in 1979, when vocalist Michael Guihen placed an ad in NME looking for synth players. The original three piece lineup (known then as Oblong Mauve) folded after a few practice sessions, leaving Michael to form a new band. He struck an interesting partnership in 1980, meeting and developing tracks with Denis Haines, Gary Numan's keyboard player. In exchange for providing the backing track for Numan' "Love Needs No Disguise," Michael received help in developing "Transdance," the standout track from the original lineup's demos. It was recorded in 1981, and since then, has seen several different versions as lineups changed and technology improved. The infamous UK mix even featured backing vocals from Eve Goddard, Adam Ant's wife. The band eventually called it a day in 1984, as public tastes shifted dramatically.
Of course, this is only part of the Nightmoves story. The rest is viewable (along with some amazing photos) on the band's official Myspace page, so click for the full story and some additional visuals. Without any further ado, here's the info for this zip.
Nightmoves- Transdance 12'' (1984) 1. Transdance (UK Club Mix) 2. Transdance (New York Disco Mix)* 3. You Can Take My Love 4. Beat This 5. Nightdrive
Nightmoves- Transdance Mixes 12'' 1. Transdance (Edit) 2. Transdance (NYC Mix) 3. Transdance (UK Mix) --> same as UK Club Mix 4. Transdance 5. Transdance 6. Transdance (Remix)
bonus track- Transdance (7'' Version) *not on original 12''.