As the era of the extended play record was the 1960s the heyday of the 12 inch singles undoubtedly the 1980s. With the exception of New Orders Blue Monday the medium didn’t quite capture the imagination of the record buying public but did prove popular with collectors and club DJ’s. A lost art? Perhaps.
Universal have given us the chance to revisit the medium with two sets of CD compilations featuring remixes of familiar cuts from Tears for Fears, Blancmange, OMD, The Specials and The Blue Nile among others.
A chance to revisit the music of the 1980s from a different angle.
- A version of this CD review by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on October 31, 2014.