80sObscurities presents: Scarlett & Black - 'You Don't Know'Posted on 25/04/13
This 80sObscurities was founded by DJ Rexx Arkana to showcase old, often unknown or forgotten acts and tracks from the decade when electronic music was truly the new wave. Rexx Arkana has been a club/radio DJ and promoter since the mid-80s and headlined festivals on several continents and currently holds a residency at DEFCON, NYC's current longest-running weekly scene party. He is also the founder and lyricist of Brudershaft and one half of harsh electro act FGFC820.
The other day, Scottish promoter and DJ extraordinaire Barry Douglas publicly called my taste in 80s music… I believe the word was “dodgy.” I have a feeling today’s 80sObscurities selection will do little to refute this accusation. However, if it’s in any way true, it’s not entirely my fault. Historically in the United States, *any* style of electronic pop music has always been considered suspect. We haven’t always been privy to the best catalog of songs/artists, often only the most “marketable” ones. Scarlett and Black, aka pop singers/musicians Robin Hild and Sue West, are the perfect case in point.
One time backing vocalists for previous 80sObs featured act Doctor and the Medics, the band’s self-titled album in 1987 proved to be a bigger success here in the U.S. than it was in their native U.K. The lead single, today’s audio sample, peaked as high as No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also made major waves on the Adult Contemporary and Dance charts. They were never able to replicate this popularity with any of their subsequent singles and they quickly disbanded and disappeared. Still, the simple appeal of this song’s melodic chorus progression remains as catchy today as it ever was and because of that Barry and the rest of you will just have to deal.
Reporting remotely from the ATL, here’s Scarlett & Black.
More related news :
80sObscurities interview with Ginger to the Rescue - 'Don't Say Na Na Na'
80sObscurities present: Endgames - 'Waiting For Another Chance'
80sObscurities presents: Форум 'Давайте
80sObscurities presents: 23 Skidoo - 'Coup'
80sObscurities presents: 84 Ahead - 'Get On Up'
80sObscurities presents: A Certain Ratio - 'Forced Laugh'
80sObscurities presents: A House - 'Call Me Blue'
80sObscurities presents: Agentss - 'Cidade Industrial'
80sObscurities presents: Aimless Device - 'No Friend of Mine'
80sObscurities presents: Art Fine - 'Dark Silence'
Very bad news reaches us from the Tangerine Dream camp. Edgar Froese unexpectedly passed away in Vienna last Tuesday from the effects of a pulmonary embolism. (...)
It's over for the German band D.A.F. (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft). The duo Gabriel Delgado-López and Robert Görl R.Goerl co-formed D.A.F. in 1978 together with Kurt Dahlke, Michael Kemner and Wolfgang Spelmans. (...)
Out via Calembour Records by early February is The Frozen Autumn's new EP 'Lie in wait'. (...)
Max Roser, researcher at the university of Oxford posted a graphic showing what the vinyl 'comeback' really looks like. (...)
Orders accepted now for new Energy Rekords compilation 'Anarchy in the E.Y. – Eletronically Up Yours'
As you could read 2 days ago on Side-Line, Energy Rekords returns after lying dormant for many many years. One of the 2 brand new releases for this swedish cult label is the wave punk rock cover compilation called 'Anarchy in the E.Y. – Eletronically Up Yours'. (...)
'Roburit' is the brand-new 10th album by Stefan Chaefer and Volker Rathmann aka. Prager Handgriff. (...)
Energy Rekords returns from the dead with new Sista Mannen Pa Jorden EP and a wave punk rock cover compilation
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER