FASHION (Alan Darby)
Alan Darby, Dik, Mulligan, Marlon Recchi
Electronic, Rock,Funk / Soul
New Wave, Synth-pop, Funk
This is my favourite song,very deep and soulfull :)
Bass, Synthesizer, Vocals - Mulligán/ Guitar, Effects, Lead Vocals - Lûke / Percussion, Harp, Vocals - Dïk / Producer - Miki Cottrell
Recorded at Grosvenor Studios, Birmingham.
01 Steady Eddie Steady
02 Killing Time
05 Silver Blades
06 A Deeper Cut (Silver Blades)
07 The Innocent
08 Sodium Pentathol Negative
09 Product Perfect
10 Die in the West
11 Red Green and Gold
12 Burning Down
13 Big John_Hannoi Annoy_Innocent
15 Dont Touch Me
16 Bike Boys
18 Techno Facist
19 Let Go
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"Dik (percussion, harp, vox) Luke (guitars, effects, primo vox) and Mulligan (bass, synth, vox). IRS released this in 1979, one of their earlier releases. Very English, very new wave and very weird. "Big John" (about Lennon, Keith Richard and Sid Vicious) and "Die in the West" are the best of the lot. They changed quite a bit by the time of their next release."
"Fledgling IRS Records' second LP surely must have had A&M executives scratching their heads. And Miles Copeland must've surely been enjoying himself seeing their collective eyebrows raise as he made some of the first footholds for the new wave and punk invasion of the US.
With their unique reggae-influenced techno-punk sound, radio airplay was practically non-existent in 1979. But this LP is one of your humble webmeister's favorite IRS LPs, so airplay and hit be-damned, I'm gonna tell you that this is one terrific listen! "Die In The West", which kicks off side one, really appeals not just to my California roots but, to my mind, explains why all these east coast nuts keep moving to California. (Yes, I know they probably weren't thinking about California when they wrote it.) The middle tune ("The Innocent") of the three song medley that closes out side one was (wisely) the song selected as the single. Standout tracks on side two are: "Citinite", "Don't Touch Me, Touch Me" , and "Technofascist". "Red, Green and Gold" is catchy and the lyrics serve two meanings; not just the obvious "peace, love and understanding" blatantly repeated in the lyrics, but a subliminal drug message... Think: "Red" as in Panama, "Gold" as in Acapulco, and so on, if you catch my drift. I may be wrong, but from the perspective of 1970's suburban teen-dom it seems dead on. "
Producer - Zeus B. Held (Gina X Performance)
01 Move On
02 Love Shadow
Vocals - Gina Kikoine (Gina X Performance)
03 Street Player (Mechanik)
04 Dressed To Kill
05 You Only Left Your Picture
06 Something In Your Picture
07 It's Alright
08 White Stuff (Short Cut)
09 Do You Wanna Make Love
10 Slow Blue
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"FASHØN was best known for the British hit Love Shadow, from their second album, Fabrique. While Twilight Of Idols has much to recommend it, Fabrique was their last album with the original line-up.
Bass - Marlon Recchi/ Drums [Acoustic, Electric, Synthetic] - Dik Davis/Performer, Arranged By - Fashion/ Producer - Zeus B. Held/ Vocals [Vocoda], Programmed By - Mulligan/ Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [Electric, Synthetic] - Alan Darby/ Written-By - A. Darby (tracks: 01 to 03, 05, 07 to 10)
01 Eye Talk
03 Hit Girl
05 You In The Night
08 Too Much Too Soon
09 Slow Down
10 Twilight Of Idols
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The track "Eye Talk" was released as a UK single, reaching No. 69 in February 1984 having been preceded in the charts by Fashion's earlier single releases: "Streetplayer (Mechanik)" and "Love Shadow".
This is a re-release of "Fabrique" album
01 Move On (3:52)
02 Love Shadow (3:40)
03 Streetplayer Mechanik (3:48)
04 Dressed To Kill (4:13)
05 You Only Left Your Picture (4:57)
06 Something In Your Picture (3:36)
07 It's Alright (4:33)
08 White Stuff (Short Cut) (3:06)
09 Do You Wanna Make Love (5:54)
10 Slow Blue (4:47)
11 Mutant Love (5:48)
12 Love Shadow Smokey Dialogue (4:56)
13 Street Mechanik (7:17)
14 Do You Wanna Make Love (At 5.00AM?) (6:45)
15 You Only Left Your Picture (Reggae Reprise) (1:11)
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"To be able to hear the Fabrique album and associated 12" versions on CD is a worthwhile experience. They were ahead of their time and De Harriss leaving before their major Fabrique tour of 1982 didn't help matters in getting their music noticed. Useless trivia - DLT cited Fashion in his end of year top 5 list on Radio 1 (I think for Love Shadow) Like other reviewers, met the band at Dunstable at what was probably their last gig in 1984 where they autographed my entire collection - seemed a decent bunch.
Only a couple of gripes - the sound quality on Move On especially is in dire need of remastering and the version of Something in Your Picture is the 7" b side version rather than the original track. It would be fantastic if the powers that be could release the bonus remixes of Fabrique that were only available on cassette (a few are included on this CD) and give the follow up and last album Twilight of Idols (and cassette remixes) a long overdue and welcome release."
"I met Fashion once at a record signing in Leamington Spa. I was only about 15 at the time as I remember them being very tall... I still have the 12" singles they autographed....
Well, wind on 20 years or so and it's nice to finally get to hear Fashion in crystal clear CD sound.
As others have pointed out, Fashion were way ahead of their time, a mix of slap basses, synth and unforgettable hooks. I didn't remember the original incarnation of the band, it was their first single with De Harris Move On, which got me hooked. Subsequent singles (apart from maybe Love Shadow) just got better and better, so it was a shame when De Harris left abruptly just as they were starting to show their true potential. Never saw them live, so I can't comment on that, but I do remember them being on OTT, the adult version of Tiswas fairly often, obviously due to them being in the same city as the show was filmed, Birmingham.
The researchers have slipped up slighty by having photographs of the next incarnation of Fashion (which had Alan Darby replace De Harris), but I'm just being picky. It's a shame they didn't include any of the Alan Darby-era tracks as some of them, particularly Eye Talk are excellent."
"This group was literally years ahead of its time when it had initial chart success in the early 80's. While heavily promoted and their music appearing on some episodes of Miami Vice to back particular scenes, they still failed to reach their true potential during the nu-romantic explosion. A fantasic blend of 80's electro-funk and soulful themes, they mixed the typical sounds of the later Level 42 and electro-pop which literally put them in a class of their own! The only music to get is the original 'Fashion' with Dik Davies as lead singer - their initial album 'Fabrique' was unsurpassed and nothing comes anywhere close even today! 'The Height of Fashion' has the singles from 'Fabrique' plus some more. Buy this music and you won't be disappointed I assure you!'
"I cannot express how please I was to see this release. Why did it take so long? If you could give an CD six stars this is it.
I remember seeing Fashion on numberous occasions during the early 80's and have the pictures to prove it. I could go on forever about how great this release is, but you get the original record plus some of the re-mixes.
All I need now is for someone to relese Twilight of Idols so that we can get 'Eye Talk' on CD. I also have 'Zee' on record which was recorded by Dee (David) Harris and would be very impressed if someone could dig up the masters and release this on CD."
"This has always been one of my favourite albums (I still have it on vinyl) it is was just too classy for the likes of radio 1 and all the independent local radio stations and received little attention from them. When you think it was a time of the new romantics and ok I like the sound of Classix Noveaux and Depeche Mode but this was just so much better than all of them it's a shame it never got the attention it deserved.
From the funkiness of streetplayer to the late night and totally chilled out Slow Blue this is one of the definitive stand out albums of all time. So glad I was just searching Amazon and for some strange reason Fashion popped into my head as one of those albums that just screams buy me on CD.
This one's going to go permanently onto my Minidisc as well.
Buy it or miss out on a real musical education."
"A brilliant album that still sounds fresh 21 years after its release. The tracks on this CD are the same as the cassette release of Fabrique and is a must have purchase.
This is a CD release of the "Height of Fashion" album, written almost entirely by De Harris (what happend to you?), strangely shows photos of Harris's replacement in some of the artwork even though he wasn't a contributor to the album!!!
My tape of this album (Fabrique) snapped a few years ago and I'd had no luck finding a (replacement), so its a big thanks to Cherry Red for reissuing it. It's so good to listening to this again, how so few people know of this gem has always remained a mystery to me."
It's a shame that you won't find too much info on the net about this outstanding band :(
So here is the short story from Wikipedia.If you have something more info/picture ,share with us please!
Fashion were a British New Wave band consisting of De Harriss, Luke James, Alan Darby, Mulligan, Marlon Recchi and Dik Davis.
Formed in Birmingham, England, Fashion originally consisted of John Mulligan, Dik Davis and Luke James who now resides in the bay area of California. Their initial recordings were released as singles on their own Fashion Music label. The first album Product Perfect was recorded and released in 1979.
Their most notable album, Fabrique (1982), saw a significant change in line-up with James having left the band and Harriss and Marlon Recchi joining. The sound is at times like a smokey funk-jazz electro- sound which may be considered part of its scarce touch. "Fabrique" contained the singles "Move On" and "Love Shadow", among others, it was later re-issued with additional material as Height of Fashion (1990), (2004). De Harriss left Fashion before the third release, later recording an album with Richard Wright, keyboardist of Pink Floyd, as Zee.
In 1984 "Fashion" released an album entitled "Twilight Of Idols".
There are approximately 10 websites on the internet having anything to do with the band of which a few include a rare picture of one of De Harriss' Fashion's last gig at the Botanical Majesties in England. Later on gigs with the new singer, songwriter, and guitar player Alan Darby happened in Dunsbury, England. According to a web response, Mulligan has recorded material with Nick Beggs of Kajagoogoo. Fashion is fairly obscure now, though their influence can be heard in the soundtrack for Miami Vice (1985).
Many thanks to Vuk!!
"Last night I listened to a Fashion tape, live at RAF Brize Norton(!) in 1978 tape - nostalgic old git that I am - what a great drummer Dik Davies was. Blimey, if only I'd been able to sing and Mulligan had known the names of the notes who knows what might have happened!!
The writing and production partnership of Paul Fishman & De Harris first evolved in the latter part of the 80’s, following the demise of their individually successful bands, Re-Flex and Fashion.
Together as producers their work was first brought to the attention of Trevor Horn’s company Sarm and during this period they produced and wrote for many of their artists. Wishing to develop their careers further within the US and with other international artists, they later commenced a relationship with Warner Brothers in America. During this time they produced and wrote for Prince’s label, Paisley Park and also mixed tracks for Motown including legendary recordings by Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and The Dazz Band. Returning to the UK, Fishman & Harris became involved in developing emerging talent within the thriving dance scene. Among the many artists they worked with was Yazz but they were also responsible for recording and mixing one of the biggest UK house and club anthem of the 90’s, “Love Come Rescue Me”. Individually as performing musicians and as producers, Fishman & Harris have received many independent credits. They have also acquired considerable experience in writing and producing music for a wide range of media, including films, television, exhibitions and other outdoor events. Throughout their productive partnership they have created a large catalogue of music that is managed worldwide by Jambo Music.
Ive found something more on the net:
Alan Darby played in guitars in the Scottish soul funky rock band Cado Belle on it's untitled Lp from 1976 with Maggie Reilly!!! (she went later succes with Mike Oldfield),check it: http://www.maggiereilly.co.uk/pages/discography/discography.htm
More from Cado Belle :
And here is the album as just one interesting thing ( it is rare!!) :)
Maggie Reilly -vocals
Alan Darby -guitars
Gavin Hodgson- bass
Stuart Mackillop -keyboards
Davy Roy -drums/percussions
Colin Tully -sax/flute
01 All Too Familiar
02 Infamous Mister
03 Rocked To Stony Silence
04 I Name This Ship Survival
05 Paper In The Rain
06 That Kind Of Fool
07 Airport Shutdown
08 Rough Diamonds
09 Got To Love
10 Stones Throw From Nowhere
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"Tasteful, smooth "white soul" from this Scottish band featuring the distinctive vocals of Maggie Reilly - could just do with a bit more edge."
"What did Maggie Reilly do before her first solo album, what did she do before her collaborations with Mike Oldfield. She sung with a group called Cado Belle and they published one LP under the same title. This could be considered as Maggie's solo album before her first solo album. She sings every song on the album.
On this album Maggie tends to be bouncing, she shows more temperament than ever since. There are moments when she does not control her voice as perfectly as on all the later albums. However, at other times she hits the right pitch instantly showing her future capability. The music style contains some jazzy factor. It has been defined as funky-jazz, funk-rock, blues, soul-crossover, whatever you like. You'll hear saxophone and flute besides the more common pop-rock instruments.
Stone's Throw From Nowhere walks slowly creating a moody song about relationship uncertainty. "...Cloud that's got no sky". The background is made of bass and gently tapping percussions. An electric piano, strings and a guitar put in some comments. Hodgson's minimal gestures with his bass are worth listening, this man thinks more than you'd expect a bass player to do.
A brisk walking speed powers up Airport Shutdown. Maggie sparkles with temperament when she shouts: "Oh" (=ooo-AH!) of indignation. A bad weather prevents air transport causing knots to her relationship. All this is accompanied by percussions and a slingshot guitar solo.
All Too Familiar is one more upset relationship drama in upset tempo. The sax comments mockingly when every initiative leads to a new round of fight. Finally Maggie sings "Jee-hee" and the sax goes "blee-heet" and again.
Got To Love is a merry song about the wild feelings of love ten miles high. Brass chords and a guitar solo add supplement.I have to admit it: if this was the only album Maggie ever published, I would probably be a little less enthused over her music than I am now. It was only after this album, when Maggie grew unique. But I tend to be affected by shortcomings in sound quality. The music itself is fun and lively and who knows, if the sound just were a little better, maybe, this would be a very good album.
I also had an opportunity to hear September, a song not included on Cado Belle LP, but on a separate EP. This is a sad and very beautiful song. There is a gently howling guitar solo in the first half. Then a short song by Maggie. She can sing velvet smooth and effortless high tones without any vestige of screaming color. Then some saxophone and the guitar again. That's it. I can only say: please, publish this song again. It's beautiful.
Albums of Fashion
Product Perfect (1979)
Fabrique (1982) - later re-released as The Height Of Fashion (2004)
Twilight Of Idols (1984)
I LOOOOOVE THIS BAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)