Saturday, May 05, 2007

BRILLIANT (Killing Joke related)

VIDEO -Love Is War :
Electronic, Rock
Synth-pop, Disco, New Wave


Backing Vocals - Dee Lewis (from Dance Aid) , Helena Spriggs , Pepsi DeMacque (also appeared in Dance Aid, Ferry Aid, Pepsi & Shirlie, Wham!), Princess , Sandra Lawrence (from Wee Papa Girl Rappers) , Shirley Lewis/ Bass, Keyboards - Youth/Guitar, Keyboards - Jimmy Cauty/ Keyboards Additional] - Andy Stennett (from Freeez) , Gary Hughes , Martin La Salles/Producer - Stock, Aitken & Waterman /Vocals - June Montana

Tracklist :

01 It's A Man's Man's Man's World
02 Somebody
03 Ruby Fruit Jungle
04 How High The Sun
05 Kiss The Lips Of Life
06 Love Is War
07 Crash The Car
08 I'll Be Your Lover
09 The End Of The World

Link to download 192 kbs:

BONUS CD (Singles)

Tracklist :

01 I Think This Is True (Live) 1982
02 That's What Good Friends Are For...1982
03 Colours 1983
04 Coming Up For The Downstroke (from Va-Batcave Young Limbs And Numb Hymns) 1983
05 Scream Like An Angel (from va-the whip) 1983
06 Colours (live) 1984
07 Growler (from the single:soul murder) 1984
08 Soul Murder 1984
09 Wait For It (12 Inch version) 1984
10 It's A Man's Man's Man's World (The Transglobal mix) 1985
11 Subtle Manoeuvres (from Various - The Sounds WEA Christmas Cracker) 1985
12 It's A Dub Dub Dub World (A Mad Professor mix) 1986
13 The Burning Necklace (from somebody vinly single) 1986
14 The Red Red Groovy-instr. (from somebody promo vinyl single) 1986
15 I'll be your lover (7' edit) 1986
16 Love Is War (Saka's Dance remix)

Link to download 192 kbs:

PEEL SESSIONS (08/11/1982)

Marcus Myers (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals)
Youth (Bass, Double Bass)
Tin Tin (Bass)
Andy Anderson (Drums)
Peter Ogi (Drums)

Tracklist :

01 Colours/Break It Down
02 Bells
03 Holst

Link to download (192 kbs):

Brilliant were a British pop/rock group active in the 1980s. Although not commercially successful and mauled by the critics, they remain notable because of the personnel involved - Martin Glover aka Youth, formerly of Killing Joke and subsequently a top producer/remixer; Jimmy Cauty, later to find fame and fortune as one half of The KLF; and (prior to the band signing with WEA) Ben Watkins aka Juno Reactor. Equally notable was their management (David Balfe), their record company A&R manager (Bill Drummond, the other member of The KLF), and production team (Stock Aitken Waterman).
Brilliant first came to life in 1982, as post-punk band Killing Joke was crumbling under internal conflicts. Unsatisfied with his bandmates' following of the occult lifestyle, Killing Joke's bass player Youth decided to call it quits and recorded an angry slandering song against his former bandmates. The song, That's What Good Friends Are For..., an obvious mock of Killing Joke's sophomore release What's THIS for...!, was credited to "Brilliant", which was a name of a Killing Joke b-side and a general 1980s buzzword.
For the first incarnation of Brilliant as a full band, Youth recruited Marcus Myers on vocals and guitar, a second bass player Guy Pratt (who left for the Australian band Icehouse and was replaced by frenchman Stephane "Tin Tin" Holweck), and the two drummers Andy Anderson (The Cure) and Peter Ogi. They released one single, Colours, through Rough Trade Records (with a sleeve by Mark Manning) and recorded a BBC session for John Peel. Overall through its four years of existence the band hosted a roster of roughly 30 players until reducing to the trio of Youth, Cauty and female vocalist June Montana.
The band released several singles and one album - Kiss the Lips of Life - before splitting up.


the version of All Music:
The short-lived trio known as Brilliant is a lot more interesting as a rock family tree entry than for the one album the group produced. Despite the band's failure to make much of an impact, it contained two of the '80s most notable musical figures: ex-Killing Joke bassist Youth (as musician:The Orb;Brilliant;Blue Pearl /as producer:Crowded House ;James) and guitarist Jimmy Cauty(Justified Ancients of Mu-Mu, The Timelords, The KLF, The Orb, K Foundation, 2K, Blacksmoke, Solid Gold Chartbusters, Transit Kings) who'd worked with Zodiac Mindwarp and would go on to greater acclaim later in the decade as part of the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, the KLF, and the Orb. Together with vocalist June Montana, a session singer noted for her work with the Dream Academy, they became Brilliant, after the band's original lineup was trimmed from ten members to just three. Beginning as a funky, Killing Joke-inspired band with a couple of singles on the Rough Trade label, the group was managed by Dave Balfe, the former keyboardist of the Teardrop Explodes, and was signed by rock raconteur Bill Drummond to WEA, where their 1986 album, Kiss the Lips of Life, was overseen by the soon-to-be-ascendant pop production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. But for all the high-profile contacts, Brilliant only mustered a couple of hits -- a reggae-fied version of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" had some success in the band's native U.K., while the dance-rock "Somebody" got play in American clubs -- before calling it a day soon after the album's release, and allowing Cauty and Youth to move on to bigger and better things. ~ Dan LeRoy, All Music Guide

More Info: page of Youth (Martin Glover)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Salty! These are absolutely great albums. Thanks for sharing! ;-)


11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool!!!! it's been 20 years + i've not heard these Brilliant gems! but.... "Push", the single B'side from "That's What Good Friends Are For..." is missing! can you put this please?
thank you for sharing these rariries with us!

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BONUS CD (Singles) was deleted.
please re-up.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Blog!!I will be coming back.can you repost all Brillant Again please?

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiss the Lips of Life was a great album...

Any chance you could fix the link, as the evilshare does not seem to work any more...

Many thanks

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi,here it is,enjoy!


9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and the other parts:

Bonus CD (Singles)

Peel Sessions


9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never heard (or heard of) these folks till tonight. Fantastic. Stumbled upon via a Youth music quest.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this salty, i actually got this album in 1986, it was stolen. In the last few weeks ive been wracking by brain trying to remember the bands name!

Finally thanks to you ive found it and im listening to these good tunes again : )


6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this salty, i actually got this album in 1986, it was stolen. In the last few weeks ive been wracking by brain trying to remember the bands name!

Finally thanks to you ive found it and im listening to these good tunes again : )


6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could you please post the links for brilliant again, been searching 'mens mens world' for years, thx

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great thanks! I saw Brilliant Live a couple of times in the early eighties, and have all the vinyl, thanks for uploading so I can listen to it again


8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this. It's, well... brilliant.
Have you got June Montana's solo single from '92 "How Many Hearts"?- it was produced by George Michael, I believe.
Have had Kiss The Lips of Life album since '86- but only on vinyl- so really appreciate you posting this- and the Peel Session etc...


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10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, any chance of re-upping the downloads for both Kiss the Lips of Life and the bonus singles CD? I use to have all these on vinyl and would love to have them available again. Thanks.


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11:33 PM  
Blogger Phil Nash said...


Any chance of re-ups on these links?

Thanks in advance :)

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there. I'm also hoping you might be able to re-up, particularly the bonus singles.
That would be, errr...brilliant :)

4:56 PM  

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