Wednesday, October 10, 2007


New Wave, Synth-pop

Gary Barnacle - keyboard, saxophone
Ross Middleton - vocals, guitar, bass

"Love Cascade"



01 Love Cascade
02 The Sun Turns Black
03 A Way You'll Never Be
04 Rachel Dreams
05 Cashflow
06 The Emigre
07 Anxiety
08 The Company
09 The Fluke
10 Love Cascade (extended)
11 A Way You'll Never Be (extended)
12 Cashflow (million dollar mix)
13 Anxiety (neurotica mix)
14 Company B
15 Love Cascade (dance mix)
16 The Emigré 2 (fast)
17 The Emigré 2 (slow)

Links to download:

"Leisure Process (also called Leisure Process International) was a short-lived UK band featuring Gary Barnacle (new-wave sax sessionman) and Ross Middleton (from Positive Noise). Barnacle played all keyboards, tenor saxophone and electric saxophone, and Middleton did vocals and played guitar. "Love Cascade" and "Cashflow" are better known singles, but "A Way You'll Never Be" featured two members of Level 42: Mark King on bass & drums and Phil Gould on drums. Barnacle has returned the favor by contributing sax to a number of Level 42 songs over the years. The track was produced by the famous Martin Rushent (Human League, Joy Division, Rezillos, etc).
King's fabulous slap bass line and Gould's pulsing drums combined with Barnacle's electronic sax give this track an early Level 42 vibe worth a listen. Long out-of-print and hard to find."


"...Leisure Process' sound was typically Rushent - tight, synthetic funk tracks with Ross' vocals delivered in a manic, new wave style. I dug the singles alot, and thought they had chart potential but of course they were largely ignored. I especially dig this 12" version of A Way You'll Never Be - it has such enormously pounding drums and some super poppin' bass, courtesy of Level 42's Phil Gould and Mark King. You may not like what these guys did in their own band, but there's no denying their musical skills. The tune also features a cool James Bond like xylophone riff that gets me every time, and since Gary is in the band it has a big sax solo. You can definitely hear a bit of the Human League's synth action going on too, and that makes it doubly tasty to me. Nothing classic, but a fun little '80s obscurity nonetheless."

about Gary Barnacle:
(born 1955, Dover, England) is a saxophonist and brass instrument arranger primarily noted for session work, during the 1980s, with a large number of popular music acts, including pop singer, Kim Wilde (whom he dated in the mid 80s). He was also in an electropop duo called Leisure Process, with ex-Positive Noise singer, Ross Middleton.Barnacle performed the saxophone part in The Clash's song, "1-2 Crush On You," which can be heard on their album, Super Black Market Clash, and also played on their later album Sandinista!. He was introduced to The Clash through their drummer (and school friend of Barnacle's) Topper Headon, and reportedly became involved in The Clash's infamous 1978 "pigeon shooting" incident.One of Barnacle's longest associations has been with Level 42, with whom he has played on several albums, including the band's 1981 debut. The horn section he formed with British trumpet and fluegelhorn player, John Thirkell, for Level 42 is known as the Henpecked Horns. Barnacle and Thirkell have also backed Swing Out Sister. Barnacle also recorded "A Way You'll Never Be" with Mark King and Phil Gould.Other acts for whom Barnacle has contributed session work have included Big Fun, Paul Hardcastle, Visage, The Beautiful South, Rick Astley, Public Image Ltd., Pet Shop Boys, Kim Wilde, Jamiroquai, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Tim Finn, Björk, Tina Turner, Carlene Carter, The Ruts, Phil Collins, ABC, Guru and Billie Ray Martin (on her 1995 debut Deadline For My Memories, his name is mis-spelled as "Gary Barnickle"). He worked frequently with Stock Aitken Waterman as a session musician in their PWL studios. Barnacle is frequently credited as an arranger of woodwinds and brass on his session work.Barnacle also plays flute (as evidenced on Hardcastle's first Jazzmasters album) and keyboards.He returned to the music industry in 2002, releasing his first solo album(
Nobody mention but i have to add that Gary Barnacle contributed in some albums of China Crisis too
("Working with Fire and Steel Possible Pop Songs, Vol. 2" 1983 and "What Price Paradise 1986" (salty)
A Way You'll Never Be - UK - 12" VINYL 1982
A Way You'll Never Be - UK - 7" VINYL 1982
Cashflow - UK - 7" VINYL 1982
Cashflow - UK - 12" VINYL 1982
Anxiety - UK - 12" VINYL 1983
Anxiety - UK - 7" VINYL 1983
Love Cascade - UK - 7" VINYL 198?
Love Cascade - UK - 12" VINYL 198?
Who can help me to get any info about Ross Middleton (whereabouts etc.) please?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leisure process - what a cool post!
Top choice, Salty.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous haywire said...

oh, WOW!!! I've been after more from Leisure Process for a long time, so it was nothing short of mindblowing to find it in one place. This was one highly underrated new band, IMO. Thank you very much from one very delighted and much excited 80's music fan; can not wait to hear these.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ross later wrote for Sounds as "Maxwell Park". that's all I know...

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im glad you like it!:)

Thanks for the info on Ross!!


12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saltyka, could you re-upload the ABC's Skyscraping, O.M.D.'s Architecture and Morality as well as O.M.D.'s Crush album? Thanks.

8:17 AM  
Blogger eLf ideas said...

saltyka: I couldn't upload the part a. It's said "file not found." My you upload, please?

12:26 PM  
Anonymous 80zGuy said...

Great great choice! Awesome blog!

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been after more Leisure process for years.
I've got most of the 12" singles.
I've been after this compilation for some time.
The link seems to be dead. Any chance of a re-post

4:20 PM  
Blogger Andrei said...

Could you please re-upload the files? Thanks in advance.

2:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could you please re-upload? really want to check this out! thanx.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you please re-upload Leisure process. This url is dead:

Thank you, great blog!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Samuel said...

Hi Saltyka,

Would you mind uploading the files again? I really like what I hear from leisure process so far.

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

REPOSTED (02.2009)

LEISURE PROCESS - The Singles Collection



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