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Peter Godwin - Emotional Disguise


On this date in 1982, Peter Godwin released his debut solo single, "Emotional Disguise". It was backed by "French Emotions". Both tracks appeared on his debut album, Dance Emotions (though "Emotional Disguise" was an extended version on the album which was, actually, more of a mini-album). Prior to his solo career, Peter Godwin was in the band Metro (David Bowie covered their "Criminal World" on his Let's Dance album). The German born new wave singer has not released much since 1983.

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Revolutionary Spirit


On this date in 1982, The Wild Swans released their debut single, "Revolutionary Spirit". The B side was "God Forbid". Neither track appeared on a regularly released album. The Liverpool, England post punk/new wave band was fronted by Paul Simpson, formerly of The Teardrop Explodes. Pete de Freitas of Echo and The Bunnymen played drums on the single. The Wild Swans disbanded in 1990. They have, however, been back in the studio recording recently.

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The Queer Pills - Stupid Jerk


On this date in 1982, The Queer Pills released their debut EP, Stupid Jerk. Aside from the title track, the record also contained "Time To Fuck", "The Todd Killings" and "They Saved Hitler's Cock". The band was actually Angry Samoans trying to disguise their identity because of a radio ban on their music. The original pressing of the record gave no indication of who the actual band was. A few of these tracks appeared on Angry Samoans second album, Back From Samoa. Based on the songs' subject matter and titles, I can't imagine that the Los Angeles hardcore punk band had much success getting these songs on the radio either.

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Kraut - Unemployed


On this date in 1982, Kraut released their second EP, Unemployed. Aside from the title track, it included "Last Chance" and "Matinee". The first two tracks appeared on their debut album, An Adjustment To Society. The third did not. The Queens, NY hardcore punk band turned their attention to metal by the middle of the '80's. They are active again after a lay off.

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The Plimsouls


On this date in 1981, The Plimsouls released their self-titled debut album. It contained the singles, "Now" and "Zero Hour". The Los Angeles power pop disbanded in 1984 after two albums but they have frequently re-formed for touring since. Frontman Peter Case was previously in Los Angeles new wave band The Nerves.

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Stray Cats


On this date in 1981, Stray Cats released their self-titled debut album. It contained the singles, "Runaway Boys" (#9 U.K.), "Stray Cat Strut" (#11 U.K., #3 U.S.) and "Rock This Town" (#9 U.K., #9 U.S.). Despite the fact that they hailed from Massapequa, NY, this album was never released in the U.S., though many of the songs would later appear on their U.S. debut, Built For Speed, including the three singles. The rockabilly band broke up in 1984 but periodically reunites for performances.

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Simple Minds - Celebrate


On this date in 1981, Simple Minds released their fifth single, "Celebrate". The 12 inch version had an extended version of "Celebrate" and was backed by re-mixed versions of "Changling" and "I Travel", both previous singles. The 7 inch version had a single edit version of "Celebrate" and had the remixed "Changling" on the reverse. The A side and "I Travel" appeared on their third album, Empires And Dance. "Changeling" appeared on their second album, Real To Real Cacophony. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill had started out together in a punk band called Johnny & The Self Abusers. The disbanded and Simple Minds was formed. The Glasgow, Scotland new wave band continues on.

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Depeche Mode - Dreaming Of Me


On this date in 1981, Depeche Mode released their debut single, "Dreaming Of Me". The B side was "Ice Machine". Both songs were omitted from their debut album, Speak & Spell, in the UK when it was released, though the A side was included on the US version. Both were added to their debut album as bonus tracks when it was re-released on CD. The single reached the #57 spot on the U.K. singles chart. The Essex, England new wave band still records and performs but they are a trio since Alan Wilder left the band in 1995.

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The Polecats - John I'm Only Dancing


On this date in 1981, The Polecats released their second single, "John I'm Only Dancing". It was backed by "Big Green Car". The 10 inch version also included "All Night Long". All three tracks appeared on their only album, Polecats Are Go!. The single reached the #35 spot on the U.K. singles chart. The Middlesex, England rockabilly band released five singles and one album of new material before breaking up in 1983. They get together occasionally to tour and record new material.

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Knack's lead singer Doug Fieger dies at 57 - (Detroit Free Press)
Fieger, best known as the founding vocalist-guitarist of the Knack, died this morning at home in Woodland Hills, Calif., after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 57.

Good Girls Don't (1979)

Wikipedia: The Knack...
Singer Doug Fieger (August 21, 1952 - February 14, 2010) was a native of Oak Park, Michigan - a northern suburb of Detroit, Michigan - and had previously played in an eclectic rock band called Sky as well as The Sunset Bombers. Fieger was the brother of Detroit-area attorney Geoffrey Fieger, best known for representing Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a series of assisted suicide cases. Of the four original members of The Knack (Fieger, Berton Averre - Guitar, Prescott Niles - Bass, and Bruce Gary - Drums), only Averre and Niles still currently play as The Knack. Bruce Gary died from lymphoma on August 22, 2006 at the age of 55.


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