Transvision Vamp – Velveteen (The ’59) #192

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Transvision Vamp – Velveteen (1989)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 31 – 1989.

Velveteen was the second album from Transvision Vamp. Released in 1989, a year after their debut, the album provided such hits as “Baby I Don’t Care” which reached number 3 in the UK and Australia.

Velveteen went on to peak at number 1 on the UK album charts in 1989 and number 2 in Australia where it became the 39th highest selling album of the year.

A video was released to accompany the album. Entitled The Velveteen Singles, it featured the videos for all four singles released from the album, as well as “‘behind the scenes’ footage.

 

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy (The ’59) #166

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy (1985)

Psychocandy is the debut studio album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. It was released in November 1985 on Blanco y Negro Records.

A landmark recording, its combination of guitar feedback with traditional pop song structures proved influential on the forthcoming shoegazing genre and alternative rock in general.

After quitting their jobs in 1980, brothers Jim and William Reid formed The Jesus and Mary Chain with bass player Douglas Hart. Taking inspiration from German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, girl group the Shangri-Las and The Velvet Underground & Nico, they bought a Tascam Portastudio in 1983 when their father lost his job in a local factory and gave the brothers £300 from his redundancy money.

Tascam Portastudios were four-track analogue mixing desks with a cassette recorder built in. Both standard jack and XLR inputs were provided allowing you to record straight to tape via a small studio monitor.

The band recorded a demo tape containing the songs “Upside Down” and “Never Understand” which was heard by Glaswegian musician Bobby Gillespie, who in turn passed it on to his friend Alan McGee of Creation Records. McGee was impressed with the tape and invited the band to play at a Creation Records showcase event in London, becoming the band’s manager shortly afterward.

Psychocandy was recorded in six weeks during March and April 1985 and totalled £17,000 in recording and production costs.

Orange Juice – Rip it up (The ’59) #150

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Orange Juice – Rip it up (1982)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 24 – 1982

Rip It Up was the second album from Scottish post-punk band Orange Juice, released in 1982. The title track single made the UK top 10.

XTC – Drums & Wires (The ’59) #132

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XTC – Drums & Wires (1979)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 21 – 1979

Drums and Wires was the third studio album by XTC, released on 17 August 1979, on the Virgin record label. It marked the debut of Dave Gregory, who joined the band as lead guitarist following keyboardist Barry Andrews’ departure in early 1979. Gregory went on to remain with the group up until 1998, during the recording of Apple Venus Volume 1.

Drums and Wires reached No. 34 on the UK Albums Chart, and No. 176 on the US Billboard Albums Chart. The lead single, “Making Plans for Nigel”, was released from the album on 14 September 1979, and reached No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart.

The album also contained the original recording of “Ten Feet Tall”, a re-recorded version of which was released in March 1980 in the US only, as the band’s first American single, designed to coincide with their first American tour. Certain versions of the album also include “Life Begins at the Hop”, which was released on 27 April 1979, and reached No. 54 on the UK Singles Chart.

In later years, the album was rated at number 38 on Pitchfork’s “The Top Albums of the 1970s” list

The B52s (The ’59) #131

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The B52s (1979)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 21 – 1979

The self-titled B-52’s debut was released in July 1979, the kitschy lyrics and hook-laden harmonies of which helped establish a fanbase for the band, who went on to release several chart-topping singles. The album cover was designed by Tony Wright (credited as Sue Ab Surd).

Rock Lobster reached No.37 in the UK singles charts.

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (The ’59) #127

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Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 21 – 1979.

Unknown Pleasures was the debut studio album from Joy Division, released on 15 June 1979 on Tony Wilson’s Factory Records label.

It was recorded and mixed over three successive weekends at Stockport’s Strawberry Studios in April 1979 and was produced by Martin Hannett who incorporated a number of unconventional recording and production techniques into the group’s sound. The cover artwork was designed by artist Peter Saville.

It is the only Joy Division album released during lead singer Ian Curtis’s lifetime.

Factory Records did not release any singles from Unknown Pleasures, and the album did not chart despite the relative success of the group’s non-album debut single “Transmission”

XTC – Go To (Epic #356)

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XTC – Go To (1978)

Go 2 is the second studio album from XTC, released on 6 October 1978.

The album’s cover was designed and executed by Hipgnosis. It consists of an essay about how album covers are used to attract buyers of the album. On the first British pressings of the LP version of the Go 2 album the track listing on the vinyl disc label mimicked the type style of the cover art. The label is crammed full of text.

In some non-English speaking countries, the group shot that was featured on the album’s inner sleeve in the UK was used instead as the album cover. The French 13-track album, including the bonus track “Are You Receiving Me?”, was one of the releases that featured this sleeve.