Rick James [00:33]
a side: "Super Freak (Part I)"
b side: "Super Freak (Part II)"
Gordy G 7205F 1981
What's better than "Super Freak", more "Super Freak" evidently. Made it all the way to number 16 on the Hot 100. And partially recorded at the Record Plant in good ol' Sausalito.
The Trashmen [07:29]
a side: "Surfin' Bird"
b side: "King of the Surf"
Garrett Records GA-4002 1963
From the surf epicenter of Minneapolis MN, The Trashmen answer the eternal question: What happens when you fuse The Rivingtons "Bird's the Word" and "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" together. Hit number 4 on the Hot 100 in 1961.
Killer Dreamer [13:23]
a side: "Survival Guns"
b side: "Pterodactyl2"
Kapow Records #14 2003
Early aughties punk from San Pedro, on lovely opaque white vinyl.
Sharon Cash [17:39]
a side: "Sweet Soul Singer (stereo)"
b side: "Sweet Soul Singer (mono)"
Playboy Records P 50026 1973
Mystery single from a mystery singer?
Ohio Express [25:04]
a side: "Sweeter Than Sugar"
b side: "Bitter Lemon"
Buddha Records BDA 92 1969
See Joe Tex. Who needs to record a b-side when you can just flip the tape around? Sadly only made it to number 96 on the charts. But then again, it's no "Yummy Yummy Yummy".
The Normal [29:20]
a side: "T.V.O.D."
b side: "Warm Leatherette"
Mute Records MUTE 001 1978
AKA Daniel Miller. A little Kraftwerk-esque, a little Silver Apples-esge, a lot JG Ballard-esque.
Soft Cell [36:38]
a side: "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?"
b side: "Where Did Our Love Go?"
Sire Records PRO-S-1028 1981
Well this is convenient. Back to back synthpop. You can hear the evolution from inception to peak synthpop. Plus, more effects from the reign of Northern Soul. Also, if you haven't listened to Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret recently, or ever, you should really take it for a spin.
a side: "Take a Chance on Me"
b side: "I'm a Marionette"
Atlantic Records 3457 1977
Yes indeed, one year prior to bleak commentary on contemporary life that is The Normal, this top notch chartbuster from ABBA that reached number 3 on the Hot 100. And that is a very epic flipside.
Music behind the DJ: "My Bonnie Lies" by The Ventures.