[Music] Album Premiere: Girls on Film 1979 Demo EP by Duran Duran feat. Andy Wickett

My brother and I, and millions of boys and (especially) girls grew up with Duran Duran. That Cleopatra Records, undoubtedly the kings of the reissue scene, would release these demos done with former singer Andy Wickett comes as a pleasant surprise.

The Big Takeover Magazine has plenty of background information on this intriguing release, and do take the time to hear Girls On Film in a very raw, far less-polished but perfectly acceptable form.

[Music] What Punk Rock Meant to Communist Yugoslavia

It boggles the mind how many amazing punk and post-punk bands came out of the former Yugoslavia. It’s also a crying shame that so few labels have bothered to reissue these gems, dating as far back as the New Wave days.

Miljenko Jergovic pens a wonderful walk down memory lane for the New York Times, which you can read here.

[Music] Strawberry Switchblade – 1982 4​-​Piece Demo

One of my old college mates described Strawberry Switchblade as ‘twee’. He was right. That didn’t affect the fact that I saw them as a great pop band with two of my teenage crushes blowing me away musically. Here’s the raw material which would develop into their eponymous debut LP.