Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Best of Matt Bianco (1990)


German Import

I know British band Matt Bianco* as the group that Basia was in before going solo. I've got their 1984 debut album Whose Side Are You On? on vinyl from a cutout bin and it's like most Basia '80s stuff: if you're in the mood, it's spot-on and if you're not, it's annoying as hell. Offhand, I'd say they were a jazzier Miami Sound Machine, but with better writing and vocals from both male and female voices. Word has it they're still around in some form.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: I was in the right mood today, so I'm digging everything, except the tune Nervous which tries too hard to be a Janet Jackson cut. It's mindless background music, but it's upbeat and easy to listen to, so I'm good with that.

Song Album  Year 
Don't Blame It On That GirlIndigo1988
Yeh-YehMatt Bianco1986
Half A MinuteWhose Side Are You On?1984
More Than I Can BearWhose Side Are You On?1984
Sneaking Out The Back DoorWhose Side Are You On?1984
Fire In The Blood 7"-1990
Good TimesIndigo1988
Matt's MoodWhose Side Are You On?1984
Get Out Your Lazy BedWhose Side Are You On?1984
Wap Bam BoogieIndigo1988
Dancing In The StreetMatt Bianco1986
Whose Side Are You On?Whose Side Are You On?1984
Say It's Not Too LateIndigo1988
NervousIndigo1988
We've Got The Mood - Matt's Mood '90-1990
Fire In The Blood 12"-1990

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None, just picked this beauty up out of the clearance bin for $3.

*the group name suggests that Matt Bianco is a person, often assumed to be an alias for the main constant member and frontman, Mark Reilly (I'm guessing that's him on the CD booklet cover), but Matt Bianco is in fact "a made up spy, a secret agent; we loved spy TV themes and film scores."

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