• OTR: Book of Love - Book of Love

    5 Dec 2008, 00:28 by warren33

    As a band, Book Of Love lasted for nine years, coming together in 1984 and splitting up in 1993. All told, the Philadelphia foursome - Susan Ottaviano (vocals), TED OTTAVIANO (keyboards, vocals), Jade Lee (keyboards, vocals), and Lauren Roselli (keyboards, vocals) - had four albums to their name with a handful of minor hits. Top 40 recognition would generally elude them, but they were club and college radio staples during their heyday.

    It was through college radio that I discovered Book of Love. The compilation album I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love arrived at WAIH and I ended up listening to it and playing cuts from it on my show. It was a few months later that a copy of the band's self-titled début (which was released in 1986) showed up in the used bin at a local record store. I grabbed it up and added it to my collection.

    The CD issue of Book of Love contains 17 tracks, twelve of which appeared on the vinyl LP and cassette versions of the album which the other five are remixes…
  • Gothic Industrial Madonna

    18 Jun 2007, 23:25 by j-sin

    Yes, yes, I know... many of my friends slag me off for liking Madonna. I blame my gay gene and/or having grown up in the 80s. Lucky Star is the first video I can remember seeing on MTV.

    Anyway, if you are a closet-Madonna fan (not that really allows you to be a closet fan of anything) and are into things more -industrial, I have a treat for you. (These were actually released years ago but I've only just re-discovered them.)

    It's Virgin Voices, a compilation by goth-ish label Cleopatra Records that features loads of great // groups. The covers are mostly great and by alot of groups you wouldn't expect to be paying homage to Madge.

    Personally, the standout tracks are the ones by The Voluptuous Horror Of Karen Black (one of my favourite and most underrated New York bands), Bigod20, Rosetta Stone and KMFDM. There's a few disco-diva-ish ones that don't quite fit (Loleatta Holloway on a goth compilation?!) but, I guess that's the nature of compilations.