P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:31/30   1/20          The Christmas Edition This is a special Christmas and New Year edition of Ceetrax. We're here until January 3 1988 with ... The results of the Ceetrax votes for albums and singles of 1987 Faves of the year chosen by our roving correspondents M—lfs, Neil Griffiths and Marcus Raynor Some other recommendations from '87 Results of the singles poll  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:16/50   2/20          Ceetrax Singles Poll - The 'Top 13' 1 Then Jericho - The Motive 2 Prince - U Got The Look 3 Prince - Sign 'o' the Times 4 U2 - With You or Without You 5 Def Leppard - Animal Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion 7 Marillion - Sugar Mice T'Pau - Heart and Soul 9 Danny Wilson - Mary's Prayer New Order - True Faith T'Pau - China in Your Hand U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name U2 - I Still Haven't Found .... Results of the album poll  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:12/00   3/20          Ceetrax Albums Poll - The 'Top 13' 1 U2 - The Joshua Tree 2 Prince - Sign 'o' the Times 3 Michael Jackson - Bad 4 The Smiths - Strangeways .... 5 Marillion - Clutching at Straws 6 Erasure - The Circus Pet Shop Boys - Actually 8 Def Leppard - Hysteria Then Jericho - First(Sound of Music) 10 Level 42 - Running in the Family 11 Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses 12 Simple Minds - Live in City of Light 13 Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands and a big thanks to all who voted
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:33/01   4/20          Top Five agonisingly chosen by James With the release of 4200 singles, 5000 albums and 2000 CDs, how do you narrow it down to just FIVE? 'hth difficulty. 1n THE perfect dance record Man 2 Man Meet Man Parish - Male Stripper 2. Compulsion - In The Nursery a group to watch in '88 3. Pet Shop Boys - Actually perfection 4. Golden Moments - Cabaret Voltaire's classics issued on CD 5. Sugarcubes - Birthday, easily the best single of the year Neil Griffith's heavy five  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:18/11   5/20          Top Five of '87 from Neil Griffiths 1. Georgia Satellites - Keep Your Hands to Yourself, the best bit of heavy R&B Igve heard all year 2. Electric by The Cult (LP) is a bit of catchy modernised Led Zeppelin 3. Dio - Dream Evil is chosen for its powerful images and music 4. Marillion - Clutching at Straws gets a vote for being full of thematic ballad-rock 5. The final choice from MSG - Perfect Timing contains some strong and rythmic heavy rock Reggae & t'ing from Marcus  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:19/04   6/20          Top Five of '87 from Marcus Raynor Obsessionate demand for Rare Groove throughout '87 leads me to the Augustus Pablo album Classic Rockers and the Urban Classics compilation as two of my top albums of the year. In hip-hop Paid in Full from Eric B and Rakim put everything else to shame. The Brixton appearance by Frankie Paul was without doubt the outing of the year and his Give Me That Feeling was a top track from the man of the year. My own favourite 45 of 1987 is reggae - If I Give My Heart to You by John McClean. Not a bad year after all.
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:20/10   /20          The Rest of '87 Most of this edition of Ceetrax is given over to an editor's selection of other albums from 1987 which I think you might find interesting. Albums like Sign 'o' the Times and The Joshua Tree feature highly in the lists of favourite albums of the year - you don't need reminding about those. So here is a small selection from the rest of '87 as reviewed in the pages of Ceetrax .... and then our competition. Microdisney - Crooked Mile  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:20/10   8/20           Microdisney - Crooked Mile This album came out right at the start of the year and Microdisney featured heavily in the press at that time Essentially it was an albtm of melodic pop with occasional toqches of country, and lyrics that were a cut aboveN The melodic rock had meaning: often light (Town to Town) sometimes rocky (Armadillo Man) and sometimes almost theological (And he Descended into Hell). A bright start to '87. Steve Miller in the 20th C  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:23/01   9/20          The Steve Miller Band - Living in the 20th Century There was a split in the music on this 17th LP from Steve Miller. Side one was typical Miller, including a couple of classics - I W—nt to Make the  Turn Around and Nobody But You Baby. On side two, however, Steve Miller went back to his roots. He paid homage to Jimmy Reed by playing Big Boss Man in Reed's style, and did three other Reed songs together with ojllie Dixon's My Babe. Good R&B, good Miller, good LP Shriekback Big Night Music  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:22/50   10/20          Shriekback - Big Night Music I remember this lot on the late and lamented Riverside TV program doing a number with about 300 extras banging sticks of bamboo togetherN They have now shrunk to a trio and this was their sixth album in six years. They are at times rhythmic - a touch of the Kid Creoles on Black Light Trap - at other times cool - The Reptiles and I for example - but always delightfully eccentric. Saint Julian of the Junkyards  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:23/00   11/20          Julian Cope - Saint Julian A clear, effortless voice in which to express sometimes meaningless lyrics over a tight urgent backing; these were the Julian Cope ingredients on this LPN He climbed up his evolutionary mike stand to emerge as Saint Julian of the Junkyards (as Q described him), arms outstretched on the cover. The pace cracks along,from Trampoline via World Shut Your Mouth, to the final slow down for A Crack in the Clouds. Blow Monkeys - Grocer album  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:00/00   12/20          Blow Monkeys - Grocer's Daughter Released before the election the title She Was Only A Grocer's Daughter begged a punch line that was never supplied and the political suggestions carried over into the lyrics too. The two singles at the start of side one lull you into a feeling that this is another clever, talented pop album from Doc Robert. But it's more than that and progressing through the immaculately programmed tracks, some rather unusual, is quite a delight# Story of The Proclaimers  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:01/11   13/20          The Proclaimers - This is the Story Twins Charlie and Craig Reid are the proteges of Hull's own Housemartins. They are that pop rarity, an acoustic act; and noticeably Scottish. With the exception of I'm Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down every song on this LP was written by the twins and between them they play every instrument. Their sound is acoustic, declamatory, highly infectious and, above all, it is totally self contained. Great fun. Johnny Clegg and Savuka  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:24/20   14/20          Johnny Clegg - Third World Child Post-Graceland rock was very receptive to African music, and into this came Johnny Clegg and Savuka with this album and a short string of notable UK dates. Here they sang of the Oshakati Plain and again of thc Scatterlings of Africa (Clegg's classic track) and of the effects of cultural and linguistic imperialism. Music benefits from being a mixture of influences - this LP proved the point. Well Red - UK funk in Motion  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:00/01   15/20          Well Red - Motion The debut from the duo who caused a stir with their singles and live shows - including the support to N—lds Brown! This album lived up to the promise. Not only was it tight and funky but it also boasted a neat sound and enough variety in the contents to keep you on the edge of your seats. Check out Honey or Come Back or System. Tighter Than a Clam at 10000 Leagues is what the press release said! John Hyatt Bring The Family  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:01/10   16/20          John Hyatt - Bring the Family This may be my favourite album of the year, especially on CD. Hyatt's voice can rock or cajole, and here it was underpinned by the likes of Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe. Generally this was a rock/R&B album but there were touches of country. Notable tracks included the single Thank You Girl - a 'Brown Sugar' of a cut - the opener Memphis in the Meantime and Alone in the Dark with some Cooder guitar straight out of Paris Texas. 10,000 Maniacs Tribal album  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:00/00   17/20          10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe The music of 10,000 Maniacs is the kind of music that sounds acoustic even when it's electric. The mood is always soft even when the tempo is not, and the lyrics refer to Jack Kerouac, sisters becoming wives remaining sisters and illiteracy. The band come from New York and there are five of them including vocalist Natalie Merchant. This LP inhabited a time warp from 1968 and the ghost of Sandy Denny stalked these grooves. Win all 13 of the Beatles CDs  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:01/00   18/20          Christmas Bonanza Prize Quiz This year saw the release of all the original Beatles albums on CD. In our biggest and most glittering quiz to date, we are offering you the chance to win this entire CD collection - from Please Please Me to Let it Be. Details of how to enter are coming up - but because there is only one main prize we are offering, as a consolation prize, a couple of random albums (on vinyl) to the 20 runners-up. Prize Quiz Questions  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:01/10   19/20          Christmas Bonanza Prize Quiz 2 To win the entire Beatles CD collection (13 albums in all) just answer these five easy Beatles questions: 1 Who did Ringo replace as the drummer? 2 Their first official UK No. 1 was? 3 Name two creatures in song titles 4 Who had a brother in Scaffold? 5 Which American produced Let It Be? How to enter the competition  Next
P249 CEEFAX 249 Wed 30 Dec 21:10/03   20/20          This is What You Do Answers on a postcard please to: Ceetrax Beatles Competition Room 7013, BBC TV Centre LONDON W12 7RJ The winner and runners-up will be drawn on January 7th so we can announce tha result in Ceetrax on January 9.  Meantime, thanks for all your support during '87 and keep tuned in Have a suitably musical Christmas & New Year! Ceetrax is edited by Andy Finney