Second Hand News / May 2014

Second Hand News is back! After a few months off, please welcome the return of the feature that highlights interesting purchases SDE has found almost exclusively in charity or thrift shops. Everything below was picked recently for less than £3…



Tears For Fears /Everybody Wants To Rule The World (7″ doublepack – 1985)

The darker Mothers Talk and Shout had preceded Everybody Wants To Rule The World as 45s from Tears For Fears 1985 album Songs From The Big Chair, but it seemed inevitable that the most radio-friendly track on the album would be a single at some point.

This “special limited edition” seven-inch double pack was one of a multitude of formats which included two twelve-inches and a ten-inch single. The first record in this pack is the standard single (IDEA 9) with Pharaohs as the B-side. The second disc contains the ‘Urban Mix’ of EWTRTW, which was also on the remix twelve-inch (IDER 912). It’s an interesting reworking, including some (rather cheesy) brass elements (left off the standard version) and it all goes a bit frantic and ‘drum and bass’ for a few seconds mid song.

Unique to this double-pack is Interview with Curt and Roland, where for seven and a half minutes we hear excerpts from each track on the album and then a short explanation from Curt or Roland as to how it came about. It has to be said it’s not always particularly enlightening. Curt on Everybody Wants To Rule The World: “So I came in one day and they’d actually written this song around this beat – and it was very commercial – so they said here it is, your singing this. So I did!”


Various Artists / Tom’s Album (CD 1991)

Surprisingly playable 13-track compilation of treatments of Suzanne Vega‘s 1987 single Tom’s Diner. Versions include the Gulf War inspired Waiting At The Border and an improvisational Tom’s ? performed by Bingo Hand Job,  which is actually R.E.M. and Billy Bragg messing around live at the Borderline in London.


Various Artists  / Billboard No.1 Hits  (Japanese CD compilations 2007)

Three Japanese CDs compiling “Billboard No. 1 Hits“. Each CD represents a different label: Sony Music Japan, EMI Music Japan, Warner Music Japan. A look inside one of the booklets reveals there is a BMG CD too, but unfortunately that was not with these in the shop where they were found!

Given that these are collecting number one hits, it’s all very commercial and mainstream. The Warner set starts with Otis Redding and includes, Bread, America, Chic, Prince, Foreigner, A-ha, and Fine Young Cannibals. EMI: Paul McCartney and Wings, Blondie, Kim Carnes, Bowie, Duran Duran, Roxette etc. Sony: Simon & Garfunkel, Men at Work, Toto, Bonnie Tyler, Wham!, Paul Young and the like. The booklets are great, with lyrics to all the songs in English and Japanese. Haven’t listened to every track, but so far no surprises in terms of different mixes or versions.


The Cranberries / Zombie (2xCD singles in slipcase 1995)

This Cranberries track was everywhere in September 1994. It starts fantastically and Stephen Street‘s production is excellent, although towards the end it does rather test your patience with Dolores O’Riordan’s wailing. These are the two CD singles released at the time complete with a sturdy slipcase.



Thompson Twins  / Lay Your Hands On Me (7″ Poster sleeve 1984)

The first single from the Thompson Twins 1985 album Here’s To Future Days ended up being reworked by Nile Rodgers for the album, but this is the original Alex Sadkin and Tom Bailey production. The B-side is an instrumental version of the track called The Lewis Carol. This is the poster sleeve version, which handily includes a separate, standard seven-inch sleeve as well, so if you chose to the put the poster on your wall, you wouldn’t have a vinyl record without a sleeve. Good old Arista!



Robbie Williams / Inner Sanctum (DVD)

This Robbie Williams DVD was an exclusive given out to fans via his website back in 2007-ish. If you’re a fan there’s loads of good stuff on here with general larking around (The Man Olympics), Access All Areas (behind the scenes on tour) and live performances and videos.



The Christians / When The Finger Points  (12″ single 1987)

This is classic ’80s marketing gone mad. The sleeve of this Christians‘ twelve inch of When The Fingers Point (there were three 12-inch versions, naturally) boast a ‘Megamix’ which is nowhere to be found on the actual record. The A-side is a ‘Club Version’ – a fact only mentioned on the label, not the sleeve – and the B-side which, is supposed to contain the ‘Megamix’ of the single actually just plays the seven-inch version! The actual ‘Club’ remix appears to be unique and includes a sample of Clint Eastwood’s famous line “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” from Dirty Harry. Extended versions of Laurie Latham productions are always a pleasure, never a chore.



Nick Kershaw / Wide Boy  (7″ booklet limited edition 1984)

Gary Langan‘s seven-inch remix of Nik Kershaw‘s 1984 single Wide Boy. This gatefold version of The Riddle‘s lead single, with “limited edition 12 page booklet”, is in remarkably good condition and is full of period photos of Kershaw, including a rare shot of his actual band at the time (see photos). This single remix didn’t appear on the flawed Riddle deluxe from 2013.


Bryan Ferry  / The Best Of Bryan Ferry  (CD+DVD 2009)

A Bryan Ferry compilation is hardly something to get too excited about, given how often they come out, but this 2009 Best Of collection was available as a limited edition with a bonus DVD. No less than 25 videos are present including TV performances (Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Twiggy Show, Goddess Of Love – Parkinson), some charming early promos (You Go To My Head) along with plenty of more glossy fare (Slave to Love, Don’t Stop The Dance, Kiss And Tell). This was a great find!


Beta Band  / The Best of the Beta Band  (2CD, 2005)

This two-CD version of the 2005 compilation contains a bonus CD with 13 tracks from The Beta Band‘s farewell tour performed at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

See you next month, with more Second Hand News!

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Interestingly, the “cheesy brass” on Everybody Wants to Rule the World was integrated into all the live performances from the SFTBC and SOL tours, although it was played on a saxophone!

Mike F

Fun article. The R.E.M./Bragg version of Tom’s Diner appeared on an R.E.M. CD single back in the day too.


I wasn’t sure if I had remembered correctly or not. Thanks, Paul.

Liam Bastick

I think what we all want to know is where you shop, Paul – and then get there before you do!


Isn’t the Urban Mix of Everybody Wants To Rule The World what TFF based Everybody Wants To Run The World on?

Julian H

Actually, the additional percussion is there as well (in the middle part of the Urban Mix and then throughout Run the World)…


Have missed this.. And yes, let’s have the ‘actual price’ paid in future features, for full envy-inducing meterage !


I remember it was harder to find the standard 7″of Wide Boy than the booklet edition! The booklet was a cut down version of The Riddle tour programme.


Welcome back indeed. Thanks for another interesting bout of shopping Paul.

Stephen K

The Urban Mix of Everybody Wants to Rule the World on the double 7″ is faded out 38 seconds early, I believe. This shorter edit also appears on the CD-video of Shout as an audio track.

The full-length Urban Mix first appears on CD on the 2002 Japanese ‘The Best of Remixes’, then domestically in 2006 on the deluxe version of ‘Songs From the Big Chair’.

The Urban Mix has an instrumental companion on the 12″ which remains unreleased on CD. A fair portion of this version is used in the credits for ‘Scenes From the Big Chair’, which is available on Laserdisc and DVD. The European DVD also features the live video ‘Going to California (Live in Santa Barbara)’.

Todd R.

The “Urban Mix” , “Extended Mix”, along with the single edits was a horrible mix up on the 2cd set of SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR – and it angered me that they didn’t include the interview – I thought the whole thing was brilliant, and that it took away from the dark brooding version of TFF that the videos/images of the time actually portrayed. I own the 7″ version of this, but never knew of the 10″ or 12″ versions before…. interesting….


Anyone know whether the Gary Lagan Wide Boy 7 inch remix has been released on CD?

Lanny Justice

Ugh! I drool for your charity shops. I’d love to have the Bryan Ferry. :(


I only have one of those Cranberries singles. Time to search out the other. =)

Lanny Justice

Again Paul. So jealous here. I think it would be more jealous inducing if you included the bargain price that you paid for each of these finds. I want almost everyone, and am just very curious to know just how much of a bargain you got. :)