Monday, October 24, 2011

Various Artists - Revenge Of The Killer B's, Vol. 2

For all you completists out there - here's the follow-up/companion volume to my previous post - Revenge Of The Killer B's, Vol. 2, released by Warner Bros. Records in 1984, in the wake of the superb and successful Attack Of The Killer B's, Vol. 1. Just like its brother, Revenge . . . contains rare b-sides and unreleased material from some of that era's top bands.

Unlike Vol. 1, this album was issued in both vinyl and cassette, although like the previous disc, it has never been released on CD. This post was burned off of my cassette version; the tape differs from the record in that it contains one 'bonus' song, NRBQ's collaboration with 1980s wrestling impresario Capt. Lou Albano. Here's the lineup:

1. Fleetwood Mac – Cool Water
2. Marshall Crenshaw – Somebody Like You
3. Depeche Mode – Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead
4. Rank And File – Post Office
5. The B-52's – Moon 83
6. The Pretenders – Money (Live)
7. NRBQ w/Lou Albano - Boardin' House Pie
8. Talking Heads – I Wish You Wouldn't Say That
9. Echo And The Bunnymen – Way Out And Up We Go
10. Tom Verlaine – Your Finest Hour
11. Kid Creole And The Coconuts – You Had No Intention
12. Madonna – Ain't No Big Deal
13. Aztec Camera – Set The Killing Free

Some of my favorite songs off of Vol. 2 include Depeche Mode's surprisingly peppy and upbeat tune "Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead", Echo & The Bunnymen's "Way Out And Up We Go", and the excellent and funky "You Had No Intention", by the now-woefully unappreciated and nearly forgotten Kid Creole & The Coconuts (here's a great live version from a show the band did in Germany in 1982):

But every song here is great and a rare gem . . . even the one with Capt. Lou!

So, there you go - now you have two discs of classic '80s rock and new wave b-sides to enjoy! And I hope you do - as always, let me hear what you have to say regarding this album.

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  1. Weird! I was doing some research on Fleetwood Mac's cover of "Cool Water" the other day and stumbled upon the record on eBay. I was thinking "Fleetwood Mac and Talking Heads together on one record? Thought I would never see the day!"

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ha ha! It appears we are on the same wavelength, and I got your psychic request to post this album! Hope you like it!

  3. What do you mean, Allan? These work just fine - I just checked them. Try again, please.

  4. Just got it and LOVE IT! Thanks so much! :D

  5. Love this album! Had it on cassette years ago; great to hear it again--Thank You!

  6. No worries, akmuso! Glad you found something here that you liked!

  7. Like many others, had the cassette and wore it out! Thanks!

  8. Great stuff - fun to relive childhood! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thanks for this little oddball collection, these samplers used to be done occasionally even by the bigger companies, always liked them. Too bad about the low bitrate (128 kbps) though but still acceptable for listening on my MP3 player ;)

  10. I used to have this many years ago. Thanks for the memories.

  11. "My, my, boarding house pie!" :D Thanks for sending this, sir!

  12. I still own this cassette, but I was afraid that playing it might turn it to plastic dust. Thanks for sharing, P!

  13. how awesome to see this album cover after all these years! I gave up all my LPs two decades and two houses ago... just got a turntable/digitizer for my 60th birthday and am in the process of converting my dad's 78s, so started thinking about the LPs I miss...

    can't wait to hear the Rank and File and Aztec Camera tracks again...


  14. Thank you very much :)

    Looking forward to listening to this!


  15. what a great assortment of songs and artists ..the fleetwood mac was very unexpected doing a cover of Marty Robbins Cool Water ..
    perfect companion to revenge of the killer b's vol 1 ...

  16. Thanks a ton for the upload!
    I'm so stoked for this... haven't listened to it since I busted my cassette copy as a teenager!

  17. Vol.1 is much better in my Opinion...
    But thanks...

  18. Thank you so much for this record! Really made my weekend! Cheers!

  19. Thank you very much for the quick email delivery for the link. Keep up the good work with the blog.

  20. Thank you so much for these, PP!