“Cuts You Up” was the second single from Peter Murphy’s third solo album Deep; the Bowie-esque track became the American modern rock hit of the year, spending seven weeks at the top of the U.S. Modern Rock charts and crossing over to Album-oriented rock radio (#10) and the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart (#55). Following its success, Deep reached number 44 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.
Wasted Youth were a great live Band and they could of had many hit singles, some of the lyrics are marvellous, poetic stories. But because of the band name and reputation they were not getting the radio play they deserved. John Peel was the only BBC DJ who was playing their songs regularly at the time and through our publishers, Martin and Coulter, it had been confirmed that the band were indeed blacklisted. To see if this theory was true it was agreed to release the single under an assumed name. It was decided to put the single out under the name of Tom Lucy because as well as being Darren’s cousin he was in the studio every day with the band and contributed to the recording and production of the single. When this single got almost daily radio play it seemed the fears were proved correct. Although pressure was applied on the band by music industry bigwigs to change their name and style but they would not sell out. [Source]
[Dedicated to Mikael Simpson, who just left a 200 Euro tip to the maid at the hotel in Paris]
Wasted Youth’s influential classic ‘Wild & Wandering’ is widely considered to be a fore runner of the Goth movement. It was originally released in 1981 on the Bridge House label. The CD features 5 bonus tracks, including the singles ‘Paris France’ and ‘Do The Caveman’.[Source]
In 1982, Wasted Youth released their fifth single, “Reach Out”. It was backed by “Gone Midnight”. The A side did not appear on an album but the B side appeared on their second and final album, The Beginning Of The End, which was a compilation. The single reached the #42 spot on the U.K. indie singles chart. This was the London goth band, not the California hardcore band. They disbanded in 1982 after one album. There were several posthumous releases. Rocco Barker was later in Flesh For Lulu.
*** PLEASE NOTE! Still looking for the original 7″ version of the track ***
This is the fourth single from the shortlived Wasted Youth UK. This is a version off “The beginning of the end” album, which is composed of rare and unreleased tracks. According to the record’s notes, “this is the original recording and arrangement from 1980, and a completely different production from the single of 1982. Wasted Youth were a pre-gothic British band, not to be confused with the American punk-hardcore band of the same name. They had a lot of potential, but their short lifespan (1979-1982 ca) didn’t allow them to fully express it. Enjoy the track!
This is Wasted Youth’s (the UK goth band) third single, “Rebecca’s Room”, produced by Martin Hannett. Both songs were included in the compilation ‘Memorialize’. The single reached the #15 spot on the U.K. indie chart.
A1 Rebecca’s Room
B1 Things Never Seem The Same As They Did Even Before They’ve Happened’ She Added As An Afterthought… [Source]
The sole member of San Francisco’s The Soft Moon, Louis Vasquez’ self-titled debut album mirrors The Cure, digging into a Gothic past and emerging with slick atmospheric grooves and sullen, glimmering synths. It also scared the shit out of me — leaving me edgier than Charlie Sheen in a room full of cocaine. In between lurk songs modern horror movies would die for (sorry, I’m adding levity so as not to crumble). It groans and gurgles like a drowning man, and the aptly-named “Sewer Sickness” is an onslaught of high-pitched synths and bass reverb. [Source]