Welcome to the 3BA Bigshow's...12 inches of the 70's and 80's.
Before downloading from our favorite streaming service became a thing, we used to rush to our favorite record bar (remember Brashs or the 3BA Record Bar) to get our hands on the lastest vinyl album, single or indeed if we needed a little extended listening a 12 inch single.
The first song found on a twelve-inch single commercially issued for public purchase from the disco era onwards was "Ten Percent" by Double Exposure on Salsoul Records in May 1976 and the rest as they say is history.
Notable 1970 and 1980s releases making use of the new length opportunities of the format included Donna Summer's "Love To Love You Baby" (16 min 50 seconds), "I Feel Love" (15:45), and Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (15:00).
The broad visual spacing of the grooves on the twelve-inch records made it easy for the DJ in locating the approximate area of the "breaks" on the disc's surface in dim club light (without having to listen while dropping and re-dropping the stylus to find the right point). A quick study of any DJs favorite discs will reveal mild wear in the "break points" on the discs' surfaces that can clearly be seen by the naked eye, which further eases the "cueing" task (a club DJs tone-arm cartridge will be heavily weighted and mild wear will seldom spoil the sound quality).
On March 7th, 1983, New Order pioneered dance music with the release of the best selling 12 inch single of all time—Blue Monday, whose initial run sold over 700,000 copies. The song is perhaps the most acclaimed and even influential synth-pop track of all time.
So, now that you know a bit about the 12 inch single, let's get on with the show.
12 inches of the 80’s takes us back to 1983 and a song that came from the album Faster Than The Speed of Light.
After having 3 highly successfully pop hits in the late 70’s, Gaynor Hopkins changed direction and teamed up with rock music songwriter and producer Jim Steinman, the man behind Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell album.
Steinman not only wrote Holding Out For a Hero for Gaynor to sing on the Footloose soundtrack, but her biggest hit single, which sold in excess of 6 million copies. But it was that song that raised the ire of Jim Steinman’s partner in crime Meatloaf.
Meatloaf always thought that the song should have been given to him, but it wasn't and the rest is rock n roll history.
Here's 12 inches of 1983 with Bonnie Tyler and Total Eclipse of the Heart - the extended mix.