January 5, 2016

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Brilliant - It´s A Man´s Man´s Man´s World / Crash The Car (1985) - single

Brilliant were a British pop/rock group active in the 1980s. Although not commercially successful and mauled by the critics, they remain notable because of the personnel involved - Martin Glover aka Youth, formerly of Killing Joke and subsequently a top producer/remixer; Jimmy Cauty, later to find fame and fortune as one half of The KLF; and (prior to the band signing with WEA) Ben Watkins aka Juno Reactor.
Brilliant first came to life in 1982, as post-punk band Killing Joke was crumbling under internal conflicts. Unsatisfied with his bandmates' following of the occult lifestyle, Killing Joke's bass player Youth decided to call it quits and recorded an angry slandering song against his former bandmates. The song, "That's What Good Friends Are For...", an obvious mock of Killing Joke's second album “What's THIS for...?”, was credited to "Brilliant", which was a name of a Killing Joke B-side and a general 1980s buzzword.
For the first incarnation of Brilliant as a full band, Youth recruited Marcus Myers on vocals and guitar, a second bass player Guy Pratt (who left for the Australian band Icehouse and was replaced by Frenchman Stephane "Tin Tin" Holweck prior to their first live performances), and the two drummers Andy Anderson (The Cure) and Peter Ogi, along with synthethist Rob Waugh. They released two singles, "That's What Good Friends Are For..."/"Push" (Limelight Music LIME 001/A/B with a sleeve by Mark Alleyne) and "Colours" (through Rough Trade Records with a sleeve by Mark Manning) and recorded a BBC session for John Peel on 11 October 1982. Overall through its four years of existence the band hosted a roster of roughly 30 players until reducing to the trio of Youth, Cauty and female vocalist June Montana.
The debut single with this lineup, a cover of James Brown's "It's A Man's Man's World", was critically acclaimed by the music press and became the group's biggest hit on the UK charts, albeit only peaking at #58 in October 1985. The group released their only album “Kiss the Lips of Life” in 1986.

A - It´s A Man´s Man´s Man´s World (7" Dance Edit)  (3:51)
Written-By – James Brown´/ Producer – Stock, Aitken & Waterman / Engineer – Phil Harding
B - Crash The Car  (5:01)
Written-By – Cauty, Montana, Youth / Producer – Brilliant / Engineer – Phil Harding

Release:  1985
Label:  WEA Records
Catalog#  248961-7


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