Colour Box* ‎– Breakdown (Second Version)

4AD ‎– BAD 304
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single

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A Breakdown
Engineer, Producer – Mick Glossop
B Tarantula
Engineer – John FryerProducer – Colourbox

Companies, etc.



Track A produced and engineered for Smoothside Limited.
Although uncredited, both tracks differ from the 7" and are extended versions.
Pressed at MPO Averton.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): MPO BAD 604 A¹ BilBo Tape One
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): MPO BAD 604 B¹ DB Tape One

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BAD 304 Colour Box* Breakdown (Second Version)(12", Single, TP) 4AD BAD 304 UK 1983 Sell This Version
BAD 304 Colour Box* Breakdown (Second Version)(12", Single, RP) 4AD BAD 304 UK 1983 Sell This Version
SP-12067 Colourbox Breakdown (Second Version)(12") A&M Records SP-12067 US 1983 Sell This Version
BAD 304, VR 22633 Colour Box* Breakdown (Second Version)(12") 4AD, Megadisc BAD 304, VR 22633 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
AM-2581 Colour Box* Breakdown (Second Version)(7", Promo) A&M Records AM-2581 USA & Canada 1983 Sell This Version


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July 11, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
In contrast to the slower, funkier first version, the second version of Breakdown is a syrupy new wave dance jam, with the new vocals of Lolita Grahame and a hard-driving beat with lots of tape edits. This latter style foreshadowed the Young bros' later pioneering of sampling (in Hot Doggie) and as MARRS in Pump Up the Volume. Tarantula, written by Martyn Young and sung by Grahame, is one part cutter anthem, other part political screed, and other part genre-bending dub cut. You could call it "dub goth". Think a 16-year old Zooey Deschanel on ludes. Appropriate for Thatcherite Britain and, sadly, today. Amazing work, and, surprisingly easy to find here on Discogs. I have two copies to DJ with.