The Flowerpot Men ‎– The Janice Long Session

Strange Fruit ‎– SFNT 007, Nighttracks ‎– SFNT 007
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM


A1 Sharpen My Heart
A2 Alligator Bait
B1 Beat City
B2 Django

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Recorded: 9th March 1986
First Transmission: 24th April 1986
Cutting Engineer: Bob Jones, CTS

Released by arrangement with BBC Records & Tapes
℗ 1987 BBC Enterprises Ltd
© 1987 Strange Fruit Records
Successfully distributed by Pinnacle Records

Sleeve Designed by Wyke Studios, Normandy, Guildford.

Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): SFNT 007 A-1 * MAX
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): SFNT 007 B-1 * SB MAX
  • Distribution Code (On sticker): RTD M 8-193

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October 14, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
What a time we had in the eighties. Cool movies, cool soundtracks, cool 12"'s.

I am partial to a bit of "Beat City" from time to time, It is the standout track for me here on this rarity I have chased like, for-evah. Pure youthful energy on vinyl, with an infectious riff, driving bass-line, crazy synths and great vocals, I still like to think he's saying "Be Sitting Down Now! though. It's what I heard way back when, but it's a mute point, if you had access to a tune like this, would you not dj it right away? It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

The punching energy in this track reflects the abandon and energy in the scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off on that road into Chicago, perfectly. With Ferris at the wheel of that beautiful 1961 Ferrari 250GT California.

Not to mention, It's like, my best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend's favourite song.

Just like the movie, the song is brilliant at evoking the good times we had in the 80's.

Eminently danceable too, if you dance like a gurning hatstand!

Postscript: This version is NOT the version featured in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off, it is a BBC Studio recording. Not obviously different apart from the sonic quality. There is a ridiculously rare 7" Promo released by John Hughes himself, which was given to Production partners of the movie and a few lucky attendee's of the premiere in 1986.