The Passions ‎– Africa Mine

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Polydor ‎– POSP 384, Polydor ‎– 2059 441, Polydor ‎– CRUSH 1, Polydor ‎– 2814 302
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Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, EP, Single
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Tracklist

A Africa Mine
B I Feel Cheap
Free Live Single
C1 The Square
C2 Why Me?
D1 Snow
D2 I'm In Love With A German Film Star

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Single 2 is free live 7" recorded at the Venue, London

cat# no. POSP 384 is on both records; 2059 441 is for single 1 and 2814 302 / CRUSH 1 is for single 2.

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  • Matrix / Runout: POSP 384 A // 1 ∇ E P tone
  • Matrix / Runout: POSP 384 B // 1 ∇ E P
  • Matrix / Runout: CRUSH 1 A // 1 ∇ E P tone
  • Matrix / Runout: CRUSH 1 B // 1 ∇ E P

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
POSP 384, 2059 441 The Passions Africa Mine(7", Single) Polydor, Polydor POSP 384, 2059 441 UK 1982 Sell This Version
0030.478 The Passions Africa Mine(7") Metronome 0030.478 Germany 1982 Sell This Version

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postpunkmonk

postpunkmonk

November 12, 2019

This was one of the records that I heard in 1982 haunted me for years. “Africa Mine” by The Passions, was the only song I ever heard from this group from about 1982 – 1992, but it stuck with me like glue. The lyrics are a scathing riposte of capitalism and colonial imperialism [now more timely than ever] set paradoxically to the most dreamily melodic musical backing imaginable. Clive Timperley’s famously echoplexed guitar contributes pealing riffs that scatter outward like ripples on a pond while the subtle polyrhythms not unlike those found of “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts” anchor the song, giving vocalist Barbara Gogan a foundation upon which her vocals can soar in the air.

This song obsessed me for years afterward, and bear in mind, that I never heard their monster single hit, “I’m I Love With A German Film Star” until some point in the 90s! That I managed to get through 1981 without hearing that still boggles my mind, but I never heard The Associates back then either! By the early 90s, when I saw this 2×7″ on sale in a catalog I just had to have it, so I ordered! Being that The Monk is somewhat less than rigorous in playing his records, I only recently got around to playing more than the sublime A-side. “I Feel Cheap” is a strong B-side that recalls Romeo Void’s seminal “Never Say Never” in the rhythm department. Ultimately though, The Passions have an airiness to their sound that no matter how driving the rhythms, or desperate the sentiments [in the case of “I Feel Cheap”], they can’t avoid having a lack of gravitas that purely comes down to their sonics.

The live EP is problematic, in terms of sound quality. With 4 songs on a 45 there is substantial groove cramming, and this being a French MPO pressing for Polydor with silver injection labels, that means that the discs sound pretty horrible. This was the nadir of vinyl, as far as I’m concerned. So much so that when I digitized this 2×7″ set, I skipped the live tracks because they lacked so much and were shot through with substantial surface noise and pops. A visual inspection would be VG+ but in practical terms the record was Fair, and the low end of that as fas as I’m concerned. All of these tracks have been remastered and issued on The Passions - Sanctuary. Beautifully. Which is ironic since a month ago I recently bought another copy of this to see if I could get one that sounded better.