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BauhausTelegram Sam

Label:4AD – AD17T, 4AD – AD 17(T)
Format:
Vinyl, 12", Single
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Goth Rock, Post-Punk

Tracklist

A1Telegram Sam
Written-ByBolan*
2:08
B1Rosegarden Funeral Of Sores
Written-ByCale*
5:31
B2Crowds
Written-ByBauhaus
3:13
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First Pressing with "tilted" Diamond 4AD logo on center label, pressed at WEA Pressing Plant, West Drayton.

The "tilted" blue logo became a square, with text parallel to "4AD" on 12 inch releases beginning in November 1980, when this single was initially in production. The repress with the square logo (pressed at Damont Audio) is listed as a separate entry here: Telegram Sam

Note: Catalog number is printed as AD17T on back cover, AD 17(T) on label. Track durations not listed on label or sleeve.

Publishers:
Side one
Wizard Artists Ltd.
Side two
Track 1 Copyright Control.
Track 2 Beggars Banquet Music / Andrew Heath Music Ltd.

℗ 1980 4 AD.
Manufactured in the UK.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side one, etched, variant 1): BILBO TA1PE AD17T A1 W-2KD
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side two, etched, variant 1): BILBO TA1PE AD17T B1 W-4KD
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side one, etched, variant 2): BILBO TA1PE AD17T A1 W-2KD
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side two, etched, variant 2): BILBO TA1PE AD17T B1 W-3KD
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side one, etched, variant 3): BILBO TA1PE AD17T A1 W-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side two, etched, variant 3): BILBO TA1PE AD17T B1 W-1

Other Versions (5 of 8)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Telegram Sam (12", 45 RPM, Single, Repress)4AD, 4ADAD17T, AD 17(T)UK1980
Telegram Sam (7", 45 RPM, Single)4ADAD 17UK1980
New Submission
Telegram Sam (12", Single)4AD, 4ADAD17T, AD 17(T)UK1980
New Submission
Telegram Sam (7", 45 RPM, Single, Repress, Stereo)4ADAD 17UK1980
Telegram Sam (12", 45 RPM, Single)Expanded MusicEX 15YItaly1981

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TemplarSaint's profile picture
TemplarSaint
For a long time I was curious about the sleeve image for this single. Turns out it's Herbert Televox, one of the earliest versions of a "robot". The inventor could communicate with it via a series of tones over a telephone and it could execute simple tasks. One of the tasks was lifting an American flag to reveal a portrait of George Washington! However I haven't been able to find the exact picture they used for this sleeve and the portrait appears to be different (maybe Churchill?). Perhaps it's a composite of a few images. Of course Herbert's face has been washed out and doctored with lipstick.
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d.teil
3 times to write the same as you can read below means: yes, true!
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reservoir_dog
Edited 2 years ago
I agree with the previous reviewer regarding the flip side. Crowds is the real highlight here and its such a wonderful fuck you to the goth crowds and adoring fans - simply priceless! Whilst covering T Rex may have been a little too obvious (goth does glam), the more inspired cover is John Cale's Rosegarden Funeral of Sores. Cale's original can only be found on the B-side of Mercenaries ('80) and a live version eventually appeared on Sabotage / Live. Whilst Cale's original is superior, this cover is highly worthy. Bauhaus also did a live version on Press the Eject & Give Me the Tape. I think its quite nice symmetry that they did their own B-side and live version just like John Cale did. Although admittedly the live Cale version only appeared as a bonus track on a CD reissue of Sabotage many years later.
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PeterBenn
Unlike their cover of Ziggy Stardust, this cover of Telegram Sam is a new take on the original. I bought this when it came out just for the T Rex connection, however, the stand out track for me is Crowds and well worth having this vinyl just for that track.