It was 1981 the first time i heard todays (and last) Charity Shop 7. I was 10 years old and i had already developed the habit of listening to music late at night when i should have been sleeping. I remember hearing Einstein A Go-Go on my hand held radio under the covers and being totally captivated by it. The 36 second intro got my full attention, it was a collage of recordings of the band ringing the Whitehouse, The Kremlin and Ayatollah Khomeini, amongst others.
But it wasn't the intro that was left running round my brain after the fade, it was that high synth part, a catchy melody that once heard will never be forgotten. It's a tune built for builders to whistle for the rest of time.
Landscape were initially a synth pop group with jazz elements. The first album Landscape ['80] features jazz inflected instrumentals with plenty of synths and a strong brass section. I think it's safe to say that they weren't typical of the glut of synth pop bands from the early eighties, their originality may be the reason that they didn't go on to achieve further success after this hit. I mean not only is the intro pretty strange, check out the middle 8 where they suddenly launch into a new wave shouty punk section.
After the band split, singer (and founder) Richard Burgess went on to a successful career in production (incl. Spandau Ballet, Adam Ant, Visage), Pete Thomas continued playing drums with Elvis Costello and The Attractions (he played trombone and keyboards with Landscape), and bassist Andy Pask went on to write the theme tune for ITV cop show The Bill!
This track came from their second album, From the Tea-Rooms of Mars... to the Hell Holes of Uranus which was was re-issued on CD in 2002. The re-issue includes 4 extra tracks taken from later singles.
(click here to buy From the Tea-Rooms... from CherryRed.co.uk)