Sunday, August 24, 2008

Xymox - Blind Hearts (Dance Mix)

Clan Of Xymox tracks have long been staples on the playlists of goth clubs all around the world. They started out on the 4AD label (along with bands like Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Colourbox, The Pixies, and Modern English) and stayed with them until they signed with Wing Records and dropped the "Clan Of" from their name and became known simply as Xymox.

This week's track was the last track they recorded with 4AD. Earlier material was much darker, but with the release of "Blind Hearts", the band started recording some of the most accessible music of their career. The 12-inch single for "Blind Hearts" was released on 4AD, but the full-length album it appeared on (Twist Of Shadows) was released on Wing (a subsidiary of Polygram) and was folowed by two other singles ("Imagination" and "Obsession").

After Twist Of Shadows, Xymox sort of faded into mediocrity. They signed with a number of subsequent labels (Tess, Metropolis, Pandemonium, and Zok to name a few) but could never re-capture the magic. This week's track is taken from the 5" CD single for Imagination. In all my years of collecting, I have only seen this CD single once, and that was the day I bought it. It's too bad tracks like this are so rare. They deserve a bigger audience.

Artist: Xymox
Title: Blind Hearts (Dance Mix)
From: Imagination CD5
Time: 6.05


Flavio Tonello said...

I don´t think you´ll remeber me . ´
I´m Fl├ívio from Brazil and have following your internet posts since blake´s synthpop...
In past i´ve contacted you for synthpop consulting.
Is still this page made by you or something else is doing it using your name?
In case of being you Blake, how is you going...
I´m still a 80´s music listener.
Best regards.
Flavio - Bauru-SP - Brazil. DJ... said...

I do indeed remember you from many years back! I'm glad you found your way back here. It's very good to hear from you again.

DenniSongs UnLtd. said...

Hey Blake, still around?
Not sure if you remember me, my name is Mark from Toronto...we conversed via the 'net in the late 90's
I googled because I was looking for some obscure tracks as a friend of a friend has been able to hook me up with some mp3's that I have been unable to find.
Hope all is well, are you still in the Chicagoland area?

sinecave said...

Good evening.
I'm another follower from those years ago, sorry about Karen. I really enjoyed all your comentaries about the music equipment, and that dissertation about compression made my mind clear: mp3 sucks. Can ask you, as audiophile, for some recommendations on earphones? Thanks in advance.

Yogi said...


I am yogi from India.

I came across "the first cut" website fairly late when the uploads had become few. Being from India and born in the 90's I was not much aware of the synthpop movement. But I was just fascinated by 80's popular music like MJ , madonna , Genesis etc , when I came across your old website I was expecting to find something on those lines.

Instead what I got was beyond imagination , pure gems which if I had not heard would have made my life incomplete.

The first song I downloaded was a 12" mix of A-ha's Take on me. It was familiar territory but the next song I tried was Ministry - Work for Love and to date that song is one of the best songs I have ever heard.

I got the video for propaganda's duel today morning and was just curious about what happened to the website and got connected to this website again.

I missed my chance to thank you earlier but I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for introducing me to some of the best music I have heard in my life from your website.

Thank you. Take care and God bless you.

Alfredo Canote said...

Hi Blake...!
GREAT Track...I Like XYMOX!
Best for You!