Music Express: Canadian Cold Cuts

Music Express Issue #76 '84
Canadian Cold Cuts
Blue Peter
Version
(Ready)

The first impression on receiving this 4-song EP was "Oh jeez, here's Blue Peter milking a minor hit single (Don't Walk Past) for all it's worth." I mean, not only was the song a focal point of their Falling album but it was also released as a 12-inch single and now, hot on the trail of MTV pushing the video on medium rotation, we have a six-minute dance mix version.

But surprisingly, Version works because it allows us to discover a totally different aspect of Blue Peter, one that doesn't centre around the Ferryesque persona of lead man Paul Humphrey. By instumentalizing the arrangements, the onus is on the rest of the band to carry the tunes and this they do with zestful conviction. Keyboardist Jason Sniderman and guitarist Chris Wardman turn in performances that inject new life into Don't Walk Past and Unchained Heart while Real News is transformed into a hot instrumental piece.

Newsreel

Drive for miles in a motorcar, I just want to be far away

Never knowing where you are, the rain falls down for days

Standing in a crowded room, we make our own action

Midnight passes much too soon, you’re still my main attraction

I wake up in a silent dream, searching for a midnight promise

Sailing down deserted streams, the rain falls down on us

Living scenes from grainy movies, we just wrote the script, we just wrote the script

I spent my time staring at newsreels, now I know this is it

This is it

Version

Produced by Steve Nye
Released 1984 (Ready Records)
Remixes from "Falling"

Release Date: 
1984
Tracklist: 
1. Don't Walk Past
2. Head Over Heels
3. Unchained Heart
4. Reel News