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Dance Craze shopfront and instore promotion at HMV Oxford Street (1981)

These are photographs of the HMV Oxford Street, promoting the ‘Dance Craze’ album. The photographs are assumed to be taken circa winter / spring 1981. Only 3.49 for the album!

Images courtesy of a brilliant blog called ‘Voices of East Anglia’;

‘Dance Craze’ was a documentary film capturing the 2 Tone phenomena at its peak, and comprised of live concert footage of the main bands of the movement. .

Here is the first part of the documentary;

Also, to accompany the film, a soundtrack was released, comprising many of the songs played in the film. The album contains 15 tracks, as opposed to the films 27 tracks. Notable absentees from the soundtrack include ‘On My Radio’ (a chart hit for The Selector) and ‘The Prince’ (the first single from Madness).

The soundtrack album listing was as follows;

Side One
“Concrete Jungle” – The Specials
“Mirror In The Bathroom” – The Beat
“Lip Up Fatty” – Bad Manners
“Razor Blade Alley” – Madness
“Three Minute Hero” – The Selecter
“Easy Life” – The Bodysnatchers
“Big Shot” – The Beat
“One Step Beyond” – Madness

Side Two
“Ranking Full Stop” – The Beat
“Man At C&A” – The Specials
“Missing Words” – The Selecter
“Inner London Violence” – Bad Manners
“Night Boat To Cairo” – Madness
“Too Much Pressure” – The Selecter
“Nite Klub” – The Specials

The album chart statistics for ‘Dance Craze’ are below, courtesy of;

Artist: Original Soundtrack
Title: Dance Craze
Type: Album
Entered chart on 14/02/1981 at #7
Most recent chart entry on 23/05/1981 at #61
Chart Appearances: 15
Highest Position: 5