Henry Badowski, Life Is Grand, 1981
|Side 1||Side 2|
|My Face||Silver Trees|
|Henry´s In Love||This Was Meant To Be|
|Swimming With The Fish In The Sea||Anywhere Else|
|The Inside Out||Baby,Sign Here With Me|
|Life Is A Grand||Rampant|
Here is my rip of the classic Henry Badowski album Life Is A Grand.
I bought this from a bargain bin in Nottingham in a little record shop just down from Rob´s Records in Hurts Yard (it´s not there anymore) I also bought his singles from there…loved that shop!
I bought it because I thought Henry looked like Bryan Ferry on the cover and the title sounded glamorous. I wasn´t dissapointed I still love the album sounding like Eno Taking Tiger Mountain era crossed with a little bit of Berin Bowie.
The album featured the singles, My Face- which was released twice once on the IRS label and secondly with A&M,(twice) both with different sleeves b-sides – This Was Meant To Be and Henry’s In Love.
My favorite tracks from the album are Life Is Grand, Rampant -which are both instrumentals-(Rampant is just gorgeous) Swimming With The Fish In The Sea, Baby Sign Here With Me , Anywhere Else in fact there is not a track that I don´t like, a superb synthpop album.
Henry Badowski also known as Henry Daze when he was bass player with punk band Chelsea, released just the one solo album.
Henry has also played with Alternative TV,The Good Missionaries, Wreckless Eric, The Doomed and King along with Captain Sensible.
There was another single prior to the albums release called Making Love With My Wife/Baby Sign Here With Me again released twice on two different labels, Deptford Fun City and A&M. Only Baby Sign Here With Me was on the album. Making Love With My Wife did appear on a compilation album called Machines along with tracks by John Foxx, Gary Numan ,Thomas Leer and other popular artists of the early 80´s. There are a couple of non album b-side which I thought need to be out there especiallyy Lamb To The Slaughter which is very Enoesque and Four More Seasons which is an instrumental track.
Henry Badowski, Singles Collection 1979 – 1982
|Side 1||Side 2|
|Baby Sign Here With Me||Four More Seasons|
|Making Love With My Wife||This Was Meant To Be|
|My Face||Henry´s In Love|
|Lamb To The Slaughter|
King,John Peel Sessions, 25/08/1978
Baby Sign Here With Me
Jet Boy / Jet Girl
My Baby Just Cares For Me
King lasted for two weeks from June 1978 – August 1978 and played five gigs before splitting. They didn’t get to record as far as I know but they did do one John Peel session, they sounded great even though this recording is far from perfect it´s well worth a listen.
Henry Badowski, Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Sax
Captain Sensible, Guitars, Backing Vocals
Kim Bradshaw, Bass
Dave Bruce, Drums
Guest Musician-Alex Kay, Viola
The Good Missionaries
L-R: Mark Perry, Gillian, Henry Badowski, Dennis Burns, Dave George.