The Same ‘Downtown’

The Same 'Downtown' front cover
The Same 'Downtown' back cover
The Same 'Downtown' side 1
The Same 'Downtown' side 2

UK minimal electronic duo The Same‘s first LP, published by Unlikely Records in 1981, was posted a while ago on Capa Nostra Syndicate, and here’s their only other release, a 7” single with two exquisite melodies by Robert Cox and partner Florence Atkinson. The former, pictured on the back cover above, is non other than Mr Rimarimba himself, here toying with his faithful ol’ Casio VL Tone. The A side is a cover of Petula Clark’s 1964 song Downtown, written by Tony Hatch. The B side is a Rumanian traditional sung by Altkinson with Casio and guitar accompanyment by Cox.

01 Down Town (3:01)
02 Du-Mă Casă (3:13)

Total time 6:14
7” released by Unlikely Records, URS49, UK, 1982


More from Unlikely:
1983 Rimarimba ‘Below The Horizon’ [+]
1985 Eva Perouk ‘Auto Da Fé/La Semaine D’Une Somnambuliste’ [+]
1985 Rimarimba ‘In The Woods’ [+]
1986 Milovan Srdenovic ‘Voodoo Bastard’ [+]

10 Responses to “The Same ‘Downtown’”

  1. 1 Scott February 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    60s cover song done in a Bene Gesserit minimal synth style. I love it! Thanks!

  2. 2 continuo February 14, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I never imagined a connection between the 2 bands, but that’s an interesting perspective, Scott. Glad you liked the music.

  3. 3 Daniel February 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Ah, dumă acasă…

    Thank you şi mulţumesc pentru muzica frumoasă:)

  4. 4 Daniel February 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Love this sweet songs!

  5. 5 continuo February 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Va asteptam cu drag !

  6. 6 CapaNostra April 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Always wanted to hear this one. Thanks very much!

  7. 7 continuo April 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I didn’t know it was that famous!

  8. 8 DavidBlunt August 25, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Is this the same The Same that released “I’m the Face’ and ‘1918’ an the Uppers on the South Downs mod compilation in the early 80s?

  9. 9 continuo August 25, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I can’t tell, David. From what I know of Robert Cox, he was not part of the Mod movement.

  10. 10 David August 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I’m completely chuffed about this. Time-wise, it would make sense. The comp was issued in 1980, only 1 year before the first Same 45 and The Same (from the Mod comp) also has a very electro feel; not at all Mod. But it doesn’t have a female singer and it is more angular, almost Devo-esque electropop as opposed to the later stuff of Robert Cox I’ve heard. Maybe his sound changed drastically.

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