Thomas Leer - Discography

Compiled By Vladimir Kruglov
Copyright (2005)
Last update on 04/02/2007.

With additions and corrections please write here:

    80`s Discogs (fadingeuropeans@mail.ru)

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Thomas Leer: Private Plane
  [1978] single

    SP: 1978 UK (Oblique; ER 101) [folded photocopied ps with hand-stamped labels]
    SP: 1978 UK (Company/Oblique; OBCO 001) [double A-sided reissue] [printed black & white ps]

        A - 3.59    Private Plane
        B – 4.00    International

  [Review:
    PretentiousPrattle.blogspot.com]

Notes: «...I don`t have to go into a studio, the fact that Thomas Leer made his record at home with
a Revox and on mostly hired equipment, I thought was marvelous and I like his record a lot. In fact
it`s one of my favourite records at the moment», – John Foxx, «Ultravox: Past, Present and Future».

«I heard «Private Plane» by Thomas Leer which he did all by himself, all the playing and writing,
everything. That was the big turning point for me because it introduced me to a whole new form of
music away from rock and roll covers we`d been listening to. Leer had all these drum machines and
loops and totally different instrumentation, and this whole new world opened up, listening to his
experimentation with atmospheres. I realized then that I didn`t have to make songs that sounded like
everybody else. From a song writing point of view, at this stage there was very little structure,
it was more based on sound and rhythms. (...) this new form of music was very exciting to me, and
represented for me the real punk ethos. Much of punk music left me cold, but the spirit of doing it
all on your own was what appealed to me most. A lot of punk was about following a trend and a fashion
and there was very little or no individuality in that. These newer musical ideas like that of Thomas
Leer, this new post-punk underground movement was much more interesting. They all looked different,
sounded different and paid for all their records themselves. People would buy a stylophone and a
small tape player and put out a record they had made in their bedroom. That was really inspiring»,
- Matt Johnson, «The Right to Imagination and Madness».

«The fact that Thomas Leer recorded his début single ”Private Plane» with the most basic of equipment
in his bedroom at home was destined not just to impress The The`s Matt Johnson and inspire him to
form a band of his own. Today we also know that this song from 1978, together with The Normal‘s
”Leatherette» and Robert Rental`s ”Double Heart», constituted the first releases of the synthpop
wave that would not reach its peak until some years later. And should you be wondering why his voice
on this recording sounds so whispered... Quite simple: when he recorded the vocals, his girlfriend
was asleep in bed near him and he didn`t want to wake her up», - V/a 7" UP! Singles Only, UK 78-82.
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Thomas Leer and Robert Rental: The Bridge
  [1979] album 

Charts: [UK indie #9]

    LP: 1979 UK (Industrial; IR 0007) [some copies went with signed X-Mas card from Robert Rental]
    LP: 1979 FR (Celluloid; LTM 1039)

        A – 3.41    Attack Decay
            3.58    Monochrome Days
            4.00    Day Breaks, Night Heals
            4.02    Connotations
            6.22    Fade Away
        B – 7.56    Interferon
            3.09    Six A.M.
            4.40    The Hard Way in, the Easy Way out
            5.04    Perpetual

    CD: 1992 UK (Mute/The Grey Area; BRIDGE 1 CD)

            3.44    Attack Decay
            4.01    Monochrome Days
            3.59    Day Breaks, Night Heals
            4.05    Connotations
            6.24    Fade Away
            7.58    Interferon
            3.12    Six A.M.
            4.44    The Hard Way in, the Easy Way out
            5.04    Perpetual

  [Reviews:
    Awrc.com
    Discogs.com
    Metajour.50megs.com
    RateYourMusic.com
    Rocklab.it
    TheThingontheDoorstep.blogspot.com]
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various artists: Perspectives and Distortion
  [1981] compilation

    LP: 1981 UK (Cherry Red; BRED 15) [only Thomas Leer track is listed]

       B4 - 3.57    Kings of Sham

Note: «Having recorded the brilliant album - «The Bridge» with the late great Robert Rental for
Throbbing Gristle`s Industrial Records label, Leer comes up with a great electro-plod stomper which
has a very hypnotic middle eastern melody line running throughout», - Jim Tones, HeadHeritage.
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Thomas Leer: 4 Movements
  [1981] mini-album

Charts: [UK indie #39]

    EP: 1981 UK (Cherry Red; 12 CHERRY 28)

        A – 5.28    Don`t
            4.02    Letter from America
        B – 4.37    Tight as a Drum
            4.28    West End
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Thomas Leer: Contradictions
  [January 1982] album 

Charts: [UK indie #8]

   DEP: 1982 UK (Cherry Red; ERED 26) [double pack]

  [1st EP:]
        A - 5.17    Hear What I Say
            5.21    Mr. Nobody
        B - 14.01   Contradictions
  [2nd EP:]
        A - 4.57    Looks That Kill
            5.15    Soul Gypsy
        B - 6.09    Choices
            5.40    Gulf Stream

  [Reviews:
    Discogs.com
    FriendsElectric.blogspot.com
    RateYourMusic.com]
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Thomas Leer/Cocteau Twins: Who`s Fooling Who?/Speak No Evil
  [1982] split single

    SP: 1982 NL (Vinyl Records; SHOL 3353) [double-sided black flexi in printed white sleeve with 
                                            holes for the labels]

        A – 5.35    Who`s Fooling Who? [by Thomas Leer]
        B – 3.55    Speak No Evil [by Cocteau Twins]
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Thomas Leer: All About You
  [1982] single 

Charts: [UK indie #11]

    SP: 1982 UK (Cherry Red; CHERRY 52)

        A – 3.46    All About You
        B – 3.45    Saving Grace

    EP: 1982 UK (Cherry Red; 12 CHERRY 52)
    EP: 1982 IT (Expanded Music; EX 37 Y)

        A – 5.12    All About You (extended)
        B – 5.13    Saving Grace (extended)

Note: «Saving Grace» is an instrumental version of «All About You».

  [Review:
    Cookham.blogspot.com]
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Thomas Leer: Letter from America
  [1982] double-album compilation

   DLP: 1982 US (Cherry Red/Cachalot; A RIPE 1)
    MC: 1982 US (Cherry Red/Jem; A RIPE 1 C)

  [1st LP:]
        A – 4.52    Looks That Kill
            5.15    Soul Gypsy
            5.10    Mr. Nobody
        B – 4.03    Letter from America
            13.46   Contradictions
  [2nd LP:]
        A – 5.17    Hear What I Say
            5.58    Choices
            5.43    Gulf Stream
        B – 5.30    Don`t
            4.30    West End
            5.00    Tight as a Drum
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May 1983 – Leer takes part in the series of concerts of The The, a project of his close friend and
a long-time admirer Matt Johnson, in London Marquee club.

Matt: «I wanted a blend between my friends like Zeke Manyika and Thomas Leer, who are very soulful
with that feel of session confidence and technical competence. They weren`t your stereotype session
players though. (...) I`d like to marry electronic stuff with acoustic sounds. Use technology as
opposed to letting it use me. Thomas Leer is a good example of that, he`s got so much soul but he
utilizes technology too. Actually he`s just bought himself a Fairlight. Record company advances are
wonderful things! (...) I`d wanted to form a super-group so I took people from Soft Cell, Orange
Juice, Cabaret Voltaire and we played a residency at the Marquee, which was the most unlikely place
I could think of, so we played every Thursday for four weeks last May. It was all quite tongue–in–
cheek and although I lost money it was a great laugh» - «International Musician», January 1984.

Continuing the The theme, Thomas guested on their first album «Soul Mining» playing synthesizer on
three tracks: «I`ve Been Waiting for Tomorrow (All of My Life)», «The Twilight Hour» & «Giant».
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Thomas Leer: International
  [August 1984] single 

Charts: [UK official #96]

    SP: 1984 UK (Oblique/Arista; LEER 1)
   SPD: 1984 UK (Oblique/Arista; LERSD 1) [shaped picture disc – plane shape + plinth & wings]

        A – 4.38    International
        B – x.xx    Easy Way

    EP: 1984 UK (Oblique/Arista; LEER 12-1)
    PD: 1984 UK (Oblique/Arista; LERPD 1) [picture disc in PVC cover]

        A – 7.07    International (global mix)
        B – 5.10    Easy Way (extended version)

Note: Produced by Paul Hardiman.
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various artists: Debut Magazine LP - Issue 07
  [1984] compilation

    LP: 1984 UK (CBS; MAG 7) [only Thomas Leer track is listed]

       B1 - 3.48    Transition

Note: Compilation LP pressed on the back cover of a large thick music magazine.
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Thomas Leer: Heartbeat
  [February 1985] single

    SP: 1985 UK (Arista; LEER 2)
    SP: 1985 DE (Arista; 107.343)
    SP: 1985 IT (CGD; ARS 37128)
    SE: 1985 SE (Arista; ARI 8418)

        A – 4.02    Heartbeat (single edit)
        B – 4.42    Control Yourself

    EP: 1985 UK (Arista; LEER 12-2)

        A – 8.54    Heartbeat (extended mix)
        B – 4.39    Control Yourself

Note: Produced by Paul Hardiman.

    EP: 1985 UK (Arista; LEER 222)
    EP: 1985 DE (Arista/Ariola; 601.691-213)

        A – 7.50    Heartbeat (cardiac mix)
        B – 8.14    Control Yourself (out of control mix)

Note: Produced by Dave Allen.
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Thomas Leer: No. 1
  [May 1985] single

    SP: 1985 UK (Arista; LEER 3)
    SP: 1985 AU (Arista; K 9808)

        A – 4.06    No. 1
        B – 3.40    Chasing the Dragon

    EP: 1985 UK (Arista; LEER 12-3) [Leer smoking ps]

        A – 7.43    No. 1 (extended version)
        B – 3.40    Chasing the Dragon
            6.02    Trust Me (Dave Allen remix)

Note: «Trust Me» is a remixed version of «Mistrust».
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Thomas Leer: Thomas Leer
  [1985] promo sampler

    EP: 1985 UK (Arista; LERSP 322)

        A – 4.38    International
            3.52    Warm
        B – 4.32    Heartbeat
            4.08    Lust for Loneliness
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Thomas Leer: The Scale of Ten
  [June 1985] album

    LP: 1985 UK (Arista; 207.208) [with inner lyric sleeve] [deleted May 89]
    MC: 1985 UK (Arista; ??)

        A – 4.00    Searcher
            4.08    Lust for Loneliness
            3.52    Warm
            4.04    Memories of Reason
            4.38    International
        B – 4.32    Heartbeat
            4.12    Sweet Surrender
            4.06    No. 1
            4.58    Mistrust
            4.12    Passing Through
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Thomas Leer: Contradictions - The Cherry Red Compilation
  [1994] compilation

    CD: 1994 UK (Cherry Red/Pinnacle; CD BRED 105)

            4.00    Private Plane
            4.01    International
            3.57    Kings of Sham
            3.26    Dry Land
            5.29    Don`t
            4.03    Letter from America
            4.38    Tight as a Drum
            4.28    West End
            5.17    Hear What I Say
            5.22    Mr. Nobody
            4.48    Contradictions [edit]
            4.57    Looks That Kill
            5.16    Soul Gypsy
            6.10    Choices
            5.41    Gulf Stream [hidden track]
            5.12    All About You

  [Reviews: 
    Awrc.com
    CherryRed.co.uk
    MusicMatic.net]
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Thomas Leer: Parts of a Greater Hole
  [2001] album

    CD: 2001 UK (Future Historic; CD 001)

            4.32    Cell Structure
            5.19    It`s Luv Folks
            5.16    Gil`s Song
            2.33    Rockmaninov
            3.18    Big Sur
            2.08    Over Unity Energy
            1.59    Exploramental Surgery
            3.27    Bullet Train Daydream
            5.26    Flip Hop
            1.44    In Control
            3.33    Interlude
            0.23    Synthetic World
            1.52    Nervy
            9.01    Restructured Cells

  [Reviews:
    CDBaby.com
    IReallyLoveMusic.co.uk
    Noiseloop.com
    Sonomu.net
    StylusMagazine.com]
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Thomas Leer: Conversation Peace
  [May 2003] album

    CD: 2003 IL (Avatar; AVA 019)

            4.23    Your Dream or Mine
            8.39    Somnatic
            3.57    Dream 2
            2.44    Glimmer
            8.38    Gulf Breeze
            7.38    Sad Telepath
            3.08    Weazy Baby
            2.49    Indoor Forests
            3.19    Miss Berlin
            5.07    Freidrich Strasse
            8.40    Crash Aesthetic Reclyner
            5.55    Drowsy Space
            3.38    Somnatic (bonus mix)

Note: «Somnatic (bonus mix)» also included on Avatar Records` promo «Sampler 2002» (as «short mix»).
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Thomas Leer: The Scale of Ten
  [September 2004] album reissue

    CD: 2004 UK (BMG/Universal; 82876 62596 2) [digitally remastered with bonus tracks]

            4.03    Searcher
            4.07    Lust for Loneliness
            3.52    Warm
            4.06    Memories of Reason
            7.08    International (12” global mix)
            4.33    Heartbeat
            4.14    Sweet Surrender
            7.56    No. 1 (12” extended mix)
            4.55    Mistrust
            4.13    Passing Through
    [Bonus Tracks:]
            5.10    Easy Way
            8.15    Control Yourself (out of control mix)
            3.47    Chasing the Dragon
            3.48    Transition
            3.32    Time Heals
            4.06    Listen

Note: First time on CD. Two 12” mixes are full length versions replacing tracks edited for the LP
      release. Sleeve notes written by Matt Johnson of The The.

  [Reviews:
    Amazon.com
    Discogs.com
    MusicMatic.net]

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Official web site
Long biography
Short Biography
Another discography
Thomas Leer discussion
Small article from ZigZag magazine
Some bits at Tangents (check under THREE)
Reviews at TrouserPress


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