Flue- Some-times in Arabia 12”

Here’s the final 12” from Dutch synth band Flue, released in 1987. The fantastic Phoenix Hairpins blog features the band’s two full-length LPs, so with the exception of any bonus tracks issued on the One and a Half CD reissue, this should complete their discography. You can get their debut LP here, and their second LP here.

For those unfamiliar with the Flue story, the band was one of the flagship artists on the Torso label, who issued several key LPs from The Cult, Sonic Youth, and The Residents. Several more obscure synth/wave acts such as Mekanik Kommando and Mecano also found their way on to the label. In fact, Flue guitarist Cor Bolten was active in Mecano before joining the band after the release of their 1981 debut. The band’s second LP, Vista was recorded with an entirely new lineup.

It would be another four years before the band released their final single, 1987’s Some-Times in Arabia, which featured two versions of the title track and one exclusive b-side. Here’s the information for the single:

Flue- Some-Times In Arabia 12”
1. Some-Times (In Arabia) (New Version)
2. Some-Times (In Arabia) (Single Version)
3. Legacy

*download it here*

8 Responses to “Flue- Some-times in Arabia 12””

  1. hmm… Flue…
    One and a Half is one of my all time favorite albums…

  2. oldskool Says:

    It did not get better than Flue. They are amongst my heroes. But this single is a stupid addendum to their work. Both (!) tracks are from the then 4-year-old album Vista, the title track being slightly altered with arabic elements. Alas, I thought here was something I did not know.

  3. frankie teardrop Says:

    just completing the set, sir!

  4. oldskool Says:

    That was not against you! Of course it is great to be able to listen to this ultra-rare stuff anyway, so thank you!

  5. Flue were extraordinary, and their 2nd album Vista definitely a timeless masterpiece.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Are Flue and The Caravan the same band?? “Somewhere in Arabia” and “Some-times in Arabia” seems to be the same song!

    • Anonymous Says:

      The Caravan steal that song from the mastertape of the flue.
      It became a hit in Belgian.
      They never mention the original composers.
      That song belongs to the Flue

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Flue Vista is a masterpiece.

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