Time Bandits (band)

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Time Bandits
Origin Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres New wave, post-disco, synthpop
Years active 1981-1988

Time Bandits are a Dutch band from the 1980s, best known for their hits "I'm Specialized in You", "Endless Road" and "I'm Only Shooting Love".

The band[edit]

The band was formed in 1981 by Dutch born Alides Hidding, who wrote all songs and sang lead vocals. The band's four albums made the charts all over the world.[citation needed] Time Bandits established a presence on the American music scene with two entries on the dance charts with the number 6 dance hit "Live It Up" in 1982 and "I'm Only Shooting Love", which peaked at number 2 in 1985.[1]

By the mid-1980s, Time Bandits had also achieved great success in Australia, where "I'm Only Shooting Love" and "Endless Road" (where its music video was filmed) were both Top 10 hits and are now widely considered '80s classics. These singles and other hits such as "Listen to the Man with the Golden Voice", "Dancing on a String" and "I'm Specialized in You" were also successful in the Netherlands, Germany, France and New Zealand (where "I'm Only Shooting Love" hit number one in June 1984).

After moving to Los Angeles from Europe in 1989, Alides' songs have been recorded by such artists as Jennifer Rush, The Nylons, and various European performers. He has established songwriting collaborations with such writers as Charlie Midnight (producer of Alides' last album Can't Wait for Another World together with Dan Hartman), Jackie DeShannon, Pamela Phillips Oland, Dwayne Hitchings, Donny Markowitz, and Todd Smallwood.

The versatility of Alides Hidding is reflected in his capacity to adapt to a wide range of songwriting and producing styles. His works vary from R&B, blues, dance, rock and pop.

Other band members were Marco Ligtenberg (keyboards), Guus Strijbosch (bass) and Dave van den Dries (drums).

After an absence from the stage, Alides began touring with his new band in 2006.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Time Bandits (1982) (CBS Records – CX 85543)
  1. "Lookin' Out" – 4:50
  2. "Live It Up" – 4:50
  3. "Power" – 3:43
  4. "Sister Paradise" – 6:30
  5. "Good Timin'" – 4:44
  6. "Rumours" – 4:10
  7. "Cues Part 2" – 3:45
  8. "A Man's Heart" – 5:15
  9. "In Town" – 4:40
  • Tracks (1983)
  1. "I'm Only Shooting Love" – 4:54
  2. "Ushi Girl" – 4:10
  3. "Right or Wrong" – 3:03
  4. "Holiday Heartbreaker" – 3:57
  5. "Listen to the Man with the Golden Voice" – 5:10
  6. "Friends" – 3:58
  7. "Only Lovers Will Survive" – 3:58
  8. "Don't Let Your Love Go Bad" – 4:28
  9. "How Does It Feel" – 6:12
  • Time Bandits (1984)
  1. "I'm Only Shooting Love" – 4:32
  2. "Only Lovers Will Survive" – 3:17
  3. "Listen to the Man with the Golden Voice" – 3:54
  4. "Power" – 3:43
  5. "A Man's Heart" – 4:14
  6. "Crazy World" – 4:24
  7. "Live It Up" – 4:23
  8. "I'm Specialized in You" – 3:50
  9. "Right or Wrong" – 3:23
  10. "Holiday Heartbreaker" – 3:49
  11. "Lookin' Out" – 4:50
  12. "How Does It Feel" – 6:11

This combination of tracks from their first two albums plus "I'm Specialized in You" and "Crazy World" served as the group's worldwide debut. An edition with 10 tracks and an altered track listing was released in the US in 1984, while the version listed above is the worldwide edition.

  • Fiction (1985) (CBS Records – 25987)
  1. "Dancing on a String" – 4:17
  2. "I Want to Live" – 5:08
  3. "I Won't Steal Away" – 4:43
  4. "You Are Every World" – 4:27
  5. "Runaway" – 3:52
  6. "Only a Fool" – 5:00
  7. "Back Against the Wall" – 4:52
  8. "Endless Road" – 4:20
  9. "America" – 4:19
  10. "I'm Only Shooting Love" (special remix; CD bonus track) – 7:19
  11. "I Won't Steal Away" (special remix; CD bonus track) – 7:14
  12. "Star" (CD bonus track) – 4:13

Fiction was released on CD in 1985 by CBS Grammofoonplaten B.V France. This is the only known release on CD and is extremely rare.

  • Can't Wait for Another World (1987) (CBS Records – 4508782)
  1. "Wildfire" – 3:46
  2. "We'll Be Dancing" – 4:02
  3. "Pasadena Dreamworld" – 4:16
  4. "True Love" – 4:07
  5. "Earthlings" – 5:50
  6. "Every Heartbeat" – 4:11
  7. "Can't Wait for Another World" – 4:05
  8. "Sail" – 5:17
  9. "Wherever We Go" – 4:25
  10. "You're Not at Home" – 2:05
  • Greatest Hits (1990)
  • As Life (2003)
  • Out of the Blue (2012)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NLD
[2]
AUS
[3]
BEL (Fl)
[4]
NZ
[5]
1981 "Live It Up" 15 21 Time Bandits
1982 "Sister Paradise" 45
"I'm Specialized in You" 2 4 Time Bandits (1984)
1983 "Listen to the Man with the Golden Voice" 9 53 8 Tracks
"I'm Only Shooting Love" 10 9 8 1
1984 "Reach Out" 30 N/A
1985 "Endless Road" 18 5 19 41 Fiction
"Dancing on a String" 24 76 21
1986 "I Won't Steal Away" 24 21
"Only a Fool" 48
1987 "We'll Be Dancing" 59 Can't Wait for Another World
"Wildfire" 65
1988 "Can't Wait for Another World"
1996 "Specialized in You" (reissue) N/A
2008 "Live It Up 2008" (Johan Gielen vs. Time Bandits) 17
2013 "Love Is a Wild Thing" Out of the Blue

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 260. 
  2. ^ "Time Bandits - Live It Up - dutchcharts.nl". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, Australia: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "ultratop.be - Time Bandits - Live It Up". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "charts.org.nz - Discography Time Bandits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "RetroUniverse: Beware of Time Bandits On An Endless Road". 17 August 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Potts, Andrew (29 November 2013). "Take a look back at the Gold Coast's first theme parks including Magic Mountain and Grundy's". Gold Coast Bulletin. Gold Coast. 

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