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Sexual Harrassment was the project of Lynn Tolliver, a Cleveland radio DJ, which released one album in 1983; that album, I Need A Freak, shared its name with the group’s most popular single. Tolliver wrote the group’s material under the name David Payton, to distance himself from his radio career, though the group that toured as Sexual Harrassment was one Tolliver had formed after the initial success of “I Need A Freak”; the touring group included Tolliver’s girlfriend, and additional vocals on the record came from radio announcers acquainted with Tolliver.

The majority of Sexual Harrassment’s single releases are contained on the 1983 release—which, if you enjoyed today’s track, you’d probably dig. April of 2011 saw the release of the Give It To Me Hot EP, which featured four reworkings of songs featured on the I Need A Freak album. An interesting listen if you’re looking for more Sexual Harrassment, but probably not much more than a curiosity.

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Polyrock emerged out of the late-’70s scene in New York City with an impressive pedigree: Their first two albums were produced by composer Phillip Glass, who also played keyboards on the group’s releases. Today’s track, which features Glass on piano, comes off their 1980 self-titled debut album. Glass produced the record with Kurt Munkacsi, who produced many of Glass’ releases (as well as The Waitresses’ song “I Know What Boys Like”). Changing Hearts came in 1981, Polyrock’s second album with Glass, but the group disbanded after putting out the Above the Fruited Plain EP in 1982 without Glass’ involvement. Both their albums with Glass were out-of-print until 2007, when Wounded Bird put out a reissue, but it looks like those are out-of-print now as well. Check them out if you get the chance.

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Polyrock - Polyrock

The Great Mixcloud Push continues. If you haven’t yet checked out our Mixcloud profile, do it; there’s even more great stuff available for your listening pleasure. And that’s not even getting into some of our friends from the station, who are also putting up cool stuff.

The Rock Show: Patrick Adams [with Ethan] by WNUR-FM on Mixcloud

More Mixcloud updates after the jump, including an exclusive Streetbeat mix from Dakini9, the most recent edition of Your World with WNUR News, and more.

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La Flavour got its start in Ohio in the late ’60s, playing soul covers for live audiences. Today’s track comes off the group’s only album release, 1980′s Mandolay. “Mandolay” had some success in the clubs, peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard dance/disco charts, and it saw similar success on European charts. Mark Avsec, of Wild Cherry (who joined that group just after their recording of “Play That Funky Music”), wrote and produced the album; in 1983, Avsec released his own version of “Mandolay” under the Art Attack name, which doesn’t really stand up to the original. La Flavour’s second album, recorded under the name Fair Warning, was shelved before it could see release—due to label concerns that the new Van Halen album, titled Fair Warning, might cause confusion among the record-buying public. A potential single from the album, “She Don’t Know Me,” was given to up-and-comers Bon Jovi instead.

La Flavour continued to perform in clubs and showrooms through the ’80s, at one point incorporating a comedy bit with a couple of Muppet-like puppets into their act. But as the group entered the ’90s, work started to dry up. The band’s website notes: “While most didn’t find it offensive hearing comedy delivered by two cute puppets in the ’80s, the 1990′s brought on a whole different attitude toward ‘political correctness’.” Despite lineup changes and retirements, the (now-puppetless) La Flavour continues to play gigs around the Ohio area.

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La Flavour - Mandolay