Saturday, 27 February 2010
I feel a rant or two coming on.
Firstly, I was all set to rant about Sleazyjet and how more times than not they are delayed and give some half arsed excuse and that is it. The reason for the rant was that I was stuck at Aldergrove for an extra 3 and a half hours last night due to my flight being delayed, meaning that I had five and a half hours sitting seething. Luckily my Wi-Fi was working ok and Icould fanny about on the net and send emails venting my anger to random lucky people.
When we finally got on the plane the tannoy made that bing bong noise and I awaited with baited breath to hear what nonsense the Captain was going to hit us with, I thought that it would be to do with the shitty weather us up here in the north of Britain are becoming increasingly used to. But no, the pilot informed us that " there are certain things that you can be asurred of, like the onset of spring [not much sign of that round here] and that the French Air Traffic Control will go on strike without warning, when they feel like it". I have to admit that this sort of lightened my mood. I don't quite understand why I felt better knowing that French Air Traffic Control were to blame rather than the incompetence of the orange airline.
You've got to hand it to the French, when they decide to go on strike, they don't just bring France to a standstill but like it to affect as much of Europe and beyond as they possibly can. Do they care? No. But when their strike begins to eat into my weekend and I don't get home until after 11pm on a Friday, I must admit I do not have a great deal of sympathy for what ever the fuck they are striking for.
In other news, I got my first ever Blogger take down notice yesterday and I have to admit I am a little confused.
During my long wait at the airport and after sorting out my emails and finishing off a report (dedicated employee, or what). I thought, I 'll check the blog correspondence, of which, there hasn't been a great deal of, of late but that's by the by. I opended up the hotmail account and found a mail from the manager of Doves, asking me about the Box.net withdrawl of the Weatherall mix of Compulsion, so I replied relating the sorry tale to him. After half an hour of checking out the other blogs, I went back into the in box to be confronted with the DMCA takedown notice. Now what is confusing me is that they have not deleted the post but have set it back to draft and state that I can re-post it if I remove the copyright offending material, however the link is dead as Box.net have already deleted the file.
I have come to the conclusion that there is fuck all that we can do about these notices as nobody actually looks at the posts that are offending them and just arbitrarily send out the take down notices.
I think that I, like North Country Bhoy may be heading to Wordpress in the near future.
Lastly, everybody needs to sign the 6 Music petition, to try to save the station, which along with the Asian Network looks likely to be axed due to all of the pish about the license fee and the BBC. These stories more often than not are first reported in the Murdoch press or his shitty Sky News channel, that shinning beacon of non partisan broadcasting.
I am totally pissed off with all of the stories about the BBC and the license fee and how our money is being wasted. Okay, that gobshite Jonathan Ross and the cunt known as the saviour of Radio 1 get paid far too much. I will also concede that Mark Thompson needs to walk or take public transport a lot more and that the senior management need to be investigated. But if you think that you get a better deal for your 40 quid a month for constant repeats and live football, then you are as big a fool as Murdoch takes you for.
People will only realise the value for money and quality of the output on the BBC, both radio and television , when they no longer have it and all of the news coverage, as an example, is as unbiased and as well informed as Fox News.
Here is a remix from one of my favourite french men, Pilooski as part of Discodeine.
Photonz - Trember (Discodeine mix)
I don't have anything defending the BBC but here is a track from Billy Bragg warning about Murdoch and sadly it is as relevant today as it was twenty six years ago.
Billy Bragg - It Says Here
Friday, 26 February 2010
After the success of the likes of S'Express, M/A/R/R/S and Bomb The Bass with sample based tracks it seemed that everyone with access to a drum machine, sampler and turntable was hell bent on plundering the works of James Brown and Trouble Funk, mixing it with some samples from 50s and 60s television programmes or old public announcement broadcasts and releasing the results, many of which were absolutely dreadful, The DTI - Keep This Frequency Clear and Jim And Gene Are into Shakes anyone?
Once in a while, however one would come along which like the others was just a rehash of the pioneering work of the artists mentioned above but was rather enjoyable all the same. One such record, for me was Here Comes That Sound by Simon Harris.
Here Comes That Sound was released on FFRR records, the label started by Pete Tong, anoraks, in 1988. I tried to count and identify all the samples but gave up when my head started to explode. I am, however surprised that Harris didn't spend the rest of the 80s in litigation as I find it hard to believe that he got clearance to use all of the samples as it would have been well into the 90's before the track could have been released.
According to Wikki, Harris's career has spanned 30 years and he has worked wih the likes of Oakenfold, Norman Cook, Arthur Baker and Simon Cowell to name but a few. I don't knowingly have anything else by the man but the track posted.
Simon Harris - Here Comes That Sound (Perfect Beat mix)
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
I watched the Big Chill on Film 4 last night, which turned out to be a portent of what was to come today, as the snow is back with a bloody vengeance this morning. Anyway, when the film was released on video all those years ago, I loved it. Watching it again last night I realised that it was very much of it's time and hadn't dated very well at all. After a while the characters began to really irritate me, even the ones that in the past I had been sympathetic towards, Nick, played by William Hurt and in the end I just found myself bored by these comfortable, middle class Americans whinge about themselves. I don't think that It will be a film that I will be returning to anytime soon.
One thing which has not changed with the passage of time is my love of the soundtrack which is full of great late 60's/ early 70's tunes. I remember around 1985/86 when I first saw the film, hunting high and low for the soundtrack and not being able to find it anywhere, eventually after a good 6 months or so searching I got hold of a copy only to find that 2 of the best track used in the film, You Can't Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones and The Weight by the Band were not even on the soundtrack.
Hearing the tracks in the film last night, got me thinking of how easy it would be for me today to get hold of them. All it would take would be a Google search to find out all the tracks used in the film and then about an hour's worth of searching and downloading and I would have the complete soundtrack, whereas back then it was either seek out the soundtrack album or make up a tape by visiting all of your friends whose parents had good record collections and recording from them. Somehow I don't think that there is the same satisfaction in hunting down tracks these days as it is all too easy. Yes it was incredibly frustrating not being able to just get the tunes but the pay off when you were eventually successful was worth it, I think. Plus you had the physical record which to me is the thing.
Here are two of my favourites from the film.
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles - I Second That Emotion
The Band - The Weight
Monday, 22 February 2010
Age of Chance are probably best remembered for their brilliant cover version of Kiss, which came out in a myriad of covers and mixes in 1986.
The band first came to the attention of most indie fans due to their inclusion on the infamous C86 NME compilation tape. After a couple of Peel sessions the band signed to FON records and recorded the cover of Kiss and a mini album Crush Collision, the re release of which came with a free single sided 12" featuring another mix of Kiss.
In 1987 the band signed to Virgin and recorded an album, the first by a UK group to incorporate a DJ scratching and sampling. One Thousand Years of Trouble was released in September 1987 and was completely novel, no indie band made sounds like this. I had the good fortune to see them around October/November 1987 in Aberdeen and found the live show absolutely stunning, although I was suffering from concussion at the time. DJ Powercut was an integral part of the set up by then and the live scratching and sampling certainly added to the sonic crush symphony the band produced.
During the following year the original vocalist Steve E left during the recording off the follow up album. A new vocalist was drafted in, Charles Hutchinson to completely re vocal the LP. When I first heard the resulting album Mecca, I was completely dismayed, gone was the sample heavy, beat laden, near industrial sound of old replaced by what I thought at the time was a terribly weak soul lite sound. I have had reason to reappraise this album over the years and now find that it is not as bad as I thought and quite a few of the tracks are actually rather good but completely different from the likes of Who's Afraid of The Big Bad Noise? or Take It from the debut album.
The band eventually split in 1991, after a career that failed to trouble the charts but did earn a No 2 position in the festive 50 of 1986 for Kiss which also hit number one in the indie charts the same year.
Posted is the standout track from the second album, Mecca, the soulful Higher Than Heaven. Which was released as a single in 1990 and reached the giddy heights of #53in the UK.
Age Of Chance - Higher Than Heaven
ps Anybody go a vinyl copy of the Kisspower promo that they want to get rid of, I'm your man.
Sunday, 21 February 2010
. . . Well not by the lady of the house in this particular household. This may change, however, now that I have persuaded her, finally to come and see the mighty Fall, when they play Edinburgh on the 24th of April, the day after my birthday and 2 days before the release of the gruppe's 28th studio album. Yippee.
Long before the currency crumbled and Britpop faces started making Iceland the place to have a second home, MES took the band to Reykjavik to play a few gigs and a recording session from which three tracks would emerge; two of which would turn up on the next, and in my opinion first great Fall album Hex Enduction Hour.
Hip Priest is probably the most self referential of all Fall songs and also possibly my all time favourite by the band until the next time I listen to Blindness . With lyrics like "and all the young groups know, they can imitate, but I teach" Smith is in no doubt about how good the group is but perfectly aware that others aren't yet aware of his greatness, the "he is not appreciated" line. The Salfordian version of a rapper dissing the other MCs.
The version posted is from the forth Peel session recorded on the 24th March 1981 and first broadcast a week later on 31st March. As is the case with quite a few Fall tracks, I find myself favouring the Peel session over the version included on the album. Indeed this version of Hip Priest was it's debut.
If you thought that you had never heard the track before and have bothered to download it and find it vaguely familiar that may be due to the fact that it used at the climax of The Silence Of The Lambs.
The Fall - Hip Priest (Peel Session)
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
By the end of 1987/ the start of 1988, producers and acts over here in the UK got in on the act and started making House music, a lot of the early tracks were innovative in the use of samples, with the likes of Bomb The Bass, M/A/R/R/S and S'Express making truly memorable tracks.
One of my favourite of these early house tracks was House Arrest by Krush. The group were Mark Gamble, Cassius Campbell and vocalist Ruth Joy with producers Mark Brydon and Robert Gordon. Brydon would go on to form Moloko (Fun For Me) with Roisin Murphy and Gordon would go on to be involved with Warp records. Ruth Joy left to pursue a pretty unsuccessful solo career.
House arrest was released on the FON (Fuck Off Nazis) label which they shared with the Age Of Chance. The sleeve of the single was designed, like those of their label mate by the Designer's Republic who would go on to design the Warp artwork as well.
Krush were basically a one hit wonder, with House Arrest eventually reaching number 3 in the UK at the end of 1987. The record, doesn't sound half as dated as I expected it to and conjures memories of Red Stripe and spliffs in the dark, dank basements of hotels, those were the days.
Krush - House Arrest (The Beat Is Law)
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Don't know a hell of a lot about Sodastream, apart from they are a duo from Australia, Melbourne I think, they broke up in 2007 and are named after a ginger making machine that my brother was rather partial to, myself, I preferred real Irn Bru from large glass bottles.
This track is rather lovely, it reminds me of Belle and Sebastian a bit. Wonder why I didn't buy anything else by them?
Sodastream - Out
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Clydie King is probably best known as a session singer for the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Joe Cocker. Or for her brilliant duet with Jimmy Holliday, Ready, Willing and Able which was released on Minit in 1967.
She did release a string of solo singles during the 60's on Speciality, Philips and Imperial. The track posted was the b side of Missin' My Baby, released on Imperial in 1965 and I think is a far superior track to the plug side, with vocals which sound as if they were recorded half way down a mine shaft which seems to add to the sheer sexiness of the track.
I'm in the middle of reading Wall of Pain, The Life of Phil Spector and am amazed of the amount of artists who recorded for that deeply troubled man. Clydie King was one of those artists who had a brief brush with the Wall Of Sound, as was Gloria Jones.
Clydie King - My Love Grows Deeper
Monday, 15 February 2010
I often wondered where Ctel would go once he finished his trawl through the ABC of dance music but I never for one moment thought that he would rap it. So I'm stunned today. I suppose it is better to go out on a high. I don't however, think for a minute that the acid ted has exhausted his spare room full of great and sometimes not so good dance tunes (see last Friday's post). I suspect that there is something else that is preoccupying his time.
Acid Ted was one of the first places that I visited when I first got interested in music blogs and very quickly found myself visiting on a daily basis, due to the quality of not just the tracks but also the commentary as well and then there were the obscure Weatherall mixes. Along with The Vinyl Villain and the Ghost of Electricity, Acid Ted became one of my regular distractions from work and also an inspiration for me to give blogging a go myself. So he has the dubious pleasure of being partly responsible for the pish posted here.
I'm not sure that there are many people who visit here that have not also scoured the posts on AcidTed, but if you haven't, you should and if you find some tracks that you like you could do worse than make a small donation to the charity mentioned on the right hand side, a cause which is close to CTEL's heart and has also become something that many of us who have visited the site have become aware of and supported.
I was going to post a Weatherall mix in honour, however between CTEL, STX from another great, sadly missed blog Audio.Out, Moggieboy, Swiss Adam and myself, I don't think that there are many that have not been posted somewhere. If this has, I apologise but I've only posted the one mix from it before.
All the best CTEL and thanks for all the tunes. To paraphrase Liam Maher, CTel, whatever you do just make sure what you do makes you happy
One Dove - Transient Truth (Paradise mix)
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Saturday, 13 February 2010
I was going to keep this track for a Friday sometime in the future but had the urge to play it this morning and decided to just go ahead and post it. If you can't have a little bit of house on a Saturday there is something wrong.
(Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind was first released on Strictly Rhythm records in 1993 and I think that I may have cried the first time I heard it. It has been subsequently re released a few times with new mixes, none of which are a patch on the 2 mixes on the original twelve, the mix posted is the Night mix.
I once played this with the Fire Island's mix of Regret and Pete Heller's Big Love and by the end the dance floor was full of people with huge grins on their faces having a ball, due to the quality of the music not my mixing skills I hasten to add.
With a big bag of pills and music like this blaring out of a PA, we could probably end all wars.
South Street Player - (Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind
Friday, 12 February 2010
Last week I stated that there would not be any repetition of the early house tracks which had previously been posted on this site.
Bugger that, these tracks deserve to be heard rather more frequently than they are in this house at least. Two of the most uplifting house tracks which has been my good fortune to hear over the years.
I'm just back from Hamsterdam and the trip and meeting was about 100 times better than I thought it was going to be, which was nice. I also came very close to having a spliff but am proud of the fact that I resisted as it would have meant 6 years of abstinence would have went down the toilet. Did, however have an extremely funny evening, with a couple of Swedes, a few Germans, a Finn or two and an Indian, now there is a combination for you.
When is a smoking ban not a smoking ban? When it's the Netherlands, some bars we went into the smokers could light up and others they had to go outside. It all seemed completely arbitrary
Joe Smooth feat. Anthony Thomas - Promised Land
Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge - It's Alright
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
I know nothing about this track apart from the fact that it was released in the states on the Sepia label and I'm guessing here, but it wasn't exactly yesterday. I know nothing about the artist Al Gardner either apart from another track he recorded called Watch Yourself.
It is, however an absolutely cracking piece of soul.
I'm off to Amsterdam with work for 2 days of coma inducing Power Point presentations, so no post until Friday which may be late unless I do it tonight
Al Gardner - Sweet Baby
Monday, 8 February 2010
If you're looking for the Weatherall mix of Compulsion, don't bother it appears that Heavenly, or Doves or somebody objects to me posting it.
Now I can understand if I'm posting something which is readily available that may stop people going out and buying the physical product but a single sided promo which by it's very definition, I shouldn't have been paying a tenner for, is another matter. I just don't understand the reasoning here.
Perhaps some one would care to enlighten me. Answers to the usual places.
Any way here is another Weatherall mix for your delectation.
Airstream - Follow Through (Nine O'Clock Drop mix)
After this weekend's Fallfest, final tally, the first 14 albums, it is time for something a little bit soulful and there isn't a hell of a lot more soulful than Charlie and Inez Foxx.
Charlie & Inez Foxx - No Stranger To Love
Sunday, 7 February 2010
10 albums in and I had to bail out, the mutterings in the house were not good and having to take to my bed with a bad case of d&v, not brought on by the listening to The Fall, I hasten to add, meant that my mind was not completely on the project. I think that I may try to do the other 17, a couple of albums a day and then a few on Wednesday while traveling to Amsterdam.
Here is something slightly different from the Dirty Edits Volume 1 cd, a Pilooski edit of a track I had never heard before from and artist I was oblivious to, Michael Bundt.
A quick search of the interweb and I found out that Herr Bundt is a German musician, who was in a duo called Siruis in the early 70s before going solo and releasing 3 what could be termed "krautrock" albums. Today he is a composer and producer living in Mannheim.
Michael Bundt - The Brain Of Oskar Panizza (|Pilooski edit)
Friday, 5 February 2010
This weekend, I will be mostly listening to the Fall.
The Fall Forum decided that this weekend would be the inaugural International Fall Album Listening Party. The idea is simple, listen to all 27 studio albums in order of release over the space of a weekend. 6 tonight, 10 tomorrow and 11 on Sunday. At the point of posting I'm half way through Dragnet, the second lp and not terribly good. I have been surprised at how good Live At The Witch Trials sounded, an album which I'm not overly keen on either. Tonight for me will be the most difficult listen as these albums with the exception of Grotesque After The Gramme and Hex Enduction Hour are the ones I listen to least.
By the end of the weekend I will probably be a blithering wreck, or L will have divorced me due to mental cruelty.
I will not inflict more Fall on you but be prepared for a gem or two that I have forgtten about but will hear over the coming couple of days, next week. You have been warned.
Instead here is the latest installment in the Touched By The Hand Of God series. Here is Weatherall's remix of the D---s Compulsion which I got from Discogs this week.
Track deleted due to DMCA take down order, although the manager of the band was unaware of the complaint.
It was during 1987 that I started to notice House music in a big way. Most of my mates couldn't be bothered with it at all and a few people I knew were really hostile towards the music.
As I've said before, trying to get your hands on the stuff was an expensive and time consuming business as the 12" singles were all imports and there weren't any real specialist record shops at this time, well not in Glasgow that I knew of anyway. I used to have to be quite discerning as to which records I bought because at the time I was labouring on a building site in order to save to go to Uni that September.
During this time I started to notice compilation albums Such as the Jack Trax and House Sound of Chicago series appearing which kind of eased the pressure on my budget and also meant that those elusive rare imports could now be found on 1 double album, what's more it was the full 12" version that would appear on these albums not edits half the length of the original which became the norm a few years later.
I have already posted a good few of these early tracks such as Move Your Body, Promised Land etc and really don't want to be accused of repetition although they are all that good that they deserve to be heard on a weekly if not daily basis.
Today's track, You Used to Hold Me by Ralphi Rosario and sung by Xaviera Gold was originally released on Hot Mix 5 records in the US. I had it on a compilation until those nice guys at Track Records re-released it in 1989.
Ralphi Rosario - You Used To Hold Me
Thursday, 4 February 2010
I think that this is the best thing the Charlatans did, well apart from Indian Rope and the single also had one of my favourite covers. Christine Keeler was quite lovely.
The single was released in 1997 and got to number 16 in the UK charts.
The Charlatans - Tellin' Stories
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
I make absolutely no apologies for posting this, in my defence, however I will cite Gary Mulholland in his forward to his excellent Fear Of Music, the follow up to This Is Uncool.
"Music is a social thing, based almost entirely around dancing, copping-off, drugs that make you love each other, romance and the belief that if you just shake uncontrollably to this beautiful noise in a room full of beautiful people right now, then your lousy job/debtproblems/marriage/friendships/life will simply cease to be. Until the next beautiful noise begins, or the dream ends. This is what pop does for us."
The Sugababes - Push The Button.
Thinking of the Sugababes always reminds me of that episode of Only Fools And Horses where Trigger is talking about having the same brush for years although it had, had 3 new heads and 2 new shafts or something.
Think yourselves lucky I nearly posted Las Ketchup, which I know at least one friend would have approved of.
ps I have no idea if that picture is of the current line up or not. I suspect not. It is easier to keep track of members of the Fall.
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
I absolutely loved this record until some twat named Dario G decided to sample it in a third rate sub rave piece of pish and totally ruined it for me.
That was until yesterday when it popped up on the iPod and I felt that sort of warm, fuzzy feeling that I used to feel when I heard it. Never got into anything else by the band.
Can't for the life of me recall anything else the band ever did, apart from a pretty pointlesss instrumental version of Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want This Time which was used in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
The Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town
Monday, 1 February 2010
Ed over at 17 Seconds has got the year off to a flying start with his 17 Seconds records off shoot The latest release from which is a 5 track ep from The Factory Kids and a cracking bit of indie/shoegazing it is too. The ep is available to download from all the usual suspects and it is really worth it. My only gripe being that there is no physical product but that's down to me being an old git.
The Factory Kids - They Used To Call Me Baby
A little bit of Northern to brighten up the start of the week.
Tommy Ridgley was a well known R&B singer from New Orleans, who started off recording for Imperial records in 1949 and also recorded for Decca, Atlantic and in the 60's for local New Orleans label Ric. He kept performing right up until his death from lung cancer in 1999.
My Love Gets Stronger, is a classic mid tempo shuffler, released on the International City label. If you were looking to buy the track on 7" you would need to have more than 500 quid spare, as it is extremely rare and sought after by collectors.
Tommy Ridgley - My Love Gets Stronger