Happy Pride, everybody!

There are several Pride-themed mix sets for download if you search the site for the word “pride” on the main page, but I wanted to call your attention to a special one.

You’re A Homo (And Everybody Knows) was originally posted in 2006. It’s roughly 70 songs by 70 artists in 70 minutes, genre be damned. You can download it, or stream it on Soundcloud.

The Beat Bash will be going on a short break. I have the opportunity to focus on some some other creative projects, so we’ll resume in a few weeks. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing some remastered singles, so keep an eye out.


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The Beat Bash – 22 May 2014

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Hallelujah by Happy Mondays
Feel Every Beat by Electronic
Faît Accompli by Curve
Kiss Them For Me by Siouxsie And The Banshees
Fascination Street by The Cure
Body by Public Image Limited
Hippychick by Soho
101 by Finitribe
Now by Meat Beat Manifesto
Mother Universe by The Soup Dragons

“It crawls into your system when your guard is down, becomes the ball the you drag around…”

This one’s a good mix of indie rock, shoegaze, and hip hop beats.

While sitting on the couch a few nights ago watching blocks of videos from 120 Minutes, my husband noted that if Curve had formed just a couple of years later, they would have had Garbage’s career.


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The Beat Bash – 15 May 2014

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Head Like A Hole by Nine Inch Nails
Quite Unusual by Front 242
Breakaway by Big Pig
Join In The Chant by Nitzer Ebb
Strangelove by Depeche Mode
Keep On by Cabaret Voltaire
Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
So In Love by OMD
The Promise by When In Rome
Hooked On Love by Dead Or Alive

“Omina, doke doe ominea…”

At one time I’d found an article on the web where the members of Big Pig gave the translation of that phrase, but for the life of me I can’t find it. Maybe it was Aboriginal in origin?

This week’s mix is back to basics. Sometimes I tend to over-think the tracks, but really, this is what a typical episode of the show sounded like. This is why we had an audience.


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The Beat Bash – 8 May 2014

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New York, New York by Nina Hagen
Fashion by David Bowie
Total Eclipse by Klaus Nomi
Kinetic by Hilary
World Destruction by Time Zone
Moody by ESG
Can’t Afford by 52nd Street
Heart Of Glass by A Primary Industry
Commercial Rain by Inspiral Carpets
Walking Down Madison by Kirsty MacColl

“Peter’s moaning for his teddy, for his teddy bear…”

The first proposed tracklist of this mix was equal parts New York art rock and Madchester, but I showed it to my friend Andrew, and he wrinkled his nose. I kinda wasn’t feeling it either, so I ditched all but the first three tracks and started over. My husband said “Why don’t you just make it all New York art rock”, and he was right (although a little Madchester still found its way in).

At first glance, some of these aren’t your typical dance songs, yet I’ve danced to all of them. I have distinct recollection of Brian and Michelle playing Nina Hagen and Time Zone on Beat Bash Mk1. Nina references Bowie, who pulled Klaus into his orbit long enough for an appearance on Saturday Night Live. ESG was a New York-based sister act produced by Martin Hannett, and 52nd Street was a Manchester-based sibling act produced by Bernard Sumner after New York opened his eyes and ears to dance music. A Primary Industry does a grinding cover version of New Yorkers Blondie, and Kirsty sings a song about New York that was co-written by Johnny Marr. There’s a lot of cross-influence happening.

Time Zone was a collaboration between Bill Laswell, Afrika BamBaataa, and John Lydon, a year before Laswell was tapped to produce Public Image Limited’s masterpiece Album.


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The Beat Bash – 1 May 2014

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Mmm… Skyscraper I Love You by Underworld
Greater Reward by Severed Heads
She’s A Secretary by Celebrate The Nun
So Many People by Hubert Kah
Cha Cha Heels by Eartha Kit And Bronski Beat
I’m Raving by L.A. Style
Jacky by Marc Almond
Elevate by Crystal Trip
Pineapple Face by Revenge
Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop) by Q-Feel

“Become all-knowing, my beard so very long and flowing…”

I asked some friends to chime in with requests, and there’s a number of them here: Underworld, Severed Heads, Celebrate The Nun, L.A. Style, and Q-Feel. I’m always happy to take requests providing you understand the format.

The version of Greater Reward is my own re-edit, done several years ago with Tom Ellard’s blessing. Severed Heads is a very important group for me, to the point that I have the cover of Bulkhead tattooed on my arm.

Mmm… Skyscraper I Love You is dedicated to the one and only Skyscraper, Mr. Mark D. Hurte. The genderfuck drag he was doing in Lexington in the ’80s and ’90s would be right at home on RuPaul’s Drag Race today.

I’m taking this past week (April 20-26) as a cheat week. 16 episodes in, I think it’s OK to take a week off. There will be another skip somewhere along the way, but there will also still be 52 total episodes this year because I have something special planned in December. Your regularly scheduled Beat Bash will return mid-week.


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The Beat Bash – 17 April 2014

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Welcome by Gino Latino
Heat It Up by The Wee Papa Girl Rappers
Get On The Dancefloor by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
Doin’ The Do by Betty Boo
Come Into My House by Queen Latifah
Blame It On The Bassline by Beats International
Do What You Want by 2 In A Room
I’ll House You by Jungle Brothers
This Is Acid by Maurice
It’s Percussion by M Doc

“Use the up and down and crossfader…”

Continuing on the vibe of last week, here’s a hip house mix. Hip house was the late ’80s sweet spot where rap and house music converged.

Two of the tracks here sample from the Jacksons’ album Destiny: Get On The Dancefloor uses Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground), and Blame It On The Bassline uses Blame It On The Boogie.


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The Beat Bash – 10 April 2014

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So Hard by Pet Shop Boys
Cold by LaTour
Love Baby by Fortran 5
Cold World by Jamie Principle
Lack Of Love by Charles B
Set Your Body Free by Inner City
Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic
Hey Music Lover by S’Express
Rosebud by Fred
It’s Alright by Pet Shop Boys

“The children say…”

And here we have Chicago by way of London, Belgium, Detroit, and, well, Chicago.

Before William “Bud” LaTour scored a hit with People Are Still Having Sex he was a frequent contributor to the Dr. Demento Show. Bud worked as a studio musician on a number of house records, and also got exposure to the Wax Trax gang through the Chicago studio circuit.

Jamie Principle first released It’s A Cold World in conjunction with Frankie Knuckles on Trax Records. The re-recorded version here was produced by Steve “Silk” Hurley and released in 1989. I’ve always preferred this slower, smoother version.

Fred is otherwise known as Fred Giannelli, a Boston-born musician who became part of Psychic TV in the late ’80s, and collaborated with Genesis P. Orridge during their acid house phase. Rosebud was on his first solo EP, relased on Wax Trax in 1991.

Apart from Pet Shop Boys, none of these artists have appeared in previous episodes.


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It’s Alright (The DJ International Mixes) by Pet Shop Boys

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It’s Alright (Tyree Mix)
It’s Alright (Sterling Void Mix)

“’cause the music plays forever…”

I’m recovering from a nasty cold, and just as I started getting better my husband got sick. I honestly haven’t had time to record this week’s show, but I’ll have it online by Saturday evening.

What I did have time to do, however, was see Pet Shop Boys in Oakland on Tuesday night. They’re bringing the Electric tour to Coachella over the next two weekends, so here in the Bay Area we were treated to our second PSB gig in only 6 months.

Before they came on stage, a short mix set of tracks by the late Frankie Knuckles was played over the PA. Chris Lowe in particular loves his house music, as evidenced by the Boys’ 1989 cover of It’s Alright by Sterling Void, a.k.a. Chicago artist Duane Pelt. They even got Pelt to bring it full circle and remix their cover for a limited 12″ single titled The DJ International Mixes (paired with a remix by fellow Chicago house producer Tyree Cooper). It’s Alright is one of my favorite Pet Shop Boys singles, so I was knocked over when it showed up during the encore, mashed up with Vocal from the most recent album. I’ll be following suit, using it as the closing track in this week’s mix.

The restoration job here was done by Bruce Bartlett, who remastered all the New Order singles for the Recycle project. Please to enjoy!

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