2014 May

May 2014

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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 that 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.