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The Beat Bash – 3 April 2014

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I Don’t Need God by Greater Than One
Touched By The Hand Of God by New Order
God O.D. by Meat Beat Manifesto
Skeletons By Nature by Dessau
Godlike by KMFDM
Kaleid by Depeche Mode
Hallucination Generation by The Gruesome Twosome
Salvation! Have You Said Your Prayers Today by The Hood
No Devotion by Revolting Cocks
Pity For The Self by Poésie Noire

“Building it up just to tear it down again / Tearing it down just to build it up again”

This one turned out to be a theme show.

I grew up in an evangelical Christian household, and was still quite active in both my faith and the church at the time I started my involvement with The Beat Bash. When I first heard songs like I Don’t Need God and No Devotion they were quite shocking to me. Within a couple of years I would come out, and, well, I won’t go into my current religious views, but I think I’ve provided more than enough clues in this week’s track selection.

This isn’t even the show I’d planned to do – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Jane Child among others – but I’ve been laid up with a nasty cold all week, and I’ve been cranky. I’m much happier with this show instead.

Greater Than One was the performance art husband/wife duo of Michael Wells and Lee Newman (RIP 1995). Their work was released via Wax Trax in North America, and was remastered and reissued in 2008 via the Brainwashed Archives. Dessau was an industrial band from Nashville that got Al Jourgensen to produce and remix a few of their tracks.

This week also features a couple of my personal favorites – Kaleid, which is the B-Side to Depeche Mode’s Policy Of Truth, and one of the last stomping dance tracks they produced during their imperial phase; and Pity For The Self by Belgian goths Poésie Noire.