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The Beat Bash – 20 March 2014

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Spice by Eon
Stranger by Clan Of Xymox
Havoc by Secession
I’m So Beautiful by Divine
Control I’m Here by Nitzer Ebb
Resist by Front Line Assembly
UFOs Are Real by MC 900 Ft Jesus with DJ Zero
Disco Dancer by Devo
The Walk by The Cure
Let’s Go To Bed by The Cure

“Control!”

In just under the wire (at least for this side of the globe).


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White Rabbit by David Diebold & Kim Cataluna

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White Rabbit (Club Mix)
White Rabbit (Instrumental Dub Mix)
Last Word (On Love) (Extended Mix)
Dance Right Back Into Heaven (Club Remix)
Dance Right Back Into Heaven (Instrumental Dub Mix)
White Rabbit (Radio Version)
White Rabbit (Classic LP Version)

“Feed your head!”

This week’s installment of The Beat Bash will be posted on Saturday. In the meantime, I’d like to share this 12″, which appeared in an earlier episode.

David Diebold was an associate of Patrick Cowley who worked for the legendary Megatone Records, and in the early ’90s was running the label. He wrote the definitive book covering San Francisco’s golden years of dance music, titled Tribal Rites: The San Francisco Dance Music Phenomenon 1978-88 (good luck finding a copy – the cheap ones run $150). After collaborating on numerous Megatone projects, he released his debut solo album Sex Technology in 1990. It had a Hi-NRG sound which was dated even then, but featured a fairly faithful cover of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit. While not all that remarkable, the subsequent Club Mix became a crowd favorite of The Metro’s afterhours, and in turn ended up on The Beat Bash.

Kim Cataluna handles the vocal on White Rabbit, and the remixes of Dance Right Back Into Heaven feature fellow Megatone artist Ernest Kohl.

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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The Beat Bash – 13 March 2014

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Virus by KMFDM
Worlock by Skinny Puppy
Suck by Nine Inch Nails
Life’s What You Make It by Talk Talk
Im Nin’Alu by Ofra Haza
I Am Stretched On Your Grave by Sinéad O’Connor
Windowpane by Coil
Gravitate To Me by The The
Get Stuck by Hilt
Sadeness by Enigma

“Gold is the color, in concentrate / Power in its purest state…”

I’m really excited about this installment of The Beat Bash, which is slower, darker, and harder. The BPM averages 94 beats per minute. The slow stuff can often be challenging to mix, but my favorite episode to date is the one from January 9th, which is also slow BPM (around 105). I’ve listened to that one 2:1 over any other episode.


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The Beat Bash – 6 March 2014

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Love Me Like A Loaded Gun by Army Of Lovers
Russian Radio by Red Flag
Bombers In The Sky by Thompson Twins
Houseman by Voyou
Rock To The Beat by 101
Come Home With Me Baby by Dead Or Alive
Reach by Martini Ranch
No Name No Slogan by Acid Horse
Insect by Boxcar
Umsturz Jetzt by Robotiko Rejekto

“Oblivious eyes outside shall remain unenlightened…”

Once upon a time there was this thing called the Cold War. Particularly in the ’80s, the threat of an aggressive, nuke-holding Russia hung over everyone’s heads. Oh, wait…


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The Beat Bash – 27 February 2014

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Hot Doggie by Colourbox
Go! by Tones On Tail
Moan Bloody Moan by Son Of Sam
Your Love Takes Me Higher by The Beloved
Wise Up! Sucker by Pop Will Eat Itself
More & Faster by KMFDM
Kool-Aid by Big Audio Dynamite II
This Corrosion by The Sisters Of Mercy
Higher Than The Sun by Primal Scream
Blissed by Jesus Jones

“My brightest star’s my inner light, let it guide me…”

I learned how to mix records in the production booth at WRFL by using two copies of the same 12″ single, getting them synched up, and crossfading between them. I thought I was pretty good, and tried doing it live on the air starting with my very first show, but man, I sucked.

However, I’d already been doing general format shows for a couple of years, and they were not mixed. I did non-mixed sets on The Beat Bash too, and that’s what we have here. Beatmixing only works when songs are about the same speed, or beats per minute. Sometimes I wanted to put songs together that varied wildly in speed, but told a story…maybe not in the literal sense, but certainly in tone and mood.

Hot Doggie was the first song in the very first promo for the show, back when Brian and Michelle were the hosts. Higher Than The Sun was frequently my first song when I would pick up early morning shifts (6am-8am) at the station during summer and/or winter breaks. Kool-Aid is a big shout-out to Brian F., and This Corrosion is for Ned and Kate (oh no, The Beat Bash has been Raggetted!).


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The Beat Bash – 20 February 2014

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Rise by Chris & Cosey
Tune In (Turn On Thee Acid House) by Psychic TV
Play It Again by Out Of The Ordinary
Change Your Mind by Sharpe And Numan
Sea Of Sin by Depeche Mode
Cccan’t You See by Vicious Pink
No UFO’s by Model 500
Success by Sigue Sigue Sputnik
Fanatic (The Nail In My Soul) by Claudia Brücken
I Heard A Rumour by Bananarama

“Sin is the nail in the soft wood of my soul…”

Here we have two of the three spinoff projects of Throbbing Gristle (the third – Coil – will make its first appearance in March), the man behind the hit single Mr. Vain before he started working as Culture Beat, Gary Numan in an unlikely collaboration (that should have been a much bigger single), a Violator-era B-side from Depeche Mode, a husband and wife duo who barely released one proper album, the godfather of Detroit techno, a band that embodied ’80s excess paired with the UK production team who did the same, an album cut by Propaganda’s lead singer which should have been a single, and Bananarama.


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The Beat Bash – 13 February 2014

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Probably A Robbery by Renegade Soundwave
What Is Love by Deee-Lite
I Don’t Want Your Love by Duran Duran
Nothing Stays by Cyberaktif
Addiction by Skinny Puppy
Rigor Mortis by A Split-Second
Hard Left by Gary Clail’s Tackhead Sound System
Rubber Glove Seduction by PTP
Rapture ’88 by Blondie
Hyperreal by The Shamen

“Try so hard to be approachable, I’m a nice guy underneath it all…”

I wasn’t even thinking about Valentine’s Day when picking these tracks, so it’s sheer coincidence that there’s a lot about love – both cynical and heartfelt.


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The Beat Bash – 6 February 2014

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Losing My Mind by Pet Shop Boys
Blow The House Down by The Wee Papa Girl Rappers
Rains On Me by Heavenly Bodies
Don’t Crash by Front 242
Hearts & Minds by Nitzer Ebb
Don’t Walk Away by Cabaret Voltaire
Burnin’ Up by Jamie Dee
Running by Information Society
Get Your Body! by Adamski featuring Nina Hagen
Situation ’90 by Yazoo

“I’d like to see you in the sewers of my mind…”

Now this is more like it.

Sometimes a mix just comes together with a real groove, and feels effortless. I love this one. The transition from Losing My Mind to Blow The House Down was always a personal favorite.

Heavenly Bodies was recorded by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. Jamie Dee’s Burnin’ Up is built around a sample from Magic’s Wand by Whodini, a 1982 hip hop track that was co-written and produced by Thomas Dolby.


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The Beat Bash – 30 January 2014

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Chorus by Erasure
Tour De France by Kraftwerk
Attack Ships On Fire by Revolting Cocks
We Love You by OMD
Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room) by Paul Lekakis
Nemesis by Shriekback
Only Losers Take The Bus by The Fatima Mansions
Tears Run Rings by Marc Almond
Memorabilia ’91 by Soft Cell
Bite The Bullet by They Never Sleep

“Someone somewhere WAKE ME UP!”

Sorry this week’s mix is running late. I’m getting it in just under the wire.

I was laughing with my husband about it being unintentionally gayer than normal, what with Erasure, Paul Lekakis, and Marc Almond twice. Tears Run Rings is the track I wanted to build this mix around, and I went through three entirely different sets before arriving at this one.

Revolting Cocks is my favorite Wax Trax band, and the Fatima Mansions remix is a promo-only done by Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto – it’s actually my favorite remix he ever did for anyone (including himself).


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Bite The Bullet by They Never Sleep

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Bite The Bullet (Submission Mix)
Bite The Bullet (Instrumental)

“The whole world’s crumbling, and we pick this time to fall in love…”

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, this week’s installment of The Beat Bash will be posted on Saturday. As a teaser, I’d like to share this 12″, which is considered one of the Beat Bash classics.

Little is known about They Never Sleep, although I have a sneaking suspicion that Barry Harris was involved. They were a Canadian band with mysterious names like Neves Silva and Asia Minor, and only released this one single, which is 9-plus minutes of HI-NRG in the mold of New Order’s The Perfect Kiss. It was released independently, and I can’t imagine many copies were pressed, but the song found a wider audience when Kon Kan covered it in a jazzy style on their debut album.

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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