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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.

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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 – 2 January 2014

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Lover Come Back To Me by Dead Or Alive
I Need A Man by Eurythmics
Kooler Than Jesus by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Fine Time by New Order
Get Real by Paul Rutherford
Behind The Wheel by Depeche Mode
Helter Skelter by Meat Beat Manifesto
Jetlag by Severed Heads
Freemason by Boxcar
Left To My Own Devices by Pet Shop Boys

“I was faced with a choice at a difficult age…”

And so we begin. The story of The Beat Bash runs parallel to my coming out, in that I had some inkling, but didn’t fully understand things until I got to college, where some slightly older and more experienced friends gave me guidance. My eyes (and ears) were opened to a whole new world, and I embraced it fully.

In this first episode I tried to sum up what The Beat Bash was really like. Dead Or Alive was (original co-host) Brian Parker’s favorite band, so they appeared in almost every show. New Order and Depeche Mode were the biggest names in alternative dance music at college radio, and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult was representative of the typical Wax Trax! Records sound. The Beat Bash is where I first heard Severed Heads and Meat Beat Manifesto, who became hugely influential on my own music (I have a Severed Heads tattoo on my left forearm). There’s also my beloved Pet Shop Boys, who were wildly successful everywhere in the world but the US, where they were beginning to move back underground.

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Past>Forward Vol. 2 – The 50 Pound Note Retro Mix – The Metro, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
(Original upload date 18 April 2007)

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Walking Away (SMD Mix) by Information Society
Bizarre Love Triangle (12″ Version) by New Order
True Faith (Morning Sun Remix) by New Order
The Different Story (Razormaid! Mix) by Peter Schilling
Losing My Mind (Disco Mix) by Pet Shop Boys
Das Omen (Razormaid! Mix) by Mysterious Art
Strangelove (Pain Mix) by Depeche Mode
Join In The Chant (Burn!) by Nitzer Ebb
Theme From S-Express (US 12″ Mix) by S-Express
Crucified (The Nuzak Remix) by Army Of Lovers
I Sit On Acid (Mixin’ Up The Acid) by Lords Of Acid
Welcome To Paradise/Headhunter (Razormaid! Mix) by Front 242

“DROP THAT GHETTOBLASTER!”

Located at 156 W Main Street in downtown Lexington, The Metro was in operation from roughly 1990 to 1993. It came third in the succession of gay-owned bars (Cafe LMNOP, Great Moments) that appealed to a mixed crowd and played alternative dance music. During regular hours it was a dyke bar but on Friday and Saturday nights from 1:30 to 4:30am DJs Chad and Joe would spin bands like Depeche Mode and New Order for an 18-and-up crowd that was a mixture of gay/straight/male/female/white/black/young/old. During the fall of 1990 it became the first gay club I’d ever set foot in, a full year before I turned 21.

I was already DJing a dance music show on the college radio station which then approached the bar to have me do an industrial music night on Thursdays. I got to know Joe and Chad and within a year I was regularly filling in for them on Saturdays, too.

This is the first of two mixes that capture the sound of those nights. By the tail-end of 1991 James Brown Is Dead came along and suddenly techno wiped away melodic, song-based dance music. I started DJing at The Bar in May of 1992 so my Metro days came to an end.

I hope someone from the old crowd finds this mix; I’ve not seen any of them in 15 years.

As a side note I’d like to add that I had a lot of trouble recording this mix. I had to do it five or six times due to repeated technical difficulties, and it made me laugh because these are the songs I learned how to DJ with, and it was like my skills had reverted to that beginner level all over again. I should have left a great big train wreck right in the middle of it for old time’s sake.

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Depeche Mode – The 50 Pound Note Violated Mix
(Original upload date 18 January 2007)

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Kalied (7″ Version)
Policy Of Truth (Capitol Mix)
Enjoy The Silence (Ewan Pearson Extended)
Happiest Girl (Razormaid Mix)
Dangerous (Hazchemix)
World In My Eyes (Razormaid Mix | Cicada Mix)
Sea Of Sin (Razormaid Mix)
Clean (Colder Version)
Personal Jesus (Holier Than Thou Approach | Pump Mix)
Halo (Goldfrapp Remix)

I have long wanted to do a mix of the old & new singles/B-sides/remixes from Depeche Mode’s Violator album, and along with the Erasure and Nitzer Ebb mixes found in these pages I consider this the third part of a Mute Records trilogy.

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Kiss The Future Vol. 7 – Mac Morrison Edition
(Original upload date 10 January 2007)

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Adolescent Sex by Japan
Boots by Deep Sonic
SexyBack (Linus Loves Remix) by Justin Timberlake
Want 2/Need 2 (Trentemøller Remix) by Sharon Phillips
Another One Bites The Dust (Cedric Gervais & Second Sun Vocal Mix) by Queen
Who’s Your Daddy? (Electro Mix Extended) by Benny Benassi
Technologic (Digitalism’s Highway To Paris Remix) by Daft Punk
Rykketid by Trentemøller
Just Can’t Get Enough (Dirty South Mix) by Depeche Mode
Land Of A Thousand Words (Junkie XL Remix) by Scissor Sisters
Boys Wanna Be Her (Tommy Sunshines Brooklyn Fire Retouch) by Peaches

“Who’s your daddy?”

This edition of KTF goes out to my friend Mac in London who helped make it possible by setting up an iTunes UK account for me. That’s where 8 of these 11 tracks came from.

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Kiss The Future Vol. 3
(Original upload date 9 October 2006)

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Double Shadow by Junior Boys
Children Of The Revolution (Full 12″ Version) by Baby Ford
We Share Our Mothers’ Health (Trentemøller Remix) by The Knife
LMLALTDFA (Spank Rock Remix) by Cansei De Ser Sexy
Burn Your Radio (Queen vs. Public Enemy vs. John Lydon) by Instamatic
Join In The Chant (Xpress 2 Remix) by Nitzer Ebb
Listen Up (Tronik Youth Remix) by The Gossip
Slipstream by DK7
Martyr (Paul Van Dyk Remix) by Depeche Mode
King Of USA by Motor

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Rex The Dog – The 50 Pound Note Mix
(Original upload date 22 August 2006)

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Heartbeats (RTD Mix) by The Knife
Marble House (RTD Mix) by The Knife
Prototype by Rex The Dog
Beautiful Day Without You (RTD Mix) by Royksopp
Girls (RTD Mix) by Prodigy
Photographic (RTD Dubb Mix) by Depeche Mode
I Look Into Mid Air by Rex The Dog
E Talking (RTD Mix) by Soulwax
Restless (RTD Mix) by Jx
Drop The Pressure (RTD Mix) by Mylo

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Depeche Mode – The 50 Pound Note Remixing The Angel Mix
(Original upload date 20 July 2006)

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Precious (Victor Calderone & Quayle Mix)
Suffer Well (Tiga Remix | Narcotic Thrust Vocal Dub)
Lilian (Chab Dub)
John The Revelator (Murk Mode Remix | Tiefschwarz Dub)
A Pain That I’m Used To (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
Better Days (Basteroid ‘Dance Is Gone’ Vocal Mix)
The Darkest Star (Holden Dub)
Precious (DJ Dan 4 A.M. Mix)

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Kiss The Future Vol. 1
(Original upload date 15 June 2006)

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Everything’s Gone Green (Martin Buttrich Mix) by New Order
Love Is In The Air (Mock & Toof Remix) by The Juan Maclean
Silent Shout (Williams Acidic Circuits Remix) by The Knife
Drop The Pressure (Rex The Dog Remix) by Mylo
Wordy Rappinghood (Playgroup Remix) by Chicks On Speed
Controversy (Housetrap Dub Remix) by Prince
It’s Percussion (House Mix) by M Doc
Strict Machine (Ewan’s Stripped Machine Mix) by Goldfrapp
You Gonna Want Me (12″ Dance Mix) by Tiga
Since U Been Gahan (Kelly Clarkson vs. Depeche Mode) by DJ Earworm
Daft Punk Is Bootlegged At My House (LCD Soundsystem vs. Daft Punk) by Kraft Punk
NY Lipps by Soulwax
Monoculture (Playgroup Remix) by Soft Cell

Kiss The Future was the start of a new series. They’re continuous dance mixes with no show intro or talking from yours truly. This first one is still one of my favorite things I’ve ever done.