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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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Show #49 – Rock Paper Scissors
(Original upload date 25 June 2006)

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Who Treats You Right by Pansy Division
Old Pervert by The Soft Boys
Slut by Medicine
Blowin’ Cool by Swervedriver
Majestic by Killing Joke
I Hate Pretending by The Secret Machines
Popsicle by The Starlight Mints
Coffee & TV by Blur
Be Gentle With Me by The Boy Least Likely To
My Alcoholic Friends by The Dresden Dolls
The Movers And The Shakers by Herbert
UFO by ESG
Knife Slits Water by A Certain Ratio
Year Of The Knife by Tears For Fears
Marble House by The Knife
Betty’s Lament by ISAN