The Beat Bash – 22 May 2014
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Hallelujah by Happy Mondays
Feel Every Beat by Electronic
FaÃ®t 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.
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 PoÃ©sie 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 PoÃ©sie Noire.
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.
Meat Beat Manifesto 1988-1997 – The 50 Pound Note Mix
(Original upload date 22 August 2006)
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Edge Of No Control (Single Version)
God O.D. (12″ Version)
Psyche-Out (Version 2)
I Am Electro (Live)
Dog Star Man/Helter Skelter
Drop (Peel Sessions Version)
It’s The Music
Only Losers Take The Bus (Dangers Mix) by Fatima Mansions
Show #31 – Tea & Cigarettes
(Original upload date 27 January 2006)
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Maple Leaves (7″ Version) by Jens Lekman
Sour Times by Portishead
Only You by Portishead
Life In Mono by Mono
Souvenir (Extended) by OMD
Your Silent Face by New Order
Rain by Tones On Tail
Who Will Fall by Coil
Still Falling by Meat Beat Manifesto
The Art Of Parties (Single Version) by Japan
Collapsing New People by Fad Gadget
Neon Rider by Junior Boys
Neon Lights by Kraftwerk
Lay My Love by Brian Eno & John Cale
6 Underground (Single Version) by Sneaker Pimps
Real Life by Tones On Tail
FÃ¼r Immer by Neu!