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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.

Nina Hagen



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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.

Nina Hagen


Show #36 – Fake Tales Of San Francisco
(Original upload date 3 March 2006)

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Teachers by Daft Punk
Teachers by Soulwax
Saturdays by Cut Copy
10 Dollar by M.I.A.
Heartbeats (Rex The Dog Remix) by The Knife
Get Your Body! (Razormaid Mix) by Adamski Featuring Nina Hagen
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys
Art-i-ficial by X-Ray Spex
Holidays In The Sun by Sex Pistols
Damage Addict (Bagman Damage) by The Damage Manual
Nightdrive (Thru Babylon) by Model 500
Blame It On The Muzick by J.J. Fad
Numbers by Kraftwerk
Erotic City by Prince
Reputation Or Notoriety? by In Flagranti
A Pain That I’m Used To (Jacques Lu Cont Remix) by Depeche Mode
Square One by Coldplay
Crap Hands by Beck
Hey Ladies by Beastie Boys
Boy’s Town by Morel
Soon (Andrew Weatherall Mix) by My Bloody Valentine

Bob, Mikey, and I flew out to San Francisco during International Bear Rendezvous to visit friends. I did a lot of shopping at Amoeba…