1. A Knife and a Fork - Information Society
2. Buffalo Gals - Malcolm McLaren
3. The Wildstyle - Time Zone
4. Two Minute Warning - Depeche Mode
5. Sensoria ('92 reworked) - Cabaret Voltaire
6. The Devil You Know - Jesus Jones
7. Human Nature (On the Mix)(12" Version) - Gary Clail/On-U Sound System
8. Anguish - Intermix
9. Walking on Thin Ice (Razormaid! Mix) - Fuzzbox
10. In Too Deep (Off Yer Mong Mix) - Dead Or Alive
11. How to be a Millionaire (Bond St. Mix) - ABC
12. Communicate (Atomic Part Mix) - Microchip League
13. Confusion - Robotiko Rejekto
14. Change (Extended Version) - Tears For Fears
15. The Walk (Everything Mix) - The Cure
Notes and other random things: Last night, I went to see the Tears for Fears show here in Charlotte (see accompanying photo as proof). While I've been a fan for a long time, now that I'm at that age where much of my musical inspiration is older and calling it quits permanently, I was a bit pensive about seeing them live. I've always found it depressing to see a once vibrant band slogging around on stage, a few pounds heavier and a few half-tones off-key, playing their hits for an unknowledgeable or indifferent crowd of quadra (or is it tetra?) and pentagenarians. But, Roland and Curt and their band were affable, extremely entertaining, pitch-perfect and they looked like they had been able to curtail gravity quite well nearly 30 years after their inception. All-in-all a fantastic show.
In anticipation of the event, I included in my podcast an extended version of the song "Change" from their debut album The Hurting. Interestingly enough, they did not play this song at the show. Speaking of change, this week I went a little bit street and added some early boom box era, rap music flair with Malcolm McLaren's "Buffalo Gals" and Time Zone's "The Wildstyle". Mal was the brains and the fashion sense behind the Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow and Adam Ant (who appeared in last week's episode). Time Zone was a collaboration between Afrika Bambaataa and a wide spectrum of different artists. "World Destruction" with John Lydon from the above mentioned Sex Pistols might be their best known effort, but the song appearing here was their first single. The song is about 8+ minutes long in its entirety and because there is rapping almost throughout, it was tough to find a proper place to mix in a new song! Intermix is a Bill Leeb side project. He is responsible for Front Line Assembly, Delerium and other projects as well. His band mate Rhys Fulber also has many irons in the musical fire including a band called Conjure One. Gary Clail is known for his work with Tackhead Sound System. The group included uber-dub producer Adrian Sherwood, founder of On-U Sound Records, and the talented Keith LeBlanc, who got his start as a musician doing work with rappers Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel. The song here contains dub elements of that classic On-U Sound sound. Fuzzbox were an all-female band from England. Their band was originally called We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It, but was shortened for distribution in the U.S. The track here is a Razormaid! mix of "Walking on Thin Ice" from their second album called Big Bang! I also included the song "Confusion" by frequent Speak and Spell users Robotiko Rejekto. Part of the ZYX family of techno-meisters, Robotiko Rejekto consisted of Kurt Ader, Ralf Henrich and Andreas Tomalla, better known as mega-producer Talla 2XLC. Talla 2XLC left the band after this release. Little known Robotiko Rejekto fun fact: Kurt Ader is often listed as Ramona Ader in album credits.
Photo: Tears For Fears courtesy of DesignSnarr Photography
Clues and Answers to the Fun With Retro! Challenge
Spoiler alert! If you are still working on the retro challenge from the August 20th episode, then do not read any further because the answers are posted below. If you solved the challenge then you have no need to read any further because you already know the answer. For those who tried their best and for those who didn't try at all, stay tuned!
If you recall, I did a mixtape-style episode a couple weeks ago as I didn't have time to do a formal mix. The songs I chose followed a specific theme. I challenged you all to figure out that theme based on clues that appeared in the band names and/or song titles. Because I didn't post any of that information, you had to use your retro knowledge to piece together the titles, which in turn would reveal the theme.
Well, here they are:
Theme: Back to School
1. Numbers - Kraftwerk
2. Question - The Fixx
3. Work Hard - Depeche Mode
4. I Before E Except After C - Yaz
5. Runaway - Andy Bell
6. Crackpot History and the Right to Lie - Adam Ant
7. AEIOU Sometimes Y - Ebn-Ozn
8. The Swing - INXS
9. Violent Playground - Nitzer Ebb
10. Talent Show - The Replacements
11. She Blinded Me with Science - Thomas Dolby
12. The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk 3
13. Slang Teacher - Wide Boy Awake
14. Hey, Headmaster - Pet Shop Boys
15. Rock 'n' Roll High School - Ramones
Hope you enjoyed the challenge!
P.S. I moved the answers for the challenge to a post that contained music because episode #14 has yet to show up on iTunes and I wanted to see if my text-only post had something to do with that.