1. Toxical Teutonic - Readymade
2. Tubular Bells/Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls - Book Of Love
3. Can You Forgive Her? (MK Remix) - Pet Shop Boys
4. Happiest Girl (Jack Mix) - Depeche Mode
5. Train in Vain - The Clash
6. Effigy (I'm Not An) - Ministry
7. Sanctify Yourself - Simple Minds
8. Stand Above Me - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
9. Doctorin' the Tardis - The History Of The Jams a.k.a. The Timelords
10. Swallow It (Regurgitated) - Fad Gadget
11. Junk - Monaco
12. Until December - Until December
13. The Village - New Order
14. Love is a Shield (12" Orbit Mix) - Camouflage
15. High on Mystic Mountain (Razormaid! Mix) - Mysterious Art
Notes and other random things: I think I'll have to re-think my "Fun With Retro" episodes moving forward. It's not that the music isn't good or that, after years of making mixtapes for friends, I suddenly came to the conclusion that they're just not worth it. Actually, I have a feeling that the answer key post that followed a week later might have something to do with the fact that my last CRC mix (#14) has yet to show up on iTunes, despite the fact that two weeks have elapsed since I posted it. Wouldn't you agree it's too coincidental that a music post doesn't show up right after posting my first (and now only) text-only episode? It's okay if you don't; besides, that was sort of a rhetorical question. Anyway, I hope that it will show up soon. This week's post will be a good test to see if there are other things going on beyond my control.
Enough about that. Let's get to the music, shall we? Leading off this week, is a little pre-fab number by an outfit called Readymade. I'll admit, I don't know much about this group. It's basically a project of one Thomas Fehlmann and he did some production work on a couple of Orb albums. Oh, and I bought the album Urobreaks in college just because the album art looked vague enough to be cool and because it was in the dance section of the music shop I was in. But, that's about it. Until now, despite my having made thousands upon thousands of mixtapes over the years, I've used only one track on one occasion. Welcome to the second track and the second occasion! I've already thrown the Book of Love track "Boy" onto an earlier episode. This track, "Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls", is not only another great 80s dance hit, but it has one of the longest remixes probably ever. The Regan's House Medley clocks in at about 15 mintues in length. I thought about putting that on here, but it's simply too much for an hour-long episode. It's the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida of its time, the ultimate, live-DJ-take-a-bathroom-break-and-grab-a-beverage-while-you're-at-it track. This remix of the Pet Shop Boys' "Can You Forgive Her?" is unlike any you've probably heard before and it goes well with this version of "Happiest Girl" by Depeche Mode. The song was released during the Violator era as a complementary track to the "World in My Eyes" single. DM were probably nearing the height of their popularity at that time and they were writing some absolutely sophisticated electronic pop, some of which never made it to the album. This track is easily good enough to have made the album, but if you know Violator well, then you know it probably just didn't mesh with the feel and flow of the album as a whole. "Stand Above Me" by OMD was taken from their Liberator album. Released in 1993, OMD was getting a bit more into the techno side of music, though you couldn't tell with this track. That album heavily borrows riffs from Barry White's "Love's Theme" on a track called "Dream of Me", believe it or not. Speaking of borrowing heavily, The History of the Jams, also known as the Timelords, also known as KLF, also known as the Justified Ancients of MuMu, took huge liberties with Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part 2" for this ode to Dr. Who. The album cover from which this track comes is outfitted with a Ford Galaxie police car that was rigged to speak. The car actually did interviews on the band's behalf. If you have never read the bio of James Cauty and William Drummond from The KLF, you must do so. They challenged the conventions and the definitions of art and music at every turn. A very entertaining read. The track "Junk" is from a Peter Hook side project called Monaco. Though it's more techno-oriented than his previous work as the bassist for bands Joy Divison and New Order, this track still maintains his signature guitar work. The sound is unmistakably Peter Hook. Until December was lead by a guy named Adam Sherburne, who went on to form industrial collectivists Consolidated! An early New Order track from Power, Corruption and Lies precludes the cool remix of "Love is a Shield" by Camouflage, who have made several appearances here on CRC and will make many more, I'm certain. Rounding out this episode in their second appearance on CRC is German dance band Mysterious Art with a very upbeat Razormaid! version of High on Mystic Mountain.
Just so everyone knows, I'm still playing around with settings and recording methods as I do these episodes. I don't have a very complex mixer or anything (read: cheap) and, as I've mentioned previously, I'm using shareware to record all of it, but this week I toned down the mid-ranges some. I hope it won't sound quite so tinny on everyone's iPods or stereos or computers. I'm still pretty new to the podcast thing, so bear with me as I work out any flaws, real or imaginary! And for those of you getting these on iTunes, I'm sorry that the last episode hasn't shown up yet. iTunes can be notoriously finicky about its RSS Feeds, but I still have a sneaking suspicion that my non-audio episode had something to do with that. I hope I have solved the problem by eliminating it from my archives, and I hope #14 and this new episode, #15, show up soon. Enjoy, everyone!