1. The Incredible P.W.E.I. vs The Moral Majority - Pop Will Eat Itself
2. Ascend (Remix) - Nitzer Ebb
3. Head Like a Hole (Soil) - Nine Inch Nails
4. Tranquilized - The Final Cut
5. God O.D. - Meat Beat Manifesto
6. Hallucination Generation (Syametic Nightmare) - Gruesome Twosome
7. Salvation (Razormaid! Mix) - The Hood
8. Passion for the Future - Manufacture
9. Join in the Chant - Nitzer Ebb
10. Rhythmic Vibrations (Razormaid! Mix) - Red Flag
11. Headhunter (v 3.0) - Front 242
12. Evolution (Original Mix) - Nostromo Dept.
13. Fahrenheit (Ultimix) - Umo Detic
14. Hurt - New Order
15. A Daisy Chain 4 Satan - My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
16. The Snow - Coil
Notes and other random things: This week I decided to do an industrial retro episode. The roots of this decision lie in several pivotal moments from the past. Actually, it's not that dramatic, but I had you going for a second, didn't I? Really it's because I celebrated my birthday this week. As I get older, birthdays seem like more of an opportunity to ponder and reflect, assess and re-assess my current trajectory in life - maybe more so than New Year's, which I've proven over and over again is just a way to formulate unreachable goals and continually break promises to myself. As my sense of nostalgia was quite strong this week, I got to thinking about the music I listened to half my life ago. Most of these songs represent a fragment of the musical expansion of my mind during this period.
Several years ago, also on the week of my birthday, I decided to do a set comprised entirely of similar music at the retro club in which I performed. In my brief few years as a "real" DJ, I've come to realize you can't please everyone all the time at gigs, especially in the world of iPods where people are accustomed to wholly personalized playlists at the spin of a toggle wheel. But, in this case, I think I got more complaints about the music from patrons, bar staff and owner than ever before. It was disappointing. Part of the failure can be chalked up to being in a smaller metropolis where there simply aren't clubs that cater to this kind of thing on a regular basis. Part of it was the early time slot and the lack of alcohol in people's systems. And part of it was my fault for doing an hour-long set of wall-to-wall industrial music. I probably should have varied it up at least a little, but it was my birthday so I did what I did.
Well, as it is once again the week of my birthday, I'm trying the industrial experiment once more in podcast form. With a broader reach at my disposal, maybe the results will be better. Maybe they won't. But, what better way to ponder, reflect, assess and re-assess the current and future trajectory of CRC?
Whether you like industrial music or not, there are some absolute classics here. Headhunter by Front 242 comes to mind, as does Join in the Chant by Nitzer Ebb. This version of JITC comes from the recently released double album called Body of Work. It's not a remix, but this particular version is different from the one appearing on their That Total Age Album, so you may not be familiar with it. Because NE are one of my favorites, I included a second track, a remix of Ascend from the remixes portion of the collection. Other classic tracks include the Soil version of Head Like a Hole by Nine Inch Nails and God OD by Meat Beat Manifesto, who have appeared in previous episodes of CRC.
On the more techo side of this episode, I included one of the all-time classics, Evolution, by Nostromo Dept. This song has been remixed any number of ways, but here you'll find the track in its original form. The lead keyboard riff about halfway in is identical to the melodic line of Metropolis by Kraftwerk. I also threw in the Jallokin-penned Fahrenheit. Jallokin was one of the primary members of Bigod20, working with mega-producer Talla 2XLC, who has been featured here several times with his band Moskwa TV, and as a former member of Robotiko Rejekto.
Chris Connelly of Wax Trax! fame, who has done work with Revolting Cocks, Ministry, Acid Horse, and many others does guest lead and backing vocals on the great track Tranquilized by The Final Cut from the album Consumed. It's an album that, according to the credits was "produced by everyone, including your mother". Speaking of Wax Trax!, Coil's The Snow comes courtesy of The Snow ep. Coil are remnants from the early Industrial Collective called Throbbing Gristle, which featured Genesis P. Orrdige who later formed Psychic TV, and Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, who later formed Chris and Cosey. It is thought that the term "industrial" was adopted from Throbbing Gristle's formation of Industrial Records, whose slogan was "Industrial music for industrial people".
As always, enjoy the music, but a word of caution for extreme road rage sufferers: this episode is not recommended for city driving!
Motion Gears photo credit: ralphbijker