I’ve never liked Gong for some reason I’m not really sure about. A deep dislike of them and their fans, but I do like the System 7 stuff that started as a sideproject with Alex Paterson of The Orb. I kind of feel the same way about the Grateful Dead, although without the confict as Jerry Garcia was never involved in an album with someone like Kraftwerk. Well, that’s I’m aware of, any evidence to the contrary would be welcomed. I don’t think it would be that unlikely given that Organisation, the band were formed from were somewhat Psychedelic in sound, but German Psychedelia and American Psychedelia were somewhat different things as far as I know. I don’t really know enough about this region of music to say more, so I’ll shut up now.
System 7 took their name from the version of the Apple operating system that was in use at the time of the band’s formation, however they couldn’t trade under this name in the USA and used the name 777 instead. Confusingly this is also the name of their second album. The first album is an odd affair, with too many songs on it for it’s own good, but there are some standout tracks in Sunburst and Miracle especially and although I haven’t kept track of them fully, the band has produced some great tracks in collaboration with various club luminaries and local favourites.
Alpha Wave(Plastikman Acid House remix) : Capping off Acid House week, a 20 minute minimal workout from Richie Hawtin.
Miracle(Orb remix) : Probably one of my most favourite Orb remixes of anything.
7:7 Expansion(Nutritious remix) : Remixed by Tony Thorpe, one member of the Moody Boyz and 400 Blows.
Depth Disco : Issued as a promo, but not on the first album(or any others I think). I think this was probably reworked into something else, but I can’t be sure.
Interstate(David Holmes remix) : Interstate is based on a sample of NEU!’s Hallogallo, and is the only sanctioned usage of an NEU! sample, IIRC.
Sirenes(Carl Craig remix) : From a bonus CD that shipped with System Express, a kind of remixed greatest hits compilation. I wasn’t entirely surprised when opening the CD case and a grass seed fell out.
Remixed by System 7:
Mike Oldfield : Mike Oldfield must have lost a bet with his record company or something, of this era he was remixed by the Orb, System 7, Jam & Spoon and Hardfloor among others.
Buy System 7 items on ebay. Just make sure you don’t buy an operating system by accident.
Rest in Piece Tony Wilson.