I’m still dealing with boxes and furniture and lights and things, so I’m not especially productive of late when it comes to updating this place. Just a quick note to anyone that might leave a post asking about an old track, if you do post something, could you ensure you have a working email address that I can follow up on? On that note, there were a couple of request for some of the old tracks lately, so here are Orbital – Belfast(Wasted) & The Fall – Hit The North(Part 6 Double Six mix). Also, if you’re looking for something in a similar vein to my posts but would prefer them in a slightly more timely manner, CTel has recently started an alphablog over here.
And now back to your regular programming with a few tracks from Secret Knowledge, aka journalist, author & musician Kris Needs.
Well known for his biography output of Joe Strummer, Keith Richards & Bob Marley among others, but he first came to the fore in the late 70s taking control of Pete Frame’s (of Rock Family Trees) ZigZag magazine and turning it into a showcase for punk rock covering the emerging scene.
The 80s by comparison seem to a be little less productive other than trying to get a pop magazine with Alistair Crowley on the cover into WH Smiths until sharing a flat with Youth and hooking up with Primal Scream via Alex Paterson. The early 90s saw Sugar Daddy released on the Sabres of Paradise label in collaboration with US vocalist Wonder. More information can be gleaned from an extensive interview over here.
Sugar Daddy : This one really needs no introduction.
Let The Groove Begin (Minimal Expressions) : Remixed by Arthur Baker.
As well as the Secret Knowledge output for Sabres, Needs & Wonder recorded for Leftfield’s Hard Hands label as Delta Lady.
Delta Lady – Anything You Want (Delta Belter Vocal)
Delta Lady – Swamp Fever(Delta Baptism)
And as with pretty much every other group mentioned here, he is a prolific remixer.
Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart – Becoming More Like God (Secret Knowledge To Hell And Back Mix)
Empirion – Narcotic Influence (Secret Knowledge remix)
The Age Of Love – The Age Of Love (Secret Knowledge remix)
Hardfloor – Acperience (Secret Knowledge remix)
The Prodigy – Speedway (Theme From Fastlane)(Secret Knowledge remix)
Pop Will Eat Itself – Cape Connection (Secret Knowledge)
Transglobal Underground – Slowfinger (Delta Ladies Night Mix)
And last but not least, Kris Needs’ remix of The Orb’s Toxygene. Kris collaborated with The Orb as Bytesize Nuns and also for the Orb track Occidental.
There are loads more remixes by Kris in this guise and under his own name, and I hope to showcase a few I find interesting, but there are many more and as an excercise for the reader I recommend you try to track some of them down. I’m missing One Dove, Saint Etienne, Primal Scream, Nitzer Ebb & The Clash among others due to a lack of space. That and not really wanting to post something with a half gigabyte worth of attached files.
Secret Knowledge music items on ebay. The stuff in other categories is kind of odd due to the term Secret Knowledge having other connotations.