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Monthly Archives: March 2008

I’m sure I’ve covered this before, but certain things bear repeating, and I’ve kind of tied myself up on another draft post that I need to step back from for a few days before it eats me alive. When I’m trying to track down Matt Bianco songs there must be something wrong with me. I’ll end up on Saturday Superstore with precocious kids telephoning to call me a wanker.

Anyway, Marva Whitney – Unwind Yourself, a James Brown vocalist, but we’re more interested in the Saxophone sample that led to DJ Mark The 45 King – The 900 Number.

The 900 Number has for no good reason I can think of been resurrected, and is presented here in an Eli Escobar remix. I don’t know who Eli Escobar, but he’s done a bang up job on this one.

The 900 Number was previously remixed in 1990 or thereabouts by the 45 King himself, Ced Gee & Chad Jackson. Chad Jackson’s remix is particularly notable for the sheer amount of samples contained within and was released with his name as artist as it was supposedly constructed from the original loop and not the sampled one or something. I think it more likely the 45 King felt the treatment to be slightly over the top.

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Unwind Yourself was also notably used for DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat, and it was used in Yo! MTV raps as the Ed Luva dance or something similar. I don’t really know about this as MTV wasn’t very prevalent among my peers at this time.

I mistakely though I would try searching for the sleeve of the original issue of the 900 Number, as it had a quite striking red sleeve with a yellow label, but as 900 numbers tend towards the premium rate telephone call area, most images related to the phrase tend to be kind of risque. Or of cocks.

Also! Marc the 808 Bass Queen – 900 Bass Number.

The 900 Number on ebay, one of which at least had the sleeve I was thinking of.

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As previously threatened, Westbam. I seem to remember my first exposure to Westbam came with …And Party, one part Walking On Sunshine, one part Spank and a vocoder. Nothing really special at the time, but odd enough that I remembered the artist. After this came Monkey Say, Monkey Do (presented here in the New Beat remix) as particularly impressive and the follow up Saxophone with it’s infectious flip side, Alarm Clock. I believe Alarm Clock is built on top of a sample of Gang Of Four’s What We All Want and is, erm, somewhat of an inspiration to Weatherall’s My Bloody Valentine remix. Alarm Clock is probably also partly responsible for the big beat sound of the 90s.

Other notable releases at this time include Hold Me Back, The Roof Is On Fire and No More Fucking Rock & Roll, and it’s around here that my Westbam knowledge fades somewhat. He continued to release records at an incredibly productive rate, and around this time Mayday takes off as a celebration of rave culture in Germany.

Deskee – Let There be House (Westbam remix)

2 Live Crew – We Want Some Pussy (Westbam remix)

Nena – 99 Luftballon (remix)

Moby – Feeling So Real (Westbam remix)

Jam & Spoon – Stella (Westbam remix)

Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People (Westbam remix)

Yello – Bostich (Westbam Rush Push)

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – F1-11(Westbam Dub) : One of my favourite remixes, extremely straightforward and to the point.

Afrika Bambaataa – Planet Rock(Westbam remix) : Which brings things kind of full circle with Westphalia Bambaataa working with Afrika Bambaataa.

Westbam items on ebay.

The first CD I bought, well one of the first CDs I bought was The Greatest Hits of House.

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I’m not sure what exactly attracted me to this one, it certainly wasn’t the sleeve as it looks like a global hypercolor dye truck collided with the Letraset factory. I guess it is possible that the “AS SEEN ON T.V.” and “DOUBLE COMPACT DISC” legends sucker-punched me, but it’s more likely the DDD notation on the back stating that “Digital recorders were used at all points of the process” convinced me to take the plunge. Stylus Music didn’t publish much more than this and a few other compilations, but when your catalogue includes Stock Aitken & Waterman, Imagination and Aswad your time is probably not long of this Earth.

As compilations go, it’s a bit of a con. The “32 Mega House Hits” are clipped in places to ensure they fit the 2 discs leading to versions of the tracks that are not quite as full as they could be.

So why exactly am I reminiscing? I was asked earlier this week if I had This Ain’t Chicago – Ride The Rhythm and I remembered it was somewhere among my discs, leading me to dig this one out. Finding the CD further reminded me of my first CD playing crappy stereo with bright orange LEDs and suspicious Far East parentage and also of the first few CDs I bought. This was one, the others were Yello – Tied Up & Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance.

On further investigation of the CD, there are some tracks that are still robust these days. Nitro Deluxe – This Brutal House in particular still sounds as fresh as it did back then, and I’ve posted a few other tracks below that I found to be still quite notable. However, the difference between myself and Stylus Music is that I’ve endeavoured to find fuller versions of the tracks where possible as I don’t think there is a single track across these discs longer than 5 minutes. I haven’t been able to find an alternative version of the aforementioned Ride The Rhythm though.

Simon Harris – Bass(How Low Can You Go?) : As CTel points out in the comments below, an inspiration for what may be Gary Clail’s finest 7 minutes, Beef(How Low Can You Go?).

Beatmasters – Burn It Up : Remixed here by Baby Ford.

Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You : Remixed here by Richie Rich.

Sterling Void – Runaway : Desperation Dub.

Fast Eddie – Acid Thunder : Remixed by Rocky Jones.

Adonis – The Poke : Your Turn 2 Work Me remix.

The Greatest Hits Of House on ebay

BTW, one member of This Ain’t Chicago went on to find success under more than one other alias. Stand up Dizzie Dee, later of Candy Flip & Sure Is Pure.

It would be easy to write Moby off as a dick. He has made some music that overstayed it’s welcome by providing the soundtrack to near every commercial break as well as choices which seem intent on pissing people off, but on the flip side his early rave/club work is pretty good and that’s the period I want to highlight.

Some of the following is documented on the album, Early Underground, so if this is up your street, it might be worth tracking down.

Barracuda – Barracuda

UHF – UHF

Brainstorm – Rock The House

And of course, the track that propelled him into the limelight, the Twin Peaks sampling Go.

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His music after this points becomes quite divergent, Ambient, Animal Rights & I Like To Score are all fairly accomplished albums across quite different styles, but soon after this came Play, indicating the sound that would launch a thousand products.
From this album, I was particularly fond of Bodyrock, this seems to very similar DNA to My Bloody Valentine – Soon (Andrew Weatherall remix), Westbam – Alarm Clock & Sub Sub – Jaggernath. Part of this comes from Spoony Gee and The Treacherous Three – Love Rap.

Also, I love this video.

Following Play was 18, which I think is unique in that every track from the album was licensed for commercial use. I haven’t really followed Moby’s career too closely after this other than 3 points of note:

1. Make Love, Fuck War in collaboration with Public Enemy, which was the best thing either of them were involved in for ages.

2. Beyond The Sea, in collaboration with Oscar The Punk. This was featured on a CD issued with the collector edition of the game Bioshock. Thankfully this version doesn’t appear in the game (as far as I remember) as it would be quite a jolt out of Rapture.

3. Everyday it’s 1989, a paean to Rave Pianos and seemingly the centrepiece to his new album.

hymn.alt.quiet.version – I promised this a while back, and forgot about Moby until a friend reminded me earlier today.

Thousand – Highest BPM ever or something. See also the Aphex Twin – Didgeridoo and the St. Vitus dance. Maybe also epilepsy.

And as you’ve no doubt come to expect, Moby is responsible for a raft of remixes of other artists:

LFO – Tan Ta Ra(Moby remix) : From the What Is House? EP.

Erasure – Chorus (Vegan remix)

Jam & Spoon – Stella (Barracuda remix) : Surprisingly I’ve only posted Stella once before.

Orbital – Speed Freak (Moby Remix) : As previously mentioned, this also forms part of the Orbital Mutations set.

The Shamen – Make It Mine (US Dub) : Not all that good to be honest, and sounding oddly similar to the opening of Sabres vs. Underdog – The Theme.

Westbam – Bam Bam Bam (Moby Dub) : Another individual I need to spend some time investigating, even if only to post Alarm Clock.

Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 (Moby mix) : File under bands I’ve never got.

Also, a couple of recent requests:

Sure Beats Workin’ – Sure Beats Workin : Sampling the theme from the Old Grey Whistle Test. Which is probably fairly meaningless outside of the UK.

Orbital – The Box Part 4 : The Vocal mix.

Moby items on ebay.