Tuesday. Tuesday...I never thought next Tuesday would ever happen. Way back in the wee days of the internet, I was on the Recoil official mailing list--back when that meant daily emails of conversing with other fans, and sometimes Alan Wilder himself, who is surprisingly approachable for someone who used to be a very key member in one of the most important electronic bands ever.
We begged, and begged, but he said it couldn't be done. Recoil could never tour, could never even do a live show... there were just
I guess Alan changed his mind, because he's on tour, and he's coming to
Though nearly impossible given all the options, I choose Recoil's first single and most well-known track, a cover of the
*trivia: Foetus also covered this song on Rife, ergo this track is often mistaken for a Foetus cover, not to say that Thirwell's version didn't influence this one.
Posted: October 23rd, 2010
at 1:38pm by qbot
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Radio Heart was a project of Hugh Nicholson, a friend of Gary Numan's. Elton John and Ray Cooper also contributed vocals on various tracks, but the three songs featuring Numan are by far the best on the album. The single "Radio Heart", released in 1987, is far more mainstream pop than his own output, and likewise achieved more chart success than Numan had on his own at the time.
My favorite Gary Numan album does not come from his smashing glam-meets-new wave '80s-era work, but his 2000 release Pure. Following in the wake of his wife's repeated miscarriages, Numan took a page from Trent Reznor's book (and one he himself inspired, no less), and wrote an industrial-inspired epic of pain and scathing religious commentary, as exemplified in "My Jesus".
Posted: October 21st, 2010
at 8:00pm by qbot
Tagged with 1987, 2000, alan wilder, architect, atomic, british, daniel myer, elton john, gary numan, hugh nicholson, industrial, metro, new wave, pleasure principle, pure, radio heart, ray cooper, recoil, trent reznor, tribute, tubeway army
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So, you all know industrial gods Ministry. Most of you are familiar with the likes of "So What," "Stigmata" and "Jesus Built My Hotrod." You're even pretty familiar with the first Ministry album With Sympathy, which you're afraid to admit that you like better than the rest of their work. You wish Al Jourgensen would have kept hanging out with Depeche Mode (I kid!) for more fake British accent and made more records like this.
But HEY! You can take one more trip down that synthy route that they were known for at the time with this unreleased single "Same Old Madness."
This track still has not seen an official release. It was originally supposed to see light in 1982 as the band's second single following "Cold Life." The song was recorded and a video was filmed (partially at Chicago's Metro, as legend has it) until Ministry decided to move to Arista Records for the release of With Sympathy.
Sidenote: Angry Biker Al in the video? MMM, what a treat.
Ok, so… it's a bit hypocritical for me to post this, I'll admit it. I mostly make fun of
But I can't deny their influence, which is rampant everywhere from synthpop to Detroit techno and, of course, the industrial and EBM scenes that they had a hand in founding. Their style sounded very dated to me 10 years ago, but now the minimalism sounds fresh--all things come back again, of course.
I choose to post "Let Your Body Learn" from 1987's That Total Age release because to me, it relates well to new wave [and I'm sure the influence goes both ways]. I'm also including a new track from Neon Electronics vs
We're thrilled to be giving away tickets to their upcoming concert on Thanksgiving night. Though lacking in trees, Nitzer Ebb put on a great live show, and I'm sure they won't disappoint. Opening for them is my absolute favorite local-Chicago-via-way-of-Detroit band
Posted: November 19th, 2009
at 3:09am by qbot
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I made a quick mix this afternoon, loosely based on my sets at our costume contest Thursday night. Have a great Halloween!
Human League: Darkness
Anne Clark: Sleeper In Metropolis
Cabaret Voltaire: Yashar [John Robie Mix]
Ministry: Everyday is Halloween
Duran Duran: Wild Boys
Depeche Mode: Personal Jesus [Pump Mix]
Michael Jackson: Thriller [DiscoTech Remix]
Front 242: Welcome To Paradise
Posted: October 31st, 2009
at 4:02pm by qbot
Tagged with 2009, american, animotion, anne clark, belgian, british, cabaret voltaire, darkness, depeche mode, discotech, duran duran, everyday is halloween, front 242, halloween, human league, industrial, michael jackson, ministry, mix, new wave, obsession, personal jesus, pop, remix, synthpop, thriller, wax trax, welcome to paradise, wild boys, yashar
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Portion Control are one of the most influential artists in the canon of electronic music, and name-checked by some of the biggest underground artists in electronic music, including Front 242, Skinny Puppy, and Depeche Mode. Even Trent Reznor cited them recently as a major influence. Yet for some reason, Portion Control are still virtually unknown to many; which is a crime, because they wrote some of the best hard rhythmic electronic anthems ever during the years of 1982-1986.
This south London trio started their rhythmic chaos in 1980. Their earliest cassettes resembled sounds of layered cut up industrial noise that the geniuses Cabaret Voltaire manipulated. As PC progressed further, their sound got harder. Imagine if you will the furious noise of Throbbing Gristle spliced into the electro funk of Grand Master Flash. Combine hard analogue keyboards with propulsive beats, noises, but several melodic elements. Add Dean Piavani's voice, rather punk and gruff to contrast the cold machines. It's the perfect foil that gave rise to a new genre of music coined by the UK music press in '84, "electro punk".
However, it was 1985 when Portion Control flirted with possible stardom with the seminal 12 inch single, The Great Divide. What was so great about this song was that it bridged a gap musically to very diverse sub-cultures. Nihilistic post-industrialists, B-Boy rappers, punk rockers, and house DJs all were mesmerized by how Portion Control used and abused the beat. In fact, back in the day, the cool kids used to break dance in the clubs to the "The Great Divide." Even to this day, one can go to a club, and chances are the DJ might have a copy of "The Great Divide". In 1986, after the release of "Psycho-Bod Saves the World," they stopped recording music under the name, and tried a different project called Solar Enemy. The legend grew around the band only for them to re-surface in 2004. Since their return to 'rapid response electronics,' Portion Control has been very busy releasing a double album, two full lengths, EPs, and a 7" rebuild version of one of their biggest hits, "Chew You To Bits. There are some people that would argue that Portion Control are better than ever. The counting continues once more.