Kissing their metal & art-rock bands goodbye in the late 90's, vocalist Aimee Echo (
With three albums and an EP under their belts, theSTART's latest release Ciao, Baby was issued under
theSTART are still active & are currently focusing on a new experimental project
Posted: February 10th, 2010
at 7:42pm by Peroxide
Tagged with 2007, 4ad, aimee echo, american, bauhaus, ciao baby, covers, depeche mode, goth, human waste project, jamie miller, metropolis, missing persons, new wave, normandie, pop, siouxsie sioux, snot, the chameleons, the cure, thestart
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I still get excited every year when we do our
The two songs here represent two completely different New Order styles, but they share that sentimental touch that ties the history of the band together. "Dreams Never End" is from their debut album
Consisting of members of a then defunct Specials, Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding formed Fun Boy Three in 1981. A mixture of sounds and textures, the Fun Boys spent their time recording with Fun Girls Bananarama and writing with Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's.
Though perhaps made more famous by the Go-Go's a year earlier, Fun Boy Three released their own version of the hit "Our Lips are Sealed" in 1983. On a personal level, it remains the essential version of the song with carefree vocals and laid-back instrumentation - the perfect touch for the lyrical content that the Go-Go's version lacked.
The could-be long lost Scottish synthpop sisters of Tegan & Sara, Rose McDowall and Jill Bryson from Strawberry Switchblade paved their way with teased hair, gothy cupcake dresses and polkadots in the mid-80's with their debut and only album of the same name... and what a great album and name they were!
Their biggest imprint was with their sugary sweet single "Since Yesterday," which became a top 10 hit in the UK and featured the opening fanfare of Sibelius' Symphony No.5 and enough sunshine harmonies to keep you smiling for days - days of Dayglo, if you will. C'mon, I dare you to give this a listen and not be bouncing right out of your seat! Take a close listen though - beneath the surface of those driving dancefloor drumbeats is a truly tragic tale of love lost. But hey, that's really nothing to be shocked by in the world of new wave now, is it? The album actually dives into much deeper, darker water than the single does.
"Since Yesterday" is available on the CD import of their debut album or the Warner Platinum Collection, which is probably much easier & less expensive to track down. Highly recommended cutesy bubblegum pop for New Romantics.
In this post, I will give away some of my favorite remixes. I know approximately nothing about DiscoTech, aside from that I think they're from Brooklyn, and I get really excited when I see their name on something. Attempts to search for more information have come up dry.
I love remixes, it's no secret. I like hearing a familiar song in a new way, different people's takes on the same material, and in general I just have an affinity for things that have been modified. But as a dj, though a remix often makes for a better mix and a bit of the unexpected can infuse some energy into the crowd, it can be problematic as well. A lot of people have carefully planned their dance moves and sing-alongs according to the original, and when you mess with that, well, you get nasty notes written on soggy napkins thrown at you calling you a "bad dj" by passive-aggressive dancers who clearly don't understand the concept. Some people just won't ever like it, but I've noticed it's a lot easier for them to swallow if the lyrics are intact. DiscoTech does this well; they create an updated and energetic backdrop to a familiar classic in a way that doesn't leave people bewildered trying to sing along.
P.S. They also did
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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