This was the last ever Music for the Masses, just a little over a decade ago, and it would go out with nothing but a sombre wave on the webcam, ten minutes before the end. Over the preceding five years, I had immensely enjoyed doing the show, and would spend another eight years or so wondering how to recapture those times. Eventually, it was reincarnated in the shape of the blog you’re reading today.
The last track had to be, of course, the fantastic Sweet Harmony by The Beloved.
Show 40: Sat 14 May 2005, from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Everything But The Girl.
Portishead – Glory Box
Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At
Kings Have Long Arms feat. Phil Oakey – Rock & Roll is Dead
Sohodolls – Prince Harry
Everything But The Girl – Missing (CL McSpadden Powerhouse Mix)
Underworld – Pearl’s Girl
Client – Don’t Call Me Baby
Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Garbage – The World is Not Enough
Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded
Wolfsheim – Kein Zurück (Live) [The Live Bit]
Vic Twenty – Wrong
Moby – Raining Again
Luke Slater – I Can Complete You
Röyksopp – Poor Leno
Everything But The Girl – Blame
Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygène (Part 2)
Goldfrapp – Tiptoe [Electromix]
Jolly Music – Radio Jolly (ADULT Remix) [Electromix]
The post-Easter run of shows introduced two new features, both pre-recorded mixes. The Live Bit consisted of ten minutes or so of live material, while the Electromix was a trio of dark electronic tracks mixed together. I had a lot of fun with this week’s by trying to censor My Robot Friend‘s track in creative ways.
Show 37: Sat 23 Apr 2005, from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Delerium.
Jakatta – American Dream
Björk – Army of Me
Lemon Jelly – Make Things Right
Faithless – Tarantula
Delerium – Daylight
Alpinestars – Burning Up
Portishead – Sour Times
Happy Mondays – Hallelujah
Groove Armada – At the River (Live) [The Live Bit]
Client – White Wedding (Live) [The Live Bit]
Erlend Øye – Sudden Rush
Paul Keating (Closer to Heaven Original Cast Recording) – Positive Role Model (The Almighty Definitive Mix)
Delerium – Fallen
Moby – Spiders
Everything But The Girl – Mirrorball (Jazzy Jeff Remix)
Ultravox – Vienna
Tiga & Zyntherius – Sunglasses at Night
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence
Death in Vegas – Hands Around My Throat [Electromix]
My Robot Friend – Sex Machine [Electromix]
Leftfield – Phat Planet [Electromix]
Goldfrapp – Hairy Trees
The Live Bit and Electromix features from this show both still exist, and will appear in a future Playlist for stowaways.
Show 29 was the last before the Christmas break in 2004, and while that may be a little off-season at the time of posting, it inevitably had a bit of a festive theme, with Erasure – also starring as the artist of the week – turning up on the playlist with She Won’t Be Home and other wintry hits from Pet Shop Boys and Saint Etienne.
Show 29: Mon 6 Dec 2004, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Erasure.
Bomb the Bass – Darkheart
The Postal Service – Recycled Air
Sohodolls – Trash the Rental (Demo)
Ladytron – Playgirl
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Rex the Dog Dubb Mix)
Erasure – Sono Luminus
Alpinestars – Burning Up
Pet Shop Boys – It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas
Show 27 was, judging from the pictures and playlist, a blistering affair, involving lots of waving hands around in the air like I just didn’t care, and finally seeing Kraftwerk as the artist of the week.
Show 27: Mon 22 Nov 2004, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Kraftwerk.
After a four year break, Music for the Masses made its triumphant return, switching now from Aberystwyth to Leeds, and finally making the break into the world of FM broadcasting. The first show started a few minutes late, as the producer had fallen asleep so deeply that he couldn’t hear the telephone ringing, as I frantically tried to get somebody’s attention inside the building so I could come in and do my show. After a lot of waving my arms around, I finally got the attention of the DJs, who politely waved back. Eventually, somebody let me in, and the show began.
Show 21: Sun 10 Oct 2004, from 4:05am-6:05am
Broadcast on LSR FM, on FM and online. Artist of the week: Depeche Mode.
Télépopmusik – Breathe
Air – Cherry Blossom Girl
Enigma – Boum Boum (Chicane Mix)
Delerium feat. Zoë Johnston – You & I
Depeche Mode – Behind the Wheel (Beatmasters Mix)
Alpinestars – NuSEX City
Front Line Assembly – Transmitter
Client – The Chill of October
Yello – Time Palace
Depeche Mode – Only When I Lose Myself
S.I. Futures – Eurostar
Echoboy – Turning On
Dirty Vegas – Days Go By (Acoustic)
New Order – Touched by the Hand of God (Biff & Memphis Remix)
Apollo 440 – Vanishing Point
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
Asana – Re-embodiment
Goldfrapp – Hairy Trees
Orbital & Angelo Badalamenti – Beached
This show was recorded, and for the most part still exists. It will be posted as a Playlist for stowaways soon.