Show 36 was the last before the three week Easter break, and would see Music for the Masses in its springtime Wednesday slot for the last time. Actually, it could have even been the last outing of the show, as the post-holiday scheduling shakeup always meant a few shows dropped out. Fortunately – or unfortunately – it lived on to die another day, this week with New Order as the Artist of the Week.
Show 36: Wed 16 Mar 2005, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: New Order.
Chicane – No Ordinary Morning
Veto Silver – Neon Lites
Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Mix)
Sylver – Who Am I?
Andy Pickford – Zweifarbig Bomber (Part 2)
Télépopmusik – Don’t Look Back
New Order – Blue Monday
Alizée – Moi… Lolita
Ladytron – Seventeen
Daft Punk – Robot Rock
Vic Twenty – I Sold Your Heart on eBay
Black Box Recorder – The Facts of Life
Annie – Always Too Late
New Order – True Faith
Depeche Mode – Only When I Lose Myself
Dusted – Always Remember to Honour and Respect Your Mother (Part 2)
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
After four weeks in the graveyard shift, Music for the Masses made its triumphant return to prime time, of sorts, on Monday evenings from 6-8pm. This made very little difference, except that the presenter (hi) was rather more awake.
Show 25: Mon 8 Nov 2004, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Air.
I Monster – Daydream in Blue
Goldfrapp – Train
Étienne de Crécy – Am I Wrong?
Bent – Comin’ Back
Zero 7 – Destiny
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Air – Le Soleil est Près de Moi
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
The Human League – Shameless
Lemon Jelly – The Staunton Lick
Mirwais – Naïve Song
Depeche Mode – Halo (Goldfrapp Mix)
The Shamen – Indica
Air – Playground Love
Andy Pickford – Black Dress
Lionrock – Tripwire
Enigma – Boum Boum (Chicane Mix)
Faithless – Miss U Less, See U More
Camouflage – Love is a Shield
Ultravox – Vienna
Air – Cherry Blossom Girl
The second half of this show still exists as a recording and will feature as a future Playlist for stowaways.
For a couple of decades, the largely unknown electronic musician Andy Pickford has been intermittently creating great music. While his fame has never quite reached the heights it deserves, he does have an excellent back catalogue to explore.
His early tribute to Blade Runner, Replicant (1993), or the follow-up Terraformer (1994).
Where to start
Start with the brilliant Terraformer, which really shows him at his best. This is an electronic album which is every bit as good as anything on the charts – in particular Mesmereyes and Djangotron are exceptional.
What to buy
Next, go with Nemesis (1998), which is probably his most fully formed album, and then his most recent, Lughnasad (2002). Finally, roll back to the lovely Maelstrom (1995). For the most part, I’d get the new remastered versions directly from his website – they sound a lot better and the money goes straight to him. On the other hand, a couple of them have altered track listings and the artwork has gone a bit more psychedelic, but it’s up to you…
Don’t bother with
Much from his collaboration with Paul Nagle, variously sold as S.T.D.M. and Binar. The many albums do include good material, but they generally lack the charm that makes Pickford‘s solo work so special.
Zweifarbig Bomber (Part One), from the debut album Replicant, is exceptionally good, and Dreifarbig Bomberfrom Symbiont is great too.
LSR FM, Leeds University’s student radio station, used to apply for an FM licence for a month once or twice a year, and this used to be extremely popular, as large numbers of wannabe DJs would apply to do shows. So it was that the returning Music for the Masses ended up in a graveyard slot, last thing at night on a Saturday night (or first thing on a Sunday, if you prefer to look at it that way, which nobody did, as they were all students). This had the nice effect that sometimes another presenter would forget to turn up, and your show could comfortably overrun by twenty minutes or so.
Show 22: Sun 17 Oct 2004, from 4:00am-6:20am
Broadcast on LSR FM, on FM and online. Artist of the week: Jean Michel Jarre.
Lemon Jelly – Space Walk
William Orbit (with Beth Orton) – Water from a Vine Leaf
Gotan Project – Época
Jean Michel Jarre – Équinoxe (Part III)
Ladytron – Light and Magic
Elektric Music – TV
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Andy Pickford – Oblivion
Jean Michel Jarre – Tout est Bleu
Massive Attack – Protection
Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Kings of Convenience – Know-How
Bomb the Bass – Darkheart
Dirty Vegas – Walk Into the Sun
The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom
Jean Michel Jarre – Aero
Robert Miles – Maresias
Komputer – The World of Tomorrow
Client – Radio (Extended)
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Baxendale – Your Body Needs My Sugar
Paul van Dyk – Time of Our Lives
Moby – Porcelain
Manu Chao – Bongo Bong
This show was recorded, and for the most part still exists. It will be posted as a Playlist for stowaways soon.