Music for the Masses 36 – 16 March 2005

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.

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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)
  • Basement Jaxx – Good Luck
  • Komputer – Looking Down on London
  • Marvin the Paranoid Android – Marvin
  • New Order – Krafty
  • Lemon Jelly – Come Down on Me
  • Lionrock – Rude Boy Rock

Music for the Masses 29 – 6 December 2004

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.

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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
  • Lemon Jelly – Stay with You
  • Espiritu – You Don’t Get Me
  • Jean Michel Jarre – Chronologie (Part 6)
  • Andy Pickford – Oblivion
  • Erasure – She Won’t Be Home
  • Piney Gir – Girl
  • Empire State Human – Little Alfie
  • Way Out West – Ajare 2
  • Jolly Music feat. Erlend Øye – Talco Uno
  • Client – In the Back of Your Car
  • Delerium – Wisdom
  • Peach – Hush
  • Erasure – Breathe
  • Sparks – The Calm Before the Storm
  • Saint Etienne – I Was Born on Christmas Day

Music for the Masses 25 – 8 November 2004

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.

Beginner’s guide to Andy Pickford

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.

Key moments

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.

Hidden treasure

Zweifarbig Bomber (Part One), from the debut album Replicant, is exceptionally good, and Dreifarbig Bomberfrom Symbiont is great too.

For stowaways

Music for the Masses 22 – 17 October 2004

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.

Chart for stowaways – 7 March 2015

Here are this week’s top ten albums, as Étienne de Crécy takes over the top spot on both charts for the first time:

  1. Étienne de Crécy – Super Discount 3
  2. Shit Robot – We Got a Love
  3. Marsheaux – A Broken Frame
  4. Röyksopp – The Inevitable End
  5. Shit Robot – From the Cradle to the Rave
  6. Erasure – The Violet Flame
  7. Erasure – Wild!
  8. Enigma – A Posteriori
  9. Deep Forest – Music Detected
  10. Andy Pickford – Terraformer

Chart for stowaways – 14 February 2015

Let’s count down this week’s top ten albums:

  1. Marsheaux – A Broken Frame
  2. Vitalic – OK Cowboy
  3. Röyksopp – The Inevitable End
  4. Erasure – Wild!
  5. Erasure – The Violet Flame
  6. Recoil – Liquid
  7. Enigma – A Posteriori
  8. Deep Forest – Music Detected
  9. Saint Etienne – Tales from Turnpike House
  10. Andy Pickford – Terraformer

The invasion of the oldies continues! Dirty Vegas spend their second week at number one on the singles with their cover of Duran Duran‘s Save a Prayer.