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]
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)
For the seven-week Spring term of 2005, Music for the Masses returned with a Wednesday slot, and was an entirely relaxed affair, with the presenter sitting back and operating the controls with his legs crossed. Or maybe I was just posing for the webcam – it’s difficult to know for sure.
Show 30: Wed 2 Feb 2005, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Retrospective of 2004, with predictions for 2005 (no artist of the week).
Kings of Convenience – Misread
Delerium feat. Zoë Johnston – You & I
Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (Ewan Pearson Extended Remix)