Unfortunately the webcam wasn’t working this week, leaving us with very little documentary evidence of the show. Artist of the week was my long-time favourite act The Beloved, and other highlights included oddities from White Town and The Postal Service.
Show 33: Wed 23 Feb 2005, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: The Beloved.
Mylo – Valley of the Dolls
Robert Miles – Children
Olive – Miracle (Radio Mix)
Röyksopp – Poor Leno
New Order – True Faith
Enigma – The Eyes of Truth
The Beloved – Time After Time
Tony di Bart – The Real Thing (Joy Brothers Remake)
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)
The last Sunday in October 2004 saw the last ever (to date) FM outing of the Music for the Masses show. While this was something of a shame, not having to get up at 3am every Sunday morning and cycle across a bleak northern city was generally a good thing. And since I didn’t know whether this could even be my last ever radio show, the obvious choice for Artist of the Week was my long-time favourite act, Pet Shop Boys.
Show 24: Sun 31 Oct 2004, from 4:00am-6:00am
Broadcast on LSR FM, on FM and online. Artist of the week: Pet Shop Boys.
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (Reinterpreted)
Everything But The Girl – Hadfield 1980
Death in Vegas – Aisha
New Order – True Faith
Pet Shop Boys – I’m Not Scared
Erasure – Piano Song
Deep Forest – Will You Be Ready?
Client feat. Carl Barât – Pornography
White Town – Duplicate
Wolfsheim – Kein Zurück
Pet Shop Boys – Always
Faithless – Swingers
Utah Saints – What Can You Do for Me?
The All Seeing I feat. Phil Oakey – 1st Man in Space
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (Above & Beyond Remix)
Kraftwerk – Computer Love (The Mix Version)
Pet Shop Boys – Miracles
Sparks – My Baby’s Taking Me Home
Basement Jaxx – Rendez-Vu
Rob Dougan – Clubbed to Death
This show was recorded, and for the most part still exists. It will be posted as a Playlist for stowaways soon.
If you’ve ever wondered how real radio stations do competitions, the answer is that they make up pretend entries. When I was doing my Bay Radio show, I obviously hadn’t learnt this yet…
Show 17: Wed 10 May 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm
Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 14 tracks). A indicates A-list (8 tracks); B indicates B-list (3 tracks) and C indicates C-list (2 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 7 tracks). L indicates the ones from the “library” (Total 5 tracks).
1. Bluetones “Autophilia” A
[IRN 11.00 News]
2. Moby “Run On” L
3. Richard Ashcroft “Song for the Lovers” C
4. Inter “Radio Finland” B
5. Asian Dub Foundation “New Way New Life” B
6. Duran Duran “Someone Else Not Me” L
7. William Orbit “Ravel’s Pavane pour une Enfante Défunte” R
8. Billie Piper “Day & Night” A
9. Death in Vegas “Dirge” L
10. Wannadies “Big Fan” A
11. Watergate “Heart of Asia” A
12. Deep Forest “Savana Dance” (Sierra Nevada Remix) R
13. Enigma “Push the Limits” R
[IRN 12.00 News]
14. DJ Eric “Desire” L
15. Utah Saints “Funky Music” S
16. Bentley Rhythm Ace “Theme from Gutbuster” A
17. Chicane feat. Bryan Adams “Don’t Give Up” L
18. Looper “Mundo 77” C
19. Basement Jaxx “Rendez-Vu” R
20. Dubstar “I (Friday Night)” A
21. Sahara Hotnights “Drive Dead Slow” B
22. Dandy Warhols “Get Off” A
23. Gomez “Machismo” A
24. Space Brothers “Forgiven” L
25. Jean Michel Jarre “Tout est Bleu” R
26. Robert Miles “Maresias” R
Notes: Bit rusty… Also, my first compotion. No-one entered. Darn. Fiddle-de-dee.
There’s a good chance you won’t have come across Deep Forest before, and even if you have, you’ll very probably have forgotten them. That’s no reason not to check them out and see what they have to offer, because there’s plenty of good material hiding in their back catalogue.
The eponymous single Deep Forest and its follow-up Sweet Lullaby were enormous hits in the early 1990s, and the globe-trotting career which followed included plenty of strong moments. Sadly they split in 2004 and have done relatively little of worth since.
Where to start
The 2004 compilation Essence of the Forest is brilliant, and a worthy introduction to the group. You’ll get highlights from the first decade of their career with some excellent new versions too.
What to buy
Start with Deep Forest (1992) – get the 1994 World Mix version, and you’ll find it to be largely flawless. Bohème (1995) is a good next step, and then jump forward to 2002’s more experimental Music Detected.
Don’t bother with
Any of their solo material – including the Deep Brasil / Deep India / Deep Africa series.
The Pacifique film soundtrack is surprisingly good, if not especially well known, and many of the singles are worth tracking down for the interesting remixes.