Singles chart of the year 2018

You probably missed the shocking fiasco which was uncovered just a few days ago, in which the 2017 chart of the year was found to contain an error. Fortunately, this year’s list is entirely error-free. Hopefully.

  1. Ladytron – The Animals
  2. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom [number 136 in 2017]
  3. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  4. Simon Mills – Poke EP
  5. Sparks – Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me) [number 26 in 2017]
  6. Tracey Thorn – Dancefloor
  7. Ladytron – The Island
  8. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – What Have We Done [number 31 in 2017]
  9. Tiefschwarz – Never
  10. Tiësto / Dzeko / Preme / Post Malone – Jackie Chan
  11. Sparks – I Wish You Were Fun [number 39 in 2017]
  12. The Future Sound of London – Collapsed Structures
  13. The Radiophonic Workshop – Things Buried in Water
  14. Goldfrapp – Happiness
  15. The Beloved – Don’t You Worry
  16. Jean-Michel Jarre – Flying Totems
  17. Kylie Minogue – Dancing
  18. David Bowie – Beauty and the Beast
  19. Electribe 101 – Talking with Myself
  20. The Radiophonic Workshop – Arrival Home

Chart for stowaways – 22 September 2018

Here are the latest top singles!

  1. Ladytron – The Island
  2. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom
  3. Tiefschwarz – Never
  4. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  5. Electribe 101 – Talking with Myself 
  6. Ladytron – The Animals
  7. The Future Sound of London – Collapsed Structures
  8. Tiësto / Dzeko / Preme / Post Malone – Jackie Chan
  9. David Bowie – Zeroes
  10. Keep Shelly In Athens – Our Own Dream – EP

Chart for stowaways – 11 August 2018

Here are the top singles this week:

  1. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom
  2. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  3. Tiefschwarz – Never
  4. Ladytron – The Animals
  5. Tiësto / Dzeko / Preme / Post Malone – Jackie Chan
  6. Electribe 101 – Talking with Myself
  7. Roy Davis Jr. – About Love
  8. Erasure – Still It’s Not Over
  9. The Future Sound of London – Collapsed Structures
  10. The Radiophonic Workshop – Things Buried in Water

Chart for stowaways – 11 June 2016

Here are the singles this week:

  1. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids
  2. Jean-Michel Jarre & Pet Shop Boys – Brick England
  3. Jean-Michel Jarre – The Heart of Noise
  4. Pet Shop Boys – Twenty-Something
  5. Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit EP
  6. Jean-Michel Jarre – Remix EP (II)
  7. Electribe 101 – Talking with Myself
  8. Pet Shop Boys – Sad Robot World
  9. I Monster – The uncertain contents of the BUCHLA box
  10. David Bowie – TVC

Chart for stowaways – 28 May 2016

Here are this week’s top singles:

  1. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids
  2. Jean-Michel Jarre & Pet Shop Boys – Brick England
  3. Jean-Michel Jarre – The Heart of Noise
  4. Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit EP
  5. Pet Shop Boys – Twenty-Something
  6. Jean-Michel Jarre – Remix EP (II)
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Sad Robot World
  8. Electribe 101 – Talking with Myself
  9. Jean-Michel Jarre & Peaches – What You Want
  10. I Monster – The uncertain contents of the BUCHLA box

Chart for stowaways – 14 May 2016

Here are the top singles this week:

  1. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids
  2. Jean-Michel Jarre & Pet Shop Boys – Brick England
  3. Jean-Michel Jarre – Remix EP (II)
  4. Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit EP
  5. Jean-Michel Jarre & Rone – The Heart of Noise
  6. Pet Shop Boys – Twenty-Something
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Sad Robot World
  8. Electribe 101 – Talking with Myself
  9. Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør – Running to the Sea
  10. Amorphous Androgynous – The Mello Hippo Disco Show

Music for the Masses 32 – 16 February 2005

Always keen to try new features on the show, the Spring term had seen my try out the Unsigned Act feature, where I would try to give a new or unsigned artist a bit of free airtime, with no strings attached (well, except they had to be good). In the end, it was a bit of a failure, as pretty much everyone who showed an interest failed to submit anything on time. One of the few exceptions was Blue Swan, whom we also covered here on the blog.

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Show 32: Wed 16 Feb 2005, from 6:05pm-8:00pm

Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Faithless.

  • BT – Love, Peace and Grease
  • Conjure One – Centre of the Sun (29 Palms Remix)
  • Dave Gahan – I Need You
  • Mirwais – Naïve Song
  • Leftfield – Afro-Left
  • Faithless – Don’t Leave
  • Bomb the Bass – Winter in July
  • Echoboy – Lately Lonely
  • Groove Armada – At the River (Live)
  • Blue Swan – Black Widow [Unsigned Act]
  • Jollymusic feat. Erlend Øye – Talco Uno
  • Faithless feat. Dido – One Step Too Far
  • Electribe 101 – Talkin’ with Myself 98 (Beloved Mix)
  • Vic Twenty – Sugar Me
  • Moby – Left Me Up
  • Étienne de Crécy – Am I Wrong?
  • Yazoo – Don’t Go
  • Faithless – Mass Destruction
  • Deep Dish – Stranded
  • Goldfrapp – Utopia

The Opiates – Hollywood Under the Knife

If ever there was an album which was highly anticipated by me, it was this one. Back in 2008, Billie Ray Martin and Robert Solheim came together to record the Anatomy of a Plastic Girl EP, which includes four tracks of total synth perfection. The promise was always that they would revisit this and turn it into a full album. Somehow, this journey took three full years, and I think they did get a little lost en route. Or maybe not…

Martin has always been a slightly eccentric star, but one who has always been able to rely on a quite astonishing voice. The “dark electronic soul” of Electribe 101‘s Talking with Myself back in 1988 was synth-driven dance music with a strong soulful vocal, and her solo work in the 1990s was always characterised by a similar vein – Your Loving Arms (produced by BT apparently) was, if I remember correctly, promoted by quotes about how her voice somehow contained natural healing properties, and actually the gullible part of my mind does start to believe that when listening to her work.

The album opens in perfect style with the best of the new tracks Rainy Days and Saturdays, with throbbing synths and Billie Ray Martin‘s haunting vocal. Exceptional but older EP tracks I’m Not Simone Choule and Candy Coated Crime follow, taking us through to the true masterpiece of the album Anatomy of a Plastic Girl.

If there has ever been a better example of electronic pop perfection, then frankly I can’t think of it. To the sound of rhythmic throbbing synths Anatomy of a Plastic Girl tells a really quite evocative story of someone who has undergone rather too much cosmetic surgery. “For where the glitter lay, there is a battlefield,” Martin sings, somehow capturing a quite beautiful melancholy which you never really see as you watch the stars parade their silhouettes “down Rodeo Drive.” This track sits as close as it comfortably can to the centre of the album where it belongs, and if every track prior to it has been leading up to this point then it’s also fair to say that nothing will ever live up to it again.

The rest of the album is mainly newer, and brings us the slightly misguided Reality TV and Jalousies and Jealousies, and also another piece of EP perfection Oprah’s Book of the Month Club, Pt. 2. Sadly nothing seems to ever quite live up to the power of the 2008 material. You have to wonder slightly whether the EP was a bad idea in the first place – it contained four totally perfect tracks, and really nothing was ever going to live up to that. The album closes with a longer alternative version of Candy Coated Crime, which rather beautifully channels I Feel Love.

So half of Hollywood Under the Knife is an exceptionally good album. The rest is also good, but is somewhat overshadowed for me by what came before it. If you’ve not heard any of it, then I suspect you might enjoy the whole thing as a complete product a lot more than I’m able to. Or maybe the lengthy recording process genuinely has resulted in a slightly flawed and schizophrenic release. Either way, I’ll look forward to whatever The Opiates decide to do next, but let’s hope it’s slightly better coordinated next time!

Incidentally, from the remixes I’ve heard I’m not sure you need the double CD version which adds Hollywood Cuts (The Remixes), but maybe that’s what you’re looking for.

Hollywood Under the Knife can be found in all the usual places, such as iTunes, Amazon.com, and Amazon.co.uk.