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

Chart for stowaways – 11 October 2014

Here are the singles from just a couple of weeks ago:

  1. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do it Again
  2. Espiritu – Bonita Mañana
  3. Goldfrapp – Jo
  4. William Orbit – On Wings
  5. Tomorrow’s World – You Taste Sweeter
  6. VCMG – Single Blip
  7. Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire
  8. CSS – Hits Me Like a Rock
  9. The Opiates – Rainy Days and Saturdays
  10. Computer Magic – Orion

The oldies chart II

A year ago, I presented you with the top twenty old studio albums (for the purposes of this, that’s anything more than a decade old) from my personal iTunes playlists, based on number of plays. Last year’s position here is shown in square brackets – let’s see how they have changed!

  1. I Monster – Neveroddoreven (2003) [-]
  2. Camouflage – Sensor (2003) [-]
  3. The Beloved – X (1996) [2]
  4. Kraftwerk – The Mix (1991) [1]
  5. Depeche Mode – Violator (1990) [4]
  6. The Postal Service – Give Up (2003) [-]
  7. Espiritu – Another Life (1997) [3]
  8. Kraftwerk – Trans Europa Express (1977) [15]
  9. Kraftwerk – Die Mensch-Maschine (1978) [16]
  10. Röyksopp – Melody AM (2001) [5]
  11. Saint Etienne – Tiger Bay (1994) [9]
  12. Kraftwerk – Computerwelt (1981) [-]
  13. Manu Chao – Próxima Estación… Esperanza (2001) [6]
  14. Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded (1996) [7]
  15. Massive Attack – Blue Lines (1991) [8]
  16. Alabama 3 – Exile on Coldharbour Lane (1997) [10]
  17. Delerium – Karma (1997) [11]
  18. Alpinestars – Basic (2000) [14]
  19. Delerium – Chimera (2003) [-]
  20. Front Line Assembly – Civilization (2003) [-]

Beginner’s guide to Chicane

Posh Buckinghamshire’s solo musician Nick Bracegirdle, better known as Chicane (or occaisonally either some or all of Disco Citizens) has been releasing chillout, dance, and later electronic hits for two decades now, although you might not have noticed. His first two albums are unmissable; the third one never got released due to some kind of download-related hissy fit; and the latter years yield some great surprises.

Key moments

Primarily Offshore (1997) and Saltwater (2000), as well as a blistering 2009 comeback in which he rehashed Sigur Rós‘s Hoppiholla as Poppiholla. Also his attempts to aid the careers of Bryan AdamsPeter Cunnah from D:ReamEspiritu, and Jewel were valiant in the extreme.

Where to start

His Best Of 1996-2009 is very comprehensive, but make sure you get the version with the brilliant Poppiholla on it, rather than the 2008 version which gets another album track in its place.

What to buy

Debut Far from the Maddening Crowds (1997) and follow-up Behind the Sun (2000) are chillout classics. His later albums are less consistent, but Thousand Mile Stare (2012) is probably the best of the bunch.

Don’t bother with

The 2003 illegal-download-only album Easy to Assemble is largely forgettable, so definitely isn’t worth the considerable effort that’s required to track it down.

Hidden treasure

Giants (2010) includes an excellent track called So Far Out to Sea, and the 1999 mini-album Chilled is worth a listen.

For stowaways

The oldies chart

Here’s a chart of the most listened to albums on my playlists in the last five years, which were released prior to 2003. Too complicated? OK, these are the top 20 oldies for stowaways:

  1. Kraftwerk – The Mix (1991)
  2. The Beloved – X (1996)
  3. Espiritu – Another Life (1997)
  4. Depeche Mode – Violator (1990)
  5. Röyksopp – Melody AM (2001)
  6. Manu Chao – Próxima Estación… Esperanza (2001)
  7. Everything But the Girl – Walking Wounded (1996)
  8. Massive Attack – Blue Lines (1991)
  9. Saint Etienne – Tiger Bay (1994)
  10. Alabama 3 – Exile on Coldharbour Lane (1997)
  11. Delerium – Karma (1997)
  12. 1 Giant Leap – 1 Giant Leap (2001)
  13. Delerium – Poem (2000)
  14. Alpinestars – Basic (2000)
  15. Kraftwerk – Trans Europa Express (1977)
  16. Kraftwerk – Die Mensch-Maschine (1978)
  17. Depeche Mode – Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993)
  18. Gotan Project – La Revancha del Tango (2001)
  19. Zoot Woman – Living in a Magazine (2001)
  20. Apollo 440 – Electro Glide in Blue (1997)