Preview – Europe

It would definitely be remiss of me not to mention the comeback of Europe, the Swedish rock band who – let’s be fair here – are only known outside of Sweden for The Final Countdown. Somehow they have racked up eleven studio albums when the rest of the world wasn’t looking, and here’s the title track from the new one, which came out last week:

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Record Store Day 2016

Backlash aside, I always feel as though we should try and stir up a bit of excitement for this weekend’s Record Store Day, as we did in previous years. Here are some of the releases that caught my eye…

  • a-haHits South America – five previously unreleased live tracks (12″ EP, 3,000 copies in the US, also in the UK and Germany)
  • AirCasanova 70 – four remixes including two by Brendan Lynch (12″ “maxi transparent splatter vinyl”, Canada, UK,  Germany, and Netherlands)
  • David BowieThe Man Who Sold the World (12″ picture disc, 5,000 copies in the US, also Canada, Germany and Netherlands), TVC15 (7″ picture disc, 5,000 copies in the US, also Canada, Germany and Netherlands), and I Dig Everything – The Pye Singles (12″ EP, 7,500 copies in the US, also Canada)
  • CassiusAction EP and 8 Beats (both 12″x2, Germany only – the latter also in Canada)
  • ChvrchesEvery Open Eye Remix EP (12″ EP, 5,000 copies in the US and Canada)
  • John Cooper Clarke – Ou est le Maison de Fromage (180g coloured vinyl, UK only)
  • Étienne de CrécySuper Discount 1, Super Discount 2, and Super Discount 3 (all UK only, format not stated)
  • Dead Can DanceAnastasis (2xLP, 1,500 copies in the US, also Canada, Germany and Netherlands)
  • 808 StatePacific – three remixes (12″ EP, 2,000 copies in the US, also in the UK,  Germany, and Netherlands)
  • EuropeThe Final Countdown 30th Anniversary – three tracks including new remix (12″ electric blue vinyl, UK only)
  • Frankie Goes to HollywoodRage Hard (The Making of a 12″) (12″ EP, 2,500 copies in the US, also in the UK,  Germany, and Netherlands)
  • The Future Sound of LondonAccelerator plus Andrew Weatherall remix of Papua New Guinea and Stolen Documents (black heavy weight LP in printed inner bag with hand-numbered 7″ vinyl, UK and Germany only)
  • Heaven 17(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (repressed 12″, Canada, UK,  Germany, and Netherlands)
  • Jean-Michel JarreE.S.Exit (7″, Canada, UK,  Germany, and Netherlands)
  • Kings of ConvenienceQuiet is the New Loud, Versus, and Riot on an Empty Street (LPs, UK,  Germany, and Netherlands)
  • MadonnaLike a Virgin & Other Hits (12″ pink vinyl, reissue of 1984 Japanese EP with Obi Strip, 4,500 copies in the US, also in Canada, the UK and Netherlands)
  • Mike OldfieldNuclear (7″ picture disc, Canada, UK,  Germany, and Netherlands)
  • The OrbThe Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (4xLP, UK and Netherlands)
  • The ResidentsThis is a Special DJ Record of The Residents’ Alleged Music. Please Do Not Steal It! Keep it at Your Station – We Need the Radio Airplay (LP, 1,500 copies in the US, also in Canada, the UK,  Germany, and Netherlands)
  • Soft CellSex Dwarf – including remixes by The Grid (12″, Canada, UK,  Germany, and Netherlands)
  • Alan Partridge – Knowing Me, Knowing You (picture disc, UK only)
  • Doctor Who – Genesis of the Daleks (LP blue vinyl, 2,500 copies in the US, also in the UK,  Germany, and Netherlands)
  • Dr. Who and the Daleks / Dr. Who – Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (LP box set, UK only)

Good luck trying to find any of those. More information for the US here, the UK here, Germany here, and various other countries here.

Music for the Masses 5 – 15 December 1999

The last show before Christmas 1999 was on Bay Radio on December 15th, and took an entirely non-festive turn. It continued after the New Year, so we’ll pick things up again in a few weeks’ time.

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Tracks played on the fifth show, Wed 15 Dec 1999, from 11am-1pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 12 tracks). A indicates A-list (7 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 10 tracks). L is dem dere tracks out of the drawer (Total 4 tracks).

  • 1. David Bowie “Thursday’s Child” L
  • 2. Longpigs “The Frank Sonata” A
  • 3. White Town “Your Woman” R
  • 4. New Order “Ruined in a Day” (K-Klass Mix) R
  • 5. Corrs “Radio” A
  • 6. Lighthouse Family “High” L
  • 7. Cuban Boys “Cognoscenti vs. Intelligentsia” A
  • 8. Peach “On My Own” R
  • 9. James “We’re Going To Miss You” S
  • 10. Europe “The Final Countdown 2000” A
  • 11. Erasure “Always” R
  • 12. Bob Marley & Funkstar Deluxe “Rainbow Country” B
  • 13. Beck “Sexxlaws” C
  • 14. Nine Inch Nails “We’re in this Together” B
  • 15. Stereophonics “Local Boy in the Photograph” L
  • 16. Pet Shop Boys “You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk” R
  • 17. Saint Etienne “I Was Born on Christmas Day” R
  • 18. Mr. Hankey “The Christmas Poo” A
  • 19. Human League “Stay With Me Tonight” R
  • 20. Rhinocerose “La Guitaristic House Organisation” B
  • 21. Tom Jones & Cerys “Baby it’s Cold Outside” A
  • 22. Charlatans “My Beautiful Friend” A
  • 23. Kraftwerk “The Model” R
  • 24. O.M.D. “Enola Gay” R
  • 25. William Orbit “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” L
  • 26. Robbie Williams “She’s the One” C
  • 27. Shamen “Ebeneezer Goode” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Not at all bad. Anyway, there’s definitely a conspiracy going on somewhere here, because it would appear that either I do a good show every other week, and alternate, doing a bad one every other other week, or I do my best shows in the face of adversity. Well, at any rate, that was probably my best yet, even though I had to set the studio up myself (which I almost managed too), meaning I didn’t start on time, and also my first link consisted of dead air, since the mic lead wasn’t working. Also, we would appear to have new equipment, just to make my life more complicated… aah well, ne’er mind, eh?

Music for the Masses 4 – 8 December 1999

Some radio shows go better than others, and sometimes the audience is more aware than at other times. According to my commentary below, this was a total disaster, but looking at the tracks played at least, it sounds like a pretty good show. Originally broadcast on Bay Radio.

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Tracks played on the fourth show, Wed 8 Dec 1999, from 11am-1pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 12 tracks). A indicates A-list (8 tracks); B indicates B-list (2 tracks) and C indicates C-list (2 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 8 tracks). L indicates tracks I played with the general aim of impressing people (Total 7 tracks).

  • 1. Madonna “Nothing Really Matters” L
  • 2. Deep Forest “Boheme” R
  • 3. Robbie Williams “She’s the One” C
  • 4. Cuban Boys “Cognoscenti vs. Intelligentsia” A
  • 5. Beastie Boys “Alive” A
  • 6. Groove Armada “At the River” R
  • 7. James “We’re Going To Miss You” S
  • 8. Depeche Mode “It’s No Good” R
  • 9. Corrs “Radio” A
  • 10. Everything But the Girl “Hatfield 1980” R
  • 11. Robert Miles “Children” R
  • 12. Sparks “When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way'” (Sticks & Stones Remix) R
  • 13. Solid Gold Chartbusters “I Wanna 1-2-1 With You” L
  • 14. Longpigs “The Frank Sonata” A
  • 15. Fun Lovin’ Criminals “Couldn’t Get It” B
  • 16. Tin Tin Out feat. Emma Bunton “What I Am” L
  • 17. Heaven 17 “Another Big Idea” R
  • 18. Chicane “Saltwater” (Original Mix) R
  • 19. Tom Jones & Cerys “Baby it’s Cold Outside” A
  • 20. Charlatans “My Beautiful Friend” A
  • 21. Basement Jaxx “Rendez-Vu” R
  • 22. Mr. Hankey “The Christmas Poo” A
  • 23. Europe “The Final Countdown 2000” A
  • 24. Nine Inch Nails “We’re in this Together” B
  • 25. Beck “Sexxlaws”
  • 26. Gene “As Good As It Gets” L
  • 27. William Orbit “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” L
  • 28. Jean Michel Jarre “Oxygène 8” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Eeeh dear, let’s see if we can not repeat that performance for a while, shall we children? Well, my defence is “Ugh, I feel bad ” (which I do), and I’m sticking to it… we had two records playing at once; sticky play button problems again; drying up on air… the list goes on and on…