Random jukebox – William Orbit

William Orbit‘s 2000 album Pieces in a Modern Style almost certainly deserves to be better remembered than it actually is. Here’s the second single, with a remix from Ferry CorstenRavel’s Pavane pour une Infante Défunte.

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Artist of the Week – William Orbit

Time now for another of our archive Artist of the Week features, dating back to early 2005. Some of these do contain errors, and probably contain some plagiarism too. Apologies in advance…

This week’s Artist of the Week was born William Wainwright, and would ultimately go on to become one of the most important musicians in the world of electronic ambient and dance music.

He began his musical career in the early 1980s in the new wave group Torch Song, and while recording with the band started to learn studio techniques, and by the end of the eighties was making a name for himself by remixing and producing the likes of Kraftwerk, The Human League, Erasure, and Madonna.

His first solo album Orbit was released in 1987, but it was with the Strange Cargo project that he started to make a name for himself. The first part of the four-album epic also came out in 1987, and was followed by parts two and three at three-year intervals. It was with these that he kick-started the career of folk singer Beth Orton, who first featured on 1993’s minor hit single Water from a Vine Leaf. The fourth album in the set, Strange Cargo Hinterland, followed in 1995, and features some of his best material to date.

It was at this time he first recorded his legendary Pieces in a Modern Style album, featuring inventive new interpretations of classical pieces, but it initially attracted very strong protests from some of the composers involved, so he re-entered the world of production, apparently never to be seen again.

However, it was with his production work that he truly made a name for himself, being responsible for some of All Saints‘ later material, as well as Ray of Light, one of Madonna‘s best albums to date, and also Blur‘s acclaimed album 13. On the back of this, he returned to the studio to re-record Pieces in a Modern Style, which swiftly made its name as a modern classic thanks to remixes by Ferry Corsten and ATB.

As rumours of a new album continue, he continues to work with the likes of Pink and Eagle-Eye Cherry on production work, and we await his return with baited breath.

Music for the Masses 26 – 15 November 2004

The second Monday evening show saw the station’s webcam working for the first time in 2004, which therefore meant me (right) and my special guest Carl (left) spent much of the show trying to get ourselves seen on the internets.

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Show 26: Mon 15 Nov 2004, from 6:05pm-8:00pm

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

  • Daft Punk – Aerodynamic
  • Chicane – Saltwater
  • Conjure One – Sleep
  • Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Mix)
  • Zero 7 – I Have Seen
  • Madonna – Nobody’s Perfect
  • Saint Etienne – Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Front Line Assembly – Everything Must Perish
  • William Orbit – Barber’s Adagio for Strings (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • BT – Return to Lostwithiel
  • Sylver – Turn the Tide
  • Recoil – Jezebel
  • Moby – Run On
  • Saint Etienne – The Bad Photographer
  • X-Press 2 feat. Dieter Meier – I Want You Back
  • Hal feat. Gillian Anderson – Extremis
  • Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400
  • Sohodolls – Prince Harry
  • Apollo 440 – Heart Go Boom
  • The Beloved – Sweet Harmony
  • Orbital feat. David Gray – Illuminate
  • Saint Etienne – Amateur
  • Giorgio Moroder – Chase (Jam & Spoon Remix)

Retro chart for stowaways – 28 February 2004

Here are the top ten singles from eleven years ago this week:

  1. Delerium feat. Nerina Pallot – Truly
  2. Ferry Corsten – Rock Your Body
  3. Basement Jaxx – Good Luck
  4. Sugababes – Too Lost in You
  5. Chicane – Don’t Give Up 2004
  6. Voodoo Child (Moby) – Light is in Your Eyes / Electronics
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Miracles
  8. Girls Aloud – Jump
  9. Wolfsheim – Kein Zurück
  10. Voodoo Child (Moby) – Take it Home / Strings

Music for the Masses 3 – 1 December 1999

History doesn’t record who Phil and Mary-Jane were, although as I recall their “thing” was to argue live on air, in addition to apparently destroying the studio while broadcasting, neither of which are likely to make particularly good listening. But these were early days on Bay Radio.

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Tracks played on the third show, Wed 1 Dec 1999, from 1pm-3pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 7 tracks). A indicates A-list (6 tracks); B indicates B-list (0 tracks) and C indicates C-list (1 track). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 10 tracks). L indicates tracks I snatched at random in the vain hope of impressing people (Total 8 tracks).

  • 1. Beastie Boys “Alive” A
  • 2. Primal Scream “Swastika Eyes” L
  • 3. Dubstar “It’s Over” R
  • 4. Robbie Williams “She’s the One” C
  • 5. Olive “You’re Not Alone” R
  • 6. Chicane “Saltwater” L
  • 7. Pet Shop Boys “Closer to Heaven” R
  • 8. William Orbit “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” (Ferry Corsten Remix) L
  • [Advert Break]
  • 9. Grid “Diablo” (The Devil Rides Out Mix) R
  • 10. Garbage “The World is Not Enough” A
  • 11. Murry the Hump “Colouring Book” S
  • 12. Catatonia “Londinium” L
  • [News Break]
  • 13. Suede “She’s in Fashion” L
  • 14. Electronic “Get the Message” R
  • 15. Beloved “Deliver Me” (Salt City Vocal) R
  • 16. Amar “Red Sky” A
  • 17. Kraftwerk “Pocket Calculator” R
  • 18. Yazoo “Nobody’s Diary” R
  • 19. O.D.B. “Got Your Money” A
  • 20. Offspring “She’s Got Issues” A
  • [Advert Break]
  • 21. Ace of Base “Beautiful Life” R
  • 22. Eiffel 65 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” L
  • 23. Peach “From this Moment On” R
  • 24. Groove Armada “I See You Baby” (Full Frontal Mix) A
  • 25. New Order “Touched by the Hand of God” (Biff & Memphis Remix) R

Producer: None.

Notes: Well this was just plain bizarre. Probably the best show I’ve done yet, but still bizarre. Basically, Phil and Mary-Jane, who are normally after me on Wednesday afternoons, elected to swap with me for one week only, and I obliged. So, I arrived in the studio at about 12.45, to find the studio in complete disarray, with CDs scattered everywhere. The line-in input for CD2 was hanging out of its socket (so presumably they had been broadcasting in mono all morning) – which made it impossible to check levels until I plugged it back in. I couldn’t work out which microphone I was using, so for the first link had to turn them both right up… and then there was another thing. When I arrived, I discovered that the people before me had very kindly played all my tracks off the playlist, so I had nothing to play. I eventually arranged with someone who was kind of in charge, to play most of the tracks off the A-list and the single of the week, which left me with quite a lot to fill. Fortunately I was, of sorts, prepared for this (as boy scouts always are), and duly played loads of bizarre remixes and obscure dance tracks. Whether the open day visitors really appreciated this is debatable, but I did get one “What was that last track?” and one request, so it can’t really have been too dire. Well, not really. The lessons to learn from this are, firstly, never to do a show after Phil and Mary-Jane, and secondly, that it probably isn’t a good idea to do a section in which Yazoo follow on from Kraftwerk. They worked well together, but it suddenly dawned on me half way through, that 1983 was quite a long time ago. Eeeh well, we live and learn. Hopefully.