Retro chart for stowaways – 21 October 2006

Here are the top albums from eleven years ago this week:

  1. Delerium – Nuages du Monde
  2. Front Line Assembly – Artificial Soldier
  3. Kings Have Long Arms – I Rock – Eye Pop
  4. The Future Sound of London – Teachings from the Electronic Brain
  5. Hot Chip – The Warning
  6. Electronic – Get the Message – The Best Of
  7. Sparks – Hello Young Lovers
  8. Massive Attack – Collected
  9. Faithless – Forever Faithless – The Greatest Hits
  10. Conjure One – Extraordinary Ways

Music for the Masses 40 – 14 May 2005

This was the last ever Music for the Masses, just a little over a decade ago, and it would go out with nothing but a sombre wave on the webcam, ten minutes before the end. Over the preceding five years, I had immensely enjoyed doing the show, and would spend another eight years or so wondering how to recapture those times. Eventually, it was reincarnated in the shape of the blog you’re reading today.

The last track had to be, of course, the fantastic Sweet Harmony by The Beloved.

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Show 40: Sat 14 May 2005, from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Everything But The Girl.

  • Portishead – Glory Box
  • Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At
  • Kings Have Long Arms feat. Phil Oakey – Rock & Roll is Dead
  • Sohodolls – Prince Harry
  • Everything But The Girl – Missing (CL McSpadden Powerhouse Mix)
  • Underworld – Pearl’s Girl
  • Client – Don’t Call Me Baby
  • Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  • Garbage – The World is Not Enough
  • Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded
  • Wolfsheim – Kein Zurück (Live) [The Live Bit]
  • Vic Twenty – Wrong
  • Moby – Raining Again
  • Luke Slater – I Can Complete You
  • Röyksopp – Poor Leno
  • Everything But The Girl – Blame
  • Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygène (Part 2)
  • Goldfrapp – Tiptoe [Electromix]
  • Jolly Music – Radio Jolly (ADULT Remix) [Electromix]
  • Massive Attack – Butterfly Caught (Paul Daley Remix) [Electromix]
  • Alpinestars – Green Raven Blonde
  • The Beloved – Sweet Harmony (Live the Dream Remix)

The Electromix feature from this show still exists, and will be included on a future Playlist for stowaways.

Retro chart for stowaways – 16 December 2006

Here are the top 10 albums from eight years ago this week:

  1. Depeche Mode – The Best of Vol. 1
  2. Girls Aloud – The Sound of the Underground
  3. Sugababes – Overloaded
  4. Tiga – Sexor
  5. Bent – Intercept
  6. Moby – Go – The Very Best of
  7. Delerium – Nuages du Monde
  8. The Future Sound of London – Teachings from the Electronic Brain
  9. Faithless – To All New Arrivals
  10. Kings Have Long Arms – I Rock, Eye Pop

Chart for stowaways – 20 September 2014

Hopping forward a couple of weeks, just in time to see Goldfrapp‘s triumphant return to the charts, a year after Tales of Us was originally released. Röyksopp and Robyn are still firmly perched at the top of the singles, and floating around on the albums at number 16 too.

  1. Goldfrapp – Tales of Us
  2. Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
  3. Jean Michel Jarre – Sessions 2000
  4. Kings Have Long Arms – I Rock, Eye Pop
  5. Pet Shop Boys – Elysium
  6. Pet Shop Boys – PopArt
  7. Goldfrapp – Supernature
  8. Enigma – MCMXC a.D.
  9. Orbital – Work 1989-2002
  10. Sarah Nixey – Brave Tin Soldiers

Chart for stowaways – 26 July 2014

A bit of a reshuffle on the singles this week:

  1. Saint Etienne – Pocket Call
  2. Delerium – Monarch
  3. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do it Again
  4. Napoleon – Dawn
  5. William Orbit – On Wings
  6. Mikro – Full Speed Ahead
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Love is a Bourgeois Construct
  8. The Chanteuse and The Crippled Claw – Are You One?
  9. Diamond Version with Neil Tennant – Were You There
  10. Röyksopp & Robyn – Every Little Thing

More about this blog

I think you’ll get the hang of this very quickly.

My name is Rollo, I’m old enough to remember the 1980s, and I mainly like pop and electronic music, but also a bit of world and a lot of chillout, and all sorts of things in between. But I mainly listen to electronic music, and so that’s mainly what we’ll be writing about here.

You’ll get a good idea of my favourite bands as we go along, but loosely I grew up listening to lots of Pet Shop Boys and Erasure, then I discovered Sparks and Depeche Mode, and for a long time my favourite band were The Beloved. Then I stumbled across Jean Michel Jarre and Kraftwerk, and in more recent years became extraordinarily keen on Röyksopp, Goldfrapp and William Orbit.

I come from Sheffield originally, so inevitably I have a lot of fondness for The Human League and Heaven 17, but not ABC so much. I love I Monster and Kings Have Long Arms to pieces. I’m a Geographer by trade, and I’m always fascinated by things which fuse music from different locations such as Gotan Project, Manu ChaoDeep ForestErlend Øye and Delerium.

I’m a Europhile, and so I adore French music such as AirTélépopmusikReadymade and Sébastien Tellier, and German music such as Camouflage and Wolfsheim. My favourite country in the world is Slovenia, so I’m particularly fascinated by Laibach. I’m a proud Brit, so I love Madness and The Specials.

I love pop music, and I think Sarah Nixey has the finest voice in the world, while Saint Etienne are probably the best songwriters. I like listening to unusual laid back music such as The Future Sound of London and The Orb. I like things with a darker edge, so I love Front Line Assembly and the Soulsavers album was wonderful.

My favourite discoveries of recent years have probably been MarsheauxHoneyroot and Skywatchers.

Funny how your taste in music is so fundamentally shaped by your personality, isn’t it?