Chart for stowaways – 4 July 2015

It will take a couple of weeks to catch up, but here’s the first of the new rejigged albums charts:

  1. Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?
  2. Leftfield – Alternative Light Source
  3. Camouflage – Greyscale
  4. MG – MG
  5. Röyksopp – The Inevitable End
  6. The Other Two – The Other Two & You
  7. Visage – Visage
  8. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
  9. Various Artists – Gri Balkon – I Had a Dream
  10. The All Seeing I – Pickled Eggs & Sherbet

Chart for stowaways – 20 June 2015

It’s still number two, it’s still the Chart for stowaways! Here are this week’s albums:

  1. Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?
  2. Camouflage – Greyscale
  3. MG – MG
  4. Erlend Øye – Legao
  5. The Other Two – The Other Two & You
  6. Visage – Visage
  7. Sparks – Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
  8. The All Seeing I – Pickled Eggs & Sherbet
  9. Alpinestars – BASIC
  10. Various Artists – Gri Balkon – I Had a Dream

Music for the Masses 24 – 31 October 2004

The last Sunday in October 2004 saw the last ever (to date) FM outing of the Music for the Masses show. While this was something of a shame, not having to get up at 3am every Sunday morning and cycle across a bleak northern city was generally a good thing. And since I didn’t know whether this could even be my last ever radio show, the obvious choice for Artist of the Week was my long-time favourite act, Pet Shop Boys.

Show 24: Sun 31 Oct 2004, from 4:00am-6:00am

Broadcast on LSR FM, on FM and online. Artist of the week: Pet Shop Boys.

  • Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (Reinterpreted)
  • Everything But The Girl – Hadfield 1980
  • Death in Vegas – Aisha
  • New Order – True Faith
  • Pet Shop Boys – I’m Not Scared
  • Erasure – Piano Song
  • Deep Forest – Will You Be Ready?
  • Client feat. Carl Barât – Pornography
  • White Town – Duplicate
  • Wolfsheim – Kein Zurück
  • Pet Shop Boys – Always
  • Faithless – Swingers
  • Utah Saints – What Can You Do for Me?
  • The All Seeing I feat. Phil Oakey – 1st Man in Space
  • Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (Above & Beyond Remix)
  • Kraftwerk – Computer Love (The Mix Version)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Miracles
  • Sparks – My Baby’s Taking Me Home
  • Basement Jaxx – Rendez-Vu
  • Rob Dougan – Clubbed to Death

This show was recorded, and for the most part still exists. It will be posted as a Playlist for stowaways soon.

Music for the Masses 10 – 23 February 2000

By February 2000, it seems Bay Radio was actually starting to run pretty smoothly, and my show was starting to go pretty well. Although I was still having problems with timing…

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Tracks played on the tenth show, Wed 23 Feb 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 12 tracks). A indicates A-list (6 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 9 tracks). L is the ones out of the drawer (Total 8 tracks).

  • 1. Corrs “Radio” L
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Dead Prez “Hip Hop” B
  • 3. REM “The Great Beyond” L
  • 4. Muse “Sunburn” C
  • 5. Kraftwerk “Expo 2000” R
  • [Guild Election Advert – 1]
  • 6. Sgt. Rock “Yeah Word Party” C
  • 7. Jean Michel Jarre feat. Natacha Atlas “C’est la Vie” R
  • 8. Air feat. George Tracks “Playground Love” L
  • 9. Bluetones “Keep the Home Fires Burning” A
  • 10. Henrees “Half Crescent” A
  • 11. Everything But the Girl “Temperamental” R
  • 12. York “The Awakening” L
  • 13. Moby “Natural Blues” A
  • 14. Bellatrix “The Girl with the Sparkling Eyes” A
  • 15. Garbage “The World is Not Enough” L
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 16. Enigma “Silence Must be Heard” R
  • 17. All Seeing I “1st Man in Space” R
  • 18. Wannadies “Yeah” S
  • 19. White Town “Wanted” (Vince Clarke Remix 2) R
  • 20. Andreas Johnson “Glorious” L
  • 21. Dark Star “Graceadelica” L
  • 22. Big Yoga Muffin “Is that How You?” A
  • 23. Electronic “Get the Message” R
  • 24. Coldplay “Shiver” B
  • 25. Brassy “Work it Out” A
  • 26. Groove Armada “At the River” R
  • 27. Southern Fly “Maybe It’s the Right Time” B
  • 28. Bob Marley vs. Funkstar de Luxe “Rainbow Country” L
  • 29. New Order “Blue Monday 88” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Umm… I think fairly normal and uneventful except when I started cursing Indie Rock bands for making their tracks too short (before the 12.00 news – off air, naturally).

Music for the Masses 6 – 31 January 2000

The end of January 2000 saw this blog’s predecessor, the radio show Music for the Masses, return for another run of shows on Bay Radio, Aberystwyth’s student radio station.

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Tracks played on the sixth show, Mon 31 Jan 2000, from 11am-1pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 13 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 13 tracks). L is the ones out of the drawer (Total 5 tracks).

  • 1. Terris “The Time is Now” B
  • 2. The All Seeing I “1st Man in Space” R
  • 3. Oasis “Go Let it Out” A
  • 4. Kraftwerk “Expo 2000” (Kling Klang Mix 2002) R
  • 5. Space Brothers “Shine 2000” L
  • 6. Jay-Z “Anything” A
  • 7. Enigma “Gravity of Love” R
  • 8. Hepburn “Deep Deep Down” B
  • 9. The Clarke & Ware Experiment “Travel” (from Music for Multiple Dimensions) R
  • 10. Eiffel 65 “Move Your Body” L
  • 11. Death in Vegas “Aisha” A
  • 12. Raissa “How Long Do I Get?” S
  • 13. Everything But the Girl “Temperamental” R
  • 14. Rhinocerose “La Guitaristic House Organisation” C
  • 15. Tom Jones & Stereophonics “Mama Told Me Not to Come” A
  • 16. Monaco “What Do You Want From Me?” R
  • 17. Fungus “A Fanclub Would Be Nice” B
  • 18. Sarah Cracknell “Anymore” R
  • 19. Dario G. “Voices” L
  • 20. Yello “To The Sea” R
  • 21. Eels “Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues” A
  • 22. Pet Shop Boys “Lies” R
  • 23. Apollo 440 “Heart Go Boom” L
  • 24. Kelis “Caught Out There” A
  • 25. Missy “Misdemeanour” Elliot “Hot Boyz” A
  • 26. Yazoo “Don’t Go” (Todd Terry Freeze Mix) R
  • 27. Kawala “Humanistic” L
  • 28. Manic Street Preachers “You Stole the Sun from My Heart” L
  • 29. Wannadies “Yeah” A
  • 30. Tony di Bart “The Real Thing” R
  • 31. Robert Miles “Freedom” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Mmm, nice. Err… not a lot else to say really. Lots of noisy listeners too, which is scary. But there we go. Oh, and hilarious drying up to even more hilarious consequences at one point. Well, I thought it was funny…

Chart for stowaways – 18 October 2014

Here are this week’s top ten albums:

  1. William Orbit – Strange Cargo 5
  2. Faithless – Outrospective
  3. Alpinestars – White Noise
  4. The All Seeing I – Pickled Eggs & Sherbet
  5. Maps – Turning the Mind
  6. Goldfrapp – Tales of Us
  7. Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
  8. Electronic – Get the Message – The Best of
  9. Alpinestars – Basic
  10. Sylver – Chances

Beginner’s guide to I Monster

Bonkers Sheffield duo who briefly hit the charts in 2001 with Daydream in Blue, and otherwise have only managed to grab the limelight by appearing in an enormous number of films and TV shows. Despite which, they have a quite exceptional set of three albums to their name already, and are well worth tracking down.

Key moments

After some early tracks which are now lost in the Sheffield underworld, Daydream in Blue became a significant chillout hit, and then The Blue Wrath became one of the most important tracks on the Shaun of the Dead soundtrack.

Where to start

Begin with the remodelled version of Neveroddoreven (2004) – it’s the one with flies wearing suits on the cover. In addition to being a great album, you’ll find a couple of cleverly hidden bonus tracks at each end.

What to buy

Fill in the gaps from Neveroddoreven with 2012’s Rare compilation, then jump forward to 2009 for their third album A Dense Swarm of Ancient Stars (the download version has bonus tracks). As an entertaining side-step you could then go back to The All Seeing I‘s related 1999 album Pickled Eggs and Sherbet.

By the way, they did make the debut album These Are Our Children (1999) available for free at one stage, and if you can find a download then it’s definitely worth a listen.

Don’t bother with

Most of the singles, which are largely just remixes, and the Remixed collection (2012) might feel a little bit too much like hard work for the time being.

Hidden treasure

Each album has at least one or two hidden treasures. The album-only track Stars on Sunday from Pickled Eggs & Sherbet is truly exceptional, as is Laser Gun from These Are Our Children. Finally, Only a Show, one of the b-sides to As Long As There Is You and Me (2006) is a very special treat.

And finally if you haven’t heard me wax lyrical about their side project Skywatchers then please check out the links below.

For stowaways

The All Seeing I – Pickled Eggs & Sherbet

We all have music which we know we love, but somehow inexplicably we forget about and neglect for years on end. Pickled Eggs & Sherbet is probably the best example for me. When it originally came out back in 1999 I knew I loved Walk Like a Panther and 1st Man in Space, but somehow I didn’t buy it at the time. Intermittently in the intervening years I’ve

Pickled Eggs & Sherbet opens with top ten single Walk Like a Panther, with Tony Christie‘s brilliant vocal. Even the first line harks back to Christie’s Show Me the Way to Amarillo, with its references to the outcome of his relationship with Marie. The song is co-written by Jarvis Cocker out of The 1990s, and the outcome is truly wonderful.

Walk Like a Panther mixes into No Return which introduces one of the most enormous bass sounds on any song ever. Beat Goes On follows, the first commercial hit for the group, which just missed out on a top ten placing in early 1998. It’s a great cover version of Sonny and Cher‘s 1967 single, and was justifiably a significantly bigger hit in the UK too. Interestingly you’ll also find The All Seeing I‘s production of this song but with a slightly different vocal tucked away at the end of Britney Spears‘s debut album …Baby One More Time.

There are nominally thirteen tracks (plus a couple of sneaky extra ones hiding at the end too), and every one of them has a slightly grimy northern sound which works in their favour and makes them somewhat timeless. The more ‘pop’ tracks and singles are interspersed with fun instrumentals of varying lengths.

Finally the third full single 1st Man in Space turns up with its excellent vocal from Phil Oakey. Backed, unusually for Phil, by flanged guitars, and with the ingenious lyrics, there’s a very obvious sixties feel. As with most of the vocal-based tracks, this is another Jarvis Cocker lyric, making you dream of the day of the first Yorkshire astronaut (the first Yorkshireman in space wouldn’t be until Nicholas Patrick in 2006, although Piers Sellers was a University of Leeds graduate and had visited space ten years earlier).

It quickly becomes apparent that Sheffield has a massive influence on this album. The vast majority of contributors are from the steel city, from The Human League‘s Phil Oakey to Tony ChristiePulp‘s Jarvis Cocker, Babybird‘s Stephen Jones, the band themselves who would later evolve into I Monster, and I’m sure the list could go on.

Cocker finally turns up for his own vocal on the brilliant Drive Safely Darlin’, just before Tony Christie returns for what is, in my opinion, the best track on the entire album, the swing-inspired Stars on Sunday. You can hear a lot of early I Monster on this track, but once again it’s Christie’s vocal which makes it so wonderful.

This is a deceptive album, in a way. Somehow I suspect it would be easy to miss the better songs hiding on here and just take it all to be dull and samey. But it’s worth making the extra effort and working to find what you’re looking for on here, as there are plenty of great tracks.

Happy Birthday Nicola, the third outing for Tony Christie, is a great example, turning up as it does just before the end. There’s something rather sinister about it, as Tony sings “If we’d used some contraception / I wouldn’t be here, and you wouldn’t be you,” and maybe I should leave the rest of the lyrics for you to work out for yourself, but it’s a great song. I can’t help but feel slightly that Jarvis Cocker was raiding Christie’s back catalogue again for inspiration (he sang Happy Birthday Baby back in the 1970s).

Unpredictably and unnoticeably the song mixes into Babybird‘s vocal on Plastic Diamond, and I have no idea whether the segue is solely there for aural reasons or whether it’s somehow supposed to be part of the same story. But, secret hidden material aside, that finally brings the album to a close, and a quite fantastic album it is too.

Unfortunately Pickled Eggs & Sherbet is only currently available second hand, so I’ll leave you to work out whether you prefer to buy through Amazon, Discogs, eBay, Gemm, or wherever else.

Albums chart of the year 2012 for stowaways

A very competitive top 20 here:

  1. Saint Etienne – Words and Music by Saint Etienne
  2. Pet Shop Boys – Elysium
  3. Shit Robot – From the Cradle to the Rave
  4. Soulsavers – The Light the Dead See
  5. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  6. Air – Le Voyage dans la Lune
  7. Sébastien Tellier – My God is Blue
  8. Gotye – Making Mirrors
  9. Jean Michel Jarre – Essentials & Rarities
  10. Saint Etienne – Tiger Bay
  11. Delerium – Music Box Opera
  12. Apollo 440 – The Future’s What It Used to Be
  13. Erasure – Tomorrow’s World
  14. Ladytron – Gravity the Seducer
  15. Vince Clarke – Deeptronica
  16. Metroland – Mind the Gap
  17. VCMG – Ssss
  18. Saint Etienne – Tales from Turnpike House
  19. Sébastien Tellier – Sexuality
  20. The All Seeing I – Pickled Eggs & Sherbet

For the sake of clarity, I’ve excluded compilations, but if they’d been included on here, Electrospective would have snuck into the top 10, and Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) would have been just off the chart.