Music for the Masses 17 – 10 May 2000

If you’ve ever wondered how real radio stations do competitions, the answer is that they make up pretend entries. When I was doing my Bay Radio show, I obviously hadn’t learnt this yet…

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Show 17: Wed 10 May 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 14 tracks). A indicates A-list (8 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 7 tracks). L indicates the ones from the “library” (Total 5 tracks).

  • 1. Bluetones “Autophilia” A
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Moby “Run On” L
  • 3. Richard Ashcroft “Song for the Lovers” C
  • 4. Inter “Radio Finland” B
  • [Advert Break]
  • 5. Asian Dub Foundation “New Way New Life” B
  • 6. Duran Duran “Someone Else Not Me” L
  • 7. William Orbit “Ravel’s Pavane pour une Enfante Défunte” R
  • 8. Billie Piper “Day & Night” A
  • 9. Death in Vegas “Dirge” L
  • 10. Wannadies “Big Fan” A
  • [Advert Break]
  • 11. Watergate “Heart of Asia” A
  • 12. Deep Forest “Savana Dance” (Sierra Nevada Remix) R
  • 13. Enigma “Push the Limits” R
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 14. DJ Eric “Desire” L
  • 15. Utah Saints “Funky Music” S
  • 16. Bentley Rhythm Ace “Theme from Gutbuster” A
  • 17. Chicane feat. Bryan Adams “Don’t Give Up” L
  • [Advert Break]
  • 18. Looper “Mundo 77” C
  • 19. Basement Jaxx “Rendez-Vu” R
  • 20. Dubstar “I (Friday Night)” A
  • 21. Sahara Hotnights “Drive Dead Slow” B
  • 22. Dandy Warhols “Get Off” A
  • 23. Gomez “Machismo” A
  • [Advert Break]
  • 24. Space Brothers “Forgiven” L
  • 25. Jean Michel Jarre “Tout est Bleu” R
  • 26. Robert Miles “Maresias” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Bit rusty… Also, my first compotion. No-one entered. Darn. Fiddle-de-dee.

Chart for stowaways – 3 January 2015

Here’s the first chart of the new year, with all the weird hangers-on that that entails:

  1. Erasure – Gaudete
  2. Apollo 440 – Liquid Cool
  3. The Beloved – Rock to the Rhythm of Love
  4. Erasure – Make it Wonderful
  5. Röyksopp – Sordid Affair
  6. The London Authority (The Beloved) – Baby Sheik
  7. Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument
  8. Utah Saints – I Want You
  9. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
  10. U2 – Sleep Like a Baby Tonight

Music for the Masses 7 – 8 February 2000

By early February, Kraftwerk had made it onto the A-list on Bay Radio, so I was able to play them without needing an excuse!

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Tracks played on the seventh show, Tue 8 Feb 2000, from 3pm-5pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 14 tracks). A indicates A-list (7 tracks); B indicates B-list (3 tracks) and C indicates C-list (3 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 8 tracks). L is dem dere tracks out of the drawer (Total 8 tracks).

  • 1. Ten Benson “Robot Tourist” C
  • 2. Bluetones “Keep the Home Fires Burning” A
  • 3. Electronic “Freefall” R
  • 4. Sneaker Pimps “Six Underground” L
  • 5. Moby “Natural Blues” A
  • [Rag Week Advert]
  • 6. Everything But the Girl “Temperamental” (DJ Spen & Karizma Remix Edit) L
  • 7. Azzido da Bass “Dooms Night” B
  • 8. Beloved “The Sun Rising” R
  • 9. Younger Younger 28s “Inbetween Days” A
  • 10. Energy 52 “Café del Mar 98” L
  • 11. Space Brothers “Shine 2000” L
  • 12. Kraftwerk “Expo 2000” A
  • 13. Tom Jones & Stereophonics “Mama Told Me Not to Come” A
  • 14. William Orbit “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” L
  • 15. Erasure “First Contact” R
  • [News Break]
  • 16. Chicane “Saltwater” L
  • 17. Shamen “MK2A” R
  • 18. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynki “Poodle Rockin'” S
  • 19. Fiona Apple “Fast As You Can” A
  • 20. Jean Michel Jarre “Hey Gagarin” R
  • 21. The Clarke & Ware Experiment “Communication” R
  • 22. Komputer “Looking Down on London” R
  • 23. Sgt. Rock “Yeah Word Party” B
  • 24. Rhinocerose “La Guitaristic House Organisation” C
  • 25. Smashing Pumpkins “Stand inside Your Love” C
  • 26. Brassy “Work it Out” A
  • 27. Utah Saints “Love Song” L
  • 28. Progress presents the Boy Wunda “Everybody” L
  • 29. Bellatrix “The Girl with the Sparkling Eyes” B
  • 30. Faithless “Salva Mea” (Floating Mix) R

Producer: None.

Notes: Hmm… well apart from (a) complete and utter chaos for the first half hour; (b) an appalling Rag Week jingle that I was supposed to play every 15 minutes but decided to read out instead, and (c) lots of other things, that went about as smoothly as a fairly smooth thing.

Beginner’s guide to Utah Saints

You remember Utah Saints! They had all those hits back in the early 1990s! And then… OK, well they haven’t exactly released much in the last few years, but those first few singles were truly exceptional.

Key moments

Sampling Kate Bush for Something Good, or The Human League for Believe in Me. Utah Saints churned out hit after hit in the early 1990s, but their slightly off-beat style earned them something of a reputation as a bit of a novelty act. The second album started to earn them some brownie points, but then they disappeared again…

Where to start

There are only two albums to choose from, and which you prefer will depend on whether you lean more towards the 1990s or the 2000s. The first contains more hits, but the second is a more complete album.

What to buy

The eponymous Utah Saints (1993) includes all the singles you’ll remember from your childhood, whenever that was, while Two (2000) is an electronic masterpiece. Get both, throw in a few of the early singles, and you’ll have everything you need.

Don’t bother with

Most of the singles from after 1995 – there are a few highlights, but for the most part they’re just a tirade of fairly pointless remixes.

Hidden treasure

The early releases contain a number of key moments. Trance Atlantic Flight, on the b-side of Something Good is particularly good, and the non-album singles I Still Think of You and Ohio are both worth tracking down. Finally the Thunderbolt and Lightning edits of Lost Vagueness are both great.

For stowaways

Greatest Hits – Volume 3

Here’s a quick test of whether you’ve been paying attention. Did you catch Volume 1 and Volume 2? If not, here are a few posts you might have missed over the last few months:

  1. Depeche Mode – Remixes 2: 81-11
  2. Apparat – The Devil’s Walk
  3. Utah Saints – Utah Saints
  4. Pet Shop Boys – Winner
  5. I Monster – Remixed
  6. The Presets – Apocalypso
  7. Kraftwerk – Tour de France
  8. Yello – Flag
  9. VCMG – Ssss
  10. Various Artists – Electrospective

Playlist for stowaways – Flight Risk

There’s a new Playlist for stowaways out there! The monthly (OK, bi-monthly) mixtape is online again with an hour of excellent music. In my opinion, anyway.

This month’s is called Flight Risk, and is all about flying, travelling, and generally the sort of thing I like to listen to when I’m on the move. Take a listen here.

The tracks go as follows:

  1. Alpinestars – Jump Jet
  2. Ladytron – International Dateline
  3. Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygène (Part 8)
  4. Lemon Jelly – Ramblin’ Man
  5. Oi Va Voi – Travelling the Face of the Globe
  6. I Monster – Heaven
  7. Mylo – Sunworshipper
  8. Yello feat. Heidi Happy – Kiss in Blue
  9. Moby – Flying Over the Dateline
  10. Pet Shop Boys – Two divided by zero
  11. The Beloved – A Dream within a Dream
  12. 808 State – Pacific 707
  13. Utah Saints – Trance Atlantic Flight
  14. Goldfrapp – Pilots (On a Star)
  15. Aphex Twin – Ageispolis

Edit: this time I remembered to include the link… http://www.mixcloud.com/musicforstowaways/flight-risk

Utah Saints – Utah Saints

You want the best then you got the best. The hottest band in the world (etc)! Yes, it was exactly twenty years ago this week that the debut album from the hottest band in, um, Leeds at the very least, Utah Saints, was unleashed.

It had actually come out in the USA about six months earlier, with a completely different track listing, but the UK version is no doubt the definitive one. The album opens with the slightly odd and potentially pointless New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), kicking off a general pattern of exceptional singles and filler album tracks. This is by no means an exemplary album, but despite that it’s full of energy and fun.

Things really kick off properly with the second single What Can You Do for Me? which is excellent by any set of standards that you care to pick. Twenty years on, it is admittedly a little dated, but the sheer energy and rhythm would be impossible to dislike. In fact, it was their debut single in 1991, and with its Eurythmics samples it was a particularly early example of 80s retro, but took them straight into the top ten.

Soulution is a rare example on this release of an album track which is excellent, and it is followed by third single Believe in Me. By and large, the formula on this album is of singles which sample popular tracks out of the 1980s, and this one, a number 8 hit in 1993, is largely built around The Human League‘s Love Action (I Believe in Love). Which should make it brilliant, but there’s something which never quite sounds right for me about this track. It’s good, but it’s just not as overpoweringly exceptional as the other singles. It does have a pretty epic quality though.

Too Much to Swallow (Part 1) is up next, presumably in some way related to their brilliant 1994 non-album single I Still Think Of You (Too Much To Swallow Part 2). The album track is a fun brass-tinged piece, but isn’t really anything to write home about.

The album has, sadly, dated pretty badly. It does sound twenty years old, although that does work in its favour too – it’s hard to imagine they would have had such success with their recent remix singles if the originals hadn’t aged quite so significantly.

The two middle tracks are examples of this, but are also a return to their truly excellent form. Something Good was the second single in 1992, and rightly furnished them with their biggest UK hit at number 4. The key sample this time is from Kate Bush‘s 1985 track Cloudbursting, used to quite wonderful effect on this track. As with the other singles, you do have to wonder slightly how the original artists felt about the tracks – and perhaps what other unreleased goodies Utah Saints tried to release but were perhaps prevented due to lack of sample clearance.

I Want You, with its rock flavour, thanks to Slayer samples, was the fourth single in 1993, and is another exceptional track. As with much of the album, it takes you back to an age where sampling had not long come of age, and where the 808 or 909 were your only drum machine weapons of choice.

As with many releases, the latter half of Utah Saints is a less exciting collection of tracks. The quality never dips below a good enough level, but the additional remix of What Can You Do for Me? near the end does make for a worthwhile reminder of why you bought the album in the first place.

It would be another seven years before the even better follow-up Two would surface, with only a couple of one-off singles to fill the gap. And since 2000 we’ve barely heard a peep out of Utah Saints. Which is a shame, because for that one decade they were really rather brilliant.

If you’re in the UK, the debut Utah Saints album Utah Saints by Utah Saints can be found on iTunes here. Utah Saints.