Wolfsheim were almost entirely overlooked outside their native Germany, and that’s a great shame. Perhaps if we’d paid a bit more attention, they might not have split up back in 2003, and some of us might still be able to enjoy their work. From the curiously titled album Dreaming Apes, this is A New Starsystem Has Been Explored.
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.
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]
For the second week running, the webcam was refusing to take pictures during this show. It did see a brief return of the Unsigned Act slot, with an entry from Subculture, and the many-talented William Orbit was the Artist of the Week.
Show 34: Wed 2 Mar 2005, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: William Orbit.
Gotan Project – Época
Rob Dougan – Furious Angels
Depeche Mode – I Feel Loved
The Space Brothers – Forgiven
Energy 52 – Café del Mar
Apollo 440 – Astral America
William Orbit – Via Caliente
Peach – From This Moment On
Jean Michel Jarre – Je Me Souviens
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (DJ Hell Remix)
Subculture – Dead in the Day (Demo) [Unsigned Act]
Erlend Øye – Every Party Has a Winner and a Loser
William Orbit – Million Town
Kraftwerk – Expo 2000 (Kling Klang 2002 Mix)
Manu Chao – Bongo Bong
Erasure – Don’t Say You Love Me
LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk is Playing at My House
Show 27 was, judging from the pictures and playlist, a blistering affair, involving lots of waving hands around in the air like I just didn’t care, and finally seeing Kraftwerk as the artist of the week.
Show 27: Mon 22 Nov 2004, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Kraftwerk.
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.
Another fine list from my archives, originally posted on my old website on 21st November 2003. In case it wasn’t immediately obvious, I was living in Germany at the time.
Herewith five artists who are big in Germany, and ought to be big in the UK, but nobody has ever heard of them…
One-T + Cool-T – I’ve no idea where they’re from, but they have a really catchy hip hop track with a fantastic video out at the moment called The Magic Key, which is big all over Europe. Except in the UK, of course. It just spent its 18th week on the German chart.
Samajona – A Berlin-based girl band, who appear to be big all over eastern Europe. Their current single Miss You ought to be enough to give Girls Aloud a run for their money, only it’s in German, which isn’t really a terribly commercial idea.
Sylver – A Dutch dance duo, who are now on their second album. They had a minor hit in the UK with Turn the Tide a couple of years ago. A lot of their stuff isn’t that great, but Livin’ My Life and the current single Shallow Water are particularly noteworthy.
Within Temptation – I’ve no idea what most of their material is like, but I just heard a very good industrial rock track called Mother Earth. They seem to sound a bit like Evanescence, except the vocalist uses opera influences, which is interesting. No idea where they’re from.
Wolfsheim – A German electronic group, who seem to have built up a big cult audience in Germany through the 1990s. I’d never heard of them before, but they’ve done a couple of really good singles this year, including Kein Zurück and Find You’re Here.
I could also mention Bernd das Brot, but that’s probably not a terribly good idea. Oh, and the German Popstars: The Rivals band, the unfortunately named Preluders are quite good, too. Or rather, like Girls Aloud, they’ve got a good production team behind them.