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WHAT WE PLAYED AT THE 90s INDIE NIGHT FROM A SLIGHTLY MORE SOBER PERSPECTIVE

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WHAT WE PLAYED AT THE 90s INDIE NIGHT FROM A SLIGHTLY MORE SOBER PERSPECTIVE

It would appear that Tom below went to a different Indie night to the one I appeared to be DJ-ing with him at. Mind you the amount of booze imbibed would bamboozle the best of memories. I’ll just say that of the tunes listed below She’s So High and Girls and Boys were nowhere to be seen. It was all a bit of a blur though.

My DJ-ing skills have wholly deteriorated since the early nineties. My trademark amusing mix of the Inspiral Carpets and Carter USM’s versions of “This Is How It Feels” was executed at the wrong speed and sounded awful. But then a lot of the records sounded awful… The fascistic bald Aussie barman ended us in our prime before we got on to the magic solid final half hour. So halfway through Supergrass’ Alright our time was up.

High Point: Probably the Paris Angels. Still sounds great. And Steam by East 17 which oddly Tom lists amongst the bad below. Surely some mistake.
Low Point: Accidental playing of the B-Side of the novelty comedy hit “Star Turns On 45 Pints”. And for that matter the 7-inch mix of Come Together by Primal Scream which has the lousiest singing on it.

WHAT WE PLAYED AT THE 90s INDIE NIGHT

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WHAT WE PLAYED AT THE 90s INDIE NIGHT

As requested by Rebecca on the forum: not in order, and only about half complete (my memory of Friday is a wee bit patchy). The crowd loved it, honest.

THE GOOD

THE SHAMEN – “Love Sex Intelligence”
BLUR – “Girls And Boys” (this may be my imagination)
THE PRODIGY – “Everybody In The Place”
THE PRODIGY – “Out Of Space” (twice, under threat of death from my brother)
MC TUNES FEAT 808 STATE – “Tunes Splits The Atom” (“vocal domination like Hendrix on strings” indeed)
WHIGFIELD – “Think Of You” (has dated better than 90% of tunes below)
THE KLF – “3 AM Eternal”
THE WEDDING PRESENT – “Kennedy”
PULP – “Razzmatazz” (& probably “Babies”)
RIDE – “Twisterella”
FLOWERED UP – “It’s On”
PARIS ANGELS – “Perfume (Up To You)”
PM DAWN – “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” (a slow dance!)
PIXIES – “Debaser”
DINOSAUR JR – “Freak Scene”
SAINT ETIENNE – “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

THE BAD

THE SHAMEN – “Phorever People”
JAMES – “Come Home 12″ mix”
STEREO MCs – “Step It Up” (curiously a very slow track)
THE LA’S – “Feeling”
TEENAGE FANCLUB – “Norman 3” (awww)
BLUR – “She’s So High”
ALTERN 8 – “Evapor-8”
EAST 17 – “Steam”
HAPPY MONDAYS – “Wrote For Luck” (really porridgey)
BOO RADLEYS – “Lazarus” (completely fucked up by foolish attempt to ‘mix’)
REM – “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight”
PAVEMENT – “Cut Your Hair”
CREDIT TO THE NATION – “Teenage Sensation”
BOMB THE BASS – “Bug Powder Dust” (now sounds really feeble)
PRIMAL SCREAM – “Come Together” (ghastly Gillespie vocals version)

THE UGLY

THE WONDERSTUFF – “Don’t Let Me Down Gently”
JAMES – “Laid”
CARTER USM – “After The Watershed”
KINGMAKER – “Ten Years Asleep” (we’re sorry, Tim)
FRANK AND WALTERS – “Fashion Crisis Hits New York” (may have been a nightmare)
I know we played something by the MISSION, God help us.
THE GRID – “Texas Cowboys” (different from Rednex how, exactly?)
STAR TURN ON 45 PINTS – The B-Side of “Pump Up The Bitter”
JESUS JONES – “Real Real Real”
JEFFERSON AIRHEAD – “Funny How” (proof that there is no God)
INSPIRAL CARPETS – “This Is How It Feels” / CARTER USM – “This Is How It Feels” (a spine-chilling medley c/o Pete)

THE INEVITABLE

JAMES – “Sit Down”
PRIMAL SCREAM – “Loaded” (completely undanceable then and now)
EMF – “I Believe” (about sixty times as I remember: still as shit as ever)
SULTANS OF PING FC – “Where’s Me Jumper?” (“and my friends will be so, so angry…”)

IHM LYRIC WATCH SPECIAL : DOUBLE NEGATIVE WATCH

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IHM LYRIC WATCH SPECIAL : DOUBLE NEGATIVE WATCH

A special edition – which of course in music terms means you are getting exactly the same as you would with the regular edition just paying more. Owning said special edition record will mark you out as a laughing stock when you try and flog it at the Record And Tape Exchange for the cash you need since you are unemployed because you won’t cut you lank greasy hair as some kind of anti-fascist statement. Wise up. People are not fascists for wanting you to cut your hair. Instead they care a bit about grooming, presentation and rightly believe that a sloppy appearance belies a sloppy mind. Too full of Spearmint gig dates for you to be able to do the most rudimentary data entry jobs. Look at the one band who advocate the not cutting of hair. Pavement.

Pavement. The band I have tried to write about no less than fifteen times but have never reached the level of vitriol that this half arsed bunch of no mark chancers deserve. In lieu of such an entry let me just say that if Pavement suggested I should do something, not only would I not do it but I would endeavour heartily to try and break the world record in doing the opposite. Which might explain why I was nigh on bald in 1993 and have never lived anything akin to a Range Life.

Sorry. Special edition lyric watch. Special edition regards the title of a seminal rap record. (Of course I am using the word seminal in its proper usage – ie to mean wank). Grandmaster Flash and his Furious Five and their confusing anti-drug message: “White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)”. Completely ignoring the fact that it is one of only two records which use the word Do three times in its title, it is quite clear that the Grandmaster is not one of making any sense. He certainly isn’t a Grandmaster of formal logic. Using the rule of reduction – ie two negatives cancelling out – the title is reduced to “White Lines (Do It)”. Running somewhat counter to the stated aims of the song.

Of course anti-drug records are rarely convincing coming from the people who’s collective septum has been ravaged by much of the worlds total supply of sobering up powder. White Lines is often cited as a groundbreaking record as its one of the few old skool rap tunes that has stood the test of time. That said I have always been suspicious of old skool rap. The only other time the phrase old skool, or two spell properly for a change, old school is used is by children aged 13. Context “What was it like in your old school”. By old school they mean their primary school. So therefore White Lines is a Primary Skool rap, and is about as intelligent as that story you wrote about you and your mate when you were seven. You know the one that had the same plot as Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom – just missing the dull woman out and recasting the film with you as Indy and your mate as Short Round. I understand George Lucas is going to sue.

Oh. Before you ask its Do Do Do Dah Dah Dah. I’ve already covered the multiple sins of The Police.

A Chance Meeting With Nurse With Wound

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A Chance Meeting With Nurse With Wound: courtesy of Josh, a superb 1981 interview which makes plain the link between listening to far more records than is in any way normal, and making the kind of sounds NWW make. It also explains why there’s that incongruous guitar soloing all over Chance Meeting…. – it’s “commercial guitar” added by a sympathetic engineer friend. Which I find ironic, because with 20+ more years of cut-and-pastery and sonic experimentation behind is – even if most of it has been thoroughly bogus – the squalling guitars now sound the least commercial thing on that record.

Realkosh: An Australian Music Weblog

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Realkosh: An Australian Music Weblog: mostly about Aussie music, it says here.