Dunproofin’s Grate Compilation

Dunproofin’s genius gets a lot of love on the podcast (he did the remix that is the current intro music) and here on the blog, and he’s released a compilation of his 50 best remixes and mashups over the years, called 50 Golden Grates.

It’s not cheesy, it’s full of golden slices of fried gold such as his FU2 Lady Sovereign remix and Casbah Wonder (The Clash vs Stevie Wonder) a regular in my sets for years, Electro Sandman (a remix of Metallica) which I was going to play in Saarbrucken but got beaten to, Groove Is In The Girls (Dee-Lite vs Prodigy), Lily & The Robot (Lily Allen vs Royskopp), Only Mashups Can Break Your Heart (St Etienne, U2 and Bowie), Britney mashups bordering on musical stalking (see Slave To Fashion vs Bowie and Gimme More Pay TV if you don’t believe me, the latter is like a Goblin horror soundtrack!) several I’ve made videos for (Pjanoo Dance (Bowie va Eric Prydz), Reordered (Eric Prydz again with New Order)), some classic E-Jitz madness and two current favourites which I must have missed or might be new: Just Don’t Care (Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 vs Corinne Bailey Rae) and Don’t Mess which is Neneh Cherry vs Swedish House Mafia.

And I’ve mirrored the file here so you don’t have to mess with slow filesharing sites! Recommended.

The Beat Bash

Friend of Radio Clash Jeb Edwards aka 50 Pound Note is doing a new regular mix series called The Beat Bash named after the radio show he hosted in the early 90’s.

The first installment is up and it’s very good – including tracks from Dead Or Alive, Eurythmics, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Paul Rutherford, Depeche Mode, Meat Beat Manifesto, Severed Heads, Boxcar, Pet Shop Boys and New Order (SURPRISE!). After the Thrill Kill Cult I was expecting it to go into Age of Chance – Kiss or Nitzer Ebb’s Join in the Chant, but I have a feeling at least one of those might make an appearance in the series ;-)

Also as with his other excellent mixes you’ll be able to hear the latest Beat Bash on Radio Clash Live at 12am-1am Sunday GMT as part of the Kiss The Future slot.

Factory Records – a business, a partnership, a joke

I’d never seen this – New Order making a documentary about themselves for Channel 4 in 1984 about Factory Records. Interesting interviews, and highlights that the story of Factory Records and Tony Wilson was as much a construct as anything, e.g. evil label boss vs disaffected band members which although constantly moaning still stayed with Factory as they had no contract, which contradicts the Marxist politics in play, well a kind of playful punk approach – let’s take the money and run with doing something unexpected, creative or interesting with it. It’s something I think 24 Hour Party People kind of missed, in part, focusing on the people but missing the dour playfulness and punk politics that were slipped in with the other stuff. The style hid that rather too well, a candy coated pill (rather than PiL, who chose sandpaper instead).

Features a naked Tony Wilson interviewed by Gillian in a bath, a naked Rob Gretton interviewing himself, Rob Erasmus being interviewed on the back of a bike, Cath Caroll & Liz Naylor (who comes over badly and very wrong about Factory, although reflecting some of the ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ nature of the locals) in the gym, Martin Hannett doing the Phil Spector with a pistol, members of Durruti Column, ACR, Section 25 and 52nd Street, Peter Saville in a greasy spoon, people behind Ikon, even Richard Boon (?) & Pete Shelley pop up! And also New Order live shot in the same way as the classic ‘PFL’ Japanese gig.

Also sad to see Hacienda when it was new, and also Hooky and co. getting on well – that didn’t last long. The full playlist is here.

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