Custom Compilations / Vacation

Just a heads up that download links have been restored for all of the collections exclusive to this blog—you’ll find those listed in the right column below ‘Top Posts & Pages’ (links are located at bottom of each post).

Likewise, links are also available again for the three-part compilation posted on THE BANK blog.

Finally, Mrs. Shelf and I are heading off on holiday for the remainder of the month, so trade among yourselves on the ‘Share’ page and we’ll resume posting in April.

Be seeing you :-)


Top 10: Remixes

Roland TB303For this month’s exercise in list making, please compile your favorite remixes: productions that transform a track into something new, different, danceable, or perhaps completely unrecognizable. Any era, any style, from disco to dubstep—pick the mixes that tickle your fancy. Also, feel free to include commentary explaining your selections. And based on responses to prior Top 10 posts, I fully expect to see a few lists including more than ten tracks :-)

Shelf’s Top 10 Remixes (in chronological order)

My Bloody Valentine “Soon” (The Andrew Weatherall Mix) | 1990
Remix > Andrew Weatherall

EMF “They’re Here” (D:ream Dream Mix) | 1992
Remix > Peter Cunnah, Al McKenzie & Brian Cox

One Dove “Breakdown” (Secret Knowledge Light Mix) | 1993
Remix > Kris Needs & Bent Recknagel

The Other Two “Selfish” (That Pop Mix) | 1993
Remix > Terry Farley & Pete Heller

U2 “Lemon” (The Perfecto Mix) | 1993
Remix > Paul Oakenfold & Steve Osborne

Chris & James “Fox Force Five” (Big C’s Break Of Dawn Mix) | 1995
Remix > Andy Cato

De’Lacy “Hideaway” (Deep Dish Remix) | 1995
Remix > Ali ‘Dubfire’ Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi

Depeche Mode “It’s No Good” (BT Trance Vocal Mix) | 1997
Remix > Brian Transeau

React 2 Rhythm “Intoxication” (Bedrock Mix) | 1997
Remix > John Digweed & Nick Muir

Madonna “Ray Of Light” (Twilo Mix) | 1998
Remix > Sasha

Left Of The Dial

R276490 CD1

1.01 R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe
1.02 The Jam – Going Underground
1.03 The Cure – A Forest
1.04 Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia
1.05 The Passions – I’m In Love With A German Film Star
1.06 The Replacements – I Will Dare
1.07 Mission Of Burma – That’s When I Reach For My Revolver
1.08 X – Johny Hit And Run Paulene
1.09 The Jesus And Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
1.10 Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
1.11 The Dream Syndicate – Tell Me When It’s Over
1.12 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Hollywood (Africa)
1.13 New Order – Temptation
1.14 Japan – Ghosts
1.15 Magazine – A Song From Under The Floorboards
1.16 Aztec Camera – Oblivious
1.17 Hüsker Dü – Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely
1.18 Black Flag – Rise Above
1.19 Wall Of Voodoo – Back In Flesh
1.20 The Go-Betweens – Cattle And Cane

R276490 CD2

2.01 The Pretenders – Message Of Love
2.02 Ultravox – Vienna
2.03 Dinosaur Jr. – Freak Scene
2.04 The Smiths – This Charming Man
2.05 Ministry – Stigmata
2.06 Lone Justice – Ways To Be Wicked
2.07 Killing Joke – Wardance
2.08 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay
2.09 The English Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
2.10 The Raincoats – Fairytale In The Supermarket
2.11 The Smithereens – Behind The Wall of Sleep
2.12 Minutemen – Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing
2.13 The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
2.14 Concrete Blonde – Still In Hollywood
2.15 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
2.16 Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
2.17 Meat Puppets – Lake Of Fire
2.18 The dB’s – Amplifier
2.19 Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down
2.20 The Cramps – Goo Goo Muck
2.21 The Sisters Of Mercy – This Corrosion
2.22 XTC – Senses Working Overtime

R276490 CD3

3.01 Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter
3.02 Bad Brains – Pay To Cum
3.03 The Sugarcubes – Birthday
3.04 Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians – Madonna Of The Wasps
3.05 Faith No More – We Care A Lot
3.06 Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot
3.07 Gang Of Four – To Hell With Poverty
3.08 The Feelies – Fa Cé La
3.09 They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng
3.10 The Chameleons – Swamp Thing
3.11 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Mercy Seat
3.12 Rain Parade – I Look Around
3.13 The Psychedelic Furs – All That Money Wants
3.14 The Church – Under The Milky Way
3.15 Public Image Limited – Rise
3.16 Love And Rockets – Kundalini Express
3.17 Green On Red – Gravity Talks
3.18 Throbbing Gristle – Adrenalin
3.19 The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums

R276490 CD4

4.01 Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
4.02 The The – Uncertain Smile
4.03 Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
4.04 Siouxsie & The Banshees – Christine
4.05 Minor Threat – Straight Edge
4.06 Lyres – I Want To Help You Ann
4.07 Beat Happening – Our Secret
4.08 Jane’s Addiction – Jane Says
4.09 Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
4.10 Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
4.11 The Gun Club – Sex Beat
4.12 Camper Van Beethoven – Take The Skinheads Bowling
4.13 Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
4.14 Cocteau Twins – Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops
4.15 Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People
4.16 Hoodoo Gurus – I Want You Back
4.17 Descendents – Suburban Home
4.18 The Pogues – A Pair Of Brown Eyes
4.19 The Three O’Clock – Jet Fighter
4.20 Butthole Surfers – Moving To Florida
4.21 Billy Bragg – A New England

INFO > 2004 box set “Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The 80s Underground” is an overly ambitious attempt to distill a decade of US college radio programming (American university stations are situated at the lower end of the frequency spectrum, hence the ‘left of the dial’ title reference). The assortment of ‘alternative’ music presented includes: punk, post-punk, industrial, hardcore, goth, synthpop, indie, psychedelic, and, err… Faith No More. Basically, if you you stayed up late every Sunday night to watch MTV’s “120 Minutes”, these and similar songs formed your personal soundtrack.

The liner notes detail conflicts between compilers as to which artists and songs should make the final cut, and there are some questionable choices, to be sure. While not quite a nun in a brothel, Kate Bush seems particularly out of place. And seriously—who argued for Faith No More? However, the biggest issue with the tracklist is the non-chronological order, along with a lack of logical sequencing. Also, when you stack up artists from both sides of the Atlantic, the UK offers a diversity of styles conveying a sense of evolution, whereas the US sounds like guitars and yelling (okay, that may be a little harsh, and completely biased, but any set of subjective selections is open to criticism).

It’s unlikely that anyone would like everything on “Left Of The Dial”, but the collection does offer an interesting perspective on an exciting and influential musical period.

Left Of The Dial

Take Me Higher

You may thank Rob for taking you higher ;-)


01 Take Me Higher (Serie A Mix)
02 Take Me Higher (Paparazzi Mix)
03 Take Me Higher (The 69 Club Mix)
04 Take Me Higher (Rampant Mix)

INFO > 1994 single “Take Me Higher” was produced by Ian Anthony Stephens under his alias Illusive.



01 Kites
02 Kites (Extended Mix)
03 Fly (Extended Mix)
04 Fly
05 Kites (Fantasy Flite Part One)*

*Bonus Track

INFO > One of the more rewarding aspects of maintaining this blog is learning the stories behind the music. Composed by American songwriters Hal Hackady and Lee Pockriss, “Kites” was a UK Top 10 hit in 1967 for Simon Dupree And The Big Sound, comprised of Scottish brothers Phil, Derek, and Ray Shulman.

Interestingly, the brothers Shulman resented the song’s success, as it was not representative of their true sound. Pressured by both their label and management for more chart hits, the Shulmans abandoned The Big Sound in 1969 and reformed the following year as Gentle Giant, a prog rock project that pushed musical boundaries throughout the 1970s.

Brendan Beal, Mark McGuire, and Maria Nayler covered “Kites” for their 1990 debut as Ultraviolet. Flipside “Fly” is an instrumental version, and the ‘Fantasy Flite Part One’ remix is featured on Sasha & John Digweed’s “Northern Exposure” mix collection.

Stress Records Autumn ’96 Sampler


01 Superstars Of Rock – Up All Night (Queenbag Version)
02 Palefield Mountain – On My Way
03 Visions – Coming Home (Coyote Remix)
04 Q-Dos – Nocturnal Spirit (Edit)
05 Sunday Club – Healing Dream (Original Mix)
06 Joy For Life – Watcha Gonna Do (Tangled In Dub)
07 Desert – Quadraped
08 Desert – Feelings Run So Deep
09 Coyote – Spirits Dancing (Digital Blondes Ghost Mix)
10 Full Intention – America (DJ Tonka Remix)

INFO > This 1996 promotional sampler will be of interest to fans of Stress Records and prog house. Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 are all digitally exclusive to the CD; but unfortunately, the Digital Blondes remix of “Spirits Dancing” fades out halfway through the selection. Tracks 8 and 10 also end early; however, full-length versions are available on CD singles.

Satellite Serenade

Courtesy of Rob: a bit of ambient to chill out your weekend.


01 Satellite Serenade (Saturday Mix)
02 Satellite Serenade (Sunday Mix)
03 Satellite Serenade (Transasian Express Mix)
04 Satellite Serenade (Transasian Dub)

INFO > Composer, musician, singer, and occasional actor Keiichi Suzuki is a highly respected artist in his native homeland of Japan. His first group, Hachimitsupai, served mainly as a backing band for several Japanese folk artists. In 1976, he formed the influential rock ensemble Moonriders, a long-running project active for over four decades. Suzuki also collaborates with YMO’s Yukihiro Takahashi as The Beatniks; that relationship dates back to 1981.

“Satellite Serenade” was released under the alias Suzuki K1 » 7.5cc in 1992. The track was remixed by Ryoji Oba & Simon Posford and The Orb, whose ‘Transasian Express Mix’ opens the first volume of Sasha & John Digweed’s “Northern Exposure” series.

DMC The History Of DJ Part 4

Part 4 of The History Of DJ covers American radio of the 1940s and 1950s.

DMC The History Of DJ Part 3

I’m a little behind on this series—part 3 picks up with the invention of radio and the development of other technologies:

Sampler FFRR1


01 New Order – Here To Stay (Radio Edit)
02 Happy Mondays – Loose Fit (Edit)
03 Orbital – Illuminate (Short Version)
04 Orbital – Chime (Live Style Mix)
05 Weekend Players – 21st Century
06 Weekend Players – Jericho
07 BT – Loving You More (7″ Edit)
08 108 Grande – Te Quiero (Darren Emerson Remix)