Platinum On Black (UK)

Various Artists
“Platinum On Black”
1993 FFRR Records (UK)
828 438-2

01 New Order – World (The Perfecto Edit)
02 Utah Saints – I Want You (DJ Tim’s Funky Bliss Mix 1)
03 Beat System – To A Brighter Day (Radio Edit)
04 Zero B – Lock Up (Diss-Cuss Remix)
05 Danny Campbell & Sasha – Together (United Club Mix)
06 Joe Roberts – Back In My Life (Classic 7″)
07 Soul Solution – Love, Peace & Happiness (Reel Club Mix)
08 X-Press 2 – London X-Press
09 House Of Virginism – I’ll Be There For You (Stone’s Radio 7″)
10 Lisa B – Fascinated (Featured Radio Edit)
11 Orbital – Lush 3-1 (Edit)
12 The Good Men – Give It Up (Radio Edit)
13 Cappella – U Got 2 Know (3 AM Ultimate Mix)
14 Sagat – Fuk Dat (Raw Mix)

UB 006 (Series 01 Vol 06)

1.01 Black Grape – Get Higher (Rollo & Sister Bliss Mix)
1.02 Astral Projection – Dancing Galaxy
1.03 Three ‘N One – Soul Freak
1.04 Lucid – I Can’t Help Myself (The Lucid Dub)
1.05 Coloured Oxygen – Falling (Blueprint)
1.06 Silhouette – Silhouette Of Our Love (Original Mix 1)
1.07 Zamek – Merr D’Tet (Original Club Mix)
1.08 Quazar – Seven Stars ’97

2.01 Paul van Dyk – Words (For Love)
2.02 Chromium – Chrome (Original Mix)
2.03 Brainbug – Benedictus (Epicus Modi Mix)
2.04 Mulu – Desire (Tall Paul Vocal)
2.05 Human Movement – Traveller’s Theme
2.06 Pollen – Life (It’s Spoken Softly Through The Lips Of Love)
2.07 Ruff Da Menace – Kick The Party Into Full Effect (Boy Bass Mix)
2.08 Black Grape – Get Higher (Lunatic Calm Mix)

UB 005 (Series 01 Vol 05)

1.01 Clanger – Seadog (Way Out West Mix)
1.02 Pink Bomb – Pink Bomb
1.03 Fatboy Slim – Everybody Needs A 303
1.04 Exit EEE – Epidemic (Ramon Zenker Mix)
1.05 Tasha Killer Pussies – Killa Wipers
1.06 Happy Clappers – I Believe (Sharp Blasted Dub)
1.07 Planet Heaven – September’s Gone
1.08 Unknown Artist – Thunder (Low Frequency Mix)

2.01 Fluke – Squirt (The Europicolamix)
2.02 Beat Foundation – Foundations II (Main Mix)
2.03 Sundance – Sundance (Club Mix)
2.04 GTB – Entropy
2.05 Third Eye – New Life (Chrome Remix)
2.06 Bounce – Get Off The Floor (Heads Up Mix)
2.07 Control Z – Wolf

The Liberator

Various Artists
“The Liberator”
1989 Deltic Records (UK)

01 Robert Wyatt – Pigs… (In There)
02 Madness – Animal Farm
03 Attrition – Monkey In A Bin
04 The Durutti Column – The Aftermath
05 Shelleyan Orphan – Suffer Dog
06 Kalima – Rain Forest
07 The Entire Population Of China – When The Last Ship Sails
08 Carla Lane – The Abbatoir
09 Gone To Earth – The Boyne Hunt Saboteurs
10 Pop, Dick And Harry – I Believe (I Believe)
11 Frank Chickens – One Million Hamburgers
12 Cleaners From Venus – All Cats Are Grey
13 The Style Council – Blood Sports
14 Anne Clark & Patrick Fitzgerald – Toros
15 Chumbawamba – Knit Your Own Balaclava
16 Josi Without Colours – Hear The Animals Cry
17 TV Smith – Lies
18 Captain Sensible – A Sporting Life

> 01, 02, 03, 04, 13, and 14 originally released on “Abuse” (1985)
> 15 and 17 originally released on “Mindless Slaughter” (1987)
> 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 16, and 18 originally released on “Sacrificed On An Altar Of Profit And Lies” (1988)
> 05 is exclusive to “The Liberator”

In 1984, Vivian Smith formed the UK organization Artists For Animals as a means to promote animal rights through music. In the latter half of the decade, Artists For Animals produced three compilation LPs featuring contributions from a variety of compassionate acts. Many of the tracks from those collections were later distilled into “The Liberator”, issued in 1989.

The proceeds from all releases were donated to groups dedicated to animal welfare and protection, including NAVS.




To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals.

It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology. Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

[We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (1993)

Heaven 17
“[We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang”
1993 Virgin Records Ltd (UK)
VSCDT 1451

01 [We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (Rapino Edit)
02 [We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (Democratic Edit)
03 [We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (Rapino Club Mix)
04 [We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (Democratic Rapino)
05 [We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (Instrumental)

Originally released in 1981, “[We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang” is the debut single from Heaven 17: Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, and Martyn Ware. The song was remixed in 1993 by Charlie Mallozi and Marco Sabiu (The Rapino Brothers) to promote the release of hits collection “Higher And Higher.”

Everybody move to prove the groove

Have you heard it on the news
About this fascist groove thang
Evil men with racist views
Spreading all across the land
Don’t just sit there on your ass
Unlock that funky chaindance
Brothers, sisters shoot your best
We don’t need this fascist groove thang

Brothers, sisters, we don’t need that fascist groove thang

History will repeat itself
Crisis point we’re near the hour
Counterforce will do no good
Hot you ass I feel your power
Hitler proves that funky stuff
Is not for you and me girl (No!)
Europe’s an unhappy land
They’ve had their fascist groove thang

Brothers, sisters, we don’t need that fascist groove thang

Democrats are out of power
Across that great wide ocean
Reagan’s president elect
Fascist god in motion
Generals tell him what to do
Stop your good time dancing
Train their guns on me and you
Fascist thang advancing

Sisters, brothers lend a hand
Increase our population
Grab that groove thang by the throat
And throw it in the ocean
You’re real tonight you move my soul
Let’s cruise out on the dance war
Come out your house and dance your dance
Shake that fascist groove thang

Brothers, sisters, we don’t need that fascist groove thang

Alternate Lyrics, Verse 3: 1981 Censored Version

Democrats are out of power
Across that great wide ocean
Stateside president elect
Cowboy god in motion

Alternate Lyrics, Verse 3: 1993 Remix Version

Democrats are back in power
Across that great wide ocean
Bush has proved you can’t elect
Fascist god in motion

2017-09-27 | Heaven 17

Date: 27 September 2017
Artist: Heaven 17
Venue: Highline Ballroom
Location: New York, NY USA
Ticket Price (USD): $30.00

I have a short list of active artists on my concert bucket list. Opportunities arose to cross off a couple upon learning that both Front 242 and Saint Etienne would be stopping in New York this month on their respective North American tours. And then came huge news via a post on Post Punk Monk’s blog that Heaven 17 would be squeezing two US dates into their travel itinerary.

Alas, all those shows were scheduled during the week—getting older has made the attendance of midweek concerts more challenging, and the prospect of driving 200 miles round trip posed an even greater deterrent. Not much in the mood for fun these days, I had consequently resigned myself to forego seeing any of those acts.

However, Heaven 17 have never played live in the United States, and may never do so again. In the end, the temptation was too great, and I decided that missing the Sheffield legends would be the foolish thing to do.

While not a follower of H17, my best friend Todd declared his desire to attend the show, and so two general admission tickets were purchased during the presale period. In 2016, Todd and I had the pleasure of seeing Glenn Gregory perform with Tony Visconti’s Bowie tribute supergroup, Holy Holy; that memorable experience acquainted us with Gregory’s live chops.

On the eve of the show, we motored up north to Manhattan, and found free street parking mere meters from the venue entrance. And as I looked around to verify the spot’s validity, Glenn Gregory walked by, perhaps on his way to grab a bite of the Big Apple.

Highline Ballroom is a hip, intimate space situated in NY’s Chelsea neighborhood. Its flexible floor plan allows for a maximum capacity of 700 standing or 400 fully seated patrons. Todd and I grabbed a table at the front of the balcony and enjoyed tasty fare and cocktails before the main event.

At exactly 8:00 PM, the “BEF Ident” played over the Highline Ballroom’s exceptional sound system as H17 took to the stage, and opened with a cover of The Human League’s “Circus Of Death.” Augmented by keyboardist Berenice Scott and vocalist Rachel Mosley, Gregory and Ware electrified the house with hit singles and album cuts, predominantly drawn from their first two LPs. Rendered live, the old tracks were given a new, contemporary sheen, while still retaining their unique integrity.

Early on, Gregory joked that the setlist left no room for chit-chat; however, he did find time to banter with partner Martyn Ware, notably poking fun at Ian Craig Marsh’s absence and Phil Oakey’s asymmetrical haircut from days of yore.

As the group launched into “Fascist Groove Thang”, I was prepared to hear updated lyrics identifying the current fascist US President; alas, Gregory stuck to the script, and an ideal opportunity for social commentary was missed. However, that was the only disappointment of the evening.

A delightful detour during the otherwise fast-paced set was Gregory and Ware’s hypnotic duet of “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, as per the arrangement on The Human League’s “Reproduction.”

As has been H17’s practice in recent years, their biggest chart hit “Temptation” was programmed as the splendid Brothers In Rhythm remix from 1992. And Rachel Mosley’s pipes proved perfectly capable of handing the tune’s requisite vocal gymnastics.

Given The Thin White Duke’s influence on H17, as well as Gregory’s affiliation with Holy Holy, the inclusion of a Bowie song in the set seemed likely; the surprising choice was a cover of “Let’s Dance” quite faithful to the original. Additionally, Gregory and Scott performed “Life On Mars” as the first encore selection.

The quartet closed out the night as it had begun: covering a classic tune by The ‘proper’ Human League. The packed house was more than pleased.

SETLIST (Start: 8:00 PM; End: 9:40 PM)
01 Circus Of Death
02 (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
03 Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
04 Play To Win
05 (And That’s No Lie)
06 Geisha Boys And Temple Girls
07 Come Live With Me
08 You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
09 We Live So Fast
10 Let’s Dance
11 Let’s All Make A Bomb
12 Let Me Go
13 Penthouse And Pavement
14 Temptation
15 Life On Mars
16 Being Boiled

Heaven 17’s long overdue stateside visit was certainly worth the wait. Hopefully, fans may look forward to future appearances on this side of the pond.

Zero: A Martin Hannett Story

Various Artists
“Zero: A Martin Hannett Story (1977-1991)”
2006 Big Beat Records (UK)

01 Buzzcocks – Boredom
02 Slaughter And The Dogs – Cranked Up Really High
03 Jilted John – Jilted John
04 John Cooper Clarke – I Don’t Want To Be Nice
05 Pauline Murray – Dream Sequence 1
06 U2 – 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
07 Joy Division – Transmission
08 The Durutti Column – Conduct
09 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Electricity
10 Magazine – The Light Pours Out Of Me
11 New Order – In A Lonely Place
12 The Only Ones – Oh Lucinda (Love Becomes A Habit)
13 The Names – Nightshift
14 Basement 5 – The Last White Christmas
15 The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
16 Section 25 – Friendly Fires
17 Wasted Youth – Rebecca’s Room
18 Nico & The Invisible Girls – All Tomorrow’s Parties
19 Kitchens Of Distinction – Quick As Rainbows
20 Happy Mondays – Wrote For Luck
21 World Of Twist – She’s A Rainbow

Following “And Here Is The Young Man” (1998) and “Martin” (1991), this third collection of Martin Hannett productions was compiled by Big Beat in 2006. While many of the same artists appear on all three releases, there is relatively little track overlap between them.

As with the prior compilations, there is an error: while Hannett did produce two tracks for The Psychedelic Furs, “Pretty In Pink” isn’t one of them (Steve Lillywhite receives that credit).

Rabid/TJM Punk Singles Collection

Various Artists
“Rabid/TJM Punk Singles Collection”
1996 Receiver Records Limited (UK)
RRCD 227

01 Slaughter And The Dogs – Cranked Up Really High
02 Slaughter And The Dogs – The Bitch
03 The Nosebleeds – Ain’t Bin To No Music School
04 The Nosebleeds – Fascist Pigs
05 John Cooper Clarke – Innocents
06 John Cooper Clarke – Suspended Sentence
07 John Cooper Clarke – Psycle Sluts
08 Gyro – Central Detention Centre
09 Jilted John – Jilted John
10 Ed Banger – Kinnel Tommy
11 The Out – Who Is Innocent
12 V2 – Man In A Box
13 V2 – When The World Isn’t There
14 The Distractions – It Doesn’t Bother Me
15 Slaughter And The Dogs – It’s Alright
16 Slaughter And The Dogs – Edgar Allan Poe
17 Slaughter And The Dogs – Twist And Turn
18 Slaughter And The Dogs – U.F.O.
19 The Frantic Elevators – Voice In The Dark
20 The Pathetix – Love In Decay
21 Victim – Why Are Fire Engines Red
22 Victim – I Need You
23 Victim – Teenage
24 Victim – Junior Criminals
25 Victim – Hang On To Yourself

King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood

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