Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story


1.01 Madonna – Everybody
1.02 The English Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
1.03 Tin Tin – Kiss Me
1.04 Erasure – Oh L’Amour
1.05 Soft Cell – Tainted Love
1.06 Yaz – Situation
1.07 Depeche Mode – People Are People
1.08 Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling
1.09 Jonathan Richman – That Summer Feeling
1.10 The Bluebells – Young At Heart
1.11 Madness – One Step Beyond
1.12 Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love
1.13 Ofra Haza – Im Nin’Alu
1.14 Kid Creole And The Coconuts – Endicott
1.15 Brian Wilson – Love And Mercy
1.16 Everything But The Girl – Each And Every One
1.17 Jimmy Scott – All The Way
1.18 Seal – Crazy
1.19 The Cult – Fire Woman
1.20 k. d. lang – Constant Craving

2.01 The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
2.02 The Smiths – This Charming Man
2.03 Modern English – I Melt With You
2.04 Telex – Moskow Diskow
2.05 The Saints – (I’m) Stranded
2.06 Plastic Bertrand – Ça Plane Pour Moi
2.07 Rezillos – Top Of The Pops
2.08 B-Movie – Nowhere Girl
2.09 Morcheeba – Part Of The Process
2.10 Primal Scream – Come Together
2.11 Bomb The Bass – Beat Dis
2.12 The Cure – The Love Cats
2.13 Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
2.14 The Normal – Warm Leatherette
2.15 Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday
2.16 The Assembly – Never Never
2.17 Aztec Camera – Oblivious
2.18 The Mighty Lemon Drops – Inside Out
2.19 My Bloody Valentine – Soon
2.20 Ride – Leave Them All Behind

3.01 Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
3.02 The Replacements – Alex Chilton
3.03 The Paley Brothers & Ramones – Come On Let’s Go
3.04 Radio Birdman – Aloha Steve And Danno
3.05 Dinosaur Jr. – The Wagon
3.06 The Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
3.07 Laid Back – White Horse
3.08 Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Blank Generation
3.09 Deborah Harry – I Want That Man
3.10 Tommy Page – I’ll Be Your Everything
3.11 Wilco – Summer Teeth
3.12 Paul Westerberg – World Class Fad
3.13 The Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang
3.14 Uncle Tupelo – Give Back The Key To My Heart
3.15 The Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action
3.16 Throwing Muses – Counting Backwards
3.17 Book Of Love – Boy
3.18 Lou Reed – Romeo Had Juliette
3.19 Ice-T – O.G. Original Gangster
3.20 Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod
3.21 Talking Heads – Burning Down The House

INFO > Next year, Sire Records turns 50. The US-based independent label was founded in 1966 by Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer. From its inception, Sire has served as a conduit through which underground acts, predominantly from the UK, can reach American audiences. As well as importing material from across the pond, Sire has signed several influential and successful US artists, including: Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys, Richard Hell, and Madonna. Stein is often credited for applying the genre description ‘New Wave’ as he disliked the negative connotations of ‘Punk’.

The retrospective box set “Just Say Sire” was released in 2005 to commemorate the label’s 30-year association with Warner Brothers as its distributor. The collection’s value is questionable, given that more than half of the haphazardly organized tracks were merely licensed by Sire from other labels. Even still, the artist and song selections confirm that Seymour Stein has a discriminating ear for innovative talent and tunes.

The set’s fourth disc is a DVD of promotional music videos, which I’ve attempted to recreate via this YouTube playlist:

DMC The History Of DJ Part 10

In search of Radio Luxembourg…

Love Train: The Sound Of Philadelphia


1.01 Soul Survivors – Expressway (To Your Heart)
1.02 The Delfonics – La-La Means I Love You
1.03 The Intruders – Cowboys To Girls
1.04 Jerry Butler – Hey, Western Union Man
1.05 The Delfonics – Ready Or Not Here I Come
1.06 Jerry Butler – Only The Strong Survive
1.07 The Delfonics – Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
1.08 Dusty Springfield – Brand New Me
1.09 Wilson Pickett – Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You
1.10 The Ebonys – You’re The Reason Why
1.11 Joe Simon – Drowning In The Sea Of Love
1.12 The Stylistics – I’m Stone In Love With You
1.13 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – I Miss You
1.14 The O’Jays – Back Stabbers
1.15 The O’Jays – Sunshine
1.16 Spinners – I’ll Be Around
1.17 Johnny Williams – Slow Motion (Pt. 1)
1.18 Billy Paul – Me And Mrs. Jones
1.19 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – If You Don’t Know Me
1.20 The Futures – Love Is Here

2.01 The O’Jays – Love Train
2.02 The Stylistics – Break Up To Make Up
2.03 MFSB – Family Affair
2.04 The Ebonys – It’s Forever
2.05 The O’Jays – Time To Get Down
2.06 The Manhattans – There’s No Me Without You
2.07 The Intruders – I’ll Always Love My Mama
2.08 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – The Love I Lost
2.09 The Intruders – I Wanna Know Your Name
2.10 The Three Degrees – Dirty Ol’ Man
2.11 The O’Jays – Put Your Hands Together
2.12 Billy Paul – Thanks For Saving My Life
2.13 Spinners – Mighty Love
2.14 William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got (Pt. 1)
2.15 The O’Jays – For The Love Of Money
2.16 The Trammps – Where Do We Go From Here
2.17 MFSB – T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia)

3.01 Spinners – Then Came You
3.02 MFSB – Love Is The Message
3.03 The Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again
3.04 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Where Are All My Friends
3.05 Bunny Sigler – Picture Us
3.06 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Bad Luck
3.07 The O’Jays – Give The People What They Want
3.08 Billy Paul – Billy’s Back Home
3.09 Harold Melvin & Blue Notes – Hope That We Can Be Together
3.10 People’s Choice – Do It Any Way You Wanna
3.11 People’s Choice – The Big Hurt
3.12 The O’Jays – Let Me Make Love To You
3.13 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Wake Up Everybody
3.14 The O’Jays – I Love Music
3.15 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Don’t Leave Me This Way
3.16 Archie Bell & The Drells – Let’s Groove
3.17 The O’Jays – Livin’ For The Weekend

4.01 The Manhattans – Kiss And Say Goodbye
4.02 Dee Dee Sharp – I’m Not In Love
4.03 Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
4.04 Spinners – The Rubberband Man
4.05 The Jacksons – Enjoy Yourself
4.06 Jean Carn – Free Love
4.07 Teddy Pendergrass – I Don’t Love You Anymore
4.08 Lou Rawls – See You When I Get There
4.09 The O’Jays – Use Ta Be My Girl
4.10 Teddy Pendergrass – Close The Door
4.11 McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
4.12 The Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
4.13 The Stylistics – Hurry Up This Way Againng
4.14 Teddy Pendergrass – Love T.K.O.
4.15 Leon Huff – I Ain’t Jivin’, I’m Jammin’
4.16 Deniece Williams – It’s Gonna Take A Miracle
4.17 Patti LaBelle – If Only You Knew

INFO > In the late-1960s, songwriters and producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff began honing a signature soul style which would become known as ‘the Philly Sound.’ The duo, along with fellow producer Thom Bell, founded Philadelphia International Records (PIR) in 1971; the label enjoyed immense success throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. The 2008 box set “Love Train: The Sound Of Philadelphia” presents PIR’s biggest hits, along with a selection of Gamble & Huff’s earlier productions.

Freestyle’s Greatest Collection


Freestyle’s Greatest Hits Volume 1
01 Debbie Deb – Lookout Weekend
02 Freestyle – Don’t Stop The Rock
03 Tolga – Sending All My Love
04 Cynthia & Johnny O – Dreamboy Dreamgirl
05 Laissez Faire – In Paradise
06 Newcleus – Jam On It
07 Manuella – Don’t Try To Come Back To Me
08 Jaya – If You Leave Me Now
09 Shana – I Want You
10 Stevie B – Spring Love (Come Back To Me)
11 Trinere – I’ll Be All You Ever Need
12 Connie – Funky Little Beat
13 April – Losing My Heart Over You
14 Giggles – What Goes Around Comes Around

Freestyle’s Greatest Hits Volume 2
01 Collage – I’ll Be Loving You
02 Pretty Poison – Catch Me (I’m Falling)
03 Cynthia – Change On Me
04 April – Someone To Hold
05 René – If Only You Knew
06 Giani – Love Never Ends
07 Johnny O – Fantasy Girl
08 Giggles – He Said She Said
09 The Cover Girls – Because Of You
10 Coro – My Fallen Angel
11 Stevie B – Party Your Body
12 Trinere – All Night
13 Freestyle – The Party’s Just Begun
14 David Torres – No Regrets

Freestyle’s Greatest Hits Volume 3
01 Debbie Deb – When I Hear Music
02 Strictly Freestyle – You Know How Much I Want U
03 Denine – I Remember You
04 B.V.S.M.P. – I Need You
05 Freestyle – It’s Automatic
06 Nocera – Summertime Summertime
07 Vicki – Don’t Break My Heart
08 Trinere – They’re Playing Our Song
09 George Lamond – Look Into My Eyes
10 Hashim – Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
11 The Cover Girls – Show Me
12 VLA – We Won’t Let Each Other Go
13 Intonation – Nothing To You
14 Noel – Silent Morning

Freestyle’s Greatest Hits Volume 4
01 Nice & Wild – Diamond Girl
02 Goon Squad – Eight Arms To Hold You
03 TKA – Maria
04 Lisette Melendez – Together Forever
05 Carrie Lucas – Summer In The Streets
06 Sweet Sensation – Hooked On You
07 Pebbles – Girlfriend
08 Pretty Tony – Jam The Box
09 VLA – I Gave My Heart
10 Vita – Tonight And Forever
11 George Lamond – Bad Of The Heart
12 Monik Garo – Natural Desire
13 Exposé – Point Of No Return
14 Company B – Fascinated

Club Class Alternative


Various Artists
“Club Class Alternative”
2001 EMI Gold (UK)
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01 Dubstar – Stars (Motiv 8 Asteroid Vocal Mix)
02 Kraftwerk – Radioactivity (William Orbit Remix)
03 Supergrass – Sun Hits The Sky (Bentley Rhythm Ace Mix)
04 Jesus Jones – Real Real Real (Ben Chapman Spaced Mix)
05 Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal (Perfecto Mix)
06 Shampoo – I Know What Boys Like (Hed Boys Seka Mix)
07 EMF – Unbelievable (Bambaataa House Mix)
08 Babylon Zoo – Spaceman (Arthur Meets The Spaceman)
09 Kenickie – Stay In The Sun (Xenomania Club Mix)
10 The Divine Comedy – I’ve Been To A Marvellous Party (Sharp)
11 Mansun – Wide Open Space (Trouser Enthusiasts Mix)

We Are Icerink


Various Artists
“We Are Icerink”
1994 Icerink (UK)

01 Earl Brutus – Birth Of Sharon
02 Sensuround – When I Get To Heaven
03 Golden – Don’t Destroy Me
04 Elizabeth City State – Year Of The V-Neck
05 Supermarket – Supermarket
06 Hard Muscle – (Why Don’t You) Ring Me
07 Oval – Love Hour
08 Spring – Bob Cool
09 Melody Dog – Don’t Worry Baby
10 Shampoo – Bouffant Headbutt
11 Parallel Universe – Dub To The Stars
12 World Of Twist – New Electric Pop And Soul

INFO > The short-lived Icerink imprint was curated by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne. 1994 swan song compilation “We Are Icerick” offers bits of indie, pop, house, and lounge taken from the label’s single releases, along with exclusive tracks.

Let’s Go Tesko


Various Artists
“Let’s Go Tesko”
1993 React Music Ltd (UK)

01 X-Press 2 – London X-Press
02 DJ Dero – Batucada (Latino Percussion Mix)
03 Brothers Love Dubs – Ming’s Incredible Disco Machine
04 TWA – TWA Theme (J Edgar Hoover Remix)
05 Uno Clio – Pleasure (Original Mix)
06 Additional Touch – I Feel Love [You Make Me Feel] (Strong)
07 Disco Biscuit – Disco Biscuit (Disco Dove Freak)
08 Reefa! – You Can’t Stop The Groove
09 Fierce Ruling Diva – Get Funky (Extended Radio Mix)
10 E-Lustrious – Givin’ You No Rest (In The End Mix)
11 Undergraduates – Funk On Up
12 Direct 2 Disc – Excuse Me (Disco Mix)

LINER NOTES > Why Tesko? The concept of Tesko first appeared in 1993 at the Leeds nightclub Vague, coined to describe the particular brand of disco house music being championed by notorious DJs TWA (Trannies With Attitude) at the club. It quickly became apparent that this was not an isolated phenomenon when the press began to refer to “digifunk” and “90’s disco” in an attempt to describe the music that many other DJs were playing around the country – Techno Disco. Tesko is defined as being Techno with the sex put back in it; the power of Techno with all the funk and feeling of classic Disco tunes. Whatever you call it, it’s here on this compilation in all its glory… and variety; and we hope this collection will enable more peopleto get their hands on these tracks, many of which are rare or downright unavailable.

Dig It. Tesko. Tekno Disco For The Nineties.

A Life Less Lived

In celebration of All Hallows’ Eve

R273374 Package

1.01 Joy Division – Dead Souls
1.02 The Cure – Charlotte Sometimes
1.03 Bauhaus – She’s In Parties
1.04 The Sisters Of Mercy – Temple Of Love
1.05 Tones On Tail – Christian Says
1.06 The Birthday Party – Mutiny In Heaven
1.07 Siouxsie & The Banshees – Spellbound
1.08 The Southern Death Cult – Fatman
1.09 Love And Rockets – Mirror People
1.10 Fields Of The Nephilim – Power
1.11 Alien Sex Fiend – Now I’m Feeling Zombified
1.12 The March Violets – Snake Dance
1.13 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Walking On Your Hands
1.14 Specimen – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
1.15 The Mission – Wasteland
1.16 Ghost Dance – The Grip Of Love
1.17 Dalis Car – His Box

2.01 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Weeping Song
2.02 The Creatures – Exterminating Angel
2.03 Death Cult – God’s Zoo
2.04 Gene Loves Jezebel – Heartache
2.05 Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy
2.06 Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up
2.07 Lords Of The New Church – Open Your Eyes
2.08 The Danse Society – Heaven Is Waiting
2.09 Echo & The Bunnymen – All My Colours
2.10 The Chameleons – Don’t Fall
2.11 The Rose Of Avalanche – Dreamland
2.12 The Jesus And Mary Chain – Fall
2.13 Daniel Ash – Coming Down Fast
2.14 Clan Of Xymox – Muscoviet Mosquito
2.15 X Mal Deutschland – Incubus Succubus II
2.16 Cranes – Starblood
2.17 Miranda Sex Garden – Ardera Sempre
2.18 Cocteau Twins – Blood Bitch
2.19 Dead Can Dance – The Arcane

3.01 The Cult – Rain
3.02 The Bolshoi – Away
3.03 Rubicon – Watch Without Pain
3.04 Virgin Prunes – Pagan Lovesong
3.05 Einstürzende Neubauten – Morning Dew
3.06 Throbbing Gristle – Hamburger Lady
3.07 Kommunity FK – To Blame
3.08 The Damned – Melody Lee
3.09 Christian Death – Romeo’s Distress
3.10 45 Grave – Party Time
3.11 London After Midnight – Kiss
3.12 Sex Gang Children – Dieche
3.13 Skinny Puppy – Assimilate
3.14 Misfits – Halloween
3.15 Killing Joke – Tomorrow’s World
3.16 Ministry – So What
3.17 AFI – The Hanging Garden

INFO > The compilers of 2006 collection “A Life Less Lived” exercised a broad definition of goth in selecting tracks for inclusion (the packaging might be more representative of the genre than the music). However, avoiding a narrow perspective makes the project more interesting and varied—consider ‘The Gothic Box’ as more of a concept compilation than a definitive history of gothic rock.

DMC The History Of DJ Part 9

The Pirate’s Last Stand…

In Memory Of Music

Rock and roll has been declared dead and eulogized for decades—almost as long as the genre has existed. Such obituaries are not premature—in my humble opinion, ALL music is dead.

The death of music is a subjective notion that I’ve long contemplated. And while scholars and laymen continue to debate the date of rock’s passing, I recently determined when music’s soul was forever forsaken: 23 October 1998. By my reckoning, there has been no original nor innovative new music produced in the past 17 years.

Why 23 October 1998? That is the date on which Britney Spears’ debut single, “…Baby One More Time”, was released.

Earlier in the decade, Kurt Cobain’s suicide triggered a massive stroke from which music never recovered; “…Baby One More Time” was the heart attack that finished the job.

For the record, I am not suggesting that Britney Jean Spears is solely responsible for the death of music as an art form. Britney Spears is a monster manufactured by carefully orchestrated marketing campaigns and a relentless public relations machine. However, a collective of conspirators is culpable for this crime: Britney’s family, her manager, her label, producers, promoters, radio stations, MTV, media outlets, and millions of fans worldwide.

Britney’s immediate and massive success helped to precipitate the music industry’s total abandonment of artist development, replaced instead by conveyor belts of manipulable and disposable talent, in search of the next Britney. Labels are solely obsessed with profits, and churn out product calculated to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Genres have become homogeneous and boring. Contemporary performers lack integrity, credibility, and competence, and attempt to compensate for their shortcomings with image, spectacle, and controversy. Albums are antiquated, and digital downloads and streaming satisfy audiences with short attention spans.

This is not to say that there has been no decent listening material released for nearly two decades. However, it’s all derivative—spawned from imitation, not imagination. I feel sorry for today’s youth, being methodically force fed detestable noise and conditioned to accept mediocrity. And frankly, this systemic malaise permeates all forms of entertainment: music, film, television, theater, and publishing. The bottom line is the bottom line, and corporate greed always wins.

Here endeth the rant. Rest in peace, music.

Oh, and anyone that (unironically) comments “Leave Britney Alone!” is missing the point.