“Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong,
but of the weak.”  
Mahatma Gandhi

Various Artists
“Sounds Of The City: Manchester” (Mixed)
1996 Pirate Records And Music (CA)
PRMCD 7003

1.01 G.T.R. – Ask Me (4th Day Mix)
1.02 Soft House Company – What You Need (Sat At Home Mix)
1.03 FPI Project – Rich In Paradise (Nick Hussey Mix)
1.04 Cotton Club – Outrage (Club Grooves Mix)
1.05 LuvDup – Goodtime (E-Lustrious Mix)
1.06 Ritmo Rivals – Americano Slide (L.A. Underground Mix)
1.07 Rollin’ Gear – I’ve Got It (Original Mix)
1.08 The Farmer – Stomp Yer Feet (Original Mix)
1.09 E-Lustrious – In Your Dance (Club Mix)
1.10 Ritmo Rivals – Believe Me (Exterminated In 3D Mix)
1.11 Majick Village – Hot (Cotton Club’s Fantastic Club Mix)
1.12 Direckt – Tear My Heart (Original Mix)
1.13 G Spot – Love Me Bad (Love Tunnel Mix)
1.14 Janice Robinson – Children (Explorer Mix)
1.15 E-Lustrious – 2 Hop Too (Discovery Mix)

2.01 Explorer – Perpetual Motion (Explorer Mix)
2.01 Diablo – The Strength (Full On Carnival Mix)
2.03 Rollin’ Gear – Get It Together (On Yer Feet Mix)
2.04 Tandoori – Tandoori’s Theme (E-Lustrious King Prawn Samba)
2.05 Three Wise Monkeys – Work For Love (Back To The Old Skool)
2.06 A.F.C. Botswana – Do Dat Dance (Original Mix)
2.07 TC 1995 – Just Get Up And Dance (Sure Is Pure Mix)
2.08 G.T.R. – Manco Cepas Revenge (Unorthodox But Effective Mix)
2.09 E-Lustrious – Dance No More (Full On Mix)
2.10 Cotton Club – Dowhatchawanna (Turn It Up Mix)
2.11 Sub Bug – Keep Rockin’ (Back To Dub Mix)
2.12 Analogue City – All About Love (Joe T. Vannelli Dub Mix)
2.13 Barrington – Generate (IQ UK Mix)
2.14 Digital Underclass – Workin’ For Nothin’ (A.F.C. Botswana Mix)
2.15 Direckt – 2 Fatt Guitars (Skankin’ Mix)

Mersey Boys & Liverpool Girls

Various Artists
“Mersey Boys & Liverpool Girls”
2001 EMI (UK)
7243 532388 2 7

01 Ian McNabb – Liverpool Girl
02 Cast – Sandstorm
03 The Real People – The People In The Telly
04 Echo & The Bunnymen – The Back Of Love
05 Shack – I Want You
06 Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Oliver’s Army
07 Wings – Deliver Your Children
08 It’s Immaterial – Driving Away From Home
09 Tha La’s – Feelin’
10 Steven Kennedy – My Beautiful Land
11 Speed – Good Luck Charm
12 The Christians – Forgotten Town
13 China Crisis – King In A Catholic Style
14 Thomas Lang – The Happy Man
15 The Farm – Groovy Train
16 Ladytron – He Took Her To A Movie
17 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Julia’s Song
18 Lightning Seeds – Lucky You
19 Space – Diary Of A Wimp
20 Amsterdam – And It Hurts
21 The Mighty Wah! – Heart As Big As Liverpool

Dedicated to the thousands of loyal supporters of the most successful club in English football.

The Haçienda Classics

The Haçienda (FAC 51) opened on 21 May 1982.

Various Artists
“The Haçienda Classics” (Mixed by Peter Hook & Phil Beckett)
2006 Virgin Records Ltd (UK)

CD 01: Intro by Rob Gretton
1.01 K-Klass – Rhythm Is A Mystery
1.02 Mr. Lee – Pump Up London
1.03 Turntable Orchestra – You’re Gonna Miss Me
1.04 Charles B – Lack Of Love
1.05 Soft House Company – What U Need
1.06 The Beat Club – Security
1.06 Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk – Love Can’t Turn Around
1.08 Happy Mondays – Hallelujah
1.09 Sugar Bear – Don’t Scandalize Mine
1.10 808 State – Pacific State
1.11 Urban Soul – Alright
1.12 A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray
1.13 New Order + Rockers Revenge – Confusion + Walking
1.14 Humanoid – Stakker Humanoid
1.15 Kenny Jason & Eddie Smith – Can U Dance
1.16 Black Box – Ride On Time

CD 02: Intro by Tony Wilson
2.01 Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives
2.02 Inner City – Good Life
2.03 Richie Rich – Salsa House
2.04 DJ Mink – Hey! Hey! Can U Relate
2.05 Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It
2.06 Orange Lemon – Dreams Of Santa Anna
2.07 T-Coy – Cariño
2.08 Primal Scream – Come Together
2.09 Orbital – Belfast
2.10 Young MC – Know How
2.11 Kariya – Let Me Love You For Tonight
2.12 Degrees Of Motion – Do You Want If Right Now
2.13 Jaydee – Plastic Dreams
2.14 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two
2.15 Shannon – Let The Music Play

CD 03: Intro by Mike Pickering & Martin Hannett
3.01 Sub Sub – Space Face
3.02 The Todd Terry Project – Weekend
3.03 TC 1991 – 1991 (‘Berry’)
3.04 Bassheads – Is There Anybody Out There?
3.05 Eric B. & Rakim – Juice (Know The Ledge)
3.06 Hashim – Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
3.07 FPI Project – Everybody (All Over The World)
3.08 Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation
3.09 Joe Smooth – Promised Land
3.10 New Order – Ruined In A Day
3.11 The Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea
3.12 Sueño Latino – Sueño Latino
3.13 King Bee – Back By Dope Demand
3.14 Rhythim Is Rhythim – Strings Of Life
3.15 Sterling Void – It’s Alright
3.16 The Source – You Got The Love

Chronologie Part 4 (Remix)

Jean-Michel Jarre
“Chronologie Part 4”
1993 Polydor (DE)
859 111-2 / 861 905-2

01 Chronologie Part 4 (Atomium Mix Edit)
02 Chronologie Part 4 (SXS Mix)
03 Chronologie Part 4 (Emergency Mix)
04 Chronologie Part 4 (Atomium Mix)
05 Chronologie Part 4 (Dream Time Mix)
06 Chronologie Part 4 (E-Motion Mix)
07 Chronologie Part 4 (Tribal Trance Mix)
08 Chronologie Part 4

Remixed by Praga Khan, Sunscreem, and Jamie Petrie, “Chronologie Part 4” was the lead single released from Jean-Michel Jarre’s 1993 album, “Chronologie.” All tracks from both German CD singles are consolidated here.

A Breath of Pure Oxygene

Last night, electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre graced the historic Tower Theater in Upper Darby, just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the quatrième stop on his first, albeit brief tour of North America. Upon arrival at the venue, my best mate Todd and I were directed to the box office for ticket reassignment. Apparently, local interest in the artist was overestimated, leaving a large number of unsold tickets. As a happy consequence, our balcony third row seats became center orchestra fifth row seats!

I was unaware that revered Philly DJ/Producer Josh Wink was the opener; however, Todd and I chose to imbibe a bit rather than observe Wink’s set. The Tower bar offered a special ‘Oxygene’ cocktail, comprised of Grey Goose, soda, and cranberry juice.

I’m not overly familiar with Jean-Michel Jarre’s extensive oeuvre; my attendance of the show was sparked by interest in Jarre as a pioneering producer, and curiosity in his reputation for innovative concerts. Jarre came on at 9:05 PM, quickly kicked into full gear, and maintained a euphoric energy for the duration of his performance. Supported by two multi-instrumentalists providing percussion and keyboards, Jarre blended contemporary and classic material, augmented by spectacular visual and lighting effects that created a rave-like experience.

Jarre stepped out from behind his circle of technology several times to speak to the audience with a very warm and genuine demeanor, and happily shook many hands with the crowd gathered at the stage when the concert concluded at 10:50 PM. I get the impression that Jarre has the same positive spirit whether he’s playing to a crowd of one thousand or one million.

While not a massive fan of Jean-Michel Jarre going into the theater, I was certainly a convert walking out. And I can only hope to be in similar shape when I’m 68!

OMD “The Punishment Of Luxury”

Messrs. McCluskey and Humphreys release their thirteenth studio album, “The Punishment Of Luxury”, on 1 September 2017. Seven product formats are available to pre-order through PledgeMusic.

A UK and EU tour will commence later this year in October; tickets go on sale this Friday 19 May.

A video for instrumental track “La Mitrailleuse” is available to view on Facebook.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

In Memory of Basil

Born on 29 September 2000, our Basil is the son of Rusty and Lexie, the latter having been the companion dog of my mother-in-law (Lexie passed away in 2012). Mrs. Shelf and I were all too happy to welcome Basil into our family, which included his older brother, Max (who passed away in 2015).

Basil’s name was inspired by three characters: Basil Fawtly (portrayed by John Cleese) from “Fawlty Towers”; Basil Brush, a mischievous fox from British children’s telly programs; and Basil Exposition (portrayed by Michael York) from the “Austin Powers” film series.

Like all Dachshunds, Basil proved to be stubborn, as well as a fierce protector—he was notorious for barking at almost all other dogs, and has unfortunately bitten ten people (both friends and strangers alike). Basil never passed up food of any kind, but always managed to maintain an athletic physique. He loved going on long walks, and really enjoyed swimming.

We always thought of Basil as a puppy, no matter his age. Although he had experienced back problems in the past, Basil fully recovered each time. Also, he had been contending with arthritis for several years. However, he started developing several new conditions within the past eight months. And we became most alarmed after Basil suffered a seizure last year on Christmas Eve. He had additional episodes afterwards, but always recovered.

This past Wednesday, Basil suffered two seizures and did not regain physical control. His breathing was labored, he was very uncomfortable, and his condition deteriorated quickly. After consulting with Basil’s veterinarian, we sadly agreed that it was time to say goodbye to our old friend.

The doctor later determined that Basil likely had Hemangiosarcoma (also known as canine cancer) that affected many of his organs. We had no idea—our little buddy was such a fighter!

We miss Basil dearly, and will always love him.

MOD Custom Collections

Greetings good people. Download links have been restored for these three custom collections exclusive to MOD:

Blue Amazon – Beyond The Javelin

Pet Shop Boys – Production

Various Artists – Skinnymalinky Foundations

Links are embedded in text at bottom of respective posts.

Also, the PDF of ‘The 100 Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time’ has been re-uploaded.

Finally, a reminder that all files previously posted on sister blog THE BANK are available again in one shared folder:


First, select the folder you want, then right-click to ‘Download as ZIP’ (don’t use the buttons in the upper right).


The Best Of 12″ Synth Gold

Various Artists
“The Best Of 12″ Synth Gold”
1990 Old Gold (UK)
OG 3802

01 Thompson Twins – Love On Your Side (Rap Boy Rap)
02 Blancmange – Living On A Ceiling (Long Version)
03 Heaven 17 – Play To Win (12″ Version)
04 Visage – Mind Of A Toy (Dance Mix)
05 Japan – Life In Tokyo (Remix)
06 Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Special Re-Mix)
07 Landscape – Einstein A Go-Go (12″ Mix)
08 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Souvenir (Extended)

Future Retro

Various Artists
“Future Retro”
2006 Rhino Records (US)
R2 73198

01 The Cure – The Walk (Infusion Mix)
02 Yazoo – Situation (Richard X Remix)
03 Echo & The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar (Way Out West Edit)
04 INXS – Need You Tonight (Static Revenger Mix Edit)
05 Depeche Mode – Shake The Disease (Tiga Remix)
06 Erasure – A Little Respect (Jaded Alliance ‘Electrospect’ Remix)
07 Howard Jones – New Song (Peter Black & Hardrock Striker Edit)
08 Alphaville – Forever Young (Hamel Album Mix)
09 New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Crystal Method Extended Mix)
10 Grandmaster & Melle Mel – White Lines (Elite Force Mix)
11 Devo – Girl U Want (Black Light Odyssey Mix)
12 B-Movie – Nowhere Girl (Adam Freeland Mix)
13 Book Of Love – Boy (DJ Irene Rockstar Mix)
14 Morrissey – Suedehead (Sparks Remix)

Concept compilation “Future Retro” puts a contemporary (circa 2006) spin on classic tracks from the eighties. The studio fiddling yields a mixed bag of results, and proves that modernity isn’t best achieved with big beats, warped electronics, and distorted vocals.