Category Archives: Grid

Texas Cowboys

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01 Texas Cowboys (Master Mix)
02 Rise
03 Texas Cowboys (High Plains Prankster Mix)
04 Cheerleader Song
05 Texas Cowboys (Edit)*

*Bonus track

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01 Texas Cowboys (Radio Mix)
02 Texas Cowboys (Ricochet Mix)
03 Texas Cowboys (Pistols At Dawn Mix)
04 Texas Cowboys (Pistols At Dawn Dub)
05 Texas Cowboys (High Plains Prankster Mix)
06 Texas Cowboys (Low Plains Prankster Mix)

INFO > “Texas Cowboys” was Dave Ball & Richard Norris’ first release for Deconstruction under their guise as The Grid. The novelty techno tune served well as a template for the duo’s follow-up, “Swamp Thing.” In the wake of that banjo-driven hit, Deconstruction reissued “Texas Cowboys” in 1994 with a couple of new mixes. Not to be overlooked on the original EP are “Rise” and “Cheerleader Song”, the latter featuring Guy Barker.

When Do I Get To Sing “My Way”

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PART 1: RADIO EDITS (1994)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Sparks Radio Edit)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid Radio Edit)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid Instrumental)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers 7″ Mix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Pro-Gress Mix)
06 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Remix Edit)
07 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers 7″ – Cold End)*
08 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Edit – Cold End)*

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PART 2: REMIXES (1994)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Frank & Kitty Mix)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Frank & Nancy Mix)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Ron & Nancy Mix)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers Sola Mix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Pro-Gress Mix V.10.3)
06 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Remix)
07 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Men Behind Club Mix)
08 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Microbots Club Mix)
09 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Plutone Club Mix)

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PART 3: US PROMO (1995)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Color Blind Club)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Tone Deaf Dub)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Mereus Vocal)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Sticks & Stones Remix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Total Fog Dub 1)

INFO > Brothers Ron Mael and Russell Mael formed the band Halfnelson in 1968; Todd Rundgren produced the group’s debut LP. Shortly after the album’s 1971 release, the brothers Mael rechristened themselves as Sparks and began a long and illustrious career: experimenting in various musical styles, dabbling in other media, and creating an international cult following in the process.

Sparks’ 1994 album, the cleverly titled “Gratuitous Sax And Senseless Violins”, includes the single “When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way'”, which was released 20 years ago this month. All of the various versions from UK, German, and US CD singles are compiled in Parts 1 and 2 of this post, while Part 3 presents additional remixes commissioned the following year.

*As he and I both prefer a proper ending as opposed to a lazy fade out, Andrei has created custom edits of the Rapino Brothers and Vince Clarke radio mixes. Please enjoy his fine efforts.

The promo video is a wonderful homage to classic film trailers:

Still Feel The Rain

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01 Still Feel The Rain (7″ Version)
02 Still Feel The Rain (The Grid Mix)
03 Moses
04 Still Feel The Rain (Instrumental Version)

INFO > Don’t know anything about the artist, but this 1990 single by Stex was produced by Stephen Lironi (Altered Images), remixed by The Grid, and features Johnny Marr on guitar (who also appears in the promo video).

Your Loving Arms

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01 Your Loving Arms (Original Radio Edit)
02 Your Loving Arms (Diss-Cuss Vocal Mix)
03 Your Loving Arms (Original Extended Mix)
04 Your Loving Arms (Sound Factory Vocal Edit)
05 Your Loving Arms (Diss-Cuss Bitchin’ Dub)
06 Your Loving Arms (Eruption Vocal)

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01 Your Loving Arms (Original Extended Mix)
02 Your Loving Arms (Sound Factory Vocal)
03 Your Loving Arms (Hands In The Air Mix)
04 Your Loving Arms (S Man’s Anthem Mix)
05 Your Loving Arms (Padapella)

INFO > Following a stint in Electribe 101, a single with Spooky, and other collaborative work, Billie Ray Martin enlisted Dave Ball and Richard Norris to oversee her debut solo release, 1993’s “4 Ambient Tales.” The Grid also produced Billie Ray’s next single—international smash hit “Your Loving Arms.” Amid numerous remixes from Diss-Cuss, Brothers In Rhythm, Roger Sanchez, and Todd Terry, it was Junior Vasquez’s ‘Sound Factory Vocal’ that catapulted the tune up the charts, and filled dancefloors worldwide. Here are the original 1994 UK release and the belated US issue from 1995.

UK promo video:

US promo video:

My Hand Over My Heart

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01 My Hand Over My Heart (Single Mix)
02 My Hand Over My Heart (Grit And Glitter Mix)
03 Money For Love (Fiddle Mix)
04 Night And No Morning
05 Money For Love (Ennio Mix)
06 Deadly Serenade
07 My Hand Over My Heart (Andrei’s Radio Edit)*

*Special bonus track

INFO > Lush production, romantic lyrics, and an impassioned vocal performance combined to create one of Marc Almond’s most memorable singles, 1991’s “My Hand Over My Heart.” Almond co-wrote the song with former Soft Cell partner Dave Ball and Richard Norris (The Grid), who also remixed the tune. Trevor Horn spared no expense for a full orchestral accompaniment, arranged by Anne Dudley. And as if the main attraction weren’t enough, we’re also treated to several of Almond’s exceptional B-sides.

The one element lacking from this package is a proper edit—the five minute ‘Single Mix’ is only slightly shorter than the album version, and radio edits on UK and US promo releases are lazily faded around the 4:15 mark. Remedying this problem, our friend Andrei has created a custom edit, ending the track perfectly. However, does anyone have the 3:40 edit from this German promo CD?

Crystal Clear

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01 Crystal Clear (Prankster Prophet Edit)
02 Crystal Clear (Prankster Prophet Mix)
03 Crystal Clear (Prankster Trance Dance)
04 Crystal Clear (Trimar Mix)
05 Crystal Clear (Clear, Like An Unmuddied Lake)
06 Crystal Clear (The Crystal Clear Water Revival)

INFO > “Crystal Clear” was Richard Norris and Dave Ball’s final release for Virgin; the duo signed with Deconstruction afterwards. Justin Robertson’s upbeat dance mixes are balanced by The Orb’s liquid ambiance; however, for me, it’s The Grid’s trance-funk ‘Trimar Mix’ that does the business.

Sophie B. Hawkins – Don’t Don’t Tell Me No

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“Don’t Don’t Tell Me No”
1994 Columbia Records (UK)
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01. Don’t Don’t Tell Me No (Album Version)
02. Right Beside You (The Grid 7″ Mix)
03. Right Beside You (The Grid Dub Mix)
04. Big Beautiful Bottom In My Face
05. Right Beside You (The Grid 12″ Mix)

INFO > Not sure what it is about her, but Sophie Ballantine Hawkins put a rise in my Levi’s back in the day. “Don’t Don’t Tell Me No” was the third and final UK single lifted from Sophie’s sophomore album, “Whaler”; the release’s main attraction is Dave Ball and Richard Norris’ slick new mixes of earlier single “Right Beside You.” And that cover ain’t bad, either.

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Happy Mondays – Step On (US Mix)

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“Step On”
1991 Factory Communications Ltd/London Records (UK)
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01. Step On (US Mix/Remix ’91) 04:25
02. Step On (US Dub Mix) 05:54
03. Loose Fix (Remixed By The Grid) 08:03
04. Hallelujah (Oakenfold Remix Edit) 03:47

FACT > This cover of John Kongos’ 1971 single “He’s Gonna Step On You Again” was a massive hit for the Mondays in 1990. The tune was remixed and reissued the following year; this CD single includes three digital exclusives: Oakenfold & Osborne’s dub; The Grid’s rework of “Loose Fit”; and the edited ‘Club Mix’ of “Hallelujah.”

UPDATE > With the help of blog regular Andrei, it was discovered that there are two variations of this single with the same catalog code: (1) a numbered, limited edition pressing of 3,000 that includes the ‘One Louder Mix Edit’ and the ‘US Dub It In Mix’ (from the 1990 Elektra US 12″); and (2) an unnumbered version (as posted here) that properly features Steve Osborne’s ‘US Mix’ and the ‘US Dub Mix.’ Refer to this post for the digital exclusive tracks from the limited edition CD.

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Marc Almond – Waifs And Strays

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“Waifs And Strays” (The Grid Mixes)
1990 Parlophone/EMI Records (UK)
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01. Waifs And Strays (The Grid Mix) 04:36
02. Waifs And Strays (12″ Grid Mix) 07:28
03. City Of Nights 05:58
04. Waifs And Strays (Grid Twilight Mix)* 06:36

*Bonus track

INFO > “Waifs And Strays” was the last of three singles issued from Marc Almond’s 1990 album, “Enchanted”; appropriately, the tune was remixed by Almond’s erstwhile partner in Soft Cell, Dave Ball. With lush electronics tempered by sweeping strings and accordion accents, “Waifs And Strays” is one of my favorite productions from both Almond and The Grid.

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David Sylvian and Robert Fripp – Darshan

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“Darshan”
1993 Virgin Records Ltd (UK)
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01. Darshan (Translucent Remix By The Grid)
02. Darshana (Re-constructed by The Future Sound Of London)
03. Darshan (The Road To Graceland)
04. Darshan (The Road To Graceland – Edit)*

*Bonus track, from US promo CD DPRO-14125

INFO > Prog rock meets prog house on this single from Sylvian and Fripp’s 1993 studio collaboration, “The First Day.” Virgin enlisted The Grid and FSOL to rework the album’s epic 17-minute jam, “Darshan.” Norris and Ball minimize Fripp’s searing guitar, play up the electronics, and smooth out the original track’s shuffling beat; while Dougans and Cobain earned writing credits for their atmospheric dub excursion.

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