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MC 900 Ft Jesus – Live In Vienna A.D. MCMXCII


MC 900 Ft Jesus
“Live In Vienna A.D. MCMXCII”
2013 Self-Released

01 Radio Station Intro / Interview
02 Falling Elevators
03 Adventures In Failure
04  I’m Going Straight To Heaven
05 The City Sleeps
06 Truth Is Out Of Style
07 Killer Inside Me
08 O-Zone
09 Spaceman
10 Radio Station Outro

Texan Mark Griffin is better know as MC 900 Ft Jesus—his musical style melds aspects of hip hop, funk, jazz, industrial, and experimental electronics. Debuting with the independently released single “Too Bad” in 1988, Griffin caught the attention of Nettwerk Records and he was promptly signed to the label.

I was recently chatting online with Kell Ryan, the administrator of the MC 900 Ft Jesus Facebook page. He informed me that the big MC recently played a gig in Austin Dallas, TX—his first in over 15 years. And there’s another show scheduled for April in Houston.

Kell also shared a vintage live performance, captured at Szene Wien in Vienna, Austria on 11 June 1992. As the recording is sourced from a radio broadcast, the first and last tracks are comments (in German) by presenter Werner Geier. And Kell conceived the cover art, channeling the aesthetic of graphic design god Steven R. Gilmore.


This Is Fascism

THIS IS FASCISM: The tyranny of Der Dönald.

R.I.P.  E.P.A.


“This Is Fascism”
1991 Nettwerk (US)

01 This Is Fascism (Edit)
02 This Is Fascism (Bass Mix)
03 This Is Fascism (Techno Night-Guy Mix)
04 The Sexual Politics Of Meat (LP Mix)
05 This Is Fascism (Fascism Dub Version 1)

Adam Sherburne (former vocalist for Until December), Mark Pistel, and Philip Steir formed Consolidated in 1988. The trio’s sound amalgamates elements of rock, hip hop, funk, and industrial to deliver politically charged commentaries on racism, capitalism, gender inequality, animal cruelty, government oppression, and other problems that perpetually plague society.


Greater Reward


Severed Heads
“Greater Reward”
1988 Nettwerk (EU)
NET 004 CD

01 Greater Reward (Wicked Version)
02 Greater Reward (Extended Mix)

“Greater Reward” was the first single released from Tom Ellard’s 1989 album, “Rotund For Success.”

Plastic Compilation Volume 06


01 Way Out West – Mindcircus (Gabriel & Dresden Mix Edit)
02 Timo Maas – To Get Down (Main Mix)
03 ils – Next Level
04 Fatboy Slim – Drop The Hate (Santos Napalm Reprise)
05 PPK – Resurrection (Original Mix)
06 Andy Hunter – Amazing (Original Edit)
07 Raven Maize – The Real Life (Original 12″ Mix)
08 Luke Slater – Nothing At All (King Unique’s Chocolate Orange)
09 Evolution – Walking On Fire (Bedrock Vocal Mix)
10 DJ Tiësto – In My Memory (Gabriel & Dresden Vocal)
11 Felix Da Housecat – What Does It Feel Like (Röyksopp Mix)
12 The Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar (Peter Heller Mix)

Plastic Compilation Volume 05


01 Hybrid – Finished Symphony
02 Sarah McLachlan – Sweet Surrender (DJ Tiësto Edit)
03 Way Out West – Mindcircus (Club Mix)
04 Maurice – Feline (Original Radio Edit)
05 Fatboy Slim – Star 69 [What The F**k] (Full Version)
06 Lo-Fidelity Allstars – The All The All
07 Utah Saints – Lost Vagueness (Oliver Lieb Mix)
08 DJ Tiësto – Flight 643 (Original Mix)
09 Jan Johnston – Flesh (DJ Tiësto Mix)
10 BT – Shame (Way Out West Mix)
11 Dusted – Always Remember (Euphoric Mix)
12 Conjure One – Redemption (Max Graham’s Dead Sea Mix)
13 Delerium – Innocente (Deep Dish Gladiator Remix)
14 St Germain – Sure Thing (Edit)

Plastic Compilation Volume 04


01 BT – Never Gonna Come Back Down (Hybrid’s Breaktek Mix)
02 Sasha & Emerson – Scorchio (Full Length Version)
03 Trisco – Musak (Wonderland Avenue Remix)
04 The Chemical Brothers – Out Of Control (Sasha Remix)
05 Scanty Sandwich – Because Of You (Radio Edit)
06 Brother Brown – Under The Water (Faithless Remix)
07 Art Of Trance – Breathe (Cygnus X Remix)
08 Paul van Dyk – Tell Me Why [The Riddle] (PVD Remix)
09 Azzido Da Bass – Dooms Night (Timo Maas Radio Edit)
10 Moby – Porcelain (Clubbed To Death Version)

Plastic Compilation Volume 03


01 Sarah McLachlan – I Love You (BT Mix)
02 Sasha – Xpander (Edit)
03 Delerium – Heaven’s Earth (Matt Darey Mix)
04 Filter – Take A Picture (Hybrid Mix)
05 BT – Dreaming (DJ Tiësto Remix)
06 Moby – Bodyrock (Hybrid’s Bodyshock Remix)
07 Pōvi – Dragonflies (Überzone’s Strapped To Your Bed Mix)
08 Moloko – Sing It Back (Tee’s Radio Mix)
09 The Chemical Brothers – Under The Influence
10 Beth Orton – Central Reservation (Spritual Life Remix Edit)

Plastic Compilation Volume 02


01 The Crystal Method – Comin’ Back (The Light’s Mix)
02 Delerium – Silence (Sanctuary Mix)
03 William Orbit – Water From a Vine Leaf (Xylem Flow Mix)
04 Wildchild – Renegade Master (Fatboy Slim Old Skool Mix)
05 Sarah McLachlan – Sweet Surrender (Roni Size Mix V2)
06 Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)
07 Freestylers – B-Boy Stance (Freestylers Revenge 12″ Mix)
08 Überzone – The Freaks
09 2 Phat Cunts – Ride (The Space Invaders Mix)
10 Autour De Lucie – Sur Tes Pas (Corny Dream Mix)
11 Spiritualized – I Think I’m in Love (Chemical Brothers Remix)

Plastic Compilation Volume 01


01 Underworld – Pearl’s Girl (Album Version)
02 Sarah McLachlan – Possession (Rabbit In The Moon Remix)
03 The Chemical Brothers – Loops Of Fury
04 Propellerheads – Take California (Long One)
05 Meat Beat Manifesto – She’s Unreal (Alternate Mix 3)
06 Sully – Anotherd (The Controlbox Remix)
07 The Crystal Method – More
08 God Within – Raincry (Submerged)
09 Sarah McLachlan – Fear (Lunasol Remix)
10 Garbage – Queer (Heftybag Mix)


W230100 (Cover)   W230100 (No 3034)

DISC 1: 1984 – 1987
01 Moev – Alibis
02 Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope
03 Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened
04 Chris & Cosey – October Love Song
05 Single Gun Theory – Open The Skies
06 The Water Walk – Turn Your Face Away
07 Pretty Green – This House Is Leaking
08 SPK – Off The Deep End
09 The Tear Garden – Ophelia

DISC 2: 1988 – 1990
01 Manufacture – Armed Forces
02 After All – Bullets
03 Moev – Yeah, Whatever
04 Sarah McLachlan – Vox
05 Skinny Puppy – Testure
06 Bill Pritchard – Tommy & Co
07 MC 900 Ft Jesus – I’m Going Straight To Heaven
08 Bel Canto – Shoulder To The Wheel
09 Lava Hay – Won’t Matter
10 Consolidated – Disfunctional Relationship

DISC 3: 1991 – 1993
01 Severed Heads – Greater Reward
02 Falling Joys – Lock It
03 Sarah McLachlan – The Path Of Thorns
04 Single Gun Theory – From A Million Miles
05 MC 900 Ft Jesus – The City Sleeps
06 Hilt – Superhoney
07 Mystery Machine – Ride
08 Rose Chronicles – Awaiting Eternity
09 Skinny Puppy – Inquisition
10 Consolidated – You Suck

DISC 4: 1994 – 1995
01 Papa Brittle – Status Quo
02 P.O.W.E.R. – Racemixer
03 Sarah McLachlan – Hold On
04 Ginger – Far Out
05 Delerium – Flowers Become Screens
06 Brainbox – Figure Five
07 The Grassy Knoll – Culture Of Complaint
08 Single Gun Theory – Motherland
09 Mystery Machine – Pound For Pound
10 Taste Of Joy – Maybe In Time
11 Suzanne Little – Tragic Flaw

DISC 5: 1995
01 Sarah McLachlan – Full Of Grace
02 Cam – Lunch
03 Wild Strawberries – I Don’t Want To Think About It
04 Tara MacLean – Silence (Demo)
05 Autour De Lucie – Le Tournesol
06 Rose Chronicles – Heaven Tide (Demo)
07 Papa Brittle – Stress Killer On The Loose
08 Skinny Puppy – Grave Wisdom

INFO > Vancouver-based Nettwerk Records was founded in 1984 by Terry McBride, Mark Jowett, Ric Arboit, and Dan Fraser. McBride managed Jowett’s band, Moev, which needed a label to distribute its music; Nettwerk proved successful in that capacity, attracted other artists, and quickly built an impressive roster of talent. Most notable among Nettwerk’s early signings is Sarah McLachlan, whose career took off almost immediately.

Much like 4AD in the UK, Nettwerk was defined early on by a distinct sound (from which it would later depart); employed a highly creative in-house designer, Steven R. Gilmore; established offices internationally; and continues to be an influential presence within the music industry. Nettwerk also diversified its services to include artist management and publishing.

Released in a limited edition of 10,000 units in 1995, “Decadence” celebrates Nettwerk’s first ten years. An ambitious audio-visual project, “Decadence” is intriguing but flawed. Steven Gilmore’s beautiful packaging—comprised of die cut card stock, onionskin paper, and cardboard CD sleeves presented on over-sized spiral binding—is a unique work of art, but the ‘box set without a box’ concept was likely deemed too unconventional for many collectors at the time.

Each of the five discs is a mixed mode CD, with the first track containing text, photos, and videos. While this use of technology was intended to be cutting edge, personal computers weren’t as commonplace in 1995, so that multimedia content was not accessible by all. Also, playing the first track in a standard CD player will produce screeching noise and potentially damage speakers.

Because the multimedia content occupies significant space on each disc, there are relatively few audio selections—only 48 in total across five CDs. While the set includes a variety of album tracks, single versions, remixes, and demos, there’s nothing rare or previously unreleased.

It’s interesting to note how the collection’s music content changes from beginning to end—the heavily electronic sound so prominent during the label’s early years all but vanishes by the fifth disc, which effectively foreshadows Lillith Fair, the all-female artist concert festival tour organized by Sarah McLachlan and Nettwerk.

All of the aforementioned shortcomings resulted in poor product sales. Originally retailing for $65.00, new copies of “Decadence” can still be found for less than $20. Were it released a few years later, the collection would have likely contained three or four audio CDs and a DVD, making it a far more attractive item.

NOTE > As track 1 on each of the actual discs is multimedia, all files have been renumbered for this post.