A dumping ground for stuff that doesn't belong on the other place, or stuff that does belong on the other place but probably looks better over here. You may anticipate my general ramblings with the premise of "hooking you up" with stuff I like.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Art School Science

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Was recently asked to supply some music for an upcoming US tv ad campagin based around a new fashion range in a 'back to school' vein, called 'Fashion Chemistry'.
The initial concept was for a 'mash' / the ad was to suggest that you could 'mix and match' styles etc....

Anyhow, Thomas Dolby's track 'She Blinded Me With Science' was mentioned as a candidate for a combo or makeover and I was encouraged to try some other ideas in the early stages.

So, here are 2 versions that were eventually passed on but I thought you might like to hear:

Black Jam uses The Jam's "Art School" and elements from Black Sheeps "The Choice Is Yours" plus various breaks / beats etc

Science is a reworking of Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science" plus a pinch of Public Enemy's "You're Gonna Get Yours" and other breaks.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Handsome Devils

I loved this band with a passion. Still do.
I'll be honest, I was a more a fan of Johnny when I first encountered them back in 1983. Rickenbacker / fringe and stripey jumper (funny how some things don't change).
I must have spent my entire life in the sixth form, bunking off and watching my vhs of them live at the Assembley Rooms, Derby, taped from Whistle Test or something...

But yesterday I had the pleasure of aquiring the 'aborted' Troy Tate sessions for what would have been their first album 'The Hand That Rocks The Cradle'...and as much as I embraced 'The Smiths' album like a lifeline......I just feel that these recordings are waaayyyyy better.
My fave was 'These Things Take Time' (ended up being the b-side of What Difference Does It Make) and it's great to hear it in the context of what is a good line-up of tracks:
01 - Reel Around The Fountain / 02 - You've Got Everything Now / 03 - Miserable Lie
04 - These Things Take Time / 05 - Wonderful Woman / 06 - Handsome Devil
07 - Suffer Little Children / 08 - Pretty Girls Make Graves / 09 - Hand In Glove
10 - What Difference Does It Make? / 11 - I Don't Owe You Anything ///
'Jeane' / 'Accept Yourself' and also 'The Hand That Rocks The Cradle' were recorded during these sessions too.

Rougher, for sure, edgier, of course but completely compelling after not hearing their early stuff for a good few years now...