White Town (Jyoti Mishra) managed to sound so Retro synthpop when this was released in ’97; the story being that it was all produced in his bedroom as he was doing a bit of a Howard Jones being a one man band, the song being mixed on an Atari ST home computer. It’s main hook line was a muted trumpet line taken from “My Woman” by Al Bowlly (which I think I first heard in a Laurel And Hardy film.)
Composer Mishra writes that the themes of the song include: “Being a member of an orthodox Trotskyist / Marxist movement. Being a straight guy in love with a lesbian. Being a gay guy in love with a straight man. Being a straight girl in love with a lying, two-timing, fake-arse Marxist. The hypocrisy that results when love and lust get mixed up with highbrow ideals.”
So the normal 12″ contains the normal version in all its DIY glory. The “Flights 2000” mix by Scissorkicks (Anthony Chapman) has a Fatboy Slim feel to it, speeding everything up and boosting the beats. The B-sides “Theme For A Mid-Afternoon Game Show” and “Theme For A Late-Night Documentry About The Dangers Of Drug Abuse” could actually be TV themes, lots of analog synths with the Drug Abuse the better of the two.
Chrysalis – SPRO-11676
|A2||Your Woman (The Fights 2000 Mix)||7:50|
|B1||Theme For A Mid-Afternoon Game Show||2:48|
|B2||Theme For A Late-Night Documentry About The Dangers Of Drug Abuse||6:08|
Here the perfect pop song gets a whole 12″ of mixes by the Finch Bros for the US double pack. DJ’s Lenny Bertoldo and Marc Pirrone giving it some House Beats, piano, strings and deep bass. The understated vocals seem to weirdly fit over the House backing. The “Down-Town Mix” works better with heavy duty hip-hop beats and weird bass line and additional samples. The long eleven minute “Dub House” is that, just very long and trippy!
Both Twelves are here……..
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Chrysalis – SPRO-12604
|A1||Your Woman (Fitch Brothers Up-town Dance Mix)||5:27|
|A2||Your Woman (Fitch Brothers Down-town Dance Mix)||6:16|
|A3||Your Woman (Fitch Brothers Up-town Instrumental (Edit))||3:43|
|B||Your Woman (Fitch Brothers Dub House Mix)||11:21|