I have this! Thanks Mike B for reminding me of the fact. Did used to drop it when I DJ-ed as it fitted in with the Baggy Sound of 1990. The Weathermen were Belgium duo, Bruce Geduldig and Jean-Marc Lederman
Steve Proctor produces and mixes. A little generic in places but different enough to prick up some ears.
Track 2 is a dub and the Asteroid Mix was the one I went for, less obvious sounds.
From ’90 and founded by Ingo Ito (Vocals and Guitar, Camouflage) and George Din – originally conceived as a pop-duo project, mixing industrial sounds with influences of traditional asian music. More musicians came onboard, Susa Lie and fellow Camouflage member Heiko Maile.
The track originally appeared on the ’89 LP, “Tortured By Pleasure”
Magic Box has plenty of guitar and organ swirl, pregnant pauses and a loud rhythm box and backward loops. Very nice.
Another team up and hopefully after the success of “Tom’s Diner”. Even though it used a BBP Happiness riff and Vega’s heartfelt vocals it didn’t replicate the success. It even mentions Tom on the cover, promoting an ill-advised compilation album which had 6 versions of “Tom’s Dinner” (More of ill-advised mix albums later!)
Co-written by Anton Sanko, the World Music Pipe sounds haven’t aged well. The original version was from “Days Of Open Hand!”
Another bassline is added to the pick of the mixes, “Canal St.” giving it a certain swing and reggae feel to it. Very nice, with the piano chords.
The Knitting Factory has a quicker, New Jack Swing beat to it and it really doesn’t fit the mood of the song, too much going on.
The Factory Dub has a weird mix of juttering bass and vocals snippets. Two minutes too long.
From ’95 and Blondie goes House. A good idea or a cash in ?
All the flavour of month DJ’s are here as they bash out a loose interpretation of the classics. Did the band actually wade through a mountain of remixes and decided on these 11 or did it have to include the obligatory Van Helden mix ?
Marks out of 5 then.
Richie Jones keeps a bit of the old percussion in a pleasant opener, just takes its time to warm up (4)
“Dreaming” is quite a safe bit of Handbag House from Tommy Musto with the backing going off doing it’s own thing. A funky groove. (3)
Eurythmics “Love Is A Stranger” via a bit of Madge. Music to stalk to but again overlong. (3)
Richard Dearlove (Diddy) goes high tempo trance and then the guitar drops. Very nice! (4)
K Klass try to House it up but it feels clunky brass riff, and the It slows down suitably for the rap part. But the synth horns sound crap as well as those glacial digital pads. (3)
Latino House with a touch of the Caribbean from Vinny Vero and Pete Arden. The organ riff is the driver but the vocals are too repeated. (2)
Marc Kinchen destroys “Heart Of Glass”, a meaningless backing tracks soullessly pumps with the vocals sat on the top with a few chord changes.
E-Smoove again concocts a dogs dinner of a backing for Harry’s Classic vocals. Tuneless (2)
At least Utah Saints have a sense of humour and nostalgia with their Rave remake. They even keep the guitars in alongside the acid bubbles.(4)
Van Helden bores us for 9 minutes in a monotonous House version of “Atomic”, tom toms from hell. (1)
Thank God for the final mix by Black Dog (Ken Downie, Ed Handley and Andy Turner), tablas and the haunting vocals, a great match (5)