Drinking Electricity

Here’s a few songs released on UK’s Survival records. The band Drinking Electricity was from Scotland and consisted of Anne-Marie Heighway and David Rome. Released in 1982 and I hear a Korg KR-55.

“Face the left. Face the right.” – Anne-Marie Heighway

For more info: discogs.com/artist/Drinking+Electricity

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 28, 2013 at 8:27 am, filed under music and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Television Set

Here we have the story of the song Television Set. It was a song Depeche Mode performed live at the beginning of their career. Interestingly, no one in the band wrote the song which is probably why it never appeared on an album. I love that the song was recorded on the cassette above over a Cure track.

“Probably the most famous un-released Depeche Mode track is ‘Television Set’. Television Set was a song played by the band at virtually every gig during 1981, usually as their opening number in the first 6 months of that year. It was a firm favourite amongst fans at live gigs during that period. At the time many considered it DM’s best song. When asked why it wasn’t being released as an obvious choice for a single, the whispered reply was “Vince didn’t write it”. The origins of this classic song remained shrouded in mystery for years but the songs existence has always been well known to Depeche Mode fans through live bootlegs from this period. ‘Television Set’ was written by Basildon musician Jason Knott. Jason was in a local band called ‘The Neatelllls’ (spelt with 4 L’s) which also included well know Basildon drummer Peter Hobbs. Although they never actually formed a band together, Jason, Peter and Vince Clarke did rehearse together a number of times and this how Vince got to hear the song. Vince took the song through a number of incarnations, firstly a recording with friend Sue Paget ( his bandmate in “No Romance in China”) with Vince on guitar & vocals and Sue on Bass. The second version was a solo demo track made by Vince, sounding completley different, made with a synthesiser, drum machine and Vinces vocals. Finally, Vince introduced the song into his new band Depeche Mode. The photo shows the original cassette by ‘No Romance in China’ that contains their recording of T.V.Set. As you can see its has been recorded over a copy of ‘The Cure’s Three Imaginary Boys’, Vince’s favourite band at the time. Many thank’s to Sue for providing the photo.” – Basildon: New Town – New Life

For more info: depechemode.com

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The Air We Breathe

What we have here is one of Depeche Mode’s earliest recordings. Some say is Vince Clarke on vocals however I’m not certain. YouTube commenters also say Fletch is the one playing the bass. What a great version and it shows right out of the gate these guys had “it”. I love how when the vocal “Resurrect, as a feeling…” comes in the first time it’s off/minor and then they sing it straight right after to show it’s power. That part is just wonderful. It also comes to a great crescendo towards the end.

“Resurrect, as a feeling, on my window, Of a past reunion.Resurrect as a feeling on my window Of a past reunion. Mission of a picture like the city and the air we breathe. The air we breathe. Air we breathe” – Depeche Mode

For more info: depechemode.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:28 am, filed under music, song writing and tagged . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Remix The Horrorist

The record label The Seed is having a remix contest for my song Automatic. The song which is about guns was originally released in 2007 on my album Attack Decay. It’s such a strong dance track I still play it live.

Demo Dropbox: theseedmusic.label-engine.com
Download the Stems: sendspace.com/pro/dl/rek7iv

“The Seed is proud to announce that we are doing our first ever remix contest in association with Underground legend, The Horrorist. For your remix to be considered it must be uploaded to our demo dropbox by no later than May 13, 2013. The contest will be judged by The Horrorist and label management. Winners selected will have their remix released as part of the “Automatic; Reloaded” Remix collection out in June on the Seed.” – facebook.com/theseedmusic

For more info: facebook.com/theseedmusic

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Luv Deluxe

As this music video by the Cinnamon Chasers for their song Luv Deluxe show we all have options. Which path will you choose?

“Cinnamon Chasers is the electro/nu-disco moniker of producer Russ Davies (son of Dave Davies from legendary 70’s Rock band The Kinks)” – cinnamonchasers.com

For more info: cinnamonchasers.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:17 am, filed under music and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Musik für Mittwoch

Here’s two interesting 80s cassette demo YouTube finds. Both are from a UK cassette called “Orgies In Synth”.

“Taken from the cassette entitled “Orgies In Synth”, which contains only music from bands on the “Insane Music” label : Pseudo Code, Bene Gesserit, Human Flesh, I Scream, Subject and Cortex. It was released in 198? in UK by “Music For Midgets” label.” – NikoletaGeistesblitz

For more info: youtube.com/user/NikoletaGeistesblitz

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 17, 2013 at 6:35 am, filed under music and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Bat for Lashes

The best part of Depeche Mode’s NY performance maybe the opening act Bat for Lashes. Natasha Khan knows how to write music and has steller music videos to back them up. This is some great art.

“Natasha Khan (born 25 October 1979), known by her stage name as Bat for Lashes, is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has released three studio albums, Fur and Gold (2006), Two Suns (2009) and The Haunted Man (2012), and received Mercury Prize nominations for Fur and Gold and Two Suns.” – Wikipedia

For more info: batforlashes.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 5, 2013 at 6:39 am, filed under music and tagged . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



MCL – New York

Here’s a lost late 80s EBM gem from Micro Chip League called New York. Be a part of it feel the heart of it New York, New York, New York. City of deceivers! At the time this record or it’s album cover probably didn’t stand out and now time changes everything. I couldn’t love this more today. The bass, synth pads, stuttering vocal samples, fake scratches, computer synth voice… audio time machine.

“In the late 1980s, Talla and Jallokin formed the band Pluuto under Talla’s own Technodrome Records (TDI Records) label. At the time, Talla was also involved in the production of several other projects such as Robotiko Rejekto, Tribantura, and Microchip League.” – Wikipedia

For more info: discogs.com/MCL-Micro-Chip-League-New-York

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 1, 2013 at 5:43 am, filed under music and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Author and Punisher

Check out Tristan Shone’s machine and music which he calls Author and Punisher. Einstürzende Neubauten where are you?

“Author & Punisher is an industrial doom and drone metal, one man band utilizing primarily custom fabricated machines/controllers and speakers. I have performed and shown these machines in festivals and exhibitions in the United States and abroad recently.” – soundcloud.com/authorandpunisher

For more info: authorandpunisher.com

via Shane Fontane

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 31, 2013 at 9:32 am, filed under music. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Terri Nunn of Berlin

Metro is one of my all time favorite songs. Check out Berlin’s lead singer Terri Nunn on Terri on VH1′s Where Are They Now? She talks about what pushed her to make the vocals and she says what I always say: The best music comes from frustration. Synths and sex forever people.

“Berlin is an American synthpop band. The group was formed in Los Angeles in 1978 by John Crawford (bass guitar). Bandmembers included Crawford, Terri Nunn (vocals), David Diamond (keyboards), Ric Olsen (guitar), Matt Reid (keyboards) and Rod Learned (drums). Learned left during the first EU tour and was replaced by Rob Brill (drums). The band gained mainstream-commercial success in the early 1980s with singles including “The Metro”, “Sex (I’m A…)”, “No More Words” and then in the mid 80s with chart-topping single “Take My Breath Away” from the 1986 film Top Gun.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_(band)

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 27, 2013 at 6:22 am, filed under interviews, music and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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