Monday, 27 September 2004

Damn you Bowie!!

Hallo SpaceboyImage via Wikipedia
Just when you think it's safe to start saving for a down payment or X-Mas or something, Bowie goes and reissues some of his albums AGAIN! This time, however, the tracklistings for the three discs in question - Outside, Earthing, and Hours - look somewhat compelling.
You could probably compile the rare stuff onto one CD with room to spare, but if you don't have the CD singles or soundtracks, these are a decently priced way to get the tunes.
Noteworthy inclusions are the promo 12" mixes of Hallo Spaceboy and the Omikron versions of tracks from "Hours..."
They're all 2 discers and here's the tracklistings of the second discs in the series:
Outside (1995)
1 Heart's Filthy Lesson (Trent Reznor alt. mix)
2 Heart's Filthy Lesson (rubber mix)
3 Heart's Filthy Lesson (simple test mix) *
4 Heart's Filthy Lesson (filthy mix)
5 Heart's Filthy Lesson (Tim Simenon good karma mix) *
6 Small Plot Of Land (Basquiat OST version) *
7 Hallo Spaceboy (12" mix)
8 Hallo Spaceboy (double click mix) *
9 Hallo Spaceboy (instrumental) *
10 Hallo Spaceboy (lost in space mix) *
11 I Am With Name
12 I'm Deranged (jungle mix)
13 Get Real (bonus track)
14 Nothing To Be Desired
Earthling (1997)
1 Little Wonder (censored video edit)
2 Little Wonder (Junior Vasquez club mix)
3 Little Wonder (Danny Saber dance mix)
4 Seven Years In Tibet (Mandarin version)
5 Dead Man Walking (Moby mix 1)
6 Dead Man Walking (Moby US 12" promo mix)
7 Telling Lies (feelgood mix)
8 Telling Lies (paradox mix)
9 I'm Afraid Of Americans (Showgirls OST version) *
10 I'm Afraid Of Americans (NIN v1 mix)
11 I'm Afraid Of Americans (NIN v1 clean edit)
12 V2 Schneider (Tao Jones index) *
13 Pallas Athena (Tao Jones index)
"Hours..." (2000)
1 Thursday's Child (rock mix)
2 Thursday's Child (Omikron The Nomad Soul slower version) *
3 Something In The Air (American Psycho remix)
4 Survive (Marius De Vries UK CD single mix)
5 Seven (demo)
6 Seven (Marius De Vries mix)
7 Seven (Beck mix #1)
8 Seven (Beck mix #2)
9 Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (edit)
10 Pretty Things Are Going To Hell(Stigmata OST version)
11 Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Stigmata film only version) *
12 New Angels Of Promise (Omikron The Nomad Soul version) *
13 Dreamers (Omikron The Nomad Soul longer version) *
14 1917
15 We Shall Go To Town
16 We All Go Through (bonus track)
17 No One Calls
* = interesting tracks (in a rarity sense)
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Friday, 24 September 2004

John Kennedy scares the hell out of me

At the recent In The City conference, John Kennedy, the ex-head of Universal Music made a speech that terrified many. Not because of the content as much as the fact that it came over as the ramblings of a madman. I could dissect what he said, but various outlets have already done that for me, including this one.
Suffice to say, with him running the IFPI I don't think there's anyone who's a fan of music who can sleep soundly at night. How do people like this get jobs?

Can You Polish A Turd?

Looks like Noel Gallagher's put his foot in it again. Not content to flap about cancelling all manner of follow-up albums to "Heathen Chemistry" (yeah, I don't know anyone who has a copy either), the monobrowed one has now come up with some reasoning to the delay.

Speaking to Sky One, he explained that the whole reason the follow up hasn't been released yet is they weren't given a release date. Huh? They've just been sitting around recording studios twiddling their thumbs waiting for a magic, arbitrary date to actually get some work done? This is how a formerly world-conquering band operates?

Fear not however as, like a plane that's been given the all-clear to land, Air Oasis now have given a release date: "May 26. We've got a release date now, which is why it's been meandering for a bit because we've not had a date to work to because we're extremely successful."

That last bit as well, "because we're extremely successful". Does he not think they've released anything since "Definitely Maybe" (cough... "Be Here Now".. cough)? The law of diminishing returns is really in full effect with this band.

He then goes on to say that the label's attitude to the new album is, "Alright, finish when you finish", which is record company parlance for "the longer you take with the sub-standard new stuff, the longer we don't have to try to sell it to the public and can concentrate on putting out 10th anniversary DVDs and such".

Looks like Gallagher has no idea how to read between the lines, it's just a pity everyone else can.

Palookaville in Brighton

Not content to simply sponsor Brighton & Hove Albion football club, Skint Records have also managed to rename the team's stadium for the season, as a marketing stunt for the new Skint released Fatboy Slim album Palookaville.

Now fans of the Seagulls will be able to watch their team play in Palookaville Stadium while wearing Palookaville branded jerseys. No word yet whether there'll be any "Who ate all the pies? The fatboy ate all the pies" t-shirts will be available from the team shop.

It does makes you wonder how much influence (whoring?) sponsorship money actually has over football these days... just wait till the new Oasis album and Man City playing for a season in the "Dreadful followup to Heathen Chemistry Stadium".

I shudder at the thought.

Thursday, 23 September 2004

Wiki Wiki goodness

Over the last couple of days, I've discovered the joys of the Wikipedia. It's an "open to the public" resource that allows anyone to add, ammend or update entries on just about anything. An amazing resource and truly what the Internet is all about - collaborative learning.

True to form, I've spent most of my time updating and adding entries for Duran Duran, including Greatest, Rio and the Carnival ep. I've also taken time to make pitstops around the SACD and CD entries.

Truly an amazing site, and they even have some non-music related entries!