Updated January 15

The following is a listing and summary of one of my Music Library entries recorded since 1982. They are picked totally at random. Track number in blue highlight indicates that the track appears on one of my "special" series ("Best Of".."Decade".."Year End" and/or "500")...If a track appears on my "500"..its ranking is shown on the far right column.

 
#319
created August 11, 2001

Format: Mini-Disc

Track

Artist

Title

Album

'500'
1

The Chameleons

Anyone Alive?

Why Call It Anything

-
2

Tangerine Dream

Stereolight

Dream Mixes III

-
3

Red Flag

I Am The Wind

Fear Of A Red Planet

-
4

The Human League

All I Ever Wanted

Secrets

-
5

Fatboy Slim

Weapon Of Choice (feat. Bootsy Collins) (video)

Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars

-
6

Leftfield

Original

Leftism

-
7

Tangerine Dream

The Spirit Of The Czar

Dream Mixes III

296
8

The Chameleons

Dangerous Land

Why Call It Anything

-
9

Roger Eno

Stretching

The Long Walk

-
10

Red Flag

Coda Concerto

Fear Of A Red Planet

-
11

Tangerine Dream

Prime Time

Dream Mixes III

-
12

The Human League

The Snake

Secrets

-

#319
highlights

 

Tracks 1, 8
"Anyone Alive?" .. "Dangerous Land" - The Chameleons

The Chameleons were an English post-punk band formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester in 1981. The band originally consisted of singer and bassist Mark Burgess, guitarist Reg Smithies, guitarist Dave Fielding and drummer John Lever (replacing original drummer Brian Schofield). They released six studio albums and one EP before disbanding in 2003. Burgess alone continues to play Chameleons songs live under the name ChameleonsVox. 2000 saw the release of the album Strip, featuring older material reworked in an acoustic format. After a final studio album, 2001's Why Call It Anything, another unplugged album, This Never Ending Now, and a reunion tour which took them across Europe and the United States, the band dissolved in early 2003. Why Call It Anything was their fourth studio album and their only record of all-new material since 1990's Tony Fletcher Walked on Water.... La La La La La-La La-La-La. The album was recorded from September 2000 to May 2001 at Chapel Studios, Arc Studios and Woodbine Studios. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music wrote, "Why Call It Anything proved to be a stunning reaffirmation of the brilliance of this unsung band". "Anyone Alive?" was the #12 track on my Best of 2001 list, and another cut from the album, "Miracles and Wonders" (ML #318), was the #1 track of 2001.

 

"Why Call it Anything"

Track 5
"Weapon Of Choice" - Fatboy Slim

"Star 69" / "Weapon of Choice" is a double A-side single from English big beat musician Fatboy Slim, from his third studio album, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. The single peaked at No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart. "Weapon of Choice" features Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy's Rubber Band bassist Bootsy Collins, who provides the lead vocals on the song. On the album version, Collins's normal vocals are heard through the right audio channel; the same vocals, distorted to a much deeper pitch, are heard through the left. The song features a prominent sample of Sly & the Family Stone's 1968 song "Into My Own Thing", as well as samples from "All Strung Out Over You" by The Chambers Brothers and "Word Play" by The X-Ecutioners. The chorus of the song, "You could go with this, or you could go with that...", is a homage to the Black Sheep song "The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)", which features a similar chorus. The song is perhaps best known for its accompanying music video, which was filmed in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel (now the L.A. Hotel) in Los Angeles in December 2000. Directed by Spike Jonze and featuring actor Christopher Walken, who trained as a dancer in musical theatre before his acting career, has the actor dancing and flying around in the empty hotel to the music. The "Weapon of Choice" video won six awards at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. It was decided not to include the track on my Best of 2001 list, due to the events on 9/11.

 

Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars

Track 6
"Original" - Leftfield

Leftfield are a British electronic music group formed in 1989. It began as the duo of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley (formerly of the Rivals, A Man Called Adam and the Brand New Heavies). In January 2010 Barnes resurrected Leftfield without Daley and, after touring for a few years, finished writing new material for a third album entitled Alternative Light Source. Daley declined to be involved and is focusing upon his solo career. As with many of their contemporaries, such as the Chemical Brothers, Leftfield were notable for their use of guest vocalists in their works. Among those involved were Toni Halliday on "Original." The song gave the group their first appearance on Top of the Pops and reached #18 on the UK charts. The beginning of the song is used often on the UK version of Big Brother. Toni Halliday talked about "Original": "They gave me a DAT tape of 12 minutes of music which seemed to change every 12 bars. I put it on my 24-track and added some experimental vocals, with different lyrics and chorus ideas. There was one bit where I wrote the start and end of a scene in an imaginary movie, and they loved that. So they rewrote the track to fit around it. One person said he thought "Original" was about the death of dance music. I can't say what it is about, but it's definitely personal. It's very dark and disturbing. Whatever people think of my lyrics, I always say it's probably more interesting than my own explanation." The track is taken from Leftism, the first studio album by the English duo, released in 1995 on Columbia Records.

 

"Leftism"

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