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Category Archives: Classic

Guru Guru – Der LSD-Marsch

Classic Guru Guru with the final track from their 197 debut ‘UFO’; this has all of the hallmarks of the band at this time; all replete with THAT riff of theirs that pops up again and again on an album that explodes into Free Rock again and again. There’s very little solid ground on this track, yet that Kraut-Sabbath feel remains. Also, this one even has a drum solo, yet we’re definitely not talking ELP or Yes.


The The – Out Of The Blue (Into The Fire)

Here’s the second track from the 1986 album ‘Infected’, along with the official ‘video’ for it; which is pretty much a segment of the ‘Infected’ “film”, as each track on the album had a video made for it which, in it’s entirety, made up the ‘Infected’ film. This track, and ‘Infected’ in general, has all of the hallmarks of an 80’s production. For some, ‘Soul Mining’ was the definitive The The album; for others, it’s ‘Infected’, and Johnson’s own brand of alternative Pop burned very brightly around this time.

Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground

This track is an absolute classic and a true Soul/Funk gem. From the very get go and that unbelievable guitar sound, the listener knows that they’re in very, very good hands. From Stevie’s 1973 album ‘Innervisions’.

Faust – Hurricane (Live at the Garage in London 1996)

Tough Krautrock by a fully charged up and reformed Faust. This is from Faust’s notorious gigs at the Garage in Highbury, London, in 1996. They played 2 nights in a row; both being absolute killer sets.

Adam and the Ants – Nine Plan Failed

Post Punk from the Pop star before he became a Pop star; from the brilliant 1979 album ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’.

Wire – On Returning

Another stunning track from the band’s awe-inspiring 1979 album ‘154’. Again, another sublime melding of serrated guitars and angular, machine-like “Rock”, with hooks worthy of any “Pop” act.

Slint – Good Morning, Captain (Demo)

Rough ‘n’ ready demo of the boys; with some fantastic accompanying footage that really captured how young this remarkable band were when they were writing material like this.

Global Communication – 14:31

A beautiful track that stretches time; and time is on one’s mind when they listen to this as the whole thing is slowly propelled by the ticking of a clock, while synths swoop and expand, and a simple piano motif pulls at the heart strings. this track is, of course, from the duo’s classic 1994 album ’76:14′. Portions of the album haven’t dated well, but some parts, such as this piece, have retained all of their beauty.

Orbital – Out There Somewhere Parts 1 & 2

Fantastic track (in 2 parts) that finishes up the Hartnoll brothers 1996 album ‘In-Sides’, where they throw in old skool rave stabs circa ’91/’92; along with current (for 1996) Techno moves; all propelled by skippy, brittle, light Electro drum patterns. This track moves and shifts many times throughout its 24 minutes; taking the listener through a variety of electronic landscapes, while the drum machines act as the reliable anchor. Enjoy.

Brian Eno – The True Wheel

Back in the days when Brian was still a Glampire; paving the way for Post Punk and adding shapes to existing genres with abandon. From his 1974 album ‘Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)’.

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