and on this week's PLANET L RADIO SHOW you heard:
DIVIDE & KREATE - SWEET JAQUELINE
got the show started with this little number mashing up FRANZ FERDINAND with THE EURYTHMICS of all people. who thinks this stuff up?
BRIGITTE BARDOT - ST. TROPEZ
the sound of france swinging circa 1971 from the original yeh-yeh girl. talked all over it, of course. what a difference 35 years can make though, eh?
JIMMI JAMMES - HOLLABACK GUN
another excellent bootleg from the new kid on the scene. GWEN STEFANI again mashed up with somebody or other. gwen, apparently, ain't no hollaback girl, but then - who is? i ain't no hollaback girl either but you don't catch me banging on about it all the time...
THE PIPETTES - YOU'RE KISSES ARE WASTED ON ME
from their lovely debut album WE ARE THE PIPETTES my new favourite band and aim to bring a bit of girl group glamour to the charts with a touch of THE SHANGRI-LA's, THE COOKIES, THE TEDDY BEARS thrown into the mix. they sing, they dance, they have clever updated post-feminist lyrics, they have polka-dot dresses. what more could you possibly want from a group? this is their 5th single and the album looks like being my album of the year. they're from my home town of BRIGHTON,ENGLAND and you can expect to hear a lot of them over the coming weeks on this show. check out THE PIPETTES on http://www.thepipettes.co.uk/
i think i'll just invite them over to do a gig - then we can all go see 'em.
PAYROLL - BLAME IT ON THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO
JACKSON 5 vs.THE THEME FROM THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO. clever little track this. is it okay to play michael jackson again only i've run out of harshly satirical things to say about him?
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN - THE BLUES ARE STILL BLUE
current single from BELLE AND SEBASTIAN. my son JAY insists on this playing in the car when i pick him up from kindy. you can find it on the album THE LIFE PURSUIT which, after some plays on the phonograph at our house, i can now confidently say that this is the best album they've ever made. sweet, funny and clever - better than IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER even which has always been the bench mark by which we B&S fans judge their albums. B&S themselves never really cared for IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER, feeling that the acoustics were all wrong or something. there's a new live recording of the album available recorded at the royal albert hall where they give a definitive rendition of the album if you're interested.
DJ PAUL - CHENEY'S GOT A GUN
not the greatest bootleg ever but it made me laugh a lot and this sort of stuff needs to played all the time just to remind us what a bunch of crooks, liars and gangsters the current american administration is. let's see - bush has recently been found to be spying illegally on his own people (and has just made the man responsible for organising the illegal spying the new head of the CIA). rumsfield has been shown to be lying over the whole issue of iraq's weapons of mass destruction and starting an illegal war based on false evidence. oh, and cheney recently shot someone in the face...the leaders of the free world, ladies and gentlemen. sleep safe, now.
what did happen to the guy who got shot in the face anyway? the media strangely lost interest in the story. it's almost as if it never happened. strange that.
DJ MOULE - SOMEBODY SMACKED MY BITCH
THE KILLERS VS. THE PRODIGY of course and would get any party started, don't you think?
SEAN McCOLGAN - CRAZY DISCO
this week's GNARLS BARKLEY bootleg mash's up MIRWAIS with your barkley's. i think the mirwais track appeared in the film LAYER CAKE though god knows i sometimes make this stuff up.
TOM THUMB - HEY BULLDOG
the rather dull anecdote about this track is that it was actually a cover of a cover. record producer peter dawkins bought back a version from the uk and recorded TOM THUMB's version before THE BEATLES version was released locally...enough new zealand music month crazy anecdotes. i got a dog yesterday; it may end up being called smoochy moose face now that my suggestion of FARFISA was rejected out of hand by MRS PLANET L. anyway, played this one for him.
SUGABABES - I BET YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR
still loving this but now that DJ SIMON's playing it on his show my work here is done.
THE GO!TEAM - BOTTLEROCKET
from the australia only release ARE YOU READY FOR MORE EP which is still on the turntable here at chez planet L.
THE BRUNETTES - MAFIOSO
from their debut album HOLDING HANDS, FEEDING DUCKS. DJ SIMON nearly caused a scene when this got stuck in the CD player of the new GRASSMOBILE last week. all sorted now. i understand from HARAUKAI MIKE that their tour in the states seems to have paid off because they've just signed to SUB POP. expect an album soon but don't lose sleep over it in giddy expectation, eh?
FRANZ FERDINAND - WHAT YOU WAITING FOR
like the stripped down JOSEPH K/FIRE ENGINES approach they bring to this cover. but you'll have already heard it on DJ SIMON's show so you'll know all about it.
HOT CHIP - THE BOY FROM SCHOOL
thought i'd give the album track an airing this week (as did my fellow DJ ON GRASS. honestly, all we do all day is mow lawns and talk music. except on saturday's when we play music. sometimes the distinction between our two shows is only inb our heads). you can find this on hot chip's new album THE WARNING. i hear he's touring america with STEREOLAB. wouldn't that be something if the tour got as far as NZ? with the pipettes too, i mean.
CANNONBALL JANE - SLUMBER PARTY
low fi sweety pop from everyone's favourite music teacher. been playing this for ages - it's finally been released a single but you ought go out and buy the album STREET VERNACULAR and let your mind wander amidst its joyous grooves. or something.
GO HOME PRODUCTIONS - DON'T STOP CHANGING
haven't played this for ages. this is an excellent mash-up from the man who more or less invented the genre (more or less) mashing up PAUL WELLER with S CLUB 7. the business.
GUILLEMOTS - WHO LEFT THE LIGHTS ON BABY
from the album FROM THE CLIFFS which upon repeated playsbecomes something of a joy. they try too hard, and all, but then i listen too hard so it all kinda balances out.
RICHARD CHEESE - HEY YA
well, you know.
PIZZICATO 5 - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 BARBIE DOLLS
a few years ago i embraced that whole tokyo retro-kitsch thing that was coming out of japan. PIZZICATO 5 must have made about 40 or 50 albums before calling it a day. nearly every album had something on it that was this good.
TOTOM - CLINT PEACHEASTWOOD
this one presumably went down a storm last week so i thought i'd play it again. GORILLAZ vs. THE STRANGLERS. very fine.
DJ ZEBRA - GOMM JAH DUB
GOMM vs. KING TUBBY. nuff said. who's GOMM? dunno. probably someone french, they usually are. check out the DJ ZEBRA site on http://www.djzebra.free.fr/ this is the guy who was responsible for that chemical brothers/franz ferdinand mash-up i was trying so hard to popularise a while back by playing it all the time.
LOO AND PLACIDO - RIGBY REGGAE
LOO AND PLACIDO mash-ups are like gold dust these days what with their site now being soley dedicated to merchandise they can sell you. this is from a couple of years back.
THE BEATLES - TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS
as remixed, fairly pointlessly, by SMR this works because he ups the sonic noodling whilst more or less leaving the song alone. you have to be careful tinkering with the beatles because people know and cherish the songs so well but these two work quite well for a rainy saturday afternoon.
ST. ETIENNE - WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE
for the life of me i still can't remember who did this first and i really, really should have remembered by now. anyone going to help me out with this one. anyway, i do remember seeing SARAH CRACKNEL and the boys perform this on TOP OF THE POPS years ago. she was wearing a sex pistols t-shirt and a pink boa and, to my mind, wiped the floor with all the wannabe starlets there. made me want to go home and be slinky with her. still does, actually.
CCC - PSYCHESMELLICA
mashing up THE SUPREMES' REFLECTIONS, RINGO STARR's IT DON'T COME EASY, THE ZOMBIES' TIME OF THE SEASON (FOR LOVE), LULU's TO SIR WITH LOVE and THE BEATLES's SAVOY TRUFFLE. genius, and a big hit with laurie. check out his site on www.mashups.blogspot.com
SLACKJAWEDLOCAL - SOUL EXPLORATION
THE KARMINSKY EXPERIENCE, who never really lived up to the early promise displayed in their DJ sets mashed with ERIC B AND RAKIM's I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL. more or less works.
IRN MINKY - CRAZY TOGETHER
played this a couple of weeks ago and MRS. PEPPERPOT liked it so thought i'd give it one more airing. BEYONCE vs PRIMAL SCREAM.
RIDE - I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM (THE APOLLO 11 REMIX)
big tune this. always got me on the dancefloor at CHEESY back in EXETER, UK back in the 90's. it was ANDY BELL's greatest desire to be in OASIS. can you imagine? did you see them on the cover of Q magazine recently. what a bunch of wankers. be careful of what you wish for, it might actually happen, which is exactly the kind of sagacious advice MR spock gives out on my final track this week
LEONARD NIMOY - SPOCK THOUGHTS
this can be found on the rare as anything THE TWO SIDES OF LEONARD NIMOY, released back in 1968. a better option for them that like a bit of STAR TREK is the SPACED OUT CD which presents the best of LEONARD NIMOY and WILLIAM SHATNER, both in fine form and both equally able to clear a room of people reluctant to leave simply through the medium of sound.
time to go. happy listening.