WISHLIST WEDNESDAY: PETE TONG ESSENTIAL SELECTION SUMMER 1998

I have a new Wishlist Wednesday for you, I’ve taken time out from a shaky (read: crap) net connection and half term.

This is something I have both on tape, and on CD, but I would love it on Vinyl. I’m greedy like that!

Pete Tong, Essential Collection, Summer 1998

SIDE A:

Magnum Force

Believe

Starchasers

Over Here

My Desire

Bootie Call

Freak Me

Looking for Love

Rock With You

Horny ’98

New Kind of Medicine

Music Is the Answer

You Don’t Know

Needin’ U

I’ll House You ’98

I Can’t Help Myself

SIDE B:
Ride

The Word

Is Anybody Out There

Vertigo

Funk Bomb

The Day Will Come

El Nino

For an Angel ’98

Beachball

The Freaks Come Out

The Ultimate

I Don’t Need Your Love

Storm

Michel Lombert

I first heard this album on tape in Him Indoors’ car, a bright orange, rusty Ford Ghia. This album was about the best thing about his set of wheels back then.

The album was one which came out a few years before we met- in the summer I left school after my GCSE exams and it was played widely around that time by my cooler classmates who were devotees of all things Tong or Kiss FM.

I loved this album back when we met as we had very few available that Him Indoors would agree to play in his presence as most of tapes from school had the odd boy band or indie pop on them.

Later on, another car had this in the glove box and was stolen, and to be fair I was more miffed about the tape set than the car (which wasn’t ours, bit mean but it was another rust bucket and I will never forget hearing how the owner of the car, a friend of ours who died not that long after, came out in swimming trunks barefoot to chase the thieves down the road.

We then got it on CD, but so far, vinyl has eluded us.

It reminds me of happy times in Kent, being young, in a new relationship and free to have fun. It also reminds me of the end of my GCSE exams which was the end of a school era I hated and although I had to wait for my results, I was chuffed to walk out the door on the last day.

You can’t currently get this on vinyl- a travesty I feel as most of what’s on it was still on 12 inch.

Great summer listening

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BJORK, DEBUT

It is not my fault I bought this album. I blame my 8 year old wanting a hair cut and the hair dresser being opposite the local HMV. So there.

bjork bjork inner Bjork, Debut, on One Little Indian/Bapsi Ltd

SIDE A:

Human Behaviour

Crying

Venus as a Boy

There’s More to Life Than This (Recorded live at the Milk Bar Toilets)

Like Someone in Love

Big Time Sensuality

SIDE B:

One Day

Aeroplane

Come to Me

Violently Happy

The Anchor Song

“Tracks 1-10 produced by Nellee Hooper”

1993

In 1993 I was the weird kid. I was 11, and most 11 year olds did not listen to Bjork. She was that weird little elf woman, who popped up on Top of the Pops inbetween much more tween friendly fodder such as Take That and Bad Boys Inc.

My Dad used to bring home albums from a library in Maidstone. As a lorry driver, he was practically his own boss and would listen to the radio all day. This was one of those albums.

At 11, I had no idea who The Sugarcubes were, so my first hearing of Bjork was Violently Happy. At that time, she was everywhere, mainly down to her funny little accent and strange dress sense. I used to love her, she wore bindis on her head, and I duly went out and found some, long before they appeared in Bow Bangles (now Claire’s Accessories) and became the in thing.

If being the weird kid meant being able to stomp around in flares and cheesecloth tops singing Bjork, I am so happy I was that kid. Although, such is my mad and comprehensively widespread love of music I was just as likely to be stomping around in aforementioned clobber to Take That.

Violently Happy would crop up again when I was 16 at a Goth club called Subsonic in Gillingham (Subs to the regulars), as they’d play it in what was termed the Funky room. I was indeed violently happy to be that age, with friends, drinking Alcopops.

Mine copy is not an original, but was begging me to buy it after taking Mini for her hair cut last night. Its on grey vinyl but sounds amazing.

I am indeed, happy, if not violently so, to have it.

BALEARIC BEATS, VOL 1

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Balearic beats

The first record I’m going to bring you is a classic in so many ways.

Balearic Beats Vol 1 on FFRR

Tracks

SIDE A:

Jibaro-Electra

Drop the Deal-Code 61

Sure Beats Workin’-Beats Workin’

Blackout-Enzo Avitabile

Mandy’s Theme (I Just Can’t Wait) (Cool and Breezy Jazz Version)-Mandy Smith

SIDE B:

Kaw-Liga (Prairie mix)- The Residents

Why Why Why (Live)- The Woodentops

Join in the Chant- Nitzer Ebb

De Testimony (Collapsing edit)- Fini Tribe

Jesus On The Payrol-The Thrashing Doves

“Compiled by “Razor” Tong, Oakey and Trevor Fung”

“Illustrations by David Little direct art Green link”

1988

Favorite track on this is so hard. I was only aware of Jibaro prior to him indoors getting it via eBay which in itself is a classic dance track.

I love the mental-ness of Nitzer Ebb (fun fact: on the back of hearing Join in the chant, him indoors went along to one of their concerts at The Dome Tufnel Park or someplace in London Bridge and found it to be quite the scary prospect musically and not at all Balearic, but a far more studded leather affair), as well as Kaw-Liga which has a kick arse Jackson sample too.

However, my overall fave is Why Why Why by the Woodentops. It makes no sense lyrically. At all. But the bassline in places is amazing and the little points of “Are You Ready Now” are just great. Its also live and musically the band are brilliant (and its a shame they never really blew up).

It comes from an era I am seriously jealous of not being old enough to have experienced myself like him indoors. The artwork is just cracking (Jibaro also uses one of the eye logos on its 12 inch single).

Go find some of the tracks on Youtube