Super 7 – ‘2001’

3 11 2009

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When you think 2001 there’s really only one thing that sticks in your head, September the 11th. I distinctly remember coming in from school that day and my Dad (with the telly off) saying to me, “Marc you’ll never believe what’s happened?” At which point I felt like saying washing machine’s broke or you’ve got a new partner (he was going through divorce in 2001 y’see) but the telly came on and a picture of what seemed like loads of people covered in a big pile of fag ash and two towers obliterated by two jumbo jets were to scar and shock folk around the world. It was the beginning of the American led war on terror! Many believe it’s a conspriracy, but “The Fear” was here! But then again “The Fear” was already here from that February as Hear’Say were unleashed as winners of ITV’s “Popstars” which went out to spout more of the same rubbish to this very day (JLS excluded!)

Anyway them aside 2001 was actually another very very good year for music and not just for “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and Kylie parading around in a sheet with a hood cut out. With so many (and so many we couldn’t include) quality dance and urban tracks it was a year of discovery for me in terms of music part thanks to my brother, divorce and MTV-over exposure day and very very late night (ta bro) my 2001 was a rollercoaster – enjoy the ride!

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1. WHEATUS – ‘TEENAGE DIRTBAG’

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It was NEVER off “The Box” – just NEVER off it! The first of American pop-rock band Wheatus’ 2001 big sellers ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ was taken from the film “Loser” starring “American Pie’s” Jason Biggs. ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ was so big that  it also appeared in a car advert (bit fucked up if you remember it!) It’s lost it’s cred now but ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ really did sum up what life was like for us teenagers back in 2001….  i’ve got two tickets to Iron Maiiiiden baaaaby, come with me Friday don’t say maaaybeee (can we play with madness instead?)

WATCH : http://bit.ly/tQP4k / APPEARS ON : Wheatus (Columbia)

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2. MISSY ELLIOTT – ‘GET UR FREAK ON’

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When Timbaland wasn’t a complete sellout and Missy Elliott was still a fat mother bitch, ‘Get UR Freak On’ was Missy’s first UK top ten hit  and prodomonently featured the Indian ektara! Complete with a deranged video featuring cameos from Ja Rule, Ludacris(ps), LL Cool J and white black gimps (with kooky eyes), ‘Get UR Freak On’ was one of the essential urban tracks of 2001!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/3A3GzV / APPEARS ON : Miss-E So Addictive (Warner Music)

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3. THE AVALANCHES – ‘SINCE I LEFT YOU’

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A pile of records mashed up on two samplers and a bunch of turntables sound mad enough? Doesn’t to us as Australian act The Avalanches make our Super 7 with “Since I Left You.” The duo’s two singles of that year reached the top 20 and with two uber cool and stunning videos to match the soundtrack, for lovers of credible dance music like myself (bit hard to imagine that is it not) it was a bit hard pushed not to include one of their records in this list!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/2fDKXU / APPEARS ON : Since I Left You (Modular)

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4. iiO – RAPTURE
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Seeing as Destiny’s Child ‘Survivor’ was our favourite album of 2001, ‘Bootylicious’ got a last minute boot from the list to makeway for this drunken slur (sounds it!) The neo-dance gem ‘Rapture’ was a #2 hit in November 2001 for the New York dance act and unfortunately they were pretty much a one hit wonder, but then again only if you go by the names Eric Prydz or Fedde Le Grand then you tend to get more than one hit through the Ministry Of Sound offset label Data….. (anybody else noticed?)

WATCH : http://bit.ly/3A5P3 / APPEARS ON : NOW Dance Anthems (EMI TV/Ministry Of Sound)

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5. FEEDER – BUCK ROGERS
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He’s got a brand new car, looks like a Jaguar, it’s got leather seats, it’s got a CD player-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER-PLAYER… but I don’t wanna talk about it anymore… *nuff said*

WATCH : http://bit.ly/mImif / APPEARS ON : The Singles (Echo)

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6. BASEMENT JAXX – ROMEO
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Jaxx go Bhangra-Bhangra-Bhangra! ‘Romeo’ is one of the standout dancetracks from 2001 and features the vocals from the extremely talented Kele Le Roc on the track! Add to that a full blown Bollywood dance affair video and the result was a top 5 smash and huge airplay anthem for the Jaxx in the summer of 2001!

WATCH :  http://bit.ly/2ahmTv /APPEARS ON : The Singles (XL Talent)

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7. KYLIE MINOGUE – CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD
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It’s minimalist heaven written by Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis, ‘CGYOMH’ is Kylie’s biggest selling UK single to date! But forget the song it was the video that made us drop our jaws at this dance genius as Kylie wore what seemed like a sheet of cloth with a hood attached, to this day we’re not sure about those red men and women though! A mashup was serviced with New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ in 2002 and was featured in her Brit awards performance that year. Random music fact time – Kylie’s metallic dress featured in the video is “apparently” a tribute to Roisin Murphy’s similar outfit in the video for Moloko’s 99′ hit “Sing It Back”… cool eh!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/3u2Pvj / APPEARS ON : Ultimate Kylie (Parlophone)

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BONUS TRACK :

> EVE FEAT. GWEN STEFANI – “LET ME BLOW YA MIND”

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Dup-dup-doop-doop-dup-doo-doo-doop… far too good to let slip off our Super 7, it’s the BEST bassline of 00’s written by none other than Dr. Dre (yes Dr. Dre!) ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’ raped the nations urban/pop dancefloors in late 2001 and was the first outing for the unlikely pair.

WATCH : http://bit.ly/1xIS2U / APPEARS ON : Scorpion (Polydor)

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GUILTY PLEASURE :

> SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR – “MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR”

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‘Take Me Home’ or ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’… hmmm! Off the back of 2000’s huge selling “Groovejet”, SEB’s solo career started with two pop anthems, the second of which was the Xmas party anthem “Murder On The Dancefloor.” “Murder” was written by none other than the New Radicals lead singer Gregg Alexander, who also responsible for Ronan Keating’s ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster.’ The track featured a video that’d put Strictly to shame (sorry Alesha) and a killer remix package, take it away Sophie!

WATCH : http://bit.ly/1ec54M / APPEARS ON : Read My Lips (Polydor)

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MGS

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spun – Ministry Of Sound : Anthems Electronic 80’s

28 10 2009

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Rating : ****

There was a day and age when people were frightened of microwave ovens, Keith Harris & Orville were national heroes and Boy George was still a woman but it was the arrival of the synth that brought us the soundtrack to the neon age!

Ministry Of Sound’s ‘Anthems’ series returns with yet another tip top 3CD set filled to the brim with unforgettable late 70’s and 80’s electronica (yes false advertising MOS, Gary Numan – Tubeway Army – M to name a few were at the back end of the 70’s) guaranteed to get any retro lover in the mood! You could call it an idiots guide to electronica but this collection truely is sublime with a few hits and misses along the way kicking off with the greatest #2 of all time, Ultravox’s “Vienna.”

From the obvious compilation inclusions of Soft Cell (“Tainted Love”), New Order (“Blue Monday”), Visage (“Fade To Grey”) and Pet Shop Boys (“West End Girls”) MOS spring the rabbit from the hat with a few surprises as usual. We never expected to ever see Sparks (“Beat The Clock”), Debbie Harry (“French Kissing In The USA”) and Johnny Hates Jazz (“Shattered Dreams”) included on a Ministry Of Sound album but as per usual the team have broken the taboo!

80’s pop fans won’t be dissapointed either as this set also contains hits from Duran Duran (“The Reflex”), Spandau Ballet (“To Cut A Long Story Short”) and Kajagoogoo (“Too Shy”.) So rather than buying a cheap old blando 80’s compilation this winter, this fiesty neon effort from MOS is more the pop pickers choice, all you need to bring along is Babycham and cheap hairspray!

“Ministry Of Sound : Anthems Electronic 80’s” is available from November the 9th on CD & Digital through MOS/Universal Music

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MGS





spun – “NOW 90’s” (EMI/SonyBMG TV)

28 10 2009

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Rating : ***

The eyes blinked when I got this, for a second it was “NOW 39” ….

… and then realised it was yet ANOTHER cashin from EMI’s compilation powerhouse, “Now That’s What I Call Music!” They’ve done the 80’s, they’ve done the decades, they’ve done dance – is there anything that “NOW” haven’t done (hopefully not pigs anyway!) Up until this point “NOW” haven’t touched the 90’s, but with this mediocre effort it’s passable!

As a 90’s “NOW” follower (i’m sure most of the readers here are) isn’t really a big representation of what “NOW” was then as only #1 singles are touched, and to put 60 of them across 3CDs is a bit of a slap on the face for the record buying public.

We really advise buying “101 90’s Hits” from last year a similar EMI/SonyBMG cashin but with 5CDs and more variation, sums up the 90’s for us instead of an obvious attempt at. We dare to think what “NOW 00’s” (released on the 2nd of December) will provide us with, maybe a slap on the arse or that awful Gareth Gates Righteous Brothers cover from 2002… ERK!!! Hint for Mr. Abram and EMI – release NOW 2, 3… get it over and done with!

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MGS





spun – Michael Jackson “This Is It” (Film)

28 10 2009

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DIRECTOR : Kenny Ortega

RATING : ***** (5/5)

SETLIST :

  • 1.  Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
  • 2. Jam
  • 3. They Don’t Care About Us
  • 4. Human Nature
  • 5. Smooth Criminal
  • 6. The Way You Make Me Feel
  • 7. J5 Medley (I Want You Back/The Love You Save/I’ll Be There)
  • 8. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)
  • 9. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  • 10. Thriller (3D)
  • 11. Beat It
  • 12. Black Or White
  • 13. Earth Song
  • 14. Billie Jean
  • 15. Man In The Mirror
  • 16. This Is It (Credits)
  • 17. Heal The World (Credits)
  • 18. Human Nature (Reprise) (Credits)

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Half asleep, half dressed and a five min walk down the road on a wet late October morning in Glasgow, I managed to drag myself to the live feed showing of Michael Jackson’s posthomous concert extravaganza “This Is It.”

Armed with a pad, pen, cigs and a Bounty trio I was ready to go (almost.) On arrival the “Cineworld” staff were top class by handing out free compilmentary Relentless energy shots to sleepy punters like myself with staff with a smile that only could be done at half past 3 in the morning, y’know that one when you’re fragile and can’t lift facial muscle, that one.

Sitting in my seat I had to put up with half an hour what sounded like “NOW 54” (checks cd), yep “NOW 54” on random including the sounds of S Club, One True Voice (hell on Earth) and the UK garagetastic Jaimeson with ‘True’, bonus! So yeh bet you’re thinking to yourself what the hell was Marc doing up at that time in the morning and why? Well answer is I wasn’t alone as there was constant drones of punters coming in screaming “Oh jesus, we thought we were the only ones.” So 5 swiftly became a 30 strong cinema with a 50/50 mix of nightclubbers, passed out DJ’s on the Alesha Dixon comedown (me) and folk watching the film because they couldn’t get the bus home, class!

Like a sweaty blue hooded beast in Majorca (bloody full heat in the cinema) – 4:04 am came and the trailers started. Lot of guff including Hugh Grant being lame as usual and Nicole Kidman trying to rehash her Moulin Rouge days, too much already! 4:18 – film starts! Starting with a spiel about what the film was and was intended for time for some action. The film kicks off with an introduction from his backing dancers and their love for their idol before breaking into “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” complete with backflips, freestyle dancing and exploding stage lights! An electric start followed by Michael’s press conference appearance at the O2 with slight cameo from ex-Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent (ha! – he deserved a mention really!)

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Slam dunking into the film, ‘Jam’ comes complete with a series of split screen performances providing us an insight into how much practice and effort was put into each song and dance routine. This heart and soul dedication is highly present throughout the entire film particularly in both “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Beat It.” Michael being a musical perfectionist stays true to original videos, keys and songs whilst shoving a few ad-libs of his own in, the only exception being “Black Or White.” From the “Black Or White” pop juggernaut I remember as a child, Michael allows two of his musicians the musical freedom to turn the song into a heavy metal monster! Michael’s unique precision and cherry picking the creme de la creme of both his dancers and musicians who’s names include Sugarfeet and Mo Pleasure (dunno what the hell they were on either) make the musical experience of the film unfathomable.

An energy drink kick and multi chocolate covered fingers later the film continues with a vast array of hits, rich stage lighting and personal messages from Michael’s heart. The “J5 Medley” is a pistache to his days performing on the Sonny & Cher show complete with J5 backdrop and a mature MJ vocal. At the end of the medley Michael personally thanks his brothers by name evoking his love for family and more so with “Earth Song” his love for the planet. “Earth Song” is an updated version of the video containing a rural young lass sporting a dolphin t-shirt chasing butterflies around a forest with short voxpops from Jackson himself and his strong emotion for green planetary issues!

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The musical shades of Jackson’s music is all but too present in the film from “Human Nature” and it’s stunning heightened state of sexual emotion in blue (complete with Jacko’s trademark hand gestures) to the complete anger and burning rage of “Beat It”, Michael and Ortega leave no stone unturned to transform the music into an escapists paradise! But without lying or overhyping what many will also say are the best bits of the film by FAR were “Smooth Criminal” and “Thriller 3D.”

Taking both of his hit 80’s videos, his unique vision and slapping them up with a 2009 revamp, Michael conciding with Sony Pictures, Kenny Ortega and various CGI teams gives the tracks his own new spins. The result is jaw dropping! For “Smooth Criminal”, Michael dips into cinematic history at the “Break O’ Dawn” club and is enhanced into the late 40’s Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall film “The Big Sleep.” Using original dialogue and Michael in his famous “Criminal” suit, a lot of time and effort have been taken to endure fans like myself enjoy the ride. The VT also uses snips from the original “Moonwalker” music video. But even that doesn’t take the biscuit as the team top it with the lavish and very scary (at 4am with 3D glasses on) “Thriller 3D.” If the cinema don’t provide 3D glasses when u’re going in please ask for them as you’ll be missing out! A mummy rolling out of a tomb, a flying spider and that famous dance all add up to a stunning visual intake of Jackson’s new “Thriller” experience – this has to been seen to be believed!

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** MARC’S KEY POINTS **

– I won’t reitterate this enough PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remember to take 3D glasses if you’ve got them, because well the “Cineworld” weren’t aware that there’s “Thriller 3D” in it (bloody scary in the unholy hours of the morning half asleep) but thanks to a MJ forum, I was told previous to watching the film!

– Michael’s wardrobe looks not a day older than 1997, really the last time he recorded anything decent – shame really but bear in mind he was 50 when he died and fashion sense  (like my dad who’s 52) probably went out the window!

– The film is testement to Michael’s precision in music, taste and his strong personal beliefs (part of which you’ve saw before.)

– You might hate Kenny Ortega by the end of it, ie. a big fat director man dancing and sharing “the love” with MJ.

– Expect key Michael Jackson tracks not album rarities or records featuring MJ! We expect the DVD to have plenty of extras when it’s released at Christmas time!

– Crotch grabbing a-plenty throughout (fantastic mid scene with Russian woman wanting more attitude during crotch grabbing), AOOOOOOW!!

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From the moment go the film was really a signed sealed and delivered letter to his fans from beyond the grave (not that the Royal Mail would’ve been involved in that one), and for a lifelong fan like myself it was the perfect ending to the Michael Jackson wanderlust packaged in just under 2 hours. As Jackson says himself the results are “sizzling” but there is only three words you can say about this fairytale – “This Is It.”

The companion soundtrack and compilation album “This Is It” is out now on CD & Digital formats through Epic Records.
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MGS
(ps. Marc came out the cinema at 6:10 am – and went to bed at 9am… hardcore!)




Single Of The Week – 14/10

14 10 2009

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‘Rockin’ At The Disco’ (Hard2Beat)

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More To Come….

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MGS





Single Of The Week – 7/10

6 10 2009

Snow Patrol –

‘Just Say Yes (Stuart Price

Remix)’ (Fiction)

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If you know me well enough, you’ll know of my HATE for Snow Patrol – that hate to do with ‘Chasing Cars.’ I remember a few years back meeting Gary Lightbody in a pub with a mate of mine and asking him if ‘Chasing Cars’ was still in the charts… “probably if the money rolls in” was his reply.. hmmm well times have changed as they’ve went all electro on-yo-ass (following Bloc Party’s trend really they started it and the Editors new album has bettered it) with their new single ‘Just Say Yes.’ The single was originally intended for Pussycat Doll – Nicole Scherzinger’s debut album “Her Name Is Nicole” but seeing as that got the axe before it even had a chance to surface, Lightbody kept it for himself (wise!)

But here at “Spintrax” it’s not them we’re interested in for obvious reasons as it’d be called “Indietrax” or “Alternativeshizzle” if that was the case, it’s the GOD that is Stuart Price’s remix of the track. It was like an OMG DJ hardon moment when the remix dropped in my mailbox on Monday morning as usual! Price famously responsible for Madonna’s ‘Confessions’ and The Killers ‘Day & Age’ album really surpasses himself on every remix. To date we’ve loved his Seal, Starsailor, Lady GaGa and Fanny Annie remixes but this WOOFT!

‘Just Say Yes’ is released on November the 2nd and taken from their Greatest Hits album ‘Up To Now’ released on November the 9th through Fiction records!


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MGS





Single Of The Week – 30/9

30 09 2009

Sugababes –

‘About A Girl’ (Island)

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It’s been a week(ish) since Keisha left the Sugababes and sobbing aside the ‘Babes are back with what we think is one of their best singles to date! ‘About A Girl’ is produced by aaaah-Red-Wine (Red-One), y’know them that produced Lady GaGa’s ‘Just Dance’, Enrique & Ciara’s ‘Takin’ Back My Love’ and Sean Kingston’s ‘Fire Burning’ – it’s a shit hot addition to that list!

Now featuring new member and British Eurovision 2009 entrant Jade Ewen, the remix package for ‘About A Girl’ comes from Glam As You, Digital Dog and Serotonin Thieves, again shit hot! We guarantee you’ll be singing ah-ah-oh-oh-ey-oh-oh (or whatever the hell they sing) for weeks on end, it’s gay club gold sista’s! The video is due to air in the coming week so we’ll update the page when that’s available as well!

‘About A Girl’ is released through Island on November the 9th, followed by the album ‘Sweet 7′ on the 23rd.

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MGS