Monday, August 18, 2008
I'm back home from a few cheeky drinks in a posh/poncey London bar. I have red hair again. I am preparing my plans for Reading this coming weekend. I am halfway through a Mandarin Muller Light. My mp3 collection is on random. After contributions from Violent Femmes, Scooch, Hole and The Specials, we hit on a track that just tears my mind away from the present, and drags me somewhere else completely.
Björk - Amphibian (Remix)
A song I first heard over the close of the extraordinary 1999 movie Being John Malkovich. If you haven't seen it, I won't even attempt to summarise the plot here. It's as surreal and absurd a Hollywood movie as you're ever likely to see, so I'd humbly suggest you do. Needless to say, Björk's dreamlike song fits the mood of the film so perfectly, they're now almost impossible to distinguish from each other in my mind.
I remember finding a copy of the soundtrack at my student radio station, URN, some time after seeing the movie. It was during one of our short term FM licences, that lasted for a month. We broadcast on 97.5 FM across Nottingham, sandwiched neatly between Radio 1 on 98.8 and the local giant Trent FM on 96.6 FM. So anyone flicking between the two would hit us. On this day I was doing The Afternoon Alternative, a show on from 2-4pm, with the irresistible remit of playing anything that no-one else would touch. So I took great pleasure in spinning this slice of sublime Icelandic weirdness in crystal clear FM stereo over a sunny city.
Hmmm. Hang on a minute...
The great thing about being someone who never throws anything away is that you're constantly discovering things you'd forgotten you even had in the first place. Case in point: I just rediscovered my note books from this period. I'd always write down the tracklistings of the shows I'd done, so as not to play the same stuff each time. And, I suppose, for posterity. Now I think it's time for posterity to shine. The show I played Björk's Amphibian was on 11th October 2000. Here's the full tracklisting, including a number of songs that have now become permanent favourites...
Junkie XL - Zerotonine
My Vitriol - Cement Shoes
Asian Dub Foundation - New Way New Life
Eels - Flyswatter
Mercury Rev - Tonite It Shows
The Delgados - No Danger
Smashing Pumpkins - Try Try Try
Sing Sing - Feels Like Summer
13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me Baby
Radiohead - Idioteque
Elliot Smith - Because
DJ Shadow - Theme From Dark Days
Astrid - Modes Of Transport
Black Box Recorder - The Facts Of Life (Chocolate Layers Remix)*
Mellow - Another Mellow Winter
Foo Fighters - Break Out
Death In Vegas - One More Time
Coldplay - Trouble
The Charlatans - Impossible
Placebo - Slave To The Wage
David Holmes - 69 Police
Beta Band - To You Alone
Björk - Amphibian (Remix)
Soulwax - Too Many DJs
Grandaddy - Hewlett's Daughter
Badly Drawn Boy - Disillusion
Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place
Air - Playground Love
JJ72 - Oxygen
Lauren Laverne - I Fell Out Of A Tree
Roni Size & Reprazent - Who Told You?
*Can't quite believe I played this filth at 3 in the afternoon...
I was 20 years of age playing music I loved to people who wanted to hear it. At the time it felt like the coolest thing in the whole world.
Looking back, it still does.
If I ever find the tapes, I'll be sure to let you know...
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