Archive for the electronic music Category

Polari Pop

Posted in Bootleg remixes, buzzcocks, camp, disco, electronic music, mash up, perfect pop, Punk on November 4, 2008 by planetmondo

What better way to clear out the weekend cobwebs – than a sugary slice of cut and paste pop that mashes eighties electrickery with a seventies super-grouper – in combo that’s camper than Christmas.

I always suspected there was some sonic crossover between Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’ and Abba’s ‘Does Your Mother Know’ before it was ‘outed’ like this ..

DJ Copycat – Does Your Homosapien Know

DJ Copycat website
well worth digging around for other winners while you’re there

DJ Copycat Myspace

Never Mind The Bollock Brothers

Posted in 80's, crocs, electronic music, halloween, new wave, Punk, retromania on October 29, 2008 by planetmondo

If you were the age to be out, about and shaking a leg (or flapping an arm) in Southend’s early 80s alt.clubs and shady places like Crocs, Chesters and The Monkey House – or whatever your regional variation was – these two tunes should be more time-trippy than test driving the TARDIS, take you right back to the dry ice-age, and have your phantom senses tasting the ‘snakebites and black‘, smelling the ‘Hard Rock‘ hairspray (or Boots green, gunky, ‘Country Born‘ setting gel), and perhaps feeling the itch of a black mohair jumper if you were ever a proto goth-monster or grebo-warrior…

The Bollock Brothers Horror Movies

I really must get the BB’s ’83 rework of the Pistols NMTB album

Red Lipstique Drac’s Back

At the time, there were shifty whispers that Red Lipstique were actually the Bollock Brothers in disco disguise.


You can see more about the Southend scene (including my live pics of The Damned, The Sweet and Lords Of The New Church – and my punk top 50) at the always excellent Southend Punk site

Rocket Fuel

Posted in 90s, Contrast and compare, electronic music, indie, Remixes on October 19, 2008 by planetmondo


Amazing what a bit tweaking and retuning can do.

With a just bit of jiggery-poppery the funky Buzzcocks bounce and shoegazer a go-go shuffle of the regular version….

Hey Venus

Becomes a white trainers with outsized tounges and long sleeved T-shirt ‘lectro pop nugget (which kind of reminds of this a bit)

Hey Venus – Mad Thatcher Disease Mix

PS – my ol’ mate Marmite has just started a new music based blog Floating In Space – so why not pop on over and have a peep.

Fur Den Untergang

Posted in 80's, Brian Eno, electronic music, guest blogger, mini mix, new wave, soundtrack, theme tune on July 7, 2008 by planetmondo

Roman Empress and I have been putting our collective noggins together for a ‘prog blogging’ project. RE has thumbnailed nine key scenes for an imaginary film ‘Fur Den Untergang’ capturing the cultural claustrophobia, ‘Stasiland’ suspicous minds and shifty whispers of early eighties East Germany – while I’ve compiled a nine song soundtrack which hopefully matches the mood of each scene and the Totalitarianism and tower block greyscapes of the time..

You can read the script here, and download the soundtrack below…
(or stream it over at RE HQ)

‘Fur Den Untergang’ – O.S.T.

‘R.A.F’ – Brian Eno (& Snatch)
‘Big Dome Pt. 1’ – Phil Manzanera
‘48 Hour Drive’ – Baltic Fleet.
‘Warm Leatherette’ – Grace Jones.
‘`84 Pontiac Dream’ – Boards of Canada
‘Back To Nature’ – Fad Gadget.
‘Tom Baker’ – The Human League
‘Memories Can’t Wait’ – Talking Heads.
‘Small Hours’ – John Martyn.

But there’s a couple of extras and outtakes too.

Gina X – ‘No G.D.M.’
I had planned to use this for ‘scene 4-the party scene’, but ‘G.D.M’ seemed cult rather than club, and didn’t have the new wave cocktail cool of Grace Jones

Brian Eno ‘Mist/Rythm’
This had been ‘final scene’ for 90% of the time, but seemed soothing rather than sombre, whereas John Martyn’s ghostly notes seemed pitch perfect for the lonely closing coda.

Laugh Cry Live Die

Posted in electronic music, new music, tronic youth on June 9, 2008 by planetmondo

Occaisonally you may notice my brother’s name Tronik Youth popping up in the Mondo cyberspace scrapbook – well, as if he’s not busy enough with gigging all over the globe and reworking and remixing tunes like this for The Gossip, The Rakes, and New Young Pony Club – the ol’ clever clogs has also found time to clonk out his own shiny new single, ‘Laugh Cry Live Die’ it’s out now (and available on iTunes from this week)- so why not try before you buy below…

Then perhaps check his MySpace site for mixes,live dates and details of a new piece of electrickery he’s working on with Midfield General.

Also watch out for out for more Tronik related treats over on Roman Empress soon..

Following on from RE’s tip off – here is Yoav ‘Beautiful Lie’ (Tronik Youth Mix)

Something Old – Something New

Posted in 80's, crocs, electronic music, new music, new wave, retromania on May 27, 2008 by planetmondo



Something New

Tronik and myself went to see Big Boss Man at Metro last week (unfortunately BBM didn’t play due to the drummer’s Tonsillitis) but we did manage to catch Silvery’s high speed, high energy Victoriana vampings as well as shiny new Swedish band Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck’s debut UK gig – MWML seem to specialize in songs sketched in the neat clean lines of Scandanavian designs, blended with the muted toots of trumpets, trombones and the jolly melancholy of Nick Drake on a sunny day all finished off with a polite pop polish. But don’t just take my word for it – why not taste test one of their Scanda-pops below? Or check out their Myspace site

Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck – Let’s Watch The Sunrise

Something Old

Bank holiday Sunday saw me shaking a leg and raising a glass at the Crocs 80-85 reunion along with assorted other ex Goths, Punks, Psychobillies and Blitz Kids (sort of fiends reunited – and on the Sabbath too!) How good was it to hear all the Crocs classics at club volume – as well as these period pieces I’d completely forgotten about…

Don Armando – I’m An Indian Too.

Tuxedo Moon – No Tears

Blue Rondo a La Turk – Klacto Vee Sedstein

Funky Friday – One Brain

Posted in Brian Eno, electronic music, Funky Friday on April 24, 2008 by planetmondo

Well it could have gone several ways today…

Funky Drummers or Keyboard Kings – but in the end it had to be Eno a Go Go, as my sparky crackle and buzz for eighties electrickery seems finally, to be earthing itself.

And also the fact that I just haven’t been able to shake off these two tunes this week. So the only way to really excorcise them (just like the ‘Jezebel Spirit’) is to cast them out and log them in the blog.

Ali Click (The Grid Trance Mix-Long)

Of the six remixes backing Eno’s early nineties single ‘Ali Click’, this is the best of breed, with Eno’s spitfire-syllable tongue twister lyrics being spliced into a spluttering stutterguts staccato attack then set against a non stop stomper of deep space dark arts dance grooves and mewing moogs – it’s like R2 D2 DJing on the Death Star..

Ali Click (Trance Mix-Long)

Strong Flashes Of Light

‘Strong Flashes’ highlights just how invaluable Eno was as a sonic stylist for the Talking Heads ( as the soundscapes got bigger so did the suits ) only the Professor Pat Pending of pop could take a two chord turnaround then re spray and layer it with waves of phase into a shimmering synth shuffle that’s all angular clang, chattering typewriter rhythms, bubbling barking bass and jerky New York new wave funk..

Strong Flashes Of Light

Strangely but not surprisingly (it is Eno after all) both of these tracks only ever achieved B side and outtake status

If you fancy something for stress down Friday, why not flick over to the other side for a gorgeous Eno synthy soother..

“Brian’s mood is gradually changing. He orders all his friends into another room, closes the door, he sits alone on the wooden floor, visible only by the dim light shining from the bathroom. He talks to himself.” Ali Click – ( Trance Mix – Long )