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Category Archives: 2002

  1. Behind The Wheel by Playgroup Covers Depeche Mode


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    Since Depeche Mode came out with an excellent 3CD remix collection of songs remixed called Depeche Mode Remixes 2 Collection 1981 – 2011 I wanted to do several posts in the coming days related to other covers or remixes or tracks that sample Depeche Mode’s excellent catalog of electronic synth pop/rock tracks. Since Depeche Mode is one of favorite bands going back to the early 80s I always look for any remixes, covers or anyone sampling their music.

    Playgroup did a pretty nice reinterpretation of Behind The Wheel here almost 10 years ago now during the height of the Electroclash movement along with bands like Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Fischespooner and Ladytron. Behind The Wheel by Playgroup is very similar in sound to the original Depeche Mode version from their Music For The Masses album it just sounds hip and more sonically fresher than from what was on Music For The Masses. Although I love the remixes on Depeche Mode’s Behind The Wheel Maxi Single as there are multiple versions and remixes of both Behind The Wheel and Route 66. The version missing on the Behind The Wheel single is the Behind The Wheel/Route 66 mash-up that I’ve come to love over the years. If you can get your hands on that it’s awesome!

    Depeche Mode Remixes 2 Collection 1981 – 2011 also contains a new remix of Behind The Wheel by Vince Clarke the once member of Depeche Mode who left Depeche Mode to start Yaz and Erasure.

    Other versions of Depeche Mode’s Behind The Wheel you might like are Behind The Wheel by Maxence Cyrin which completely reinvents Behind The Wheel as a classical piano piece. Worth it highly not only for Behind The Wheel but Maxence Cyrin’s Modern Rhapsodies album also contains classical piano reinterpretations of other well known dance tracks remade in classical piano format. This is not cheesy stuff trust me they are good. Classical Piano versions of Smokebelch by Sabres Of Paradise, Windowlicker by Aphex Twin, Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack, Go by MobyL.F.O. by L.F.O and many more dance cuts reinterpreted by Maxence Cyrin.

    Or you might dig this industrial version of Behind The Wheel by OB1. It’s not industrial rock in no means it’s reminding me of bands from the late 80s/early 90s bands like Front 242 or Frontline Assembly which I quite dig as Depeche Mode’s music lends itself very well to the industrial sound. So I recommend this single by OB1 for their version of Behind The Wheel.

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    Behind The Wheel by Depeche Mode
    Behind The Wheel by Playgroup

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    Posted in 2002, Single.

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  2. DMX Krew Covers Soft Cell With Seedy Films


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    Seedy Films along with Tainted Love, Sex Dwarf, Bedsitter and Say Hello, Wave Goodbye are excellent songs off of the now classic early 80s release Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret by Soft Cell. Soft Cell’s version is the perfect cut as part of the Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret album. It’s got a very sleazy, minimal sound and it’s dark and perfectly seedy as the title suggests. The album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the soundtrack for the dark seedy underworld of downtown life. Unfortunately most folks know of Soft Cell for their cover of the Gloria Jones northern soul classic song Tainted Love. But anyone who’s a fan of Tainted Love should check out the album the song comes off of as it’s highly recommended by me!

    I was lucky enough to hear this new remake cover version of Seedy Films by DMX Krew about 10 years ago. The song has been given the new upbeat electro pop treatment and the darkness has been stripped that’s on the Soft Cell version. Whereas the Soft Cell version is perfect off their classic album this remake by DMX Krew works perfectly on it’s own. I still enjoy this remake by DMX Krew and listen to it every so often. If you haven’t heard of it then it’s time you should enjoy it too. Links below!

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    Seedy Films by Soft Cell
    Seedy Films by DMX Krew

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    Posted in 2002, Single.

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  3. Hot Room (Tiga Remix) by Linda Lamb


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    This is quite the interesting electro track for me. It kind of sounds like this long lost country song or an Asian singer singing a country song with an electronic production. It’s unique in a strange way and I didn’t really get it or let alone like it until I heard of the excellent Tiga remix. This song was released in 2002 from the oh so cool label International Deejay Gigolo’s along with their legendary complilations, International Deejay Gigolos Compilation 5 and it’s countless cool electroclash tracks. I like the Tiga remix because he basically amps up the electronic production to a nice midtempo beat. It’s something you can actually dance to now whereas the original was a bit odd. Whatcha think? The original version of Hot Room came out at the height of the electroclash movement which is now almost 10 years old. Boy time sure flys by!

    If you’re not familiar with Linda Lamb check out some of her work with one of my favorite acts, Vitalic on a track called Bells. This is the Linda Lamb I really love. Right? It’s darn rocking cool!

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    Hot Room by Linda Lamb
    Hot Room (Tiga Remix) by Linda Lamb

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    Posted in 2002, Single.

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  4. Sunglasses At Night (Alter Ego Remix) by Tiga & Zyntherius


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    Corey Hart’s Sunglasses At Night is the perfect pop song to be featured in shows like Miami Vice or games like the GTA – Vice City. It’s the perfect synth pop song bordering on cheesyness with a very pastel Miami or LA coolness to it. It’s classic! Well it was perfectly reproduced or remade here by Tiga & Zyntherius. First released in 2002 then remixed and rereleased last year with tons of great new versions or remixes of the Tiga & Zyntherius version of the Corey Hart classic 80s song Sunglasses At Night.

    Tiga put himself on the map with the first release of Sunglasses At Night back in 2002. He was part of that electroclash movement and still continues to produce nice electro/dance music that I still listen to and occasionally remixing someone like Cabaret Voltaire or Miike Snow. The second half, Zyntherius is actually Jori Hulkkonen who’s music I also love too. So this combo of the two of them made for a nice collab and release of the Corey Hart classic synth pop track back in 2002. It was so good I suppose it deserved an extra round of remixes 8 years later. The first release included one great remix Naughty’s 42 Da Floor Remix which was nice and of course the original is great.

    Last year the remixes were by Alter Ego, DIM, Black Devil Disco Club, Popof and Konrad Black. A great package with pretty nice lengthy remixes of the Tiga & Zyntherius version of Sunglasses At Night. Below is the entire list and worth checking out as there are some really nice remixes from really cool acts. Check them out below!

    Sunglasses At Night (Original 12″ Version) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Alter Ego Instrumental) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Konrad Black Remix) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Popof Remix 1) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Black Devil Dub) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (DIM Remix) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Popof Remix 2) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Alter Ego Remix) by Tiga & Zyntherius

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    Sunglasses At Night (Extended Version) by Corey Hart
    Sunglasses At Night (Original 12″ Version) by Tiga & Zyntharius
    Sunglasses At Night (Naughty’s 42 Da Floor Mix) by Tiga & Zyntherius
    Sunglasses At Night (Alter Ego Remix) by Tiga & Zyntherius

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    Posted in 2002, 2010, Single.

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  5. Stylophonic Samples Della Reese With If Everybody In The World Loved Everybody In The World!


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    Hey this is one of my favorite tracks from the 2000′s! It’s actually a midtempo, laidback vocal sampled electronic track from Stylophonic out of Italy. Not heard of it? Well this track If Everybody In The World Loved Everybody In The World samples the amazing Della Reese from her song Everybody In The World. The original is pretty darn cool, a political song that deserves to be listened to if you haven’t already and are into anything 60s, jazz, soul or R&B. Della’s version came out in 1969 from the album Black Is Beautiful a pretty darn amazing album. The Stylophonic sampled version out in 2002, almost 10 years now but still sounds fresh. It’s from the very underrated electronic album Man Music Technology. If you haven’t heard of this album it’s certainly worth it as there are some truly original cuts on here that deserve to be played. Key cuts from Man Music Technology are Soulreply, All Nite Long, Way Of Life (Featuring  Shock G & Humpty Hump) and Bizarre Mind.


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    Everybody In The World by Della Reese
    If Everybody In The World Loved Everybody In The World by Stylophonic

    Posted in 2002, Album.

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  6. London In The Rain by Variety Lab Samples Blossom Dearie


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    Boy this was a great find. It’s been a while since I first heard it. Going on 10 years now I first heard it on a Hotel Costes Quatre CD and immediately I wanted to know where that sample came from. To my surprise it’s from this beautiful Blossom Dearie recoring called I Like London In The Rain. The marriage of downtempo/chillout electronic music and old jazz recordings is one of my favorite subgenres of music and I enjoy it very much. This track by Variety Lab is one of the finest examples of taking an old jazz song and sampling it and making a totally unique track. If I had to put a top then list of jazz samples London In The Rain by Variety Lab would be in that list and way up top.

    The original I Like London In The Rain song is off of Blossom Dearie’s album That’s Just The Way I Want To Be and London In The Rain is off of the Variety Lab CD Providence.

    Both albums highly recommended!

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    I Like London In The Rain by Blossom Dearie
    London In The Rain by Variety Lab

    Posted in 2002, Album.

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  7. Minimalistix Cover Wim Mertens With Close Cover


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    This came out in the early 2000s so it sounds a bit trancey dated but still fun if you like your trance fast and pumping! I first heard of Wim Mertens and Close Cover when I bought Cafe Del Mar Volume 5 back in 2000 and immediately loved his approach to new age and classical music. I’m not such a big fan of new age but do love classical so I love Close Cover in it’s true original form. But the Minimalistix make a fun clubbed out version that you can hear below. Check them both out and see what you think of both.

    Close Cover is off of Minimalistix’s Elements CD and Close Cover by Wim Mertens is off of Wim Merten’s Usura album. Minimalistix’s album Elements contains so many covers including a remake of A Forest by The Cure, Adagio For Strings by Samuel Barber, Twin Peaks Theme and more. Worth checking for anyone into covers, remixes and more.

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    Close Cover by Wim Mertens
    Close Cover by Minimalistix

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    Posted in 2002, Album, Single.

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  8. Chase by DuOud Covers Chase by Giorgio Moroder


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    Hey! Giorgio Moroder is one of the masters of electronic music so I’m a very big fan of his stuff including his solo work, his work with Donna Summer and everything else! Chase is one of my all time favorite tracks. It’s the theme track to the film Midnight Express. I always thought that was such an odd combo with Giorgio Moroder doing the soundtrack to Midnight Express but it worked. Well the music really works for me. When I heard this very upbeat version of Chase by DuOud in very Middle Eastern/Arab style I was like this should have been the version in Midnight Express!!

    Anyway this version rocks! Check it out as both version are below for you to download and compare. Obviously the Giorgio Moroder version is very 70s disco and the DuOud version is well a remake with the very Middle Eastern instruments including the Oud which the band DuOud takes their name from. Worth the download!

    Chase is off of the album Wild Serenade. It’s chock full of Arab and Middle Eastern world beats. If you are a fan of this type of music then it’s definitely an album worth having in your collection.

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    Chase by Giorgio Moroder
    Chase by DuOud

    Watch Midnight Express cut to Chase here:

    Posted in 2002, Album.

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  9. Champagne by Motorfunk


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    I absolutely love this track. It’s from a not very well known act from the very late 90s and early this decade called Motorfunk. They might be French but I could be wrong probably from the UK.

    I found this cut off of The Dirty House Session mixed CD by Groove Armada. It’s a free disc that came with my favorite magazine of the mid to late 90s called Muzik. Lot’s of great reviews and features of awesome electronic and dance music. The magazine folded around 2003 or so but this mix is one of their great mixes that came with the magazine. I have several of the mixes and I do enjoy listening to them still every once in a while.

    The track Champagne is basically sampling the Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King track Love Come Down. You kind of get that because it’s called Champagne. I kind had to listen twice to figure it out at first. I just didn’t know where the track from but I put two and two together and voila it turned out to be Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King! I absolutely dig this track because Evelyn’s version is so early 80s funk dance but this version by Motorfunk is so fast and ready for todays clubs. Even though it’s several years old now it’s still sounds fresh! I can still hear it at any hopping club.

    Check out the video with Evelyn singing Love Come Down. I absolutely love her hair. Don’t you think?

    And a live version which I think it’s from Solid Gold?? Maybe?

    Here are the two versions:

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    Love Come Down (12″ Version) by Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
    Champagne by Motorfunk

    Love Come Down (12″ Version) comes from Evelyn’s Greatest Hits CD.

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    Posted in 2002.

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  10. Amelie On Ice by Lucien N. Luciano


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    I love the music from the film Amelie by Yann Tiersen and when I found this remake of the La Valse D’Amelie I was totally blown away. It’s not been officially released anywhere as I got it from a bootleg dj mix CD. I believe you can get it on 12″ single. Either way I love this. What do you think?

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    La Valse D’Amelie by Yann Tiersen
    Amelie On Ice by Lucien N Luciano

    This video is quite cute – not anything official but it’s got the cute old touches.

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    Posted in 2002, Single.

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  11. Good Life by Kaori


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    Here’s a jazzed up version of Inner City’s Good Life by Kaori. I found this version on Saint-Germain des Pres Cafe volume 2 and I was surprised at how good this version is. I love the original by Inner City as it’s a pretty big classic from the late 80s when dance music was breaking so this new version by Kaori breathes new life into the original.

    What do you think?

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    Good Life by Inner City
    Good Life by Kaori

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    Posted in 2002, Album.

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  12. Native Love (Step By Step) (Zombie Nation Remix) by Divine


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    Zombie Nation have done such a great job remixing the classic Divine hi-nrg song Native Love (Step By Step). If you remember – the song that put Zombie Nation on the map is called Zombie Nation. A real fun track that I still listen to. Pretty high in energy and it’s big on the dirty electro sound before electro got really big.

    We’ll Native Love (Step By Step) is a true Divine classic – it sounds a litlle bit dated by now but hey it’s still cool and would get you grooving. It’s got the very signature 80′s hi-nrg sound electronic sound by Bobby O which you can even hear Bobby O’s voice on the chorus. Bobby O produced several of Divine’s tracks but this has to be one the better ones. Bigger tracks that Bobby O is known for are West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys and JukeBox (Don’t put another Dime) by The Flirts.

    So check these two version and let me know what you think. They are quite different.

    The remix is off of the International Deejay Gigolo’s Volume 6 release pictured above.

    Check out the video on YouTube as well. Seems like someones found footage cut up but still fun to see Divine.

    Enjoy.

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    Native Love by Divine
    Native Love (Step By Step) (Zombie Nation Remix) by Divine

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    Posted in 2002, Album.

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  13. Crockett’s Theme (Original) by FPU


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    This is an excellent remake of the classic new wave/new age electronic synth track by Jan Hammer. The original was on the Miami Vice soundtrack which I was somewhat a fan of – the soundtrack, both 1 and 2 were pretty good. Volume 2 even had a track by The Damned of all bands.

    This version is pulled off of the Crockett’s Theme/Ocean Drive single by FPU which also contains a great Tiga vocal Ocean Drive but this version. This version is quite nicely updated. It has a nice electronic beat and it’s the same music but the synth sound of the 1980′s is not here any longer. This new version by FPU sounds just like something that would come out today. Even though this version is several years old it still works here and still sounds quite fresh.

    I’m glad that this remake was done as I’ve always loved Crockett’s Theme but it sounded so 80′s once it got a couple of years old so this remake has made it much more now. I kind of dread the bad 80′s guitar touch in the original 80′s Jan Hammer version.

    Check it out and listen to the two versions. Leave a comment about what you think of the two different versions.

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    Crockett’s Theme by Jan Hammer
    Crockett’s Theme (Original) by FPU

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    Posted in 2002, Single.

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  14. Troy (Kay Cee Power Mix) by Sinead O’Connor


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    Well I figured my second post on Destroy Rock And Roll (http://www.destroyrockandroll.com) should be a remix of a pop/rock track and one that is pretty beatless and heavy on the dramatic vocals and very orchestral/classical sounding background.

    Sinead O’Connor is in top form here on Troy which is pre Nothing Compares 2 U – the Prince cover that put her on the map.

    So the Remixes to Troy came out in 2002 and this Kay Cee Remix is the strongest cut in the bunch and there were a ton of mixes. I love this – it’s still pretty dramatic in the vocals as they are all there but the beats are so heavy that it takes you on a fast euphoric journey. This is a track that you can really blast in your car and cruise the streets. Just make sure you don’t run anyone over but hey you can really do that if you get carried away.

    It’s awesome. Check out the original and the remix and write a comment and let me know what you think.

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    Troy by Sinead O’Connor
    Troy (Kay Cee Power Mix) by Sinead O’Connor

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    Posted in 2002, Single.

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