Beautiful Dreamer

‘Beautiful Dreamer versus Darkseid! Both hold the key to victory in the strangest war ever fought in comicdom history!’

More early 70s Jack Kirby-Third Eye- Black Light psychedelic madness. The more of this Marvel art I look for, the more I find, the more I want to post. I was planning to finish yesterday but there’s more to come.

Two days ago reader KevM asked for The Box by Jack Of Swords, released on Weatherall’s Sabres Of Paradise label back in 1994. The Box is a cover of The Velvet Underground tune (from White Light/White Heat), a tale of sexual obsession and accidental death, voiced by John Cale (and it’s the original Cale vocal used on this cover too, a benefit of the being able to lift the whole isolated vocal off the Velvet’s record by switching the speakers balance to the left hand channel). The Jack Of Swords version has a heavy, electronic backing that is pretty transfixing. On the B-side of the 12″ single was a remixed version by Technova (David Harrow), a brilliant remix which adds a jackhammer beat, some speaker rattling bass and a load of acid-techno (the sort of record that makes me think I can smell dry ice and see strobes flashing in the corner of my eye).

The Box

The Box (The Black Angel’s Death Mix)

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Let There Be Drums

Another remix from the homemade cd I found, this one of Deep Joy by Andrew Weatherall in 1990. A chunky beat, nice piano riff, some choppy guitar and a sax that dominates. I don’t know exactly who Deep Joy were (the track is credited to Chad Page and Deep Joy and produced by David Harrow). Well Balearic.

Fall (Let There Be Drums) Weatherall Remix

Deanne’s Day

A shift of gear after all the ’77 and Iggy Pop stuff. In 1996 Andrew Weatherall’s Emissions label put out a 12″ by Deanne Day, two tracks both over ten minutes long, from where techno met deep house, (which was where Weatherall’s head was at back then), precise and intense music. Both sides are great, smelling of dry ice and dark corners where the bass reverberates. ┬áIt might sound like these tracks are for the completists only but you should give these a go.

The Long First Friday

Hardly Breathe

Hardly Breathe samples Mancunian legend Edward Barton and some looped vocal parts from singer Smita Pandya, taken from the song Thousand Lives. Deanne Day was actually a pseudonym for Weatherall and fellow producer David Harrow (Deanne Day, D and A). Deanne had put out a 12″ the year before called The Day After and there was a very limited remix 12″ too but to my mind this was the one- in some ways this sound is what I think of when I think of ’96-’97.

>What Is It Holmes?

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David Holmes’s 1997 album Let’s Get Killed was a mixed bag, as all his albums have been. The single, Don’t Die Just Yet, was superb- trippy and moody with dramatic strings, and a Serge Gainsbourg sample. This is from the cd/12″ single, Don’t Chant Just Yet, where Holmes remixes his own track assisted by Tim Goldsworthy.

>Don’t Walk Away

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Technova’s electronic cover version of Joy Division’s Atmosphere, finding light amongst Joy Division’s shade. This is a really good cover, with moments of beauty- lovely synths (showing the direction Bernard Sumner was already heading in 1980), dancey drums, squidgy bass and a blissed out, treated vocal replacing Ian Curtis’ sombre baritone. Assuming this Technova is the same Technova who were on Weatherall’s Emission Audio Output record label in the mid 90s, then this is the work of David Harrow, who also records as James Hardway. Weatherall and Harrow also recorded together as a fictional female techno artist Deanne Day (D and A, geddit) and Blood Sugar.

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