We Can Eat Salad

I’m joining a few recent musical dots again- on Saturday I posted Orbital’s Chime. Orbital’s epic and beautiful Halcyon had a backwards vocal part sampled from Opus III’s It’s A Fine Day (sung by Kirsty Hawksworth, a big hit in 1992). It’s A Fine Day was originally written and recorded a cappella by Jane and Barton and released in 1983. Edward Barton wrote it while living in Hulme, Manchester and it was sung by Jane Lancaster (his girlfriend). A haunting little song.

It’s A Fine Day

This is the wonderful rave-tastic Opus III version.



On And On

There are several versions of Orbital’s beautiful Halcyon- the one here, the lp version, is a minute or two shorter than the original 12″ mix (from the Radiccio single). Let’s not be too fussy- I’ll take any of the versions, they’re all superb. The Halcyon + On + On version is little more upbeat, more up front, less reflective, less sad even than the Radiccio one. It’s got a vocal sample, played backwards, from Opus III’s It’s A Fine Day (sung by Kirsty Hawkshaw). Live the Hartnoll Brothers like to chuck in Belinda Carlisle or Bon Jovi, and even the dreaded Darkness.

That’s the technical stuff done. Now enjoy.

Halcyon + On + On

A Fine Day Tomorrow

Classic rave/house tune from 1992, Opus III’s It’s A Fine Day to get your Friday off on the right foot. Originally by Hulme poet and musician Edward Barton. Come on in- the water’s lovely.