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80s remixes that pushed the envelope

Discussion in 'Comeback corner' started by jsd, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. jsd


    I'm trying to make a playlist of 80's remixes that went above and beyond the simplistic "extended version". Your thoughts?

    Human League - Keep Feeling Fascination (improvisation) - could have picked anything from Love & Dancing really but I like the weird primitive digital trickery on this one, plus the way the tape just "runs out" at the end (although they faded it on the recent Rarities compilation, bastards.)

    Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard (young person's guide to the twelve inch) - so meta and so so good

    Naked Eyes - Promises Promises (Jellybean 12" mix) - added entirely new background vocals from the remixer's girlfriend, some unknown named Madonna. Wonder what ever happened with her.

    New Order - True Faith (shep pettibone 12" mix) - pretty much replaced all the music tracks, and went nuts with edits at the end.

    I'm trying to think of a good representative William Orbit 80's freakout but the only one I can think of is S'Express Hey Music Lover.

    Come on PJ, what do you got? :)
  2. Madge Open Your Heart comes to mind.
  3. The Reflex, Nile Rodgers complete reworking of the rather sedate Duran Lp track.
  4. [video=youtube;B2GDWtgd8zA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2GDWtgd8zA[/video]

    I love this mix.
  5. Kevin Saunderson of Inner City often cites this 12" mix by Depeche Mode as being a big influence on him.Get The Balance Right.
  6. Any of the Frankie twelve inch mixes, especially the early ones.....Two Tribes (Annihilation), or the Pleasurefix mix of Welcome To The Pleasuredome...not so much extended versions, more whole new worlds within a 12".
  7. Shep Pettibone's mixes of New Order's True Faith and Bizarre Love Triangle and Madonna's Express Yourself.
  8. jsd


    Ooh, some good suggestions in there. Here's 2 more I just thought of:

    Yazoo - Situation (US 12" Remix) - turned the rather lumpen original into a real club monster.

    Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Extended Remix) - despite the dreaded "(extended remix)" tag, this is nothing of the sort. It's a brand new Art Of Noise track made out of samples of the Yes song.
  9. [video=youtube;NJtrbOaX9ms]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJtrbOaX9ms[/video]

    Utterly amazing. The piano and "brass" solos are great.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014
  10. [video=youtube;JUa2UYN7KdI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUa2UYN7KdI[/video]

    No one knows your name.
  11. OH! This too, since we're talking about Frankie Goes to Hollywood (even though this mix was one of the re-releases from 1993):


    You could honestly put any Brothers In Rhythm remix here.
  12. SockMonkey

    SockMonkey Staff Member

    Sneaking in during November 1989, the Mark Saunders remix of Erasure's "You Surround Me" is a classic of envelope pushing. Just in terms of it speeding the whole thing up and changing it so much.

  13. I bought that and got the shock of my life....oh hang on, wasn't it Leave It? Or did they do the same thing to both...."Hello Goodbye"....
  14. Donna Summer´s I Feel Love: A 70´s record that pushed so many envelopes that a whole new post-office was created in it´s aftermath, was finally pushed over the edge in 1982 with Patrick Cowley´s Megamix!
    While the original recording in itself defined the future of (electronic) music, this behemoth of a remix provided the blueprints for house, acid, techno AND the "remix as a an artform" in just 16 minutes.

    Soft Cell´s Tainted Love 12": Merging the A- and B-side of the single into one long mix was quite new. But the "Tainted Dub" on the flip-side was REALLY some bizarre idea.
    Soft Cell and producer Mike Thorne would later claim that it was their biggest (commercial) mistake to fill both single formats with cover-versions instead of popping one of their own compositions on the b-side. It lost them a fortune in royalties.

    Soft Cell perfected the technique of doing a classic 3 minute pop-song in 8 minutes and cutting it back down to 3 minutes for the actual single.
    The rap on "Bedsitter", the amazing instrumental intro on "Say Hello Wave Goodbye", the heartbreaking beauty of "Torch"...and finally the glorious, assault that was "Soul Inside"!

    Depeche Mode were quite daring with their Adrian Sherwood remixes of "People Are People" and "Master And Servant". These remixes of DMs early chart-toppers would be sold right next to the regular 12" in a differently coloured sleeve. Imagine the confusion of the regular fan when they found out they had just bought one of those extremely mutilated dub-excursions that bore no resemblance to the original version.

    Oh, and every 12" released on the ZTT label between 1984 and 1985: FGTH, Propaganda, Art of Noise and the final hooray: Grace Jones´s Slave to the Rhythm. A 12" single that was extended to such a degree that it became a whole album!
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014
  15. Plus mine. Totally amazing 12" remix.
  16. One of ZTT's finest moments...

  17. Yep, I'd agree with the Depeche Mode comments. Remember buying Master and Servant especially for the People are People remix (Are People People) only to find it bared little resemblance to that track at all, it was something totally 'different'. The Something To Do Metal Mix was also something very, very special.
  18. [video=youtube;vaEpGUp1jK4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaEpGUp1jK4[/video]
  19. Any excuse for some Culture Club but this remix is awesome. The tango breakdown from 4.40 is a thing of wonder and genius.

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