Monday, April 21, 2008
If there was ever a musical composite of all things eighties, well early eighties - before everything went all Aha, Simon Climie, Johnny Hates Jazz and StockAitkenandtheotherone. There's probably no better soundscape than the head spinning six minutes that is the Heaven 17 megamix. Lets look at the clues...
Heaven 17 were formed from scraps of the early Human League, and went on to reanimate Tina Turner's comeback under their secret band name B.E.F - that's Sheffield Electrics, eighties power anthems, and secret bands in one slicked back, smart casual bundle right there.
There's a scrapbook of sounds in this mix you just wouldn't find on any track today - all the analogue bleeps, burbs, Fairlight synth slams, oily funk guitar used on everything from Wham to Spandau Ballet, 'Light Of The World' style synth horns and happy slappy bass place it straight in the pre Live Aid era.
Eventually adopted by Yuppies,Young Tories and Soul boys - Heaven 17 actually dressed to the left.
There's no breathing space or self editing in this let's see what that button does, lets see what all the buttons do mixed up madness.
It's a medley - another constant of that decade, from Stars On 45 to Jive Bunny.
Heaven 17 - Megamix
If you fancy filling your Tukka Boots with more sounds of the crowd - have a peep here