This Week’s Theme: Electronic Music
This is the last of the old Faux Show’s left to migrate over to this blog. If this was a new show, I would provide a lot more information than I am going to present here, especially since this is such a rich topic and this show is the first to really sound like what the shows have now become. The songs presented provide a two-hour journey through the history of electronic music, and as such this is the first show to really attempt any sort of musical education. One can never cover the entire realm of a musical topic in just two hours, but that was at least the attempt when I curated this show in June of 2021. It is also a leap forward in the shows in that it covers one major theme across all of the songs, but also presents those songs in a variety of mini-themes.
If you are new to the Radio Faux Show, I hope you will check out the newer shows. However, this one is a good place to start for simply listening to how the show sounds. Either way, I am just happy to have finally caught up on these old shows so that I can now just focus on the new ones. Huzzah!
Welcome to Radio Faux Show number fifteen.
First things first – click a link to start listening and then come back to read about this week’s songs.
I’ll keep it simple and say that there are a lot of highlights in this show, but listening to it now all these months later I especially enjoy the more experimental selections (El-Dabh, Silver Apples, Stockhausen, Le Group, Wiggen, and Grossi) which provide a broad sample of the development of different electronic compositional techniques. Delia Derbyshire is the Artist of the Week, and you would be wise to watch one of the short YouTube documentaries about her work and influence on the evolution of electronic music. Listening to “Popcorn” and “Syncopated Clock” is really amusing. The MTV set (Faltermeyer, Eurythmics, and New Order) is a great example of how electronic music took hold of the world in the ’80s. The Get Down set (Bambaataa, Newcleus, and Warp 9) is old school hip hop at its finest. The three tracks from the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest (Dadi Freyr, Go_A, and The Roop) are really fun. Most of all, I love how much this whole set is a non-stop groovefest.
Thanks for listening (and reading)!
|1||Halim El-Dabh||Leila Visitations Eleven|
|2||Beatles||Tomorrow Never Knows|
|4||Delia Darbyshire||Doctor Who Opening Theme|
|6||Isao Tomita||Syncopated Clock|
|7||Harold Faltermeyer||Axel F|
|8||Eurythmics||Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)|
|9||New Order||True Faith|
|11||Afrika Bambaataa||Planet Rock|
|12||Newcleus||Jam on Revenge (The Wikki Wikki Song)|
|13||Warp 9||Nunk (New Wave Funk)|
|14||Brad Mehldau||Proverb of Ashes|
|16||Le Group de recherches musicales de la R.T.F.||Reflects|
|17||King Tubby||King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown|
|18||Yellow Magic Orchestra||Behind the Mask|
|20||Dadi Freyr||10 Years|
|23||Fatboy Slim||The Rockafeller Skank|
|24||Madonna||Ray of Light|
|25||Coldcut||Doctorin’ the House|
|26||deadmau5||Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff|
|27||Daft Punk||Harder, Better, Faster|
|30||Pietro Grossi||Preludio II (J.S. Bach)|
|33||Depeche Mode||Dreaming of Me|
|35||Brian Eno||Kurt’s Rejoinder|
|36||Brian Eno||St Elmo’s Fire|
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