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Review: Happy Mondays – Excess All Areas – by Simon Spence

Happy Mondays

This is the third Simon Spence book that I have read. He is a very talented music journalist from Manchester with a taste for documenting, wild, stylish cultural movements that have emerged from the Madchester craziness. Excess All Areas covers perhaps the most successful and innovative band to have ridden the early acid house craze that swept the nation in the mate 1980s. With the charismatic Shaun Ryder heading up the band, a true hedonist, a notorious substance abuser, it was always difficult for the true Happy Mondays to translate through the myriad web of journalists who tried to document them. Ryder, much to the annoyance of most of the musical backdrop of the band, Paul Ryder (Bass), Gary Whelan (Drums), Paul Davis (keyboard), Mark Day (Guitar), Mark ‘Bez’ Berry (dancer), got into a habit of blagging the press and feeding them over the top exaggerations of the band’s history and exploits. In hindsight, this was pure marketing genius and led to much of the mystery and notoriety that paved the way for success. However, it sifting all the bullshit, has made the writing of this book that much more difficult for Simon Spence. The early days of a relatively privileged middle class upbringing contrasts with the bunch of Manchester council estate ‘scallies’ they tried to portray themselves as. Sure there was petty crime and shopflifting etc. but nothing serious, although perhaps the addition of Bez to the group was actually verging on real true life crime as he obviously was up to the neck in it as a youngster and quite obviously expanded his mini empire quite a lot under the guise of being part of the band…. Manchester Giants, Factory Records and Tony Wilson picked up the band and signed them which paved their way to success following the ilk of luminaries Joy Division and New Order and allowing them direct access to one of the UK’s most influential music venues, the Haçienda. It all happened at just the right time for this band, as the cultural rebellion against failed Thatcherism took hold of the UK’s disillusioned youth masses and expressed itself in the ‘Acid House’ movement. Ecstasy-fuelled, fashion shifts, mass movement and gathering of people in raves, parties and festivals, vast increase in polydrug clubbing and mainstream ending of anti-drug taboos. A lot of this movement was driven by DJs and the Mondays’ uniqueness was that they…

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 20

Wez G Sessions - Episode 20

Wez G Sessions Episode 20 crams a full range of diverse sounds into an hour of joy. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own [Universal Records] 2. Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck [RCA] 3. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World [Mercury] 4. Morcheeba – Trigger Hippie [China Records] 5. Barrio Cubano de Ronald Rubinel – El Carretero [Putumayo World Music] 6. Chubb Rock – Treat ‘Em right (Cribb Mix) [Select Records] 7. Rhythm Quest – Closer To All Your Dreams (Hybrid Mix) [Network Records] 8. Cocteau Twins – Cicely [4AD] 9. The Congos – Children Crying [Black Art] 10. Belle And Sebastian – She’s Losing It [Delabel] 11. The Police – Too Much Information [A&M Records] 12. Babyshambles – Another Girl, Another Planet [Unknown] 13. Depeche Mode – Stripped [Mute] 14. The Flying Burrito Bros. – My Uncle [A&M Records] 15. Bob Dylan – Corrina, Corrina [Columbia] 16. Franz Ferdinand – Come On Home [Domino] Wez G Sessions Episode 20 by Wez G on Mixcloud [wp-post-slider]

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 4

Wez G Sessions - Episode 4

This week’s show has a vibrant mix of pop, rock, oldies and dance music. ENJOY! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. DNA feat Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner (Original Version) [A&M Records] 2. Younger Brother – All I Want [Twisted Records] 3. Depeche Mode – Enola Gay (Mix) [Mute] 4. Deap Vally – Baby I Call Hell [Island Records] 5. Happy Mondays – Step On [Factory] 6. Sarah Ndagire – Village Woman 7. Dilemma – In Spirit (Biff ’N’ Memphis Mix) [FFRR] 8. Echo & the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon [Korova] 9. Shades Of Rhythm – The Sound Of Eden [ZTT] 10. David Bowie – China Girl [EMI]       Wez G Sessions – Episode 4 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 3

Wez G Sessions Episode 3

Another variety of genres for the Wez G weekly radio show, now in its third week of broadcast… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Jamiroquai – Blow Your Mind [Sony Soho Square] 2. Aretha Franklin – Respect [Atlantic] 3. Madonna – Borderline [Sire] 4. Thievery Corporation – Blasting Through The City [Eighteenth Street Lounge Music] 5. Kasabian – Underdog (Sasha Remix) [Sony Music] 6. Depeche Mode – Policy Of Truth [Mute] 7. Beyonce – End Of Time (Wez G Let Me Go Remix) [White] 8. Lighthouse Family – Ocean Drive [Wildcard] 9. Al-Pha-X – Mi Corazon [Bar De Lune] 10. Karunesh – Punjab [Etherean Music] 11. Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man [Philips] Wez G Sessions – Episode 3 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Network Transmit

Global Communication has never been more open… In the past decade we have experienced a worldwide internet revolution that has widened our horizons more than ever before. At the touch of a button you can meet and speak to people on the other side of the planet via the multitude of ever-expanding social networks. DJs have to take advantage of this great leap forward and broadcast to the wide world. It’s a weird phenomenon, recording a little DJ Mix, clicking a few buttons and then getting feedback from an audience that you don’t see in reality, that usually comes from an completely different civilization and way of life. It’s a real eyeopener but one that I enjoy. Help distribute this mix to your friends, wherever you may be listening. The mix represents the current sounds of house music as heard by my ears, here in a tiny Welsh village called Caldicot. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Audiofly – 6 Degrees Feat. Flora Cutler (Original Mix) [Get Physical Music] 2. The Lost Disko Superstar – Naama Beach (Alberto Sabatini Original Mix) [Wormland Gold] 3. Marvin Zeyss – Next To You (Maya Jane Coles Remix) [Brown Eyed Boyz] 4. John Tejada – Unstable Condition (Original Mix) [Kompakt] 5. Anane – Plastic People (Adam Rios Remix) [Nervous Records] 6. Gai Barone – Organum (Original Mix) [Galore Music] 7. Nick Warren – Buenos Aires (Original Mix) [Hope Recordings] 8. Guy Mantzur, Sahar Z – Patterns (Original Mix) [Definitive Recordings] 9. Takt Tick – July Rain (Solee Remix) [Parquet Recordings] 10. Spektre & Miniminds – Guillotine (Christian Smith Remix) [Global Underground] 11. Sven Vath – Ballet Romance (Yousef Circus Rework) [Circus Recordings] 12. System 7 Feat. A Guy Called Gerald – PositiveNoise (Carl Craig Remix) [A-Wave Records] 13. 16 Bit Lolitas Presents Bug Report – Low Density (Original Mix) [Bits And Pieces] 14. Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again (Eric Prydz Remix) [Mute Records] 15. Kristaal – Take Me To The Top [Out] Wez G – Network Transmit by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Camembert

Camembert is made from unpasteurised cow’s milk, and is ripened by the moulds Penicillium candida and Penicillium camemberti for at least three weeks. It is produced in small rounds, about 350 grams (.55 lb) in weight, which are then typically wrapped in paper and packaged in thin wooden boxes. When fresh, it is quite crumbly and relatively hard, but characteristically ripens and becomes softer and strongly flavoured as it ages. 1. Thugfucker – Knightrider [Reykjavik Massive Music] 2. M83 – Coleurs (Sasha Invol2ver Mix) [White] 3. Depeche Mode – Only When I Lose Myself (Lexicon Avenue Mix) [White] 4. Josh Wink – Jus’ Right [Ovum] 5. Joey Negro – Make a Move on Me (Soul Avengerz Remix) [Hed Kandi] 6. Fabio Gianelli – Trinidad e Tobago [Thirtyonetwenty] 7. Josh Wink – What used to be called used to be [Ovum] 8. Noir – My MTV (The Dolphins Remix) [Toolroom Records] 9. Dire Straits – Flashing for Money (Deep Dish mix) [White] 10. Yoshimoto – Do What U Do (Markus Shulz Remix) [iO Music] 11. Underground Sound of Lisbon – So Get Up (Phunk Investigation Turbolento Mix) [Twisted] Wez G – Camembert by Wezg on Mixcloud

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