So many bonuses this week and they’re all good, I promise (don’t trust the frightened gay dudes on the couch, they only like showtunes). Take your time, maybe grab a beer (or coffee), and peruse some videos and links. To the tracklist! (Bonuses after the jump)
Joy Division- Transmission (produced by Martin Hannett)
Justin Timberlake- Sexy Back (produced by Timbaland)
Pixies- Something Against You (produced by Steve Albini)
Johnny Cash- Hurt (produced by Rick Rubin)
The Rapture- Killing (produced by the DFA)
Christina Aguilara- Ain’t No Other Man (produced by DJ Premier)
Sparks- Angst in My Pants (produced by Giorgio Moroder)
Amerie- Love is Off the Chain (produced by Rich Harrison)
KEVIN’S PICK: Jill Scott feat 4Hero- Gotta Get Up (Another Day)
JOY DIVISION/ MARTIN HANNETT
This is the part in the movie “24 Hour Party People” that I was recounting on the podcast, I don’t know how much license they took with it but it’s great.
This is real Martin Hannett getting down in the studio with the real Tony Wilson (founder of Factory Records). It gets pretty technical, just to warn you.
This live version of Transmission is what I understand Joy Division sounded like live, not quite as spacious and cold as Hannett made them sound on record.
At the beginning and end of that video is John Cooper Clarke, punk poet, reciting his song/poem “Evidently Chickentown.” Clarke’s band featured Martin Hannett as well. Damn Manchester must have been exciting back then.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE/ TIMBALAND
The SexyBack video.
In this video Busta Rhymes tells us Timbaland made a beat with pencils and a plastic cup. Here he makes one on a synth. On the fly. And its pretty damn good too.
Jay-Z hears the Timbaland beat for “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” for the first time.
PIXIES/ STEVE ALBINI
Who hasn’t Steve Albini recorded?
One of my favorite things he has done is an essay he wrote that details how the corporate record world fucks bands. It has been reprinted a few times under the title “Some of Your Friends May Already Be This Fucked” and is intelligent, clear and terrifying.
Big Black is probably Albini’s best known band and their most well known record is “Songs About Fucking.” Sheesh, those effs are adding up. Fuck.
JOHNNY CASH/ RICK RUBIN
Amazing. The song “Hurt” paired with this video is just heart-crushingly amazing.
Rick Rubin has an amazing list of records he’s been involved with. Not all of them I like, but come on! It includes:
Jay-Z: 99 Problems
This behind the scenes look at Rubin and Jay-Z making the track makes it even better in my mind.
Beastie Boys: Rock Hard
Rick Rubin worked on a number of early Def Jam releases from artists like Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. This track, Rock Hard is from 1984 and uses an AC/DC sample on it that AC/DC didn’t approve of.
Slayer: Angel of Death
Did you know Slayer was on Def Jam? That’s right. And Rick Rubin produced them. For Beezy I bring you… “Angel of Death.”
THE RAPTURE/ THE DFA
I couldn’t find a video of Killing so I am just posting some James Murphy/ DFA related stuff. I think I want to be James Murphy.
DFA remix of “Paper Planes” by MIA.
This is one of my favorite songs from LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy’s band. It is a little Joy Divisiony. I have a John Cale remix that is gorgeous. Wait, did I already play that on the podcast? 18 episodes and I can’t even remember what I’ve played anymore…
One thing I especially love about James Murphy is he is a fan of Disco. Check out his Fabriclive mix for some rare disco gold.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA/ DJ PREMIER
Sorry, no video of “Ain’t No Other Man” to embed, you’ll have to click here.
This video is so sweet; one Youtube users favorite 25 Premier beats, all in one video. Genius! “Code of the Streets” is my jam.
SPARKS/ GIORGIO MORODER
I made a big mistake. Angst in My Pants was three albums after Number 1 Song in Heaven. AND, get this, Giorgio Moroder had nothing to do with it. Perhaps only inspiring it a bit. Ouch. Well to make up for that I am posting a whole bunch of Giorgio Moroder gold. Be dazzled.
One of Giorgio Moroder’s hugest disco hits was I Feel Love by Donna Summer. There is a good chance you have heard it because it is awesome.
One of the Sparks songs Moroder definitely produced was Beat the Clock. I should have played it on the podcast.
Moroder did his own solo disco stuff too. His record From Here to Eternity is classic. It’s one I am still looking for. Robot voices, deep synth bass, super repetitive with spacy sounds; what’s not to like?
AMERIE/ RICH HARRISON
Here is a mostly on point mix of Rich Harrison production. Some of the transitions are rough, but it’s a quick primer on his hits. Apparently he has a lock on the sound of long legged, short-short wearing divas.
JILL SCOTT/ 4 HERO