The Producers Tracklist

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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)

TRACKLIST

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)

BONUS!

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

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2 Responses to The Producers Tracklist

  1. Kevin says:

    I would like to add Mark Ronson to the list of producers. Without him, Amy Winehouse wouldn’t have had the sound that she had on “Back To Black”. I remember an interview from a year ago that Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1) did with ?uestlove (from The Roots). The topic of Amy Winehouse came up, and ?uestlove said that he was just blown away by the songs on the “Back To Black” album. The first time he heard it, he was like, “Who the fuck produced this!??!!” And then he (and some of the other producers that he knows) got sort of pissed off when he found out that some herb ass white kid produced it. ?uestlove was like, “There have been so many of us trying to re-create and capture that particular sound for YEARS, and here comes some unknown dude out of no where and completely NAILS it!!! He totally found the sound that we’ve been looking for!” And if it wasn’t for Mark Ronson, then there wouldn’t have been that Northern Soul/Motown sound revival in so many of the groups that have come out the past couple of years.

    OK… Damn. I know that it is probably going to be risky making a proclamation like this, but “24 Hour Party People” is probably my favorite movie of the past 10 years. Before seeing that movie, I essentially knew nothing of the late 70s/early 80s British music scene, punk rock, new wave, etc. I was very aware of what happened in Britain in the late 80s (i.e., the DJ culture explosion, Detroit techno, acid house, ecstasy craze), but I was completely ignorant of stuff like Joy Division (and even stuff like the Sex Pistols for crying out loud!!) That movie inspired and MADE me want to learn about all of those bands.

    The live version of Transmission that is YouTubed above was an important turning point for Joy Division. They had their stuff played on Tony Wilson’s TV show (which reached a lot of people outside of Manchester), but it wasn’t until that particular performance that doors outside of Manchester started to open up. At the beginning of the performance, the overall feeling of the band was very “subdued” (although the drumming, guitar, and bass were driving). But the song got more and more intense as they played on, and it wasn’t until around the 2:20 mark that the song really started to take off! By the 2:30 mark, Ian was going off!! The last minute of that particular performance was something that a lot of people in Britain had never seen/experienced before.

    Premier used “Hippy Skippy Moon Strut” by The Moon People for the Christina Aguilara song. For the last 10-15 years, I’ve been SERIOUSLY hatin’ on R&B. And it wasn’t until producers started giving singers like Christina/Beyonce/Amerie these types of beats that I actually started to like me some R&B again. I really loved Amerie’s “1 Thing” and Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”. Listen to the “Hippy Skippy Moon Strut” song here:

    Amerie’s “1 Thing” samples The Meters’ “Oh, Calcutta”, but I could not find a YouTube video of it. But here’s the Chi-Lite’s “Are You My Woman?” song, which was sampled for Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”:

    Before the Hello Friends Podcast, I was totally ignorant of Sparks. I really like Sparks now, so thank you Matt P! Regarding Giorgio Moroder… I found “From Here To Eternity” on vinyl at Pete Flander’s Musical Memories record store in Flint a few months ago, but passed on it. It still might be there if you want me to look…?

    My podpick for this episode was 4 Hero’s “Another Day”, which featured Jill Scott. This was taken from 4 Hero’s 2001 album titled “Creating Patterns”. Jill Scott is another one of those nu soul/neo soul artists that makes boring ass R&B. But I really liked this particular song that she sang for 4 Hero. 4 Hero is an interesting group. Two black dudes from London that played an important role in the development of drum’n’bass. Their first release was back in 1990. During that time, they were making a lot of hardcore-breakbeat/rave stuff. Their song “Mr. Kirk’s Nightmare” (from 1990) was a massive rave tune and a classic. They made a bunch of other rave hits and slowly transitioned into drum’n’bass, right along with everyone else, around 1992-1993. They released their first proper D&B album in 1995, and made the critically acclaimed “Two Pages” album in 1998. “Two Pages” is where 4 Hero began to experiment with live instruments… which led them to releasing 2001’s “Creating Patterns” and 2006’s “Play With The Changes”. In 2007, one of the members of 4 Hero (i.e., Marc Mac) released a solo album “Dirty Old Hip Hop” under the artist name Visioneers. All of the 4 Hero and Visioneers stuff that has been released since 2001 has been just absolutely amazing!!! And I’m always astounded whenever I sit back and think about what they started out doing, and then realize where they’re currently at musically.

    I like balls.

  2. Kevin- Yeah, if you could check out Fat Cat’s for that record I would be grateful, how much was it btw? Thanks for the serious comment/post. The source samples for those great R&B joints are amazing, always with the deep knowledge.

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