Archive for October, 2007

We Are The Pipettes

October 31, 2007

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The twists and turns, the backward and forward movement of music; a shout out to Phil Spector as the teen tycoon of rock and a thumbs down to the Beatles..

It’s the Pipettes.

The only way I can describe it is as a modernized, 60s throw-back-bring forward, happy, dance music.

Becki, Rose and Gwenno make up the all girl Pipettes trio backed by the all male troupe, The Cassettes.

Thier album We Are The Pipettes contains their Top 40 hit Pull Shapes. It’s a super fun song baby, but the video MUST be seen at least once to really get the vibe. Taking the Spector model and twisting it with time makes for a unique sound. Take a look at the video on YouTube and dance along.

Richard Rothstein’s blog post has the best quote:

If you haven’t discovered the Pipettes, you’re in for a vaginatastic time! Even if you’re not a lesbian.

The song is of course part of the AllFunMusik lineup and, I think the Pipettes will be a fixture for quite some time.

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Barry Harris : Let’s Get Soaking Wet!

October 15, 2007

barryharrisafm.jpgBarry Harris… Dance Music DJ, Remixer and Musician.

For those of us that like our music mixed, not stirred, Barry Harris is the king. If you see his name on a song, grab it. It will be the best music money you ever spend.

My first Harris sighting was a Barry Harris Mix featuring Pepper Mashay. The song, Dive In The Pool. Aside from the fact that Ms. Mashay can get anyone on their feet, the mix was mastery. Once you hear something Harris is involved in, the rest seems kind of… cheap.

As one of the most popular American DJs, his club nights are equally filled with quality. Not the same old thing where the DJ plays what he knows is popular. Barry Harris helps MAKE  popular.

Harris’ work can be found under other names as well. For instance: Kon Kan, Outta Control, Thunderpuss and Top Kat. Find anything with these names and it’s golden. My personal favorite, Thunderpuss (previously Thunderpuss 2000)  was a collaboration with another DJ great Chris Cox (pictured at left with Harris). The Thunderpuss production team was sought after by major artists and record companies, like Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Whitney Houston… well the list goes on forever.

Harris’ self-professed ‘best’ remix was for Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama“.

Many people hear a great mix and never attribute it to anyone other than the original vocal artist. That may be the right thimg, but once I put Barry Harris and Thunderpuss together with the mixing, the remixer is very important to me. I don’t think twice on a Harris or Thunderpuss mix. There are a lot of DJs out there. There’s an entire section of the music store for them. And one is truly better than the next. If I had my way, I’d have all my music in remixed versions only. There are songs I hear all the time that I think “Wow… why can’t Barry Harris do THIS song!”

Harris is currently concentrating on DJing and not remixing/producing. He’s waiting for a new inspiration to come. There were 4 years between Kon Kan and Thunderpuss and it looks like we’ll be waiting for the next bis Barry Harris ‘thing’ to emerge.

Both Dive In The Pool and Everybody Wants You To Emerge the Fisherspooner -vs- Billy Squire Mashup are featured on AllFunMusik Radio.

Next time you’re on iTunes or in a music store, keep an eye out for Barry Harris and Thunderpuss credits. Even artists you may not have bought can suddenly come to life.

Be careful searching for him on the web. There’s a Jazz Barry Harris… not him and a piano playing Barry Harris… not him. His own website barryharrissync.com no longer seems to be working. If you find a site or something with more current information on him, please post it in the comments section so we can all check it out.

Listen All You People to Darren Hayes

October 12, 2007

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I LOVE Darren Hayes. He has probably, my most favorite voice of all time.

220px-dananddarren.jpgWhen I first heard Truly, Madly Deeply, I instantly became a Savage Garden fan. I hadn’t even realized that I missed their first single I Want You. Savage Garden (Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones) was an Australian band that snuck up on America and made a bit hit here. Truly Madly Deeply introduced us to  a very unique and beautiful voice and a very entertaining stage and video presence. I Knew I Loved You was the next big hit and everyone ate it up. The Animal Song, originally written for a movie that flopped, was the next I Want you with a peppy beat and fast lyrics. Crash and Burn would become my favorite SG piece. Aptly so, since Savage Garden broke up in 2001.

Hayes’ first solo album Spin with single Insatiable was released in 2002. Tne single was OK, but didn’t really make it and the album fell sort of short of what we were previously getting from Savage Garden. Perhaps going solo, he tried to distance himself from the SG sound. I don’t know. I could never wrap my arms around Spin.

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Station Stats: October

October 8, 2007

Top 5  

  1. Angelo Venuto – Sweet Caroline
  2. September – Satellites
  3. Eamon – F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)(Giuseppe Mix)
  4. Danzel – Pump It Up (Crowd Remix)
  5. Scissor Sisters – Monkey Baby

Fastest moving songs 

  1. Sleepthief & Kirsty Hawkshaw – The Chauffeur (Original Album Version)- 65 places in 2 days
  2. Peter Lemongello – Do I Love You – 60 places in 2 days

Airplay requested by artists

  • Skitchy – Tiny Little Freaks
  • Richie Rosati – Inside Your Love (Electric Mix)

Note: There have been recent listener lockouts due to high station activity. We’ll be upgrading soon to allow more listeners, but in the meantime… get in early!

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Lemongello’s Mood Rock Meets FunMusik

October 5, 2007

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I got my copy of The Best of Peter Lemongello: 2001 : And the Greatest Hits of The Twentieth Century, so of course the first thing I did was add Do I Love You to the radio station (AllFunMusik Radio).

Classic meets current at AllFunMusik, whose motto has always been “Music can change your mood…“. So, Mood Rock definitely fits.

When the song plays between dance and pop hits, sit back, relax and collect your thoughts or sing along. A great voice. A great song. This might also be a good time to grab your partner and go for a slow spin. You might get lucky. This is getting lucky music!

I’ll change out the songs from time to time for variety. The CD has 13 songs; Lemongello hits mixed with Lemongello covers. Enjoy. You’ll be glad you listened.