Fatta connection: music past and present
Today I woke up quite late. The end of last week I had slept
badly, and while I was able to sleep reasonable well Friday
and Saturday night, the past two nights I hardly slept at all.
And no, it wasn't our one month old son keeping me awake, he
sleeps most of the night. Maybe it was a combination of the heat
and the upcoming move to our new house
Too tired to actually do some work I was just idling a bit
behind the computer -- listening to music -- when I decided to
say "hi" on Pidgin to my long time and very good online friend
Andreja on. I was listening to "Twelve Inch Confrontation
Mix", an album by "Black Star Liner". And since the current
track was "Fatta Connection" I opened the conversation with:
I discovered Black Star Liner in December 2008 as "Boris
Blank", one of the members of Yello. Since I like Yello a lot,
I downloaded the "Boris" tracks I had found on ftp server, and
fell in love with one song: "Low BMW". Later I learned that
"Boris Blank" was not the actual artist but that I had
downloaded nearly all tracks of Black Star Liner's "Bengali
Bantam Youth Experience!", an album that's still on my
wishlist, together with "Twelve Inch Confrontation Mix" and
"Yemen Cutta Connection". And no surprise that I like Black
Star Liner: I do like Eastern/Asian/Bollywood music a lot, and
some songs have parts that do remind me of Yello.
Andreja misunderstood the two lines I wrote, thinking that we
had already moved to the new house
and I was expressing content with my new Internet connection;
fat pipe is geek speak, which Andreja speaks quite well, for a
(very) fast Internet connection. So after I replied that we
hadn't moved yet, to clear up the confusion I gave her a link
to the song on YouTube. And after some catching up, Andreja
gave me a link on YouTube in return and soon we were talking
about music and exchanging YouTube links.
Andreja and John's YouTube exchange list
Below follows the list of songs we built up during our
conversation. Each link is followed by some additional
information, which is not always related to the actual
conversation Andreja and I had. I've omitted one link I
actually overlooked during the conversation and a link to "Ray
Cokes - Most Wanted (K 1/8) with Radiohead since the part has
no music in it.
- Black Star Liner - Fatta Connection (John)
Great Black Star Liner track that's on "Twelve Inch
- Natasha King - On Ice (Andreja)
A song I like a lot, I like the dark atmosphere that I hear
in the music. Somewhere in the mid 80's I recorded this song
on tape while it was playing radio station "Radio Stad den
Haag". It took me quite some time to find the name of the
singer and song; googling for parts of the lyrics like for
example "I am skating in the dark" and "blue shadows" didn't
come up with anything useful.
But then I learned thanks to an email from my friend Simon
that that "Radio Stad den Haag" also has a forum. And it
took me one post, with parts of the lyrics as I heard
them, back in December 2006 to learn the answer: the song
is "On Ice" by "Natasha King".
- Klapto - Queen Of The Night (John)
Since I spotted "Queen of the Night" by Klapto in the
related sidebar on YouTube it was the next song I gave to
Andreja. Another song I learned much later the name of.
Back in the 80's I listened a lot to Italo disco - still do
at times - and this is one of the songs I taped back in those
- Gary Low - You are a danger (John)
Another Italo disco song. I like "La Colegiala" by Gary Low
much more, but more on that later.
- I Rave U featuring DJ OZMA (Andreja)
Andreja replied with the above song and told me to bear with
the first 30 seconds. A fair warning I would say. I asked
her if Hiro -- referring to Hiro Nakamura the fictional
character of NBC fanatasy drama Heroes -- would show up at
some point. Anyway, even while I can appriciate the
silliness going on but the music is not my style.
- Gary Low - La Colegiala (John)
I replied with another Italo: La Colegiala, a song both Esme
and I like a lot. When I read through the comments I learned
that the original song was composed by Walter Leon of Los
Ilusionistas from Peru.
- Sandra - In
The Heat of the Night (Andreja)
Since we were now back in the 80's Andreja gave me a link to a
song by Sandra. I told her that my brother was a huge fan of
Sandra back then.
- Los ilucionistas - Colegiala (John)
In the mean time I had tracked down the original of La
Colegiala. While I do like the version by Gary Low more, I am
glad that I now know it's a cover of a much older song
originating from Peru.
- Sandra -
Johnny Wanna Live (Andreja)
- Andreja gave me a link to another Sandra song: Johnny wanna live.
- Tapps - My Forbidden Lover (John)
I replied with another favorite 80's disco song of mine by the Tapps:
"My Forbidden Lover". Fantastic song.
- The Flirts - Danger (John)
I followed the Tapps link by one to the Flirts, another
group I liked a lot back in those days. I told Andreja that
Bobby Orlando was behind the Flirts. She had never heard of
Bobby 'O', so I told her the guy who got ripped off by the
Pet Shop Boys (OK, I used stronger language).
I told Andreja that I recalled that Bobby Orlando went to
law school, sued the Pet Shop Boys and won.
- The Flirts - Passion (John)
The next link I gave was another song by the Flirts. I own
the single of Passion on vinyl and it's somewhere back in the
Netherlands in my mother's house. I only hope it survived my
attempts at "scratching"...
- Erasure - Love to hate you (Andreja)
Andreja replied that she earlier this day had made a trip down
memory lane and had been listening to Erasure.
- Roni Griffith - Desire (John)
I was still with my mind with Bobby Orlando, so I replied
with a link to another Bobby 'O' production. The pumping sound is
very recognizable and reminds me of the Flirts.
When I looked at the comments I noticed that the most "recent"
was by Roni K. Griffith, the singer in the video:
Its the first time I saw myself last year on
this video. My daughter emailed it to me from ny. Thanks for
the comment. Roni Griffith
- Army of Lovers - Crucified (Andreja)
- Andreja replied with another song she grew up with by "Army of Lovers."
- Why? - Bronski Beat (John)
When watching Erasure I tried to remember which, somewhat
similar band, did "Tell me why?". And finally I found them:
Bronski Beat. Not one of my favourite songs or bands, but I
recall that this song was very populair back in the days.
- Big In Japan - Alphaville Official Video HD (John)
Andreja told me that her favorite band from age 9 until 13
was Roxette. So I asked if she also liked T'Pau (of "China
in your hands"), and AHA. When she somewhat confirmed I
wrote: "well, here is another of those songs you liked back
then:" and gave her a link to "Big in Japan". To which she
replied that she liked it, but fell in love with the Guano Apes
cover of this song.
- Desireless - Voyage Voyage (Andreja)
- The next song I got from Andreja was "Voyage Voyage". Not really my thing.
- France Gall - Ella, Elle L'a (Andreja)
- She followed "Voyage Voyage" with "Ella, Elle L'a" by France
Gall, a song I like much more. She told me that she in general
doesn't like French stuff, but this one is nice.
- Mike Oldfield - To France (Andreja)
"... since we're talking french.. Back to France is amazing
song". And I had to agree with Andreja on this. I like Mike
Oldfield, and I love his songs that have Maggie Reilly on
vocals. Fantasic voice. I told her that I like "Moonlight Shadow"
and "Foreign Affair" as well.
- Propaganda -
The next link I gave to Andreja was a song by a band my brother
used to like a lot: Propaganda.
- Propaganda P-Machinery (John)
- Then I posted a link to another Propaganda song, one I
like a lot: P-Machinery
- Art Of Noise - Moments In Love (John)
Since Trevor Horn produced Propaganda my mind jumped to another band
back of those days that I liked a lot: "Art of Noise" of which Trevor
was a founding member. And since I was quite sure Andreja would know
"Moments in Love", one of my favorite "Art of Noise" tracks, I gave
her a link to the video.
- Enigma - Return to Innocence (Andreja)
Next Andreja gave me a link to a song by another band my brother liked
a lot: Enigma. The aforementioned Sandra was for a time a member of
Enigma, providing the vocals. I never liked Enigma much though, but
I have heard their music coming from my brothers room often enough
to recognize some songs.
- Adiemus - Adiemus (Andreja)
Then Andreja mentioned another favorite of my brother:
Enya. But at the time of writing this blog entry I noticed a
comment on the YouTube page stating that the song Andreja
linked me to is not by Enya, eventhough the singing is
similar. The vocal parts are performed by Miriam Stockley.
- Weezer - I Just Threw Out The Love Of My Dreams (John)
The next link I gave to Andreja is one of my favorite Weezer songs.
I love Rached Haden (vocals) in this song. And the song has also
that "slow motion" sound I love in "Buddy Holly", another great
- Weezer - Buddy Holly (John)
I bought my first Weezer (blue) album in New Zealand,
somewhere in 2001. But I knew them long before that. The
video for "Buddy Holly" was one of the best extras I
discovered on my Windows 95 installation CD. And yes, I did
watch "Happy Days" which makes this video more than great.
- Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia (Andreja)
Since the Pet Shop Boys had already been mentioned by me
it was no big surprise when Andreja gave me a link to one of
their songs: Suburbia. I replied that I like some of the Pet Shop
Boys, but that I like Bobby 'O' more, for example "West End Girls".
- Torch Song - Don't Look Now (John)
Next I gave Andreja a link to another of those songs that I
taped ages ago and only recently learned the name of the track and
band. And again it was a member of the Radio Stad Den Haag
forum who provided the answer after I posted parts of the lyrics.
To assist others on their quest some parts as heard:
It's so bright
in the dream light
Don't look now
'cause you might be flying
Don't look down
You gotta keep trying
- Berlin - The Metro (Andreja)
Andreja replied with a link to a great song by Berlin. While I knew
Berlin way before "System of a Down" I heard their cover of "The
Metro" before I found out about the original by Berlin.
- Bobby Orlando - Whisper to a Scream (John)
And since I had still Bobby 'O' in my head I gave Andreja a
link to one of my favorite Bobby Orlando songs: Whisper to a
- Berlin - Sex (I'm A....) (John)
And since Andreja had moved on to Berlin I followed that one
with a link to my favorite Berlin song: Sex (I'm A...) a
track that's on the same album as "The Metro": "Pleasure
Victim". Note that the lyrics, available in the desciption
of the video, and video itself are most likely not suitable
for work (NSFW).
- Shakespeares Sister - Stay (Andreja)
"Something completely different...," Andreja wrote before
she gave me a link to Stay by "Shakespeares Sister". Back in
1990 I had a girlfriend who liked them a lot, and even had
her hair similar to the first girl in the video of
Stay. Music-wise, I like Bananarama more than Shakespeares
- Freestyle - Don't Stop The Rock (John)
On my computer I have a folder with "Miscellaneous" music,
so I went through that one for inspiration and the first
link I gave to Andreja was to one of my favorite "electro"
songs: "Don't Stop the Rock" by Freestyle.
- G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid - Play that Beat Mr. D.J. (John)
And Freestyle brought back a memory of an older song I like: "Play
that Beat", so I looked for it on YouTube and gave Andreja the link
to it. But then I discovered that it had talking in it at various
points. Still, the song is a good one in my opinion.
- Hasim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) (John)
Since Andreja didn't like "Play that beat" much I gave her a
link to another "weird one", another of my favorite
"electro" tracks: Al-Naafiysh (The Soul). It's another of
those songs that I have on tape for ages but only recently
learned its name and the name of the performer: Jerry
Calliste Jr (as Hasim).
- MC Lars - Space game (Andreja)
Andreja replied with a link followed by the remark
"nerdcore.. .apparently". Not really my thing, even though
the singing reminds me a little of Eminem's Without me, a song
I do like.
- The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats (John)
I gave her a link to another great 80's song: "The Safety
Dance". I think the video goes very well with the song, and
the blonde girl really seems to enjoy herself.
- Futuristic Sex Robotz - Positronic Pimp (Andreja)
Before Andreja replied she gave me a link to "Positronic
Pimp", another example of nerdcore. Not really my thing, nor
is Star Trek -- from which parts are used to make the video
that goes with the music -- for that matter. Lyrics are NSFW.
- Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (John)
- Faith No More - Epic (John)
- Sparks - Beat the Clock (John)
- Agent Orange - BloodStains (John)
- Spermbirds - You're Not a Punk (John)
- Spermbirds - Try Again (John)
- Beck - Loser (John)
- Abney Park - End of Days (live) (John)
- Abney Park - Building Steam (John)
- Abney Park - End of Days (live) (John)