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mmmha! setlist – red room – sat 2nd may 2009

red room – sat 2nd may 2009


easy star allstars – sgt peppers lonely hearts dub band
rudenko – everybody
basement jaxx – raindrops
passion pit – the reeling
peaches – talk to me
dan le sac and scroobius pip – thou shalt always kill
i monster – a sucker for your sound
eminem – 3am
ironik – tiny dancer
ciara ft justin timberlake – love sex magic
skepta – rolex sweep
wiley – wearing my rolex
n-dubz – strong again
chipmunk – chip diddy chip
dizzee rascal – bonkers
passion pit – sleepyhead
frankmusik – 3 little words
alphabeat – fascination
yeah yeah yeahs – heads will roll
noisettes – dont forget the rhythm
santogold – say aha
the vines – hes a rocker
the avalanches – since i left you
eminem – we made you
the BPA – toe jam ft david byrne and dizzee rascal
mystikal – shake ya ass
lil wayne – mr carter
P Diddy & the bad boy family – bad boy for life
outkast – roses
kelis ft andre 3000 – millionaire
kanye west ft jamie foxx – gold digger
beyonce – ch check on it (ft slim thug)
N.E.R.D – lapdance
3oh!3 – punk bitch
pharoahe monch – simon says
wu tang clan – gravel pit
beastie boys – intergalactic
snoop dogg – who am i
tupac ft dr dre – california love
notorious B.I.G – notorious BIG (ft lil kim and puff daddy)
busta rhymes – turn it up (fire it up)
dj kool – let me clear my throat
adam f ft redman – smash sumthin
M.O.P – ante up
house of pain – jump around
NERD – she wants to move
rhymefest ft ODB – build me up
eminem – just lose it
dizzee rascal – bonkers
black eyed peas – boom boom pow
kid cudi – day n nite

tinchy stryder ft dappy of n-dubz – number one
wiley ft daniel merriweather – cash in my pocket
lethal bizzle – police on my back
rage against the machine – killing in the name
andrew wk – party hard
chemical brothers – galvanize
basement jaxx – wheres your head at?
prodigy/pendulum – voodoo people
arctic monkeys – sun goes down (fakeid mix)
coldcut ft roots manuva – true skool
pussycat dolls ft a r rahman – jai hol! (you are my destiny)
britney spears – do somethin
kelly clarkson – my life would suck without you
girls aloud – sound of the underground
sugababes – push the button
beyonce – single ladies (put a ring on it)
avril lavigne – sk8er boi
backstreet boys – everybody
hanson – mmmmbop!
daphne and celeste – ooh stick you!
presidents of the USA – lump
faith no more – we care a lot
dolly parton – 9 to 5
ELO – mr blue sky
ac/dc – back in black
beastie boys – fight for your right (to party)
spice girls – stop
jackson 5 – ABC
soulwax/skee-lo/survivor/breeders – eye of the tiger/cannonball
black eyed peas – pump it
nirvana – sliver
destinys child – survivor
dizzee rascal – fix up look sharp
the sugarhill gang – apache
stevie wonder – superstition
shatner – common people
alan hawkshaw – grange hill theme

Emo: what’s that all about then ?

Emo seems to have been around for a while, I mean Bullet for my Valentine, My Chemical Romance, Lost Prophets and all those other crappy pseudo-metal/pseudo-pun bands that appeal to whining teenagers and students whose parents won’t buy them a pony. I don’t get it. Hopefully, it’s because it is in fact, just another stupid teen genre created by record labels and not the fact that I’m getting old and have seen countless NME-labelled musical sub-genres over the years that have lasted barely long enough for the t-shirt to fade.

I think it’s getting harder and harder to rebel as teenagers because everything has been done before. Over the years, kids have taken harder and harder drugs, watched more and more violent movies and listend to increasingly offensive lyrics backed by ever louder and more cacophonic music. Teenagers these days are the children of people my age who have done all of this already. Parents in their thirties these days are more liberal and open than ever, what chance do the kids have of offending their parents. Eyeliner, stupid hair and a t-shirt with swear words on is a bit old hat but they think they’re the first generation to do it. I’m sure I thought I was rebellious when I was that age too. I was. But so were people of my parents generation. Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Who – none of whom were classed as conformist or ‘safe’ by my Grandfathers generation, and to a certain extent, they still are pretty underground bands that you can hear played at alternative nights across the country.

Emo is a movement populated by a misunderstood generation. Wrong. Teenagers have never been understood better. High street shops sell clothes marketed in an emo style, Apple do emo-styled ads for iPods, every major record lable has a four piece guitar band with piercings, sleeve tattoos, skinny jeans and stripy t-shirts. No such thing as indie anymore.

It probably is because I’m getting old. I don’t like the bands. They’re too manufactured, over-produced and in-your-face marketed. Their whole lifestyle is projected at you on the point of million dollar marketing campaigns. The companies behind which know their demographic to the inch because they’ve thrown even more money at image consultants, market researchers and clever merchandisers. This is not a dynamic, spontaneous youth movement, it’s carefully constructed and executed with meticulous, painstaking care by corporations in it solely for the money.

Having said all that, the main reason I dislike emo is because of the stupid haircuts and the shit music..

Just in case you like ’emo’, here’s some links. If you don’t like ’emo’ go along and laugh.

What is Emo anyway ?.

How to dress Emo.

Emo according toWikipedia.

Buy Emo stuff.

Singles of the Year ? (Part 2)

The Milkman has already put his favourites up, so in true poptunes style, I’m going to copy him. Here are my singles/albums of the year so far…

‘Banlieue 13’ by Da Octopusss from the Banlieue 13/District 13 soundtrack. The rest of the album is a load of French R&B and hip-hop. Depends what you like. This one’s an electro-breakbeat stomper !

‘Alright, Still’ by Lily Allen. Brilliant album remeniscent of The Streets, not a bad track on there. Criminally overlooked in the ’06 Mercury Awards.

‘Woman’ by Wolfmother. Band of the year by a country mile. Proper old-school psychedelic rock from this young Australian three-piece. Awesome live too.

‘Voodoo Child’ by Rogue Traders. Standout track and first single from a weak album. Yet another Neighbour strikes pop gold.

‘Kick Push’ by Lupe Fiasco. One of the best hip-hop tunes I’ve heard since Skee-Lo’s ‘I Wish’.

‘Black Holes and Revalations’ by Muse. A total choice cop-out, I know, but a great album and got me back into listening to Muse. Get hold of the Soulwax remix of ‘Muscle Museum’ if you can. Not on this album, but electro-pop genius anyway.

The Richard X remix of ‘Only’ by Nine Inch Nails. Both Trent and Richard X are geniuses. NIN’s recent album is a bit ‘I’ve got a girlfriend and loads of cash so I’ll make a happy album’ but he can be forgiven for that, and Richard X can do no wrong. Everything he touches is pop gold. Even the slightly dodgy version of ‘Walk On By’ featuring the vocal talents of Deborah Evans-Strickland from 80’s one-hit-wonders The Flying Lizards is a huge grower.

The Speedball Mix of Therapy’s ‘Cocaine Eyes’. Not actually released, but remixed for Therapy by a mate of mine, DJ Razorcuts, who has also done an awesome mix for US electro-pop songstress, Ghhrfy.

Other honorable mentions should include the new Cut Chemist album, which I’ve posted about here previously, and also the two new Mike Patton Projects, General Patton vs The X-Ecutioners and Peeping Tom which, as you would expect from Mike Patton, range from the awesome right through the musical spectrum to the downright barmy.

Comments, questions and criticisms on a postcard to the usual address.



For Mash Get Smash

I spent last night surfing the internet for ‘Mash-Ups’. I don’t remember what sparked this off, although I think it was probably down to the StumbleUpon plugin for the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Whatever the reason, I came across loads and loads of remixes and bootlegs ranging from genius to downright average.

A lot of people will be familiar with The Legion of Doom. Their bio is available here so I won’t go into too much detail, apart from the fact that their work consists of the near legendary emo/rock bootleg remix album ‘Incorporated’ and their contributions to the ‘Saw’ and ‘Underworld: Evolution’ soundtracks. This was what got me into the evil and time-consuming world of internet bootlegs, and every now and then, I spend an evening falling deeper and deeper down this hole. ‘Incorporated’ is well worth a listen, featuring artists such as ‘My Chemical Romance’, ‘Atreyu’, ‘Funeral for a Friend’, Coheed and Cambria’ and ‘KRS-1′. Even if you’re not necessarily a fan of the ’emo’ genre (which I’m not), it is entertaining listening from a technical perspective.

There are a number of projects out there, seemingly featuring the same mashup mafia on the production side, remixing albums by Arctic Monkeys, Rage Against The Machine, Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Depeche Mode, Portishead and Green Day. There are also some semi-official albums that are actually commercially available, such as ‘London Booted’, a Clash remix album (or ‘Clash-up’), procedes from which go to charity.

One of the best sites I’ve found is that of DJ Tripp. There are loads of links to all the best sites in the mashup scene, mainly around the San Francisco area, which is where the best bootlegs seem to hail from. If you’re new to the mashup scene, this is an excellent place to start (also an excellent place to get free tunes – free stuff=good).

Best mashups found so far (in no particular order) are:

1. Behind These Cannonball Eyes (Kelly Clarkson vs The Breeders) –

2. Gnarls Barkley vs. Donna Summer – I Feel Crazy – Party Ben.

3. Torero – Let The Shadows Play (Shannon Vs. The Rasmus) – Torero.

4. Crazy Adidas (Buckcherry vs Run DMC vs ACDC vs Black Crows) – c.h.a.o.s. productions.

5. Love Will Tear You Apart (She Wants Originality) (She Wants Revenge vs Joy Division vs Bauhaus) –

6. DJMaXEntropy – Beastie Boys Spittin (The Beastie Boys vs The Prodigy) – DJ Max Entropy.

…and the best sites so far are:

1. DJ Tripp

2. MashCulture

3. Mashup of the Week Podcast

4. Party Ben

Type ‘mashup’ in Google and find some for yourself. There are thousands out there. Post your findings here and spread the love of mashups back to us here at PopTunes.



Last Night 2 DJ’s Saved My Life…

Not entirely true. I don’t think a DJ could ever save my life, but it’s a nice idea and an all time awesome tune (Indeep, 1982). In this case, the title is more misleading than ever as I am referring to the near fatal decision to give it all up. Trying to become a DJ again that is.

Some months ago, whilst shopping in Nottingham, I wandered into Fopp on Queen Street. I often go in there for cheap DVD’s, but for some reason I thought ‘no DVD’s for me today, I’ll buy a couple of CD’s instead’. Now I hadn’t bought much music for while at this point as it was much easier (not to mention free-er) to steal it off mates and the world-wide web of peer-to-peer downloading. Now I don’t advocate illegal downloading (ahem), but I don’t feel so bad about it, having paid my dues to the recording industry in the shape of around two and a half thousand pieces of vinyl that constantly threaten to invade my living room from their tactical position in the spare room upstairs. Hold out floorboards, hold out.

Back on topic. At the back of the store is a section on ‘dance music’. Mostly filled with CD’s by artists with names like ‘Flugzeug Paraphenalia’, ‘Octopus Defamation Syndrome’ and ‘Agog’. Mostly stuff I have never heard of and have no need to know about – no-one really needed Lou Reeds original ‘Metal Machine Music’, let alone variations on the theme. I had no idea what I was actually looking for but knew that these were not it. What did catch my eye was the bright yellow sidebar next to the picture of a breakdancer in textbook ‘Streetsounds’ corporate style. An electro CD. Cool, and only a fiver. Bargain. Close by, was another CD that caught my eye, mainly for the sidebar that informed me of a one hour mix of 45 tracks. Being a proper, turntables DJ myself, I realised that 45 tracks in an hour is pretty hectic. My old ‘one side of a C90’ mixes had maybe fifteen tracks on, so three times that many is going some. Looking on the back of the CD, I found lots of records I had never heard of side by side with tunes I never expected to see. 10cc, Lords of Acid, Dolly Parton, The Cramps, Lil’ Louis, Felix The Housecat, they’re all there. I later found out that it was put together on a laptop, as is the way of things these days, but that’s not the point. The CD was ‘As Heard on Radio Soulwax Volume 2’ by 2 Many DJ’s and it changed my life.

To cut a long story short, I took this and the Electro CD to the counter, paid up my fifteen quid and left. When I got home, the CD went on. From that point on, over the next hour, I sat watching my laptop where the CD was playing in a mixed state between elation and devastation, one minute shaking my head in disbelief, the next grinning like an idiot as the boys from Belgium made me realise what a fat handed, unimaginative mook I am with regards to beatmixing and putting a DJ set together. If I had been fully invested in deejaying, I would have stopped there and then, sold my turntables, mixer and record collection and moved to a cave in the Peak District. No point, no future. 2 Many DJ’s are the only deckspinners you’ll ever need. If I were hosting a celebrity launch party/after party/premier tomorrow, I’d hire 2 Many DJ’s. If you don’t dance to them, you’re dead.

What sets them apart from most other mix sets is how the records overlap. They make the best use of instrumentals and acapellas that I’ve ever heard. There will be one instrumental playing, with the vocal from another track over the top, then they’ll beatmix in another instrumental while the vocal is still going, then mix the whole lot into something else. The concentration and skill needed to do that on turntables is immense, I sometimes struggle with the whole plate-spinning fiasco of mixing two records, let alone three or four with overdubs, samples, loops etc.. As I said before, it’s all done with the smoke and mirrors of computer witchcraft, but I would imagine that they do something similar live, there being two of them and all. It is also worthy of note, as I found out while listening to their various mixes, that I had already experienced their work without realising it. Many of the bootlegs on the internet (I hate the term ‘mash-up’) are the work of theses boys, most notable, the Destinys Child-over-Teen-Spirit track that has been doing the rounds (‘destiny’s child vs. nirvana – smells like booty (soulwax remix)’ to give it it’s full title). You have probably already heard 2 Many DJ’s even though you don’t know it. A beautiful example of online viral marketing, whether they meant to or not is another question.

This CD is great enough, but to find out that there are thirty or so others on their site at is pretty amazing. I haven’t listened to all of them yet, but I will, I am also not going to go into their resume here as it is already well documented on the aforementioned website and would be a waste of your time and mine to repeat it here. The other facet to Stephen and David Dewaele is their band ‘Soulwax’. The fact that they are conventional, dare I say ‘proper’ musicians, does nothing to detract from their genius and goes some way to explaining their musical and technical acumen when it comes to the art of the DJ set. I might add at this point that Soulwax are also bloody good, part of this wonderful new wave revival of pseudo-80’s synth pop acts like Ladytron, The Presets and Goldfrapp.

Before anyone starts on at me about the whole history of hip-hop, DJ Cool Herc and his block parties, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and so on, I acknowledge and very much respect their work, but Coldcut, as far as I am concerned, started this current runaway train of party-time genre-negligence with their immortal ’70 Minutes of Madness’ CD. Liam Howlett from The Prodigy made a valiant attempt with his ‘Dirt Chamber Sessions’ but 2 Many DJ’s have perfected the art of the mix CD by having no shame or musical snobbery. They play tracks without prejudice, purely because they sound good. That is the way things should be. God bless them, and all who sail in them.


OKGo’s new exercise regime

OKGo Official WebsiteCurrently doing the rounds on the internet is the new video from indie-pop kids OKGo. I know very little about them, but they’re worth a look purely for this video to their new single ‘Here It Goes Again’. You can see the video on the OKGo website, also like everyone else in the world these days, the band also has a MySpace site. Check it out, listen to their music, be their friend, yada yada. Most of all, watch the video so you can talk to your mates about it down the pub and not be a total social outcast.


I am CyberpunkHero, hear me rant…

Hi, I’m new here, and I thought that, before I start posting in earnest, I should introduce myself to the PopTunes Massive. Innit.

I forget how I found Poptunes. I believe that it had something to do with MySpace but I may be mistaken. After saying hi to The Milkman and getting approved, I made my first post demonstrating my dismay at the behaviour of certain DJ’s that I have met along the way (The Politics of Dancing). After a short delay while both The Milkman and I got on with life outside of Nottingham music culture and enjoyed the summer (not strictly true, I (as I expect the Milkman has also done) have remained embroiled in Nottingham’s music/club scene, and have not always enjoyed the summer, but I digress), I am back complete with login to and a bunch of vaguely music related crap that no-one is interested in.

A bit about me. My name is David, I’m 36 and live on the edge of Nottingham City centre (where I share a house with my record collection) and a pair of Technics turntables. Occasionally my girlfriend is there too. I’ve been in this part of the world for nearly seven years now, and have yet to fully explore the entire Nottingham music scene. But I will (maybe).

Music is my first love. It always has been, from that first 7″ single, in the shape of David Souls ‘Silver Lady’, through a secret love of my Mums Stylistics albums, through the heady days of Electro in the early eighties, Acid House in the late eighties, Grunge in the nineties followed closely by more house, techno, breaks, beats, scratches and then rock again. I’d love to have a career in music in some way, shape or form, but have little musical ability. I can beatmix, but not scratch and cannot bear DJ politics or towing the line (see aforementioned article for details). Music journalism could be the way forward, but unfortunately, I am too lazy and set in my ways to do anything about that, so blogging and Poptunes will have to be my outlet until my raw, underground talent is discovered by someone who actually posesses motivation.

Enough about me (sort of) and on to the music. As I write this, at work, killing off what’s left of the afternoon while the rain lashes it down outside, I am listening to ‘The Audience’s Listening‘, the new album by Cut Chemist. The Chemist’s new album reminds me a lot of the earlier works of DJ Shadow, but with more of a sense of humour. Full of scratches and the classic style of samples that always make me think of black and white infomercials of the fifties and sixties. ‘Listening…’ is also remeniscent of The Avalanches album, ‘Since I Left You‘ in the way it flows together, has elements of The Propellorheads ‘DecksandDrumsandRockandRoll‘ in ‘(My 1st) Big Break’, and comparisons could also be made with The Freestylers on the opening track, ‘Motivational Speaker’ and Groove Armada in the shape of the chilled out, latinesque ‘The Garden’.

It’s far from dull or generic, but isn’t exactly groundbreaking or startlingly original. The album flows and takes the listener on a trip through a variety of downbeat hip-hop/breakbeat styles and, with each track smoothly mixed into the next for that block party feel, is funky and summery and ideal for playing at a barbeque at some point during the remains of the summer. If you like that sort of thing.

While writing this, I also found a link to the Cut Chemists MySpace page where you can listen to ‘The Garden, ‘Storm’, ‘(My 1st) Big Break’ and ‘What’s The Altitude’ from the album. Go visit, listen to his tracks, become his friend. Seeya soon.