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40 Albums – 40 Days

Terminates Here DJ activity has obviously had to stop due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Whilst I did consider the idea of DJ sets delivered remotely, it seems every other DJ in London has had the same idea, and without an established club to back me up or even access to a decent camera, I doubt I could sell it well. So instead I went back to writing. In early March, I was challenged to do the “10 Albums – 10 Days” meme on my personal Facebook. I’d done it before back in 2018, and the results became an article on this site, but with little else to do with my evenings, I decided to go for another round. Only not stop at 10, eventually clocking up 40 before deciding to call it quits.

A few points – firstly, as I chose albums around which I could spin a tale, there’s relatively little recent music covered here. If you wish to read about albums dating from the past decade, there’s a countdown of 2010s albums over at A Model Of Control. Also note that these albums are in no order – I simply picked one each day, listened to it a couple of times, then wrote the story. To preserve the writing and allow a wider audience to enjoy the journey, I’ve turned this series into an article here. A few have been modified for accuracy and to reflect changed context, and I’ve added explanations where a couple of selections coincided with certain events. But the text is essentially intact. So let’s begin…..

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DJ Terminates Here vs DJ The Scot – March 2020

And then over the road for our Open Request List event….all except the first few and final run are requests.

Set 1

The Velvet Underground – Venus In Furs
The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Bonzo Dog Band – I’m The Urban Spaceman
The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
Patti Smith – Dancing Barefoot
Lene Lovich – Lucky Number
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
Japan – Quiet Life
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cities In Dust

Set 2

Tool – Schism
Lindemann – Knebel
Die Krupps – Vision 2020 Vision
Liaisons Dangereuses – Los niños del parque
Black Light Ascension – Club Death
The Sisters of Mercy – Marian
Killing Joke – Love Like Blood
The Cult – Resurrection Joe
Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
T.Rex – Children Of The Revolution
The Leather Nun – Ride Into Your Town
Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Alice In Chains – Rooster

Set 3

Iris – Closer To Real
Wolfsheim – Once In A Lifetime
Project Pitchfork – I Live Your Dream
Alexander Veljanov – The Wind
The Sisters Of Mercy – The Damage Done
The Pretenders – Stop Your Sobbing
Florence and the Machine – Shake It Out
The KVB – Captives

Final Tag-Team

Scott’s tracks are in italics.

Soviet Soviet – Rainbow
Agent Side Grinder – Life In Advance
NIN – The Lovers
:Wumpscut: – Hold (Kirlian Camera Remix)
Radiohead – Idioteque
Underworld – Stagger
Leftfield – Swords
Faithless – Drifting Away
Portishead – The Rip
Bat For Lashes – In God’s House
Goldfrapp – Annabel

Outro: Ramin Djawadi feat Serj Tankian – The Rains Of Castamere

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – March 2020

Back for the first daytime set of 2020 (actually the first anywhere).  As the event fell on International Women’s Day, Scott and I both played a larger-than-usual number of tracks featuring female artists.

Set 1 – 10:20am-11:45am

Underworld feat. Evelyn Glennie – And I Will Kiss
Kruder & Dorfmeister – Original Bedroom Rockers
Massive Attack – Inertia Creeps
Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground
:Wumpscut: – Wreath Of Barbs (Violet Remix)
Kirlian Camera – Ascension
Jean-Michel Jarre – September
Niels Gordon – Chloro
V-Zylanz – Jet Set Willy A8
Off – Electric Salsa
Confettis – The Sound Of C
Nux Nemo – Hiroshima
Tragic Error – Klatsche In Die Hande
Amnesia – Ibiza
Cassandra Complex – Moscow Idaho

1pm-2pm

Light Asylum – Heart of Dust
Rein – There Is No Authority But Yourself
Invasion of Female Logic – Trendsetter
//TENSE// – Chain
Randolph & Mortimer – Enjoy More
Malaise – Something Else
Mao Tse Tung Experience – Irregular Times
Noxious Emotion – Mass
Strvngers – Nostalgia
Statemachine – Thermal Noise
Echo Image – Standing Alone
Les Anges De La Nuit – The Apocalypse
Machine Rox – Bring Back Reality
Ayria – The Gun Song
Angelspit – 100%

3pm-4pm

Death In Vegas – Dirt
Two Lone Swordsmen – Sex Beat (Andrew Weatherall Tribute)
Moby & The Pacific Void Choir – Don’t Leave Me
Earth Loop Recall – Optimism Creeping In
Action Directe – UK
Unit:187 – Capital Punishment
Luxt – American Beast
L’Âme Immortelle – 5 Jahre
Within Temptation – Stand My Ground
Pythia – Army Of The Damned
Leaves Eyes – To France 
The Birthday Massacre – Video Kid
Helalyn Flowers – Kamikaze Angel
Propaganda – Dr.Mabuse
Parralox – Headhunter

And then over the road for more….

:Wumpscut: – A Listener’s Guide

When writing guides such these, it’s often hard to choose the next band to cover.  Sure, I can use social media to gauge interest in specific projects, but there’s also got to be a personal motive to invest time and effort in researching and writing a piece this long.  It’s a particularly big decision when you deal with exceptionally prolific artists – the timing has to be right, lest one get bogged down in a body of work too large to take in.  And it just so happens I’ve been spending recent months investigating the dark and obscure corners of one of the largest back-catalogues my genres of choice have to offer.  It’s time to take a look at Wumpscut.  (Yes, officially the name is supposed to be bookended with colons, but if I do that here, my grammar checker will throw a wobbly).

Wumpscut was formed by the Bavarian DJ Rudy Ratzinger in 1991, inspired by the likes of Skinny Puppy, Leæther Strip and Dirk Ivens among others.  The name means nothing – it was an entirely synthetic creation.  His style has been referred to as both ‘dark electro’ or ‘electro-industrial’ – the terms are interchangeable as far as online discussion goes, and since few musicologists acknowledge so much as the existence of the style post-mid 1980s, it’s unlikely we’ll ever get a clear answer.   Just accept that if you’re not into dark synthetic textures, hard electronic rhythms and angry vocals, dealing with some of the most unpleasant subject matters both fiction and reality have to offer, you might as well quit reading now.

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Whilst this was very much a solo project, Rudy occasionally brought in guest musicians, mainly for female vocals, as well as sampling extensively from movies and bands from a variety of genres – the Alien movies are an obvious influence, inspiring as they did the project’s official logo.  He also remixed other artists frequently and featured on many compilations.  The one thing Wumpscut never did was play live.  Rudy never had any desire to take the project to stage – neither did he feel like he could have done the music justice if he had done so.    

With the retirement of the project in 2017, I am at least able to tell the Wumpscut story from start to end.  I hope this guide will serve to be comprehensive, though what it won’t be is 100% exhaustive.  This is, after all, a Listeners Guide, not a Collectors Guide or Fanatics Guide.  Most Wumpscut albums have been released several times, in several formats, and there’s no way I can cover every version of all of them.  Physical format collectors will have to check resources like Discogs.com for a full shopping list.  Be prepared to shell out for the box set versions.  My cupboard isn’t big enough for them. 

If you’re happy to stay virtual, I recommend Wumpscut’s Bandcamp page, which has just-about-everything for 5 Euros per album.  The Concentrated Camp editions are the best way to get the most complete versions of each album, and there’s also sizeable compilations covering all the loose ends, of which there are many.  Devoted fans can also get vinyl masters and ‘Inheritance’ editions (draft/demo versions from the DAT tape archives), but I’m not going to cover these – perhaps someone else will one day.  Casual fans can stream most of the studio albums on the regular services, but the remixes and rarities are covered inconsistently, so you might not find every track I mention.

This may be too long for many of you, so you can just Skip To The End and just find out what songs are worth listening to. But if you’re up for the full and complete text – it’s time to get started.

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DJ Terminates Here vs DJ The Scot – December 2019

Back to the classic linup for our December edition. In keeping with the spirit of the event, everything in this section except the final run is requests.

Set 1

The Cure – Burn
Sisters Of Mercy – Lucretia My Reflection
Depeche Mode – Wrong
Project Pitchfork – Souls
VNV Nation – When Is The Future?
Mesh – Automation Baby
Covenant – Call The Ships To Port
Code 64 – Leaving Earth
Talk Talk – Such a Shame
Agent Side Grinder – Life In Advane
Suspiria – Awfully Sinister
Virgin Prunes – Pagan Love Song
London After Slimelight – Psycho Magnet
Type O Negative – Life Is Killing Me
Razed In Black – Share This Poison

Set 2

Note that Scott did a fairly sizable set whilst I ate my pizza between the above and this – hence the presence of yet-another 2003-vintage Type O track so soon. Glad some other people rate this album!

Dio – Holy Diver
Ozzy Osbourne – Mr.Crowley
Type O Negative – Nettie
Die Krupps – Robo Sapien
The Prodigy – Fuel My Fire
Johnny Moped – Hard Loving Man
The Damned – Plan 9 Channel 7
The Fall – How I Wrote Elastic Man
Nirvana – Lounge Act
Rammstein – Engel
Iron Maiden – Hallowed By Thy Name
Aerosmith – Crazy
Alice In Chains – Man In The Box

Set 3

Scorpions – Wind Of Change
Davie Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side
Patti Smith – Dancing Barefoot

Final Tag-Team

Scott’s tracks are in italics.

Blondie – Doom Or Destiny
Danielle Dax – Cat House
Xmal Deutschland – Augen-Blick
Joy Division – New Dawn Fades
Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
Faetal – Divide By Zero
Muse – New Born
Radiohead – The Bends
Mansun – Wide Open Space
The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Echobelly – King of the Kerb
Suede – The Beautiful Ones
Garbage – #1 Crush

Outro: NIN – A Warm Place

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – December 2019

Back to Tufnell Park once more for the Christmas edition of the quarterly indoor alternative market.  Joining me on the music today was Scott and guest DJ Chelle Helle.  As for my own contributions, no real theme for me today….. there doesn’t always has to be reason to play something providing it’s a good song!

11:10am-12:05pm

Jill Tracy – Evil Night Together
Boyd Rice and David Tibet – The End Of The World
Hafler Trio – Of the Building of Forms by Vibrations
Sopor Aeternus – Hades »Pluton«
Diary Of Dreams – Colorblind
Project Pitchfork – Karma Monster
Ravenous – The Voices You Hear
Stochastic Theory – What You Weren’t
The Department – As It Transformed
OneTwo – Signals
Minuit Machine – Battles
Chris & Cosey – This Is Me
The Knife – Pass This On

2pm-3pm

The Horrorist – One Night In NYC
Needle Factory – Blind
Numb – Redact
Aghast View – Retaliate
Pittersplatter – Mummies & Music Boxes
Heimatærde – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Matt Hart – Superficial
DUST – Mind
Arkham Asylum – Ground Zero
Disturbed – Down With The Sickness
NIN – The Hard That Feeds
The Fair Sex – The House Of Unkinds
The Eternal Afflict – San Diego 2k9
The Young Gods – Tear Up The Red Sky
Ghosting – Bombed The World

Yesterday’s Shadow – November 2019

My return to Yesterday’s Shadow after a couple of years, now a quarterly event at The Other Place (basement bar of The Albany).  Also my first (and probably only) late-night set of 2019.  Here’s what I played.

Set 1 – 10pm-10:30pm

The Monochrome Set – The Monochrome Set
The Fall – Totally Wired
Toyah – I Want To Be Free
Act – Snobbery and Decay
Altered Images – I Could Be Happy
Peter Schilling – Major Tom (Coming Home)
Visage – Der Amboss
Camouflage – The Great Commandment
Nitzer Ebb – Let Your Body Learn

Set 2 – 12:30am-1am

Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Live 101)
OMD – Enola Gay
Ultravox – Sleepwalk
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Fad Gadget – Ricky’s Hand
Killing Joke – Requiem
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated

DJ Terminates Here vs DJ Translight – September 2019

With Scott unavailable once more, DJ Translight stepped in to join me for our Open Request List Event, which has now been running for 5 years. All but the first few and last few are requests.

Set 1

Johnny Cash – Hurt
The Tornados – Telstar
The Shadows – Wonderful Land
Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
T.Rex – Jeepster
Bauhaus – Double Dare
The Cure – Primary
Depeche Mode – Stripped
Blutengel – You Walk Away
Diary Of Dreams – She
Apoptygma Berzerk – Non-Stop Violence
Nine Inch Nails – Only
Light Asylum – Dark Allies

Set 2

In Extremo – Küss mich
Moonspell – Opium
Paradise Lost – Erased
69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
Dreadful Shadows – Through The Mirror
The Cult – Rain
The March Violets – Grooving In Green
Sisters Of Mercy – Marian
Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire
Virgin Prunes – Baby Turns Blue
The Normal – Warm Leatherette
Portion Control – Amnesia
Static-X – Cold

Set 3

IAMX – Think Of England
Garbage – #1 Crush
Marilyn Manson – The Lamb Of God
PJ Harvey – Down By The Water
Light Asylum – IPC
Ministry – Stigmata
Sex Pistols – Bodies
Magazine – Shot By Both Sides
The Raincoats – Fairytale In The Supermarket
Alien Sex Fiend – Ignore The Machine

Terminates Here vs Translight final tag-team

Not quite alternating one-for-one, but DJ Translight’s tunes are in italics.

Sopor Aeternus – The House Is Empty Now
Inkubus Sukkubus – Lilith, Kali, Nemesis, Morrigan
The Damned – Smash It Up (Parts 1&2)
Rammstein – Zeig Dich
Megaherz – Wir könnten Götter sein
Ghost – Year Zero
Witt – Wo Versteckt Sich Gott
ASP – Geisterjagd
The Beauty Of Gemina – The Lonesome Death Of A Goth DJ
Project Pitchfork – Sunset Devastation
NIN – Dead Souls
Earth Loop Recall – Like Machines

Outro: Attrition – God Save The Queen

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – September 2019

The Tufnell Park dome continues to host this event and I continue to provide the music. Scott couldn’t join me this time, so instead DJ Translight (Ich Will/Sunday Lullaby) and Ays Kura (Die Kur/NMTCG) played sets. Here’s what I played.

12 noon to 1pm

Nocturnal Emissions – Never Give Up
Mechanical Cabaret – 304 Holloway Road
Torul – You Won
She Wants Revenge – Out Of Control
Vendemmian – Yesterday’s Gone
Children On Stun – Celebration (Rejoice)
Terminal Gods – Electric Eyes
Siouxsie (no Banshees) – Into A Swan
Esben and the Witch – Marching Song
Chelsea Wolfe – Feral Love
Witch Of The Vale – Trust The Pain
Kælan Mikla – Draumadis
Vic Anselmo – Das Dunkle Land (Das Ich cover)

3pm to 4pm

Lola Angst – Mr. Trise X
Kirlian Camera feat Eskil Simonsson – Sky Collapse
Apoptygma Berzerk – Backdraft (Deviced by The Invincible Spirit)
:Wumpscut: – Churist Churist
Praga Khan – Injected With A Poison
Swamp Terrorists – Rebuff
Sleeping Dogs Wake – Point Black
Mussolini Headkick – Compassion
Paresis – I’m Not Afraid Of You 2.0
Hexedene – Turn
OHMElectronic – Uppercut
Die Klute – It’s All In Vain
Machines Of Loving Grace – Butterfly Wings
Stabbing Westward – Save Yourself
Lord Of The Lost – Die Tomorrow

Apoptygma Berzerk – A Listener’s Guide

This guide comes after a lengthy break in my long-form writing.  In order to get back on track, I realised I had to cover a band where I could really spin a tale, both in terms of the band’s own history and how their music affected me. And when I think back to which band broke the Anglo-American dominated nature of my CD collection back in the late 1990s and dragged me willingly into the ‘scene’ that has dominated my life ever since,  Apoptygma Berzerk are the band most responsible. 

The name means little to many, indeed it means nothing at all in linguistic terms.  However, behind that incomprehensible name is a fascinating, diverse, sometimes frustrating project, one who’s never afraid to state its influences, but always willing to take them in a variety of directions.  It is a project of many facets, many influences and many motivations, and hence despite not having the largest backcatalogue of all the bands I’m planning to cover, it’s still my longest Listener’s Guide to date.

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