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The Frightmare Before Christmas

Time for a bit of pre-Christmas celebration. This was a three-club special, myself playing under the Neo-Noir banner, joined by Y34R Z3R0 (which I’d DJed at myself earlier this year) and Electric Dreams, with 2 DJs from each night playing. My own contribution came at 1:30am, and here’s what it sounded like.

Celldweller – Stay With Me (Unlikely)
Officers – Co-Education
Necro Facility – You Want It
Stromkern – Stand Up
Skinny Puppy – Worlock (Live In Dresden)
VNV Nation – Serial Killer (A+F V2 Version)
Front 242 – Motion
Militant Cheerleaders On The Move – Freaks
Depeche Mode – Something To Do
Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
Joy Division – Isolation
Teardrop Explodes – Reward
Soft Cell – Bedsitter
Ultravox – Sleepwalk

Neo-Noir November 2012

Neo-Noir returns to it’s monthly pattern, now very much back at it’s original home of the London Stone, the last remaining eerie pub in London. Last nights music policy was best described as ’20th Century Alternative’ or ‘Party Like It’s 1999′. 5 DJs in total (so if I didn’t play it, they probably did), and my own sets were as follows.

Set 1 – 11:10-11:45

Laibach – Jesus Christ Superstar
16 Volt – Skin
Revolting Cocks – (Let’s Get) Physical
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – Kooler Than Jesus
Einstürzende Neubauten – Feurio!
Front Line Assembly – Mindphaser
Cobalt 60 – Bye Bye
Armageddon Dildos – East West
And One – Techno Man

Set 2 – 2:10-2:50

VNV Nation – Joy
Project Pitchfork – Requiem
Wolfsheim – The Sparrows And The Nightingales
Gary Numan – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Live 1987)
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Some Bizarre Version)
Simple Minds – I Travel
A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Happy House
The Stranglers – No More Heroes
Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us


Here’s my setlist from Nightrain. Be assured it is only a temporary deviation from the norm for me, not a sudden change in direction, but I did enjoy it, I do like ALL these songs and I would do it a few more times if the chance came up.

8:30pm-9:15pm – Album-Oriented Rock

No point playing the big anthems before everyone’s had a drink or two, so I decided to play what might otherwise be called ‘The Old Grey Whistle Set’.

Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
Eric Clapton – Cocaine
Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
Supertramp – Breakfast In America
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Karn Evil 9 – 1st Impression (Part 2)
Genesis – Land Of Confusion
Van Der Graaf Generator – Theme 1
Deep Purple – Hush
Rush – The Temple Of Syrinx
Rainbow – Long Live Rock’n’Roll
ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man
Journey – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

12:15am-1:15am – Anthem-Oriented Rock

Had some beers and some live music, so no messin’ now. Solid gold rock anthems all the way.

Quiet Riot – Cum On Feel The Noise
Bon Jovi – Runaway
Van Halen – Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love
Iron Maiden – Can I Play With Madness
Motörhead – Iron Fist
Pat Benatar – All Fired Up
Europe – The Final Countdown
Queen – One Vision
Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
Alice Cooper – Under My Wheels
T-Rex – Telegram Sam
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
The Who – My Generation
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll
Argent – God Gave Rock and Roll To You

2:15am-3am – Any Other Rock? (Jonny vs Simon)

We ended the nights with 45 minutes of tag-team DJing, me on laptop, Simon Landmine on CDs, first putting in some anthems we’d missed earlier then winding things down with the last 3 songs.

Metallica – Enter Sandman
Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction
Guns’n’Roses – Welcome To The Jungle
Suicidal Tendencies – Send Me Your Money
Twisted Sister – We’re Not Going To Take It
Judas Priest – Living After Midnight
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Anthrax – Got The Time
Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes
Pearl Jam – Jeremy
Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil

Neo-Noir – September 2012

A return to Neo-Noir’s original venue, and a midnight set from me. Due to requests prior to the night and various ‘Ibiza Floor’ discussions during the previous week, I decided to focus (for the first half at least) on 90s dance crossover classics. The second half of the set focused on more scene-focused output, including (amazingly!) my first airing of a track from VNV Nation’s seminal ‘Empires’ album.

808 State – In Yer Face
Orbital – Chime
The Grid – Texas Cowboys
Underworld – Cowgirl
Empirion – Narcotic Influence 1
Editors – Papillon (Tiesto Remix Edit)
Faithless – God Is A DJ
Code 64 – Leaving Earth
NamNamBulu – Memories
VNV Nation – Kingdom
Ivory Frequency – Today
Rotersand – War On Error (Declaration)
Pakt – Freiheit
AutoDaFeh – Divided We Fall

Y34R Z3R0 July 2012

Setlists from my two sets at Y34R Z3R0 – a Nine Inch Nails-based club night.

9pm-10pm – The Ambience

Not wanted to play the floorfillers early on, I elected to focus the first set on the more minimal Reznor output, before introducing some dance beats towards the end.

NIN – A Warm Place
NIN – Ghosts (Track 6)
NIN – Lights In The Sky
NIN – Another Version Of The Truth
David Bowie – Warszawa
NIN – Something I Can Never Have (Still)
NIN – Right Where It Belongs v2
How To Destroy Angels – A Drowning
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Pieces From The Whole
NIN – The Great Below
Chris & Cosey – Walking Through Heaven
Test Dept. – New World Order
Josh Wink feat. Trent Reznor – Black Bomb

Midnight – 12:40am – The Anthems

Shorter than planned due to earlier-than-scheduled closing time, but still did the job.

NIN – All The Pigs, All Lined Up
NIN – Happiness In Slavery
Marilyn Manson – Lunchbox
1000 Homo DJs – Supernaut (Original Reznor vocal version)
NIN – Sin
Front 242 – Headhunter (Live Moments version)
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Some Bizarre Version)
Ministry – Revenge
NIN – Kinda I Want To (Purest Feeling version)

Neo-Noir – February 2012

My first chance to play at Neo-Noir with DJs Miss Bleep and Wozza. I think I’d refer to this as the nearest I get to an ‘everything set’. In the spirit of the club, there were quite a few requests .

Set 1 – 11pm-Midnight

The last two songs in this set reflected the date, 24/2. It’s EBM day!

Suicide Commando – See You In Hell (R)
:Wumpscut: – Soylent Green (R)
Hocico – Poltergeist (B)
Frontline Assembly – Plasticity
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller (R)
Calva Y Nada – Rascheln
Cephalgy – Engel Sterben Nie
Diary Of Dreams – The Plague
Star Industry – The Look (Roxette Cover)
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer
Fischerspooner – Emerge (R)
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Some Bizzare Version) (B)
DAF – Der Mussolini (R)
Front 242 – Tragedy >For You<
Auto Da Feh – Divided We Fall

Set 2 – 1am-2am

Chemlab – Exile On Mainline
Birmingham 6 – Birmingham 6
Nine Inch Nails – Sin (Short)
Sheep On Drugs – 15 Minutes Of Fame
System:FX – Overdrive (Rmx) (R)
Prodigy – Omen
Apollo 440 – Krupa
Bomb The Bass – Megablast
Nitzer Ebb – Let Your Body Learn
Militant Cheerleaders On The Move – Freaks
Spahn Ranch – Heretics Fork (Belief mix) (R)
Editors – Papillon (Tiësto Remix Edit) (R)
IAMX – Think Of England
VNV Nation – Nova (B)

Reptile January 2012

I post my setlists to capture some of the feel of the event I played at. On this occasion, it’s impossible to do so. The dozen songs listed below might just look like a fairly average setlist for me, but they don’t sum up the atmosphere of the night as a whole. This was something special. Having put in some darkwave classics early on, for the second set, I aimed for a kind of ’90s Full Tilt Revival’ sort of concept – which actually worked.

Set 1 – 11:15pm-11:45pm

In Strict Confidence – Set Me Free
Die Krupps – Bloodsuckers
Das Ich – Destillat (VNV Nation Remix)
:Wumpscut: – Christfuck
Project Pitchfork – God Wrote
Diary Of Dreams – AmoK

Set 2 – 1:00am-1:30am

Cubanate – Oxyacetylene
Front 242 – Happiness (Re:Boot Version)
Underworld – Cowgirl
VNV Nation – Solitary
Apoptygma Berzerk – Love Never Dies Pt.1
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Live 101)

Reptile March 2011

Reptile is a monthly club held at the Minories at Tower Hill, playing a mix of gothic, industrial, rock, metal, 80s and various other alternative styles. It’s something of a regular of mine and many of my friends, so to get a chance to DJ there, and on my birthday at that, was a particularly special occasion. We’d agree beforehand that I’d be focusing on the industrial/electronic area, which could mean a lot of things to a lot of people. To me, it meant this…..


The Crüxshadows – Tears
Diary Of Dreams – The Curse
Spahn Ranch – Heretics Fork
Velvet Acid Christ – Futile (Nazi Bastard Mix)
Front Line Assembly – Mindphaser
Leæther Strip – Strap Me Down


Laibach – Tanz Mit Laibach
Nitzer Ebb – Let Your Body Learn
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Die Krupps – Goldfinger
Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Some Bizarre Version)

Black Celebration September 2010

My second go at DJing the Black Celebration Depeche Mode night at The Elixir Bar. Not much chance to get eclectic this time. The best bit was being able to fade out Everything Counts and still hear the singing.

Set 1

Depeche Mode – Barrel Of A Gun
Recoil – Missing Piece
Depeche Mode – The Dead Of Night
Rosetta Stone – An Eye For The Main Chance
The Chameleons – Don’t Fall
Depeche Mode – A Pain That I’m Used To
Depeche Mode – Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)
Ashbury Heights – Anti-Ordinary

Set 2

Depeche Mode – Something To Do
Nitzer Ebb – Let Your Body Learn
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Depeche Mode – The Sun And The Rainfall
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Some Bizarre)
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller
Diary Of Dreams – Butterfly:Dance!
Mesh – Crash
Depeche Mode – A Question Of Time
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Live 101)
Ministry – Stigmata
Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope
Depeche Mode – Ice Machine

Black Celebration August 2010

As very much a last-minute thing (so last minute I didn’t get much chance to advertise the fact I was playing beyond a rush of Facebook invites!), I DJed the Black Celebration night at the Elixir Bar. As it’s a Depeche Mode themed night, you might notice a certain band from Basildon occuring quite frequently in the setlist.

9:15pm to 10:30pm – Early Mode, European New Wave, Old EBM

I wanted a concept to base my first set round, so decided to play some of the earliest Mode tracks alongside a number of other bands who also helped shape the sound of electronic pop in the early 80s.

Depeche Mode – Oberkorn (It’s A Small Town)
Pyrolator – Nordatlantik
Malaria – Kaltes Klares Wasser
Depeche Mode – Puppets
Fad Gadget – Ladyshave
Depeche Mode – Ice Machine
Absolute Body Control – Do You Feel It Inside (Re[Wind] version)
Telex – Rock Around The Clock
Depeche Mode – Get The Balance Right
Opera Multi Steel – Ils S’eloigent
Martin Dupont – Just Because
Depeche Mode – Work Hard
Cabaret Voltaire – I Want You
Depeche Mode – People Are People
Front 242 – Body To Body
DAF – Der Mussolini
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Some Bizarre Version)
Nitzer Ebb – Join In The Chant
Orange Sector – Dynamit
Depeche Mode – Master And Servant

12:05 – 1:05 – 80s Anthems With Metal For Dessert

After a midnight airing of ‘Pimpf’, I decided to do a DM heavy pure 80s set. Well, until I got some very enthusisatic requests for metal towards the end and prompty did a quick direction change. If you plan to play a set of crowd-pleasers, you gotta please the crowd!

New Order – True Faith
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Live 101)
Ultravox – Hymn
Depeche Mode – Precious
Tears For Fears – Mad World
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
Yazoo – Don’t Go
Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down
Depeche Mode – Sea Of Sin (Tonal Mix)
Rammstein – Engel
Type O Negative – Black No.1
Depeche Mode – Blasphemous Rumours