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Soundtrack for the factory floor
Disappointed to hear that Factory Floor will be playing at the 50th anniversary party at the Arnolfini. Disappointed because they’re brilliant, it’s five minutes walk from my flat, it’ll be a fantastic venue for them and…. it’s Saturday September 24th, which means I will be on my way to Liverpool for Labour conference. OK, technically conference doesn’t start till Sunday afternoon, but the train service is different on the Sunday and looks like a journey to avoid if possible. So this is very annoying. I am still toying with should I, shouldn’t I….
A couple of months ago I caught the end half of a short Factory Floor set at The Great Escape in Brighton. Absolutely amazing… Rooted in electronic/ industrial/ dance music of three decades ago, which I was into at the time but think I like even more now. The perfect soundtrack for the bleak times we’re living in…
Here are some of the best…. A few notes. Cabaret Voltaire get two mentions because its quite a leap from Nag Nag Nag to Sensoria, but both great. The video for Sensoria is one of my favourites. And yes, Simple Minds weren’t always pompous stadium rock. And I remembered late last night that I’d forgotten someone really obvious, but have now forgotten again… So apologies, whoever you are.
PS… It’s a great soundtrack to late night motorway driving. Playlist it!
Cabaret Voltaire: Nag Nag Nag
Joy Division: Isolation
Simple Minds: I Travel
D.A.F. Der Mussolini
A Certain Ratio: Do the Du
Human League: Being Boiled (Fast version)
Cabaret Voltaire: Sensoria
23 Skidoo: Coup
Clock DVA: Beautiful Losers
Chakk: Out of the Flesh
Test Department: Compulsion
Mark Stewart and the Mafia: Hysteria
And here’s some Factory Floor for those of you who haven’t stumbled upon them yet. The second one is very different from the first, and yes, it’s very Fall-ish. But I like both.
Factory Floor: Wooden Box
Factory Floor: You Were Always Wrong