Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalSunday morning, November 14, 2010:   I was walking on Baker Street in Nelson, British Columbia.  All the retail shops were closed except for this particular one which was not supposed’ve been open till 11-am: Urban Legends. I walked in.  Ok, so this store supposedly has over 10,000 new-&-used records.  As I was going through the bin of limited number of 12″ singles, I just happened to find (to my utter surprise and disbelief) this amazing record — unopened and brand spanking new (still wrapped) 12″ single of Dead Or Alive‘s 1985 worldwide hit track You Spin Me Round (Murder Mix). I have been looking for this record since 1987.  I regretted not buying it on 12″ in 1985 when the track was in the charts and stores.  And since then, I’ve searched high and low for it in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe …but no avail.  However, twenty-three years later –of all the places and time in this world & era– there it was in my hands — from a small record store in a small town:  Nelson, British Columbia!  It was meant to happen.  I was supposed to have left Nelson the previous day (Saturday) and driven back home to Vancouver.  I had no reason to stay an extra day in Nelson; I didn’t know why.  When I woke up that Sunday morning, I was craving bacon and eggs.  So I had a good morning brunch at the Hume Hotel. After brunch and full-stomach, I decided to walk-off the heavy meal by window-shopping on Baker Street.  Next thing I know was that I was standing in front of Urban Legends store which was open.  I walked in… less than five minutes later this 12″ was in my hand.  Talk about good KARMA!

Once I got back home to Vancouver the following Monday, I ran to my studio to play this record.  Oh man… THE BASSLINES.  This is one of Stock, Aitken & Waterman most successful international hits of all time.  There’s a good reason why this track still stands the test of time.  Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Murder Mix) receives my Stabbing Bassline Stamp-Of-Approval.

Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round” (Like A Record) (Murder Mix)…

Artist: Dead Or Alive
Title: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Murder Mix)
Year: 1985
Label: Epic Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round” (Like A Record) (Murder Mix) (mp3)

 

Music Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round” (Like A Record)…

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage”

Desireless (Claudie Fritsch-Mentrop), "Voyage Voyage"

Desireless is French singer Claudie Fritsch-Mentrop who’s voice is one of the most beautiful in the world. Her track Voyage Voyage was released in 1986 and hit number-one in many European and Asian music single charts, selling more than 5 million copies. It still remains to be one of the most sought-after tracks on the playlist of countless radio stations (on the airwaves and internet) around the world. Every year, it seems, Voyage Voyage is still being discovered by new listeners who hear it for the first time. The track is a perfect blend of emotional French singing/song-writing and Italo-disco that drives and carries the song to a whole new level of synth-pop, becoming essentially a romantic and electronic dance. Personally, I prefer the Britmix version over the 12″ Mix of Voyage Voyage. The lead/front vocals are dryer and not as drenched in reverb, thus adding more warmth and depth with closer presence of emotions to the overall delivery and feel of the tune. The same goes for the background vocals, hearing more clearly all the “aah” and “voyaaah voyaaah” vocal layers. The tight, melodic bassline and its underlying syncopated synth chord chops/stabs also have more presence than the 12″ Mix … not only fitting perfectly around and under the vocals & drums but also driving the entire Britmix with more oomph … making the track more serious and groovy. Voyage Voyage is one of those rare successful synth-pop tracks that is true through and through. It always makes me close my eyes and sing passionately along with Claudie.

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” (Britmix)…

Artist: Desireless
Title: Voyage Voyage (Britmix)
Year: 1988
Label: CBC Records

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” (Britmix) (mp3)

 

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” (12″ Mix)…

Artist: Desireless
Title: Voyage Voyage (12″ Mix)
Year: 1986
Label: CBC Records

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” (12″ Mix) (mp3)

 

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” Lyrics (French)…

Au dessus des vieux volcans,
Glisse des ailes
Sous les tapis du vent,
Voyage, voyage,
Éternellement.
De nuages en marécages,
De vent d’Espagne en pluie d’équateur,
Voyage, voyage,
Vole dans les hauteurs
Au dessus des capitales,
Des idées fatales,
Regarde l’océan…

Voyage, voyage
Plus loin que la nuit et le jour,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Dans l’espace inouï de l’amour.
Voyage, voyage
Sur l’eau sacrée d’un fleuve indien,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Et jamais ne revient.

Sur le Gange ou l’Amazone,
Chez les blacks, chez les sikhs,
Chez les jaunes,
Voyage, voyage
Dans tout le royaume.
Sur les dunes du Sahara,
Des îles Fidji au Fujiyama,
Voyage, voyage,
Ne t’arrêtes pas.
Au dessus des barbelés,
Des coeurs bombardés,
Regarde l’océan.

Voyage, voyage
Plus loin que la nuit et le jour,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Dans l’espace inouï de l’amour.
Voyage, voyage
Sur l’eau sacrée d’un fleuve indien,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Et jamais ne revient.

Voyage, voyage
Plus loin que la nuit et le jour,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Dans l’espace inouî de l’amour.
Voyage, voyage
Sur l’eau sacrée d’un fleuve indien,
(Voyage, voyage)
Voyage (voyage)
Et jamais ne revient.

Plus loin que la nuit et le jour
(Voyage, voyage)

Desireless – “Voyage Voyage” Lyrics (English translation)…

On top of the old volcanos,
Slip of the wings
Under the carpets of the wind,
Journey, journey,
Eternally.
Clouds in marshes,
Of wind of Spain in rain of equator,
Journey, journey,
Fly in the heights
On top of the capitals,
Fatal ideas,
Look at the ocean…

Journey, journey
Further that the night and the day,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
In the space of the love.
Journey, journey
On the crowned water of an Indian river,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
And never does not return.

On Ganges or the Amazon,
At the blacks, the sikhs,
At the yellows,
Journey, journey
In all the kingdom.
On the dunes of the Sahara,
Fiji islands in Fujiyama,
Journey, journey,
Do not stop you.
With the top of the barbed wires,
Bombarded hearts,
Look at the ocean.

Journey, journey
Further that the night and the day,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
In the space of the love.
Journey, journey
On the crowned water of an Indian river,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
And never does not return.

Journey, journey
Further that the night and the day,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
In the space of the love.
Journey, journey
On the crowned water of an Indian river,
(Journey, journey)
Journey (journey)
And never does not return.

Further that the night and the day
(Journey, journey)

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