Some words on the tracks and the artists, from me.... (artists' biography excerpts and photographs appear on the inlet cover of the CD). Cheers, O.S.
1. John Costello (England) - Everything You Want
Costello's sound reminds me of the good old eighties, whereas he combines classical synthie and keyboards with modern sounds which make his songs rather timeless. Everything You Want with its cold and monotone beat has already become a Tuxedomoon classic and John made it a dancefloor filler with a great Moog-Keyboard Ultravox-alike Solo in the middle. Did you recognize the Volo Vivace melody after the first verse?
2. Jay Phlitman and Kim Kangaroo (Belgium) - Ninotchka
When I first listened to it I had to smile because it begins with a part from the Ghost Sonata Soundtrack and curves in to the well-known russian march chords. And from that point on I cannot avoid saying that this version is a genius work. Have you ever thought about singing Soma along with Ninotchka? Here you go! What seemed to be impossible to combine was made possible. "... no more confusion now there's...Ninotchka".
3. Festspielhaus (Germany) - In The Name Of Talent (Italian Western 2)
Hmmm, it's hard to write about your own music. Let me just say, that it was a pleasure to record this song, because it's one of our all-time favourites and one of Tuxedomoon's best songs. We already played this song in different versions live on stage and so it was clear that it had to be this one for the compilation. It was recorded in our rehearsal room with a simple portable Wave-Recorder, we added a few over-dubs and then mixed it on the computer.
4. Gosane (France) - Where Interests Lie
I knew Gosanes interpretations/remixes of Tuxedomoon songs already from his website and immediately liked all of them. Perhaps it's because he uses original samples and combines them with todays beats and sequencer sounds. However, it is admirable what he did to Where Interests Lie: adding a reggae guitar and a dub beat by keeping the depressing mood of the original song is enviable. Great.
5. Cabaret Of Complexity (Portugal) - Blind
An extraordinary interpretation of one of the bands classic songs. Athmospheric recording, seems to be inspired by Tuxedomoons musique concrete works from the early days. This adaptation here is recommended to listen to with headphones, so you will discover a lot of different noises and voices combined with field recordings and more strange sounds. Great creepy piece of art.
6. John Costello (England) - Egypt
Egypt has been played in so many different versions by Tuxedomoon themselves over the last decades, so I was curious about John's version. I was amazed. I was told that the bass line was sampled from The Waltz and it suits perfectly. His clean and exact voice makes this version of Egypt a modern pop ballad beyond any Kitsch.
7. Another (Mexico) - What Use? http://www.anothertheband.webs.com
A quite unique version of the well-known Half Mute jewel. Very tight and direct, this recording seems to be above all music styles. It seems that Another's experimental kind of interpreting music demonstrates that not everything has yet been discovered in the world of music. This is 'another' different kind of great music.
8. !!* (Austalia) - In The Name Of Terror (Iraqi Western 2)
Although Tuxedomoon have - from what I know - never been political in their music, Bang!Bang!Splat* wanted to rename the title of their version from Talent to Terror. However, they did not make a political song out of it but a very good electronic classic wave song. The rhythm machine beat gets quite close to the original and the hook melody is played with a bass guitar which fits perfectly to the atmospheric background keyboard.
9. Gosane (France) - Everything You Want / The Stranger
Another great remix from Gosanes Web-Album, using original samples from the early San Francisco version of Everything You Want, additionally using the french voice samples of the early L'Etranger which appeared on the Pinheads On The Move Album. Excellent.
10. Cult With No Name (England) - Some Guise
CWNN also wanted to rename the song from Guys to Guise. I was touched when I first listened to this version of the 80s Tuxedomoon hit. It has become an impressing ballad, a very soulful piano/voice interpretation. Pure Sounds, pure Feelings. Awesome.
11. Duke Sexton (USA) - East
As far as I know, East used to be "only" an intro for Jinx and was never performed as a standalone song, so I was curious about this version. Duke was quite late with his recordings, he had to do the final mix with laptop and headphone on a flight from one gig location to the other. Busy man. But it went very well and was definately worth waiting for! It's a jazzy, partly electronic song with a wonderful soprano sax. Enjoy!
12. Dry Monopole (France) - Time To Lose
http://www.myspace.com/drymonopole Also very jazzy and additionally inspired by sounds of the sixties, in my humble opinion, this adaptation shows again that everything is possible. I had never expected that Time To Lose would lead to this kind of great, timeless music. My recommendation: Enjoy a glass of good wine and a cigarillo while listening to this!
13. MistakeMistake (Serbia) - (Special Treatment For The) Family Man
"Look there goes that man" - strictly electronic version of this awesome cult song. MistkakeMistake create a similar mood as the original by using similar sounds at the beginning, then pushing the hard sequencer to the front which fits in perfectly. The baby's voice and the increasing sequencer beeps at the end gives it a rather spooky finish. Cool stuff.
14. Anonymous (Europe) - The Unknown Fan
Prior to the Tuxedomoon 30th Anniversary Show in Brussels, Heitor Alvelos (Cabaret Of Complexity), Willem Schipper and a few more fans/list members had the idea for this track while sipping a few drinks. Then Willem compiled this track eventually by combing through his private archive of live bootleg recordings. Excellent idea! Thanks a lot for this.
Thanks a lot to all contributing artists! Of course, special greetings to Blaine L. Reininger, Steven Brown, Luc van Lieshout, Peter Principle, Bruce Geduldig, Winston Tong and all former Tuxedomoon members for creating brilliant music for us for more than three decades. We are all looking forward to the next thirty years! Our special thoughts are also with Sorbe2000 who lost his son this year; they had already rehearsed Litebulb Overkill for this album.