Past, Present & Future
By Jon Averill
1. The Shangri-Las - Past, Present & Future
An aloof monologue backed by an interpolation of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata reflects on what might have been.
2. Ryan Teague - Shadow Play
A minimalist composition which owes much to contemporaries such as Steve Reich & John Adams.
3. INC. - Swear
The polished chrome future R’n’B grooves of L.A’s INC.
4. Mount Kimbie - Maybes
For some reason never really got into Mount Kimbie the way a lot of people did.
5. Japan - Quiet Life
Waking us up with a jolt is the opening track from the 1979 album of the same name by Japan.
6. Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
If you're being pedantic you could point out that he only lists 5 ways to leave your lover.
7. The Au Pairs - It’s Obvious
Next up is the clattering post-punk clamour of Birmingham’s The Au Pairs.
8. Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, & The Congos - Sunshine
Amazing track but sounds completely out of place at the time of recording – a freezing January weekend in London.
9. Not Waving - Kneecap Ridge
Another track I really wanted to include again – this podcast not really acting as a best of in the traditional sense but more a recap of the last 59.
10. Jai Paul - Jasmine (Demo)
The best thing released in 2012.
11. Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind - Rocky Mountains
Taken from Great Lakes Mystery’s horror soundtrack themed podcast. Wendy Carlos (formerly Walter) created 3 hugely influential soundtracks; the unsettling electronic score for A Clockwork Orange, Tron & worked again with Stanley Kubrick on The Shining from which this track is taken.
12. Mssingno - Xe2
Both myself & Cian Ó Cíobháin have featured tracks from Mssingo in previous podcast which is good enough to give him Shock preferred artist status. With electronic music you’re always looking for something that gives that little tingle - a feeling you get when you hear something that sounds like it’s from somewhere else.
13. Fabio Frizzi - Main Theme
Absolutely floored by this first time I heard it. Just an extraordinary piece of synthesizer music from the 1979 soundtrack for Italian horror movie Zombi 2.
14. Burial - Raver
Perfect music for avoiding eye contact on the night bus.
15. Lee Hazlewood - My Baby Cried All Night Long
Taking us right out of that moment is moustached troubadour & regular at the Shock salon; Lee Hazlewood.
And the moral of this story is that you shouldn't be caught messin' Where you shouldn't been messin'.
16. World Domination Enterprises – Asbestos Lead Asbestos
Music that sounds more like it’s made on a building site than a recording studio.
17. The Durutti Column - Otis
Vini Reilly uses an Otis Redding vocal loop to great effect for this track.
18. Dennis Wilson - Time
The deterioration of Dennis Wilson’s, once part of the angelic harmonies of the Beach Boys is a shocking thing to hear yet also adds a vulnerability to his music.
19. Tonstartssbandht - Hymn Eola
Tonstartssbandht (pronounced tahn-starts-bandit) are two brothers Edwin & Andy White who’ve recorded dozens of albums merging dramatic choral style vocals & space rock-esque textures.
20. John Cooper Clarke - Beasley Boulevard (Live at Shock 16.5.08)
I don’t think this track can be heard elsewhere so a bit of an exclusive for our listeners I guess. It’s a sequel to Cooper Clarke’s most well known track Beasley Street. Here John deals with Beasley Street as it might be now, fully in the grip of gentrification.
21. Moondog - Pastoral
Pastoral is a childlike melody from the Viking of sixth avenue which brings the podcast to a close.
So this is goodbye, so this is farewell, the fight's final bell.