Intoxicated Man is the first of two albums by Mick Harvey, presenting the songs of Serge Gainsbourg, sung in English. It is followed by Pink Elephants.
Black on Both Sides is the debut solo album of American rapper Mos Def, released October 12, 1999 on Rawkus Records. Prior to the album’s recording, Mos Def had collaborated with rapper Talib Kweli for the duo’s studio album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star (1998), which raised high expectations for a solo effort. Black on Both Sides features an emphasis on live instrumentation and socially conscious lyrics.
Beaster was Sugar’s 1993 EP. The songs were recorded at the same time as the band’s acclaimed first album, Copper Blue, however, it has a much denser, heavier sound than that record. The EP is a loosely conceptual work built around dark religious imagery. “JC Auto” is short for “Jesus Christ Autobiography.” The Judas Cradle, also known as the Judas Chair, was a torture device allegedly used by the Spanish Inquisition.
“I’m Afraid of Americans” is a song and single by David Bowie from the 1997 album Earthling. The song, co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, was originally written during Bowie’s studio sessions for the 1995 album Outside but was not released until a rough mix appeared on the soundtrack to the film Showgirls, and was subsequently remade for Earthling. Bowie describes the feelings behind the song: “It’s not as truly hostile about Americans as say “Born in the U.S.A.”: it’s merely sardonic. I was traveling in Java when its first McDonald’s went up: it was like, “for fuck’s sake.” The invasion by any homogenised culture is so depressing, the erection of another Disney World in, say, Umbria, Italy, more so. It strangles the indigenous culture and narrows expression of life.” “I’m Afraid of Americans” originally appeared as a rough mix on the soundtrack to the film Showgirls (in which the chorus is “I’m afraid of the animals” instead of the later “I’m afraid of Americans”) and was subsequently remade for Earthling. This version and two of the Nine Inch Nails remixes were released on the bonus disc of the Digibook Expanded Edition of Earthling in 2004. The song is sampled for a remix of Company Flow’s “Patriotism” when El-P performs it. A CD single for “I’m Afraid of Americans” was released in the United States. The single did not include the album version of the song; instead, it featured remixes of the track performed by Bowie’s former tourmates, Nine Inch Nails, and drum and bass artist Photek.
“Only Shallow” is a song by the shoegazing band My Bloody Valentine. It is the opening track and second single from the band’s second studio album, Loveless (1991), released on Creation Records. Written by Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher, “Only Shallow” features Shields’ distinctive guitar sound—a technique known as “glide guitar”—characterized by heavy use of a tremolo bar while strumming.
Ozzy is the world’s biggest Beatle fan. “I Just Want You” started out, on the original demo recording, with a “Strawberry Fields” flute motif cycling through the verses, eventually building to a heavy chorus with drums and guitars (listen to the “demo version” above). Ozzy fought to keep those elements in, but producer Michael Beinhorn erased all Beatle references when he cut the studio version of the song. [Source]
Ozzy Osbourne: vocals
Zakk Wylde: guitar
Rick Wakeman: keyboards
Michael Beinhorn: keyboards
Geezer Butler: bass
Deen Castronovo: drums
Produced by Michael Beinhorn. Recorded by Paul Northfield at Guillaume Tell Studios (Paris), Right Track Recording (New York), Bearsville Studios (Woodstock), Electric Lady Studios (New York). Mixed by David Bianco.
From the ‘inspirational cassette tape’ (that also included Nine Inch Nails) that Michael Beinhorn sent to the writers:
“So Real” is the third single from Jeff Buckley‘s 1994 album Grace, and also had an accompanying video. Michael Tighe, a guitarist who joined Buckley late in the recording of Grace, brought with him what was to become the main riff on “So Real” that is played during the verses. “Forget Her” was originally on the album track list, but Buckley subsequently replaced it with “So Real”. The former, while not appearing on the album, was subsequently released on the second disc of the 10th anniversary Legacy Edition of Grace and is also on the official Jeff Buckley site, with a recent video made of existing footage of Buckley while alive. This video is also found on the DVD that comes with the aforementioned Legacy Edition.
“I love “So Real” because it’s the actual quartet that you see in that picture right there that you have on the wall, on the album. And that one I produced live all one moment, the vocal is the first take, all one take. It was three o’clock in the morning.”
David Bowie considers Grace to be the best album ever made, and has said it would be his only “Desert Island Record.”
“Beautiful Love” is a song by the English singer-songwriter Julian Cope. It is the first single released in support of his album Peggy Suicide.
The compilation Pop 2000 – Das gibt’s nur einmal features tracks from a twelve-part television documentary about 50 years of pop music and youth culture in Germany. Seventeen artists and bands interpret songs of other German musicians and there will be many surprises, exciting combinations and an unusually amusing journey through Germany’s musical history and encounters between generations and styles.