INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: James Hillard of HORSE MEAT DISCO Talks Grade A Organic Music

11 09 2011

James Hillard (left) and his Horse Meat Disco stable

Best to have things to get your mind off the day-to-day and what better way to do that than loose yourself in a little music and conversation, right?

Enter HORSE MEAT DISCO and their third compilation release. DAA gave you a review of it earlier this year HERE and we thought it best to follow it up with some choice thoughts from one fine stallion from the HMD collective JAMES HILLARD and some FREE downloads you can nab at the end of this post. Huzzah!

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A Rare Repost: Saturday Love

14 07 2011

I’m not one for reposting, but Hurrah! to The New Gay for posting a free MP3 of Tor0 y Moi’s cover of Alexander O’Neal & Cherelle’s classic Saturday Love, one of the best and most timeless tracks to come out of late 80’s MPLS sound (Janet, The Time, Prince, etc). My pal Toban hipped me to them last year and I’ve been digging their soft yacht rock sounds since.

The orginal

Born This Way, or Raised By Madonna?

11 02 2011

Friday, February 11th, 2011. Ground Zero. Chicago.
No, not thousands of Egyptian residents rejoicing as Hosni Mubarak steps down, or even gay icon Robyn playing live again, but we got our first taste of Lady GaGa’s new material today…and it’s a very familiar flavor at that…a hint of Madonna.
Now, trust, there is nothing more cliché than a gay music critic comparing Madonna to Gaga, I’m aware. But this truly is the first time I’ve noticed it in her production and writing vs. just her imagery. The chorus of La’gaga’s new single, Born This Way, is directly lifted from Madge’s Express Yourself (thank you Matthew Harvat for pointing that one out) and the fading clicks at the end couldn’t be more Express Yourself.
As your probably aware, this isn’t the first time someone has tried to cop Madonna’s sound. The first one I recollect is one hit wonder Regina who’s single Baby Love was so similar to everything off Madonna’s self titled album that we all thought it was a new Madonna single when it hit the radio in 1986. Turns out Baby Love was written for Madonna with Stephen Bray (Madonna’s main collaborator in her early years), but Regina decided to keep it for herself instead. Good move for one hit, but she was so close to Madonna but without the sexy charisma that there was no need for Regina in the pop world after that.
Madonna then didn’t get much in the way of imitators until the 90’s when Kylie Minogue and Cathy Dennis, both in the downward slide of their careers tried on her mid-period sound on Kylie’s Where is the Feeling and Cathy’s entire Into the Skyline, produced by collaborator Shep Pettibone. Well, those two attempts bombed. So lets flash forward to 2009.
The heinous Black Eyed Peas had one glimmer of quality when Fergie and paid homage to her Like a Virgin era with Meet Me Halfway, even working the word Borderline into the chorus. If it wasn’t for the lame wrapping, it’d been the best Madonna track in years. This tribute, combined with Born This Way, show that aping Madonna is truly in “Vogue”. Now if only Ms. Ciccone herself could tap into that, she could still snatch that crown form Ms. Germanotta’s little monster head.

OMD Loves You

3 11 2010

The generous gang over at Blue Noise/Bright Antenna have graciously given us not only  a free OMD remix for our readers, but a handful of OMD’s new full length CD, History of Modern. HOM is a complete return to form for the band that hasn’t actually done a “band” album since 1986’s Pacific Age, although Paul did soldiered on under the name solo for 4 more LP’s. Fans of the old sound will be thrilled to hear the original guys back and keep the now vintage OMD sound for most of the album. And for those fans of those last 4 Paul-heavy releases, the new single, Sister Marie Says, will be totally up your alley. All in all the entire reunion is pure synth pop heaven.

Get your free, insanely hot, Monarchy Remix of Sister Marie Says here: OMD_Sister_Marie_Says_Monarchy’s _Twin Galaxies_ Remix.

And if you’d like to win copies of OMD’s History of Modern, drop us an email at and answer: After OMD, co-founder Andy McCluskie went on to create, produce and write for what 90’s girl pop band?



An Embarrassment of Reissue Riches!

9 10 2010

Our friends over at The Ideal Copy have, as usual, rounded up the best of the best of the best of 80’s and 90’s reissues. So much that I had to focus and round up the very very best ones and share the expanded joy with you!

Faith/George Michael:  Harken back to when George was just the worst kept gay secret with a huge solo debut and not a pot smoking, pill popping, trucker sucking, photomat crasher. Faith get the super deluxe treatment with double CD, double with DVD, boxed set or LP versions. With the exception of some pretty choice rare b-sides, we’ve seen all this before, just not compiled so lovingly. It’s a lotta Faith.

Not on the boxed set but too hot to sit on: Freemasons’ I Want Your Sex Remix:

While we patiently wait for someone to pull their heads out of their asses and get The Smiths catalog updated, we can enjoy one of Moz’s best solo set’s in new glory. Bona Drag expands to two CDs featuring a bonus disc of rarities and b-sides that I’m betting even the biggest Morrissey fan might be lacking. I, for one, didn’t have any of them. Biggest coup for me was Morrissey’s original version of Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness given to Sandi Shaw for her comeback album.

Demo of Please Help The Cause (w/Sandi Shaw)

After doubling up the love for the wonderful Finisterre and Tiger Bay, this month Saint Etienne does the same for the amazing Tales From the Turnpike and the just OK Good Humour. My advice is to delve into Tales and Finisterre first and leave the others to the fans before moving further. But whatever level of fandom you’re on, these expanded deluxe versions contain more rare tracks than the actual original albums!

My favorite: New Thing from Finisterre

Make sure you pop over to for these and more goodies by Propaganda, OMD, Concrete Blonde and more all the time.

Tom Hooker, yes Hooker, Atlantis!!

2 10 2010

Ya, possibly best video I’ve seen in years. And by best, I mean its wonderfully hideous!!
Give it until at least the 2:17 mark!

You can download this 80’s gem here:
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Yazoo Live on “Reconnected”

15 09 2010

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Depeche Mode @ the Rose Bowl. Morrissey @ UCLA.  The Cure @ Dodger Stadium. Just a few of the iconic life altering shows that I have been fortunate enough to attend. In July of 2008 I got to add to that exclusive list. Yaz live. The show was the most fulfilling concert experience of my life. There was surprise of seeing a band I had loved for years that I never thought I would see. The raw emotion that came thru Allison Moyet was palpable. In today’s world of choreographed “don’t miss a step or change up a song  in the set”  standard, the excitement she displayed inbetween songs to not only the audience, but to Vince was something that I will NEVER forget.

Now thanks to my favourite label of all time, MUTE, we can relive the moments over and over again. “Yaz: Reconnected”

The soon-to-be classic  will be released on September 27th as a standard 2-CD set, a limited edition 2-CD deluxe edition contained in a 32-page hardback book, and via digital download. If you can’t wait until then to relive Yazoo’s 2008 ‘Reconnected’ tour then help is at hand courtesy of Mute Records who have set up the audio player below, now complete with four tracks from the album: ‘Nobody’s Diary’, ‘State Farm’, ‘Only You’ and ‘Ode To Boy’… enjoy!