Issue 8 of Electronic Sound Magazine has an Autobahn at 40 special feature that they interviewed Andy for.

Also, in the issue is an interview with Andy about Dazzle Ships and the upcoming concerts in Liverpool.

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Swalker171014 The Essential… Scott Walker

By the age of 23, Scott Walker had enjoyed a more successful pop career than most could hope for in a lifetime.

As one third of The Walker Brothers, a trio of Americans in self-imposed exile in the UK, he experienced a level of superstardom that briefly rivalled that of the Beatles. Mid-60s songs like ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’ and ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Any More’ made Scott, John and Gary the clean-cut pin-ups du jour. But entertainment, as they say, is a fickle business, and the success wasn’t to last.

As The Walker Brothers disintegrated, Scott (real name Noel Scott Engel, and no relation to his two bandmates) would strike off on his own, producing a string of albums in the late ’60s that, while largely overlooked at the time, are now considered among the finest of the decade. Again though, Walker would quickly lose his way, slipping into MOR obscurity for the majority of ’70s. From there, many would happily have fallen into a lengthy, royalty-funded retirement. Not Scott. In the early ’80s he would reinvent himself again, emerging from the ashes of a faltering light entertainment career to become one of the most brilliant and distinctive voices of the pop avant-garde.

Walker and his music continue to captivate and confuse with a force rarely attained by musicians of any generation. His most recent solo album, 2012′s Bish Bosch, was of a piece with his best work, while this month he released Soused, an earth-shaking full-length collaboration with pivotal doom outfit Sunn O))). And while he has long had a cult following, a renewed frenzy of discourse in the past decade – the most visible products of which are a documentary  and a book, both excellent – has helped cement his status as an underground hero with few equals.

Walker’s knotty, uncompromising and utterly unique body of work seems to be resonating more strongly than ever, with the likes of Radiohead, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn and David Bowie all singing his praises. But Walker’s discography is an imposing one, and not an easy ride for the uninitiated. By way of introduction – and taking in love and loss, dead dictators and easily as much commercial failure as critical success – here are 10 of Walker’s best.

 The Essential… Scott Walker

A threaded rod or stud is basically a long bar that is threaded on both ends to facilitate fastening in high tension applications. The threading may apply to the entire length of the rod or could be only at certain parts.  Continuously threaded bars from ironmongeryonline are divided into two main types:

a. One is the general purpose type that is often used with flange bolting. The length is measured completely from end to end.

b. The second type of stud is used specifically for temperature and pressure piping. These are made according to the requirements of the application and there is no fixed standard size. The points are chamfered and flat. The length for these is measured from thread to thread.
Among studs that are not threaded completely, there are two categories:

Full bodied studs

These threaded bars have a shank length that equals the major diameter. The way these studs are used, the stresses are often greater in the threads. The shank does not come under much tension. Full bodied studs are created by removing the metal to create the right thread. This results in the grain of the steel being disturbed and hence these studs are generally weaker. However, they perform well enough for most standard applications.

Undercut studs

In these studs, the shank length equals the pitch diameter of the thread. These are very good at distributing axial stresses and are considerably stronger than full bodied threaded bars. The main reason for its strength is that metal is not removed to create the thread. It is, in fact, rolled up to the major diameter. Hence the grain of steel is kept completely intact. Due to their high strength, these are used in applications where the studs are exposed to fatigue. These are also the more common type in standard studs and bolts.

There is another way to classify studs that are not completely threaded:

Tap End

These will have two threads at each end, one short and one long. The shorter end is called the tap end and is used for screwing into the hole. This end will also have a chamfered point.

Double End

These will have an equal length thread on each end, which is used to attach the nut. Both the ends will usually be chamfered but round points can also be done. It is generally used in applications that require torching from both ends.

We will be on Granada Reports on ITV in the North West region at 6pm today talking about the Dazzle Ships shows at the Museum of Liverpool. 

In addition, the OMD exhibits are now available to see in the Museum. Please note that Winston will not be in the Museum at all times as we need to rehearse with him!

weatherall best remixes Andrew Weatherall’s 30 greatest remixes

It’s quite some going for a DJ to have an entire two-day annual festival named after them.

Sure, several curate their own events – Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide, say – but could anyone else out there get away with the equivalent of the Andrew Weatherall Festival in the south of France this weekend? But then who else has achieved so much in so many fields as the man formerly known as Audrey Witherspoon, Lord Sabre, Rude Solo, The Chairman and The Major?

He was the rockist grit in the oyster of Shoom and the Boy’s Own Organisation (as you can see from his brilliantly punky sneer in this vintage Boy’s Own interview). He stormed the studio with zero training and immediately hit paydirt with his remixes for the Mondays and Primal Scream (smashing up the latter’s cheery-sad Stones ripoff ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’ and building ‘Loaded’ from the pieces), and has never looked back since.

As a member of the original acid house mafia and a startling talent on both the ones and the twos, he could easily have taken the superstar DJ route, but instead focused on running several mythical underground club nights – Sabresonic, Blood Sugar, Haywire Sessions and most recently A Love From Outer Space.

He’s produced plenty of great records, whether for bands (from The Scream and One Dove through to Fuck Buttons) or under his own steam (as Sabres of Paradise with Jagz Kooner and Gary Burns, Lords Of Afford with David Hedger, Blood Sugar with David Harrow, Two Lone Swordsmen with Keith Tenniswood, Asphodells with Timothy J. Fairplay, or solo).

And he’s no slouch as a writer, turning in scabrous, funny and weird journalism and creative writing of his own over the years, as well as collaborating with author Michael Smith to soundtrack his book Unreal City and eventually becoming artist in residence for publishers Faber & Faber.

But it’s as a radical remixer that he really catapulted into the public consciousness, and his desire to turn other people’s songs inside out has remained strong right up to the present. Dub, punk, techno, rockabilly, ambient, psych-rock, disco, the experimentation of Joe Meek and Phil Spector, and quite likely several kitchen sinks, have all been thrown into a remix oeuvre that belongs to him at least as much as it does to any of the acts who provided the source material.

So as The Chairman, now 51, celebrates a quarter of a century ripping the guts out of other people’s music and his fellow misfits pay tribute to him in an actual castle, we present 30 glorious examples of his ornery art.

 Andrew Weatherall’s 30 greatest remixes