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

OMD | OMD take over at the Museum of Liverpool

We are delighted to announce that OMD’s take over of the Museum of Liverpool on the weekend of Nov 1-2 is almost complete. We have kindly been given access to the big screen theatre in MoL and shall be curating a series of Dazzle related films running every hour. These will include documentary, art films, Dazzle styled product branding, and a new film made to go with Dazzle Ships Parts I, IV, V, VI.

This is open all day and is free to anyone visiting the Museum. It’s only showing during the Dazzle weekend and please remember that MoL closes at 5pm.

Due to huge interest, we’ve added a second night at the Museum of Liverpool on 2nd November. 

Tickets for this show and the previously announced show on 1st November will be going on sale at 10am on Friday 5th September from www.ticketquarter.co.uk

Tickets will cost £30 for standard tickets and £95 for VIP tickets (+ booking fees). Tickets will be limited to 4 per buyer.

 

A standard ticket includes

 – Access to the show

 – Access to the museum during the day

 – Access to the Dazzle Ship to hear the missing parts I, IV, V and VI of Dazzle Ships. (This will be on a rota basis, you will book your slot at the same time as buying the ticket)

 

A VIP ticket includes

 – Access to the show 

 – Access to the museum during the day

 – Access to the Dazzle Ship to hear the missing parts I, IV, V and VI of Dazzle Ships. (This will be on a rota basis, you will book your slot at the same time as buying the ticket)

 – An exclusive never before seen album artwork poster (rrp £20)

 – VIP complimentary bar

 – DJ set (Eric’s style playlist)

 – VIP viewing area

 – Post gig audience with the band

OMD | Museum of Liverpool show

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are delighted to announce an exclusive one-off show at the Museum of Liverpool.

The special show will take place on Saturday 1 November in the Museum’s 550-capacity Atrium. The set will include greatest hits, tracks from 1983’s Dazzle Ships album and one song which has never ever been performed live.

This is the first time the Museum of Liverpool has hosted a gig by a major music act. On the night OMD will consist of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys and Martin Cooper. 

OMD’s iconic and influential fourth album Dazzle Ships was inspired by the painting Dazzle Ships in dry dock at Liverpool by Edward Wadsworth. Now that there is once again a Dazzle Ship in a dry dock in front of the Museum of Liverpool, it is appropriate that the band commemorate the event with a concert.

Tickets for the performance will also allow fans to hear the missing parts I, IV, V & VI of OMD’s Dazzle Ships musique concrète composition from 1983. 

As an added bonus, a unique music artefact which is usually on display in the Museum’s Wondrous Place gallery, will be involved in the show. The special reel-to-reel tape recorder known as ‘Winston’ – used by OMD during their very early gigging days – will grace the stage again for the first time in three decades.

More details and information about tickets will be announced shortly at the Liverpool Museum site, www.omd.uk.com and www.facebook.com/omdofficial .

OMD frontman Andy McCluskey said: “We can’t wait to play at the Museum. The space for the concert is fantastic and very intimate. The museums and galleries in this city have had a major influence on me so it’s nice to come back and do a unique concert at the Museum of Liverpool.”

All proceeds from the gig are going back into supporting National Museums Liverpool. 

Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting a concert by OMD, a major Liverpool group who have gone on to have success around the globe. The Museum of Liverpool tells the story of the city’s rich and fantastic music heritage. To bring that story to life with a concert by OMD should be very special indeed.” 

OMD | Enola Gay

Theodore (Dutch) Van Kirk, the navigator and last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima died on Monday at the age of 93.