Thursday, 28 February 2013

Cassette experiment day 15 - Propaganda 'Wishful thinking'

Have you ever tried to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear? I’m here to tell you that it can’t be done (if you know otherwise please let me know – The International Proverb Society will have some serious questions to answer).
The reason I asked that apparently arbitrary question is to make you aware that our album today is a remix album, although according to ZTT these aren’t remixes, they’re actually ‘disturbdances’ (‘interesting’).
Now as we all know, remix albums are only an acceptable art form if the source material is a ‘silk purse’. Happily in this case the original Propaganda tunes are top quality, so the resulting album ‘Wishful thinking’ is excellent too. The first two tracks (segued together) ‘Abuse’ and ‘Machined’ set a pace which is never quite matched by the other tracks, except when ‘Abuse’ comes around again on side two.
Incidentally the cover painting is by Claudia Brücken herself (presumably for the German equivalent of ‘O’-level Art) showing that she made the right move choosing a career in music.
Just as a matter of remix album interest, if you’d like to know if it’s possible to make a sow’s ear out of a silk purse, just take a listen to the triple CD album, Depeche Mode ‘Remixes 81-04’
Label – ZTT
Year – 1985

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