July 9, 2008 Playlist


"U.F.Orb" by The Orb (1992)
The Orb  "U.F.Orb"  1992 (UK)
For me, The Orb was always the most interesting of the 1990's techno-rave-electronica-whatchamacallit "bands."  Lead brain "Dr" Alex Patterson comes from the Brian Eno school of "ambient" music (and is one of the great wits when it comes to sampling), and collaborator Steve Hillage of Gong fame provided genuine progressive rock cred.  Throw in a light show worthy of Pink Floyd, trance-inducing beats ala Kraftwerk and trippy dub reggae style mixing and the results stand the test of time better than most of the trendy electro-beats of that era.  U.F.Orb was their second album, and topped the charts in Britain.
For this week's video stimulation, here's the video for the title track "U.F.Orb" (the beat doesn't kick in for almost 2 minutes, so be patient.)  And here's the video for the radio-length version of the single "The Blue Room" (the version on the album is over 17 minutes long, and the original single release is a mind-boggling 40 minutes!)  Finally here's another trippy video from a later album, "Pomme Fritz".
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Talking Heads Houses In Motion (Live) The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads rec. 1980 USA
Gang of Four Natural's Not In It Entertainment 1979 UK
Tar Babies On The Phone (w/ Pepsodent) Fried Milk 1987 USA
Minutemen The Process (Live) The Politics of Time rec. 1980-83 USA
Liars Nothing Is Lost Or Ever Can Be Lost My Science Friend They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top 2001 USA
Parliament Unfinished Instrumental First Thangs (CD compilation) rec. 1970-72 USA
Lee "Scratch" Perry Jamaican E.T. Jamaican E.T. 2002 Jamaica
Bob Marley & The Wailers (produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry) Brain Washing African Herbsman rec. 1970-71 Jamaica
The Upsetters (produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry) Black Vest Super Ape 1976 Jamaica
The Clash Justice Tonight / Kick It Over (Willie Williams) Black Market Clash 1980 UK
The Orb Towers Of Dub U.F.Orb
1992 UK
The Orb
High Noon The Dream (N) 2008 (Six Degrees) UK
Statement Smile (N) 2008 (Southern Lord) Japan
Die! Die! Die!
People Talk Promises, Promises (N) 2008 (SAF) New Zealand
Coffee Depression Sunshine Win Us Over (N) 2008 (Volcom) USA
The Black Angels
You On The Run Directions To See A Ghost (N) 2008 (Light In The Attic) USA
Banana Slidewhistle
Burn Yourself Out Banana Slidewhistle (N) 2008 (self release) USA
Orbital Halcyon (R) (original 7" single version) Work 1989-2002 rec. 1993 UK
Unimother 27
Looking For The Superior Octave Grin (N) 2008 (Pineal Gland) Italy
Lunar Dunes When I Was On Horseback From Above 2007 (Lunar Dunes) UK
The Last People On Earth
On My Way / School Electric Angel (N) 2008 (Tea House) UK
Unio and Petitio The Dilly Wallae Cheers Fanx Ta (N) 2008 (self release) UK
Blossom Toes When The Alarm Clock Rings We Are Ever So Clean 1967 UK
Man All Good Clean Fun Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In? 1971 UK (Wales)
The Moody Blues Peak Hour Days Of Future Past 1967 UK
The Small Faces The Journey Ogden's Nut Gone Flake 1968 UK
Family Peace Of Mind
   / Voyage
Music In A Doll's House 1968 UK
Blind Faith Sea Of Joy Blind Faith 1969 UK
Larry Norman (R) Six O' Clock News
   / The Great American Novel
Only Visiting This Planet 1972 USA
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