Blisters On My Blog

My life has been pretty video game music centric this week, so I felt a change of pace was in order. I hope I don’t alienate my new readers, but I figure the sooner you get used to the random nature of this blog the better. Tonight it’s mid-90s techno. Next week I might post the soundtrack to an obscure 80s horror flick followed by remixes of the “Fletch” theme.

Okay, one of those is totally going to happen.

Lo-Fidelity Allstars
Blisters On My Brain (Many Tentacles Pimping On My Keys)
Blisters On My Brain (JDE’s Millennium Vocal Mix)
Blisters On My Brain (Sisters On My Mind Mix)
Blisters On My Brain (Tim Rex Lunar Dust Vocal)
Blisters On My Brain (Tim Rex Lunar Dust Dub)
I’ve been doing this for seven years and I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve ever posted a Lo-Fidelity Allstars track proper. I was totally obsessed with their first album for a good chunk of 1998, with “Battleflag” pretty much being my jam for most of my sophomore year of college. I haven’t really followed them since though, are their later albums worth picking up? Their first record is amazing, but it’s also really a product of its time, I wonder if they kept with the times that much. Electronic music is fucking fickle.

“Blisters On My Brain” is probably my second favorite track from their first album, with “Battleflag” being my obvious first choice. I just love the lyrics to this tune, especially the hook. “Never mind your fingers I got blisters on my brain” is such a great line, and while I don’t know what the hell a “disco machine gun” is, I totally want one.

All these remixes are great. “Many Tentacles…” is a excellent instrumental version, while the “JDE” mix really cranks up the samples and transforms the track in a classic big beat tune straight out of a Fatboy Slim mix. The “Sisters” mix is just fantastic and cranks the track into a rock tune thanks to a wall of guitar effects, while both Tim Rex mixes take the tune into trance territory to great effect. I love how five mixes can rework one song into so many different places and genres.

Traci Lords
Control (Overlords House Mix)
Control (San Frandisco Mix)
Control (DJ FX Frandisco Dub)
I’ve talked about Traci Lords a few times here, and I always say the same thing; she is tragically underrated as a singer/musician. Her sole album, 10,000 Fires, is really good! I mean it! Listen to it! It’s out of print physically, but you can get it on iTunes and Amazon now, so there’s no excuse.

These are great remixes of a great song. I wanted to also post the definitive Traci Lords track, “Fallen Angel (Perfecto Mix)” but my copy has a skip in it. I’m going to try and re-record it sometime soon. It’s one of the greatest techno tracks of all time, I need a good copy of it on my computer. I mean, if not then that $20 I paid for the Virtuosity soundtrack was just a complete waste.


8 Responses to “Blisters On My Blog”

  1. serpico009 says:

    “Many Tentacles Pimping On My Keys” is a dope track, it’s on the Columbia version of the Battleflag 12″ as “Many Tentacles Pimping On The Keys”…I wonder if there’s any difference between them.

  2. Yes, their latter albums are worth listening to – different vocalist and a different sound.

  3. ekk0 says:

    i thought i was the only one who dug that lords album…

  4. Ryan B says:

    99% sure i still have the perfecto mix on a cd single for Fallen Angel. If your copy doesn’t work, shoot an email to rmbannen (gmail domain) and I’ll mail you the cd for free!

  5. BrianD says:

    Just a quick heads up that the link for the JDE mix of Blisters actually points to the Tim Rex vocal. Love the blog….

  6. Lost Turntable says:

    Fixed. Thanks.

  7. Eric B. Lives in CT says:

    Thanks, great post, so much great music from 1998! Loved the Allstars’ next album, too, “Don’t Be Afraid of Love” – pretty good continuation of the theme, although a little more swanky and less industrial.

    Go Bucs! If the Red Sox fail, I’m on the Pirates bandwagon.

  8. Jason K says:

    The Virtuosity soundtrack is great, and worth the $20. I am proud to say I watched the laserdisc before I moved in with my girlfriend last year. I love that movie.

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