Madonna Remixes and a request for you to listen to weird shit

I wrote a thing about how George A. Romero nearly destroyed my life and how much I like his movies.

Also, Madonna.

Music (HQ2 club mix)
Music (Calderone Anthem mix)
Music (Deep Dish Dot Com remix)
Music (Groove Armada club mix)
Music (The Young Collective club mix)
Music (HQ2 radio mix)
Music (Calderone radio edit)
Music (Deep Dish Dot Com radio edit)
Music (Groove Armada 12″ mix)
Die Another Day (Calderone & Quayle Afterlife Mix)
Die Another Day (Calderone & Quayle Afterlife Dub)
I really have to work on purging my Madonna backlog from my queue. These tracks included, there are 45 Madonna remixes in my LostTurntable iTunes playlist, and many of them have been there for a while. I’m really sorry! It’s not like I don’t love Madonna (OMG I love Madonna) I just keep getting distracted by obscure Japanese electronic jazz-funk records. I’m sure you can all identify.

Or not, I don’t know.

I don’t have terribly much to say about these remixes. Most are good, a few aren’t. I posted a couple of the “Music” remixes a few years back, but those were taken from a 12″ single, these are from a proper CD single, so they sound much better.

As I don’t have a lot to say about these tracks, I thought I’d use this space to pontificate about the State Of Lost Turntable, as I do every so often.

If you’re and long-term/regular visitor to this blog you’ve probably noticed my recent change in focus regarding what I’m posting lately. Of my past 10 posts, only two have consisted of Western pop music. The rest were either focused on Japanese dance tracks, or incredibly obscure and strange Japanese electronic music from the 70s and 80s.

This actually has less to do with my taste in music and more to do the fact that it’s kind of hard to find decent 12″ singles from 80s acts here in Japan. I’ve been looking! Really, I have! But whenever I do find some seemingly-obscure 12″ remix by an 80s or 90s act y’all might’ve heard of, it turns out the tracks are either in print or I already posted them years ago. Hence the propensity for me to post and share tracks from out-there Japanese artists, they’re easier for me to find, and still routinely out-of-print (especially in the States and Europe, where most of you are).

I can tell my move to increase focus on Japanese artists isn’t exactly popular. Not because of negative comments (I’m not getting those – thanks for that) but from the complete lack of comments (and hits) that those posts generate.

I get that obscure Japanese jazz-funk might not be your thing. Same for a collection of 70s synthesizer covers of Beatles tracks, but if you only come here to download songs by artists you know or have heard of, and don’t give the Japanese stuff a fair shake, I beg you to reconsider. A lot of the Japanese stuff I’m posting is some of my favorite music as of late, it’s just so original and different when compared to, well, everything else I’ve ever listened to.

So, the next time you come here and you see some weird, obscure Japanese album or an all-synthesizer covers album and are about to close the tab or go somewhere else, why don’t you try giving the music a chance first? You got nothing to lose, shit’s free after all.

Finally, and I know this sounds kind of lame, but if you do like some of the more obtuse and bizarre shit I share, let me know by leaving a comment. It’s nice to know that I’m sharing this for at least a few appreciative people. And if I share something you really like, you could also share it yourself via Facebook, Twitter, or whatever. Again, I know that sounds a little bit like a desperate cry for more readers, but I just want the music I share to find an appreciative audience.

More people need to hear these crazy Beatles covers. Same goes for these synthesized remakes of sci-fi movie themes. And have you heard the soundtrack to the Golgo 13 movie? It’s great! What about this weird Japanese ambient record I found on cassette tape? Or this amazing album of avant-garde electronic funk/jazz? 

Look, I like Madonna as much as the next gay man, but expand your horizons people!

Okay, sorry for the rambling, enjoy the Madonna-rama.

11 Responses to “Madonna Remixes and a request for you to listen to weird shit”

  1. Kels says:

    Do you get “hits” from people who open/read the e-mail push version of LTT only? I’ve been loving the convenience of reading your posts straight from the e-mail. Keep posting what makes your heart happy — it’s an adventure to read and listen to!

  2. Wiliam says:

    Heck, I’ve been following you for years now, and I love it when you branch out. Ambient, Moog, 80s, whatever. Bring it on! Thanks so much for all the fun stuff over the years…

  3. Eric Schulz says:

    I actually fell in love with Fantastic Plastic Machine about 15 years ago (and I think you may have posted a few tracks)! And I JUST listened to the YMO/Human League track you posted. I stumbled across some European/Scandanavian CDs YEARS ago when I worked at Virgin Megastore in Denver…I don’t care WHAT language it is recorded in, if it’s good music it’s GOOD MUSIC!

  4. bibulb says:

    Holy smokes – man, I’m genuinely sorry if my silence feels like apathy to you. I really do feel grateful and excited when you post weird shit – sure, “here’s a bunch of post-punk tracks that were JUST post-punk” is pretty darn cool, and I love them, but “here’s a bunch of Japanese early electronic Beatles covers” is kinda like that extra dose of catnip.

    (I mean, even if it ends up not being up my alley, the discovery by proxy through you is still pretty damn fun. In addition to the music itself, I genuinely enjoy just reading your writing.)

    Thank you very much for the awesome weird shit is what I’m saying, I guess.
    (I still need to watch Fish Story, though.)

  5. CJD says:

    I enjoy your posts, obscure remixes or obscure Japanese electronica…doesn’t matter, as it’s generally something I’ve not heard before. I was brought up on Tomita and Tangerine dream as much as Iron maiden or Blondie, so I’m good for whatever you throw at us. I even enjoy you rants!!

  6. Tom W says:

    I visit here semi-regularly, but I won’t lie; it’s been a while since I downloaded any mp3s. So why? I guess you’ve become a kind of one-way digital acquaintance I like to keep up on. I don’t know any other gay Americans who moved to Japan for the import CDs and found as much happiness in them as with a new boyfriend. Hope that’s not weird, and I will definitely try and download some mp3s soon so as not to seem strange.

  7. Lost Turntable says:

    You’re not strange, thanks for the very kind words!

  8. Tim says:

    I stopped trying to leave comments about your articles because I grew tired of writing things that never made it past your approval process. I’ve been following this blog for years and follow your newer one as well, been listening to Sakamoto for decades….

  9. Lost Turntable says:

    Yo man, I think my only approval process is me forgetting to check the comments that need approved, unless you’re somehow triggering automatic spam filters. Sorry. I’m trying to get better at approving comments more quickly! Thanks for reading!

  10. ~R says:

    Hey dude. Just another one of your weirdo fans checking in. Been busy from an exploding Members vs Board of Directors NGO dealio (fucking nuts).

  11. Dr. Clysmok says:

    I came for the CBGB’s comp (which I missed), I stayed for the weird shit, and the YMO.

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