NHT080: AMBIENT ORCHESTRA – Frog’s Eye

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Welcome to this week’s “Never Heard That”.

One of the (many!) things that I love about music is when you stumble upon something that turns out to be very special.

Acting on an ‘inkling’, I went to see a live performance of the Ambient Orchestra (admittedly that inkling came from reading that they were to present a classical musical take on artists like Robert Fripp & Brian Eno – intriguing!).

They also played this track, one written by the band leader, Evan Ziporyn that I happened to be able to find on the internet. This is not bombastic classical music, this is spacious and minimalist.

See if it appeals.

I hope you enjoy this week’s “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT079: THE MONKEES – The Porpoise Song

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Often when people think of “The Monkees” they think of the US TV show based around the comedic antics of a band that mimicked The Beatles but whose members didn’t actually write their own songs or play their instruments.

That particular label may have been close to the truth when they began but the producers unknowingly created a beast in so much as the individual members, employed for their acting, did have musical talent and got more and more involved.

What began as the representation of crafty pop songs, soon morphed into active involvement in the creation of experimental and diverse works.

Here is one track, and it’s as psychedelic as the best of them!

I hope you enjoy this week’s “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT078: GROOVE TERMINATOR – You Are Here

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Australian electronic music artist, Simon Lewicki, aka Groove Terminator has been at the top of his game for a long time.

He was a part of the ever expanding dance music genre in the 90’s. This was as part of a small band of pioneering DJ’s looking to innovate where they could.

He was also a member of the “Ministry of Sound” family which was itself was electronic dance music royalty.

Today’s track comes, a chill classic from the early 2000’s comes from that period.

Keep an eye out for him now – he curates and tours the “Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated” event (orchestral versions of house, rave and club classics) around major venues.

I hope you enjoy this week’s “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT077: THE CURE – Sinking

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Welcome to this weeks “Never Heard That”.

“The Cure” probably require no introduction.

Formed in 1976, they are still going strong.

Although closely associated with the goth rock genre, that is unfairly limiting. Robert Smith and his team were unafraid of trying their hand across many genres, often with great success.

I chose this song to represent them as I think it contains a lot of what made “The Cure” great – uplifting yet sad, bright yet dark.

See what you think!

I hope that you enjoy this week’s “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT076: WEEN – Mutilated Lips

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It is no understatement to say that Gene and Dean Ween, aka “Ween”, were a one-off.

Words like ‘strange’, ‘weird’ and ‘difficult’ abound when discussion focuses on “Ween”.

The use of those words is not unwarranted and I can imagine that Gene and Dean wear them proudly as a badge of honour.

Those words can also be applied to today’s feature track, but if you can get through that, this song will become a great friend.

I hope that you enjoy this week’s “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT075: PETE MURPHY – Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem

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After his stint with UK band Bauhaus in the early eighties and vampire like performances, vocalist Pete Murphy was called the godfather of Goth.

Not a bad achievement that’s for sure but what that didn’t reflect was a musician who was growing in confidence and extensively broadening his musical palette.

His subsequent solo career was very successful and the music he presented touched on many different genres.

Today’s track is a really good reflection of that.

I hope that you enjoy this week’s “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT074: SNEAKER PIMPS – Grazes

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UK band Sneaker Pimps burst on to the scene in the mid 90’s with a particularly sophisticated take on electronica, celebrating both dance and ambient chill.

Debut single “6 Underground” and album “Becoming X” were hugely successful.

Losing your vocalist, who was an integral part of that success, is going to make things very hard!

This was the dilemma that the Sneaker Pimps had to face.

One thing for sure is that throughout it all they proved themselves to be a very musically clever band.

See what you think!

I hope that you enjoy this week’s “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT073: THE CHURCH – Constant In Opal

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Formed in 1980, Australian band “The Church” have had a very long career that continues to this day.

In that long career, they have definitely seen some massive highs – their 1988 album “Starfish” and single “Under the Milky Way” saw them touching superstardom in the US and elsewhere.

To their credit they pursued things their own way, even though it may have limited that worldwide adulation that awaited.

Todays track is not a well-known nor typical track by “The Church” but it is the one that got me interested.

See what you think!

I hope that you enjoy this week’s “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT072: SWERVEDRIVER – Never Learn

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UK band Swervedriver were one of those rare bands that had a really huge live sound.

When playing they didn’t jump around and play loud.

Instead they would focus on their instruments and take the listener on a power journey of musical interplay.

They would only let you go when they finished.

Impressive stuff – see what you think!

I hope that you enjoy this week’s “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT071: THE BLUE NILE – A Walk Across The Rooftops

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Scottish band “The Blue Nile” were not a prolific band but they sure knew how to write a song full of emotion.

From humble beginnings musically, they forged a well-respected career creating their own unique sound.

In life we discover those songs that mean more to us than most – they really become something special. This is one of those for me – when I listen to it, I feel “hope”.

See what you think.

Please enjoy this weeks “Never Heard That”.

Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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