We watch as the sunline fades to an iridescent grey; no remixes, no cover versions unless the words very specifically dictate an appearance (and today the words – these devil squiggles – they plan to head off in obsolete directions. “Do you remember the time you went to that party, and Simon Le Bon turned up, and whilst everyone fawned and swooped towards his presence, you spent the evening vociferously ridiculing him, flicking peanuts towards his chubby features, and somebody had hired a chocolate fountain about which you speculated loudly – the envisioning of Le Bon’s face forced repeatedly down into the gooey mixture?” And yes, I do vaguely remember that evening. But I don’t recall it playing out exactly like that…)
It’s supposed to be dance music week around these parts. High-octane degrees of embarkation, another concept for the ‘was once a grand idea’ file.
A point of reference before we go any further: everyone bought an Underworld album at the time, or borrowed an Underworld album, or shoplifted an Underworld album, including me, because that’s what you did, some kind of reflex action, and although said CD sits on the shelf next to Blue Lines and that one by Tricky, attracting dust and other house-bound detritus, it’s still intrinsically linked to that particular night in that particular club when everything kinda came together in a youthful parody of enlightenment – an epiphany shrugged off the next morning or the next afternoon or whenever the hell it was that we managed to awaken from our chemical straight-jackets, all sore-headed, all stiff-limbed.
And those were just the week nights.
Confessions are manifold and complex – even those of the musical variety. I’m not sure when we all signed up for that particular gig, but rules is rules. Me – I never particularly cared for Underworld, even at the time, whilst remixes are always problematic, detracting from original intentions even when the source material is enhanced. So in that vein: an Underworld track – remixed.
Underworld / Always Loved A Film (Silver Columns Remix)