When I first encountered the #1 record that hides beneath today’s words, it sounded so utterly reminiscent of a Depeche Mode track – something from the very late eighties, perhaps, before our tattoo and heroin addictions took prominence – that I had to spend several subsequent hours legging it through the DM back catalogue in case some perpetually on-repeat thought loop took hold. Quite a challenge, if I recall correctly – cocktails had been consumed beforehand, and the inner sanctum of the LGM compound was so packed with characters from Evelyn Waugh novels that the path to the stereo had become dangerously crowded.
Still: I got there eventually (I think); ‘Keep Slipping Away’ by A Place to Bury Strangers is ineffectively produced, tries too hard, is far too reverential, and yet is exactly the type of record I’d happily (maybe even involuntarily) play fourteen times in succession. Oh, and it’s also DM’s ‘Shake The Disease’ (albeit at a higher tempo) – an inference I must admit took me far too long to discern. Clever old me. By which I mean to say: of course there’ll be a Depeche Mode track featured in some weekend’s Fucked-Up Festive Fifty. And yes, there will be a prize if you guess which one.
Track #2 meanwhile. Well, that’s an attempt to work out what an up-tempo interpretation of ‘Shake The Disease’ would sound like if the route taken was that of a cover version. A dance record, suggests my spidey sense.
A Place to Bury Strangers / Keep Slipping Away
Avian X / Shake The Disease