LTM > LTMCD 2398 Twice As Nice - BE MUSIC / DOJO / MARK KAMINS / ARTHUR BAKER PRODUCTIONS
BE MUSIC / DOJO / MARK KAMINS / ARTHUR BAKER PRODUCTIONS FOR FACTORY RECORDS AND LES DISQUES DU CREPUSCULE 1982-1986: FEATURING NEW ORDER, QUANDO QUANGO, SECTION 25, 52ND STREET, MARCEL KING, SHARK VEGAS, THICK PIGEON, ANNA DOMINO, CHEYNE, RFATP
6 September 2004
LTMCD 2398 [CD barcode: 502 4545 2693 21]
1. 52nd Street 'Express' 5.02
A second collection of classic dance and electro tracks produced by New Order (Be Music), Donald Johnson (DoJo), Mark Kamins and Arthur Baker. All tracks recorded and released between 1982 and 1986 on Factory Records, Factory Benelux and Les Disques du Crepuscule. Full recording information and credits in booklet. An LTM compact disc 2004. Also available on limited edition double vinyl. Made in England.
The tag Be Music (or B-Music, taken from the name of New Order's publishing company) was first employed by Peter Hook for the production of Stockholm Monsters' Death is Slowly Coming, which appeared on the flipside of the Martin Hannett produced single Fairy Tales, in February 1982. From this point on the oblique appellation was used by all four members of New Order as a moniker for a string of often breathtakingly innovative productions on Factory Records and its affiliated labels, but disappeared after 1985.
A quick headcount reveals that more than a dozen artists and bands on Factory - ranging from the justly celebrated (Section 25, Quando Quango, 52nd Street) to the terminally obscure (Ad Infinitum, Red Turns To) - benefited from the technical know-how, programming skills and support of Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Steve Morris and Gillian Gilbert. Then again, it's also true to say that these studio exercises gave New Order the opportunity to road test their latest high-tech equipment as and when they acquired it. The band began producing their own records with Temptation in May 1982, although the classic Be Music period really begins with the watershed Blue Monday, released in March 1983, and ends as the band got busy with their third album, Low Life, released in May 1985.
Like the first Be Music compilation, Cool As Ice, this sequel collection concentrates mainly on dance productions, no few of which also involve another criminally underrated Factory in-house producer, Donald Johnson (DoJo), drummer of A Certain Ratio. The chemistry between Johnson and Sumner seemed always to yield classic results, evidenced by You Hurt Me, Keep On Dancing and Cool As Ice (Twice As Nice). This last song, like everything 52nd Street recorded for Factory, was produced by DoJo alone, albeit with synth programming by Sumner.
Interviewed for the NME in April 1983, Tony Henry of 52nd Street said about Cool As Ice: "The track came about because we asked Bernard from New Order to come down to the studio and do a synthesiser and sequencer session for us and we all started messing around with his things. Cool As doesn't have a colour to it. That's the best thing about it, that it could have been done by a black or a white band."
If the track Cool As Ice stands as one of the very best examples of Sumner and Johnson together, Twice As Nice also includes several earlier tracks from 1982 which find each of them feeling their way. Video 586 by New Order and Sakura by Section 25 catch Bernard Sumner still perfecting his art in the brave new world of sequencers, while both sides of the debut single by 52nd Street from 1982 are firmly rooted in da funk.
Oddly, when most of the seminal Be Music/Dojo dance productions appeared between 1983 and 1984 they were often ignored by the press, and overlooked by the public in the UK and Europe. Across the Atlantic, however, the story played out differently. Records by Quando Quango, 52nd Street, Marcel King and Section 25 were picked up in clubs like the Paradise Garage in NYC, scored heavily on the black and gay scenes, were remixed for the US market by luminaries such as Mark Kamins, Arthur Baker and John 'Jellybean' Benitez, and made the Billboard dance charts.
Baker and Kamins sent some great records back across the water, including the Madonna-connected Call Me 'Mr' Telephone by Cheyne and the breezy remix of Summer by Anna Domino. Both are Crepuscule records at heart, although Factory picked up the Domino single on licence in the UK. The break-heavy Kamins remix of Genius by Quando Quango here appears outside America for the first time, but like everything else on this collection has aged remarkably well. Which is just another way of saying that it hasn't aged at all.
All of this is more than a little ironic, since in May 1982 Factory and New Order had opened The Haçienda, a club modeled on the early 80's NYC clubs, which until 1986 stayed mostly empty on bandless nights. Too far ahead of their time? Evidently. But don't accept the more recent received wisdom that Factory shot their fox in 1989 by starting a classical label instead on concentrating on dance music. Five years earlier, they'd gone a long way towards proving their point, and on this collection you can hear more of the evidence.
Be Music also produced a number of other artists, both for Factory and beyond. Bernard Sumner produced Foreign Press for EMI, as well as Shark Vegas, Surprize and Happy Mondays. Peter Hook inclined towards the rockier end of the spectrum, working with Stockholm Monsters, Lavolta Lakota, Ad Infinitum, Some Now Are, The Royal Family and the Poor, Inspiral Carpets and the Stone Roses, and more recently Hybrid and Jobe. Steve Morris and Gillian Gilbert were less active as producers, with Red Turns To as well as Life and Thick Pigeon, although Morris also played on the Winston Tong single Theoretical China.
Tracks 1 & 5: Express and Look Into My Eyes by 52nd Street
Recorded at Revolution Studios, Cheadle Hulme, Manchester. Produced by DoJo (Donald Johnson). Engineered by Phil Ault. Synth FX by Be Music (Bernard Sumner). Express written by Tony Henry, John Dennison and 52nd Street. Published by Haulgh Songs/Island Universal Music. Look Into My Eyes written by Tony Henry. Published by Haulgh Songs. Originally released as a 12" single on Factory Records (Fac 59), August 1982. Released under licence from 52nd Street/Gwarn Music. Personnel: Beverley MacDonald (vocals), Derek Johnson (bass, vocals), Tony Henry (guitar, vocals), John Dennison (keyboards), Tony Thompson (drums).
Track 2: Call Me 'Mr' Telephone (Answering Service) by Cheyne
Produced by Mark Kamins and Stephane Gerbier. Recording engineer Frank Heller. Mix Steven 'One Way' Street. Recorded 1984. Written by Cheyne. Published by Copyright Control. Originally released as a 7" and 12" single on Les Disques du Crepuscule (TWI 532), February 1985. Released under licence from Les Disques du Crepuscule.
Track 3: Low Rider (400 Blows Remix) by Quando Quango
Remixed by 400 Blows. Original album track produced and mixed by Mark Kamins in February 1985. Written by Dickerson / Jordan / Miller / Oskar / Scott / Goldstein. Published by Universal Music. This remix was originally released on the compilation album Funky Alternatives (Vol 2) by Concrete Productions (CPRODLP 002) in 1987. Released under licence from Mike Pickering and Hillegonda Rietveld. Personnel: Mike Pickering, Hillegonda Rietveld, Simon Topping and Barry Johnson.
Track 4: Summer (12" Remix) by Anna Domino
Originally produced by Alan Rankine. Remix and additional production by Arthur Baker. Written by Anna Taylor. Published by Light of Day (administered by Bug Music BMI). Originally released as a 12" single on Factory Records (Fac 158) / Les Disques du Crepuscule (TWI 641), July 1986. Released under licence from Les Disques du Crepuscule.
Track 6: Genius (Pt 2) by Quando Quango
Produced and mixed by Mark Kamins at Shakedown Studio, New York, February 1985. Arranged by Ivan Ivan. Engineered by Tim Oliver and Alan Meyerson. Written by Hillegonda Rietveld and Mike Pickering. Published by Dawn Certainty Music/Universal Island Music. Genius Pt 2 originally appeared on the flipside of the US Pow Wow label release of the Genius single (WOW 405), which appeared on Factory in the UK on 12" (Fac 137) with Rebel on the flip. Released under licence from Mike Pickering and Hillegonda Rietveld. Personnel: Mike Pickering, Hillegonda Rietveld, Simon Topping and Barry Johnson with Andy Connell and Beverley MacDonald.
Track 7: Keep On Dancing (7" edit) by Marcel King
Produced by Be Music (Bernard Sumner), DoJo and Fruitz. Written by Marcel King. Published by Davenhall Music. Originally released as a 7" and 12" single on Factory Records (Fac 92R) in February 1985. Here released by kind permission of the estate of Marcel King.
Track 8: You Hurt Me (For the First Time) by Shark Vegas
Produced by DoJo (Donald Johnson) / Be Music (Bernard Sumner) and Shark Vegas. Guitars by Mark Reeder and Bernard Sumner. Recorded at Musiclab, Berlin, March 1984. Engineered by Frank Osterland. Mixed at Conny Plank Studio. Engineered by Dave Hutchins. Mastered at SNB Bremen. Backing vocals by Gundula Bartsch and DoJo. Written by Mark Reeder and Alistair Gray. Published by Totenkopf Musikverlag. You Hurt Me originally was released as a 12" single on Factory Records (Fac 111) in late 1984. Artwork by Mark Farrow (uncredited). The earlier German 12" release on Totenkopf Records (TOT 11) contained different mixes, of which this instrumental is one. P 1984 Totenkopf/Factory Records. Licensed from Mark Reeder, Berlin, Germany.
Track 9: Video 5-8-6 (edit) by New Order
Written and produced by New Order in early 1982, and represents an early prototypical venture into sequenced electronics. Published by Be Music/Warner Chappell Music L
Track selection and sleevenotes by James Nice and Frank Brinkhuis. Artworked by Julien Potter @ The Boxroom. Mastering by Pierre Vale.
Thanks to Rebecca Boulton, Frank Brinkhuis, Larry and Vin Cassidy, Darla Records, Michel Duval, Russell Garnham, Lisa Garrett, Tony Henry, Peter Hook, Graham Massey, Stanton Miranda, New Order, Mike Pickering, Mark Reeder, Hillegonda Rietveld, Andy Robinson, Michael Shamberg, Anna Taylor, Patricia Warheeb and Jon Wozencroft.
Photography: Kevin Cummins (52nd Street), Jean Paul Goude (Thick Pigeon). Be Music logo designed by Peter Saville, 1981.
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Many thanks to James Nice for help and info.