The Elevators ‘Rain Your Kisses’, original vinyl release quickly vanished without a trace, released as it was between two national UK chart hits in ‘Hooked’ and ‘I’ll Be There’ and it is sounding its age these days, like the 90s Italo house flavoured chugger that it was. There are elements amongst the three mixes which hint that maybe a revamp could be on its way soon so if you’d like a prod at it do drop us a line!
The ‘Heavenly and Ivory’ version does it for me with the ravey piano breakdown
I’ll often scour Google for any 99th Floor Elevators activity so imagine my surprise to stumble on a new ‘Hooked’ mashup (let’s forget the one with Michael Jackson that sounds like two blokes falling down the stairs!). This one welds together Bronski Beat’s ‘Hit That Perfect Beat’ with the Steve Thomas Tripoli Trax remix of ‘Hooked’ (from 2000).
It actually blends pretty good, with not too many grating audio clashes and the onus is on the Bronski’s vocal with Thomas’s chunky remix pushing up from the rear. Not a classic but done pretty well. Oh, this all comes courtesy of the DefPunk crew from Germany who proudly claim “We don’t Twitter. We don’t myspace. We just YouTube and SoundCloud!”
To be quite honest I haven’t had as much time as I would’ve liked to listen to Spotify and explore all its features, but I got a quick reminder on how cool it really was when I got into a bit of a mini-discussion on my Buzzsonic Twitter profile recently about the awesome soundtrack that enhances the stunningly brilliant Nicolas Winding Refn helmed, Ryan Gosling starrer, ‘Drive’.
I did mention in an earlier Tweet, that the soundtrack could have been written in the 80s by Giorgio Moroder for a Michael Mann film. Now Moroder was very much an influence on the music of the 99th Floor Elevators, starting with the game-changing ‘I Feel Love’ of course.
So, I went about creating a Giorgio Moroder Spotify playlist of tracks by the great man himself and tracks influenced by him too. I even managed to squeeze in Richard Colman’s ‘Moroder-esque’ version of ‘Hooked’ which fits in brilliantly.
The only frustrating thing was I couldn’t find ‘When I Need You’ by the late great Donna Summer (the ‘Once Upon a Time’ album was missing, strangely enough). But how much more fun it was than listening to iTunes 90 second clips or going on a bewildering web search to find just about everything Moroder has done.
If you’re looking at firing up your own website you’ll be needing a unique URL and you’ll probably find that getting hold of the desired .com or .co.uk is getting harder as millions of best monikers have already been snapped up.
If you want to be a little more exclusive and are willing to spend a bit more for the domain name registration (a .com typically will cost less than $10 a year) there’s a few lesser known domain name extensions worth looking at.
Easily the best for dance music is the little known .dj extension (which works exactly the same as a .com) which is the country code for the East African country of Djibouti. Register at the official site and pay no more than $50 (or 40 Euros) a year.
Alternatively, for around £68 a year you can have a .cd (from the Congo) and for new Podcasters, or net radio stations, consider getting a .fm (from the tiny country of Micronesia), though at $95 a year they’re not cheap !