La Plus Grande Discothèque du Monde v.13 – Soft Selection 84

Posted: April 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Features | Tags: | No Comments »


This is a compilation of mostly electronic Japanese Post Punk, released in 1983. It contains a mixture of poppy and really weird music. I found it in the bargain bin of the now defunct Berlin record store Dense about 10 years ago. I am collecting Japanese 70s/80s Synthpop for quite a while, and it was a real suprise to find such an item there, because the according Japanese scene is very hermetic and local, and as a European citizen you either go there, or buy from Japanese sellers. I only got stuck while browsing through the bin as I read Picky Picnic being included, hailed as the Japan’s answer to The Residents, of which I own a record they once released on the German label Ata Tak. Second glance revealed these were all Japanese artists, all the better. But the best part was of course that the whole record was totally interesting and worthwhile. It contains everything I love about Japanese music from that period. Wild experiments, girlish charms, awkward references to Western culture, otherworldly interpretations of Eastern culture, and most of all just performances you cannot really compare with European counterparts. I’d like to discover more records like these, but it is getting more and more difficult, and costly, too.

Written for The Drone.

Finn Johannsen – Dronecast 016

Posted: May 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mixes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Mix recorded for The Drone

Cabaret Voltaire – Baader Meinhof
Heiner Goebbels / Alfred Harth – Berlin, Kudamm 12.4.81
Throbbing Gristle – Beachy Head
Howard Shore – Welcome To Videodrome
Clock DVA – The Connection Machine
Ennio Morricone – The Thing: Humanity (Part 2)
F. C. Judd – Automation
Bruce Gilbert – The Shivering Man
Gentle Ihor – Psalm 151
General Strike – Next Day
The Flying Lizards – Cirrus
The Wirtschaftswunder – EDV-Step
Suzanne Ciani – Second Breath
Holger Hiller/Thomas Fehlmann – Gibst Du mir Steine, geb ich Dir Sand
Combo Satori – Enlightment
The Human League – Morale/You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras – You Laugh At My Face
Slap – Eden Now
400 Blows – The Morality Of Altitude
The Bach Revolution – Urban Illusion
Koji Ueno – Adagietto (Remix Version)
Peter Schickele – Saturn
John Lurie – The Lampposts Are Mine
Tuxedomoon – The Waltz
Jerry Goldsmith – Love Theme From Chinatown (End Title)
This Mortal Coil – Another Day
Psychic TV – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
The United States Of America – Love Song For The Dead Ché
The White Noise – The Visitation
The Walker Brothers – My Ship Is Coming In