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Talking Heads 'Psycho Killer' (greg wilson edit)

gregwilson on July 04, 2012 14:38

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    Talking Heads ‘Psycho Killer’ (greg wilson edit)

    118 bpm

    Previously limited DJ only vinyl / CD 2007.

    Pressed in 2007 as ‘Gotta Tape I Wanna Play', I originally put this together for my US debut in October 2005, at APT in NYC – recording here:
    FIRST TIME IN NYC @ APT 21.10.05 (greg wilson live mix) by gregwilson

    I was a big fan of ‘Stop Making Sense’, the Talking Heads concert from 1984, which was released as both a film and an album. It starts with David Byrne on an empty stage with just a ghetto blaster and acoustic guitar, performing one of the band’s best-known tracks, ‘Psycho Killer, which was originally released in 1977. The beats, courtesy of a Roland TR-808 drum machine, re-appear in extended form over the closing credits. The idea of an edit was there from the moment I bought ‘Stop Making Sense’ on VHS back in the 80’s, but the sound quality from the video wouldn’t have been up to scratch. However, when it was released on DVD later down the line, this was no longer a problem, and I was able to let the beats run on their own for a couple of minutes before the guitar enters and the track really kicks in.

    The edit took off in a big way for me, and later with DJ’s including Andrew Weatherall and Optimo. It subsequently became a major festival tune for me and featured in my Essential Mix in 2009 (ESSENTIAL MIX (by greg wilson for bbc radio 1 2009) by gregwilson). More recently it appeared on my Festival Anthems mix (GREG WILSON FESTIVAL ANTHEMS (for oki-ni 2012) by gregwilson), and given this, I thought it was a good time to share here.

    There’s more info about ‘Stop Making Sense’ on the blog, as this was last month’s featured album:

    Greg Wilson – July 2012


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