Archive for October, 2009

Is That What You Call The 90s?

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Erstwhile Funkmaster Phil pointed his jaunty finger at play.com a while back, gesturing me towards the latest emission from the Now That’s What I Call… A Cash Cow franchise:

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I’m not really sure what I’m trying to achieve, but I had the urge to list out the tracklisting while greying out the ones I reckon aren’t any good.  Here it is – argue about it in the comments if you like.

Disc 1

  1. Ace Of Base – All That She Wants
  2. Adamski – Killer
  3. Aqua – Barbie Girl
  4. Babylon Zoo – Spaceman
  5. Backstreet Boys – I Believe I Can Fly
  6. Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
  7. Blur – Country House
  8. Boyz II Men – End Of The Road
  9. Boyzone – No Matter What
  10. Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time
  11. Bryan Adams – Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
  12. Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You
  13. Cher – The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
  14. Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle
  15. Coolio Feat. LV – Gangsters Paradise
  16. Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
  17. East 17 – Stay Another Day
  18. Elton John – Candle In The Wind ’97
  19. Elton John – Sacrifice
  20. Enigma – Sadness (Part 1)

Disc 2

  1. Erasure – Lay All Your Love On Me
  2. Eternal Feat. Bebe Winans – I Wanna Be The Only One
  3. Five – Keep On Movin’
  4. Gabrielle – Dreams
  5. George Michael – Fastlove
  6. Hanson – Mmmmbop
  7. Jason Donovan – Any Dream Will Do
  8. KLF – 3AM Eternal
  9. Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away
  10. Livin’ Joy – Dreamer
  11. Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven
  12. Meat Loaf – I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
  13. Michael Jackson – Black Or White
  14. No Doubt – Don’t Speak
  15. Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger (…shame this doesn’t go any greyer. -Ed.)
  16. Pato Banton Feat. Robin & Ali Campbell – Baby Come Back
  17. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Feat. 112 – I’ll Be Missing You
  18. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  19. R Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
  20. Robbie Williams – She’s The One

Disc 3

  1. Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All
  2. S Club 7 – Bring It All Back
  3. Shaggy – Boombastic
  4. Shakespears Sister – Stay
  5. Simply Red – Fairground
  6. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
  7. Snap – Rythm Is A Dancer
  8. Spice Girls – Wannabe
  9. Steve Miller Band – The Joker
  10. Take That – Back For Good
  11. Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite
  12. The Beautiful South – A Little Time
  13. The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats
  14. The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
  15. The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
  16. U2 – Discotheque
  17. UB40 – (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You
  18. Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff – Dizzy
  19. Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around
  20. White Town – Your Woman
  21. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
  22. Will Smith – Men In Black

So it’s official: The 90s were 47% crap.

Free Compilation: Hardcore Breaks Element Vol.1

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Your humble author reckon’s there’s nothing like a good pun, and The Ravepublic Of Poland is nothing like a good pun.  Good job the music’s good enough to excuse it, then.

DJ Pete from the Hardcore Lives! stable punted this at me over the weekend, and seeing that it was compiled by two high-calibre artists like Nefti and Mindfields (who I had no idea were Polish – the wonder of the internet!) meant it slid onto my hard-drive with all speed.

My thoughts?  It’s crisp, chunky stuff that’s mainly more danceable than dark, and in my opinion of a more consistent quality than the Back To The Old Skool samplers.  Could quite easily have been found (albeit on shitty cassette) in many a zonked-out rave-gear shop of the era – and that’s a compliment.  Personal favourites are Nefti and Urban Impulz’s contributions, and apart from the perennial problem of the overused acappella the CD hangs together well.

It also costs nothing.  Why haven’t you downloaded it yet?

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New AutoWhack UI

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Finished tidying up the UI on AutoWhack, my GUI application around the YUI Compressor, over the weekend, so thought I’d quickly throw up a shot:

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Under Destruction

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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It’s hard to shed a tear for the demise of GeoCities, even though I should as it started my web design career.  It’s difficult to mourn that which is long-forgotten, though – it’d be like becoming upset about for my cat who died years ago.

ma_geo_1The truth is that I once had a GeoCities site, but all I recall about it was that the background was black, the URL was impossible to remember, the web FTP interface was unbelievably bad even for those days, and they had some Javascript that stuffed a shuddering GeoCities logo into the bottom-right corner.  I have no idea what it was actually about, and slipping peacefully away into history is the best thing for it.

The Archive Team are to be applauded for their efforts, though.  They’ve rescued all the under construction GIFs that they could possibly find and whacked them on one eye-bleeding page for posterity.  I haven’t seen so much irritating crap in one place since I was last in a Starbucks, so naturally I picked out a few of my faves and archived them here too, y’know, just in case…

MoMotorCity4109construct“More updates to come once I’m back from primary school”

AtAthensTroy1330underconstructodoecran“Who turned out the lights?”

CaCapitolHill1114Under_ConstructionNothing says class like a 3D rotating construction sign (with only one side)

SiSiliconValleyVista2013constructor-indexNothing says “we’re not quite sure what we’re archiving” like saving ancient Javadoc .gifs for posterityTokyoFuji7118constructsonic

Hey, quit ruining my childhood memories!

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This is just a little bit like that Catchphrase episode.CaCapitolHillLobby9717construction

I seriously have absolutely no idea what is meant to be going on here.

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Believe it or not, this was actually about as reliable as Mac OS 9 dialogs got in my experience.

CaCapeCanaveralGalaxy8999construction1 Achtung!  Awful designen!

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Actually, I know a couple of people who could use this.

Forgotten Heroes : Rave In Arms

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Those moments when you crash into something that meant a lot to you a long time ago make the internet worthwhile.  So it was, then, when I found some guy called Wez White waxing lyrical about some locals who were once very close to my heart – Rave In Arms.

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Though no-one really knew who they were, their manic cut/paste sound set them apart from not only the smooth pop of the time but even against their clear influences in breakbeat rave.

I’ve got a bunch of well-worn dubs of their old stuff that aren’t up on the site, so maybe I’ll be able to help flesh out the site’s collection, assuming I can rescue them from the dusty corner of my mind – and my parents house – where they must be by now…