I Can't Live Without My Radio
A trend-setting mix CD from the founder of Minimal Compact, SSR Records and the legendary Freeform parties and mix CDs: DJ Morpheus. He regularly spins at the top clubs all over the world, from Beijing to Bangkok, he's organized the music for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani and Mercedez Benz. Here Morpheus picks his favorite industrial new wave, body music and synth pop and lines them up like so many dominos. This music shaped the aesthetics of new pioneers like DJ Hell, Tiefschwarz, Block Strobe and Alter Ego. In the compiler's own words, this cute little number was inspired by the same sort of "do-it-yourself ethics, ruff energy and attitude that punk and new wave's explosions brought about." Contrary to the majority of people, Morpheus believes the '80s were a period of exciting music that has been influential to present-day productions, be it in rock and dance or the pop scene. The accent on I Can't Live Without My Radio is on the funk and rock element. Certain tracks like "Kiss" and "Fascist Groove Thang" were number ones in the charts at the time, some were underground favorites and a few were total obscurities that deserve to be heard again. Some deal with ever-pervasive political issues that remain to this day, while other tracks capture the spirit of teenage rebellion and thrill-seeking. A def selection and a deft sequence. The next sound, and you can here it now. Artists include: Jeff and Jane Hudson, The Residents, Virgin Prunes, Medium Medium, Love & Rockets, Heaven 17, Shriekback, That Petrol Emotion, Head, World Domination Enterprises, Timezone (feat. John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa), Age of Chance, The Thrill Kill Kult, Taboo, 400 Blows vs. 23 Skidoo, and Einsturzende Neubauten.