Original Remixes & Rarities
The Human League
2005: Virgin/EMI 094633827820
Total Panic was one of my favorite Human League treats, a viciously addictive little dance-oriented instrumental, and for me its inclusion justified the purchase of this CD in combination with that of (Keep Feeling) Fascination Improvisation. What baffles me is that the EP of Fascination has never been released on CD or even included in toto on some other compilation even this one only comes close, with four (well, three and 95% of the Fascination Improvisation, which here inexcusably fades out instead of ending with its proper tape-stopping lurch) out of the seven EP tracks.
Oh well. Its another near-miss, and the vinyl-to-CD-transfer/reissue world is rife with them, so Ill just sigh and consider hunting down the three remaining tracks, each of which has apparently been released on one compilation or another (although being sure Im getting the beefed-up version of I Love You Too Much instead of the gutless original version might be tricky). And Ill certainly enjoy most of what this CD containswith the exception of Human, which Ive loathed since I first heard it as some reviewer astutely noted, it was the result of Human League taking themselves seriously and dropping the ball of their own joke, that being that this was a machine-driven (and -sounding) production unit, only incidentally human.
Its been nice to hear that the bulk of these extended versions (not really any remixes here, despite that word appearing in the discs title, except for maybe the Fascination Improvisation, which brings back memories of how much fun remixes used to be before the dreary trance-y crap came to dominate the scene and turn everything into a maudlin swaying rhythm) were actually pretty damned good and remain so.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.