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I love a lot of things about the 80s. I love the fact that all my teen years were spent in that decade – I had a back perm, a Raleigh Super Burner, Sta-Prest trousers, poser belts and the Atari 2600 (Pacman ON YOUR TELLY!). In 1983 Aberdeen won the European Cup-Winners Cup in Gothenburg (Here we go!). The Beastie Boys had their first UK tour in 1987 which had the tabloids in a frenzy and 17 year old boys like me wearing VW badges and drinking budweiser. It’s no wonder that I look back on the music that was made in those years with a great deal of warm nostalgia – I guess that’s why I now have this alter-ego of Span Decks!
When I first started thinking about djing 80s music, I decided quite early on that anything I did for recordings I should be able to reproduce live, in a club, without too much pre-planning, the same as I do with techno, electro and hardhouse. This I thought of as the Span Decks manifesto, so when it came to my first demo, it had to be named the same. This mix can be thought of as a manifesto of sorts in itself – it’s unthemed (other than by decade) so takes in a bit of funk, rock, electronica and pop. It was mixed in one take using Serato Scratch live with no autosynching and no post-recording edits. There are some loops in there to help make the transitions easier on the ear though – no point having a digital djing setup without using it’s features!
I hope you enjoy this little trip down my memory lane.
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- Going Back To My Roots – Odyssey
- Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
- Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
- Nightflight To Venus – Boney M.
- Funkytown – Lipps Inc.
- Theme From S’Express – S’Express
- White Lines (Don’t Do It) – Grandmaster Flash / Melle Mel
- Beat Dis – Bomb The Bass
- Obsession – Animotion
- Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Junior
- The Final Countdown – Europe
- The Race – Yello
- Fade To Grey – Visage
- The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis And The News
- Call Me – Spagna
- Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
- Blue Monday – New Order
- Super Freak – Rick James
- 99 Luftballons – Nena
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