Span Decks – Manifesto (Eighties mix)


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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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  1. Going Back To My Roots – Odyssey
  2. Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
  3. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
  4. Nightflight To Venus – Boney M.
  5. Funkytown – Lipps Inc.
  6. Theme From S’Express – S’Express
  7. White Lines (Don’t Do It) – Grandmaster Flash / Melle Mel
  8. Beat Dis – Bomb The Bass
  9. Obsession – Animotion
  10. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Junior
  11. The Final Countdown – Europe
  12. The Race – Yello
  13. Fade To Grey – Visage
  14. The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis And The News
  15. Call Me – Spagna
  16. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  17. Blue Monday – New Order
  18. Super Freak – Rick James
  19. 99 Luftballons – Nena

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