As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2

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As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
Compilation album by 2ManyDJs
Released February 17, 2003 (UK)
Genre Bastard pop
Length 61:12
Label Play It Again Sam
Alternative cover
Original artwork

As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 is the first album to be released by Soulwax members David and Stephen Dewaele also known as 2ManyDJs. It consists of 45 remixed tracks by a series of diverse artists including Dolly Parton, Basement Jaxx and 10cc. While some of the tracks are conventional remixes, most tracks are mashup collages with the vocals of one song placed over the instrumental part of another. The sampled material was extensively cleared for commercial release; as a result, only 114 elements appear out of the 187 recordings that 2ManyDJs initially wished to use. The artwork of the album was also altered following lawsuit threats from the photographer of the original images.[1]

The album became a commercial success in Belgium and a critical success elsewhere, eventually selling more than half a million copies worldwide.[2]

Background[edit]

In 1998, when touring with their Soulwax album Much Against Everyone's Advice, the Dewaele brothers started to perform as DJs at their own after-shows as "The Flying Dewaele Brothers", later renamed "The Fucking Dewaele Brothers". It became a successful act in its own right, and they performed as headliners on the second stage of the 1999 Rock Werchter festival. Flemish main alternative music station, Studio Brussel, then asked them to become resident DJs for the show "Hang the DJs". It was there that the brothers made their first real mash-ups.[2]

In 2002, As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 became the first official mash-up album. Prior mash-ups were bootlegs, never officially released, but Soulwax, and their record label PIAS Recordings, went to great lengths to get clearance for the recordings used in the mixes. The duo originally wished to include elements of 187 recordings, but eventually used 114 of them.[2] 62 were refused permission and 11 could not be traced.[3] The track "Shake Your Body" lacked clearance, as the license owner could not be found. 2 Many DJs included it anyway, because they felt its exclusion would be a waste.[4]

The cover was originally taken from a photograph of Elton John giving the two-fingered salute; designer Marc Meulemans added a brown paper bag over the head of Elton John, to avoid problems with the rights, but original photographer Richard Young refused to let them use the picture anyway. Meulemans then decided to remove the whole photograph by means of Tipp-Ex, leaving just the brown paper bag.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[6]
NME (6/10)[7]

In Stylus Magazine, Scott Plagenhoef gave it a "A-" rating and named it "one of the first real contenders for album of the year".[8] Zane Lowe called it a "historical record", in Belpop, a documentary about Soulwax on Belgian TV channel Canvas.[2]

The album peaked at #2 in the Flemish Ultratop album chart, staying in the chart for 41 weeks, and reached #29 in Norway, #31 in the Netherlands, and #79 in France.[9] The album was certified a gold record in Belgium.[2]

Neil Strauss rated it the best pop album of 2002 in his end-of-year list in the New York Times.[10] The Face placed it second in their list of best albums of 2002,[2] and Spin placed it at #40 in their end-of-year list of best albums, calling it "the year's best novelty record".[11]

David Bowie described their mash-ups as "dynamite combinations" in an interview on BBC radio, sang their praise in an interview in The Times as well, and invited them with him for an interview on French television in 2003.[2] The album ensured many other invitations for Soulwax, who played at a party organised by Kylie Minogue in the Tribeca Grand hotel in New York. Kylie Minogue also performed their mash-up of her Can't Get You Out of My Head and New Order's Blue Monday live at the 2002 BRIT Awards,[2] and afterwards released it as the B-side of her single Love at First Sight under the title Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head.[12][13][14]

Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 at number 93 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[15]

In the 2013 Elektropedia Awards, the album was voted the best Belgian dance album ever.[16]

Track listing[edit]

On CD copies of the album, it is possible to rewind to before the first track to access "Can't Get You Out Of My Head (Soulwax Elektronic Mix)" by Kylie Minogue. This is accomplished by pressing play, rewinding for 4 minutes and 17 seconds and allowing the album to start. After this song the album moves straight into the first song.

  1. – 2:49
  2. Peaches, "Fuck the Pain Away" – 1:38
  3. Velvet Underground, "I'm Waiting for the Man" – 0:57
  4. – 0:59
  5. Dakar & Grinser, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" – 1:44 [cover of The Stooges]
  6. Ural 13 Diktators, "Disko Kings" – 1:28
  7. – 2:56
  8. – 2:31
  9. – 2:28
    • Hanayo with Jürgen Paape, "Joe le Taxi"
    • The Jets, "Crush on You" (a cappella)
  10. – 3:03
  11. Zongamin, "Serious Trouble" – 1:39
  12. Garbage, "Androgyny" (Felix da Housecat 'thee glitz mix') – 1:16
  13. – 2:30
    • Frank Delour, "Disc Jockey's Delight Vol. 2"
    • The Residents, "Kaw-Liga" (prairie mix)
  14. Carlos Morgan, "Shake Your Body" – 2:11 [cover of The Jacksons]
  15. Alphawezen, "Into the Stars" (Firebirds remix) – 0:58
  16. – 1:37
  17. – 3:30
  18. – 2:29
  19. Arbeid Adelt!, "Death Disco" – 0:43 [cover of Public Image Ltd.]
  20. Jeans Team, "Keine Melodien" featuring MJ Ian – 1:46
  21. – 3:30
  22. The Cramps, "Human Fly" – 1:33
  23. The Wildbunch, "Danger! High Voltage" – 1:42
  24. Op:l Bastards, "Don't Bring Me Down" – 1:57 [cover of Electric Light Orchestra]
  25. ADULT., "Hand to Phone" – 1:40
  26. Vitalic, "La Rock 01" – 2:37
  27. Queen of Japan, "I Was Made for Loving You" – 1:59 [cover of Kiss]
  28. – 2:12
  29. Lords of Acid, "I Sit on Acid" (Soulwax remix) – 2:56
  30. Streamer featuring Private Thoughts in Public Places, "Start Button" – 1:56

Video[edit]

In 2014, as the 24th and final part of their series of hour-long video mixes, 2ManyDJs released a full video for their "As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2".[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soulwax.info
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Van Assche, Gunter (16 June 2014). "De schokgolven van Radio Soulwax" (in Dutch). De Morgen. pp. M 8–9. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Soulwax : 2 Many DJ – As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt 2 on NME Reviews
  4. ^ As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 liner notes (2003).
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ NME review
  8. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (1 September 2003). "2 Many DJs As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "2 Many DJ's - As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2". Ultratop. 
  10. ^ Strauss, Neil (29 December 2002). "The 10 Best Pop Albums". New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Albums of the Year" (19 -1). Spin. January 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Sinnreich, Aram (2010). Mashed Up: Music, Technology, and the Rise of Configurable Culture. University of Massachusetts Press. p. 133. ISBN 9781558498297. 
  13. ^ "Youtube de l'été #44 : Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head (2001)" (in French). Première. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Vine, Richard (15 June 2011). "Kylie mashes up Can't Get You Out of My Head with Blue Monday at the Brits February 2002: Number 40 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of dance music". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 30, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 100-51". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  16. ^ "'As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2' van 2ManyDJs is beste Belgische dancealbum ooit". Knack. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Grugier, Maxence (26 May 2014). "Soulwax habillent leur mythique mix As Heard On Radio Soulwax" (in French). Premiere. 
  18. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (8 May 2014). "Soulwax Release Astonishing Visual Mix of Mash-Up Classic As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt 2". Pitchfork Magazine. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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