Thursday, February 25, 2010

Velvet Pants

Song: Velvet Pants
Artist: The Propellerheads
Album: Decksandrumsandrockandroll

"Decksandrumsandrockandroll" was the only full length album released by Big Beat duo the Propellerheads back in 1998. Producers Will White and Alex Gifford created a 70 minute James Bondian soundscape of sampled voices, trip-hop, big beats, and big big sound. They first gained notoriety by remixing "Her Majesty's Secret Service' for Bond Composer's album "Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project" which can also be found on the album. Another standout is "History Repeating" with vocals by Shirley Bassey, which was also included and most likely inspired her "The Remix Album: Diamonds are Forever" from 2000.

Tracks from the album have been used in videogames, the film "The Matrix," and the very FIRST iPod ad. ("Take California.") It's really a great record with a super cool vibe even at twelve years old. I'm a sucker for taking something old and giving it a new spin. I'm not sure why they never were asked to write a NEW Bond theme... oh well. This is an album for the collection.


Velvet Pants

History Repeating

Take California

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