7 Sep 2008
Really, I just like bagpipes 
When the avante garde do mainstream, do they become mainstream?

Not according to Fractured Music, "an imprint which specialises in one-off editions and artists' projects", whose debut release Recovery features twenty of the most left-field electronic musicians performing their favourite guilty secrets: "cover versions, tributes and appropriations of classic hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s".

Read 'em and weep, the Recovery track list in full:

BJ Nilsen: 'Heart and Soul' Joy Division
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz: 'Mull of Kintyre' Wings
Fennesz: 'Hunting High and Low' a-Ha
:zoviet*france: 'Bomber' Motörhead
Ryoji Ikeda: 'Back in Black' AC/DC
Mika Vanio: 'Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)' Kate Bush
Robert Henke: 'Lucifer' Alan Parsons
Susan Stenger: 'My Sharona' The Knack
Jenny Hoysten's Paradise Island: 'Dream Tree' Buffy Sainte-Marie
Alva Noto: 'Planet Rock' Afrika Bambaataa
Matmos: 'C30, C60, C90, Go!' Bow Wow Wow
Barbara Morgenstern: "Temptation" New Order
Carter Tutti: 'Lucifer Sam' Pink Floyd
Robert Lippock with Caroline Thorp: 'Freedom! '90' George Michael
snd: 'Billie Jean' Michael Jackson
Richard Chartier & CoH: 'Bleak Is My Favourite Cliché' Soft Cell
Momus & Germlin: 'Ashes to Ashes' David Bowie
Jason Forrest: 'Damn Love' 10cc
J.G. Thirlwell: 'Warm Leatherette' The Normal
Jóhann Jóhannsson: 'Souvenir' OMD

Recovery is a collector's limited edition box set (500 numbered) of 10 x 7 inch singles priced at GBP 60.00 (plus postage) available from the Fractured Music site.

Irony or legitimisation? You decide.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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