Club Contact

The new MP3 blog from London's club Contact. The idea is to allow people to hear new music they wouldn't have otherwise found but, if anyone has any copyright issues with a particular song, i'll take the link down. Songs are only available for a limited amount of time.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

As any club promoter will tell you, the concept, playlists and technical details can be cobbled together in an afternoon, the real difficulty comes when you have to choose a name. We spent weeks going through a list of possible titles, most, it has to be said, terrible before settling on Contact. The idea was to pick something snappy that suggested the bringing together of different cultures without sounding too hippyish and pretentious.

It's quite ironic that the song whose title we borrowed to represent this theme was performed by a woman who's now a ranting, borderline Neo-Nazi shrew. Brigitte Bardot's decline from one of popular culture's defining symbols of liberation and sexual freedom to a nasty Jean-Marie Le Pen supporting crackpot is too sad to dwell on so let's just focus on the music. Bardot was one the late Serge Gainsbourg's most notable collaborators despite her rather limited vocal range. She added a distinctive purr to classics like Harley Davidson, Bonnie & Clyde and, of course, the startling Contact - a song so ahead of its time Stereolab spent the first ten years of their career passing off their remakes as futuristic.

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Brigitte Bardot - Contact


  • At 10:44 am, Blogger Adrian said…

    What were the other names that were too terrible to use?

  • At 6:58 pm, Blogger ShariVari said…

    Moskow Disko, Tokyo Decadence, First International, Hypermarket...... There were about thirty more but i've wiped them from my memory.


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