Tag Archives: Arthur Russell

The Todd Terry Project ‎- Bango (To The Batmobile) (1988)

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Before we leave the wonderful world of Arthur Russell, my real introduction to his work was at the skilful hands of Todd Terry. In 1988, as a compliment to the classic Russell single ‘Go Bang’ by Dinosaur L, Terry mixed and released the seminal house track ‘Bango (To The Batmobile)’ on Fresh Records.

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Loose Joints – Tell You (1983)

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Arthur Russell has had several guises… and in the early 1980s he collaborated with DJ/producer Steve D’Aquisto. In 1980, Russell had already worked with D’Acquisto to co-produce his single ‘Is It All Over My Face?’, one of the dancefloor’s defining singles of that era. Three years later came the strangely infectious ‘Tell You’.

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Julia Holter ‎- Goddess Eyes (2011)

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In 2011, not only did Julia Holter draw on the work of Arthur Russell and Laurie Anderson, but also she had the composure to create something totally original. Her debut album Tragedy features ‘Goddess Eyes’ in all its vocoder-processed glory. “I can see you, but my eyes are not allowed to cry.”

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Arthur Russell – I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face (2008)

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Loose Joints’ ‘Is It All Over My Face’; Dinosaur L’s ‘GO BANG! #5’… for all of his dance floor innovation, I go and choose this folksy track as my first Arthur Russell feature on this blog. Russell was an accomplished cellist, a drummer for Laurie Anderson, and a dance innovator. The song surfaced in 2008 as part of the posthumous collection Love is Overtaking Me and shows how perceptive he was. “I couldn’t say it to your face/ but I won’t be around any more”. His musical life would be cut short in 1992, aged 41. Have a great weekend.

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