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FEATURED: Saturday, May 12th, 2001
Grab yourself a cup o’ joe and a smokie treat; here comes a long explanation as to why Moev is this week’s Feature Artist.
Back in 1988, I was in a record pool. This is a service where you pay a yearly fee and receive a box of records (yes, records!) every month, and the records are the releases that the record companies feel have the best chance of getting air play. So we DJ’s play them for a while (or not), see how you folks like 'em (or not), and then submit a feedback sheet to the record companies by way of the pool. Based on that feedback from 1000’s of DJs all across the country, a record either gets played on the air until you’re sick of it or gets sent to vinyl heaven. So, the pool sent me a Moev album, "Yeah, Whatever". It wasn’t my kind of music at that point (although that would all change when my brother Pete sent me a tape of "Pretty Hate Machine" later that year, but that’s a whole 'nother story), so I gave it to Pete after a five-minute listen.
Fast-forward to 1995. I had just started DJ’ing at Vertex, and in walks Pete with a pile of vinyl. "You gave me this stuff back in the 80’s, and I don’t have a turntable any more but I though that your crowd might like this stuff," he says. Hmm, what do we have here? The Housemartins, Propaganda, Gene Loves Jezebel, Blancmange, Skinny Puppy… and look, a Moev album! Which I promptly throw on the turntable, and I fall in love with the song "Crucify Me". I played it for about three months of Thursdays, just like I shoulda back in 1988… and then forgot about it again.
Fast-forward to 2000. I am DJ’ing pretty much exclusively with two laptop computers these days, and so I’m in the process of recording my vinyl collection into MP3 files. I blow the dust off of the last stack, sitting untouched for about five years, and what do we have here? Why, it’s the Moev album! So I record it.
Now, in between 1995 and 2000, the band Sequencial released a pretty popular tune called "House of the Dead", a dancy-stylee-techno number full of samples from the Evil Dead films. And the music itself, in case you didn’t know, is Moev’s "Crucify Me". The Gil-monster asked me to play it a couple of times at Vertex just before the fire, and it was an instant hit. So on a recent Wednesday, I found myself at Vertex on the Road at GQ with a copy of "House of the Dead" and a copy of "Crucify Me". What’s a DJ to do? Mix 'em, of course! And it went over so well that you’ll be hearing it every Wednesday for the next couple of months.
During the course of that night at GQ, several people came up to the booth and said "damn, I forgot all about that band; it’s good to hear 'em again". "Me too," says I. "We should do something about that". So I put on my research hat and jumped on the internet, and was absolutely floored by what I found out about Moev. I bet you will be, too.
- Mike Dailor, Underground 80s