IN THE BED WHERE THEY MAKE LOVE, SHE’S IN A FILM ON THE SHEETS

Pale Movie very much reminds me of Domino Dancing by Pet Shop Boys given its mix of dance-pop alongside traditional Spanish guitars. It was a fairly brave move by Saint Etienne to go down this road – all of the songs on Tiger Bay, the LP that was released a few months later, was described by Bob Stanley as an album of modern folk songs done in twentieth century styles like techno and dubmix. It didn’t go down all that well at the time with the singles that were lifted from it not doing nearly as well as previous efforts and dance fans being left a bit bemused by it all.

If only the hardcore element had bought the 12″ version of the single for they would have found all sorts of different styles to meet their every whim, including a hugely extended 10 minutes plus version:-

mp3 : Saint Etienne – Pale Movie
mp3 : Saint Etienne – Pale Movie (stentorian dub)
mp3 : Saint Etienne – Pale Movie (secret knowledge trouser assassin mix)
mp3 : Saint Etienne – Pale Movie (lemonentry mix)

I’ve really no idea where the names for these mixes come from…….

Oh and a quick reminder that I’m hoping some of you will come up with postings/contributions for December in which I want to look back at all that was important, relevant and good about music in 2017.

JC

6 thoughts on “IN THE BED WHERE THEY MAKE LOVE, SHE’S IN A FILM ON THE SHEETS

  1. I’ve enjoyed Saint Etienne since “Fox Base Alpha” got the nod on the college radio station I listened to in the 90s while in my car. I buy every Saint Etienne release that drifts past me, but their canon is so deep and exclusive that I could never presume to actually collect this band. That role is for hardier fans of a more obsessive stripe. Still, Saint Etienne were one of the three British bands [along with Suede and Pulp] that made the musically awful 90s bearable.

  2. Saw them live the other day, still quite charming – the only past time favourite I missed was Pale Movie… (a great song in my book!)

  3. I can help with one of the remixes names. The secret knowledge one I think was done by Kris Needs and nearly all his remixes involve the word trousers. I’m sure that’s true.
    Secondly postpunkmonk the 90s were far from musically awful.

  4. I love Tiger Bay and all of the remixes bring something to the table for Pale Movie. I have to chime in on the 90s as well. Being that it started with Music Journo driven Grunge and treaded water with Music Journo driven Britpop, there is a lot to answer for in the 90s. There are some very shiny moments from the likes of Primal Scream, Massive Attack, Shack, Underworld, Prefab Sprout, Terry Hall, The Lightning Seeds and others, but it is the decade when I started to look back more than anticipate what was coming.

  5. Stentorian Dub by Mark “Spike” Stent is straightforward enough, and I assume Rick Smith’s Lemonentry mix is a variation on Lemon Interupt. (Though I have no idea where *that* name came from…)

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