Critic and cultural commentator Paul Morley returns to the Basing Street Studios, home to Island Records and then his own ZTT label. Paul attempts to find out what it was about this particular space that led to some of the most memorable recordings of the 70s and 80s.
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Paul Morley goes in search of the pros and cons, the ups and downs, and the dos and don’ts of celebrity.
He particularly looks at those who have gone under the reality TV show spotlight, and the people behind the firms that create such programmes. Paul also investigates the part played by the media in building modern-day celebrities.
Originally aired January 18th, 2004 by Strictly Kev on XFM’s The Remix show in London, Raiding the 20th Century is an attempt to catalogue the history of cut up music - be it avant garde tape manipulation, turntable megamixes or bastard pop mash ups.
Shortly after he had played it, Strictly Kev read Paul Morley’s Words & Music and was amazed how certain chapters mirrored parts of his mix. Apart from the fact that the title, Raiding the 20th Century, was coined by Morley 20 years before for a future Art of Noise project, he also featured Alvin Lucier, who - purely by chance - was sampled on the opening track of the mix.
Kev thus decided to expand his idea and make it a defnitive document on cut up music, including many other parts formerly omitted by the constraints of the original radio session. After months of research, he tracked Morley down and they recorded passages from Words & Music specially for the mix in an attempt to marry the two and finish something that neither of them actually started. A year to the day of the original airing, the newly expanded version was ready, gathering 167 tracks in a 59 minutes long DJ mix.