In October 2005, I was searching for remixes of songs by Annie and came across the Mylo remix of “Chewing Gum” (despite the fact I was really looking for remixes of “Heartbeat”). I was so impressed with Mylo, however, I ended up doing some searches for his stuff on LimeWire and was pleasantly surprised.
(For the record — I ended up buying the “Heartbeat” single which included the Mylo remix of “Chewing Gum,” so I now own it legitimately. It’s a great single, and includes remixes by RÃ¶yksopp, Alan Braxe, the Phones, and others. But this post is about Mylo, not Annie, so I’ll continue…)
The first song I managed to get was the Tom Neville remix of Mylo’s “Destroy Rock & Roll.” I was totally blown away, and ended up getting the original version and the Headman dub version, as well. Then I found a Mylo remix of the Killers’ “Somebody Told Me.” Again, I thought to myself, “This Mylo guy rocks!”
At that point, I figured enough was enough, and I needed to own some Mylo. Unfortunately, the album where all of these songs were taken from, Destroy Rock & Roll, hadn’t yet been released in the U.S. So Instead, I could only stock up on the singles: “Destroy Rock & Roll,” “Drop the Pressure,” “In My Arms,” and “Muscle Cars.” In addition to the remixes I mentioned above, I also got remixes by artists like Linus Loves (a new recent favorite thanks to The Prettiest Pony), Tiga, and Riton, Sander Kleinenberg, and Justus KÃ¶hncke (!!!), among others.
The good news is that Mylo’s full-length album Destroy Rock & Roll finally comes out in the U.S. today. I’m still not sure whether it will include bonus/extra tracks (when an album is released overseas far in advance before it arrives in the U.S., it typically includes bonus tracks so that people will buy it again or wait until it comes out), but I’m still planning on getting it tomorrow after work.
The intro to “Destroy Rock & Roll” is great. It’s a speech or something that sounds like it comes from the Tydings Committee:
All perversions of the third eye through distorted and exaggerated images, perverted movements of the body and breakdancing,
and other forms of dancing, and we especially call for the judgment in this hour and the destroying of rock music directed specifically against children through the videos that were portrayed, and working specifically through these individuals, for whom we call for the judgment of the sacred fire of this hour, before the throne of almighty god
Then the speaker goes on to list a bunch of rock and roll bands that are “evil”:
Michael Jackson, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, David Bowie, Van Halen, Madonna, Huey Lewis & The News, The Cars, Herbie Hancock, Bonnie Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Men At Work, ZZ Top, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, Weird Al Yankovic, Cyndi Lauper, Pink Floyd, The Pretenders, Billy Joel, Billy Idol, Elton John, Neil Young, Sheena Easton, Patty Smith & Scandal, Fashion, Big Country, Morris Day & The Sign, John Lennon, REO Speed Wagon, David Gilhorn, The Rolling Stones, Pat Benatar, Hall & Oats,
Wham, Randy Jackson, Adam Ant, Bananarama, Christine Lavin, Queen, U2, Spheres, Fleetwood Mac, The Alan Parsons Project,
Bruce Springfield, The Thompson Twins, Missing Persons, Duran Duran, Breathe, Eurhythmics, Culture Club including Boy George, Band Aid, Relax …
I just love the who’s who of rock/pop bands that goes on and on until the song gets stuck in a loop of “Missing Persons, Duran Duran” for a while.
Despite the fact I haven’t listened to it, I think it’s safe to say that Destroy Rock & Roll is going to be a great album, and I’ll recommend it prematurely. If nothing else, checkout the remixes of Mylo’s songs and the remixes of other songs that Mylo has done (I’m still trying to get my hands on his remixes of Kylie Minogue’s “I Believe In You” and Scissor Sisters’ “Mary”).