Situation remix

by Yazoo

1990? Not sure about the year or what studio it was - probably Mute’s own studio. But it was an honor to work on a mix with the legendary Daniel Miller, founder of Mute Records and writer of the excellent Warm Leatherette which Grace Jones recorded a cover of.

I knew the song well and am a huge fan - but, I had no idea how short it was! The original version is 2'24"! When I first pressed play on the tape machine, i started pushing up faders to listen to what was on each track - and then before I got through all the tracks, the song stopped. It seemed way to short - so I sent the assistant off to call the label to say that the multitrack copy was incomplete. While the assistant went off to make that call I pushed all the faders up, listened through again and realized that the perfectly written pop song fit into 2'24". It is shear brilliance. The song has everything you need and want from a song and it's that short! Vince Clarke is a pop genius.


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