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BEING WITH U by basement jaxx sounds better at (on cd decks) at least 6.00 as opposed to 0.00, which is to say a darn sight faster than it's meant to go at. honestly it sounds fantastic, so much better than at the normal pace. if i was making a mix cd i'd have this track at this pace on it.

recently the glimmers' 'fcked up...' mix cd album had a severed heads track on it sped up ridiculously too. hey maybe it's the new thing!

other sped up faves for me include I CAN'T LET HIM DOWN by love unlimited.

what else sounds better at the 'wrong' speed?

piscesboy, Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I remember there was an Amon Tobin 12" that I played at the wrong speed for months before realizing. After I found out, I still liked it better that way. I think it was called "Piranha Breaks".

mcd (mcd), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Fischerspooner's 'Emerge' apparently.

Sororah T Massacre (blueski), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Everything! It's a rare occasion that the vinyl on my turntable isn't pitched up to at least +2.

Just recently, I discovered that "Angel Eyes" by Lime has to be pitched way up to hang with most NRG (which, admittedly, I play faster than it's supposed to be anyway). At +10 it sounds fantastic.

Richj (Rich), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

what else sounds great backwards at twice the speed

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

when I was a kid we were at my friends house and we would play the 45 to "Friends" by Jody Watley at 33 1/3 instead of sounded great! We were pioneers in screw music.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"ug" by Mister Scruff sounds pretty awesome at 45

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Butthole Surfers pwn this thread

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Davida" is skull-crushingly massive slowed from 45 rpm to 33 1/3.

Dr. Gene Scott (shinybeast), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Eppy (Eppy), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 17:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Madonna "Angel" off the 33 lp "like a virgin" played @ 45rpm

bob snoom (vestibule), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 18:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

human resource's 'dominator' @ 33.

stirmonster (stirmonster), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 18:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

prince's 'sign o the times' @ 45. actually, that's a lie. it certainly isn't better @ 45 but it is good for a cheap laugh.

stirmonster (stirmonster), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 18:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Aerosmith is only listenable at 45rpm.

Special Agent Dale Koopa (orion), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 18:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Metal Machine Music is really soothing when slowed down and reversed. And you can tell that it was actually made w/guitars.

Deric W. Haircare (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 18:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

no way! it's pretty soothing at real time. i've always liked it.

piscesboy, Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

HEY JUDE is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better at 45, it's actually funky

njkl, Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The repulsive Bon Jovi sound much better on 45 - at least that 'slippery when wet' album did

I had a copy of the Plasmatics 'Metal Priestess' that sounded really good on 45 - it sounded a lot like Bad Brains!

Joe Bon Jonvi (Joe Bon Jonvi), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 20:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Who "Live at Leeds" sounds punk as fuck when you play it at 45

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 21:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Any piano roll.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 21:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

jennifer rush - power of love 12" at 33 is a treat.

and kraftwerk's tour de france 12" is also a winner slwoed down.

dumdum, Tuesday, 6 December 2005 22:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


giboyeux (skowly), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 23:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"deceptacon" by le tigre sounds better just a tad slower

gear (gear), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 00:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

A lot of drum & bass, much slower. 45 to 33rpm does the trick... When the furious Danny Breaks started peppering releases with downtempo arrangements of his sounds it became obvious.

Then I think actual sub-styles of drum&bass popped up that were based on those new, slower tempos. "Breakstep" or "liquid funk" or something, I had sorta moved on by then so I'm not sure about those.

blunt (blunt), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 00:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

bought the Low record and accidentally put "Amazing Grace" on at 45 and its twice as eerie. I only play it at the faster speed now.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 02:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

A lot of drum & bass, much slower. 45 to 33rpm does the trick... When the furious Danny Breaks started peppering releases with downtempo arrangements of his sounds it became obvious.

True for some tracks, but in general just a cop-out. The trick with drum & bass is feeling the rhythm and half-speed and full speed simultaneously. It's the only way to dance to it and not get exhausted. The songs are written at the speed they're written at to express the raw power a Juno 106 is capable of.

I vote for KMFDM's "Naive" 12". Actually, maybe it's the remix by TKK, but it always sounded better at 33 than 45 to me. And of course Carl Craig's "Bug In The Bassbin" gained notoreity among D&B heads as quite a sick song at 45 rather than 33.

viborgu, Wednesday, 7 December 2005 03:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

mad villiany at 45 rpm, especially that song about smoking marijuana

stairway played backwards, robert plant says ooo i've been a bad boy satan (and i am soo convinced he did this on purpose, oh yeah)

Robin Samples (Robin Samples), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 07:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Boards of canada Aquarius at 45 rpm is fantastic...
Have seen (long time ago) an album full of songs only played at the wrong speed. Anyone would know about this?

Arnault (arc73hk), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 08:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

madonna 'into the groove' slowed to 33
ying yang twins 'saltshaker' (and lots of other lil jon beats) at 45rpm

one time gaffled 'em up (one time gaffled 'em up), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 08:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

a Madness track that was hidden away on the b-side of Our House - Walking with Mr Wheeze - an instrumnental, with Lee on sax .. slow this down to 33rpm and the pleasantness becomes far more intimidating and almost like one major fucked up lee perry dub track. far more enjoyable ..

mark e (mark e), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 08:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Young Mädchen used to play Caravan of Love by the Housemartins at 45 because she thought it sounded better (it was on a 33rpm Now album).

Mädchen (Madchen), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 14:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think someday speed/pitch will just be generally understood as a matter of the listeners personal preference ---- like volume is today ---- like even car stereos will have pitch sliders.

reacher, Wednesday, 7 December 2005 15:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

that would be awesome. i have wanted sliders for 4-track mixing capability in car stereos for a LONG LONG time now. of course, the recordings would have to have the tracks separated already..

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 18:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

totally ----- that too, I bet more and more music will start getting released in multitrack format for listener mixing -----

and for cars you could also hook the shit up to the automotive hardware, so like turning the wheel would make the sound pan into the opposite speaker, or the accelerator could control instensity of flange effect or something ------

(that's a million dollar idea right there if anybody wants to run with it ------- I mean car culture and music culture are tight ---- that shit could be the new frontier in tricking out your vehicle)

reacher, Wednesday, 7 December 2005 18:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

U2, 'Luminous Times'; sort of.

the bellefox, Wednesday, 7 December 2005 18:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

as i mentioned in an earlier thread, i've been playing the campfire headphase at 45 but pitched down to -8 or -10 or so. sounds kinda nice but i don't yet know the record well enough to find the difference annoying or cheesy or whatever

Tate (Tate), Wednesday, 7 December 2005 23:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I remember playing the 7" of "Too Drunk to Fuck" by the DK's at 33 rpm, just `cos it made the rifff sound metal!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 8 December 2005 00:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"The Lonely Goatherd" from the Sound of Music played at 45 rather than 33 1/3 is the greatest song of all time. Really.

I also recently learned that if you increase the pitch and reverse "Come Wind, Come Rain" by Vashti Bunyan she can clearly be heard singing "Boromir" at one point. Or maybe I'm just too much of a Tolkien geek...

Nathaniel (Horbgorbling Slubberdegullion), Thursday, 8 December 2005 02:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
"What Goes Around" by the White Stripes sounds good sped up and unimpressive at regular speed.

Tape Store (Tape Store), Sunday, 28 May 2006 02:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

My friends and I have been playing the Hieroglyphic Being Conversations in an Analog Dialect at 33 for a few months...and then we realized that it's supposed to be played at 45. And all that any of us can say is,"Who the fuck would want to listen to this at 45?"

(I think that I might actually try to do a radio show about this phenomenon soon...will let all know soon)

trees (treesessplode), Sunday, 28 May 2006 03:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

the 45 of chic's "sau paolo" sounds really cool at 33.
spirit in the sky at 33 is also good.

ian, Saturday, 25 October 2008 01:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

British Electric Foundation's "Music For Listening..." is far better at 33 than the intended 45.

Sbarrohawk (Mackro Mackro), Saturday, 25 October 2008 01:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

that EP being the brief project the Heaven 17 dudes made just after being dumped by Oakey

Sbarrohawk (Mackro Mackro), Saturday, 25 October 2008 01:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bluegrass works. I played the Seldom Scene's After Midnight album at 45 and accidentally UNLEASHED THE FUCKIN' FURY!

groundunderweather (briania), Saturday, 25 October 2008 02:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Cocteau Twins - Victorialand LP. didn't know it was pressed at 45rpm, still kind of like the first track the first way I heard it:

Milton Parker, Saturday, 25 October 2008 02:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

aw man the seldom scene rule.
i don't know if i could handle CHIPMUNKS DO BLUEGRASS though. i like things better slow e_e

ian, Saturday, 25 October 2008 02:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Butthole Surfers pwn this thread

― Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, December 6, 2005 12:36 PM (2 years ago)

Shakey OTM. The first Butthole album I got was the live PCPPEP, which is a 12" meant to be played at 45rpm. I hadn't ever heard them, or at that point come across a 12" that wasn't played at 33rpm. Hands down the most disturbing and revelatory listening experience I've ever had. Was a couple of weeks listening to it that way before I forget to change the speed after some 7" listening; it was almost equally as revelatory and disturbing at the proper speed.

Still throw it on at 33 now and again to marvel at the madness.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 25 October 2008 02:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

I have a 12" 45 of "Number of the Beast" by Iron Maiden that I often Dj at 33rpm. It sounds so heavy and Bruce sounds so manly...

Nate Carson, Saturday, 25 October 2008 08:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

WFMU had a Halloween mix a few years back that included a version of John Cale’s Heartbreak Hotel played at 45 rpm (or something). It is freaky and super-demented.

kkvgz, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 15:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

My mp3 of Robin S' Show Me Love is a good 10 bpm too fast due to being from a mix CD, and I much prefer it that way.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 15:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Most Azari & III sounds better sped up. The Whip's "Divebomb" has to be sped way up and then it's great!

village idiot (dog latin), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 15:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Slowdive LPs at 45.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 15:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Don't know if I said it before, but "Walk Like An Egyptian" sounds like Sisters Of Mercy at 33rpm.

village idiot (dog latin), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 16:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

Slowdive EPs at 33.

The first single esp. Side b Avalyn II is a monster.

kraudive, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 17:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

45 of 'house of the rising sun' by the animals at 33.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 17:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

if you slow Technique by new order down it's the spit of Joy Division.

piscesx, Tuesday, 8 June 2010 22:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

This blogger slowed down King Of The Delta Blues singers.

Bilderbooger (van smack), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 02:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

The 45 rpm 12" of "Sexy MF" is fantastic at 33.

The 45 of "We Got The Beat" -- love it, sounds like baritone guitars.

mandatory seersucker (Eazy), Wednesday, 9 June 2010 02:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

madonna 'into the groove' slowed to 33

awesome, this is like the lost sequel to RAF - Self Control

(it's also kindly on youtube:)

anyway I am 8 years late to this thread and 35 years late to this discovery, but, wow, Severed Heads - "Dead Eyes Opened" at 33rpm +8! mind-expanding:

amused by how many people in the comments indicate that this was the speed they heard it at in clubs in the 80s

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 5 July 2018 18:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

i enjoyed doing this to loop- gilded eternity once

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 5 July 2018 21:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

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