The Orb say ‘Unearthing archive footage from projections used on our 1997 tour! These haven’t been seen since the Albert Hall gig in ’98. Big ups to Peter Ainsley for converting his old reels of footage.’
2016 Furtive 50 – #49 The Orb – Alpine (Prins Thomas Mix)
‘…sticking on just the Rickie Lee Jones spoken word [version] of ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ over some other music. They also played a lot of abstract, cool spoken word/cut-up stuff, which seemed really impressive and weird. We were like, “F***, how did they make that?” then found out it was mainly The Tape-beatles CD [Music With Sound] which we then tracked down afterwards and used a lot ourselves. That CD had a big influence on me, which fed into the later “alien sphinx”-style shows… it was just quite arty and clever and odd, looping spoken word, and showed anything goes in radio trip-style collage. It was after that I started collecting the weirder spoken word [material], like that exorcism speech (sourced from Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth, I think) and The 500,000 Year Old Wisdom of E Yada di Shi-ite.
“I think we also played the ‘Eine Kleine Hed Music’ track for the first time on that show, which I remember was a fave of yours… the Invisible Man stuff for that, and a lot of the rest, was just done in a one man live mix, literally running round the studio, turning decks on and off! Raw but fun. Those were the days.”
Early fans of the Orb and Coldcut might find some of these samples strangely familiar…