"David, I have an old Velvet's demo I'd like to tackle during the album session you and
Ronno are producing next month. It's called Satellite Of Love and I'd love for you to sing
and arrange backing vocals for it." ...Or words to that effect! Lou and DB at the Dorchester,
July 16th 1972. Recording sessions for Transformer began a few weeks later on August 11th.
Looking For Satellite...
I'm sure you've all heard about this one by now, even if you haven't actually heard the track itself yet. It's looking perfectly feasible that
Along with the better known Walk On The Wild Side and Perfect Day, the song was one of the standout tracks on the album, not least of all because of a beautiful backing vocal contribution from David Bowie. Those familiar with the original version will understand when I say that David's contribution is the climax to Lou's foreplay ...if I can draw such comparisons, but this 2004 version is pretty much David's climax over a dance track.
Satellite Of Love 2004 finally gets a legitimate release as a 4-track CD and a 3-track 12" through NuLife on July 19th. But, it already has a bit of a history with more bootleg and promo versions than you can shake a stick at.**
Above are two different bootleg 12" pressings that started the buzz, and as far as I can tell these original versions were the work of production team Groovefinder. Apparently this version was the track that took this year?s Miami Winter Music Conference by storm. It was then picked up by an outfit called The Dab Hands... here's a bit from the
One of the tunes at WMC this year was a remix of Lou Reed's 'Satellite of Love' courtesy of producers Leo Elstop, Mark Wilkinson and Richard Searle also know as 'The Dab Hands'. The trio were working under the title of 'The Mud Men' last year (working for Renaissance Records at the time) and were asked by BMG Records to do the Reed remix.
Speaking in the latest DJ Mag, Mark said "It's Kinda official .. it's probably going to come out through a BMG-affiliated label soon and we've adopted the production name The Dab Hands for the project" They remix the Bowie/Reed outro and vocals and gives it a stomping house beat. Mark adds: "It's is basically the outro to the track that's the main part we used... the little break down that we do in the middle there, there's a little bit of the verse in there as well"
The track has been played by everyone from Pete Tong to Chris Moyles and is set to be one of this years biggest dance music tunes."
Pictured above are the NuLife stock and promo 12" singles and the stock CD, plus a European version that includes mixes of Walk On The Wild Side too. Here's a bit more from the
NuLife are thrilled to announce the signing of the hottest dance track to emerge this year! Satellite Of Love 2004 was the track of this year?s Miami Winter Music Conference and a DMC Buzz chart #1, and widely tipped to become this year?s 'Lazy'.
The track is already being championed on acetate by the ?Dons of the Dance floors?, Pete Tong, Sir Norman Jay, Ed Chemical Brother and X Press 2 to name but a few, as well as Chris Moyles from Radio One. DJ?s and enthusiasts have been so overly eager to get their hands on this tune that it has been bootlegged twice over in exchange for large sums of money. Currently (w/c June 7th) it's Radio 1's Record Of The Week on the Colin & Edith show (1-3pm).
The track is a remix of the Lou Reed original. Born out of an idea from South Coast production team Groovefinder, the track was finally brought to life by London remix collective Dab Hands. The remixes were crafted from the original multi-track recording of the song, which also feature backing vocals from David Bowie. Approval for the release was given after a keen record exec sent the track to Lou Reed, who gave it the thumbs up for a full commercial release.
Lou had this to say about the track in a brief interview with Chris Roberts in the current edition of UNCUT magazine, Lou's answers are in Bold:
"Satellite Of Love" is set to be a massive summer dance record, as remixed by Dab Hands. Everyone's saying it's going to be this year's "Lazy" (the David Byrne crossover hit). What was your initial reaction on hearing it?
Well, I really liked it. It's well done. No, I had no trepidation. I knew it could be good, bad or mediocre.
You've given it your blessing?
I said I liked it. As I'm not in the UK I have no idea what they're saying about it, whoever 'they' are.
Does it bring back memories of originally recording Transformer in 1972?
No. Why would it do that? But it's really fun to hear somebody else's version of it, done by somebody else's brain. If they're good. Of course, it's not fun if they're bad. No way.
Strange to think it's never been a single here...
That's true. But then I've never understood these things as long as I've lived. I never even saw "Walk On The Wild Side" as a single, not at all.
Last time we spoke, you said you were thinking of remixing the whole of Transformer...
Huh? No. I never said that...
But you... aw, fuck it.
Wait, that is a great idea, though! I've worked with this Italian remixer about ways of looking at "...Wild Side" with MP3s. You may be thinking of that. And that may be on this new version of the NYC Man album that's coming out. But really - transform Transformer? What a great idea. You call me like this and give me that idea! Thank you, my friend. We could mess about with David Bowie's saxophone, put it way back in the mix... that is really fun! That is such a great idea. I thank you.
So there you have it... A remixed Transformer? I'll reserve judgement, but I think DB may have something to say about that saxophone!
Here's the tracklisting for the Satellite Of Love 2004 CD single:
01 Satellite of Love - Dab Hands Re-Touch Radio Edit
02 Satellite of Love - Dab Hands Re-Touch 12? Version
03 Satellite of Love - Groovefinder Full Length Version
04 Satellite of Love - Video
The 12" has the same tracks excepting the video, because they've not worked out how to get videos on to vinyl yet. You can view some of the stills from the South Park style video
As I said about two hours ago, Satellite Of Love 2004 is released through NuLife on July 19th.
*The longhand version of this headline, for those that can't work it out, is: SATELLITE OF LOVE 2004, BBC RADIO 1 SINGLE OF THE WEEK, RELEASED A WEEK NEXT MONDAY
**This theory does hold true, as I tried to shake a stick at six different versions this morning, but only managed four.