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Format: CD
Sku: 211467681
UPC: 730003304729
UPC 14: 00730003304729
Release Date: 8/4/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Tell Me That I'm Dreaming - Was (Not Was) (Traditional 12" Remix, remix) ~ Various Artists
2. Deputy of Love - Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band ~ Various Artists
3. Things Fall Apart - Cristina ~ Various Artists
4. Hard-Boiled Babe - Lizzy Mercier Descloux ~ Various Artists
5. Jukebox Babe - Alan Vega ~ Various Artists
6. Beat Goes On, The - Casino Music ~ Various Artists
7. Roving Eye - James Chance & The Contortions ~ Various Artists
8. Something Wrong in Paradise - Kid Creole & the Coconuts (Remix, remix) ~ Various Artists
9. You Know What I Like ~ Various Artists
10. Bustin' Out [Seize the Beat Version] - Material ~ Various Artists
11. Maladie D'Amour - Aural Exciters ~ Various Artists
12. Dream Baby Dream - Suicide ~ Various Artists
13. What Can I Do For You - Michael Dracula ~ Various Artists
14. Re Bop Electronic - Gar?ons ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Lyricist: Lizzy Mercier Descloux.
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Charlus de La Salle; Tee Scott.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Kris Needs.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Carlos Franzetti; Allen Wentz.
Muze PNote No independent label of the post-punk era exemplified the convergence of widely divergent orbits of downtown New York's art and music scenes like ZE Records. Founded in 1978 by Oxford-educated scholar Michael Zilkha and French punk shop proprietor Michel Esteban, ZE's roster, a stark contrast to the then growingly conservative punk scene, was distinguished by its playful eclecticism and genre miscegenation. Listening to ZE 30 ZE RECORDS STORY 1979 - 2009, Strut's cherry-picked overview of the polymorphous ZE sound, one can trace the label's path as spiritual progenitors of `80s New Wave. ZE's cheeky embrace of commercial elements--particularly their assimilation of the recently declared-dead disco genre--while still adhering to a defiantly anti-commercial agenda, certainly makes the case for their being one of the first post-modern music labels. Academic musings aside, it's the music that counts--and ZE released some of the weirdest, most memorable club music of the time. Music that holds up as some of the best examples of post-disco and proto-house ever produced. From the frenetic, punk-funk of James Chance's Contortions ("Roving Eye") to the calypso-flavored disco of Kid Creole & the Coconuts ("Something Wrong in Paradise") to Material's electro-jazz-rock fusions ("Bustin' Out"), on through to the rockabilly and funk appropriations Alan Vega and Was (Not Was), there really wasn't, or ever will be, another label quite like it.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Fonda Rae
Muze Guest Artist Nona Hendryx

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/11/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : STRUT047CD
Music Label Name Label : Strut
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00730003304729

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.91)
- "A roadmap for groups like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and LCD Soundsystem, Ze was America's version of Factory Records, a place where art and dance met."

Pitchfork (Website)
- "The selections here do support Ze's reputation. They illustrate, in bullet points, not only what made the label special, but what made them influential to artists like Chromatics, LCD Soundsystem, even M.I.A...."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's something of a danceable set of tracks....Casino Music's take on `The Beat Goes On' is excellent..."

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