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Ghost

by Idiot Stare

Remix album for our latest single with jaw dropping versions from the likes of Penal Colony, Inertia, SMP, Christ Analogue, Doll Factory, etc...every rendition of the song imaginable. From Industrial to EBM to Noise Core to Psy Trance.
Genre: Electronic: Industrial
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1. Ghost - <> Idiot Stare
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2. Christ Analogue <> Christ Analogue
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3. prophei <> prophei
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4. Penal Colony <> Penal Colony
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5. Doll Factory <> Doll Factory
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6. SMP <> SMP
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7. Compufonic <> Compufonic
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8. Jugend Staat <> Jugend Staat
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9. Inertia <> Inertia
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10. A Different Kind of Cop <> A Different Kind of Cop
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11. REwire <> REwire
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12. Acidfanatic <> Acidfanatic
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13. Universal Magnetic <> Universal Magnetic
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14. World Destruction < Time Zone
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The remix album for idiot stare's latest single with jaw dropping versions from the likes of penal colony, inertia, smp, christ analogue, doll factory, jugend staat etc...every rendition of the song imaginable. From blatant Industrial to hypnotic dance - this has everything...plus a new cover of time zone's "world destruction" and the ghost music video mixed in surround sound!

One of the last of Los Angeles's original Industrial bands, Idiot Stare's roots reach all the way back to 1989 through their former incarnation STG. Formed in 1994, Idiot Stare spent the 90's recording their first two albums, "Blinded" and "The Hate Cage." During this time members contributed songs to over 20 compilations and lent their producing talents to various recordings and remixes for other bands in the genre. Concurrently, Insight 23 was formed and released their debut album "Obsess," which was produced by Chad Bishop. Over it's existence, i23 would add new sonic dimension and depth to Coldwave music. Both bands toured extensively and gained a national reputation as being among the leaders of the west coast industrial scene.

Idiot Stare re-emerged in the fall of 2001 combining the musical talents of the original Idiot Stare, with the rhythmic and lyrical dynamic of Insight 23. Their sound remains a mix of the best that the Industrial Dance and Rock genres have to offer. Truly a reflection of the band working and melding their influences together.


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Laura B

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Idiot Stare, established in 1994, has seen a growing popularity over the years. Sony Pictures and MTV have used the music of Idiot Stare in "Spiderman: The Animated Series". The track "Ghost", which was used in episode seven, is presented here as a single that includes 12 other remixes with the oddball "World Destruction" and two video tracks for "Ghost".

The video tracks are identical, but offer a Quicktime version that is of standard quality, where the WMV offers Surround Sound. Featuring a low-rate hotel room and the nude Donna Ricci as a junkie begging the question "Who am I?" With her roaming the room in smeared makeup, the video cuts between her glassy eyed glaze and the band playing for an infrared lense.

"Ghost (Original)" is by far the best of all versions on the single, featuring a desirable balance between industrial rock and danceable electronic. The song has a march-like quality and carries forward with a nice momentum while the lyrics are so infectious the song becomes unforgettable.

Christ Analog offers "Ghost (Bufferfuck)", where the guitars are stripped away. Vocals are left pretty much intact, but portions of the chorus are presented with heavy synthetic effects. As the track moves toward its end, it gains a decent energy, but I feel it doesn't have the same power of the Original.

Many of those that follow seem to keep along the same lines, varying the electronics to some degree or another while altering vocals or stripping them down to a bare minimum. Ranging from trance tracks to noisy industrial, the single tries to present a bit of something to appeal to a variety of club-goers and DJs.

While some of these might be fun for a DJ to tinker with, I find the one that really stands out as the best of the remixes to be "REwire". The guitars are deepened, carrying an ominous presence. The electronics come across more seriously as well, giving the song a much darker feel overall. By others stripping away elements such as lyrics, guitar or electronics, I feel the piece loses its intended effect and infectious quality.

Time Zone's "World Destruction" was a collaboration between John Lyndon (better known as Johnny Rotten) and Afrika Bambaataa released in 1984. The original presented lyrics that are still fitting nearly 20 years later, one of the hokiest synth lines ever and an air of fun about it. Idiot Stare takes this track and moves it into raw, more aggressive territory. While certain aspects, like pacing, remain, there is a seriousness about this piece absent from Time Zone's version. I'm preferential to the original, but the suitability of the track to events happening today make it a good track to cover.

I'd definitely be interested in hearing more from these guys in the future. "Ghost" is an energetic track with an eerie pop quality because it's so memorable. The disc attempts to provide a series of mixes that will appeal to a variety of audiences. Overall, people should be pretty pleased, especially those who are fans of high energy, dancefloor friendly tracks with steadfast guitar.

Marc "the MEMORY Man" Urselli-Schärer


After the infamous Sony Pictures and MTV conglomerates picked two tracks by Valencia, California based Idiot Stare for the 7th episode of the animated Spiderman series, the band has decided to embark on a remixing journey for one of the two selected songs, the title track "Ghost"; so, besides the original, you get interpretations by Chist Analogue, prophei, Penal Colony, Doll Factory, SMP, Compufonic, Jugend Staat, Inertia, A Different Kind of Cop, REwire, Acidfanatic and Universal Magnetic. What I like about this remix project is that, besides the recurring chorus here and there, the versions are really quite different between each other, which means the involved artists have done a good job at personalizing them and making them unique. The overall result is a pretty aggressive, industrial-metal oriented album that sadly sometimes sounds awfully similar to NIN but mostly introduces us to good electro-industrial music with guitars and angry singing parts. Well produced and solid. Really quite enjoyable! The CD also includes a bonus track ("World Destruction"), as well as a Quicktime video and a 5.1 mix of the title-track.