NUMBERS: 18 WHEELER

18 Wheeler was a Scottish indie band who went big on the remixes and so get to feature here. Dour looking bunch aren’t they? Nevertheless, the featured tracks have more warmth and are remixed singles from 1994’s “Year Zero” LP. William Orbit’s is probably the best.

18 Wheeler consisted of Sean Jackson (vocals, guitar), David Keenan (guitar, vocals), Alan Hake (bass), and Neil Halliday (drums). Original bassist Chris “Pint Glass” Stewart left before any recordings were made, and was replaced by original drummer Hake.

They met with very mixed reviews from the British press – many critics felt they were too similar to their influences, but some others saw the range of these influences as potentially a good thing. Keenan left in 1994 to start his own group, the Telstar Ponies and was replaced by guitarist Steven Haddow. In the same year, the band released their first album Twin Action on Creation Records and in 1995 they released their second album, Formanka.
Their third album Year Zero, which saw them take a more experimental sample based approach, was released in early 1997. They were subsequently dropped by Creation following the recording of what was to be their fourth studio release. Although Alan Hake has stated that Creation Records did allow the band to keep the master tapes to this album, no plans to officially release it have materialised. Hake went on to co-found the Must Destroy record label. The band were once introduced by Tony Blair at the 1996 Labour Party Conference. The future Prime Minister managed to wrongly introduce them as “Wheeler 18”. Last FM

18 Wheeler – The Ballad of Paul Verlaine (Bentley Rhythm Ace Bra Mix)

18 Wheeler – Stay (Stereo Odessy Mix) William Orbit

18 Wheeler – The Hours And The Times (Greg Hunter Dub Mix)

18 Wheeler – Grease (M.C. Arr Grass In Piccadilly Mix)

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~ by acidted on February 9, 2010.

2 Responses to “NUMBERS: 18 WHEELER”

  1. […] 18 Wheeler realise that the boundaries in music are blurring and have therefore got some of their favourite ‘dance’ acts to remix songs from their ‘Year Zero’ album. For those of you not familiar with Dave Hedger his past projects include ‘Innersphere‘ which were signed to the Sabrettes label whilst most recentlyhe has been recording for Malawi Records. Dave Strips down the track to its bare essentials and utlises his trademark sounds to produce a deep hard-edged techno marathon which will no doubt work extremely well on the dancefloors at which it was  most definitely aimed! On the other side The Aloof mix slowly fades in with a melodic wash remeniscent of their own material which soon gives way to perfect multi-layered percussion, deep pulsing bass and ominous rumbles… the vocal is used sparingly and effectively, adding it to their own distinctive production techniques and fusing it expertly with the mellow techno breakbeat. A fantastic mix which breathes soul and space into the track. The most popular remix on the last18 Wheeler single was the Ultra Living mix. Ultra Living are two Japanese gents who (as the story goes) strolled into the Creation offices with a DAT of their material and asked them there and then for a deal, and, Creaton said yes! Their mix of ‘Crabs’ is an astounding drum ‘n’ bass cut with a fresh, funky feel which explains why Creation are so excited!! […]

  2. […] 18 Wheeler realise that the boundaries in music are blurring and have therefore got some of their favourite ‘dance’ acts to remix songs from their ‘Year Zero’ album. For those of you not familiar with Dave Hedger his past projects include ‘Innersphere‘ which were signed to the Sabrettes label whilst most recentlyhe has been recording for Malawi Records. Dave Strips down the track to its bare essentials and utlises his trademark sounds to produce a deep hard-edged techno marathon which will no doubt work extremely well on the dancefloors at which it was  most definitely aimed! On the other side The Aloof mix slowly fades in with a melodic wash remeniscent of their own material which soon gives way to perfect multi-layered percussion, deep pulsing bass and ominous rumbles… the vocal is used sparingly and effectively, adding it to their own distinctive production techniques and fusing it expertly with the mellow techno breakbeat. A fantastic mix which breathes soul and space into the track. The most popular remix on the last18 Wheeler single was the Ultra Living mix. Ultra Living are two Japanese gents who (as the story goes) strolled into the Creation offices with a DAT of their material and asked them there and then for a deal, and, Creaton said yes! Their mix of ‘Crabs’ is an astounding drum ‘n’ bass cut with a fresh, funky feel which explains why Creation are so excited!! […]

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