August 1, 2004 6:06 AM   Subscribe

It's the final Orbital gig, about half-an-hour into this John Peel show. RealAudio. Maybe you want Real Alternative?
posted by Pretty_Generic (26 comments total)
And here's Remind, the encore, in MP3.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 6:10 AM on August 1, 2004

What a shame. I saw Orbital during the In Sides tour and was blown away. They proved that electronic music can be live music. They also proved that electronic music can be well-composed.
posted by swift at 6:31 AM on August 1, 2004

And by the way, if you see your mom this weekend, you be sure and tell her SATAN SATAN SATAN SATAN
posted by Pretty_Generic at 6:39 AM on August 1, 2004

One of my faves - and a very classy act - so thanks, Pretty_Generic!
posted by carter at 6:42 AM on August 1, 2004

Remind is such a great song
posted by cmicali at 6:51 AM on August 1, 2004

The album version that is
posted by cmicali at 6:52 AM on August 1, 2004

Orbital was one of the few great techno bands that could make a live performance something wonderful to watch. I love the flashlights they'd wear on the sides of their glasses, I remember just watching these pairs of beams bobbing up and down with the music, enshrouded in fog and surrounded by the most impressive bank of electronic music equipment. Sad to hear that they're done.

I haven't got their final album yet, anyone have any opinions of it they'd like to share?
posted by garethspor at 9:26 AM on August 1, 2004

Man. I had no idea they were hanging it up. Great band. Only techno/trance/electronica/whatever band I ever really cared about. The brown album is a classic. And I've been playing The Alltogether quite a bit of late.
posted by wheat at 10:47 AM on August 1, 2004

The Blue album kind of caught me off guard. I was expecting them to continue in the trend of Altogether, Middle of Nowhere, etc. In a way it really covers the gamut of their musical history. There are definite brown moments, sometimes a green here or there. Cuts like "You Lot" really make me hot for teacher. Then you realize that they're done. Very sad. Do pick up the new album though. I'd say especially if you were a brown album purist. Not the same, but the classic Orbital energy is there start to finish. Also, their compilation of influences, Back to Mine, has some great stuff on it, and really opens your eyes to what else is at play in their music.
posted by velacroix at 12:34 PM on August 1, 2004

This is probably a good thing. Everything Orbital has done since the amazing In Sides has, IMHO, lacked any kind of inspiration.

I think I'll throw Snivilization-- the best thing ever-- into the car CD player today.
posted by xmutex at 12:40 PM on August 1, 2004

where time becomes a loop
time becomes a loop
time becomes a loop

posted by xowie at 1:05 PM on August 1, 2004

Come now, The Middle of Nowhere was as dope as candlewax. And the Dr. Who remix from The Altogether...

Whatever happens will happen again.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 1:10 PM on August 1, 2004

It's over?

Wow. Orbital was the band that made me want to make electronic music.

Best live show I've ever soon, too.
posted by Espoo2 at 1:41 PM on August 1, 2004

I have the entire last Orbital gig in a pretty high quality MP3. I have digital satellite and always record John Peel's shows into MP3 as their Web feeds sound like crap. If this interests anyone, I may be willing to share.
posted by wackybrit at 1:50 PM on August 1, 2004

Oh, er, unless Orbital are planning to sell copies of it, because then sharing would be very evil of me and put me in the same category as a common thief or mugger or something.
posted by wackybrit at 1:52 PM on August 1, 2004

Originally, Glastonbury was meant to be their last I think. I'd heard "last Orbital show" advertising for the Oxegen festival in Ireland too.
posted by kersplunk at 2:27 PM on August 1, 2004

Loopy. Thanks Pretty_G!
posted by hama7 at 3:21 PM on August 1, 2004

wackybrit, if they don't end up selling it, then please share!
posted by lazaruslong at 3:56 PM on August 1, 2004


I had no idea Orbital was breaking up, this makes me incredibly sad. They were the first electronic group that I really got into, and they will forever be fondly remembered as the soundtrack to that magical summer when I started raving. I am glad I got to see them live once, they put on a hell of a show. Time to play Halcyon & On & On (live version of course), the best song ever written for watching the sun rise after a long, hard night of fun.
posted by TungstenChef at 4:22 PM on August 1, 2004

time becomes a loop

Their encore was rewind.

posted by djacobs at 9:23 PM on August 1, 2004

even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day

Loved them - sorry to hear they're no more
posted by jontyjago at 2:37 AM on August 2, 2004

Kerplunk - Glasto was billed as their last ever English gig. They then played their last Irish gig at Oxegyn. I think they still have Tokyo to play, may be wrong about that though.

Saw them at Glasto - Absolutely outstanding! Their live version of Halcyon was top - mixing Bon Jovi into the Darkness into Belinda Carlise, seen it before but it never fails to amuse. And Fear Satan, nuff said - best Techno band ever! RIP...
posted by twistedonion at 3:28 AM on August 2, 2004

Legs feel heavy, heavy and so relaxed.

I always liked the B-sides.

Belfast == tune.
posted by asok at 4:43 AM on August 2, 2004

Snivilization changed my life--or at least how I looked at music.
posted by jpoulos at 5:32 AM on August 2, 2004

Yeah, I was at Glastonbury too. What a night!
posted by Pretty_Generic at 6:34 AM on August 2, 2004

What a weekend! But that's going off topic, that night there was a very special buzz in the air, not just the acid, honest :-)

Orbital were a Glastonbury regular.. it was the end of an era.
posted by twistedonion at 8:38 AM on August 2, 2004

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