New Order – Blue Monday (Leaping Ahead #214)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #214: 160801

[A song with colour (8)]

Released in 1983 and at nearly seven-and-a-half minutes, “Blue Monday” is one of the longest tracks ever to chart on the UK Singles Chart. But despite selling well it was not eligible for an official gold disc because Factory Records was not a member of the British Phonographic Industry association. According to the Official Charts Company, its total sales stands at 1.16 million in the United Kingdom alone making it the biggest-selling 12″ of all time and No. 69 in the all-time UK best-selling singles chart published in November 2012.

Elvis Presley vs JXL – a little less conversation (Leaping Ahead #200)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #200: 160718

[No.1 on 18 July 2002]

Following the song’s use in the 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven, “A Little Less Conversation” was remixed by Dutch musician Tom Holkenborg, better known as Junkie XL (or JXL). The electronic remix featured Elvis with a lower voice, and added emphasis to the 1968 guitars, horns and a funk drum beat. Holkenborg was the first artist outside the Presley organization to receive authorization from the Elvis Presley estate to remix an Elvis Presley song.