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Dave Pearce - Dance Anthems Summer 2003

2003. That's 16 years ago. Let that sink in for a minute. 16 years ago I was working at Fantasy Island in Skegness, and had the time of my life. I remember going out to the clubs in Skegness and Ingoldmells, and getting absolutely hammered to the bone. I was so waisted: we celebrated my 18th or 19th birthday there back in 2001 or 20002, and we went out to the club, and people kept getting me vodka with Red Bull. I was so drunk, I can't even remember where I woke up the next day. But I do remember going absolutely ape on the dancefloor. I was young. Now I'm old, and missing those good ol' days.

What I do remember is the music. This was the era of pop music being awesome. And sadly most of these tunes are not on the radio anymore. But back then the tunes were heard everywhere. And when I mean everywhere, I do mean it. The music made became timeless anthems. Even 16 years later I'm enjoying myself, hearing these tunes again. Smiles for miles, eh? For me the CD I'm talking about has got a lot of memories. Pleasant memories. It was innocent clubbing, that's what it was. But not just that, I was also a supporter of vodka and the energy drinks company Red Bull. I made them a lot of money.

Anyway, this CD. It's Dave Pearce's 'Dance Anthems Summer 2003' CD. And I think I bought this at an HMV? Well, I bought it somewhere. And I remember handing it over to the control room at Fantasy Island, and they played out the tunes during the evening. It was so good to hear these anthems whilst being an operator at the rides. We also created our own anthems, but that's for another day (different story, angry manager).

I bought this because of the memories. And even in 2019 I'm still playing it. Thankfully I burned this onto my PC a few years ago, because the actual physical copy is unplayable. So many scratches, it just hurts my ears whenever I press play. Skipping constantly. And I think the second disc is just fucked the most: I insert the CD, it starts with track 1 skipping, and it goes towards the last record, without asking. And the story ends with it saying 'CD error'.

Dave Pearce, your CD is one of the most loved CDs in my possession. Yes, it does contain a few cheesy anthems, but the general gist of this album is euphoria. And eternal happiness for me.

Let me show the young kids what kind of music we were listening to back in 2003.

CD 1 01. Benny Benassi presents The Biz - Satisfaction

02. Tomcraft - Loneliness

03. Room 5 feat Oliver Cheatham - Make Luv

04. Jason Nevins presents U.K.N.Y. feat Holly James - I'm In Heaven (Motivo Vocal Remix)

05. L.C. Anderson vs Psycho Radio - Right Stuff (Original Mix)

06. Intenso Project feat Laura Jaye - Your Music

07. Kurtis Matronix presents Chamonix - How Did You Know?

08. Deepest Blue - Deepest Blue

09. Layo & Bushwacka! - Love Story (vs Finally) (Tim Deluxe Vocal Mix)

10. Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At?

11. X-Press 2 feat David Byrne - Lazy

12. Shakedown - At Night

13. Jakatta - American Dream

14. Minimalistix - Magic Fly

15. Dee Dee - Forever

16. Future Breeze - Temple Of Dreams

17. Cosmic Gate - Fire Wire

18. Push - Strange World

19. Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives (Northstarz Remix)

20. Sound De-Zign - Happiness

21. The Beginerz - Reckless Girl

22. Static Revenger - Happy People

23. Supermen Lovers - Starlight

CD 2

01. DJ Sammy - Sunlight

02. Love Inc - Broken Bones

03. Yomanda - You're Free (Synth Mix)

04. The Foundation feat Nathalie Rossie - All Out Of Love

05. Snap! - Rhythm Is A Dancer

06. Michael Woods feat Imogen Bailey - If You Want Me (Lifestylers Edit)

07. Jurgen Vries feat CMC - The Opera Song (Brave New World)

08. Saffron Hill feat Ben Onono - My Love Is Always There

09. Underworld - Two Months Off

10. Kosheen - Hide U (John Creamer & Stephane K Edit)

11. Ian van Dahl - Will I

12. The Space Brothers - One More Chance

13. Plastic Boy - Live Another Life

14. ATB - 9PM (Till I Come)

15. Energy 52 - Cafe Del Mar '98 (Original Three 'N One Edit)

16. Chicane - Saltwater

17. Storm - Time To Burn

18. Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400

19. Mario Piu - Communication

20. Norman Bass - How U Like Bass

21. Warrior - Warrior

22. Schiller - Das Glockenspiel

23. DJ Shog - This Is My Sound

We all know these tracks. Unless you were born in 2003, or after. But if you are an 80s kid like me, you will know these, and probably loves these. And also have this love/hate relationship with a few of these records. Yes, they are crowd pleasers, but are they really good good? 'Kernkraft 400'? So catchy, but so bad at the same time. 'Where's Your Head At?' Never a fan of Basement Jaxx. Boring and repetative vocals. But hey, at least they made some money out of it, and made me dance in 2003 like a rabid dog.

The first disc starts with probably the most annoying record ever, and yet, once you heard it, or even read the title, it won't leave your head for a day or two. But for me its a combination of several factors which makes a track great. Yes, repetative bits and bobs is important, but also wicked vocals. And if you can throw in a few wicked drops, who am I to complain? 'How Did You Know' is that record for me. So underrated. LOVE IT (not for it being underrated though).

The second disc also has a few amazing records. But it's that combination I'm looking for, and I found it in The Space Brothers' record 'One More Chance'. But that's just my preference: you might like another record. Sure, why not?

As I said before, this CD has a lot of positive memories. But also a few bad records. Records that have not stood the test of time well. But still seen as classics, but not in my books. Am I the only one who finds Underworld overrated?

Anyway. It's Thursday. Throwback Thursday. Taking me back to 2003. 16 years ago. Wow. Thanks Dave for making this year a wicked one, and putting my memories on one CD.

Artist: Various Artists

Genre/Style: Trance, House, Pop

CD Info: Dave Pearce - Dance Anthems Summer 2003

Length CD: +/+ 2 hours

CDs: 2 (two)

Tracks: 46 (fourty-six)

Label: Ministry Of Sound

Product Number: INSPCD31

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