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Channel [v]ís resident music guru Luke Kenny takes a slice of his popular show Lukeís After Hours and turns it into an album. We grab him for a quick conversation about the sizzling compilation.

The Record: How did you choose the tracklisting for the album?
Luke: Well itís an EMI product and as you know, EMI has probably the largest database of pop and rock music throughout the years. So we had somewhere between 10,000 to 20,000 songs to go through. So we short listed it down to 17 tracks eventually. The trick was to pull out known artists, but not use their most known songs. If you use the same big hits by these artists that are always played it tends to be a bit of an overkill. So these songs on the album were hits at the time, but they may not be the best known songs by the artist.

TR: Not to be a feminist or anything but how come there are no women on the list!
Luke: I never thought of that! Maybe next time it can be all women!

TR: Youíve mentioned a specific arrangement of the tracks on the album. Tell us more.
Luke: Weíve kept the flow in mind so if you want to listen to it in its entirety it wonít take you up and then down randomly and all over the place. We decided to kick things off with a hard dance track, then we have some mid-tempo dance tracks, then some songs to which you can just sit around and hang out and then comes the mellow tracks. So there is a flow to the arrangement.

TR: Is there any song on this album that holds a special meaning for you?
Luke: That would have to be Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol. I remember back when we were young we used to get VHS tapes with music videos. Our friendsí parents who were working in the Gulf and places like that would come back with lots of tapes which had shows like Chart Attack and Hot List. This Billy Idol video was on one of those tapes and I remember thinking it was really weird and quirky. So the song takes me back to those days when VHS was king and we used to make all these compilations.

TR: When did you make your first compilation tape?
Luke: Oh that is really really far back! Probably around Ď83-í84. I wanted to put all my current top hits on one tape so we had things like Michael Jackson, Culture Club etc which were the hot songs then.

TR: Who did you make it for?
Luke: I made it for myself. I didnít really give it to anyone because I donít think they would have got my music tastes. [Laughs]

You can read the rest of our feature on Luke's After Hours in the December 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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