That takes me back. I remember recording this episode of The Whistle Test on video and replaying this song again and again until I eventually went out and bought the Here I Come LP. The film director Alan Parker choose this song as one of his Desert Island Discs back in the mid 80s too. Fun fact. Which begs the question, has any On-U track or Sherwood production ever been chosen by a guest on that radio show?
I should have known you would ask that question, but can anyone answer it? I think I would cheekily insist on them including the Megadeth remix. If it does indeed exist, I'm sure the mighty BBC could track it down, however I don't think I have enough celebrity cachet for them to spend too much time looking for it.
I contacted Paul Lani through his website, who did the mix for the Peace Sells album, and he's not aware of any Sherwood remix from that time. What's the Mary Anne Hobbs connection again? Isn't 1986 a bit early for her career as a radio presenter?
Here are my full notes on the matter, and I'd like to know if MAH has any recollection (at the very least):
This is the question I posted in a Megedeth FB group, with no responses.
Hello Megadeth fans, I have temporarily joined this group as I need your expertise.
Back in 1992 or so, I was told Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound in the UK was remixing a Megadeth track. At about the same time, he was also doing mixing for Nine Inch Nails (Happiness In Slavery? Or March Of The Fuckheads?), and Trent NiN was remixing Megadeth himself (I guess what became the Symphony Of Destruction Gristle Mix).
While someone claims to have seen a Megadeth promo CD with a Sherwood mix on it (in the Netherlands), there is otherwise no documentary evidence, no useful Google hits, and nothing in discogs.com that I can find. There is also a story that it was played on air by Mary-Anne Hobbs.
Does this ring any bells with anyone? If so please let me know so I can get some details.
Two other minor potentially-related things:
I do note that a tape that Sherwood re-used to send out some work in progress has scribbled out "Megadeth" on the Capitol Records J-card, and "Megadeth - Peace Sells" on the cassette (both handwritten, not writing I recognise). Could this be a tape for review maybe in advance of doing a remix? But Peace Sells was much earlier, 1986. So just co-incidence?
If you look at the Skip MxDonald/Little Axe bio that gets reproduced all over the web, then it says: "Skip has been a major contributor to artists as diverse Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata... Sinead O’Connor, and Megadeth". I know of no Megadeth involvement for Skip ... could it be some additional production for the track Adrian allegedly remixed, or something else entirely that is also unknown? It's also mentioned on the insert of the 1994 Okeh Little Axe 10": www.discogs.com/release/26390303-Little-Axe-The-Wolf-That-House-Built/image/SW1hZ2U6OTE5NzQ1NTE=
Meanwhile, in another universe, Barrington Levy appears on kid's TV show No. 73, singing a song about getting busted by the rozzers for two stick of ganja, while Nicholas Parsons skanks and Crucial Tony looks on