Fortran 5 ‎– Crazy Earth

Mute ‎– 12 MUTE 113
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM

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℗ 1990 Mute Records Limited
© 1990 Mute Records Limited
Made in Great Britain

Side A: 33 rpm
Side B: 45 rpm

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 016025 201136
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): 12 MUTE 113 A2 THE TREES ARE SCREAMING M2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): 12 MUTE 113 B2 PR-R

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
80546 Fortran 5 Crazy Earth(12") Virgin, Mute 80546 France 1990 Sell This Version
MB 110360 Fortran 5 Crazy Earth(12", Promo) Mute MB 110360 UK 1990 Sell This Version
L12 MUTE 113 Fortran 5 Crazy Earth (Remix)(12") Mute L12 MUTE 113 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
MUTE 113R Fortran 5 Crazy Earth(7", Single, Promo) Mute MUTE 113R UK 1990 Sell This Version
80549 Fortran 5 Crazy Earth (Remix)(12") Mute, Virgin 80549 France 1990 Sell This Version


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January 8, 2013

I don't think progressive house had a name in 1990, but that's clearly what this's trancey house, actually deep house, but more ethereal and hypnotic than its American cousins. Synth pads are held across multiple bars, transitions are relatively gentle, and the music lacks the soulful vocals and in-your-face, booty-shaking aesthetic that dominates "pure" house music. The kick drum is omnipresent but is clearly not the emphasis here; it's the anthemic chords, the effects, the abundant dreamy qualities.

Despite the inclusion of the "harder" mixes by Colin Faver, I can't imagine this really being much of a hit on the dancefloor; it's all a little too pop, a little too soft and pretty. But as a milestone in the development in progressive house and trance music, it's an excellent example of how UK producers were taking their brand of acid house to the next level, out of the clubs and into the fields and bedrooms.

Every version is about the same, just recombining the same parts in different ways. The "Global Warming" mix is a bit smoother and more trancey than the rest. Be sure to seek out the epic, soaring "Music for Ice Caps" version in which all of the transitions are gentle fades. Beautiful.


August 14, 2010
Totally overlooked by every one, it originally came out as two twelve inches, and its elements comprise of sublime house, tinged with sweet 303 acid sounds, glorious Asian vocals complete the track to make perfect for any after hours chilled house set.