Meat Beat Manifesto ‎– Helter Skelter / Radio Babylon

Play It Again Sam Records USA ‎– BIUS CD 3050


1 Helter Skelter 6:08
2 Radio Babylon 6:22

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©℗ 1990
Made / Printed in Canada (Inserts / Packaging)
Made in the U.S.A. by P.D.O. (Disc)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 017837305024
  • Barcode (Text): 0 1783730502 4
  • Matrix / Runout: BIUSCD3050 01! C MADE IN USA BY PDO


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February 23, 2018
A proper warehouse classic ❤️ For those that know.


April 21, 2017
edited over 3 years ago
Was riding in an Uber and the dude was pumping tunes, heard "OOH ALRIGHT!!" instantly thought of Radio Babylon, He said it was Cheryl Lynn Encore live version and I guess it is also on the 12" dance version. Heard another Meat Beat sample recently but can't remember. Jack Dangers is the sample master. If you never checked out this website it is awesome:


September 30, 2014
Woo! Alright!!..Classic


May 15, 2014
Radio Babylon was actually recorded in 1989.


October 19, 2011
Definitely an important record in the development of electronic music. At the time of its release this had no genre attached to it, but later became one of the touchstones for hardcore, jungle, and drum and bass. "Radio Babylon" was written by Jack Dangers to one up Depth Charge's (aka J. Saul Kane's) "Depth Charge (Drum Death Version)" which was a dubby early trip-hop number that was being played fast at 45rpm on pirate radio in 1989 (note the referential sub pings!). The bassline is played by Dangers himself, but is often misidentified as being a sample from 23 Skidoo's "Fire". The breakbeat was taken from Big Daddy Kane's "Raw" which itself samples Bobby Byrd's "Hot Pants (Bonus Beats)", a beat that became a staple in hip hop and clubland in the early 90's. Jack's insight was to speed up and put some echo and reverb on the breakbeat in the tradition of dub reggae. It's interesting to note that Danger's considered Cabaret Voltaire's "Sluggin' fer Jesus (part one)" as being the first drum and bass tune and adds that sensibility to the proceedings. So what you got is some hip hop inflected with dub and industrial and the propulsiveness of techno, voila!, Jungle. Personally, I'm a bigger fan of "Helter Skelter" here, that has a wicked psyche electro line, chugging funk dub punk bassline, slamming percussion ala Test Dept. meets Kraftwerk's "Metal on Metal", and Revco and Clockwork Orange samples to boot. "Radio Babylon's" bassline was subsequently sampled by The Future Sound of London for "Papua New Guinea" and The Prodigy for "Charly", both which propelled the bands to popular recognition.