Friday, December 19, 2008

Grab a free Christmas song, it's a blast!

The folks over ta surprised fans (and me!) today with a free Christmas reworkz of their song "Summer Party" now entitled... "Christmas Party."

Puts you in the mood!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Qubiq on super sale at iTunes, 2 hours of music for $4

Well, I don't set the prices at iTunes, but I am not mad at em. I want peple to hear the wonderful mixes Qubiq has done for Ninthwave, so I m hoping for $4 people will check out the 16 mixes on the newly expanded "Qubiq Vol 1" set. Here's a track list-

01. Impossible (Qubiq Long Mix) - The Garland Cult 8:54
02. Hands UP to Heaven (Qubiq's Hands Up Tribal Vocal Mix) - Heaven 17 11:05
03. Dreams in the Mirror (Qubiq Mix) - Empire State Human 9:00
04. I'm Gonna Make You Fall in Love With Me (Qubiq Dub) - Heaven 17 8:53
05. All Good Things (Qubiq Mix) - The Garland Cult 9:33
06. Hands Up to Heaven (Qubiq Hands Up Dub) - Heaven 17 10:50
07. New Man (feat. Martin Fry) (Qubiq Mix) - Sonic Hub, Martin Fry 6:55
08. Style (Qubiq Mix) - The Garland Cult 8:26
09. Apollo (Qubiq Mix) - Empire State Human 7:30
10. Monomania (Qubiq Mix) - The Garland Cult 7:06
11. New Man (feat. Martin Fry) (Qubiq Tribal Mix) - Sonic Hub, Martin Fry 8:38
12. I'm Gonna Make You Fall in Love With Me (Qubiq Tribal back to the 5&6 Mix) -Heaven 17 8:10
13. All Good Things (Qubiq Edit) - The Garland Cult 4:10
14. I'm Gonna Make You Fall in Love With Me (Qubiq Edit) - Heaven 17 4:47
15. New Man (Qubiq Edit) - Sonic Hub fea. Martin Fry 4:20
16. Style (Qubiq Edit) - The Garland Cult 2:15

Here's the iTunes link: Qubiq Vol. 1.

...and here's a freebie... (as if!)

Qubiz Remix Vol. 1 - Expanded EditionEmpire State Human
"Apollo" (mp3)
from "Qubiz Remix Vol. 1 - Expanded Edition"
(Ninthwave Media)

Stream from Rhapsody
More On This Album

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Or Happy Holidays if so inclined. Winter Solstice is Dec. 21 folks!)
Ninthwave and some of our favorite people have joined up to offer a humble little Christmas EP of fun electronic music. Best of all it is free! Our gift to you as a way of thanking you for helping us stay barely afloat this year.

The EP features Empire State Human (by themselves and help from the always wonder Mr. Wave In Head), The Garland Cult, Hyperbubble and a track we nabbed (with permission!) from Cosmicity.

If so moved (and you have any money left these days) after listening to these pleasant tunes, please consider donating to your favorite charity.

Thanks for all the bands and to Bobby Clark for his help.

PS- Please forward this to as many people as you care to.

This includes allthe songs, liner notes and a jpeg of the cover yo ucan print out.

Friday, December 12, 2008

What would you call this release?

Item in question:

track list:

1. Doki Doki (Radio Edit) 3:06
2. Doki Doki (Panik Mix) 4:13
3. Doki Doki (Extended Mix) 4:57
4. Doki Doki (Disko Warp Lockdown Mix) 3:27
5. Doki Doki (Cyber Systers Euro Mix) 5:06
6. Doki Doki (Dancecore Inc. Remix)

I know! Let's call it "Party Around the World"

Sigh, godambit.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

past 12 months, in a nut shell

Ninthwave Oct 07 – Oct 08 Report

(does not really match up date wise, I am still waiting for some September sales, and even though I have “October” sales, that’s really August and September due to the delay in reporting. )


Digital sales.

First off, as a way of comparing – from Oct to Oct I shipped 1457 CDs. Most of those sold or will sell.


552 digital albums were sold.

44,169 tracks.

Now before we get all excited –
33,601 of those were streams, for which we get often a penny or less for.

10,568 were downloads, which we get 50 cents on up for.

Yeah, do the math. Just know , as a frame of reference – the deal we did for Heaven 17 that got them on HBO’s True Blood was for more than all our Digital and CDs sales for the past 12 months combined. Perspective huh?

If one does the “industry standard” thing and divide the tracks by 10 (as in 10 songs to an album, not sure if ANY CD we’ve released has just 10 songs on it) you get about 1050.

So basically I “sold” about 1600 digital albums worth of stuff. Or just a little bit more than actual Cds I sold. So say a 50/50 split.

This isn’t revenue, I haven’t figured that out yet. But still interesting.

Here are some other highlights-

254 tracks were sold as ring tones. Many in Canada. Hmmm…

Top ten selling Digital albums (just album sales, not track)

1. Melody & Mezzo “Nightshade” remix EP
2. Matinee Club – the Modern LP
3. Melody & Mezzo “ I Wanna Be Your Star” Remix EP
[After here sales drop off pretty stteply]
4. –Party Around the World (this reflects only a few of their sales so far)
5. Spray – Children of a Laser God
6. Heaven 17 “Hands up To Heaven – Qubiq Mixes” (You have to buy the “album” to get either of these two mixes).
7. -9. Tie
a. Heaven 17 “Hands up to Heaven DJ Mixes”
b. Spray - Living In Neon
c. NASA –Remembering the Future
10. -12 Tie
a. Various – Electricity 3
b. Sonic Hub “New Man” single
c. Spray “I Am Gothic Remix Project”
btw- the last three sold 11 copies each, so we’re not talking huge sales.

Here are the top selling tracks (digital, all types of downloads, including all those many streams. One day I might sort them out but I am going cross-eyed already. The count is simply all versions of the song, so those with lots of remixes (Heaven 17! Melidy & Mezzo) have all remixes just counted as the song selling. Clear?

1 Hands Up To Heaven (twice as many as the next song)
2 Don’t Fear The Reaper
3 I'm gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me
4 I Am Gothic
5 Run With Us
6 I Want To Be Your Star
7 Night shade
8 Whenever I say Hello
9 Woah Song
10 Persuaders
11 Duct Tape My Heart
12 a new surprise
13 Tracy gold
14 Deeper and Deeper
15 Industry
16 The Way It Is
17 Into the Blue
18 Marbelized
19 Sleepless
20 The Dreamer
21 Freedom From Love
22 Something For Real
23 What Would It Take
24 He Came With the Frame
25 Nexterday
26 Alan cumming
27 Love Is a Stranger
28 Guardian
29 Panoptican
30 Baba O'Rielly
31 Leap of Faith
32 All Good Things
33 We Are Industry
34 Back to Square One
35 Halloween
36 Jane Falls Down
37 Uncontrolable Love
38 Sometimes
39 Stranded in Manchester
40 Descending
41 Commmute
42 Impossible
43 Hand on the Gun
44 Modern Love
45 Apollo
46 I Am Taking Photographs
47 Cat Fight!
48 Suburban Culture
49 Homewrecker
50 Pretend Girlfriend
51 We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About
52 Child of the 80s
53 City Dweller
54 Kiss Like in the Movies
55 Irreverisble
56 Green
57 He Came With the Sleigh
58 It's All In The Drums
59 Don't You Know Who I Am?
60 Happy
61 Little Alfie
62 Extraordinary
63 Avarice
64 Anthem for the Modern Artist
65 Neon Rain
66 Beep Beep
67 Gale Winds
68 Are You Falling In Love Again?
69 Before You Go

After that all songs sold less than 100 downloads/streams.
Some notes – “Hand on the Gun” included both the Figaro and ESH versions.
Had all the sales of Spray’s “He Came with the Frame/Sleigh” been combined it would have been top twenty.

Tracks from well known artists on our various artists sets sell well (no surprise)

Top selling artists based on # of tracks (again, this is all kinds of tracks)

1 Heaven 17 (just over 26% of all track sales)
2 Spray (about 17% of all sales)
3 Aidan Casserly*
4 Empire State Human
5 Melody & Mezzo
6 White Town
7 Alan Replica
8 Matinee club(The Modern)
9 Freezepop
11 DJ Daz
12 Xero G
13 Astromill
14 Mark Nicholas*
15 The Garland Cult
16 Macondo
17 Space March
18 Soviet
19 Ganymede
20 Electroluvs
21 Synthetik FM
22 Fr/action
23 Raindancer

Yeah, 43% of all track sales come from two bands.

About Mark Nicholas – I combined the stuff from him, Cosmicity and uh, Turd Furguson. Because.
Aidan Casserly –He’s the thread between ESH, The Garland Cult and Figaro. He accounts for 10% of all sales.

I think it is great to see how well Alan Replica does here despite the fact he does not have a single song that sells really well – he sells across the board. Cool.

Well, ok, my head is spinning. I need to get out that Spray CD stat! And seriously try to get out the Alan Replica CD…

new Burial, sort of

My own personal Record of the Year, Burial's Untrue, is stuck on my ipod repeat list. You MUST find a way to listen to this. It is probably the first record since DJ shadow's debut or even PRetty Hate MAchine that has really opened my mind up in a new way.
Meanwhile Mr. Burial has released (or will soon) a DJ Kicks set. These are a mixed bag, the series asks DJs to pick out songs, do a mix set. Sometimes you get good stuff, often it seems people pick stuff to impress the critics. I have a good feeling about Mr. Burial.


DJ Kicks

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Just saying

totally off topic, but this is kinda scary...
(love the show btw, watch all the seasosn, but wow, now with eyes wide open)

The top shot (Yellow bandana) is a screen shot from Episode 9, the bottom shot is supposed to be from episode 12, a few days later....


Heaven 17's "I'm gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me" The great single that never was (but was, really).
I lucked out with "Hands Up To Heaven" - the first single from Before/After- I got some super remixes and got a NYC club promoter to push the record. We made #6 on billboard. So I got very excited about what I considered to be a sure fire follow up, IGMYFILWM. I go some UK remixers, got Qubiq back, pressed up full color sleeve singles... and...
Well, the NYC club promoter wanted some more mixes, but I had already spent about $3000 on remixes and pressing, Ihad no more money (plus his fee would have just been even more $$$). So it kinda sat there.
Sold well as a single on Amazon for a while (the band has a lot of fans!)

But over the past four weeks sales have steadily climed on iTunes. Nothing huge, just from say 5 a week to 40 in the past week.

And now Qubiq fantasic Radio Mix is #8 on iTunes ' Heaven 17 list.

So somewhere, someone is spinning the mixes, finally! Maybe people have moved on from "Don't Fear the Reaper" (still the biggest choice for people at iTunes). I haveno idea.

This is what can be very frustrating - I would love to say it was some master stroke of marketing, but it is more from meglect. And even if I figured it out, there is no way to know if it really would work- sales might fall off a cliff next week. Christmas tends to change people's spending habits, from themselves to others. (Funny how that works).

Thursday, December 4, 2008

ESH plan a remix comp - Kraftwerk alert!

Aidan and Sean from ESH asked about doing a remix conest-
"a remix competition for our track with Wolfgang" That would be Wolfgang Flur/YAMO of KRaftwerk fame. The song is on their new album Audio Gothic out in Feb.

Stay tuned for more details.
Meanwhile here is a golden oldie from ESH

PopularityEmpire State Human
"Hand On The Gun" (mp3)
from "Popularity"
(Ninthwave Media)

Buy at iTunes Music Store
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Buy at Rhapsody
Buy at Napster
Stream from Rhapsody
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Buy at mTraks
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Attery Squash is not Spray, no sir!

Santa's Laughter Mocks the Poor?

Devo was right about everything?

Hmm, wonder who these buggers ARE? offers Ninthwave MP3s now

Just in Today (or maybe yesterday) is the new MP3 store, which has the full line of Ninthwave releases (well most of them, not all are available from us in the UK)
click here to see.

More news today about another ninthwave band about possible tour plans that I can't talk about yet, but it would be a biggie.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Super Tuesday

When I started this blog I wanted tobe pretty transperant with what was going on at the label. But,... sometimes I just can't tell everything even though I am bursting at the seams today. Here's what is in the rumour mill - possibly licensing one and maybe two ninthwave releases in some Asian countries, outisde chance that there will be a tour there too for at least one band, maybe a UK deal for another on a major UK indie (but no names yet because chances are it might not happen), word that a major US magazine was asking about profiling one of the bands...
Ugh! All this from 9 am to 12 noon today. It's almost too much for my little pea head to take in!
What I can tell you is that IODA took in a new remix single from and we should get that processed today or tomorrow and then they will zip it to the digital services.
Oh, and I got in the "Hard Times" promo Cd and will ship them today to Todd at A different Drum....

Monday, December 1, 2008

Matinee Club is dead, long live The Modern!

Got an unexpected (but very exciting!) email today from Chi of the Modern-

We are now with an indie label over here, Pie and Mash Recordings, and have decided to go back to being called The Modern.
We were never comfortable being Matinee Club.
Also we have got Rees back in the band drumming.
He used to be in the band with us, we grew up together, but his other band Dirty Vegas did a world tour and we lost him for a couple of years.
Now he's back for good.

Anyway we have had a great response to The Modern returning and sold out our first gig and we play the Astoria with I AM X on saturday which I also believe has sold out.

The second album is sounding great"

Wow. :-)

Out Today - new Heaven 17

I downloaded this from emusic today and wow, very nice! I love the new version of Beng Boiled. And the new stuff is very nice, especially "Party Fears Two" . Glen's voice is great and it sounds like his wonderful stuff from the first BEF collection (his "Witchita Lineman" is a all time classic reading of the song).

All in all a nice little Christmas gift from the band. Not going to change the world but it makes me happy.

wonderful macy's day float

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bubblegum for Christmas

Now that is selling, I am beginging to be aware of a ton of music out there called "Bubblegum." Not you Ohio Fruit company or "Yummy Yummy" tytpe from the late 60s, but a new type- a 90s sound that Aqua perfected ("BArbie Girl")
Now there is even a Christmas album of the stuff - note the West End Girls cover of the PSB classic "Snow At Christmas" (btw- the gals verison is pretty awful, and I like them!)

Listen, if you dare, to this clip from Crispy - It has all the world of Bubblegum- great melody, nice singing and, wait for it! Bad Germanic Rap!

Feel Good Party Album of the Season or Crime Against Humanity? You Decide!!!!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wait a damn minute!

When the heck did THIS come out?

Durn, digital only so far. Still, wow, I might just scoop that up-
1. Fascination (Extended Remix) 4:56
2. Mirror Man 3:50
3. Hard Times (Instrumental Version) 4:57
4. I Love You Too Much 3:18
5. You Remind Me Of Gold 3:35
6. (Keep Feeling) Fascination (Improvisation) 6:15
7. I Love You Too Much (Dub Version)

Monday - time for a freebie!

Not much to report today, except that by Dec 1 I should have 300 cdrs in my hands that I did up for Todd at ADD (Hi Todd, sorry I forgot to tell you about this!)
I made up a Ninthwave sampler for him to give away. Here's what you can look forward to:
1. “Doki Doki (Dancecore Inc. Remix),” original on Party Around the World
2. “I'm Gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me (Electroluvs remix)” Heaven 17 original on Before / After
3. “This Eternal Life” Alan Replica from Darkened
4. “The Passenger” Figaro from I Am Figaro
5. “Olaf MegaMix” Garland Cult - songs from Protect Yourself From Hollywood
6. “Closing Door,” The Modern from Matinee Club LP
7. “About To Explode” Space March, original on Without This You Can Never Change
8. “Boy Don’t” Electroluvs from Bubblewrapped
9. “Audio Gothic (Edit)”Empire State Human from Audio Gothic

The CD is called "Hard Times" btw - ;-)

Totally Unrelated:
I'm Gonna Make You Fall In Love With MeHeaven 17
"I'm Gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me" (mp3)
from "I'm Gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me"
(Ninthwave Media)

Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at eMusic
Buy at Rhapsody
Buy at Napster
Stream from Rhapsody
Buy at Puretracks
Buy at Amazon MP3
Buy at GroupieTunes
Buy at mTraks
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Totally related:

Friday, November 21, 2008

G'N'R, Qubiq

I am listening to the stream o f the new Guns N Roses album on Mysapce
I know, I know - but it is part of my musicial DNA, I grew upon "Welcome to the Jungle." The first two songs SUCK! But after that, it gets, well, good actually. I could listen to it on the radio ( more than another round of "Open Arms").

Yeah, I'm crazy.

Qubiq's new remix album is popping up on Blog o land :

pretty cool I think :-)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

iTunes Sales, revised

someone asked, so here are itunes sales by Act and downloads.

click on the image ot get something you can actually read :-)

$5.99 for the new Qubiq collection

Under $6 for two hours of music, wow :-) has the new Qubiq for just $5.99.
Wow, I, uh, guesss that's ok.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

JVC says No No

JVC Japan (is that redundant?) passed on the album, but may hook us up on the import side. I think that will be for the best really.

IODA, our digital distro guys highlighted the new Qubiq Remix set in their weekly Dance music newsletter. Very cool!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This week in screw ups

So the newly expanded Qubiq Remixes set is up on eMusic and most likely up on iTunes soon. Huh? I forgot to tell you? Well, it struck me that I really hated the old artwork for the “first” Qubiq Remix set and so I threw on some more mixes I had from him and walla! A newly expanded set. I figure if Rhianna can do it… Plus, no one (I mean NO ONE!) ever actually bought the entire original album release. Hopefully now they will since it will be a bargain, a whole 2 hours of mixes for one low price.

eMusic is quick when they want. They already posted my latest brain fart but still no sign of I am trying to get out a new ESH single they did with Wolfgang Flur from Kraftewerk. Somehow I sent out a CD with another song on it. I figured it out before our Digital service sent it too far, but eMusic still managed to get it out.

A fix is being worked on now, but still…

Speaking of, I finally got word to release a remix single for “Doki Doki” from their new album. By the way, the Cd is about to be top ten on our all time best selling Amazon CDs. Not to shabby considering we don’t sell nearly as many Cds on amazon as we used too.

Some Qubiq to tide you over.
Qubiz Remix Vol. 1 - Expanded EditionEmpire State Human
"Dreams in the Mirror" (mp3)
from "Qubiz Remix Vol. 1 - Expanded Edition"
(Ninthwave Media)

More On This Album

Qubiz Remix Vol. 1 - Expanded EditionSonic Hub, Martin Fry
"New Man (feat. Martin Fry)" (mp3)
from "Qubiz Remix Vol. 1 - Expanded Edition"
(Ninthwave Media)

More On This Album

Gary Flanagan's back!

Way back when Ninthwave was just a bedroom label (as opposed to the multinational bemoth it is today) I heard a bunch of songs from this guy, Gary Flanagan, out of Canada. It was rinky sounding, but honest and catchy in it own way. He was gracious enough to lalow me ot press up some Cdr's of his debut and follow up. It eventually led to Ganymede finding out about ninthwave (they LOVE Gary's stuff- so much they produced and released his thrid album on Cohaagen).

anyway, he has two new albums out this week (!) Check him out if yo ulike your music cireca 1981. Maybe I'll even dig out those first two albums and try to get them up on iTunes.

Here's his email I got today -
"Hello folks! I just wanted to let you all know some very exciting news. My two brand new albums "Damariscotta" and "Europe" are ready to be unleashed upon the world. I'm very proud of both of these albums. They are both very different from one another.

"Damariscotta" is polished, clockwork synthpop. It is very heavily influenced by Vince Clarke. If you like Yazoo, Early Depeche Mode or Erasure, you will enjoy this album, I guarantee. You'll also like this if you are a fan of Human League, OMD, Kraftwerk, or any of those other classic synth bands. This one is very catchy and very hummable. A total New Wave party ripped right out of 1981. :)

"Europe" is a dramatic about-face to everything I said about "Damariscotta". It is raw, edgy, primitive and dark. Lots of buzzing synths and stiff beatboxes. This one falls under the "minimal wave" genre, and it also has touches of EBM and goth. It is my love letter to a continent I have never been to. This one was influenced by early Cabaret Voltaire, Martin Dupont, Thomas Leer, Robert Rental, Vice Versa, Fad Gadget, Visage, Gary Numan, etc.

Both albums can now be ordered through Paypal on my MySpace page (off to the right) or on the home page of my website:

Friday, November 14, 2008

Day Just Made- New Heaven 17!

OMG! Brand new Heaven 17, sort of. New mixes, some really old songs and at least one unreleased gem. Amazon has the download and samples, GO NOW AND LISTEN.
Plus, yes, you can buy a CD here-

Fromwhat I can hear it sounds like they have really funked up the songs for the tour (I think some of these are the new backing tracks they will play this Nov and Dec in the UK)

1. Being Boiled
2. Geisha Boys And Temple Girls
3. Temptation (featuring Billie Godfrey)
4. Penthouse And Pavement
5. Party Fears Two
6. Don’t Fall
7. (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
8. We Live So Fast
9. Empire State Human

Oh boy! So very cool!

I want the next ESh video to be like this

Thursday, November 13, 2008

great news for friends of Ninthwave!

Thought Criminals, a great UK band, who Ninthwave "helped" by putting their debut, self released CD up on amazon last year landed a deal with a legit and proper label.

The band can be pretty, uh, raunchy, so it is probably NSFW, but it sounds good turned up loud or ina club ihmo.
Listen for yourself -

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Why iTunes matters

The reason I get so worked up over itunes and their "take forever to put up stuff" approach is that even in a slow month they account for 75% of ninthwave's sales.

Anyway, as promised here are the last 8 weeks of sales (through 11/8) on itunes. comments below

(click on image to get a big, readable, version)

Some notes: has really zoomed off for us. Already they are one of our top ten sellers ever on Amazon and after Heaven 17 our biggest seller ever on iTunes - well, ok, maybe Spray has more sales over all.

Melody and Mezzo have also been steady - hmm, Spray, and M&M, all on the DDR video game series.

Samplers do well for us too - people like to hear variety. I guess I should rustle up a new one soon.

Three years ago Empire State Human sold over 1000 downloads of "Halloween" this year I think they moved about 3. Wow. I guess everyone found that there are many version of that song out there.

Some of the slow sellers make me sad. I wish more people would discover The Peoples or Astromill, or even no shows on the list like Alan Replica (who sells CDs, oddly enough).

Feedback welcomed!

Why is itunes so slow?

OK, so amazon got the "new" Heaven 17 single Nov 10 (that would be, um, yesterday!) and...

Now itunes got the same file, etc, October 28 and...
uh, still no sign of it on iTunes...

Oh well. Not much is selling on iTunes. Later today I will put up some iTunes sales figures for Ninthwave for the past 8 weeks, you can see for yourself :-(

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Misc this week- OMD, Cuban Boys

Well, I will be away the rest of the week so I thought I would do some quick bullets here-
Synthetic Dance keeps growing, added Emotiquon and picked up an brand new cuban boys track (!) that is great. It's a disco cover of Swedish Rhapsody -"Midsommarvaka "(a nice classical bit of music)

Look for a greatly expanded Qubiq remixes set and all new cover art.

Oglio is going to put the OMD cover set back up online (I took it down since I had run out of my royalty license). Stay tuned for that.

The new Empire State Human single is just about ready to pop up - it sounds great :-)

See you next week.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reaper off to digital land

I just approved the release of the Heaven 17 single for "Don't Fear the Reaper." Nothing new here, not even a remix, jut a chop/shop edit job. But I did tack on a remix that ATOM (or here) did last year (his "dub" version was on the single for "I'm gonna Make you Fall In Love With Me.") The single should start popping up on Amazon etc soon.

Because I am such a nice guy and the "holidays" are just around the corner I have ATOM's mix here, for free. I like it, but I warn you, it's not for everybody. If you like straight ahead jammin dance trax, well, uh, sorry.

Don't Fear the ReaperHeaven 17
"I'm Gonna Make You Fall in Love With Me" (mp3)
from "Don't Fear the Reaper"
(Ninthwave Media)

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