Dougan frequently attempts different variations of the same track, which usually find their way onto single releases. However the â€œKurayamino variationâ€ of this â€œClubbed to Deathâ€ is significantly better known than the first one due to its appearance in the film The Matrix. Therefore, this version is now known simply as â€œClubbed to Deathâ€, and the first one as the â€œFirst Mixâ€.
The subtitle â€œKurayamino variationâ€ is Japanese for â€œdarknessâ€™s variationâ€ (???????? kurayami means darkness, and ? no is the genitive suffix). It denotes Douganâ€™s own mix in a tragic style, as well as his stated inspirations from Japanese â€˜darkâ€™ writers such as Yukio Mishima or Yasunari Kawabata.
The short strings intro is an excerpt from the first movement of Edward Elgarâ€™s Enigma Variations. On the other hand, and contrary to a widespread rumour, the piano parts are not â€œsamples of Elgarâ€™s Enigma Variationsâ€, and you wouldnâ€™t find them on Elgarâ€™s score: they are Douganâ€™s own composition, played by himself; but this composition is indeed derived from the Enigma Variations (especially the visible Theme and variations 1 and 12), and could be considered either as an apocryphal 15th variation, or as Douganâ€™s attempt at solving said enigma, which is the fabled second, hidden theme Elgar said he based his 14 variations on, but never revealed; see details in Enigma Variationsâ€™s history.
01 Clubbed To Death (Radio Edit)
02 Clubbed To Death (Rolloâ€™s House Mix)
03 Clubbed To Death (Point 4 Remix)
04 Clubbed To Death (Tom Middleton Remix)
05 Clubbed To Death (Hybrid Remix)
01 â€“ Clubbed To Death (The First Mix)
02 â€“ Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation)
03 â€“ Clubbed To Death (La Funk Mob Variation)
04 â€“ Clubbed To Death (Peshay Remix)
05 â€“ Clubbed To Death (Spoon Mix)
06 â€“ Clubbed To Death (Darkside)