Sunday, August 1, 2021
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
And then Metalheads score again in August of '93 with "Angel" - and this time we have a picture of Goldie. It's even worse than the photo of me I think! That strange perpendicular finger...
Origin Unknown "Long Dark Tunnel" - better known as "Valley of Shadows" - is reviewed off of hearing it on pirate radio. (Or was it on a CD compilation? I don't think so). I'm not sure how I knew the name of the label, but I know I didn't own the vinyl at that point - bought it much, much later. Also worthy of Single of the Week status.
Aha - and then there's reviews for Omni Trio (yet another SOTW contender surely) while Goldie gets another review with the Rufige Cru "Ghosts". Well now I wish I had made that the second single of the week (or third, or fourth, or fifth) and mentioned the remix of "Terminator" - "Terminator 2".The very tune that germinated the concept of rhythmic psychedelia in my brain? It has backwards drums and phased breaks, see...
Ray Keith is misattributed as the author of the Wot's My Code tune rather than remixer - easy mistake to make as his name was massive on the front record sleeve.
Also this large claim on the label kinda invites confusion
Who's this Knookie chappie then?
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Chris Richards at Washington Post on South Florida "fast remixes":
"Clock-torquing has always been central to rap music, with DJs and producers perpetually tweaking the speeds of their samples, treating time like gobs of Silly Putty. Houston’s DJ Screw changed the trajectory of rap by famously slowing records down, loosening the tempo until it melted into a beautiful ooze — so it makes sense that a fast remix does something like the opposite. Instead of liquefying, the details crystallize. The beats become light and delicate. The rhymes get tight and Smurfy. Give a fast remix your most undivided attention and it’ll start to sound like a double-refusal of temporality and corporeality — a sort of metaphysical protest music."
although hearing them I think he kind of oversells a bit...
Some examples he cites:
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Looking at the 4 Hero early EP The Head Hunter, with its back cover cartoon of the group as malformed beings grotesquely mutated owing to their experimentation with speeding up the bpm...
It struck me they had one thing in common with The Groundhogs
But there must be many other examples of musicians becoming comic-strip characters or animations.
Well, there's the animated sequences in The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle - a ruse around the non-participation of Johnny Rotten in the movie, the virtual nonparticipation of Vicious, and lack of documentary footage of certain key episodes
original cel for Rotten
And here's that whole cartoon sequence from tGRnRS
another sequence involving Vicious and his mum (plus smack and incest) (not actually in the finished movie) seeded these images on the left of the Great Rock'n'Swindle gatefold