Posts from 19th March 2002

Mar 02

SOULWAX – “Push It (Remix)”

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SOULWAX – “Push It (Remix)”

The major labels are circling, and if that’s not a writ they’re carrying it’s a chequebook; the clubs are packed so tight you can’t breathe; the papers are racing to be first to sign the scene’s death certificate; and the bootlegged tunes just keep rolling out, more of them and more again. Some of the people who got the early star treatment are keeping the scene at a safe distance, parlaying their cut-and-paste notoriety into a fair hearing for their own music. Some of them, though, are cashing in while they can – Belgian outfit Soulwax have ‘the first Bootleg album’ out this week in, theoretically, a High Street shop near you.

Their reworking of “Push It”, swiped off the radio and available for download at Boom Selection, is a treat, dropping Salt N Pepa’s vocals over loops and cut-ups from the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. It’s the first bootleg I’ve heard in ages (ages = weeks!) that approaches the spunky punk-pop energy of “A Stroke Of Genius”, exploiting the transferability of the girls’ raucousness and the corruptibility of Iggy’s rockboy riffing. “Push it real good!” yells Salt-or-Pepa, “Come AWN!” replies Iggy – ‘versus’ in this case is kind of a euphemism.

Soulwax’s stuff all sounds like Big Beat – if you don’t like your rhythms big and dumb you’ll find them painfully corny going. But Big Beat took electronic music and rocked it up, while Soulwax bootlegs take rock and chisel at it until a dance track emerges. It blurs the line between ‘bootleg’ and ‘remix’ still further, but who cares when the dynamics work this well?

DUEL 2002 — Round 1 Match 10

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DUEL 2002 — Round 1 Match 10

Duel 2002 – Round 1 Match 10

Which Of These Artists Is Worse?
Ryan Adams

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Duel returns from its unseemly hiatus with a big-name match-up, two artists dedicated to keeping alive the flickering flame of rock and roll and who need little introduction. U2 were left out of 2000’s Duel! on the grounds that their inclusion would be unfair (none of the other bands would stand a chance). Also because their rockin’ activities had been thankfully low-key, Bono’s day job as world statesman taking up far too much of his time. Alas mere months after escaping the cut for Duel! 2000, U2 were back with ‘Beautiful Day’ (Bono putting his money where his mouth was by writing off his own not inconsiderable debt to A-Ha) and then a patronizing album full of the same old twice-dredged silt. Can you possibly leave them behind for the second round?

But wait! Who is this challenging Bono but country-rock upstart Ryan Adams? His fans invariably protest that Ryan Adams isn’t a rock classicist rip-off boy but frankly the clue is in the name. That said I recently admitted in another article that I’d not heard his stuff all the way through, so this summary must be a little muted. I’m sure you’ll make up for it on the comments page. What I have heard sounded tired and mawkish.

Last Result — TRAVIS 74% – Belle And Sebastian 26%

And, um, speaking of comments pages — unfortunately I fucked up and forgot to include one last time so your pearls and gallstones on the Scottish soundclash are lost to history. Let the record show that Travis trounced their opposition (despite being outnumbered 2 to 1!).

Absolutely right.

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Absolutely right. If you want to stand up, stand up. If you want to sit down (or if you have to sit down, like Emma), then sit down. If there’s nowhere to sit but you feel you must get a seat, then go somewhere else. If you think all the pubs are going to be full (i.e. it’s 6pm on a Friday) and you’re not going to get a table, then either

> get over it and stand up; or

There – I hope that’s sorted out now.

It’s all very well for you sturdy robust gentlemen.

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It’s all very well for you sturdy robust gentlemen. You don’t have to contend with the paraphernalia of being a woman which makes sitting down an ESSENTIAL PART of enjoying the pub experience. For starters, I am often to be found wearing high heels and standing still in them for any length of time (i.e. more than 1 minute) is not much fun. Plus there’s the whole handbag / coat thing – if I’m standing up where am I going to put my coat? On the floor? Fine for you chaps with your ’15.99 dark grey Uniqlo fleeces but what about us ladies with our more delicate garments? And no table / chair = nowhere to put my handbag adding a huge amount of extra strain to the whole drink holding / cigarette obtaining & lighting procedure. NOT TO MENTION the fact that wherever you stand in a pub you are going to be in someone’s way, meaning interrupted conversations, drink spillage and a number of other Pub Traumas.

I suggest Publoggers show a bit more consideration towards the lazier sex and focus on pubs where you can get a seat.