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Words that swim madly in your head

Explicit words and loud music come from a UK group with an oxymoron for a name

You've Come a Long Way Baby
Fatboy Slim
Sony Music
Rs 100

Acid rock attracts feverish following or severe dislike. It sounds much more disturbing and dissonant than conventional rock, although it tries to work with slower beats. It tries musically to recreate the psychedelic effects of drugs, mainly LSD, an illegal drug that is known to make things appear more beautiful, strange or frightening than usual. Acid, for the uninitiated, means LSD, and acid rock is closely associated with the cult of abusive, often self-destructive, rebellion.

Fatboy Slim is the name Norman Cook calls himself by. He is based in Brighton, UK, and before coming to acid rock, worked as a DJ.

The jacket of this tape is not very forthcoming about the 11 numbers here. Taking into account the generous sprinkling of four-letter words, it does not forget to advise "parental guidance". Parents guiding children how to listen to this stuff? That would be something!

The mainstay of the tape is the psychedelic effect of a repetitive voice on strong beats. The voice attempts many harsh sounds, like gargling as in Long Island, or pained shrieking as in Acid 8000.

Praise you begins with piano chords, and it's the unnaturally prolonged line 'I'll have to praise you like I shou………ld' that hooks you. Fatboy Slim's 1998 hit single Rockafeller skank is also included.

Acid 8000 has a guitar that sounds like it has gone and got itself twisted through the guts. Right here, right now is notable for a sitar-like sound on a heavy beat, and soothing violins in the interlude.

S Suchitra Lata



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