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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive 23 Skidoo collection, 8 Oct 2003
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Jay M "jay_mc" (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Gospel Comes To New Guinea (Audio CD)
Most of us 23 Skidoo fans have been waiting for this re-issue and now it has been finally released. Containing the most accessible material, which doesn't at all lessen it's political or innovative virtues, this collection should find its way into more CD players in an ideal world.
The second track 'Last Words' is wonderful, reggae, Skidoo-style, plus there are vocals on it too. Vocals never really seemed to fit their music, but on this track they seem to suit it well enough. Other highlights include the pre-industrial/proto-funk stage of the group encompassed by just one song, 'Ethics', it shows a more 70's rock slant, though enjoyable to most Skidoo fans also. At least it shows they know how to handle a guitar also, leading the lie to most critics claims that the reason why groups make Industrial music is because they can't play regular intruments like guitars properly! There is also the excellent 'Coup' which the Chemical Brothers ripped off for the bassline to 'Block Rockin' Beats'. 'Ooze' is even more reggae, this time slowed down to a crawl, more dubby in fact.
An essential purchase for fans of the group and a good stepping stone into their world for others who have not yet sampled them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Industrial Beats, Breaks and Scratches, 9 Feb 2004
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This review is from: The Gospel Comes To New Guinea (Audio CD)
This is the definitive meisterwerk from one of the 80s' lost musical gems. 23 Skidoo were vaguely affiliated with the industrial music scene, a space they shared with Cabaret Voltaire and Portion Control, among others. The techniques of the industrial crowd - Burroughs-esque tape cut ups and world music samples - are in evidence, but so are the basslines and beats that set the band apart. It's well known that the Chemical Brothers lifted the bass track from "Coup" for their own "Block Rockin' Beats", but the funk energy of the track was strong enough that it had made several appearances on bootleg mixes back in the day. This is a great selection of 23 Skidoo tracks - my advice is go the whole way and track down its companion releases, especially "Seven Songs", for a rounded picture of one of Britain's best alternative groups. It's funny to think that, despite their miserable, long dark coat appearances, edgy song titles and sonic experimentation, the industrial set really only wanted to dance all along - just like everybody.
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