Monday, April 14, 2014

Barnyard Beat: Livestock Rock And Jungle Jams

Musique concrete for pre-schoolers: this 1995 release on the Kid Rhino label takes played-out wedding-dj oldies, and thru the Space-Age miracle of sampling, replaces the lead vocals with animal sounds. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what is meant by "avant-'tard." Despite using the same techniques as the likes of Pierre Henry and John Cage, it will never be listed in the history books along with them, no matter how well it's done. File under "Childrens/novelty" and dump in the bargain bin (where I picked it up for a couple bucks). Ah, but we know the score, don't we, dear maniacs?

It's all more clever than it needs to be. Sonic puns abound, as when owls sing The Who's "We're Not Gonna Take It" - get it: The Whoooo?; and sheep "sing" the Beach Boy's "Barbara Ann" as "Baaahrbara Ann." The sampled birds (not lions) on the version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a really impressive work of cut-n-paste. Great job, guys - both me and my 4-year-old appreciate it.

Barnyard Beat: Livestock Rock And Jungle Jams

1. Born To Be Wild - Chicken Wolf
2. Beat It - Mew Kids On The Block
3. Honky Tonk Women - The Old Geesers
4. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Lion L. Richie
5. Barbara Ann - Ewe 2
6. I Got You (I Feel Good) - Sealy Dan
7. Conga - Simian Sound Machine
8. Wipe Out - Duck Dale And The Pig Tunes
9. Wild Thing - The Red Hot Chili Dogs
10. We're Not Gonna Take It - The Hoooes
11. The Lonely Bull - Cuds N Roses
12. Barnyard Medley - The Animals



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