Fans ... LP Island, 1984. Very Good ...
After his Duck Rock/Buffalo Scratch days, this was MalcolmMcLaren's next project – an attempt to update opera into a post-disco, hip-hop inflected dancefloor sound. The groove takes electronic beats and layers vocals and washes of sound over the top – presenting famous vocal passages with a sense of camp and knowledge of opera that may well be the closest thing McLaren ever came to outing himself! Includes the sublime hit "Madam Butterfly", plus "Carmen", "Fans", "Boy's Chorus", and "Death Of Butterfly". LP, Vinyl record album
The cut here is the "Hobo Scratch", the dub/scratch/instrumental version of "She's Lookin Like a Hobo". Definitely up there with one of finer breakin tracks – all the right elements without some of the more goofy vocal effects of some other electro tracks. (We won't comment on the kinda weak "Double Dutch".) 12-inch, Vinyl record
More turntable wizardry from the X-Men/X-ecutioner's Rob Swift. "All That Scratching" flips the phrase from MalcolmMcLaren & The Supreme Team's "Buffalo Gals" to "All that scratching's makin me rich", and adds some jazz horn licks. "The Ablist", as in turntablist, is more abstract, using dissonant piano and Kool Keith samples. 12-inch, Vinyl record