Duck Rock (Malcolm McLaren)

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I bought this today and I really enjoy it - great Trevor Horn production and McLaren's tourism-ethos is refreshingly blatant (eg also Holly Valance!). Could a similar cultural-pillage-project work nowadays though? What does anyone else think of the record?

I did a search to see if we'd had a thread on this but I couldnt find it.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 1 October 2002 18:48 (sixteen years ago) Permalink


jess (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 1 October 2002 19:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Haha yeah but the key differences are:

i) Albarn is a musician and McLaren doesn't bother with that shit.

ii) Albarn on eg Mali Music does this whole oh it's-just-jamming (which it *is* i.e. the songs are knock-offs and cast-offs) whereas McLaren is much more willing to be honest about locking his ego with others' talent.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 1 October 2002 20:53 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

There was a great piece on Church of Me last week talking 'bout it

H (Heruy), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 06:18 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

trailer-park girls go round the outside!

i'll bet that if someone like dennis rodman were to do a compilation of jamaican booty music it'd be a massive critical favorite.

Dave M. (rotten03), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 06:21 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

bet again

James Blount (James Blount), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 06:31 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

(dennis rodman here being an example of the useless celebrity)

Dave M. (rotten03), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 06:31 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

k-classic (although if you break it down track by track, some are a lot weaker than others. I'm thinking here of the 'African' songs - done better before and after IMO by eg David Fanshawe and Paul Simon.)

'merengue' is my favourite song outside the singles

gobsmacked you've not heard it before, Tom, actually

I think a similar concept could still work today, but you'd probably have to pillage different things - and the results might be less fun. Nordic folk music anyone?

Jeff W (Jeff W), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 08:34 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I had the singles but had never really thought to go after the album for some reason.

Tom (Groke), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 08:36 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
Hey Tom, I picked this up yesterday and was most impressed. Like yourself, knew the singles but never thought about getting the album. Am pleased I did - still sounds v fresh for a 20 yr old record.

guy flower, Wednesday, 2 April 2003 07:46 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

Wow, old-ILM really ~breaking it down 4 u~...

I just posted on the Noize Borad w/r/t the "ethno-tourism mix" of Duck Rock shares the feel of a Sublime Frequencies "Transmissions..." comp.

What are some other records that have this same pastiche format (culturally tourist or not)?

✌.✰|ʘ‿ʘ|✰.✌ (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 10 April 2010 04:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

That Yello record? I dunno.

bamcquern, Saturday, 10 April 2010 05:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've heard it elsewhere and did not pay attention because I think I was annoyed by the effect.

bamcquern, Saturday, 10 April 2010 05:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

What are some other records that have this same pastiche format (culturally tourist or not)?

bungle side project secret chiefs 3, lotsa stuff on the crammed label, david byrne (?), dan del santo, manu chao, jade warrior, mick fleetwood's "the visitor"

jaxon, Saturday, 10 April 2010 17:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

canaxis, the very best, the books first two kinda, though none of these maybe

plax (ico), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 10:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

this was supposedly coming out on a remastered CD with a docu. anyone know what happened to it?

piscesx, Saturday, 9 April 2011 10:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

christ why have i never heard this?

it's co written by anne dudley and wipes the floor with most of Duck Rock.

piscesx, Sunday, 29 September 2013 01:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I have posted elsewhere on ILM about how Swamp Thing is so...I'm not even going to say underrated, just underheard. Great album.

everything, Sunday, 29 September 2013 06:47 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Trevor Horn and Gary Langham are breaking the album down in "An Evening With.." style.

everything, Sunday, 14 April 2019 19:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I love 'Duck Rock', but charging nearly £45 to watch a couple of guys play a record and talk about it, is a wheeze McLaren would be proud of.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 15 April 2019 11:11 (two months ago) Permalink

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