Thursday, May 28, 2009

An Early Clue to the New Direction: Special Mediocre Controlled Substances Edition

From 1990, please enjoy The Orb, insufferably pretentious Brit masters of ambient house Crappy Electronic Dance Music and their light years beyond annoying "Little Fluffy Clouds."



Seriously, kids, this is why you should never, under any circumstances, do Ecstasy -- it makes you listen to really horrible records.

In any case, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded to the first listener who gleans the clip's relation to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.

14 comments:

David said...

Steve, I feel you're being a bit harsh. While I agree that most of the electronica canon does not hold up well in the harsh light of the 00s, or to the non-intoxicated, I think this one actually has more merit than 99% of the others of its ilk.
It also has an uncredited vocal sample from Rickie Lee Jones, so I'm guessing that your new direction is...Songs with uncredited contributions from established artists?

Anonymous said...

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steve simels said...

Dave:

What can I tell you -- it's from pretty much my least favorite musical period evah.
:-)

Peter said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Where is Janis Joplin now that we really need her?

steve simels said...

Really -- late 80s, early 90s, it was like the Brits were having a contest to come up with more awful bands than anybody had thought humanly possible.

KLF? Jesus Jones?

Those guys made Richard Marx look deep....

jeff said...

Songs that are too twee by half?

Shit that gleems like Shinola, but only if you're stoned?

Word verification: poohyla. Kind of fitting, that.

Noam Sane said...

Wow. They manage to fit an entire year of suck into 7:39. Awesome.

Jesus Jones?It was the sideways hat that really made that band.

Songs that reference size.

ms. rosa said...

Adjective + adjective + noun = song title?

steve simels said...

No, no, no, no and heck no.
:-)

Anonymous said...

If the answer is "songs with spoken word segments" I know which Tonio K song you'll include!

ROTP(lumber)

MBowen said...

I liked Jesus Jones' big hit; it was a blast of well-deserved optimism after the fall of totalitarianism in Eastern Europe (my mother was a refugee from East Germany, so I took that stuff seriously), not to mention a backhanded slap at Tracy Chapman. Sadly, we know how well that all turned out.

Anyway, as to the topic: songs with no chord changes?

dSmith said...

Songs that go on way too long?

steve simels said...

Anonymous said...
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Okay, she nailed it, but I didn't want to let on too early.

Okay, anonymous -- or toots, or whatever your name is -- your Coveted PowerPop No-Prize is coming to you by llama caravan as we speak.

steve simels said...

Oh, and to that list of horrendous Brit bands of the late 80s/early 90s, let's not forget those jerks who did "You're Unbelievable."

They were also responsible for the single lamest cover of the Stooges "Search and Destroy" ever heard by sentient mammalian ears...