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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING BAND-A Degradation Theory

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“…my music is perfect, you could go back to Beethoven and s***, but as far as this lifetime, though, this is all you got.” -Kanye West Since the Second Industrial Age began in the late 19th century, human civilization has been continuously shaped and reshaped by notable advancements in technology. With every relevant invention or improved method of production, merchants scurried for the latest competitive edge while their customers rushed the market in search of goods that made life more …

ROOM TO BREATHE (Chase The Sample Super-Mix)

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Wooooooooo, this is fun!  When it comes to music, I love taking a concept as far as it can go, so the ‘Room To Breathe (Chase the Sample Super-Mix)’ is a perfect example of my arguably unhealthy obsession with developing a good theme to its full conclusion.  In the past, it was ‘Meatshake’ or ‘Einstein Buys a Monkey’ but in 2016, I came up with the idea of singling out an element from my song ‘Room To Breathe’ and creating …

ROOM TO BREATHE-The Free LP

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I am very pleased to announce that Unique Records will be releasing my first ever solo album ‘ROOM TO BREATHE-The Free LP’.  This record contains ten, high-velocity, Hip-Hop tracks for listeners who enjoy intricate, action-packed rhyming skill showcased over fresh loops and funky drums.  Lyrically, I pushed myself as far as I could go with regard to style, pace and feel and the result, in my untrustworthy opinion, is a seriously cool collection of material.  Along with my own production …

DO YOU NEED TO BE REAL TO BE REAL?

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Recently (and unfortunately), I found myself watching Hip-Hop journalist DJ Vlad’s interview of ‘Slim Jesus’, a 19-year-old, white rapper from suburban Ohio.  Slim Jesus has recently experienced a jolt of success from his half-tempo, ode to gun-wagging called ‘Drill Time’ and the accompanying video which features him and his buddies pointing lasered-up glocks and techs toward their cameraman.  On ‘Drill Time’, Slim, who some have mockingly compared to the cartoon character ‘Caillou’, brags incessantly about his vast collection of firearms …

UGLY DUCKLING AND THE BOTTOM LINE

Posted on by andycooper in ANDY'S ANGLE, RAP RELATED, THE UGLY (DUCKLING) TRUTH | 41 Comments

Not long ago, a guy named Matthias contacted EARTOTHETRACK.NET and requested that I write a column about the difficult realities of surviving (I don’t use that word jokingly) as a small-time musical outfit like Ugly Duckling.  Normally, I would stay a mile away from a topic like this because, for me, it’s difficult to imagine that any reader would find a nominal Hip-Hop group’s struggles compelling or entertaining.  In fact, I generally assume that most people take an interest in …

BEFORE GAYE VS. THICKE, THERE WAS FANTASY VS. FOGERTY

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From 1968 to 1971, John Fogerty took Creedence Clearwater Revival to the top of the Rock’N’Roll world scoring ten consecutive top-5 hits, many of which featured B-sides tracks that also charted.  All but one of those hits (Suzy Q was a cover) were written and arranged by Fogerty who also held down lead vocals and guitar.  As CCR’s popularity grew, John Fogerty’s prominence became a divisive issue within the group and the other members (Stu Cook, Doug Clifford and Tom …

WHAT IS HIP-HOP AND WHY ARE WE STILL DOING IT?

Posted on by andycooper in RAP RELATED, THE UGLY (DUCKLING) TRUTH | 13 Comments

As Ugly Duckling prepares to embark on another European tour, I can’t help but wonder why three 40-year old men, and the audiences who come to see our show, continue to participate in a youth culture like Hip-Hop.  First off, I think we need to establish what ‘Hip-Hop’ actually is because, throughout the history of Rap music, B-boys and girls have generally disagreed about the fundamental definition of the genre.  Whether arguments have revolved around “Being basic”, “Keeping it real”, …

1-800-TOM-JONES

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During the mid-1970’s, Welsh Pop vocalist/Chippendale’s dancer Tom Jones had become so financially successful that he, like many British music celebrities, fled the United Kingdom to avoid a taxation system which deducted up to 98% of all unearned income (recording/publishing royalties) over 20,000 pounds ($70,000 in today’s money); yikes!  While Ringo Starr relocated to Monaco, David Bowie headed for Switzerland and The Rolling Stones exiled in France, Jones went west and settled, like ‘The Fresh Prince’, in upscale Bel Air, California (‘Harold Wilson was …

THE STORY OF A FAMOUS DOG

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‘Atomic Dog’ is an Electro-Funk symphony and a futuristic ghetto-opera rolled into one.  Although this messy masterpiece wasn’t a massive commercial success, 1982’s ‘Atomic Dog’ became a classic in the streets and its basic groove has been sampled to spawn more Hip-Hop songs than any column of a reasonable length could list.  Unsurprisingly, the tune was created in a most unusual fashion…

MY AFTERNOON AS A STAR: Ugly Duckling on ‘Top of the Pops’

Posted on by andycooper in RAP RELATED, THE UGLY (DUCKLING) TRUTH | 5 Comments

Recently, when I writing about Jimmie Nicol* and his strange experience as a temporary Beatle in 1964, it reminded me of a time when I, very briefly, was thrust into the unlikely position of Pop-Idol. In June of 1999, Ugly Duckling (the silly, hip-hop band of which I am a member) was given the opportunity to gig around Western Europe for 2 months as the opening act for rap legends ‘The Jungle Brothers’.  At this point in time, Rod, Dustin and I …

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