Philly punks Nothing are back from the brink with a new record that draws on some really, really bad times.
SINGLE OF THE WEEK - Girls On Top : Being Scrubbed
Messing with heads that's Girls On Top all over.
This is nothing, however, compared to the B-side, the real reason that this is Single Of The Week. 'I Wanna Dance With Numbers' overlays Whitney Houston's diva croon from 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' onto Kraftwerk's 'Numbers', and the result, far from being the genre-clash mismatch you might expect, is astonishingly moving. Whitney's vocal floats over the proto-electro beats and looped synth pulses, creating a kind of euphoric techno-soul hybrid. That such a simple idea could produce something so profoundly affecting, and from something so gut-wrenchingly banal as an '80s Whitney Houston performance, suggests that Rich X is some kind of decks Duchamp. It's a juxtaposition of the mundane and the sublime, creating a third aesthetic that transcends both original sources and allows you to see the world in a new way. Quite a feat for an unassuming act of turntable trickery.
The icing on the culture-jamming cake is the 45's sleeve, which parodies the cover to Kraftwerk's 'The Man Machine',
only with the unsmiling faces of Germany's finest faux-robots replaced with Whitney's cheesy-grin visage. Messing with
heads that's Girls On Top all over.
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