The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 19, 1990-Page 21
Adamski the "Acid Skinhead" is a
product of London's house music
club scene. Using a sampler, key-
boards and the obligatory drum ma-
chine, Adamski plays instrumental
acid house/techno/modern disco mu-
sic for huge crowds of dancers.
Liveandirect was recorded at raves
around London and on the Spanish
island of Ibiza. In the wee small
hours, thousands of people would
drive out of London on the M25 or-
bital motorway and, fuelled by Ec-
stasy, rave all night in an airplane
hangar. Adamski's debut album pays
homage to those nights with the
tunes "M25" and "Into Orbit."
The rave is a product of the black
and white working class dance sub-
culture in Britain. Not everyone is
poor, alienated, disaffected (and a
whole lot of other sociological
clich6s), but the impetus to dance
yourself dizzy does come from a ba-
sic desire to push away the medi-
ocrity, grayness and pervasive con-
servatism of Britain in the Thatcher
When you're high on Ecstasy and
immersed in the pulsing sound of
house music, nothing matters but
the fact that your body is in har-
mony with the rhythm and with the
other dancers. The rave is collective
trance, and yep, it is escapist at the
core, but it is also negation. It says
a big fat communal NO to boredom
and the complacent conformity de-
manded in a decaying Britain. This
negation is as political as Johnny
Rotten spitting out "Pretty Vacant"
on the BBC. Dancing all night in
unregulated places will not over-
throw Maggie, but it is a minor re-
sistance at a particular historical
moment. The music fills a spiritual
void. Adamski's Liveandirect is
history - a snapshot of Brit pop
culture, a testament to the power of
the good groove.
Adamski's brand of funk has
germinated in the soil of the new
body conscious music. Amongst
others, Soul II Soul, 808 State,
Deee Lite and Black Box realize that
Descartes was a silly old fart (and
philosophical mack), and that the
mind/body split is a load of twaddle.
Does the mind rule the body or the
body rule the mind? It really doesn't
matter because they are one and the
same thing. The debate between the
word and groove belongs in the
trashcan. The only thing of conse-
quence is that the dancer's brain,
flesh and bones vibrate sympatheti-
Liveandirect draws together all
the central impulses of house into
its enveloping rhythms. "Brand New
World" touches on the utopian
yearning to dwell inside rhythm.
"Tekno Krisna" and "The Bassline
changed my life" quiver with reli-
gious celebration. "Magik Piano"
sprinkles gold dust piano motifs
over its propulsive rhythm.
Liveandirect throbs with a wide
range of multi-layered, carefully tex-
tured pulses, but its greatest moment
comes in the Euro mega hit "Killer."
With Seal on deep house gospel vo-
cals, "Killer" builds and builds, the
drum machine and keyboards jostling
for superiority in a riveting dance.
The lyrics place "Killer" alongside
the O'Jays' "Love Train" and Earth
Wind & Fire's brilliant "Boogie
Wonderland" in the tradition of
In its do-it-yourself immediacy
and vitality, Liveandirect further
confirms the fact that rock music
played by guys with big noisy gui-
tars and Oedipal complexes is redun-
dant in the 1990s. Technology is the
way forward. It is democratic, avoid-
ing the hackneyed live gig format
and keeping the artist's ego at arm's
length. The drum machine is the
voice of God.
-Nabeel Mustafa Zuberi
In the interest of proividing hallucinogenic services for readers who are
not able to afford Ecstacy or other ultra-trendy drugs, Daily Arts is
provicing YOU! with this meg a-cool, whacked-out picture of some dude
who thinks he's the hottest new craze in Acid Houses everywhere.
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