Shag Times- Library of Mu

Library of Mu record:
Title: Shag Times
Date: February 1989 ?
Journal: Q Magazine
Author: Mat Snow
Type of resource: Reviews
Status: text
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Shag Times

By Mat Snow (February 1989, ? Q Magazine)

**** (4 stars)

The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu are King Boy D. (Bill Drummond, doyen of the Liverpool scene that spawned the Bunnymen, Teardrop etc) and Rockman Rock (formerly of Brilliant), and Shag Times would be their greatest hits if the full force of the law hadn't already decided they probably belonged to the original artists. Indeed, the track Don't Take Five (Take What You Want) last saw action on the album 1987 (What The Fuck's Goin On?), so swiftly suppressed by the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society that rare copies now change hands at silly prices. Indeed, the queue of artists whose most memorable moments have been glued onto a beatbox backing-track stretches all the way back to the 19th century. Apart from the usual sources-AC/DC, James Brown-this album of already released numbers (plus a remix companion disc) creates some unlikely bedfellows. Wagner and Pet Clarke? Jimi Hendrix and Dave Brubeck? Whitney Houston and so on, ad absurdum. Though hardly new as a technique-Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five's Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel kicked off the '80s with a bricolage of Queen, Blondie and Chic-JAMMs' buccaneering attitude to the laws of creative ownership helped re-open the whole debate and, what often seems neglected in the furore, made a sequence of very amusing juxtapositions, of which The Timelords 'Doctorin' The Tardis (included here) is the tamest. A great party album.


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