Voyou Désœuvré

A while back, last.fm repeatedly played me Calvin Harris’s “The Girls.” So I downloaded the album and promptly forgot about it; but I remembered it, and started listening to it, a couple of days ago. It’s pretty good; but it is odd to hear what is basically Fat Harry White doing Audio Bullys covers.

Still, it does mean that, as a bonus to remembering Calvin Harris, I also remembered the Audio Bullys. In fact, listening to the Audio Bullys in the context of Calvin Harris makes hear something I think I missed the first time around, which is the nostalgia that pervades their records; they don’t so much make dance music as make records about a certain relation to dance music, a relation that I’m not sure exists any longer. It seemed an odd connection when it first occoured to me, but the more I think about it the more plausible it seems: weren’t the Audio Bullys doing something rather similar to Burial?


  1. Ian Mathers, 7:22 am, July 22, 2008

    I am a big fan of Ego War (though I didn’t think much of the follow up), and this had never occurred to me. But I think you’re definitely on to something.

  2. geo, 7:40 am, July 22, 2008

    this is unrelated, but did you see that michael savage is in hot water? who, you might ask, did he offend this time, after being so openly racist and homophobic for so long? which powerful group has he wronged this time?

    the autistic, that’s who.

  3. geo, 7:42 am, July 22, 2008

    and btw i don’t know anything about most of the music you discuss… but we were watching the captain sensible version of “happy talkie talkie” the other day… in preparation for the dizzee show

  4. voyou, 8:37 pm, July 23, 2008

    I’m pretty sure I heard Generation when it came out, but I have absolutely no memories of it, so I imagine my reaction was no more positive than yours.

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