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Earlier in the '90s, if the beats were funky, the scratching ferocious, and the rapping mediocre (or nonexistent) you could bet pound notes to crumpets you were listening to U.K. hip-hop. While U.S. hip-hop had gotten s-l-o-w and low (the better to accommodate its increasingly acrobatic wordplay), in Britain rock-the-house values still persisted. So now that fresh beats and turntablism have made a comeback stateside, old-skool Brit revivalists like the Wiseguys (a.k.a. Touche, a.k.a. Theo Keating) suddenly sound of the moment. On The Antidote, his sophomore effort, this wiseguy comes correct with an album that splits the difference between Fatboy Slim and Black Eyed Peas. The first single and second track, "Ooh La La," which accompanied a popular Budweiser commercial in Britain, boasts a chunky beat and a simple, mindless hook, setting the pattern that the rest of the album follows. It's a surefire formula, and Touche does it better than most--though a bit more of the fervid scratching that animates the leadoff track, "Re-introduction," might have made this Antidote even more soothing. --Jeff Salamon

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Earlier in the '90s, if the beats were funky, the scratching ferocious, and the rapping mediocre (or nonexistent) you could bet pound notes to crumpets you were listening to U.K. hip-hop. While U.S. hip-hop had gotten s-l-o-w and low (the better to accommodate its increasingly acrobatic wordplay), in Britain rock-the-house values still persisted. So now that fresh beats and turntablism have made a comeback stateside, old-skool Brit revivalists like the Wiseguys (a.k.a. Touche, a.k.a. Theo Keating) suddenly sound of the moment. On The Antidote, his sophomore effort, this wiseguy comes correct with an album that splits the difference between Fatboy Slim and Black Eyed Peas. The first single and second track, "Ooh La La," which accompanied a popular Budweiser commercial in Britain, boasts a chunky beat and a simple, mindless hook, setting the pattern that the rest of the album follows. It's a surefire formula, and Touche does it better than most--though a bit more of the fervid scratching that animates the leadoff track, "Re-introduction," might have made this Antidote even more soothing. --Jeff Salamon

1. Re-Introduction
2. Ooh La La
3. We Be The Crew...
4. Experience
5. Cowboy '78
6. Search's End
7. The Grabbing Hands
8. The Temple
9. Start The Commotion
10. Face The Flames
11. Who The Hell?
12. The Executives
13. Au Pair Girls
14. Production
15. The Bounce

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 7, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mammoth / Pgd
  • ASIN: B00001IVPM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2001
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I found this CD after doing research on the Mitsubishi commercials with the fun songs in them. I was a little worried only "Start The Commotion" and "Oh La La" would be good songs, but I've listened to the whole CD a few times and like it better each time I hear it. Great dance music! If you're a Fat Boy Slim fan, you'll love this CD. I listen to it most in my car, on a warm sunny day with all the windows down - makes that rush-hour drive a little more bearable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Orlando on July 5, 2001
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In a world of what seems like a trillion DJ LPs here's one that's worth giving a listen.
"The Antidote" covers a wide variety of beats and grooves ranging from bumpin' club style hits such as "Start The Commotion" (yes that is the song from the Mitsubishi commercial) to chilled out trip hop beats like "Face The Flames".
The use of some super old lounge and jazz samples is great, and the rhymes on cuts 3 & 11 hold their own.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul B. Bellamy on September 5, 2000
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I was shopping at a clothing store and the video for "Start the Commotion" was playing on the in-store monitor. I was mesmerized. As soon as I found out who the artist was, I went straight to Amazon.com and bought it. Am I glad I went shopping that day, otherwise I would have went to my grave not knowing about these guys. Every track is tasty, especially the aforementioned one and "We Be the Crew." They do be the crew; and I will proactively search out every offering from this fantastic team.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rat Race Worshiper on September 24, 2001
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When I first heard "Start the Commotion" on a Mitsubishi commercial, I fell in love with it. For months I couldn't find out who did that song (lack of fame.) Just a few weeks ago, I heard that the artist was The Wiseguys. I like half of the songs on their cd, but the other half is rap which I don't care for. Buy this CD if your into remix scratching (what I bought it for.) It's still cool.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Walter T. on December 1, 1999
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Wow, was I amazed! There's a great variety of sounds... Fromthe hip-hop style scratching and mixing on Re-introduction, to thecatchy, Fatboy-ish repetition and beats of Ooh La La, to the smooth, relaxing rhymes of We Be the Crew, to the awesome evil loops in Face the flames, this CD is a real winner. There's just an excellent variety of kinds of music, and the catchy beats make it really easy to love. Buy this CD, you will NOT regret it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
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A great album to just sit and listen to. Well-crafted beats and loops that just chug along. Faster "big beat" type tunes like "Ohh La La" and "Start the Commotion" rock hard. Slower triphoppy ones like "Search's End" just simmer ol' school funk. Buy this while you can.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "bdavis@pecphila.org" on April 11, 2002
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Yeah, the Wiseguys' songs have been overplayed thanks to numerous TV commercials and movie soundtracks. I had this CD before all the hoopla. I loved it then, and I still love it now. Some CD listeners have complained that only the more danceable songs (e.g., Ooh La La and Start the Commotion) are good. I feel that you have to listen to the whole CD start to finish to really enjoy it. It's a total music experience that varies from downtempto hip-hop to big beat-ish dance music to mellow grooves with interesting samples....but in my book, this is one of the better CDs of its genre. If you like it, also check out Handsome Boy Modeling School.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Samuel T Snelling on June 25, 2000
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If you like Fatboy Slim, that's big beat. And the Wiseguys follow suit, and that they do it well helps. I was particularly impressed with the tracks 'Ooh, La La' 'Cowboy '78' 'Start the Commotion' and 'Grabbin Hands' which has serious hip hop roots. They manage to combine good production value along with creative sample selection for a good sound. Granted there were a few songs to skip over, but the overall mood of fun the fumes from this effort is overpowering. The track 'We Be The Crew' just taunts you into thinking that you should write your own lyrics and flow right along with the beat. This is a good pick up for any fan of Big Beat, or Hip-Hop for that matter.
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