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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: rephlex
  • ASIN: B000007423
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

With 12 tracks of lunacy, mayhem, and sheer beauty, Tom Jenkinson's 1996 debut as Squarepusher remains one of the few must-have records of the electronica revolution. Though Jenkinson builds his tracks around his remarkable fusion-inspired fretless bass playing, the album initially sounds like a study in maniacally intricate drum solos and patterns, themselves built from a few Roland drum machines. But closer listening reveals a keen intellect at work. Jenkinson has no interest in either the repetitive drum patterns most junglists prefer or their vapid soundscapes. Instead his songs douse you in rhythm and melody. The acoustic Brazilian guitar of 'Squarepusher Theme' is soon devoured by a steaming, staccato drum groove, the track ultimately resolving itself as a kind of 21st-century Latin jazz epic. 'Tundra' recalls a battery of mad insects destroying a caterpillar; 'UFOs over Leytonstone' creates a slow death rumba; 'Kodack' revels in glistening beats and streamlined and manic synths, a sign of Squarepusher to come. 'Goodnight Jade' is the album's most unusual track, a lush, ambient drone of lovely bass harmonics and a mouselike melody, showing Jenkinson to be a composer of surprising weight and depth. Squarepusher would make records harder, more intense, and more spectacular, but none more musical than Feed Me Weird Things. Rephlex. 2005.

Customer Reviews

Mere words cannot describe the mastery in which Tom Jenkinson makes music.
Adam S
If you are interested in Squarepusher and are wondering which of his records to buy, get this one.
markellerby@yahoo.com
I had heard of Squarepusher from one of my friends and took the chance on purchasing the album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By markellerby@yahoo.com on February 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album in 1996 and instantly warmed to it. It was the first time I had heard drum 'n' bass warped so furiously into many different forms. Each track here is a different mood or style. 'North Circular' is intense and minimalist, 'Squarepusher Theme' is jazzy and funky, 'Tundra' and 'Theme from Ernest Borgnine' are beautifully melancholy, and 'Smedley's melody' is insanely fast and features the sound of a sheep being catapulted! The most amazing thing is Tom's fretless bass playing which features on most of the tracks, so deft and masterful. There is a wealth of ideas on this album which are so well executed it is a joy to listen to. If you are interested in Squarepusher and are wondering which of his records to buy, get this one. It's unlike anything else you'll ever hear and in my opinion the later Squarepusher albums do not gel quite as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By serotonin on June 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Feed Me Weird Things is probably the best all-around Squarepusher album there is. Musically it's the most diverse thing Jenkinson's done; there's a lot of jazz influence here, as with his other work, but there's also quite a bit of percussive-focused tracks, like "Dimotane Co." and the amazing "North Circular." "Theme to Ernest Borgnine" is simply gorgeous, and "Squarepusher Theme" is probably my favorite Squarepusher track, featuring some incredible fretless bass soloing (played live by Jenkinson himself) along with the trademark Squarepusher breakbeats. Feed Me Weird Things is an excellent introduction to Squarepusher, as it covers a lot of ground - there's something for everyone on this disc. Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Leung on March 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Electronic heads and computer geeks regard this as something of a classic in the experimental techno vein! Pointless genre pigeonholes be damned, this is one tight LP! Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson) works along the lines of Aphex Twin or u-ziq, but adds some astonishing live bass work, often to drum breaks skittering out of control at 200 beats a minute. "Feed Me Weird Things" runs the gamut from an intoxicating jazz/drum n' bass hybrid, to hard-as-nails tribal shmack, through truly bizarre comedy bits including countrified samples of barnyard animals, more weird stuff like what sound like church organ samples, and near the close throws in some AWESOME sci-fi melodies along with great squelchy acid bits. A real epic of an album, and one of the best techno LPs of the 90s, IMHO. Jenkinson literally pushes a round peg into a square hole, or whatever!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael Showalter on August 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Tom Jenkinson is so far out of drum n' bass. So it uses kinda weird production techniques and likes to play bass at, well, 400 bpm. But he's too accomplished of a jazz musician.... and too much of a cerebral freak.... to fit so keenly into the genre as some people expect.
This is a great album. It is one of the few classics of whatever genre you want to try to fit it into. Is it jazz? Yes, though not as much as 'Music is One Rotted Note'. Is it drum n' bass? Eh, it doesn't sound like Cujo or Plug or even Aphex Twin. It's got to be taken on its own level. And it's something that you have to grow into. If you give it time and listen to it for IT and not as some kinda archetype derived off of some other kind of music, it's almost holy.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By inputcodtrnsfus on April 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Squarepusher is the one that started if for me. Four or Five years ago I came upon my brothers Squarepusher CD he had left in the bathroom cd player. WOWWWW! I was ignorant of what IDM music is, and still loved it, and I have to say, that albums like this only get better and better as one becomes more aware of good electronic music. Albums contains the quinntessential "Tundra" among others. Also #1, 3, 5, 9, etc. etc. etc. See when one listens to Squarepusher, often only a few songs are atttractive, yet as the knowledge of the ablum unfolds, all Jenkinson's true beauty is exposed. Comes in a tough tie for first in his productions along with "Burningn' Tree" as two FLaWLESS albums. Buy it and just keep listening, it will come!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By eightpointagenda on April 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I would like to tell the general public that their is an way to ease yourself into the intense, dense, complex world of Tom Jenkinson's Squarepusher. Sadly there is none. From there, Squarepusher's music is something that you like or you don't. Sure it takes some time to get past the opaquness of his work(some songs take some getting used to while others are almost immediately accessible), but if you can "get it", Jenkinson's "music" is some of them most rewarding IDM you can get into. That being said, Feed Me Weird Things is probably the best place to start for people with an itching to try Squarepusher.
First off, I have to say that Jenkinson makes some of the most detailed and intricate IDM this side of Autechre or Aphex Twin. Layers upon layers of manically crafted drum machines, basslines, and synths are assembled together richly and compellingly. But what separates SP from most artists of this ilk is the light-fast speed of which all of this is done at. Even its more meditated moments, FMWT never sits still for an instant, creating a difficult but involving listen. For what its worth you can never say what Jenkinson does it boring. What I find positivily fascinating is that he samples his own playing (and form the live instrumentation of Music is Rotted One Note, he is truly gifted musician), something really amazing. Another thing that seperates his debut from his later works is that it's a full pallet of what the man is capable of doing. Switching from noise, to ambient, to intense drill and bass, to break beat, even to jazz/fusion, sometimes all one track is truly amazing to listen to.
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