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Watershed 1983 album of flavoursome hip hop & world-music jive from the UK impresario! Includes "Buffalo Gals" and "Double Dutch". Cameos by Trevor Horn and Anne Dudley (Art Of Noise) and Thomas Dolby.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000025JR0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Shawn Wolfe on June 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album anticipates the multi-cultural "world music" movement by almost ten years. (Check that date, 1982.) At the very least it was one of a handful of early attempts to exploit that movement, pre-dating Paul Simon's "Graceland" by a good five or six years. (Talking Heads did it too, incorporating African rhythms into their new wave music in the late 70s and early 80s. Then later David Byrne went full tilt multi-culti, with his Brazillian music compilations of the early 90s.)

If you're too young to know who Malcom McClaren is/was -- he's the guy who assembled/managed/invented the Sex Pistols in 1976. He also managed Adam & The Ants in their early days, as well as Bow Wow Wow. Both of those acts were built around the "Burundi Beat" and vaguely Appache tribal rhythms. "Duck Rock" was the first time McClaren put out an album of his own, but he's not really a singer or a songwriter or a musician, or even a record producer. He's an "idea man" and an exploiter of other people's creativity.

His idea here was to mix early East coast hip hop, radio DJ banter, and scratching with African zulu, Brazillian and Carribean music, with layers of Eurocentric strings, lush beds of nu-wave synthesizer and... Appalachian square dance music! The effect is at turns gorgeous, hilarious, ponderous, weird, wonderful, infectious, etc., etc.

Some other reviews here crow about Eminem sampling the song "Buffalo Gals" -- but hundreds of rappers and hip hoppers have sampled "Duck Rock" over the years. (Neena Cherry's "Buffalo Stance"?)

"Duck Rock" is a unique melange of an album - and a first of its kind in many ways. It really is the Sergeant Pepper of hip hop... in my opinion. Others would elaborate and do it better, but "Duck Rock" came first.
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Duck Rock is an very intersting album. Malcolm was on a trip to New York. On his trip he heard an interesting sound. The music of break dancing and double dutch. Being a business man and a "haberdasher", he knew that this music was going to become the next hottest fad. So he got together with music producer Trevor Horn (of the Buggles) and worked on an album that'll mirror the music of hip-hop with traditional african music. This album was a labor of love for Malcolm. He put his heart and soul into this disc. It also caused a lot of grief because he "borrowed" heavily from traditonal South African music.

Recording the disc was an event in it's self. Bringing a cast

of characters into the studio (a whole cast of african singers and musicans, N.Y.C. hip-hop d.j.s', an elderly southern violin player to name a few). The album was a huge sucess

but it cost the studio plenty. To re-coup the losses they released a few discs that featured re-mixes and out takes from the production (Swamp Thing and Do You like Scratching). Buffalo Gals was a smash hit and hugley inspirational amongst many young hip-hop music performers in the United States and the U.K. Fifteen years later these artists paid tribute to McLaren by doing their own re-mixes and versions of Buffalo Gals and other songs from this disc. Malcolm would later re-visit the world of hip-hop ten years later. This time merging the music with Shakespere and Salsa beats.

Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on March 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I remember this album form when it hit stores in 1982. I bought it for the outrageous cover and was amazed when I got home at the techniques malcom McClaren and The Worlds Famous Supreme Team were incorporating in their radio shows. This is a classic that every hip-hop head should have in their collection. If you appreciate the art of scratchin' this is a must own. The re-released product with appearances by Rakim and KRS One and Soulson revives this classic and gives it a new life and identity, but the original holds its own.
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While certainly not Malcolm McLaren's best album this was well before its time - incorporating African tribal music in songs like Soweto before people like Paul Simon 'discovered' it. Also thrown into the mix are other eclectic things like the white hip hop Buffalo Gals (this 1990 hit recently being reinvented by Eminem as "two trailer park girls..."
Definitely worth a listen, but if you're new to Malcolm McLaren - I'd suggest you check out Fans or Waltz Darling first as they have stood the test of time better.
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Great Album..I was about 13 when this came out and i grabbed it up at the local record store immediately. After that i started to collect all of the BRAIN CHILD Malcolm Mclaren's stuff..Had no idea at that age he was who he was..Do Ya Like Scratchin is still my favorite..Swamp thing had some interesting things on it..If you like this I think the two i mentioned should definitely be checked out..If your more into the Scratching "Do you like Scratching",,"Would you like more scratching" And "Round the outside" Swamp-thing had a little scratching,but nothing like those three..Oh by the way don't be fooled by Would you like more scratching,Its basically Do ya like scratchin with an extra bonus Instrumental track of the same name as the title..Pretty cool if your into some self mixing or scratching..Peace to all,,I'm out..
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