Friday, October 09, 2009

Bookmarks: Some stuff to read on the internet - Age Of Chance

You don't have to be Prince if you want to dance/ you just have to get down with the Age Of Chance...

Exciting to hear that avant-avant-mashers Age Of Chance are having their back catalogue brought to the internet; even more exciting is that they've done an interview with The Guardian about it:

It was while recording a session for Peel that the band decided to tackle Kiss, which was still in the charts. "We changed the lyrics, which was against the law," Taylor says. "We basically removed the sex and replaced it with lump hammers." Released as a single by Sheffield's FON label, the rapped, feedback-drenched cover was their biggest hit: but their moment of cut'n'paste glory – a remix called Kisspower which included chunky samples of Prince's original and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA – brought the first inklings that their brand of innovation might not be an easy sell.

"When we went to Virgin from FON, they wanted to try to release it," Elvidge recalls. "But we played it to the head of Virgin America, and when it went into the Bruce Springsteen bit, he visibly blanched. And that was pretty much that." Only 500 white label 12in copies of the track were ever pressed: Taylor bought one in the 90s from an eBay seller in New York.