Twink / Broken Record, The
Album:Broken Record, The Collection:General
Artist:Twink Added:Mar 2006
Label:Seeland Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-03-19 Pull Date:2006-05-21 
Week Ending:May 21May 14May 7Apr 30Apr 23Apr 16Apr 9Apr 2

Recent Airplay
1.Feb 22, 2012:Everyday Commotion
Boys And Girls
4.Dec 09, 2010:BBW = BB$
Real Indians
2.Dec 02, 2011:UpDownUnderStairs
Boys And Girls
5.Nov 25, 2010:Killer Yellow
Pussy Cat
3.Jan 07, 2011:Everyday Commotion
Choo Choo
6.May 14, 2010:Buford J. Sharkley's Carmina Felidae
Pussy Cat

Album Review
Wicked Child
Reviewed 2006-03-21 
Audio-collage of children's records. Most tracks sound like they belong in an old cartoon. A lot are a combination of 4+ sources on a theme -- "Three Blind Mice" or "Indians" This album is like being trapped in a mildly sinister animated circus. Walt Disney would love this. Very surreal. He's a big fan of using the old Disney-style pieces -- the minstrel chorus or woodland animal chorus. Uses lots of recognizable samples & songs.

My favorites are the ones that actually sound like unique songs, and my absolute favorites are the one that combine modern turntablism with these anachronistic recordings. Those being: 3, 8, 14, 16. Good mostly-instrumentals: 19, 21. FCC Clean.

1. Horn fanfare then hip-hop scratching. Creepy high-pitched woodland animal narrating about "Mr. Magic." (1:32)
2. Female jazz vocalist, dark horns. Last minute is 50's Disney-ish animal chorus. Is it an FCC that this entire track is a thinly veiled sex metaphor? (2:02)
**3. "Ladies and gentlemen ..." intro with merry-melodies sound that breaks into a pounding bassline. Trapped in the animated circus feel. (2:17)
4. It's a riddle over a sunny funk guitar. (1:04)
5. Mashup of songs about monkies, all very retro children's vinyl. "Pop goes the weasel" backing. Reminds me of Kid Koala's silly compositions (1:57).
6. Mashup of ABC-songs. Linked by various admonishing and boo's. Awkward. (2:31)
7. Old MacDonald songs. Has a pretty consistent beat. Fun. (1:51)
*8. Playful song with a skiffling beat (2:04).
9. Big exposition song from an cartoon chain gang (2:17)
10. Male intro, sinister
11. Male-female call-and-response with tinny guitar & whistling, mixed with a video game bloop-beep. (1:27)
12. Shrill reading of Three Blind Mice, animal chorus reading trading with late-90s hip-Disney channel reading. Ends with a droning reading (1:50)
13. Spoken story over woodland-feel woodwind instrumentation. (2:39)
**14. Fairly soulful train song for a while, then female singers, choo-choo noises. Listenable song. (3:29)
15. Songs about sleeping -- "Frere Jacques" into "Down will come baby" -- twinkly music box "down will come baby" music throughout. Spoken word bit. Ends with "life is but a dream." Intros to next -- "we're still at the opera" less (2:17)
**16. The baritone "Toreador" aria from Carmen with lots of silliness -- scratching, pitch shifting, basslines (2:02)
17. Pastiche of snippets about (American) Indians, pretty funny exploitative intro, then "three little indians" then lots of "indian war music" (1:30)
18. Bizarre spoken word tale of 3 wishes with gentle guitar, xylophone and light strings. "Behold the power of cheese." (1:59)
19. Fun combination of some recognizable songs -- twinkle twinkle, sorcerer's apprentice. Basslines added. All instrumental. Sinister tour through childhood. (2:38)
20. Mostly spoken word bizarre take on Little Red Riding Hood. Lots of vinyl/retro static. (2:01)
21. "Just one more song" Music for a cartoon wherein a child's toy wakes up at night and stealthily creeping around the room. (2:55)

Track Listing
1.Mr. Magic 11.Whose Turn Is It?
2.Pussy Cat 12.Three Blind Mice
3.The Great Circus 13.Let Me See How You Do It
4.Riddle 14.Choo Choo
5.Monkeyshines 15.Life Is But A Dream
6.Alphabent 16.Hip Hopera
7.Animal Talk 17.Real Indians
8.Boys And Girls 18.Three Wishes
9.Hot Diggety 19.Yippee Skippee
10.Hammer 20.Grandmother Meets The Wolf
 21.The Broken Record