PRINT May 1988



KLEPTOMANIA REIGNS ON DANCE FLOORS and record charts; theft is proper, and DJs will confiscate anything not nailed down. Pushing pop pluralism to the limit, the hottest dance tracks consist of irresistible beats laced liberally with hunks of found sound sampled (liberated, appropriated, stolen) from numerous diverse sources. As DJ David Dorrell of the group M/A/R/R/S has ghoulishly declared about sampling, “It’s in the blood. Everywhere!” Music now matches the visual arts as a site for rampant quotation, appropriation, and allegorization.

This shark scene is now, and while it may last no longer than neo-geo, consider two records that recently topped the independent-singles chart in the British rock paper New Musical Express: “Beat Dis” by Bomb the Bass and “Doctorin’ the House” by Coldcut. Following upon and expanding the premises of M/A/R/R/S’ seminal “Pump up the Volume” of a few months

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