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CDinch. MusicBrainz work: 37a7f48a-9fbbbf8ba9deb This s single —related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. It was first released in the UK in Four singles were released from the album, of which the lead single, "Life in Mono", was the most successful.
The album reached 71 in the UK album charts and remained on the chart for 1 week. Melody Maker summarizes the "basic formula" of the album as to wallow in the sound of television and film theme tunes of the Sixties and Seventies, but both to embellish and underpin it with jazzy breakbeats and Massive Attack synthy atmospheres". Virgo used the title ironically; taken from a stereotypical " rock and roll " context, it was then placed on a song that "wasn't very rock and roll".
Primarily these are works by the three principal composers of the Second Viennese SchoolArnold SchoenbergAnton Webernand Alban Berg ; Virgo cites the school as among his musical influences. About one minute into the song, the bulk of the samples Album) introduced by a one-second sample from the fifth movement of Luciano Berio 's Sinfoniawhich is repeated intermittently throughout this section.
The beat stops in the last minute of the song, which returns to the piano motif, fading out. The album cover and liner notes artwork, designed by an art student, consist of abstract collages incorporating photography of the surroundings of London.
Vocals were recorded, alternately, on an AKG C12 and a Neumann U87 microphone, depending on the vocal range desired; compression and equalization during the mixing process created a noticeably processed sound to the vocals. Analog synthesizers were predominantly used over digital ones; those used by producer and engineer Jim Abbiss include a Roland Juno, a Minimoogand a Sequential Pro One.
Abbiss co-wrote "Playboys" with Virgo by manually programming synthesizers to generate various sounds that make up the song's extended techno sequences. Live instruments in the recording studio were themselves sometimes used for samples. Many of the piano sounds on the album particularly those on "Slimcea Girl" were multisampled from Album) Steinway at Abbey Road Studiosreportedly once used by The Beatles.
Recording of "The Outsider" also ended up with Virgo multisampling the dulcimer brought to the studio. Melody Makerin an overwhelmingly positive Album), calls Formica Blues "unutterably gorgeous", praising it for evoking the era when " London was about to swing ". The Melody Maker album review opened with the phrase "A case study in post-modern ennui", which became Album) theme in some analyses of the album. Nicholson, in interpreting "Hello Cleveland!
In addition, since the samples are Life In Mono - Mono - Formica Blues (CD identified, Nicholson points out that, for the majority of listeners, they become simulacra — the postmodern concept developed by Jean Baudrillardmeaning imitations that can't be ascribed to an original object — referring to, in this case, the fact that most listeners, including professional reviewers, do not recognize them as being anything beyond generic compositions reminiscent of classical music.
Nevertheless, Nicholson concludes that the song "collapses", becoming an "aggregation of elements", which is applied to both groups of listeners: "amateur" listeners hear a collection of sounds with no particular significance, while "connoisseur" listeners are unable to construct a "narrative" out of the sounds as there are "too many elements". This effect, however, is tied back to Virgo's description of his musical influences, to suggest that it is exactly the "kaleidoscopic" effect of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound technique.
BBC broadcaster Mark Radcliffe listed Formica Blues among his top three albums ofcalling it "Atmospheric soundtracks for films that haven't been made yet" prior to the release of Great Expectations.
The instrumental interludes shown are in especially long pregaps between the numbered tracks on the CD. Uncredited samples in "Hello Cleveland!
The sources sampled are found to be most likely recordings by Riccardo Chailly for Sinfonia and Simon Rattle for the three latter works — recordings all noted as being out-of-print. Each single was released in 12" and CD formats, and included a number of remixes distributed across the various formats.
Released: June 29, . Another version, Life In Mono - Mono - Formica Blues (CD, interspersed with clips from Great Expectationswas used to promote the song as part of the film's soundtrack. Filmed in black and white, it depicts hotel rooms and corridors populated by the band members as well as a " Neolithic man" dressed in a rabbit costumeand men in suits with a giant potato or a sculpted chimpanzee face in place of their heads.
The video for "Slimcea Girl" was directed by Alexander Hemming. The video for "High Life" was directed by Malcolm Venville who also photographed the single covers of "High Life" and the release of "Life in Mono". During a May online chat the band revealed plans to film a video with David LaChapellethough there is no sign that this was ever realized.
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