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Whoops, I'm An Indian

Hal Willner
DNLLPW012 Released: 19 October 1998

Once upon a time in America, the renegade Glaswegian Howie B was introduced to the maverick American producer Hal Willner. It was trouble at first sight. After circling each other warily for some time they locked antlers, exchanging ideas and music, Hal trading a bit of Professor Alesandro Moreschi, Sun Ra and a Rahsaan Roland Kirk video for some Pussyfoot back catalogue. Before parting Howie suggested that Hal step out from behind the glass and make his own record, maybe do a couple of tracks for Pussyfoot...

Before venturing further along this musical pathway you should know a little about Hal Willner's background - the man's curriculum vitae is staggering. He has had a hand in the works of some of the greatest icons of pop and sub-culture in the latter half of this century, producing albums featuring Tom Waits, Dr. John, Lou Reed, Deborah Harry, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Sun Ra, Gil Evans, Sonic Youth and Wynton Marsalis to name just a few. He has also produced the works of literary luminaries including William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lenny Bruce and the great Terry Southern. His film soundtrack production credits include Kansas City, Shortcuts and Theremin - An Electronic Odyssey and to top it all off he's been the musical director of Saturday Night Live for the past decade.

So, after their brief verbal skirmish, Howie having sown a seed in the highlands of his mind, Hal teamed up with friends Martin Brumbach and Mocean Worker (aka Adam Dorn), holed up in the studio, played musical spaghetti and saw what stuck to the wall. With Hal's wildly eclectic sound sources being flung in on the turntables, Adam looping, splicing and dicing and Martin manning the desk the three-man lab conjured a high-density cut 'n' paste audio collage which is simply unlike anything you will have ever heard before. Instead of coming back with a couple of tracks Hal delivered a whole album, a work of inspired lunacy, twisted genius and maniacal beauty that doesn't so much ignore the rulebook as condemning it to an eternity of hellfire and damnation. Incorporating full-on beat-head mayhem, found sound, religious speeches, barber shop trios, tawny owls, a touch of Rimsky-Korsakov and other space oddities it's a concept album in the vein of the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique, a voluminous sonic sprawl bulging with cultural references, oddball humour and an insatiable tendency to leap wildly into the unknown. Featuring artwork by acclaimed New York artist Peter Schuyff and detailed sleevenotes from Hal himself Whoops, I'm An Indian is destined to be a cult classic.

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