You see, everyone on Earth might own a personal listening device, or a state of the art Hi-Fi sound reproduction unit. They may have compiled a home library of phonograph records, compact discs, ticket stubs or concert set lists…but Chain & the Gang might not be included in all of them. Their delightful racket isn’t for everyone. Is it for anyone? Possibly. But maybe those people live in a galaxy far, far away. In fact, rumour has it that Chain & The Gang‘s new long-player Music’s Not For Everyone [KLP220] is the sound on everyone’s Hi-Fi 2,000,000 light years away from here. It’s played at pool parties, proms and pizzerias. These beings (or entities) dig the hard-edged dance groove of “Livin’ Rough.” They think it sounds real “earthy.” They love “Detroit Music” (but they think it refers to a particular kind of space cake). They’ve chosen “Not Good Enough” to be the anthem for their Football Team when it competes in inter-stellar tournaments. It really psyches out the competition. And they know that “Youth is Wasted on the Young” expresses a sentiment that we are only beginning to understand here.
But that’s a more advanced society of course. It’s a place where people have good taste and a sense of humor and like music that’s exciting, simple and full of vitality. On Earth? Some don’t even know what they’re listening to. To them music is a sense of security, and nothing more. They like it because it means they don’t have to interact. They might say, “Hey! It’s my friend’s birthday; we wanna hear some rap!”
Chain & the Gang knows they have a long way to go before they’re accepted back here on Earth. But they have a strategy: maybe if someone heard their music, they would like it. That’s why they have been included this week in the K Singles Zip-Pak: “For Practical Purposes (I Love You)” and “Detroit Music, Pt. II”. These are two powerful examples of what it is we are rapping about. “For Practical Purposes (I Love You)” is an enchanting, whimsical duet between Ian Svenonius (“Chain”) and Sarah Pedal (a strong, willful member of “the Gang”). “Detroit Music, Pt. II” completes the cycle begun in “Detroit Music”, brightening the eyes of all who dance to it’s propulsive clugs.
This edition of the K Singles Zip-Pak features Special Apps that will not appear on the Music’s not for Everyone phonograph record, available only here at the K Mail Order Dept.: “Cemetary Map (Lathe Disc Recording Version Three)” and “Privilege (Lathe Disc Recording)”. These are recordings made by Arrington de Dionyso during a Chain & the Gang rehearsal session at Dub Narcotic Studio last June while the band was preparing for their summer tour. Arrington recorded the band live and in the raw directly to plastic discs, capturing the essence of Chain & the Gang doing their own “thing”.
Another very special Special App included this week is The Proper Approach to Recording, an essay by Ian Svenonius excerpted from his unpublished manuscript How to Start a Group. Words of worldly wisdom.
On January 6, 2011the Singles Zip-Pak will feature Kendl Winter from their upcoming volume in our Dub Narcotic Disco Plate series of 7” phonograph records (plus Special Apps!).